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.

13/09/2012 09:33

Papers: Reds trio out?

The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman reports...

United hit by triple blow
Manchester United could be without Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Patrice Evra for their Barclays Premier League game against Wigan at Old Trafford on Saturday. Van Persie was taken off with a thigh problem during Holland’s win over Hungary on Tuesday while Kagawa sat out Japan’s game with Iraq with a back strain. And left back Evra was so poor in France’s World Cup qualifying win over Belarus that he may be rested ahead of next Wednesday’s  Champions League opener at home to Galatasaray. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson will assess Van Persie and Kagawa at training on Thursday, but Kagawa is almost certainly out after saying on Wednesday he was still  in pain. If Evra is rested, it would mean a first start for new left back Alexander Buttner.

Most football coverage in the papers today, however, is dominated by the latest developments in the investigation into 1989's Hillsborough disaster. Ninety-six Liverpool fans died that day and yesterday, for the first time, the club and their families received an official apology from numerous sources, includng Prime Minister David Cameron for the "failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth". It's a significant step in the fight for justice.

Meanwhile, The Mirror claim Juventus are keen to sign both Theo Walcott and Nani in January. The paper also says the United winger was close to signing for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in the final days of the recent summer transfer window.

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