What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson fears Manchester United could fall victim to Luis Suarez’s dirty tricks tomorrow. Also: Steven Gerrard has insisted he will celebrate if he scores a handball winner for Liverpool at Old Trafford.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday expressed his fears that the antics of Luis Suarez could prompt referee Howard Webb to give Liverpool crucial decisions in tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Also: The prospect of Jonny Wilkinson retiring from rugby at the end of this season appeared increasingly likely last night, as it emerged that Toulon have activated a contingency plan to cover the loss of their English talisman.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson fears that Manchester United may suffer at the hands of Luis Suarez when they play Liverpool tomorrow, describing the striker as “laden with controversy”. Also: Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham Hotspur head coach, believes that his side are reaping the benefits of enduring the stuttering start to the Barclays Premier League season that left the Portuguese facing speculation that he could be sacked, weeks after replacing Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane in July.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson fears Manchester United could fall victim to Luis Suarez’s controversial antics at Old Trafford tomorrow. Also: Alastair Cook hailed his “bit-part” players after launching the one-day series in India with a thrilling nine-run victory.
THE SUN: Luis Suarez will quit the Premier League if people keep having a go at him. Also: Wayne Rooney has handed Manchester United a boost ahead of their crunch match against Liverpool by returning to training.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, fears a culture of ageism is infiltrating English football, with experienced players being discarded because of a growing obsession with investing solely in youth. Also: Harry Redknapp says he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur for “political” reasons rather than results.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson reckons old rivals Liverpool face an uphill battle to get back to the top of English football. Also: Fabricio Coloccini could play his last-ever game for Newcastle at Norwich today.
THE INDEPENDENT: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers yesterday risked breaching Football Association rules governing discussion of officials before games, having been drawn into a debate about Luis Suarez which was initiated by Sir Alex Ferguson. Also: Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, has raised the prospect of a 12-month contract extension for Carlos Tevez - an extraordinary turnaround for a player who was in an outright state of civil war with the club just a year ago.
THE GUARDIAN: Premier League clubs are expected to consider a range of proposals, including suggestion that all 20 offer free coach travel to away supporters for every match, against a backdrop of growing outrage from fans over the price of away tickets. Also: Rafael Benitez has launched a resolute defence of Fernando Torres after the striker was booed off the pitch during Chelsea’s defeat against Swansea City, insisting the supporters “will love him again” when his form improves.