READ more about this and other top sport stories making headlines in today’s UK’s national press - Saturday, April 23, 2011, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson has dismissed Arsenal as title challengers - saying Chelsea are the biggest threat to Manchester United’s bid to land a record 19th league crown. Also: Arsene Wenger last night gave Arsenal fans the worst possible news by revealing he will carry on his trophyless youth policy next season...Gary McAllister feared the worst when he heard Gerard Houllier had been taken to hospital with a heart scare.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed Arsenal’s challenge and claimed Chelsea are the biggest threat now to Manchester United’s hopes of a record 19th league title. Also: Carlo Ancelotti claims the football world expected Chelsea to crumble when they went out of the Champions League to Manchester United...Birmingham boss Alex McLeish believes his pal Kenny Dalglish will lead Liverpool back into title contention next season.
DAILY STAR: Carlo Ancelotti says Chelsea must win every single game from now until the end of the season if they want to pull off a shock title triumph. Also: Harry Redknapp is planning a double summer swoop for Scott Parker and Didier Drogba...Scott Parker says his Player of the Year award will count for nothing if West Ham go down.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger has warned he will again refuse to splash big money on transfers this summer. Also: Gerard Houllier hopes to leave Stoke as sick as a parrot - by picking Aston Villa’s team from his hospital bed...Shaun Murphy defiantly told Ronnie O’Sullivan ahead of today’s Crucible grudge clash: “You don’t scare me”.
DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger has admitted for the first time that he needs to make changes at Arsenal - on the day Sir Alex Ferguson insisted the greatest title threat now comes from Chelsea. Also: The FA have rebuffed hundreds of letters from fans suggesting Kenny Dalglish should receive a Wayne Rooney-type punishment after being caught swearing on camera...Dual Grand National winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies yesterday threatened to boycott Towcester if the racecourse is given the go-ahead to ban use of the whip at a meeting in October.
THE INDEPENDENT: Rafa Benitez, the former Liverpool and Internazionale manager, is pushing himself forward as a serious candidate to become the next manager of Chelsea should Carlo Ancelotti be relieved of his duties in the summer. Also: David Moyes believes Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have suffered because of last summer’s World Cup, even though Sir Alex Ferguson’s side remain on course for a Premier League and Champions League double.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Chelsea are now Manchester United’s main challengers for the Barclays Premier League title, ahead of Arsenal, because they have a better team mentality than Arsene Wenger’s side. Also: Arsene Wenger hit out yesterday at the growing number of critics who see a spree in the transfer market as the answer to Arsenal’s failure to win silverware since 2005.
THE GUARDIAN: Manchester City are increasingly convinced Carlos Tevez will try to resurrect a transfer away from the club this summer, in part because of his difficult relationship with Roberto Mancini. Also: Neil Lennon last night spoke of his ordeal of being the victim of a bomb threat, saying how it has affected his personal life and admitting he will consider quitting his position as Celtic manager if the situation happens again...The next round of the Formula One world championship in Turkey may well be the last time the country stages a race after organisers claimed they had been priced out, with costs set to double to US dollars 26million (#15.75million) next year.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City are set to sanction the sale of Carlos Tevez this summer if growing interest from Inter Milan and Juventus results in the club receiving a realistic offer. Also: Harry Redknapp has suggested that he would like to sign Didier Drogba should Chelsea sell the striker in the summer...Aston Villa yesterday sprang to the defence of Nigel Reo-Coker over the tackle that may have ended Gary O’Neil’s career.