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.

19/01/2010 10:21

Papers: Nothing to prove

United still the best in town, says Gary Neville
Gary Neville has rejected suggestions that Manchester is witnessing a shift in the balance of power and said United have "nothing to prove" as they collide with a resurgent City in tonight's Carling Cup semi-final first leg. "I don't see the game as an opportunity to reassert our dominance over City," Neville said. "We're quite comfortable with where we are. We are second in the league, we're in the Carling Cup semi-final and we're in the second phase of the Champions League, so we have nothing to prove. Our two games against Manchester City in the Carling Cup are massive for us. It's a local derby and one of the biggest games we have played against City for a long time. Certainly we expect it to be difficult. They are in good form, and it's always difficult away against City. We will have to be at our best for the game at their ground."
Dominic Fifield, The Guardian

All the papers also quote Neville's assertion that Sir Alex Ferguson was right to sell Carlos Tevez to City. Nev says: "Over the years the manager has made many decisions with regard to players coming and going, and he has almost always been proved correct."

According to The Independent, Harry Redknapp has dismissed the rumours that surfaced yesterday linking Spurs with a move for Reds goalkeeper Ben Foster, while The Times claims United have put a £4million price tag on the 26-year-old.

An 'exclusive' in The Star declares that Barcelona are trying to lure Wayne Rooney away with the offer of a deal worth £8million a year.

And back on tonight's game, David Beckham has stated that "City will never be bigger than United", adding in The Telegraph: “Being successful and one of the most recognised clubs in the world doesn’t come from money. It’s about history.”

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