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.

Papers: Robin's the new Ruud

05/11/2012 09:28

Martin Blackburn writes in The Sun

RVP's the new Ruud
Patrice Evra says Robin van Persie has given everyone at Old Trafford a Ruud awakening. The Dutch Master bagged his 10th goal of the season for Manchester United when he opened the scoring in the 2-1 win against his old club Arsenal on Saturday. And stand-in Red Devils skipper Evra believes the £22million summer signing is similar to United goal-scoring legend Ruud van Nistelrooy. Evra said: “People can now see that Robin is strong mentally. He seems like he has played for us for many years and he reminds me of Van Nistelrooy. I played with Ruud when I signed for United and remember what a great player he was.” Asked why he believes they are similar, Evra smiled: “First of all, they are both Dutch! But it’s the class and the touch they both have when you pass the ball to them. Robin is just a top-class player and you can see why United wanted him and why the gaffer worked so hard to get him. He has started so well and I just hope he can keep going because, at United, you have to do that in every game and we have to do everything we can to make sure he feels good. He can be one of the best.”

Evra is central to a debate which continues to rumble on after Saturday's victory over Arsenal, centring around the Frenchman's role in Jack Wilshere's second yellow card. The defender insists: “I think he didn’t look for the ball," while Arsene Wenger claims: "The players dive like they have been killed."

The Daily Mail highlights the behaviour of both sets of supporters during Saturday's game, with Wenger and van Persie subjected to distasteful chanting from opposing fans.

Staying on managers, The Sun quotes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on suggestions that he could replace Sir Alex Ferguson. “I’m not naive enough to say I can do that job but in life you should have big dreams and big goals," says the Norwegian, currently managing Molde. “It’s a dream but let’s take just one step at a time."

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