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The Sun's Neil Custis writes...
Ferguson slams Mickey Mouse defence
Sir Alex Ferguson believes his players are defending like cartoon characters. You would not disagree given some of the Mickey Mouse performances at the back this season. Manchester United have conceded 32 goals during their opening 22 games in all competitions — their worst record at this stage in over a decade. Another three were shipped on Saturday against Reading and in the top half of the league only Tottenham have a worse defensive record. Boss Ferguson said: “Last weekend was a cartoon cavalcade (Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade was a Scottish TV kids programme, which ran for 26 years from 1966). “It’s a worry. I cannot ever remember us conceding so many goals before Christmas. So it is a concern, there’s no question about that. I think we’re getting punished for every ball that goes in the box at the moment, but saying that we should still be defending far better.”
The Sun says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has "been told to back off Pep Guardiola or risk losing out on the former Barcelona coach". The newspaper says that Paris St Germain and Manchester City are interested in Guardiola whilst suggesting he could be Sir Alex Ferguson's eventual successor.
All the national newspapers focus on Sir Alex's comments about his defence ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, while the Daily Star claims the United boss is taking a risk by playing Wayne Rooney against Cluj.
The Star also claims that United's supposed interest in Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has cooled, paving the way for Manchester City to sign the Dutchman.