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04/11/2010 10:08

Papers: Bags of potential

Obertan challenged to reach potential
Gabriel Obertan has been urged to prove that his match-winning Champions League display for Manchester United against Bursaspor is a sign of things to come rather than a fleeting glimpse of his unfulfilled potential. The French winger, a £3 million arrival from Bordeaux in July 2009, scored his first United goal in a man-of-the-match performance against the Turkish champions. With Portuguese forward Bébé also marking the fixture with a goal, his second in the space of a week, Sir Alex Ferguson's passionate defence of his emerging talent in recent weeks now appears to have some ground for justification.
Mark Ogden, The Telegraph

There's also an in-depth piece in The Independent, written by Ian Herbert, that's well worth a read. He details Obertan's rise through the youth ranks in France and says: "He was certainly the best player at the Clairefontaine academy in the year group of players born in 1989, admired both for his pace and the technical ability ingrained in all of the academy's intakes. All 20 clubs from the French first division pursued his signature."

Elsewhere, The Sun and The Daily Mail run quotes from the new edition of Inside United. Bebe says: "[The first time I met Sir Alex] he told me I had to learn English quickly and to go as fast as I could to the hairdresser and get my hair cut! It was like a joke. But I think he maybe meant it, too."

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