wHAT today’s papers are saying:
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Robin van Persie to emulate Eric Cantona by becoming the “catalyst” in Manchester United’s attempt to reclaim the Premier League title this season. Also: Kevin Pietersen’s ‘A’ game was definitely missing when England batted at Lord’s on Friday, but the home side replaced it with three Bs instead - Bairstow, Bell and Bulldog spirit.
THE SUN: Robin van Persie believes he and Manchester United are the perfect match. Also: Theo Walcott has still not signed a new Arsenal contract.
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson last night celebrated stealing robin van Persie from under Manchester City’s nose by warning his rivals they would never again score more goals than his own team. also: Jonny Bairstow - the man who replaced Kevin Pietersen - was the toast of Lord’s last night after his superb unbeaten 72 kept England in the hunt in the third Test against South Africa.
DAILY MIRROR: Robin van Persie declared Manchester United the “perfect match” for him after completing his #24million move from Arsenal. Also: Clint Dempsey last night went on strike by refusing to play against Norwich today.
DAILY STAR: Robin van Persie has told Manchester United: ‘I’ll make you great again’. Also: Martin Jol launched a blistering attack on Liverpool after his star man Clint Dempsey went on strike.
DAILY EXPRESS: Robin van Persie yesterday revealed that “the little boy inside” was screaming for him to join Manchester United. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson last night warned Rio Ferdinand to watch his tweeting after he was fined #45,000 by the FA for his alleged “choc ice” taunt of Ashley Cole.
THE GUARDIAN: Robin van Persie has joined Manchester United to “achieve greatness”, with the striker stating that the club are a perfect match for him and he believes there is no bad feeling between him and Arsenal after the #23million transfer. Also: For the second time this summer Ian Bell admitted he had relished the extra responsibility left on his shoulders by the absence of Kevin Pietersen - who will presumably be delighted by the resistance shown by England’s new-look middle order, as he has a financial stake in Bell’s success.
THE TIMES: Robin van Persie believes he is the “perfect match” for Manchester United and claimed that the “little boy” in him was “screaming” to join the club that he believes are destined to reassert their dominance of english football. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson issued a stern warning to Rio Ferdinand and the rest of his Manchester United squad over their use of Twitter yesterday after the defender was fined #45,000 for comments he made in relation to the John Terry racism trial on the social networking site.
THE INDEPENDENT: It turns out that no man is indispensable. The 22-year-old Yorkshireman selected to replace the most controversial player n the game salvaged England’s summer yesterday from a potentially horrific conclusion. Also: When showing off Robin van Persie - Manchester United’s new prized asset - Sir Alex Ferguson was being watched intently by the man to his right. That man, the £24m signing from Arsenal who has penned a four-year deal, hung on his manager’s every word, nodding in agreement at times and was generally fixated with what he had to say when talking about the upcoming Premier League season.