What the papers say

  • Last Updated: February 10 2013, 8:25 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Too expensive for Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo: Too expensive for Manchester United

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Football legend Paul Gascoigne was yesterday in intensive care after being rushed to hospital from the clinic treating him for alcoholism. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson will not step down from the Old Trafford hotseat at the end of the season, says Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton... Furious Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted his multi-millionaire stars have only a "ten per cent" chance of retaining their title after this gaffe-strewn defeat.

THE SUN: Cristiano Ronaldo insists his six years at Manchester United were the best of his life. Also: Arsene Wenger is furious with England boss Roy Hodgson over his treatment of Jack Wilshere... Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United cannot afford Cristiano Ronaldo.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Young refs across Europe are being targeted by criminal gangs intent on fixing matches. Also: Manchester City have joined Chelsea in monitoring David Moyes' contract talks with Everton... Newcastle midfielder Yoan Gouffran has survived a broken leg scare.

SUNDAY PEOPLE: David Moyes is a non-runner in the search of Sir Alex Ferguson's successor - because he has no top-level Champions league experience. Also: Stuart Pearce's relationship with England boss Roy Hodgson is described as "strained" after a public outburst from the Under-21 chief this week... Roberto Mancini virtually conceded the Premier League title after a Manchester City horror show at St Mary's.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: David Moyes takes his Everton team to Old Trafford today dismissed by the Manchester United hierarchy as a successor to boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Also: Frank Lampard's goalden week continued with his 198th strike for Chelsea - just four short of Bobby Tambling's all-time club record... Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini appeared to concede the title race last night after seeing his side fall apart against Southampton.

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to avoid getting dragged into mind games by Jose Mourinho ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie in Madrid. Also: Gareth Barry's horrendous own-goal at Southampton last night has cost Manchester City the title, according to the man who watched the ball roll past him... David Moyes shrugs philosophically when he remembers the time when one of the most enviable jobs in football slipped through his fingers.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Roberto Mancini admitted Manchester City only have "a 10 per cent chance" of retaining their Premier League title after they crashed to a disastrous 3-1 defeat at Southampton last night. Also: Wayne Rooney has hailed Jack Wilshere as the "closest thing" England have had to Paul Gascoigne in terms of his style of play... Jessica Ennis' lifelong coach, Tony Minichiello, has accused the leaders of UK Athletics of a lack of respect and presiding over a "bullying culture" after rejecting their offer of a reduced consultancy package instead of a full-time job.

THE OBSERVER: Tony Minichiello, the coach who guided Jessica Ennis to Olympic gold, has accused British Athletics (BA) chiefs of a "lack of respect" after he was offered a reduced package - on a consultancy basis - to continue working with one of the sport's most successful athletes. Also: Wales, the reigning Six Nations champions, ended their dismal run of eight successive defeats by claiming a first win at the Stade de France since 2005... Manchester City's grip on the Premier League title looks looser than ill-fitting trousers after a slick Southampton side punished a dishevelled display by Roberto Mancini's team.

SUNDAY TIMES: Jose Mourinho has still not decided which club he will manage next season but he is increasingly unlikely to continue at Real Madrid.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: A furious Roberto Mancini admitted last night that Manchester City's chances of retaining their Premier League title were down to "10 per cent" and that they will disappear altogether if Manchester United win at home to Everton this afternoon to establish a 12 point lead at the top.


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