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: Nev writes off Kop

11/08/2011 10:00

Martin Blackburn writes in The Sun...

Neville: Liverpool haven’t got a prayer
Gary Neville has told old rivals Liverpool their desperate 21-year wait for the title is set to continue. The Kop are starting to dream again with Kenny Dalglish back in charge and more than £100million spent on new players this calendar year. Ex-Manchester United skipper Neville knows all about the longing which comes from such a barren run. And he reckons it has got to the point where Liverpool need to win it again - although he does not see it happening this year. Neville, 36, said: “Liverpool are getting to that point where they need that success now. The club demands it. Going back to 1992-3 you just become very desperate and very wanting. You become needy. You feel like it's a goal, it's a challenge, rather than something to get excited about. You can see exactly what Kenny Dalglish is trying to do there. He has brought an identity back to the club. Whether they can go on and win the title... I'm not sure whether that will happen this season.”

The same paper also claims Tom Cleverley is at the centre of a cash row between United and former club Bradford City, who reportedly want 10 per cent of all loan fees received for the England international since he joined the Reds as a schoolboy. Cleverley, who made his competitive United debut in the FA Community Shield win over Manchester City, has enjoyed individual loan spells with Leicester, Watford and Wigan.

Elsewhere, Danny Welbeck is confident of earning a starting role at Old Trafford, despite intense competitions for places up front. The striker told the Daily Star: “My main aim is to break into the team and get a partnership going with whoever is up front.”

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