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.

18/02/2013 10:00

Papers: Giggs can be boss

The Daily Mail's Sam Cunningham writes...

Giggs will be a top manager
Brian McDermott has tipped Ryan Giggs to become a top manager when he decides to hang up his boots. The Reading boss, whose team face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday, met the winger recently and was impressed by his demeanour. McDermott said: "I met him at Burton. He was doing his Pro Licence and he has got all the ingredients to be a top manager. He is humble, quiet and I asked him how many medals he had won. He was very blasé and just said 12. I asked what he did with them all and he said they were in museums. He was a very humble and polite man. I was really impressed, he came up to me and shook my hand." Giggs said last month he is happy to delay making the decision whether to retire from playing at the end of the season. He has featured in 21 of United’s 38 matches this season and boss Sir Alex Ferguson has no doubt he can play on.

The Guardian's Sean Ingle looks at the arguments for and against whether this current United team is better than 1999's Treble winners. "Critics will point out that they rarely play well for 90 minutes and are often lucky," he writes. "And that, between now and May, they will have been found out. That may well be the case. But, given their record so far, their remarkable tenacity and their knack of winning matches… they surely deserve the benefit of the doubt over the next three months while we find out just how good they are."

The Sun says Sir Alex is wary of Reading super sub Adam Le Fondre. They say: "Super sub Le Fondre is statistically more lethal than Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez at the moment with a goal every 100.5 minutes."

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