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.

23/02/2011 10:35

Papers: One more year

Fergie urges Scholes to stay
Sir Alex Ferguson has called on Paul Scholes to swallow his pride and extend his Manchester United career by another season. The 36-year-old has seen old friend Gary Neville retire and Giggs sign a one-year deal in the past couple of weeks but has yet to decide what to do himself. Scholes is dubious about the impact he has at Old Trafford, given his dwindling number of appearances. However, Ferguson has no reservations about the feisty midfielder's contribution to the United cause. "I am more than hopeful about Paul signing another contract," said Ferguson. "I think he should. His fitness isn't in question. I think Paul feels he has to play all the games. It is not a bad thing to be that way but, at his age, that is impossible. He can still play a big part for Manchester United, this season and next."
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

There's widespread coverage throughout the papers of Sir Alex Ferguson's admission the next three weeks could prove pivotal in United's season. "These are important weeks coming up - four games away from home, which will be a challenge," he says. "It's a time to enjoy and, in big games in particular, the players don't let us down often."

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps also provides headlines with his take on United's current style of play. "Maybe this United team have a bit less fantasy than some of the teams we have seen in the past," he says. "But it is not always the nicest-looking team that wins the titles."

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