The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Title still going to Manchester
In the context of the title race, Chelsea’s 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa on Sunday meant absolutely nothing. Do not try to read anything into the performance – sensational as it was – if you are looking for a pointer as to who will win the championship in May. There are only two clubs in contention, Manchester United and Manchester City, and the weekend’s fixtures served only to underline why Chelsea are a million miles from challenging their supremacy. Manchester City’s late winner against Reading was far more significant in terms of showing us who has the character to go the distance. It sounds like a contradiction, but the fact is you do not win titles by battering teams when you are playing well. You win titles by grinding out victories when you are playing poorly, something United possess in their DNA and City are beginning to replicate... for the most part the Premier League is a slog requiring the kind of graft we have not yet witnessed in this new-look Chelsea team.
Press coverage of the Reds' 1-1 draw at Swansea leads in some quarters with Sir Alex Ferguson's angry verdict on the Ashley Williams-Robin van Persie incident, when the hosts' defender kicked a ball at the Dutchman's head from point-blank range. The Independent quotes the United boss - "Robin is lucky to be alive, it was a disgraceful act from their player" - and Williams - "It is his opinion, I obviously cleared the ball and it hit him on the head. I understand why he is angry. I tried to apologise but there wasn't much time."
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