What today’s papers are saying: Sunday, December 8.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Manchester United’s manager David Moyes yesterday failed to offer any explanation for the catastrophic drop in performance levels which has seen a squad build by Sir Alex Ferguson collapse to their fifth defeat of the season and struggle to maintain Champions’ League status. Also: England’s manager, Roy Hodgson, suffered his first defeat of the World Cup yesterday when Fifa gave in to television demands and brought forward the kick-off of the team’s opening game against Italy in Manaus by three hours.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: David Moyes last night insisted that Manchester United were still in the Premier League title race despite his side suffering another shock home defeat that will leave them a daunting 15 points behind the leaders if Arsenal win at home against Everton this afternoon. Also: Ian Bell admitted Mitchell Johnson is “blowing England away” after Australia’s spearhead left the tourists confronting almost certain defeat in the second Ashes Test.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: England’s World Cup preparations suffered a further blow yesterday when Fifa, bowing to pressure from broadcasters, brought forward the kick-off time of their opening match against Italy in Brazil from 9pm to 6pm local time, exacerbating concerns over the high temperature and humidity in Manaus for the June 14 fixture. Also: With their grasp on the Ashes becoming weaker by the day, England’s senior players know that they are fighting for their careers and reputations.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: David Moyes was booed by his own fans for the second time in four days as United lost at home again. Also: Luis Suarez last night warned England: I can knock you out of the World Cup.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Luis Suarez hammered a World Cup warning to England with his 14th goal in ten matches as Liverpool moved up to second in the Premier League with a 4-1 victory over West Ham. Also: Manchester United face financial carnage as David Moyes’ team crashed to another defeat and slipped seven points adrift of the top four.
SUNDAY MIRROR: David Moyes is turning to Sir Alex Ferguson for help. The Manchester United manager has been seeking Ferguson’s counsel in a bid to put his Old Trafford reign back on track. Also: Oussama Assaidi tore off his shirt to celebrate his astonishing breakthrough. The Moroccan midfielder, sent on a s a late sub for Stoke, smashed home a spectacular last-gasp winner against Chelsea with his first ever Premier League goal.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Fabio Capello has dismissed England’s World Cup chances - believing that his successor Roy Hodgson’s team will arrive in Brazil shattered by an intense Premier League campaign. Also: Ian Bell has slammed his England team mates after their shambolic first innings display in Adelaide.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: World Cup organisers turned up the heat on England and manager Roy Hodgson yesterday by bringing forward the kick-off time of their opening Group D match against Italy in the Amazon rainforest by three hours to meet the demands of European television. Also: England have already lost the Ashes according to former batting great Geoffrey Boycott - while ex-captain Michael Vaughan claims Alastair Cook’s side have been ‘pathetic’ and face a 5-0 series humiliation.
STAR ON SUNDAY: David Moyes was booed off at Old Trafford as Manchester United yesterday lost their second home Premier League game in four days. Also: Fabio Capello predicts World Cup failure for England - because they will be knackered when they arrive in Brazil next summer.
THE OBSERVER: The pressure is building on David Moyes after Manchester United slipped to a second home defeat without scoring. Also: The FA insist they are “very relaxed” after the kick-off time for England’s opening World Cup match against Italy in the heat of Manaus was moved by three hours forward following lobbying by television broadcasters.