The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Fergie to go Dutch for Jetro
Manchester United are chasing Holland’s wonder boy Jetro Willems – as Sir Alex Ferguson looks for the next Patrice Evra. Ferguson sent his brother Martin, a United scout, on a spying mission to watch the 17-year-old left-back play for PSV Eindhoven at the weekend, teeing up a quick move for the teenager. Willems joined PSV from Sparta Rotterdam at the end of August, but could be on the move again if Fergie thinks the time is right to act before rivals get their act together. The star Holland youth international has already played 20 senior matches in Dutch football – catching the eye of top clubs in England and Europe.
Sticking with 17 year-olds, the same paper describes Reds striker Tom Lawrence - a scorer in the recent FA Youth Cup win over Torquay - as a "future star to look out for."
The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel claims UEFA's financial fair play regulations will benefit United. He writes, "[David Gill] knows that, once established, they will give United the clout to overcome setbacks far greater than defeat in Basle... Even before Wednesday's defeat, Gill was insisting that UEFA impose 'appropriate sanctions' on clubs who fail to comply with financial fair play. This lobbying will redouble with United vulnerable. So forget talk of the empire falling. United may have rough times immediately ahead, but long-term can emerge stronger than ever."
Samuel also sympathises with United over last week's injury to Nemanja Vidic. "Vidic may well be 31 by the time he returns and even with advances in modern sports science it is ambitious to believe he can achieve the same physical standard having sustained such a serious injury late in his career." He concludes, "Football can be very cruel."