The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Scholes: Let me play on
Paul Scholes is ready to extend his comeback to another season. The veteran midfielder came out of retirement in January. And the 37-year-old has had a huge hand in helping Manchester United overhaul neighbours City at the top of the table. Now Scholes wants to follow fellow old-boy Ryan Giggs, 38, into committing himself to another season. Scholes has taken part in all bar two of United's 15 games from the moment he came on as a sub in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Manchester City on January 8. He has started eight of those games, scoring twice, and won rave reviews. Boss Alex Ferguson said: "His form has been fantastic." Scholes retired at the end of last season but he quickly missed playing as he helped coach the reserves at Carrington.
There's evidence of more mind games coming out of Manchester City with Samir Nasri telling a number of newspapers that he hopes United keep winning before the derby at the Etihad Stadium. The Guardian quotes Nasri as saying, "You know what, I hope they win all their games and that we win all of ours, so we can play a ‘final’ here. Even if I said I hope they will lose, sometimes you have to be realistic. They don’t have any really difficult games and it’s not good to lie; they will not lose seven of their last nine games."
Bryan Robson is quoted about the title race in The Independent. "Another little downturn for City is the little bit of negative publicity; the Tevez saga, Balotelli on a couple of nights out. Those little things – Sir Alex Ferguson always keeps right on top of them and doesn't allow them to happen. Sometimes that is because he knows the character of the players and doesn't allow it to happen. If your character is like that, bang, you are out of the club."
All the newspapers also pick up on Rio Ferdinand's interview with the BBC when he said City fans were 'coming out of the woodwork' in Manchester and wearing their blue shirts.