Papers: A bright future
We don't need to spend
Alex Ferguson is backing Manchester United's whizkids - rather than spend millions in the transfer market. Boss Fergie insists the future of the club is in their own backyard with youngsters like Federico Macheda, Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and the Da Silva twins, Rafael and Fabio. The new Old Trafford brat pack are all waiting to burst on to the Premier League stage this season. Manchester City are edging closer to spending £100million this summer. But Ferguson insisted: "I've got probably 12 players all under 21, which is a fantastic average age, and the future should be pretty secure with them. Over the years we've bought players for quite high amounts like Dimitar Berbatov, Rio Ferdinand, Juan Sebastian Veron and Wayne Rooney. But we try to equate how we're going to get the proper value before we do it. When I see some of the values now, and you're talking about players at £40m or £30m-odd, we have to assess our own players first. We take a quite good view of it now and say let's look at our own young players. Have they got the ability? How much can we trust them? Do we see a top player in that young player? And we're not bad, you know. There are some good young players who have come through the system. They understand the club, they're loyal to the club, and we can build on that."Neil Custis, The Sun
Sir Alex Ferguson's interview with CNN not only spawned quotes about United's future, he also took time out to praise the ownership of the Glazer family. "I have to say they've done their job well," said the manager. "They support myself, the manager, they've supported the players. I've never been refused when I've asked for money for a player. So what can I do other than carry on the way we're doing it and the way I'm allowed to carry on, I've no complaints."
The Daily Mail runs an exclusive interview with United legend and Manchester City assistant manager, Brian Kidd, who concedes his side have much to do in order to match United's standing. "People talk about the great rivalry between the Reds and the Blues in the 1960s, but that was different as the Blues were winning trophies then," he says. "That made it a genuine rivalry. Here at City we haven't won anything yet this time." The Mail adds that City will today pip United to the signature of Italian striker, Mario Balotelli.