READ this and more top sports headlines from today's UK national newspapers - Saturday, January 22, 2011.
THE INDEPENDENT: Arsene Wenger yesterday declared that Manchester United had been "lucky" to make it through 21 Premier League games undefeated and said the pressures attached to a tilt at the unbeaten "Invincibles" crown would kick in during the last five games of the season - during which they face his Arsenal side at the Emirates. Also...Steve Kean has managed to get wine from Blackburn Rovers' poisoned chalice.
THE SUN: Gerard Houllier effectively accused Steve Bruce of racism in their bitter row over Darren Bent's transfer. Also...Michael Carrick will be allowed to leave Manchester United in the summer.
DAILY STAR: Liverpool last night went public to admit: We want Ashley Young. Also...West Ham co-owner David Gold has accused Tottenham of betraying the country with their bid for the Olympic Stadium.
DAILY EXPRESS: Harry Redknapp went to Madrid to scout goal thief Diego Forlan on Thursday night but ended up being mugged himself. Also...Long jump star Greg Rutherford has warned there will be mass protests from athletes if the 2012 Olympic stadium loses its track and field legacy.
THE TIMES: Kenny Dalglish has targeted Charlie Adam as a central figure in his rebuilding plans at Liverpool, despite having a 4.5million offer for the Blackpool midfield player rejected last night. Also...The simmering feud between Aston Villa and Sunderland in the wake of Darren Bent's defection to the Midlands club showed no signs of abating last night after Gerard Houllier responded to criticism from Steve Bruce by accusing English managers of ganging up on him.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsene Wenger has provocatively described Manchester United as "a bit lucky" this season, but accepts that they could now emulate Arsenal's 'Invincible' team of 2003/04, although with rather less style. Also...Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and, less predictably, Pele yesterday joined the debate over the club's plans to move to the Olympic stadium.
THE GUARDIAN: Gerard Houllier has accused Steve Bruce of a xenophobic attack as the row between Aston Villa and Sunderland over Darren Bent`s acrimonious transfer becomes increasingly bitter. Also... Arsene Wenger says that Manchester United have been "a bit lucky until now" to remain undefeated in the Premier League.
DAILY MAIL: Carlo Ancelotti last night insisted that Chelsea do not need Steven Pienaar, who chose Tottenham over the Barclays Premier League champions earlier this week. Also... Sir Alex Ferguson has raised te prospect of Ryan Giggs playing into his forties after confirming that Manchester United`s midfielder is to sign a new one-year contract at Old Trafford.
DAILY MIRROR: Struggling West Ham ar ready to move for Blackburn bad boy El Hadji Diouf. Also... Charlie Adam is ready to ask for a transfer after Blackpool turned down a 4.5million bid for him last night from Liverpool.