What the papers say

  • Last Updated: February 3 2013, 8:31 GMT

THE SUN SUNDAY: David Villa wants a £14million summer move to Arsenal. Also: Demba Ba had a bloody nightmare on his return to Newcastle; Billy Twelvetrees scored a debut try as England smashed the Scots at Twickenham.

Carlos Tevez: Next to leave Manchester City?
Carlos Tevez: Next to leave Manchester City?

SUNDAY MIRROR: Carlos Tevez will be allowed to leave Manchester City as the champions plan a massive summer clear-out. Also: Demba Ba endured a painful return to Tyneside yesterday.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Man City will fight fellow Arab oil-backed club PSG to land £40m-rated Napoli striker Edinson Cavani this summer. Also: Roberto Mancini is banking on his £91million fearsome threesome to fill the Balo shoes and dance off with the Premier League title.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Billy Twelvetrees last night revealed that he fulfilled a childhood ambition by scoring on his England debut to extend Scotland's 31-year record of hurt at Twickenham. Also: Wayne Rooney scored the goal that sent leaders Manchester United 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League - then insisted his side would keep their feet on the ground.

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Wayne Rooney lit up Craven Cottage with a superb finish last night to extend Manchester United's lead at the top of the table to 10 points - despite a mystery power cut which plunged their match against Fulham into darkness. Also: With enviable ease and vigorous efficiency, England sailed over their first hurdle in the Six Nations Championship.

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Stuart Lancaster, the head coach, will demand a more clinical performance from his England players when they travel to Dublin to face Ireland next Sunday, despite inflicting yet more pain on Scotland. Also: Rafa Benitez looked a sorry and increasingly vulnerable figure last night after Chelsea ended an ignominious week with a 3-2 defeat by Newcastle to leave the club's supporters bitterly venting their disapproval of both the interim manager and the club's owner, Roman Abramovich.

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: England coach Stuart Lancaster warned his side will face an extremely tough battle when the take on Ireland in Dublin a week today after recording a comprehensive 38-18 victory against Scotland in their RBS Six Nations opener at Twickenham. Also: Newcastle United toasted a new hero after a magnificent match-winning home debut from Moussa Sissoko, while Chelsea could soon be looking for yet another manager as the pressure grows on Rafael Benitez.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: England and Ireland began the Six Nations' Championship with a bang, scoring seven tries between them in wins over Scotland at Twickenham and Wales in Cardiff respectively, to set up an explosive meeting in Dublin next Sunday. Also: You can, at least, not fault the defiance of Rafa Benitez. He again proved immovable, unlike his side.

THE OBSERVER: England hubris was the theme in the buildup to the game, but any hope Scotland nurtured that the old enemy would be self-absorbed after last December's victory over New Zealand disappeared in the opening moments. Also: Manchester United found themselves plunged into darkness mid-match for the second time this season after the floodlights failed at Craven Cottage during yesterday's 1-0 win over Fulham.

THE PEOPLE: Rafa Benitez is fighting for his future as Demba Ba suffered a bloody nose on his return to Newcastle - and Chelsea collapsed for the second time in a week. Also: Asmir Begovic will join Manchester United in a £9million move this summer to solve their goalkeeping problems.

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