The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
However, several newspapers carry quotes from Barcelona's stars saying United are a better team without Ronaldo. David Villa states: "Ronaldo's departure has liberated them. Many great players come and go and that has allowed them to remain at the top for so long." The Telegraph report Dani Alves as insisting: "This Manchester United team is much more unpredictable without Ronaldo. They have formed a more balanced group and they are stronger than they were two years ago."
The Daily Mail claim United have beaten Liverpool to the £15million capture of Aston Villa's Ashley Young, who is out of contract at the end of next season.
Of course, the newspapers also carry Sir Alex's comments about goalkeeping target David De Gea.