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.

03/09/2012 09:22

Papers: Ronaldo sad at Real

David Coverdale writes in The Sun...

Ronaldo 'sad' at Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
last night rocked Real Madrid as he sensationally admitted: I am sad. The Portuguese hitman scored twice as Jose Mourinho’s side beat Granada 3-0 to register their first La Liga win of the season. But Ronaldo, who went off with a leg injury in the second half, did not celebrate either goal. And when asked why, the former Manchester United ace said: “I am sad and the club knows it, that’s why I didn’t celebrate the goals.” Ronaldo added that he was upset for “professional” reasons but refused to elaborate further. But he did deny that he was angry Barcelona's Andres Iniesta beat him for this year's UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday. He added: "It has nothing to do with it. Iniesta deserved it."

Many of the newspapers, including the lead in the Daily Mail, suggest Brendan Rodgers is ready to sign Michael Owen on a free transfer following his release by United. The former England hitman, who was also linked with Sunderland over the weekend, could make a shock return to Liverpool.

On the subject of Anfield, 'Pool skipper Steven Gerrard gave a revealing interview to the Daily Mail over the weekend. He said: "That sort of thing [interest from other clubs] has been going on for the last 10 years. People only really heard about it with Mourinho and Chelsea in 2004 and 2005. But it has happened a few times. It was flattering back then because the two best managers around wanted me to play in their teams. Gary Neville said he [Sir Alex] wanted me. But you understand that playing for Manchester United would have been impossible. I never would have wanted to play for Manchester United. They are a fantastic club but that rivalry is there, and it’s why Gary could not have played for us either. Don’t get me wrong, it was flattering that, after everything he has done in the game, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted me to play in his team. But that was an impossible situation."

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