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.

03/01/2012 09:41

Papers: Early retirement?

Sir Alex wants three more years
Writing in The Guardian, Richard Williams questions whether Sir Alex Ferguson will still be in charge of Manchester United in 2015, after the boss told MUTV recently he had "three more years" in him at the club. "I think three more seasons, after this one, will be too long for both the man and the club," Williams writes. "My bet is on him to step down in the summer of 2013, by which time José Mourinho may have achieved his twin ambitions at Real Madrid – a league title in a fourth country and a third European Cup victory – and made himself available for a return to English football... [Sir Alex] says he is good for another three years in the job, leading some to assume that he has finally set a deadline. But in 2001 he told us that he would be retiring two weeks before his 60th birthday, which fell in the last day of that year, and in 2008 he promised that he would not be celebrating his 70th – which fell last Saturday – as the manager of Manchester United. Why should we believe a word Sir Alex Ferguson says, at least on this particular topic?"

Elsewhwere, The Sun report teenage striker Joshua King will return to Old Trafford having played just twice in an injury-hit loan spell at German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

David De Gea's quotes from the latest edition of Inside United also appear in The Sun, The Mirror and the Daily Star. You can read part one of our excerpt on ManUtd.com.

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