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.

17/09/2012 10:00

Papers: Praise for Powell

Powell to be the new Paul

Alex Ferguson believes Nick Powell can fill the hole left by Paul Scholes when he retires. Scholes, 37, made his 700th outing for Manchester United on Saturday in the 4-0 win over Wigan while 18-year-old Powell came on as a sub for his debut. Both scored with Powell hitting an 82nd-minute cracker. And boss Ferguson said: “Nick Powell is going to be a good player who, we hope, will fill Paul Scholes’ boots in terms of he’s got terrific vision, good temperament, two great feet, is quick and strikes the ball well.” The £4million buy from Crewe has had a delayed start to his United career due to injury but what a way to introduce himself. And after plying his trade for Crewe in League Two he admitted that stepping out at Old Trafford was daunting. Powell said: “When I first came on it scared me as I’m only used to 5,000 people now and then, but it’s a great atmosphere. It’s nice to make my debut. To then cap it off with a goal is what I’ve been working for.” Powell will now be hoping he gets his first taste of Champions League action with Galatasaray the visitors on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, there are a number of opinion pieces about this Sunday's fixture at Anfield and the concerns over how both sets of supporters will behave. The pre-match handshake is also the focus of attention, with the Daily Mail suggesting Liverpool "will order Luis Suarez to shake hands with Manchester United rival Patrice Evra".

In the same paper, Martin Samuel argues the pre-match handshake is nothing more than "a branding exercise, forged in executive offices for marketing purposes". "It has nothing to do with sport or sportsmanship," he writes.

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