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.

Papers: Noisy neighbours

26/07/2011 10:00

The Daily Mail reports...
Boss' warning for City

Sir Alex Ferguson warned Manchester City that he will use next month's Community Shield as an opportunity to put his 'noisy neighbours' in their place. City beat United in last season's FA Cup semi-final on the way to ending their 35-year wait for a trophy, and Ferguson admitted that Roberto Mancini's side have now emerged as a genuine threat to his hopes of retaining the Barclays Premier League title. However, the Old Trafford boss is determined to strike an early blow when the two rivals return to Wembley on 7 August after reviving his famous comment about City in New York. "Obviously the Community Shield is not a normal one for Manchester United," said Ferguson. "It's about addressing our noisy neighbours again. It's going to be an interesting match. If you look at the possibilities of the top teams, any one of them can win the league. Ourselves, City, Liverpool have improved a lot, and Arsenal and Chelsea are always challengers."

The New York Times cover more quotes from the boss' press conference, explaining why the USA has been a popular destination for the Reds over the years. "It’s always part of our preparation to go abroad. We’ve had four trips to the US in the last nine years and, for me, it’s not about the finances but about creating a fan base for the club, to prepare the team for the season, and that never changes."

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