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.

30/04/2012 09:00

Papers: Reds to Park the bus?

Ian Herbert writes in The Independent...
Ferguson ponders playing Park

Sir Alex Ferguson is giving deep consideration to recalling Ji-Sung Park tonight for his first Premier League start in three months – a move which reflects his determination to take at least a point from the Etihad. United have been working for several days in training with a system in which Park operates in a packed, five-man midfield, with Wayne Rooney the solitary striker. Ferguson also sees experience as critical to the effort to secure a point which would leave United four points away from their 20th title with two games to play. But in a sign that Roberto Mancini is also disinclined to gamble with an attacking starting XI, Nigel de Jong is under consideration for a start in a formation which would see Yaya Touré pushed on to operate behind a lone striker – mirroring Ferguson's own thinking. Ferguson has indicated that his coaching staff have been working on "two or three things" and Park has been one of them. He has slipped almost entirely out of favour, with no game time since the Europa League elimination in Bilbao on 15 March. Park's selection risks reducing Rooney to a frustrated individual in the lone striker role. He also operated there, with Park and Giggs behind in a five-man midfield, for the desperate Champions League exit at Basel on 7 December. But there was good news on the injury front for Ferguson at the weekend, with both Nani and Jonny Evans involved for the entirety of Saturday morning's training session at their South Wales getaway.

The Independent also relays quotes from Paul Scholes given to Telefoot, hinting he may stay on for another year and the Daily Mail carry the story from Germany regarding Borussia Dortmund's fear that Shinji Kagawa could join United but, obviously, much of the focus is on the derby. The Sun previews the match on its front page, proclaiming: 'Best Man Wins'.

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