Papers: Akin to Cantona coup
Martin Hardy writes in The Independent... City beware
The treble season; that was the starting point for Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday. When the conversation turns to 1999, and the comparisons are coming from Ferguson himself to the forward line he had at his disposal for that campaign, one that rampaged its way through Europe, the mood at Old Trafford is not difficult to read. Make no mistake, landing Robin van Persie is right up there with the acquisition of Eric Cantona back in 1992, when winning had become a forgotten art-form for the country's biggest club. A brilliant manager buying a brilliant player will always make sense. It is three months since Ferguson stood on the pitch at the Stadium of Light on the final day of the season and heard a roar in the far corner of the ground, a noise that told him Manchester City had scored a third goal. His resolve hardened right there in front of those watching. The rising Japanese player Shinji Kagawa has arrived, Danny Welbeck is close to signing a new contract, and Tom Cleverley is fit again. The first two offer reasons to believe Ferguson's hunger remains as great as ever, but the pursuit and subsequent landing of Van Persie, Arsène Wenger's golden boy, should ring out as a warning to every club side in European football. Sir Alex's comparisons to 1999 are reported across the board in the English media, as is Danny Welbeck's assertion that United fans are in for "goals galore" this season.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright's column in The Sun doesn't make for easy reading for Gunners fans. He says: "The move is not about money. The Londoners’ club skipper is heading to Old Trafford because he must believe playing for United will give him a better chance of winning things."
In The Express, Graeme Souness and Niall Quinn offer their thoughts on the season ahead, with both agreeing the title will be won by one of the Manchester clubs.
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