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.

02/10/2012 09:25

Papers: Time to hit top gear

Put it right... and fast!
Sir Alex Ferguson came a long way to deepest Transylvania to answer questions about home, but there was no hiding the fact that Manchester United’s faltering start to the season is causing their manager considerable concern. United have fallen behind in five of their six Premier League fixtures this season, culminating in Saturday’s lamentable first-half display at home to Tottenham. They were hardly convincing in an opening Champions League win at home to Galatasaray either. Ferguson’s side will hope to take a firm grip of Group H on Tuesday night when they face CFR Cluj but their problems continued to cast a shadow after the team touched down in Romania on Monday... After conceding 10 goals this season, Ferguson knows United cannot take any more disruption to their challenge at home and abroad. But he is confident the slow start is out of their system following the defeat to Spurs. "After the first half on Saturday I had plenty of concerns," he admitted. "You have to be concerned losing goals the way we did. We were well off the pace of the game. The first half against Southampton, the first half at Liverpool and first half on Saturday, we have some work to do in that respect. It’s not planned but I think it will be the last time."

Elsewhere in the papers, there's plenty of coverage from Sir Alex's press conference (read all the big quotes in our Today In Cluj blog), while the Daily Mail also claim United scouts have been watching Lille left-back Lucas Digne.

The Daily Star reveal Sir Alex Ferguson has accepted Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey's apology following the young midfielder's verbal rant at the United boss at Anfield last month. Shelvey was sent off for a two-footed lunge at Jonny Evans and, on the way off the pitch, angrily accused Ferguson of influencing the referee's decision.

Many papers, including The Sun, also report Gary Neville's quotes on Rio Ferdinand's England future. Neville, who's now a member of the England coaching staff, said: “Roy Hodgson’s not going to take seasoned internationals with 80 caps to sit in the stands. I’ve seen it in previous squads and it’s divisive. It would be divisive in this squad.”

More: Boss wary of Cluj | Today In Cluj

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