WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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23/11/2011 10:11

Papers: Rooney injury doubt

The Mirror writes...

Rooney doubtful for Newcastle match
Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of Wayne Rooney ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle. Rooney sustained a hip injury in the win at Swansea last weekend which ruled him out of last night's 2-2 Champions League draw with Benfica at Old Trafford, and it remains to be seen whether or not he will be available for the Magpies' visit to the stadium on Saturday. Asked about the England striker's condition last night, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "He wasn't fit for tonight, so we need to wait to see what he is like over the next few days. We will give him every chance, of course - we did for today, but he wasn't really fit, so we'll just have to wait."

There’s plenty of reaction to the Benfica draw, with most papers in agreement that United face a tough task to secure the required point in the final group game against Basel.

The Guardian’s Paul Wilson believes United badly missed Rooney on Tuesday night, while The Times claims goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov "failed to prove that he has a bigger part to play" for the Reds.

Elsewhere, David Beckham is set to turn down a return to English football – because he cannot bear the prospect of lining up against United. Following the end of his spell with LA Galaxy, the 36-year-old midfielder said: "When I was at AC Milan I played against Man United. I'd not played there for seven years and it was special going back. But it would be totally different going back there in a Premier League shirt. It is a club I love and adore. I could never see myself playing against United for another Premier League team."

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