Premier League - Paper Round: 'Manic Monday' hype begins
Mon, 23 Apr 08:42:00 2012
Here is how they each reported a dramatic Sunday in the Premier League which saw United draw 4-4 with Everton and City win 2-0 at Wolves to set up "the biggest Manchester derby ever".
Daily Mirror: 7 days to destiny
David McDonnell: So it has all come down to next week and the biggest Manchester derby of all time. United’s capacity for doing things the hard way means the title will effectively be decided next Monday, when Manchester’s two football tribes commence battle. There will be more at stake than in 1968, when both clubs were fighting for the title, or 1974, when Denis Law famously back-heeled a goal for City to help send down his old club United. The showdown at the Etihad Stadium will also eclipse last season’s FA Cup semi-final between the two sides, which City won 1-0, with the ultimate prize – the title – at stake this time. And all because United’s players lost their heads when they were cruising to victory against Everton.
Daily Telegraph: Crunch time
Henry Winter: Roll on April 30. Get ready for a manic Monday in Manchester next week: Manchester City versus Manchester United, noisy neighbours versus the champions, Carlos Tevez versus Wayne Rooney at an all-ticket, all-chanting Etihad. And tell the lady who does not like getting on the scales to stop practising her scales. It is not over yet. Far from it. This title race is back on, thrillingly so, after an astonishing twist here.
The Independent: Pienaar the party pooper as United throw it away
James Lawton: While it was happening it was a convulsion, and quite dazzling in so much of its detail. Afterwards, though, it seemed more as if that once shining golden eagle which used to fly over Old Trafford in times of need and refurbishment had come home to roost – and moult. It was not so much that Manchester United lost two points in a high-class dogfight with Everton in which their awareness of the stakes was palpable right from the start.These things happen at the taut end of the season. What was staggering was their failure to close down a match which was won – and a season that was all but sealed.
The Guardian: It's game on again in race for title
Daniel Taylor: It was almost beyond credibility that Manchester United could be guilty of such carelessness. At 4-2 the home fans were going through their victory songs, Sir Alex Ferguson was waving at the Stretford End and United were in position to be crowned at the home of Manchester City and, in the process, subject their neighbours and nearest rivals to the most excruciating ordeal. What happened next threatens to have huge ramifications in the title race.
The Daily Express: Game On
Richard Tanner: The talk has been about United’s superior knowledge of course and distance being the pivotal factor in the race. But their blow-up here was as spectacular as it was unexpected. They managed to throw away a 4-2 lead with only eight minutes left against an Everton team who simply refused to lie down.
Daily Star: Titanic
Jeremy Cross: This is the time of the season when Sir Alex Ferguson is supposed to have the ultimate trust in his Manchester United stars. The time of the season when United churn out the wins, maximise their experience and leave their rivals in the shade once again to finish as champions. But Fergie's faith is now facing the ultimate test in the wake of United handing the initiative back to neighbours Manchester City.
The Sun: Throne it away – Fergie slams his stars as Utd lose grip on crown
Neil Custis: Sir Alex Ferguson has taken Manchester United into football’s most intimidating fortresses and triumphed. Now he needs to do it again in what he describes as his biggest derby ever. Next Monday at the Etihad will not be for the faint-hearted. United lead the title race by just three points — following yesterday’s dramatic 4-4 draw with Everton at Old Trafford and City’s 2-0 win at Wolves — having trailed by five and then led by eight. Now, whoever wins next Monday is in the driving seat with just two games left.
The Times: Noisy neighbours turn up the volume
Oliver Kay: There was a moment at Old Trafford yesterday, with their team leading 4-2 and seemingly coasting towards another win, when Manchester United's supporters amused themselves by asking Sir Alex Ferguson for a wave. He responded not with a wave but with a clenched fist – the last gesture of defiance seen from United on a crazy afternoon. When the final whistle was blown 20 minutes later, the mood inside the ground had changed dramatically and so, far more importantly, had the complexion of the Premier League title race.