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.

22/08/2012 08:45

Papers: Nani in or out?

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph...

Nani and Hernandez staying put
Manchester United are to reject any offers for Nani or Javier Hernández during this transfer window with manager Sir Alex Ferguson determined to retain both players amid recent uncertainty over their respective Old Trafford futures. While United are to step up efforts to secure transfers or loans for fringe players such as Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda and Bebe between now and the Aug 31 deadline, senior figures at Old Trafford have insisted that the club “will not entertain” attempts to prise Nani or Hernández from Ferguson’s squad. Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg are keen to sign Nani, with coach Luciano Spalletti revealing last Friday that contact has been made with United over the Portuguese winger. And Hernández was at the centre of unconfirmed interest from Arsenal and Chelsea following the £22m signing of Robin van Persie. Mexican forward Hernández, absent from the squad on duty at Everton on Monday, is prepared to fight for his place at United according to his representative, who has insisted that the 24 year-old has no intention of leaving unless the club chooses to listen to offers.

The Telegraph's story is contradicted by The Sun which says "Nani will be axed" from the team - but "United will not consider selling unless they get an offer of more than £25million." The story claims Nani is "frustrated at the collapse of talks over a new four-year deal."

Reviews of Monday's defeat at Everton continue with The Guardian saying "United can take positives" including the fact Shinji Kagawa "looked promising on his debut."

Meanwhile the Daily Mail suggests Wayne Rooney's place could be under threat following the arrival of Kagawa and Robin van Persie. "Any more performances like the one Rooney contributed on Monday at Goodison Park and United’s No 10 may struggle to get in the team." On a lighter note, the same newspaper highlights the fact Anderson's name was spelled incorrectly as "Andreson" on his shirt when he came on at Everton.

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