What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 27 2012, 7:39 GMT

THE SUN: Frank Lampard was dumped on Chelsea's bench after we revealed he is being ditched by the club he has loyally served for 12 years. Also: Aston Villa were punched silly on Boxing Day with a 4-0 thrashing at home to Tottenham.

Ferguson: Dominating the Thursday back pages
Ferguson: Dominating the Thursday back pages

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League yesterday on a day of controversy and drama. Also: There are those who would have football wrapped up and put in deep storage for Christmas and New Year. A winter break is what they would call it.

DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United are ready to reclaim the title after a stunning comeback win over Newcastle. Also: Roberto Mancini accused his Manchester City players of being "soft" then hit out at referee Kevin Friend, saying he "ate too much" on Christmas Day.

DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a "championship performance" after his Manchester United side won a seven-goal thriller to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Also: Blood pumped from the head of Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta as he left the field for treatment during Manchester City's 1-0 defeat by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Manchester United have the look of champions after watching them win a seven-goal thriller at Old Trafford. Also: Roberto Mancini last night accused his Manchester City players of being softies as old boy Adam Johnson's second-half winner for Sunderland condemned the Premier League champions to their first away defeat this season.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, is facing a possible touchline ban after remonstrating with the referee, Mike Dean, at Old Trafford. Also: Adam Johnson scored the goal that embarrassed his close friend Joe Hart as Sunderland secured a win that shamed his former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a "championship performance" by Manchester United as they took a seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a remarkable 4-3 victory over Newcastle United. Also: There was little festive good cheer from Roberto Mancini last night, the Manchester City manager blaming his side's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland on poor luck and accusing Kevin Friend, the referee, of making a crucial error because of Christmas overindulgence.

THE GUARDIAN: Uefa is to appeal against all the sanctions imposed in relation to the controversial Serbia v England Under-21 play-off in October. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a "championship" performance by Manchester United after they came from behind three times to beat Newcastle 4-3.

THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson described his team's performance in their win over Newcastle United yesterday as "Championship-winning" form. Also: This time Manchester City got their seasonal woe in early on Wearside.