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.

20/04/2012 08:30

Papers: Five to exit United

David Anderson writes in the Daily Mirror...

Berbatov set to lead summer exodus
Dimitar Berbatov looks like being the most high-profile departure from Manchester United, after chief David Gill confirmed the squad would be overhauled. Berbatov, the club’s record £30.75million signing, can leave this summer and he could be followed by fellow strikers Michael Owen - whose contract is up in June - Bebe and Federico Macheda, plus midfielder Anderson. Gill claims they are working on new signings, and Lille’s Eden Hazard and Athletic Bilbao’s Oscar De Marcos are understood to be targets. “We’re looking at all that,” said Gill. “The work goes on all year round, but obviously intensifies as we come to the end of the season in terms of players. There’s various contracts we’ve got to do, we’ll look at some acquisitions and there will be some players who will leave. It’s an interesting time.”

Meanwhile, The Sun quotes Bryan Robson from his BBC interview in which he says Ashley Young could cost United a crucial penalty in the title run-in after being labelled a diver. Robson fears referees will wave away appeals in the next four games, even if Young is genuinely fouled in the box.

In other news, The Independent reports that United have declined to be involved in the Under-19s NextGen Series tournament.

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