Man Utd Paper View

Last updated : 27 March 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

United go easy on their old friend

When Steve Bruce walked to his dug-out at the start of the second half, Old Trafford rose to him. His position was already hopeless and what was once his home crowd gave the Birmingham manager the kind of sympathetic ovation the other St Andrews presented to Jack Nicklaus at his final Open when it was clear he would not be making the cut. Telegraph

Homecoming far from happy from Bruce

You know you are in trouble when the opposition fans start clapping you more than your own, and you know when your luck is out when the ball bounces in off the back of your goalkeeper's head after only three minutes of a game that you can ill afford to start poorly. Times

Brilliance of Giggs adds to torture for Bruce

Manchester United placed Steve Bruce back on the rack after only two minutes and 14 seconds of yesterday's victory before a record Premiership crowd. Perhaps mindful of the contribution the Birmingham City manager once made to their former pre-eminent position in the English game, they refused to complete the torture. Independent

Glittering Giggs leaves Bruce on the brink

A record attendance for a Premiership game made this a gross invasion of privacy. Birmingham City surely want to be left in peace to scrape together whatever confidence and organisation is still possible after a 7-0 defeat by Liverpool in an FA Cup tie. The visitors, however, did ensure that the 69,070 crowd accommodated after the partial opening of the new NW quadrant could not cackle over a rout. Guardian