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20/01/2011 09:30

Papers: Reds have the power

Gill: We're still the biggest
David Gill has warned the Premier League that Manchester United are still the big guns of English football. That’s despite losing out to Chelsea in the title race last season and watching rivals Manchester City emerge as a genuine force this time round. City’s billionaires are one of the richest clubs in the world and will spend whatever it takes to become a superpower in Europe. Boss Roberto Mancini has splashed more than £200m on new signings since taking charge, with £27m striker Edin Dzeko the latest addition. United have debts of more than £700m, but chief executive Gill insists United can still compete with their rivals for the biggest stars. Gill said: “We can compete for top players. People say we don’t, but we have bought well. Our goal at United is to develop our own players and also buy good players. If we wanted to, we could [compete for a big signing]. Over time, you will know we have rarely bought a world star. We have made them world stars by playing for United, and that will continue.”
Jeremy Cross, Daily Star

David Gill is also quoted in today's papers on the subject of Sir Alex Ferguson's eventual successor - not that he's giving anything away. "Sir Alex is on a rolling contract. He is on the record as saying he will continue to manage as long as he keeps fit, so, while we follow what is happening in football, I am not going to sit here and say who we have in mind." Gill was speaking at a Manchester United Soccer Schools launch in Abu Dhabi.

In other news, the Daily Mail features a claim from Manchester City winger Adam Johnson that the Blues will be ready to pounce if United slip up. Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph suggests the Reds will sign Benfica defender Fabio Coentrao or Everton's Leighton Baines if Real Madrid make a summer move for Patrice Evra.

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