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.

25/04/2013 07:32

Papers: Reds excite Zaha

Charlie Wyett writes in The Sun...

Zaha starstruck by United stars
Wilfried Zaha finds himself in a weird world torn between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. Speaking at length for the first time since completing a £15million January move to United, the new England star accepts his immediate priorities are with Palace. Automatic Championship promotion contenders at one stage, the Eagles are without a win in seven but head to Blackburn on Saturday looking to cement a place in the play-offs. Yet while admitting the dream is to ensure that Palace earn themselves a place back in the top tier, Zaha accepts it is difficult to look beyond the new champions and Old Trafford, the place he will soon call home. He said: “I am just anxious and excited. I cannot wait. It will be something different. When I walk into that dressing room at United, I do not know what I will feel. I will keep my head down as I am there to play football.  But I have to admit I will be a bit starstruck. Van Persie and Giggs will be in there — wow. Rooney will be in there — amazing. How can I not be looking forward to this? I have to be patient. I do not expect to walk in and play week-in week-out. Once I get the chance I will take it.”

The Mirror includes quotes from Shinji Kagawa, who explains why he doesn’t have a “feeling of accomplishment” after winning the title with United. “Honestly, I haven’t contributed as much as I did at Dortmund. I was even injured... But I’ve managed to win three (titles) in a row. I think my career is bound to get better and better.”

Elsewhere, in The Sun, Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association chair Lois Langton feels the club should give the Reds a guard of honour ahead of Sunday’s Emirates clash - but warns former favourite Robin van Persie will get a rough ride from the Gunners fans.

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