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.

Papers: Pole position

27/12/2012 10:00

The Mirror's Richard Arrowsmith writes…

Pole position: United on verge of £18m Lewandowski deal
Robert Lewandowski is on the verge of signing for Manchester United, according to German newspaper Bild. The Borussia Dortmund striker has long attracted interest from Sir Alex Ferguson and is expected to complete a £18million move in the summer. United are prepared to double his wages by offering a five-year contract worth £20.5million - or £4.1 annually. The Poland international has told friends he would be leaving the Bundesliga. Inter Milan had threatened to start a bidding war after entering the chase for the 24-year-old but it is understood he prefers a move to the Premier League.

Sir Alex Ferguson says United's seven-goal thriller against Newcastle was a "championship performance" from his men. “The statement was the performance, never mind where we are at this moment in time. That was a championship performance,” he said after the 4-3 Boxing Day win.

The Guardian says City boss Roberto Mancini is in trouble with the FA after saying that Kevin Friend, the referee for their 1-0 defeat at Sunderland, and his linesmen "may have eaten too much for Christmas". Sir Alex could also face an FA charge, the paper says, after the Reds boss confronted referee Mike Dean about Newcastle's second goal, a Jonny Evans own-goal, because Newcastle had a player offside.

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