What the papers say

  • Last Updated: September 9 2012, 9:01 BST

A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers:

Cristiano Ronaldo: Return to Old Trafford?

THE SUN SUNDAY: The boot that caused Wayne Rooney to suffer a near-fatal injury is under investigation by the players' union. Also: England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for another shock rollicking from boss Roy Hodgson today.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson will ask Manchester United to pay whatever it takes to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Also: Ellie Simmonds won her fourth medal of the Paralympic Games last night - and then vowed to be back for more in Rio in four years' time.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Ricky Hatton is on the brink of announcing a sensational comeback for late November. Also: Manchester City are set for showdown talks with Argentina over the fitness of £38million striker Sergio Aguero.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: John Terry is likely to miss England's Wembley World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday night - and Saturday's potential powder-keg clash between Chelsea and QPR. Also: Ellie Simmonds sealed her place as the nation's sporting sweetheart with another silver medal at the Paralympics yesterday and revealed she would celebrate with ice cream rather than champagne.

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Andy Murray plans to make an emotional homecoming to Dunblane if he wins the US Open Championship today. Also: Wayne Rooney has revealed the horrific injury that ruled him out of the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign came within a millimetre of ending his career.

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Andy Murray aims to emulate the example of his coach Ivan Lendl and finally win a Grand Slam title at the US Open, purging the memory of four previous disappointments. Also: England's batsmen collapsed to their lowest full 20-over score yesterday to lose the first Twenty20 against South Africa by seven wickets and launch preparations for the defence of their World T20 crown in the worst style imaginable.

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will today be given an insight into what is expected of him as an England international with Roy Hodgson suggesting he is going to deliver a dressing down to the teenager. Also: Mark Cavendish finally broke his silence last night to confirm that he wants an amicable split for Team Sky after the experiment of challenging for yellow and green jerseys at the Tour de France did not work out this summer.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Cycling's dream team is breaking up. Mark Cavendish, a key component of Team Sky, last night made the shock announcement that he wishes to leave Britain's premier cycling team less than a year after he signed for the squad. Also: The curious international career of Tom Cleverley is only two caps old but already it could be argued that the 23-year-old has come to epitomise a modern phenomenon in English football: he has established himself in the England team without quite having done so with his club side, Manchester United.

THE OBSERVER: If there was a day made for cussed, canny tennis, it was in the raucous bear pit of the Arthur Ashe Court yesterday as Andy Murray conquered the skies above an utterly perplexed beanpole in Tomas Berdych on the ground to reach his second US Open final. Also: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play a first competitive match at Wembley on Tuesday having received a stern, if timely, reminder from Roy Hodgson not to allow his recent high standards to slip.

THE PEOPLE: Roy Hodgson will hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a rollicking today ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night. Also: Anton Ferdinand is expected to snub John Terry's handshake when the Chelsea skipper returns to Loftus Road on Saturday.