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.

26/05/2011 09:30

Papers: Reds' starting XI

Revealed: Utd team to face Barca

Sir Alex Ferguson will pick his Schalke stunners for Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona. The Manchester United boss has gone for the line-up that won 2-0 in the semi first leg in Germany. That means top scorer Dimitar Berbatov and Nani, voted players' Player of the Year, will both be on the bench. Antonio Valencia gets the nod on the right wing after impressing following his return from a long-term ankle injury. Michael Carrick's excellent second half of the season has nailed down his place in central midfield ahead of Paul Scholes, Anderson or fit-again Darren Fletcher. Despite Ryan Giggs' off-field problems his form has not suffered and he will take up the central midfield role he has adapted to so well. Ji-Sung Park will be on the left and Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez start up front. United tore Schalke to pieces in Germany and Fergie said: "We've had some fantastic performances in Europe but I think it's certainly one of the best."
Neil Custis, The Sun

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown tells the Daily Mail Rio Ferdinand should play a roving role to curb the threat of Lionel Messi.

In other news, The Guardian say United's owners have made it clear to Sir Alex  that he has a substantial transfer budget at his disposal for big-name targets during a summer.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph features quotes from Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea's lawyer who has denied reports the stopper has agreed to join United. The statement insists he will not consider his future until after this summer's European Under-21 Championships.

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