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.

Papers: England needs you

13/04/2012 08:54

Richard Tanner in the Daily Express writes...

Come back Paul: England needs you
Paul Scholes has been urged to make himself available for this summer’s European Championship and influence England the same way he has Manchester United’s title challenge. Two of Scholes’ United team-mates, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, have both been bowled over by his performances since he emerged from retirement in January. Now they hope he can be persuaded to end his eight-year exile from international football as well... Jones said: “I remember playing with him for the first time in his testimonial at the start of the season and I thought he was just unbelievable.When you see him in training and the things he does it’s just a joke. The positions he takes up make him like a magnet for the ball. He is always around the ball, he is always there to receive it, is always there to support play and his general all-round play is so good. It wouldn’t surprise me if he went to the Euros..."I’m sure he could have the same influence on England as he has done on United. Scholesy is unique. Come the summer there may well be calls for him to be included in the squad – and it will be because he is a player in great form. I’m sure he’s a player that any England manager would want.”

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claim Paul Pogba's future remains in doubt, with Juventus' offer of "a four-year deal worth £20,000 a week" still on the table. The player's agent is quoted: "He can remain at Manchester United or go to Juventus. It’s a tough decision to be taken by the boy, thinking of his career. Both possibilities present some chances."

In other potential transfer news, Daily Mirror scribe Martin Lipton claims Juventus are preparing a "summer swoop for Nemanja Vidic and Fernando Torres". The Italian side look set for Champions League football next season and coach Antonio Conte has allegedly been promised big funds to strengthen the team.

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