The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
You’re the man, Van
Wayne Rooney believes that Robin van Persie is the talisman who can lead Manchester United to European glory. The Dutch ace came on in the second half to inspire a fightback as the Red Devils beat Braga 3-1 in Portugal on Wednesday. That booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with two group games to go. Now Rooney, who has played in three finals, believes the former Arsenal striker has the magic to bring a fourth European title to Old Trafford. Rooney said: “When you look at teams who have won this competition they’ve all had individuals who can do a bit of magic. Robin is a fantastic player. He has a calmness about him, holds the ball up well and brings others into the play. He’s great for the whole team, he’s our talisman. If you get players around him and players feeding off him, it’s great for us all."
Neil Custis, The Sun
Chris Smalling returned from injury against Braga having missed the start to the 2012/13 season. In the Mirror, he admits he doesn't make a good spectator: "It's been so long and it's been frustrating watching from the sidelines. I've been watching the Champions League games from the stands, which has been frustrating, so it was good to be back out there."
Several media outlets report on yesterday's comments from Stoke boss Tony Pulis, in which he admitted that he would let Ryan Shawcross join United - or any of the top clubs - if the right offer was made. "If a top-three, top-four club came in, and they paid the money, there is no way in a million years we would be able to prevent Ryan from going," he was quoted as saying.