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.

16/03/2011 11:00

Papers: Boss backs Berba

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror

Fergie unconcerned by Berba’s Euro drought
Alex Ferguson has backed Dimitar Berbatov to end his two-and-a-half year goalscoring drought in the Champions League. While Berbatov is top of the Premier League scoring charts this season with 19 goals, the £30million striker has not found the back of the net since scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Celtic in October 2008. The 30-year-old forward's goal famine in Europe now stands at a remarkable 18 games. Even John O'Shea, Gabriel Obertan and the much-maligned Bebe have scored in Europe during Berbatov's barren run in the most prestigious club competition in world football. But it is a measure of Fergie's continued faith in Berbatov that the United boss, usually on the button when it comes to such statistics, was unaware of the striker's ongoing failings in Europe. “I wasn't aware of that,” said Ferguson. “Dimitar is capable of scoring all the time and he's got that ability. He's done very well for us this season and hopefully that will continue.”

The Sun reports Sir Alex is targeting a 100th Champions League win with victory over Marseille at Old Trafford - although with the last-16 tie finely balanced following a goalless first-leg draw in France, the Reds boss has warned his players must be on top form to beat the French champions: “We are playing an experienced, powerful Marseille team and we will have to play well.”

Several papers speculate that England boss Fabio Capello is considering giving the national-team captaincy to John Terry because of Rio Ferdinand's ongoing injury problems, though there's no indication that this is a permanent move.

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