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.

13/02/2013 09:21

Papers: Point to prove

Darren Lewis writes in The Mirror...

Vidic warns United have point to prove


Nemanja Vidic admits Manchester United are driven to beat Real Madrid on Wednesday because they have "something to prove". Sir Alex Ferguson's men will take on Jose Mourinho's side at the Bernabeu in the knowledge that United have never won away to Real in the European Cup/Champions League. But Vidic admits he and his team-mates will be spurred on by last season's collapse, which sealed an embarrassingly early group-stage exit for the Old Trafford club. The Serbian said: "We have a lot of things to prove. Last season, we were too confident in the group stage. We lost some points but we thought we were going to go through. The boss made it clear last season wasn't good enough. But we know that ourselves."

As you can imagine, the papers are saturated with pre-match coverage of tonight's epic clash against United and Real Madrid. Both Sir Alex and Jose Mourinho held press conferences on Tuesday so there are plenty of quotes from both managers (we covered the main points from both in our Today In Madrid blog).

Meanwhile, in The Guardian, Sid Lowe claims David De Gea could be auditioning for Real Madrid this evening. Lowe claims reports in Spain have speculated over a permanent return to the capital and says: "It is hard to avoid the sensation that England has not been exactly what he hoped."

In The Telegraph, Paul Hayward writes about Mourinho and says there's a "sense of the Real Madrid manager as a tragic figure with two games to save his job" and insists "no longer is he the master of his own story".

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