WHAT today’s papers are saying:
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to make a shock move and take Ashley Cole on a free transfer. Also: David Moyes has accused players like Luis Suarez of turning supporters away from English football and he demanded serial divers be punished with bans.
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini has warned Micah Richards and his star players they will be axed if they cannot adapt to his style. Also: John Terry will back football’s anti-racism campaign tomorrow.
DAILY MIRROR: David Moyes has branded Luis Suarez a diver whose antics will drive fans away from football. Also: John Terry will make a public show of support for the Kick It Out campaign tomorrow - as Chelsea urge fans not to abuse Rio Ferdinand.
DAILY EXPRESS: David Moyes fears being duped by Luis Suarez’s antics in tomorrow’s Merseyside derby and claims players like the Liverpool striker will be responsible for driving fans away from football. Also: Roberto Di Matteo last night fired a warning shot across Fernando Torres’ bows as he declared no-one is safe at Chelsea if they do not perform.
DAILY STAR: Everton boss David Moyes has warned Luis Suarez: Don’t ruin the derby. Also: Chelsea entertain Manchester United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow in the season’s first table-topping blockbuster.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Moyes says he is concerned about the Liverpool striker’s “history” heading into Sunday’s fixture against their city rivals at Goodison Park. Also: Roberto Mancini has claimed that players who are unable to adapt to his tactical alterations “cannot play for a top team” after issuing a robust defence of his methods as Manchester City manager in the face of simmering dressing-room discontent.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United players that they cannot afford to allow Chelsea, the Barclays Premier League leaders, to open up a seven-point lead over them when the teams meet at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. Also: Roberto Mancini launched a vigorous defence of his tactics at Manchester City yesterday and insisted that “top players” can work in any system as the fallout from his team’s latest failure in the Champions League continued.
THE GUARDIAN: David Moyes has launched a scathing attack on Luis Suárez and placed the Liverpool striker among a select band of players he fears will drive fans away from the game by “conning their way to results”. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson believes John Terry’s absence will affect the result of Man Utd v Chelsea.
THE INDEPENDENT: It was classic Bernie Ecclestone. How many chief executives with their life’s work under threat from criminal lawyers hold court around a backgammon table in India? Also: Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday praised the Ferdinand brothers for speaking out about issues surrounding racism in the game and backed their calls for more action from the governing bodies.