The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Cole: Title woe will make United stronger
Andy Cole insisted United will emerge stronger – not weaker – from their Premier League title misery. Former Old Trafford favourite Cole dismissed any suggestion United could struggle to get over the agonising manner in which they surrendered the championship to neighbours City. “No-one wants to lose, especially on the last day of the season,” said Cole. “You can’t wait for pre-season to come around because you want to get started again. I would imagine that next season the boys will come back much stronger, determined to try to win the Premier League again.” Cole backed Ferguson to ensure they would not take this season’s outcome lying down. He said: “The gaffer’s very, very disappointed that we lost it the way we did but, ultimately, he says, ‘Hey, it’s gone now – let’s look towards next season’. He always does that. He’ll bring in new players and he’ll have a right good go at it again because that’s what the manager does. He loves a challenge. Whoever throws down the gauntlet, we’re prepared to challenge them. Man City have done that now and, no doubt, are going to be a challenger.”
Plenty of the British newspapers dissect England’s friendly win over Norway. The Guardian believes Michael Carrick should be in the side, while the Daily Mail says manager Roy Hodgson is building his team around Wayne Rooney, but that Ashley Young can deputise in the number 10 role while Rooney is suspended at Euro 2012.
In the Manchester Evening News, Stuart Mathieson argues why Pep Guardiola would not be a suitable replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson once he retires.
And there are references to reported United target Nick Powell’s spectacular goal in the League Two play-off final on Sunday.