The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Fergie disappointed but not surprised to see AVB go
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was among those to sympathise with sacked Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, despite admitting the news did not surprise him. Villas-Boas was shown the door at Stamford Bridge following another poor result, this time a 1-0 defeat West Brom, and Ferguson was disappointed to see a highly-rated young manager given such a short time to prove himself in the Barclays Premier League. Villas-Boas, 34, was appointed at the start of the season following a superb record with Porto, but was not allowed to see through his much-discussed three-year plan to overhaul the playing squad. Speaking prior to his own side's 3-1 win over Tottenham, Ferguson told Sky Sports: “The news is not surprising to me really. There was all the build-up in the media and obviously the results haven't been kind to him. But it is disappointing because he is a young manager. When you are young you need time and obviously in this industry you don't get a lot of time unfortunately, so it is sad in a way. I hope he does well because he has got the potential. His work at Porto can't be ignored and I hope he comes back into the game soon.”
In the Guardian, Alan Hansen states his belief that United are now favourites to secure the Premier League title ahead of rivals Manchester City following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Writing in his column, the Liverpool legend explains: “I believe that United just have the edge and, if I had to back one of them to win the league from this point, I would favour them.”
Elsewhere, plenty of the other papers feature interviews with Sir Alex Ferguson and Ashley Young, who both expressed their delight towards Sunday’s unexpectedly clinical win over Spurs, as first published on ManUtd.com.