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04/04/2012 10:06

Papers: No trophy at Etihad

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph...

City to be spared presentation
Manchester City would be spared the anguish of watching Manchester United lift the Premier League trophy at the Etihad Stadium this month following confirmation that protocol will not be altered should Sir Alex Ferguson’s team win the title against their neighbours on April 30. With United five points clear of Roberto Mancini’s team following Monday’s 2-0 victory against Blackburn at Ewood Park, Ferguson’s players could confirm the club’s 20th Premier League championship at the Etihad if the sides match each other’s points up to the derby meeting. Although United have been presented with the trophy at Goodison Park and the Riverside Stadium in the past, there are no plans to deviate from the current format of crowning the champions in their final home game or, should it be necessary, at the venue of their final fixture. A Premier League spokesperson said: “There are no plans for there to be a trophy presentation on April 30, should the title race be decided. The preference is always to present the trophy at a home game.”

Elsewhere, plenty of papers run quotes from Inside United's exclusive interview with Wayne Rooney.

The Independent run a feature on why United have the upper hand in the title race. Under "The Ferguson Factor", Martin Hardy writes: "Much is made of mind games between Ferguson and those he takes on, but their weakness comes from within. Ferguson stands strong and does what he has always done, he leads from the front. Ferguson has taken on the richest club in the world, with two young English footballers and a young foreign goalkeeper as his only real additions."

The Guardian's Danny Taylor also takes an in-depth look at the Reds' season and concludes: "On current form, it is not beyond the realms of possibility United could actually win the league, or receive the guard of honour, when they visit the Etihad Stadium on 30 April."

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