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.

01/02/2012 09:49

Papers: Boss shells Hansen

The Sun reports...

Hansen scrambled
Sir Alex Ferguson has torn into BBC pundit Alan Hansen for claiming Manchester United had not played well for 18 months. And the Old Trafford chief has politely reminded the former Liverpool defender of his much ridiculed prediction at the start of the 1995/95 season that "you can't win anything with kids". The duo have always had a frosty relationship dating back to 1986, when Ferguson left the stylish centre-back out of his Scotland World Cup squad. But it is Hansen's latest critique of United that has got his fellow Scotman's back up this time. Speaking in his programme notes ahead of last night's Premier League clash with Stoke, Ferguson said: "I noticed Hansen was at it again, saying we had not played well for one-and-a-half years. I reckon that comment goes alongside his claim a few years ago that you don't win anything with youngsters. And you know how he ended up with egg on his face after dismissing the Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville crop of kids so foolishly."

Coverage of United's comfortable 2-0 win over Stoke shares the back pages with Manchester City's costly defeat at Everton - and the decisive goal in the game being scored by ex-Reds midfielder Darron Gibson. Headlines include "Darron day! Utd reject puts Fergie level" (The Sun) while the Daily Mail runs Wayne Rooney's reaction on Twitter: "Yeeeessss Gibbo. Love u kid".

The transfer window closed "with a whimper" according to the Daily Mirror, which reports the two final-day deals involving the Reds - Ravel Morrison sold to West Ham ("Sam gets a Ravel with a cause") and Frederic Veseli arriving from Manchester City ("United raid City for Swiss starlet").

Also in the Mirror, columnist Oliver Holt tells Sir Alex "YOU are the Special One... there's no need to make way for Mourinho."

More: Gibson's gift to United | Reds sign Veseli | Morrison leaves Old Trafford

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