WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

22/01/2010 09:57

Papers: Big Boss man

Cross me and you are dead


Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United stars: Cross me and you're dead. The ruthless Old Trafford boss has earned a reputation for knowing exactly the right moment to kill off the United careers of his star names. David Beckham, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy were all booted out by Fergie. He said: "If I lose control of these multi-millionaires in the Manchester United dressing room then I'm dead. So I never lose control. If anyone steps out of my control, that's them dead." Fergie has ruled with a rod of iron at Old Trafford for 23 years. He said: "Through my development, I've come across two issues - power and  control. Control is important, very, very important. My control is the most important thing." Fergie's words were delivered with a smile at a lecture in Dublin - but will send a shiver down the spines of some of his current United squad.
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

Friday's tabloids are dominated, once again, by Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. In an Argentine radio interview, the ex-Red discussed his celebrations against United during Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final, first leg. "The celebrations were not targeted at Alex Ferguson or the United fans but solely at (Gary) Neville," said Tevez.

The Daily Mail claims the Manchester rivals are also vying for the signature of Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini. The Italian's agent was allegedly at Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final at Eastlands, claiming to have been invited by both clubs.

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