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.

30/08/2011 09:54

Papers: Rooney's revival

Richard Williams writes in The Guardian...

Wayne Rooney's revival…
It was not just the two beautifully executed free-kicks and the exemplary penalty. Everything else about Wayne Rooney's performance against Arsenal on Sunday spoke of a player restored to the peak of his powers, looking – perhaps more than at any time since his teenage years – as though he could take a football and do anything with it that he wished. This was the performance of a complete no.10 in the classic mould, a fantasist and a finisher in one package, inspiring his colleagues with a flow of nimble-witted, technically flawless interventions. The match was not a quarter of an hour old and still goalless when he orchestrated a move, involving multiple exchanges between Anderson, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and himself, which looked like a high‑spirited, anything-you-can-do pastiche of Arsenal's own intricate style. His new, slimmer silhouette seemed to be everywhere, at the heart of everything his side did. And this from a man who, quite recently, could not trap a bag of suet.

Elsewhere, there's still plenty of praise for United's performance in the 8-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday. Amid the gushing, though, The Star claim Danny Welbeck could be ruled out for up to six weeks with a torn hamstring, a period that tallies with Sir Alex's initial estimate given immediately after the match.

A number of outlets have run lengthy Tom Cleverley pieces, using a mix of quotes from our United Review interview and his post-match reaction following Sunday's match. The Sun focus on "the banner that inspired Tom" [United fans unfurled a "Who needs Wesley [Sneijder]? We've got Cleverley" banner at West Brom], while the Daily Express major on Tom's international ambitions.

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