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Veteran draws line under handshake affair
Ryan Giggs has insisted that Premier League footballers do not need a staged pre-match handshake to prove their respect for each other after admitting that the time has come for a line to be drawn under the Patrice Evra-Luis Suarez affair. Manchester United midfielder Giggs shook the hand of Liverpool forward Suarez before Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford, despite the Uruguayan snubbing Evra’s hand moments earlier. Suarez’s lingering anger at being suspended for eight games for racially abusing Evra is understood to have influenced his decision not to shake hands, but the player’s subsequent apology has now been welcomed by United. But, with the Fair Play handshake now subject to the spotlight, with many observers calling for it to be scrapped, Giggs insists that players will still shake hands, regardless of whether it is before the game or after. "It’s only this season where it (handshake) has been a problem." Giggs said. "If you ask most players, they’d take it or leave it. It’s just part of the build-up. It’s what you do and you are used to doing it. But if they take it away, so what? Players would still shake hands after the game."
Sir Alex Ferguson features in many of today’s papers after he gave an interview to FIFA.com, in which the boss claims United are "not far away" from matching current European champions Barcelona and La Liga leaders Real Madrid. The Express quotes: "We’ve got the ambition to compete with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and I don’t feel we’re that far away from them. I’m sure we’ll show that soon."
The Sun reports that Wayne Rooney has set his sights on becoming United’s all-time leading scorer after his brace against Liverpool took his tally to 168, level with Joe Spence in sixth place. The Reds striker, speaking via his Twitter account, is now targeting Sir Bobby Charlton’s record haul of 249. "Just seen I'm sixth on the all-time scoring records at Manchester United. Not sure if it's true but if it is I am very proud. My aim is to win more trophies and become all-time leading scorer at the club. It would be amazing...81 more!"
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