The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Sir Alex preparing to take a punt on Moura
If Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to take a punt on the unknown when it comes to Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, his pursuit of Robin van Persie sees him put his faith in the tried and trusted. There is an intriguing contrast in the two players the United manager hopes to add to his squad before the start of the season. A horse racing enthusiast, Ferguson is ready to take a gamble on 19-year-old Moura, while Van Persie is as close to a sure thing as one could get in football. Already proven in the Premier League, his origins will have gone a long way to convincing United that even on the verge of turning 29 he is worth the £20m it will take to prise him away from Arsenal. United are understood to have bid around £29m for Moura, with negotiations currently at an impasse. Sao Paulo now say they will offer Moura an extended deal on improved terms to keep him at the club, but the belief in Brazil is that they will sell if United up their bid beyond £30m.
All the British newspapers cover Team GB’s qualification for the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic football tournament. Skipper Ryan Giggs didn’t play in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Uruguay in Cardiff, but Tom Cleverley impressed in midfield. Stuart Pearce’s men will face South Korea in the knockout stages on Saturday evening.
The Daily Star picks up on our exclusive interview with Antonio Valencia, leading with the winger’s assertion that United are targeting a league and European double this season.