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20/07/2010 06:00

Papers: Domestic matters

Scholes: Premier League is priority
Paul Scholes says reclaiming the Premier League title is Manchester United's top priority next season - over success in the Champions League. While current champions Chelsea yearn for a first European Cup triumph, Sir Alex Ferguson's players are desperate to re-assert themselves as the country's dominant football force by taking the title back to Old Trafford. United missed out on a record fourth straight title and an historic 19th in all by finishing just one point behind Chelsea last season. And Scholes, who with fellow United veterans Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville is likely to be entering his final season, wants to sign off on a high if it proves to be his farewell campaign. "We'll have to see how it goes but, as a team, we want to get back on track after finishing second to Chelsea last season," said Scholes. "It wasn't great for us. Obviously we would have liked to have won the league, but the injuries we had last year were a massive blow for us. We just hope we can stay injury-free next season, play a bit better and hopefully win some more trophies."
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

The Daily Telegraph was the first paper to pick up on Sir Alex Ferguson's apparent confirmation that there will be no more new arrivals at United this summer. "I can't speak for other clubs, but we're comfortable with squad we've got," said the manager. "We've bought players, in terms of during the season, and we are quite happy with that."

The Daily Mail also quotes Edwin van der Sar on whether watching Holland in the World Cup final had made the goalkeeper question his international retirement. 'No," says the Dutchman. "Of course when you reach the final you always think "Hmmm". But I made the decision two years ago and, at a certain point, enough is enough. It was agony watching, of course."

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