WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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Papers: The kids are alright

23/08/2011 10:00

Tim Rich writes in the Independent...

United on to a winner with next generation
Danny Welbeck was born in a district of Manchester called Longsight which aptly sums up Sir Alex Ferguson's attitude to his club. This match was a testament to youth and won with all the swagger and optimism of a team that is growing up together. There is a freshness about Manchester United that was not even present in the "you'll win nothing with kids" season of 1995-96 when the promise of Beckham, Scholes and Butt was leavened by the toughness of Schmeichel, Bruce and Cantona. Here, Wayne Rooney at 25 had the air of a gnarled veteran. When Welbeck and Tom Cleverley departed for loan spells at Sunderland and Wigan, there were many, perhaps even the players themselves, who doubted they would appear at Old Trafford again, let alone combine for the goal that swung a thrilling contest decisively the way of the champions.

There is plenty of reaction to United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham in today’s papers, with many focusing on Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to field the second youngest team of his Reds tenure – a decision Neil Custis of the Sun feels will pay dividends in the future. Custis wrote: “No kidding. This young United team could dominate the Premier League for years to come.”

The same paper also critiqued David De Gea’s performance in goal for the Reds, praising the new-recruit on a vastly improved performance. The tabloid praised: “On this evidence, you can understand why Fergie signed him and kept him in the team despite his errors against Man City and West Brom.”

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