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.

13/06/2012 09:03

Papers: Cole rates Pole

Stuart Mathieson writes in the Manchester Evening News

Cole: United should head for the Pole!
Robert Lewandowksi could ‘sex-up’ United’s attack. That’s the view of Old Trafford Treble-winner Andrew Cole. Poland’s Euro 2012 striker is on the Reds’ summer radar as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to beef up his strikeforce, with Michael Owen having already left Old Trafford and Dimitar Berbatov expected to follow him. The United boss saw Lewandowski notch a hat-trick for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in the German Cup final last month. Lewandowski kicked off Euro 2012 last Friday with an eye-catching header for the co-hosts against Greece, and was in action again last night against Russia. “I think he is a very exciting player who would suit the Premier League,” Cole told M.E.N. Sport. “What I like about him most is that he gets in behind defences. I think that is what is needed again these days in the Premier League to bring back a touch of variety. Not many forwards seem to want to play little balls around the box to get in behind opponents. It might not be viewed as sexy anymore, but it could be again. Lewandowski looks like he can do it and looks like he enjoys doing it. I think if he were in United’s attack then strikers like Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck would find they would get more space. I think United would benefit from the option Lewandowski would provide.”

All the papers cover United’s swoop for Crewe starlet Nick Powell, while there’s plenty of coverage of England boss Roy Hodgson’s assertion that Wayne Rooney can be his “ace in the hole” when he returns from suspension at Euro 2012 next Tuesday.

And the Daily Mail claims Olympic coach Stuart Pearce will wait on Chris Smalling’s groin injury before finalising his 18-man Team GB squad.

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