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.

Papers: Hughes' Blue warning

11/04/2011 11:00

Neil Custis writes in The Sun

Sparky: They’re coming to get you
Mark Hughes has warned his old club Chelsea that a big red machine is coming to crush them on their way to a Treble triumph. The Blues travel to Old Trafford for tomorrow night's crunch Champions League quarter-final second leg. But Hughes, who played for both Chelsea and Manchester United, believes Alex Ferguson's side have the bit between their teeth right now and will not let go. Sparky, now boss at Fulham, said: “You sense there is a real drive and determination to win every game between now and the end of the season. When United teams have that mindset, it's very difficult to overcome them.” United lead 1-0 in their Champions League quarter-final after last week's first leg at Stamford Bridge. Hughes believes a similar display in tomorrow's second leg will be too much for Carlo Ancelotti's side. “I thought United were excellent on the night at Stamford Bridge. It was a huge game for them in the Champions League but it just looked like a very easy exercise for them.”

In The Mirror, the boss explains why Wayne Rooney’s two-match ban could benefit the Reds ahead of the Champions League clash with Chelsea. Sir Alex quotes: This will spur on Wayne, there’s the bonus for us of knowing he will be fit and fresh for Tuesday’s match.”

Elsewhere, Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail believes squad rotation is crucial to United’s quest for a treble of trophies. Writing in his column, Samuel says: “All eight changes made by Sir Alex against Fulham could quite easily be reversed, and it is this strength in depth as much as strength of character that is enabling his side to chase a record 19th league title, the Champions League and FA Cup.”

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