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.

20/12/2012 10:06

Papers: Wigan want Henriquez

Alan Nixon writes in The Mirror...

Angelo delight?
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is in talks with Manchester United about signing Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez in an emergency loan deal. Martinez wants the teenage forward - signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer window - and would like him on board immediately as cover for Arouna Kone. The Latics chief will lose Ivory Coast international Kone on Africa Cup of Nations duty soon, leaving his relegation-zone scrappers short of options up front. Henriquez has only played in United’s U21s so far but is in the full Chile side and could be a quality alternative for Wigan in the second half of the campaign. However, Henriquez has international duty of his own coming up - he is due to play in the South American Under-20 finals next month. Wigan and United need Henriquez to pull out of that squad to make the loan deal happen and want an answer in the next couple of weeks.

Elsewhere, there are a number of stories previewing today's Champions League draw (10:30 GMT). The Star call it "D-Day for the big boys", while The Sun run quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson insisting Cristiano Ronaldo, who the Reds could face in the Last 16, is the equal of Lionel Messi."There is nothing between the two of them, they are both the best players in the world.I think what we are seeing at the moment is that Messi is an exceptional player from this decade, along with Cristiano. I don’t think the rivalry against each other bothers them. I think they have their own personal pride in terms of wanting to be the best and I certainly know that about Cristiano because he played here at United for six years.”

Meanwhile, The Telegraph report on Sir Alex's lecture at Harvard University under the headline "Velvet glove and iron fist go hand in hand at Ferguson's Harvard lecture". The manager talked to students about life in the United hot seats and the different techniques required to be successful.

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