READ about this and find out what other sports stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Saturday, May 14, 2011, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
THE SUN: Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson went ‘ballistic’ after being charged yesterday with improper conduct. Also: Tony Pulis hopes to see Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross lift the FA Cup today - as a tribute to the manager’s mum.
THE GUARDIAN: David Silva may have to look into the history books to understand the significance but, at Manchester City, compliments rarely come higher than when Tony Book, the last manager to win a trophy with the club, started reminiscing this week and talked about the Spaniard reminding him of Neil Young. Also: Roberto Mancini has said for the first time he will not stand in Carlos Tevez’s way if the striker decides he wants to leave Manchester City this summer.
THE INDEPENDENT: A new line of T-shirts has been prepared for this evening. They carry an image of the huge Old Trafford banner, which has ticked up their 35 years without a trophy, set to a big, fat zero. Also: The title is so obviously bound for Old Trafford that yesterday’s Manchester Evening News mocked up a photograph of Kenny Dalglish as a parrot, about to be knocked off his perch.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is considering one of the biggest gambles of his managerial career by pitching captain Carlos Tevez into the FA Cup final today. Also: The FA ordered 70,000 Cup final flags for today’s Wembley showcase at a cost of £20,000 - only to discover the wrong team names had been printed on them.
THE TIMES: The FA left itself open to accusations of double standards las night after charging Sir Alex Ferguson but not Carlo Ancelotti with improper conduct for similar comments about Howard Webb, the referee, in the build-up to Manchester United’s game against Chelsea at Old Trafford last Saturday. Also: Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez he should leave Manchester City if he is unhappy and does not buy into the club’s bold vision for the future.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez he can quit Manchester City if he is not committed to the club. Also: Alex Ferguson will confront the FA in person about being hit with another misconduct charge.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Manchester United would steal some of the Cup final thunder if they win the title today - and would prefer the Wembley showpiece to stand alone. Also: Roberto Mancini last night delivered an astonishing FA Cup final warning to Manchester City star Carlos Tevez.
DAILY STAR: The FA risk being accused of double standards in the latest row over referees. Also: Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez to leave Manchester City if he isn’t happy at Eastlands.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Back in 1968, Manchester United at least condescended to give the neighbours a full fortnight in which to savour glory. Also: Jermaine Pennant did not understand the ethos at Stoke City when he arrived at the club, manager Tony Pulis said yesterday.