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.

09/09/2011 09:00

Papers: Davies threat

Jeremy Cross writes in The Star...

Davies to give United a real going-over
Kevin Davies last night warned Manchester United starlets Phil Jones and David De Gea: I’m coming after you tomorrow. United travel to Bolton looking to make it four straight wins and remain at the top of the Premier League table. But Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have been told to prepare for some strong-arm tactics from Owen Coyle’s side, with Davies looking to test if Jones, 19, is really up to the physical challenge. Davies said: "I relish these kind of challenges. Jones is coming on as a player but he’s still young, so I’ll be looking to give him a going-over. There will be a few crosses flying in. I played against him last year. He’s a big strong boy, so it’s the kind of game I’ll look forward to."

De Gea is steeling himself for an aerial assault, however, after comments from the Spanish keeper appeared in most of the newspapers, including The Telegraph. "It feels normal when you do things wrong, even if it is just a couple of mistakes, that the press has the right to criticise," De Gea said. "That applies even more so when you’re a goalkeeper as you are always in the spotlight. But what happened is normal and it is now up to me to change those negative reports into praise. I am looking to improve after every practice session, every match – but mostly I must keep intact my confidence in my own ability and what that can bring to the team."

United have sent a letter to stricken Russian ice-hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavi after a plane crash killed 36 members of their staff. David Gill is quoted in The Daily Mail: "The news came as a great shock here and brought back some terrible memories for some of those connected with our club of our own tragedy in Munich."

Finally, former defensive great Paul McGrath has released a single - a cover of The Byrds' 'Goin' Back', according to Metro. The Republic of Ireland legend has recorded a 11-track album and a video to accompany the song.

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