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.

08/11/2012 09:00

Papers: Robin to the rescue

Robin sparks a late rally to rescue United
The lights went out at the Estadio Municipal de Braga, and for 80 minutes Manchester United suffered a quite shocking power failure too. Rarely have Sir Alex Ferguson’s team lacked a spark quite like this. Trailing to Braga once again before a broken generator led to floodlight failure and a 10-minute delay in the teeming rain in north-west Portugal, United somehow turned it around with three late goals. Not for the first time this season Robin van Persie came to the rescue. But if the Dutchman’s late equaliser was undeserved, the goals from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez must have left Braga feeling as if they had been mugged. Floodlight robbery, you could say. But the fact is that, without being at their best, United have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League with two games to spare, and are guaranteed to finish top of Group H after maintaining their 100 per cent record in Europe this season.
Chris Wheeler, Daily Mail

All the papers report on United's come-from-behind victory in Portugal, while The Sun and the Mirror say Gary Neville wants to build a football pitch on top of his new hotel next to the stadium, but add that United are objecting.

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