What Sunday’s papers are saying:
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
The pin is being prised loose from the human grenade. Paolo Di Canio refused to countenance change despite a calamitous Sunderland performance at the Hawthorns, where his side were embarrassed by Stephane Sessegnon, the refugee from a regime on the cusp of chaos. Also: “We will give you happiness,” Jose Mourinho promised in his programme notes.
Jose Mourinho is on a collision course with Roman Abramovich after freezing out Juan Mata. Also: Paolo Di Canio admits he is fighting to save his job at Sunderland - with Roberto Di Matteo set to replace him.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY
Jose Mourinho saw Chelsea storm to the top of the Premier League and insisted: I was right to dump Juan Mata and David Luiz. Also: Mark Hughes reckons Arsene Wenger will quit Arsenal if they do not win a trophy this season.
Paris St Germain captain Thiago Silva has urged his club to step up their pursuit of Wayne Rooney. Also: Rafa Benitez is plotting to offer Juan Mata an escape route out of Chelsea.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
David Moyes insisted on the eve of today’s Manchester derby that Sir Alex Ferguson is not interfering in his work at Old Trafford. Also: It is a good job Jose Mourinho is still special at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United’s value has soared close to a staggering £3billion. Also: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are back in harness - and the Dutchman predicts that could spell double trouble for Manchester City this afternoon.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Jose Mourinho last night declared that Juan Mata did not work hard enough to play for Chelsea - and said the midfielder could no longer rely on the fact he was the club’s player of the year for the past two seasons. Also: David Moyes has admitted he believed Wayne Rooney had “gone a bit soft” after letting his standards at Manchester United slip last season.
Brendan Rodgers bizarrely selected four centre-backs, saw his side concede a goal at a set piece and complained the defending was “criminal” as Liverpool lost their unbeaten record at Anfield to an energetic and well-organised Southampton. Also: David Moyes has praised Wayne Rooney for working hard to restore his reputation as a big-game player, adding that he needed to make the change after letting his standards slip last season.
DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY
Andres Iniesta has put Manchester United and City on alert by rejecting a new contract at Barcelona. Also: Chelsea bounced back from two defeats on the trot to go top of the Premier League last night.