What today’s papers are saying
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson said the sight of the Manchester United team hotel besieged by Leeds fans was “like something out of Zulu”. Also: The pressure might be on Arsene Wenger but the Arsenal manager demonstrated yesterday that he still has the ability to come up with some of football’s most striking metaphors when he compared himself to a polar bear, protecting his brood from the “bullets” of those who would seek to destroy them.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson has blasted Owen Hargreaves for his criticism of Manchester United’s medical staff. Also: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has dramatically spoken for the first time about the horrific collision which knocked him out for nearly eight minutes.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger had his own Eric Cantona moment yesterday as the pressure on him increases. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Owen Hargreaves’ claim that Manchester United are to blame for his three-year injury nightmare.
DAILY MAIL: The son of the late Sir Matt Busby has expressed his disgust and sadness after video footage of a four-year-old boy singing a song about the Munich disaster appeared on the internet yesterday. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have accused Owen Hargreaves of talking rubbish after he suggested they had mismanaged the knee injuries that almost ended his career.
DAILY EXPRESS: Storm clouds gathered over Arsene Wenger last night as he outlined the Doomsday scenario of more Arsenal stars following Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri through the exit door. Also: Nick Easter has until Monday morning to prove his fitness, otherwise England will replace him in their World Cup squad with Thomas Waldrom, who is already standing by in Dunedin.
THE STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Owen Hargreaves after he claimed Manchester United mishandled his medical treatment. Also: Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal could struggle to convince skipper Robin van Persie and other top stars to sign new contracts.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United moved yesterday to dismiss Owen Hargreaves’ claims that his rehabilitation during three injury-ravaged years at Old Trafford was hindered by a course of injections. Also: Arsene Wenger fears that key Arsenal players will choose to run down their contracts rather than sign new deals with the club.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, yesterday delivered a sharp rebuke to his critics who accused him of being “naive” in the way he approached Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Manchester United. Also: Kenny Dalglish has railed against what the Liverpool manager perceives as the country’s “obsession” with Andy Carroll, insisting the striker will prove to be an asset for Anfield in the long-term and describing his £35million price tag as “irrelevant”.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a robust response to Owen Hargreaves’ claims that Manchester United jeopardised the player’s career and angrily defended the reputation of the club’s medical staff. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has said he will continue to place as much importance on playing attractive football as on getting results even though he knows it will prove more difficult to satisfy Roman Abramovich’s appetite for trophies.