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Owen puts fizz into Carling Cup and Arsenal back Wenger
Published : 21 Sep 2011 07:12:59Rss feed
DAILY MAIL: Manchester United veterans Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs put Leeds to the sword last night - and proved the Carling Cup is not just for kids. ALSO: Mike Tindall is poised to return to England's starting line-up for Saturday's World Cup clash with Romania at Otago Stadium. DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger has 'issues' to address at Arsenal according to his boss. ALSO: Michael Owen turned back the clock as Manchester United continued their perfect start to the domestic campaign by crushing Leeds. Hot shot: Michael Owen fires his second into the top corner THE TIMES: Arsenal gave strong support to Arsene Wenger yesterday despite the team's worst start to a season for 58 years. ALSO: As Jonny Wilkinson nears the end of his career, he appreciates the need to treasure every moment, particularly at a World Cup. DAILY TELEGRAPH: Mike Tindall is set to return to the England side to face Romania on Saturday despite being at the centre of the off-field controversy that has engulfed the squad following a night out in Queenstown last week. ALSO: Manchester United were so in control of this Carling Cup tie [against Leeds], so committed to attack, that they could afford to finish with arguably one of the most creative back-fours ever in Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov and Fabio. Berbatov likes dropping deep but this was ridiculously deep. THE INDEPENDENT: The Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, yesterday resolutely defended the club's direction, claiming that most clubs would "absolutely die" to be in their position, and that they were a "role model" for others, before confirming that manager Arsene Wenger was still secure in his job. ALSO: The local Yorkshire Evening Post had produced a 12-page pull-out for this fixture recalling past cup meetings between these old rivals but even Jermaine Beckford's FA Cup winner at Old Trafford two seasons ago felt sepia-tinged last night as Manchester United swatted their opponents aside with embarrassing ease. Testing times: Wenger shows the strain during the clash with the Shrews THE GUARDIAN: The sports minister who helped shape the legacy promises that won London the 2012 Olympics has claimed one of them - the drive to increase sports participation - has been "disastrous" and called for an urgent change of strategy. ALSO: Probably the best compliment that can be paid to Manchester United is that their reserves played with the style and panache we have come to expect of Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team. They made this an ignominious night for Leeds United, dismantling the Championship side with so little difficulty it was easy to forget that Ferguson had given his big-hitters the night off. DAILY EXPRESS: Forgotten man Michael Owen scored two top-class goals to set Manchester United on their way to a 3-0 win at Leeds in the Carling Cup last night. ALSO: Andre Villas-Boas has made an official complaint to referees' chief Mike Riley after Chelsea's 3-1 defeat by Manchester United. THE SUN: Alex Ferguson hailed Michael Owen as "still one of the best finishers in the business" after his Carling Cup double. ALSO: Arsenal blew his top after the Arsenal board gave him the dreaded vote of confidence - and fans voted with their feet. DAILY STAR: Alex Chamberlain paid back a big chunk of his ?15m transfer fee for Arsenal last night. ALSO: Andre Villas-Boas yesterday revealed he had made an official complaint about the performance of ref Phil Dowd and his officials.