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

18/01/2010 09:41

Papers: Selection dilemma

Carling Cup presents dilemma for United
It's impossible to call Tuesday’s Carling Cup semi-final between City and United. City need a response following the Everton defeat, while United must perform better than they did against Burnley. They may have won, but they were awful again. There is no doubt that City will be sensing a real opportunity to swing the balance of power in Manchester in their direction. They have the finances to strengthen and improve, while United need to strengthen but don’t have the money. Sir Alex will know that United will end up with nothing this season if they continue to perform so poorly and that’s why he has a dilemma going into the City game. Does he go with the kids or does he field his best team to try to spark a return to their best form? Whichever way he goes, there is no guarantee that it will be the right solution.
Alan Hansen, Telegraph

Elsewhere in the papers, Oliver Kay writes in The Times that he believes it's "only a matter of time" before Nani is "shipped out" of Old Trafford. This despite a bright performance by the winger against Burnley.

Speaking of Burnley, most of the papers agree United's 3-0 win somewhat flattered the home side. Danny Taylor in The Guardian notes: "Burnley created as many chances as any other side at Old ­Trafford this season, striking the post twice as well as squandering two one-on-ones with the game goalless."

In The Mirror, David McDonnell has concerns over the Reds' frontline: "Their over-reliance on Rooney is dangerous and yet the reluctance – or, more likely, inability – to buy a new striker this month will not ease the burden on their star man."

Round Up By Nick Coppack


Premier League