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.

11/05/2011 08:58

Papers: Reds risk PL row

United to field reserves against Blackpool

Sir Alex Ferguson's preparations for the Champions League final are threatening to have repercussions for some of the Premier League's relegation-threatened teams after it transpired he was planning to play a virtual reserve side against Blackpool in Manchester United's final game. If United secure a record 19th league title by getting a point or more at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Ferguson intends to rest almost his entire first-choice team against Blackpool, despite the controversy when he did the same on the final weekend of the 2006-07 season and a 1-0 win for West Ham United at Old Trafford meant the London club avoided relegation at the expense of Sheffield United. There are potential implications for five of Blackpool's rivals in the lower reaches of the table, with Ian Holloway's side currently in the relegation places with Wigan Athletic and West Ham. Wolverhampton Wanderers are a point clear in 17th while Blackburn and Birmingham City have a further two points. - Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

Other stories include a claim in The Sun that Antonio Valencia "is to enter talks about a new contract at Manchester United as Europe's big guns sniff around."

There's further reaction to United's win over Chelsea, with ex-skipper Steve Bruce stating Sir Alex could have won the league this season with any of the top-four sides.

The papers also quote current captain Nemanja Vidic saying United have been spurred on by detractors - "Compliments are not always good for you, criticism can help a team" (Mirror) - and vowing there's more to come from the Reds with "youth on our side." (Times)

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