WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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21/09/2012 08:26

Papers: Reds to shake

Neil Custis writes in The Sun...

United put Suarez row aside for Anfield tribute
Every Manchester United player will shake hands with Luis Suarez on Sunday. Liverpool star Suarez served an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra last October — then caused uproar by refusing to shake the United defender’s hand when the sides met in February. Sunday’s game will be Liverpool’s first at Anfield since the publication of the Hillsborough report, which cleared their fans of blame for the 1989 disaster which claimed 96 lives. A United insider revealed: “On a day such as Sunday, which is bound to be full of all kinds of emotion, no one wants anything to happen that will tarnish the match. Luis and Patrice will shake hands just as every other player will shake hands. They want to show unity between United and Liverpool. It is only proper that the right example should come from players on the pitch.”

In The Mirror, Michael Carrick says the form book will play no role in Sunday’s match, stating his fear that Liverpool will play like men possessed at Anfield.  The midfielder is quoted: “These games are a one-off and form goes out of the window. The atmosphere is that little bit more special and the fans are certainly up for it more.”

Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News claims the Reds are keen to sign Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna and Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli. Torino’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi confirmed: “I guarantee there are observers of many foreign clubs who follow our games, including United’s scouts... Last year we refused £10m for him but it is clear he is worth more than £16m.”

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