THE SUN: Chelsea last night confirmed that their players are under orders to involve Andre Villas-boas in their goal celebrations. Also: Andre Villas-Boas launched a furious attack on Gary Neville and the ‘biased’ ex-players who are sticking the boot into his team; Nemanja Vidic is out for the season - but boss Alex Ferguson is refusing to panic.
DAILY MAIL: Thierry Henry wept yesterday as his statue was unveiled alongside those of fellow Arsenal greats Herbert Chapman and Tony Adams at the Emirates. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has launched an astonishing attack on Gary Neville’s punditry and accused the former Manchester United defender of bias; Nemanja Vidic could be out of the game for up to a year after it emerged the Manchester United captain has damaged three major ligaments in his right knee.
DAILY MIRROR: Andre Villas-Boas launched into an astonishing verbal assault on the television pundits he feels are trying to undermine his Blues. Also: Thierry Henry broke down in years after Arsenal unveiled a statue in his honour to mark their 125-year anniversary; Martin O’Neill wants Sunderland to use Barcelona as a template for his mission at the Stadium of Light; Carlos Tevez’s Manchester City nightmare could soon be over after his representatives held talks with Paris St Germain.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andre Villas-Boas has launched another astonishing attack on Gary Neville, accusing him of being biased against Chelsea and making “comic” criticisms of his team. Also: Thierry Henry has revealed he would love to return to Arsenal as manager - but only once Arsene Wenger has called it a day; Sir Alex Ferguson will refuse to panic buy in January despite Nemanja Vidic’s shattering injury blow compounding Manchester United’s Champions League exit.
DAILY STAR: Furious Andre Villas-Boas last night launched an astonishing attack on his critics. Also: Roberto Mancini has hit back at Andre Villas-Boas and told him to deal with the pressure of being Chelsea boss; Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has hit out at the two Manchester clubs being allowed to drop into the Europa League; Defiant Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to push the panic button at Manchester United.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas delivered an extraordinary outburst against the club’s critics yesterday, with particular vitriol reserved for Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. Also: Thierry Henry, with red and white scarf tucked around his neck, gazed at the magnificent bronze image of himself in iconic, almost messianic pose, glanced over towards his beaming family and fans and then had to avert his gaze as the tears began to well.
THE TIMES: Saracens are planning an audacious new year bid to sign Chris Ashton and hope to tempt the England wing away from Northampton with the offer of a contract worth £200,000 a year. Also: For his first trick, Jose Mourinho conquered Real Madrid, taming the club where the coach used to stand over a trapdoor waiting for the presidential lever to be yanked. Tonight we may discover if Mourinho has succeeded in subduing Barcelona, too.
THE GUARDIAN: Boxing champions generally prefer invitations to invasions. Not Amir Khan. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has said he is not planning to go into the January transfer market to help Manchester United recover from a potentially season-defining week that has downgraded them to the Europa League and left them without their captain, Nemanja Vidic, for the rest of the campaign.
THE INDEPENDENT: His voice cracking with exasperated rage, Andre Villas-Boas escalated his war of words with the media yesterday, railing against Chelsea’s perceived treatment at the hands of biased television pundits, scandal-mongering managers and, in particular, Gary Neville, the “comic and ridiculous” Manchester United defender-turned-Sky analyst rapidly becoming the Portuguese’s bete noir. Also: Manchester United have stepped up their interest in the Benfica midfielders Nicolas Gaitan and Javi Garcia, placing their discussions with the Portuguese side on an official footing in an attempt to prevent other clubs getting in ahead of them.