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.

27/01/2012 10:39

Papers: Rooney worry

Neil Custis writes in the The Sun...

United sweat on Roo
Manchester United are sweating over whether Wayne Rooney will be fit for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth-round clash at Liverpool. United's top scorer has not trained all week after suffering an ankle injury in last Sunday's win at Arsenal. It is a major blow to United boss Alex Ferguson's plans as he struggles with a major injury crisis. United will hope they can take a look at Rooney training today with Fergie already missing nine other first-team players. There are now fears that Nani, who hobbled away from the Emirates with an ankle problem, has ligament damage that could keep him out for two months. Phil Jones was expected to be all right after also suffering an ankle injury at Arsenal but he was unable to train yesterday and is now doubtful. Doubts also surround Rio Ferdinand (back) but he is confident of being fit.

Rooney's race to make the game is featured in most of the national newspapers, while other angles on the Liverpool game include opposition captain Steven Gerrard calling for calm on the pitch (Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Star along others) and United midfielder Anderson backing his skipper Patrice Evra to cope with the Anfield atmosphere (Daily Mirror). Liverpool striker / midfielder Dirk Kuyt is also quoted on a possible Manchester double after their midweek win over City (The Sun).

The Daily Mail's 'Best of enemies' feature on the age-old rivalry between the clubs tells tales of Bill Shankly's dream of signing Bobby Charlton, United playing a home game at Anfield in the 1970's and Sir Alex's secret donation to the Hillsborough fund.

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