Manchester United Paper View

Last updated : 10 January 2010 By Brian Cartlidge

The Independent:

Dann shame for McLeish as United survive .....

The most even Premier League in memory continued on its merry way last night as Manchester United, having retained second place because of Arsenal's failure to win at home, became the latest contenders to find Birmingham City obdurate opposition. Despite having most of the ball for long spells, the visitors fell behind shortly before half-time and required an own goal to equalise as Birmingham appealed unsuccessfully for offside. So if a sixth League defeat was avoided, the opportunity to overtake Chelsea at the top of the table for the first time since October was spurned. Full Report

The Telegraph:

Birmingham City 0 Manchester United 1.....

This was supposed to be destruction time. Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t do losing, and loss to Leeds, in the FA Cup, had hurt. Full Report

The Times:

Ten-man United held by Birmingham .....

Manchester United salvaged a precious draw from a frozen St Andrew’s last night, but they had to come from behind to avert a potential crisis in the ranks. Cameron Jerome had put Birmingham ahead in the first half, but an own goal by Scott Dann brought United a point they thoroughly deserved. Full Report

The Guardian:

Dann own goal can't deny Birmingham a point against Manchester United .....

Manchester United missed out on the opportunity to overtake Chelsea at the top of the Premier League when they became the latest victims of Birmingham's remarkable progress, which has Alex McLeish's side unbeaten in their past 13 games – 12 of them in the league, a club record.  Full Report