WHAT today’s broadsheets and tabloids are saying:
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini believes he could be sacked in the summer if Manchester City do not win the title. Also: Lee Westwood’s Masters bid was rocked by an 18th hole wobble.
DAILY MAIL: Papiss Cisse continued his remarkable scoring record with a third successive brace as Newcastle beat Swansea 2-0. Also: Chelsea have written to the FA, accusing them of putting supporter safety at risk by deciding to schedule their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at 6pm on Sunday.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger claims Manchester City’s cash means nothing if they can’t cope with “money-time”. Also: Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy suffered late drama, but are still in the running for Masters glory.
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger has told Manchester City that, despite their millions, it is still United on the money with the title D-Day looming. Also: Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City have made enough progress this season to safeguard his future as their manager; Lee Westwood faces the ultimate test of nerve at the Masters as he seeks to land his first major at the age of 38.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has taunted Manchester City and insisted they are running out of time to save their title bid. Also: Arsene Wenger reckons Manchester City will have blown the title because they didn’t have the bottle to cope with the “money time”; Hotshot Papiss Cisse’s double catapulted Newcastle into fifth place in the Premier League last night.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Augusta patrons joined last night in a sharp intake of breath. For Rory McIlroy, whom they had embraced 12 months ago in pity and whom they cheered yesterday in mass adoration, was back in the hunt at the Masters. Also: Victoria Pendleton overcame a sickening crash to win the sixth, final and most memorable world sprint crown of her career.
THE TIMES: Rory McIlroy, seeking redemption for his Masters meltdown in 2011, made all the right moves yesterday to get himself in the mix heading into the weekend at Augusta National. Also: Roberto Mancini is optimistic he will avoid being sacked at the end of the season, although if the Manchester City manager remains in charge he will have to plan ahead without a highly regarded lieutenant after it emerged last night that the club’s technical director has resigned.
THE GUARDIAN: There is something about Fred Couples and August National. A marriage made in heaven perhaps? A beautiful romance, no doubt. Also: Roberto Mancini has admitted that he could lose his job but said that even if he were sacked as Manchester City manager he would still admire Khaldoon Al Mubarak and that any successor would be lucky to work with the club’s chairman.
THE INDEPENDENT: Thirty years separate Fred Couples and Rory McIlroy, yet at golf’s timeless arena there is but one single shot between the pair as they head into this Masters weekend. Also: Arsene Wenger introduced a new phrase to the lexicon of the title run-in yesterday when he said that Manchester United’s ability to “deal with the money-time” was what separated them from rivals Manchester City.