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.

15/09/2011 09:40

Papers: Golden Giggs

Neil Custis writes in The Sun...

Record-breaker Ryan saves Sir Alex
Alex Ferguson hailed Ryan Giggs after his wonder goal got United a point in Lisbon. His strike means he has hit goals in the most Champions League seasons - an incredible 16. It came 17 years to the day record-breaker Giggs, at 37 already the oldest goalscorer in the competition, struck his first goal in Europe. Boss Fergie raved: "It was a great goal, terrific quality. I felt in the early part of the match he perhaps sat too deep in midfield, but when he got in behind them he was a real threat." Giggs struck on 42 minutes after Oscar Cardozo had fired Benfica ahead. Fergie added: "I thought both goals were terrific. The boy Cardozo took his goal fantastically well. Once we scored we played well. I thought our possession in the first half was too cautious but once Ryan scored we played much better."

United's press coverage is dominated by match reports from last night’s 1-1 draw. Away from the Benfica game, The Mail carries quotes from Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. He says the Blues will come to OT on Sunday determined to end the Reds’ perfect start to the league campaign. “United started very well this season, but we started last season the same. They've improved as a group but we have our aim, we have our idea and we try to use this on the pitch. It's going to be the hardest game for us until now and we have to show more than 100% of our power.”

Elsewhere, The Sun carry brief mention of Burnley’s alleged interest in young Red Paul Pogba. The paper claim the Clarets want the Frenchman on a six-month loan, but would have to wait until at least after United’s Carling Cup fourth round tie with Leeds next week.

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