What Saturday’s papers are saying:
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson says his Manchester United team will triumph tonight in what he predicts will be one of the best Champions League finals of all time. Also: Sam Allardyce will be the new boss of relegated West Ham after agreeing last night to try to save them from an Olympic Stadium meltdown.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson is standing on the shoulders of giants and enjoying the view. Also: Pepe Guardiola has plunged Barcelona into uncertainty ahead of tonight’s Champions League final by refusing to dismiss Johan Cruyff’s claims that he could walk away from the Nou Camp following the Wembley clash against Manchester United.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson is predicting one of the greatest European Cup finals when Manchester United face Barcelona at Wembley this evening. Also: Pep Guardiola has left the door open for a move to the Premier League by refusing to confirm that he will stay at Barcelona beyond the end of this season.
INDEPENDENT: It is 20 years and 13 days since Sir Alex Ferguson won his first European trophy against a Barcelona team in Rotterdam and although the Cup Winners’ Cup was not quite the big time he dreamed of then, it precipitated a shift in both teams’ fortunes. Also: Pep Guardiola has warned his players they will have to play better than they did in 2009 to win tonight’s Champions League final.
GUARDIAN: Even a man as addicted to conflict as Sir Alex Ferguson knows there is no point in picking a pre-match quarrel with as civilised and courteous an opponent as Pep Guardiola ahead of tonight’s European Cup final. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken confidently of his belief that Manchester United have prepared more adequately to face Barcelona than in the 2009 final and will not make the mistakes that led to one of the more galling defeats of their modern era.
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson last night predicted Manchester United and Barcelona are about to produce one of the best Champions League finals ever - and backed his players to win it. Also: Guus Hiddink last night dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to turn his back on Turkey and return to club football as Chelsea manager.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United to win a Champions League classic and become the ultimate kings of Europe. Also: Chelsea were last night placed on red alert that Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola could be available this summer.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson last night roared ‘This will be the final of the decade - and I trust my players to win it’. Also: Johan Cruyff has dropped a bombshell on Barcelona’s final build-up by claiming Pep Guardiola may be ready to quit.
DAILY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney has been backed to lead Manchester United to Champions League glory tonight. Also: FIFA president Sepp Blatter was last night ordered to stand trial over the bribery claims rocking football’s governing body.