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02/11/2011 10:29

Papers: Sir Alex is a genius

David McDonnell writes in the Mirror...

Secret behind 'genius' Fergie's success
Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson a “genius” as the Manchester United boss approaches his 25th anniversary at Old Trafford. United director Charlton, who played a key role in bringing Fergie to the club from ­Aberdeen in 1986, said the Scot’s appetite for the job was as strong as ever, despite turning 70 next month. And Sir Bobby singled out ­Ferguson’s remarkable ability to continually reinvent his teams as his greatest ­managerial strength. “Alex is a genius,” said Charlton, a star of Sir Matt Busby’s legendary line-ups of the 50s and 60s. “The number of times when you think he’s gone a bridge too far, he has succeeded. Even when people thought players were too young, he didn’t. Tom Cleverley as come in this season, and he and all the young lads have started to blossom. Alex just talks to them and they listen.” Charlton, 74, also paid tribute to Fergie’s relentless desire to keep United at the top, despite the challenges they face, with Manchester City and Barcelona now laying down the gauntlet at home and abroad. “He just goes on and on without any slackening in terms of his energy, his drive and his desire to make Manchester United the best,” added the World Cup winner.

Nearly all the papers run Sir Alex's quotes on Rio Ferdinand from Tuesday's press conference, saying Rio must adapt his game or lose his place in the United team.

The Daily Mail claims the Reds "will be given short shrift if they persist with interest in Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria".

And there's plenty of coverage of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, with the press bemoaning the fact that Wayne Rooney is the only Englishman on the 23-man shortlist, which is dominated by Barcelona players.

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