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: Title race all over

09/04/2012 09:43

On Easter Monday it's Manchester City (and enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli) who dominate the headlines following their defeat at Arsenal. It's a result that leaves City eight points adrift of Manchester United, with only six games to play.

In The Independent, Sam Wallace described Sunday as "a dreadful afternoon for [City]" and "the day that Manchester City tossed the title away". Mario Balotelli was sent off and has attracted plenty of criticism (both from the media and his manager), but Wallace believes "he alone is not the reason City appear to have blown their first title since 1968". He goes on to ponder: "City's form has gone so dramatically that it is difficult to say when they might recover."

On the United front, most of the headlines revolve around Lee Mason's decision to award the Reds an early penalty at Old Trafford and send off Queens Park Rangers captain Shaun Derry. Replays showed Ashley Young was offside in the move, though, and former referee Graham Poll, writing in the Daily Mail, has labelled the decision "indefensible". Brian Woolnough, writing in the Daily Star, described it as "football's latest refereeing injustice".

Meanwhile, The Guardian claim Manchester United have entered the race for Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey, who's tipped to cost any interested club £10million.

The Daily Express claim Sir Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan spent Saturday watching young midfielder Oliver Norwood, currently on loan at Coventry City, in action against Peterborough. Norwood helped tee up both Coventry goals in the 2-2 draw and revealed afterwards: "I had a call from Mike Phelan who said: ‘We’re coming down to watch’, but it doesn’t bother me. I have to perform and catch the eye."

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