Papers: No mercy
Fergie demands killer instinct
Sir Alex Ferguson has accused his Manchester United players of not being ruthless enough this season. United slipped five points behind champions Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League at the weekend following a goalless game at Sunderland. But it is the points dropped in draws at Fulham, Everton and Bolton that have most irked their manager. Speaking to the club's official magazine, Inside United, Ferguson said: 'This present team doesn't kill off sides as well as they should. "At Goodison, we had three or four chances at 3-1 to really put the game out of sight, but we were wasteful and ultimately paid the price. We threw away two goals in injury-time. That's unthinkable. That killer instinct just isn't there at the moment and it's something we need to develop. "We haven't had a problem scoring goals. What we're not doing, though, is killing teams off. I have no doubt the players have taken these setbacks on board. They suffer just as much - if not more - than the rest of us. They're the ones throwing the points away and they're the ones who know fine well that they're good enough to win this league."Staff reporter, Daily Mail
Sir Alex's interview with Inside United
also attracts widespread attention for his plans to recall Tom Cleverley
from Wigan Athletic in January. In other loan news, The Sun
reports that Gary Speed is keen to keep Ritchie De Laet
at Sheffield United beyond the agreed four week term of his current deal.
The Daily Mail carries quotes from Kiko Macheda, playing down talk of a loan move back to Lazio. "Will I be joining Lazio in the January transfer market? No, I don't think so," says the Italian. "(Sir Alex) Ferguson has said that I am not for sale. I am pleased to hear that."