What the papers say

  • Last Updated: February 14 2013, 9:28 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.

Danny Welbeck heads home for Manchester United
Danny Welbeck heads home for Manchester United

THE TIMES: Manchester United will welcome Real Madrid to Old Trafford with every confidence of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after claiming a valuable away goal on a tense night at the Bernabeu. Also: Brendan Rodgers has stopped short of saying he will take Liverpool off the pitch if their black players are abused in tonight's Europa League tie away to Zenit St Petersburg, instead placing the onus on Uefa and the match officials to deal with any incidents of racism.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: At the final whistle, Manchester United fans sang loudly about going to Wembley, venue of this year's Champions League final. There is much work to be done, many miles to travel, many obstacles to clear, but this was a good night for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. Also: Neil Lennon has escaped punishment for branding the referee in Celtic's 3-0 Champions League defeat on Tuesday night as "very pro-Juventus" after Uefa's match delegate did not report his comments.

THE INDEPENDENT: It takes a formidable feat of concentration, not to mention sheer bloody-mindedness, to survive 90 minutes at the Bernabeu without the 11 men in white shirts taking up apart piece by agonising piece, but finding themselves at the eye of a storm last night, Manchester United held on nicely. Also: Chelsea have already made history for the wrong reasons in Europe this season, but they intend to start making a more positive impression in Prague this evening.

THE GUARDIAN: It was an epic night and, by the end, Manchester United might be emboldened enough to reflect they have made the first decisive move. Also: UEFA says it will not take disciplinary action against Neil Lennon despite the Celtic manager claiming the referee was "very pro-Juventus" during Tuesday night's Champions League match between the teams.

DAILY EXPRESS: Danny Welbeck's crucial away goal gave Manchester United a great chance to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a superb rearguard action in the Bernabeu. Also: Kris Commons has accused Efe Ambrose of "letting the team down" following Celtic's Champions League thumping by Juventus.

DAILY MAIL: Danny Welbeck silenced the Bernabeu last night as Manchester United held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash. Also: Manchester City are ready to begin a £60million-plus overhaul of their squad with summer moves for Napoli's Edinson Cavani and Celtic's Victor Wanyama.

DAILY MIRROR: Danny Welbeck's precious away goal saw United draw first blood in their epic Champions League tie with Spanish giants Real. Also: Liverpool will demand that play is stopped by match officials if any of their players are subjected to racist abuse in Russia tonight.

THE SUN: Alex Ferguson hailed United's Bernabeu heroes and roared: "Now we've got a great chance." Also: Cheick Tiote is set to play for Newcastle tonight despite being arrested on suspicion of fraud.

DAILY STAR: Danny Welbeck grabbed a precious away goal as United survived a battering in the Bernabeu. Also: Celtic's Kelvin Wilson has backed Efe Ambrose to bounce back from his Champions League calamities.


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