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06/12/2011 10:01

Papers: Ashley's aim

The Daily Express writes...

We will stick to attacking – Young
Ashley Young is adamant Manchester United will not adopt a safety-first attitude in their make-or-break Champions League encounter with FC Basle on Wednesday. After tossing away a two-goal lead against the Swiss champions on matchday two and then failing to overcome Benfica at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, Sir Alex Ferguson's men must avoid defeat if they are to book their customary spot in the last 16. "It would be dangerous to think we only need a draw," said the former Aston Villa man. "No one at this club has that mentality. We still have it in our hands to go there and qualify, which was the main target and we will be trying to win."

Darren Fletcher is quoted in several of the national newspapers saying he’s determined to avoid going out of the Champions League in the group stage, as he experienced with United in 2005.

“There are a few of us still in the squad who experienced the disappointment of that night,” says the midfielder. “We have experience of it not going right when it comes down to the last game, so we’ll try to draw from that experience and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The Daily Mail claims United are one of several clubs watching Bologna’s Uruguay forward Gaston Ramirez.

And there’s lots of coverage of the news that Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick in the derby last season has been shortlisted for the FIFA’s goal of the year award.

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