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.

15/03/2012 09:30

Papers: Tom's Olympic aim

John Cross writes in The Mirror...

United’s Cleverley wants to play in Olympics
Tom Cleverley has admitted he is desperate to play alongside David Beckham for Team GB in this summer's Olympic football tournament. The United midfielder also claims that other Premier League stars are keen to take part in the London Games. “It is something that everyone strives for - to experience new things throughout your career - so the Olympics would be different," said Cleverley, 22. “For a young English player, it is an exciting summer of football with the Euros and Olympics, and I would be proud to represent at either of those. Having the chance to have an Olympic gold medal in your trophy cabinet would be unbelievable - a lot of the players are talking about it. I always looked up to David Beckham when I was young. To play alongside him would be great. Several Premier League managers have already voiced concerns about the Olympics, which begin three weeks after the final of Euro 2012 and end just days before the new season begins in August. But it is clear that players want to be a part of the Games, even though football is not a high profile Olympic sport, because it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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In the Daily Mail, Athletic Club manager Marcelo Bielsa believes his side can match United in Bilbao tonight, but says it is unrealistic to think his team can perform like they did at Old Trafford every week. “The difference in points and finance is there for everyone to see,” said the former Argentina coach. “But I also believe that on one night or in one match a team like Athletic can get very close to the level of opponents such as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United.”

Elsewhere, plenty of column inches are filled by Sir Alex's comments on the future of Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, as first published by ManUtd.com on Wednesday.

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