The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
RvP: I haven’t scored enough
Robin van Persie says his sensational scoring record should be even better. The Manchester United hitman has already notched 22 goals this term - with 10 in his last 10 games. But the £22million summer signing from Arsenal declared: “It should have been 10 games, 14 or 15 goals. At least four or five I shouldn’t have missed. It’s not going really well. It is going well but if you start to believe it’s going well, you’re going down. If I look at all those games, I should have done better in most of them because I had more chances than just one chance and one goal.” Even so, the fact United are five points clear at the top of the League, and still in the Champions League and FA Cup, makes RVP believe he was right to quit Arsenal last summer. And the Dutch ace says he feels like a ‘kid in a sweet shop’ as he looks around the dressing room at his new team-mates. He said: “Arsenal is a great club but after eight years sometimes you feel that you need a new challenge. If you look at the last couple of months it explains it all. I’m seeing things again that I didn’t see for a long time. For the moment we’re in a great position. We are ahead on points, goal difference is in our favour. All these guys here know how to win and become champions.”
The Times says United are considering a move for Barcelona's disgruntled goalkeeper Victor Valdes. The broadsheet is one of several papers that has unfairly criticised David De Gea following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham and makes the ambitious claim that the Reds "have discussed the possibility of bringing in a goalkeeper this month but the matter is unlikely to be addressed until the summer."
Elsewhere, The Guardian claims Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of signing Wilfried Zaha for £12m from Crystal Palace by the end of the week, with the aim of loaning the winger back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season.