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.

30/03/2010 07:37

Papers: Bayern warn Reds

Roo won’t repeat '99
Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United should be more scared of Bayern Munich than the Germans are of their 1999 conquerors. And he has told rival Alex Ferguson that he does not fear Wayne Rooney either. Eleven years ago, the Bayern coach was in charge of Barcelona, whose Nou Camp stadium was the scene of the Red Devils' staggering 2-1 Champions League final victory. Van Gaal said: "I still find it incredible. I was there and remember what a high-intensity occasion it was. It was just fascinating to watch. But I never have fear and my players don't have any fear either. We value Rooney's quality, for instance. He is a super footballer. When he was younger, I often wondered whether he had the vision in his game. He has developed that now and is very hard to mark out of the game. But we can manage because we also have quality. Ferguson and his players should be scared of that."
Matt Parker, The Sun

Build-up to United's clash with Bayern naturally dominates today's papers. Van Gaal admitted at Monday's press conference that he is "jealous" of United's set-up, while Sir Alex Ferguson's excitement ahead of the game is widely reported. The Guardian's Kevin McCarra hails the Reds boss' ability to rotate his squad to cope with injuries.

German journalist Joerg Althoff claims in the Daily Mail that Franck Ribery is not the player he was, and Ribery himself claims Wayne Rooney is "carrying United".

United are linked with Atletico Madrid keeper David de Gea in more than one paper, and Rooney's revelation that he uses a punch bag as an outlet for his anger is also covered.

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