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.

18/03/2010 09:30

Papers: Owen eyes World Cup

Hargreaves targets World Cup place
Owen Hargreaves has not ruled out his chances of playing in the World Cup this summer although he admits he would need to make "progress pretty quick" in order to convince Fabio Capello of his fitness. The Manchester United midfielder is due to make his return in a reserve match against Burnley in Altrincham tonight, having spent 18 months out of the game with tendinitis in both knees. "The World Cup is an incentive. Absolutely. But I need to see progress now, pretty quick, for the World Cup to become even a realistic option," he told the Daily Telegraph. "Such an outcome would help soothe the memories of a torturous period for the Canada-born player. "I could never have imagined in my darkest dreams something like this would happen to me," he said. "My athletic ability has taken me everywhere I wanted to go, from Canada to Germany, playing for England, playing for Man United. To have that temporarily taken away is humbling."
James Callow, Daily Telegraph

The Sun features quotes from Harry Redknapp who says, "Jose Mourinho may be the self-appointed Special One but he is not yet The Greatest - Fergie is king of the castle in England. Inter put on a fantastic performance to beat Chelsea, but I do not see Mourinho winning the Champions League this season and I think they would lose over two legs to United if the teams get drawn together in the quarter-finals."

In other news, United's oppponents on Sunday, Liverpool, are a "sinking ship" according to winger Albert Riera. The Spain international, who has fallen out of favour with Rafa Benitez, says morale at the club is low because of the manager's methods.

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