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.

04/01/2013 09:33

Papers: RvP for PFA award

Darren Lewis writes in The Mirror...

Suarez and RvP for Player of the Year
Kevin Keegan believes Luis Suarez is rivalling Robin van Persie for this season's PFA Players' Player of the Year award. Voting forms for the gong, awarded by the players' union, are set to go out next month, with Van Persie the hot favourite following his heroics for Manchester United. But Keegan, a two-time European Player of the Year with Hamburg, believes the modern-day star striker at the club where he made his name is more deserving - because of the magnificent work ethic he's shown in carrying Liverpool's team. Keegan said of the Uruguayan: “Don’t forget, he is paying for a side in transition. He is not playing in a stable team that is used to winning things, like Van Persie has had at United. Liverpool are not where Man United are. I am not being disrespectful, they know that. He is ploughing a lone furrow at times in that side.” Former Gunners defender Martin Keown, however, believes the Dutchman, who also won the award last season, leads the Player of the Year field because of his immediate impact at Old Trafford. Keown said: “There is a long way to go but what we can say now is that his goals are having a major say in the title and who is going to win it. As an Arsenal fan, it hurts as it looks like you are making a team much stronger. But for me, van Persie is playing with a hunger and drive, almost like on a personal crusade. He’s giving United a different dimension. If you took him out of the team now I don’t think they would be seven points clear.”

The same paper reports how Rio Ferdinand has called for UEFA to take action against Italian fans after AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch mid-match in protest against racist abuse coming from the stands. The Reds defender, an active campaigner against racism, tweeted: “If the stories about KPB walking off the pitch with teammates after being racially abused are true, fair play to him... Well done.”

Elsewhere, many of today’s papers feature news of ex-Red Ezekiel Fryers' transfer to Spurs.

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