What Sunday’s papers are saying:
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson could face a Football Association investigation after questioning whether assistant referee John Flynn should “ever get a game again” following his involvement in a controversial penalty which handed Newcastle a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. Also: Manchester City are seeking to sell as many as 20 players in the next two transfer windows as they seek to dramatically reduce their wage bill to try and meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
THE OBSERVER: The Rugby Football Union, reeling after the worst week in their 140-year history, risk fuelling further public outrage by considering bonus payments to their salaried staff, including the acting chief executive, Martyn Thomas, and the director of elite rugby, Rob Andrew. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson hit out at refereeing standards after Manchester United dropped two points at home to Newcastle United to lose more ground in the title race.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson reacted with fury and incredulity yesterday after a controversial penalty decision cost his Manchester United side victory over Newcastle United - and handed a huge Premier League title advantage to neighbours Manchester City. Also: Liverpool’s £35million record signing Andy Carroll is poised for a recall against Manchester City today after terrorising Roberto Mancini’s men last season.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Roberto Mancini yesterday dropped the first hint that Manchester City will rein in the runaway style that has brought them the top division’s most prolific opening to a season for almost 50 years. Also: The executioner has arrived. Not for the Chelsea manager, as Andre Villas-Boas might have feared, but for the old certainties, the old stalwarts.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson last night removed the question mark hanging over Rio Ferdinand’s Old Trafford future. Also: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side bounce back by thrashing Wolves - then boasted: “We can still win the Premier League.”
THE PEOPLE: Sir Alex Ferguson flew into a rage last night after a penalty clanger by ref Mike Jones and his linesman denied Manchester United victory over Newcastle. Also: Jermain Defoe has pleaded with Harry Redknapp to let him go out on loan in the January transfer window.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson launched another attack on standards of football officiating last night after a controversial penalty robbed his Manchester United team of victory against Newcastle. Also: Steve Bruce last night pledged to fight on as Sunderland boss after coming under foul-mouthed fire from angry fans.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manchester City have made Arsenal striker Robin van Persie their No.1 target. Also: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was last night fighting for his managerial life.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: England’s World Cup fall-out shows no sign of ending. The flanker James Haskell has lost a potentially lucrative contract with Queensland Reds - where top players can earn about £80,000 a season - after allegations emerged of impropriety involving him in a Dunedin hotel room. Also: “A travesty,” said Sir Alex Ferguson afterwards about a penalty decision that helped Newcastle draw this match.