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.

12/09/2011 10:00

Papers: Wayne's world

Neil Custis writes in The Sun...

Rooney wants to be world’s best
Wayne Rooney is on the way to being seen as the world's best player a year after hitting his lowest point. Patrice Evra has watched Rooney's incredible redemption over the last 12 months. And the Frenchman said of his Manchester United team-mate: "You can see his hunger. Last season, he had some problems but now he is back. He wants to show what a top player he is. We are very happy and glad for him. He plays so well for us. He is a great professional and a top player. He wants to be the best player in the world. He just has to keep doing what he is doing." On Saturday, Rooney became only the fourth player in Premier League history to hit back-to-back hat-tricks.

The papers also pick up on ManUtd.com's news about Tom Cleverley, who will be sidelined for up to four weeks with ligament damage, following a reckless challenge from Kevin Davies during United’s 5-0 over Bolton on Saturday. The Wanderers striker has since apologised to the Reds midfielder, according to his wife Emma, who told the Daily Star: “He only just found out the boy is injured. He would never hurt anyone on purpose. He has spoken to Tom on the phone. He is not the type to purposely hurt anyone.”

Elsewhere, David Pleat has paid tribute to Anderson’s performance at the Reebok stadium in his column for The Guardian, describing the Brazilian as “a growing influence in United’s midfield.”

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