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: Greatest-ever Reds

27/02/2012 10:47

Mark Irwin writes in The Sun...

Fergie: Giggs and Scholes are simply the best
Alex Ferguson insists Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are the best players in Manchester United's history. The veteran midfielders defied the ageing process by scoring at Norwich. Scholes, 37, headed the first and Giggs, 38, grabbed a last-gasp winner on his 900th appearance for the club. Boss Fergie said: "Scholes and Giggs are the best players this club has ever had. Given the career Ryan has had, to score the winning goal with the last kick of the game... I think he deserved that. We could have played him against Ajax on Thursday but this game was more important and I knew we would need all our experienced players and Ryan and Scholesy in particular. That experience is really going to help us in the next couple of months. We won't get nervous, that's for sure. We're used to being in this situation."

Praise for the pair of Reds legends leads the match reaction. In his Daily Mail column, ex-Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp comments: "United have had better players than Liverpool for the last 20 years. Two reasons for that are Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. I admire both tremendously. And yesterday, with a combined age of 75, they both scored at Norwich - Giggs in his 900th United appearance. How amazing is that?"

Meanwhile in the Daily Mirror, Jamie's dad Harry Redknapp "demands an immediate recovery from Spurs" following their 5-2 derby drubbing at Arsenal. Their next opponents, of course, are United this Sunday in a game that influential midfielder Scott Parker will miss after being sent off. "We could have done without that," admits Redknapp.

Also missing a game this week are Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverley, after both pulled out from the England squad to face Netherlands. 'Pearce's Roo stew' is the headline in the Daily Express with Paul Joyce writing, "Stuart Pearce encountered the first frustrations of being England manager after Wayne Rooney headed a trio of high-profile withdrawals."

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