22 March 2010

Premier League - Paper Round: Fergie 'controls everything'

Premier League - Paper Round: Fergie 'controls everything'

Eurosport - Mon, 22 Mar 09:03:00 2010

Rafael Benitez has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of 'influencing everything', including referee Howard Webb, in the aftermath of Manchester United's 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

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On the eve of the match Fergie claimed the FA and officials were biased against United, but Benitez responded by saying, "we know about the influence of Sir Alex in everything".

The Liverpool boss was asked if United winger Antonio Valencia dived, to which Benitez responded: "Yes, I think so. I've seen three replays and the last one was very suspicious."

The Daily Star have Carlo Ancelotti telling Manchester United that the title is 'theirs to lose' after declaring that Ferguson's side "are now the favourites."

Wayne Rooney has been left so incredulous about being linked with Real Madrid that the United striker has been phoning friends in Spain to ask what all the fuss about (Daily Mirror).

Celtic and Roma are heading the queue to sign Portsmotuh left-back Nadir Belhadj, with £2 million the required price for the 27-year-old Algerian who Pompey paid Lens £4.4m for two years ago (The Sun).

The same paper report that LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan will not be returning to Everton after three days of talks stopped an MLS players' strike.

The Daily Mail have property developer Rob Lloyd, who is heading the latest consortium trying to buy Portsmouth, also making grand promises to Everton over financing a new stadium at Kings Dock.

The previous project at the site collapsed in 2003, while Lloyd's Eatonfield Group offered £30m for Goodison Park and the Bellefield training ground, on which they wanted to build homes and a supermarket.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has been forced to give up on signing Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko after the Russian's recent form, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues had a £10m bid for the striker turned down in January, but McLeish now thinks his offer has given the striker too much confidence as Spurs continue to increase his asking price.

Blackburn are interested in signing Egyptian star Shikabala of Zamalek, with the 24-year-old playmaker capable of playing anywhere across midfield, according to the Daily Mail.

The same paper focuses on the return to training of Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, whose drug ban is due to end on April 22.

Meanwhile, according to The Sun, David Beckham could star in a Vinnie Jones remake of the cult football war film Escape to Victory in the role of captain Bobby Moore.

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