WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester City: Blow the title and you will never recover. Also: Frank Warren has accused the British Boxing Board of Control of ‘hypocrisy’.
DAILY MAIL: Brace yourselves for the final day of the finest season in 20 years of the Barclays Premier League. Also: England manager Roy Hodgson is giving Darren Bent every chance to prove himself fit for this summer’s European Championship.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has taunted Sir Alex Ferguson by claiming Manchester City have played the best football this season and deserve to be champions. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester City they could do “untold” damage to their future by bottling the title.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson has cranked up the title pressure on Manchester City with the warning: “If you bottle it now, you may never recover.” Also: England captain Scott Parker is a major doubt for Euro 2012 as his persistent Achilles tendon injury drags on into the summer.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Manchester City will be scarred for life if they blow the title. Also: Chris Smalling has been left heartbroken after being ruled out of England’s Euro 2012 campaign because of a serious groin problem.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Premier League champions’ flag may be about to make the five-mile journey from Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, but Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted it will not be replaced by a white one at Old Trafford. Also: Garry Cook will attend Manchester City’s title decider against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow after being invited back to the club for the first time since losing his job as chief executive in the wake of a leaked e-mail mocking Nedum Onuoha’s cancer-stricken mother.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has aimed one final broadside at Manchester City before tomorrow’s final showdowns in the Barclays Premier League, warning of the “untold” damage Roberto Mancini’s team could suffer if they miss out on the title. Also: It all comes down, in the end, to Mark Hughes.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester City they will face “untold” ramifications if they fail to secure the title tomorrow. Also: Roberto Mancini believes that Manchester City deserve to win the title, as they have “played better football” than Manchester United.
THE INDEPENDENT: After experiencing the torture of his own side’s capitulation and then the mild torture he has attempted to inflict on his adversary Roberto Mancini, yesterday there was only equanimity from Sir Alex Ferguson as he calmly faced up to the prospect that Manchester City will be English champions the next time he engages in a public discussion of his team. Also: Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, declared yesterday that it would benefit the Premier League to have a new club crowned champions and that he hoped to end a hard half-century for his club’s supporters by changing the balance of power in Manchester tomorrow