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: Rio's joy at draw

05/12/2011 10:27

Neil Custis in The Sun writes..
Rio's joy at derby draw

Rio Ferdinand cannot wait to tackle Manchester City next month. United and noisy neighbours City were drawn together yesterday in the FA Cup third round — a repeat of last year's semi-final. City won last April and then smashed Sir Alex Ferguson's men 6-1 at Old Trafford in the league two months ago. United's Ferdinand said: "Third round of the Cup vs City. A great game to kick off this year's FA Cup. I can't wait." City boss Roberto Mancini knows it will be tough. He now has seven games next month, including a two-legged Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool. United legend Dwight Yorke says the third-round result could affect the destination of the title. Yorke said: "This Cup draw suits United more than City. If United win, it might just put a few doubts into City's mind — and give United a fresh impetus." But ex-City chairman and striker Francis Lee reckons his club will have the mental edge over United. He said: "Over the last couple of years they have been very close but the 6-1 might just give City the psychological edge." Holders City have been installed as the bookies' favourites for the Etihad clash on January 7 or 8. And former City midfielder Gary Owen, 53, added: "United won't like this draw one bit. Yes, they will want revenge but it's another thing entirely getting it."

Some of the newspapers suggest Fabio Capello could leave Wayne Rooney out of the England squad for Euro 2012 if the striker's three-match ban is not reduced at his appeal on Thursday.

Over in France, Foot Sur carry comments from Rennes midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa. He states: "United have always been the club of my dreams. I've been a fan of the Red Devils since I was little."

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