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07/12/2011 09:53

Papers: Basel disrespected

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror

United didn't take us seriously says Basel star
Marco Streller has accused Manchester United of showing his Basel side a lack of respect and failing to take them seriously. The Swiss outfit stunned United at Old Trafford in September, coming from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 before Ashley Young salvaged a point for the English champions with a 90th-minute equaliser. United now need a point in the return fixture on Wednesday night to clinch their place in the last 16. Basel skipper Streller said Sir Alex Ferguson's side got a wake-up call at Old Trafford.  "You can never go into a game showing fear," he said. "Yes, we will show United respect, that is clear. When they took a 2-0 lead, it seemed to me they maybe didn't take us seriously enough. But we know they will take us seriously now, given the points we have taken in the group."

Most of the papers focus on Sir Alex’s assertion, published on ManUtd.com on Tuesday evening, that Wayne Rooney is fully focused on the game against Basel and not the appeal against his three-match international ban, which is due to be heard on Thursday.

The Daily Star reports that Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic, the player Rooney kicked to earn his red card, has called on UEFA to cut his Euro 2012 suspension. “I think it would be wrong to ban Rooney for three games for the challenge that he made on me,” Dzudovic said. “It would be a real shame for the tournament and spectators.”

Basel are hoping to capitalise on their underdog status in tonight’s game. The Swiss club’s coach Heiko Vogel is quoted in The Mirror saying: “There is more pressure on Manchester United, in 99 percent (of cases) they are absolute favourites. They probably have 13 international players, they are so strong it is mad. They can handle the pressure but maybe these one or two percent can be an advantage for us.”

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