What the papers say

  • Last Updated: October 24 2012, 7:09 BST

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

Rory McIlroy: Set for bumper Nike deal

THE SUN: Alex Ferguson fears Manchester United's dozy defending could wreck their season. Also: Chelsea face the nightmare prospect of becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out after the group stages.

DAILY MAIL: The FA have joined Government ministers and senior football figures in urging black players to get behind the Kick It Out campaign and abandon plans for a breakaway union. Also: Chelsea's Champions League defence suffered a setback last night as they lost 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk's boys from Brazil.

DAILY MIRROR: Javier Hernandez had Manchester United partying like it was 1999 - with a stunning comeback winner. Also: Chelsea were left locked in a dogfight for Champions League survival after their brilliant early season came to a crashing end in Ukraine.

DAILY EXPRESS: Two headed goals from Javier Hernandez have almost guaranteed Manchester United a place in the Champions League knockout stages. Also: Rory McIlroy is set to overtake Tiger Woods as golf's biggest earner next year when he signs a staggering £150 million, 10-year deal with Nike.

DAILY STAR: Javier Hernandez saved Sir Alex Ferguson from another embarrassment last night. Also: The FA are ready to increase the punishment for players found guilty of racial abuse.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Javier Hernandez seemed to have slipped down Manchester United's pecking order of poachers with the arrival of Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck's increasing prominence. Last night the clever Mexican reminded everybody of his worth. Also: Manchester United have devised plans to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.

THE TIMES: Manchester United came from 2-0 behind to beat Braga 3-2 and maintain their 100 per cent start to this Champions League campaign as Javier Hernandez scored twice. Also: Manchester United expressed concern yesterday at their falling share price but remain buoyant over their "very strong financial position".

THE GUARDIAN: John Terry's return to the Chelsea team and captaincy had been steeped in contention, coming as it did while he serves a four-match domestic suspension for racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand. Also: The chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, has responded angrily to claims made in a document released by the UCI, saying that cycling's governing bosses are 'simply diverting attention away from their own failures'.

THE INDEPENDENT: Jason Roberts, the player whose decision not to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt led to more than 30 players to follow suit, broke his silence last night to reveal that he was forced to act after the game's union had ignored a charter for change which he has put to them seven times in the past year. Also: Manchester United did not miss out on the Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura because of a lack of transfer funds and the Glazer family have never denied Sir Alex Ferguson the resources to sign a player, the club's vice-chairman Ed Woodward said yesterday.


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