WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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Papers: Crouch riles boss

26/09/2011 10:30

Ian Ridley writes in The Express...

Ferguson unhappy with Peter Crouch’s fouls
After becoming the latest top club to endure a torrid 90 early season minutes at the Britannia Stadium, Sir Alex Ferguson did his best to make all the right sounds – though the fury was not far behind. His side had come through the trademark Stoke City bombardment like “real champions”, he claimed and his 20-year-old, £18 million goalkeeper David de Gea, still under scrutiny, had “sailed through”. As it is in a scorpion’s nature to sting, though, in the end Manchester United manager Ferguson could not resist a dig, with Peter Crouch the object of his disdain. “He fouls all the time,” said Ferguson of Stoke’s £10 million record signing. “He gets off with it because of his height, but he jumps on top of defenders all the time. He has been doing that for a long time. Referees know that. Even with the goal he has maybe caught Phil Jones, but he is right above him.”

The Sun says Wayne Rooney has joined the Zumba dance craze, citing the fitness fad as the reason behind his red-hot start to the season. The United star is apparently hooked on the workout, which features salsa, Bollywood and bellydancing moves.

Rooney’s fitness is also a concern for Fabio Capello, who is said to be sweating over the striker's fitness ahead of England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next month, after he missed United's weekend draw at Stoke with a hamstring injury.

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