Papers: Reds show weakness
Mark Ogden in The Daily Telegraph writes... Vieira: City have nothing to fear from United
For Manchester City’s football development executive, Patrick Vieira
’s grand title at the Etihad Stadium, there will be no following his old adversary, Paul Scholes, out of retirement and back onto the pitch. Manchester United might need their battle-hardened war-horses to come to the rescue, but not City. “Doing that has never entered my mind because I made the right decision,” Vieira said. “Paul Scholes is a player that I really love and admire, one of the best English players of the last few years, and seeing him come back is good for him and for United. But for him to come back just shows a little bit of weakness in United, because they had to bring a player back who was 37. I think it shows that, in the next few years, it will be really difficult for United to cope with other teams because, with all the respect I have for Scholes, him coming back shows that they don’t have talent in there to replace him. When you see United losing young players like Ravel Morrison and maybe Paul Pogba, they should be really worried because that wouldn’t have happened in the past.” Standing four points clear of City at the top of the table, ahead of their rivals’ clash with Chelsea, United would appear to be the ones with least to worry about. But the presence of City, gnawing at their heels on the pitch and making giant strides off it, has undoubtedly had an impact at Old Trafford. City beat United to the signature of Samir Nasri last summer and persuaded Carlos Tevez to cross the Mancunian divide three years ago, so while talk of edginess or nerves at the Etihad might be emerging, Vieira insists City have nothing to fear. “When United lost [the title] to Arsenal, they were in Manchester and Arsenal were in London, so it is different. It will hurt United a lot more to lose the title to City."
Roberto Mancini's vow at Tuesday's press conference that Manchester City will win the title is also reported in all of the newspapers ahead of the Blues' fixture with Chelsea. One day's story is another day's rebuttal as the Daily Express claims Rio Ferdinand is 'set to snub' a possible move to Chinese side Guizhou Renhe.
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