What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 11 2013, 7:43 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines from Wednesday's national press.

Phil Jones: Making the headlines
Phil Jones: Making the headlines

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United were rescued by Phil Jones against Shakhtar last night, but were not spared a tongue-lashing by former hero Roy Keane after another lacklustre Old Trafford display. Also: Chris Froome's long-running feud with Bradley Wiggins is over.

DAILY MIRROR: David Moyes gave his players Fergie-style hairdryer treatment as Phil Jones rescued Manchester United last night. Also: Arsene Wenger and his players have been put under a Champions League lockdown amid major Champions League safety fears.

DAILY STAR: Phil Jones came to David Moyes' rescue at a nervy Old Trafford last night. Also: James Milner inspired a sensational Manchester City win on a magical night in Munich.


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THE SUN: Phil Jones' winner eased the pressure on David Moyes - and ensured United qualified top of their Champions League group. Also: Arsenal chiefs have launched a major security operation ahead of tonight's test in Naples.

THE GUARDIAN: David Moyes will have felt the sweet surge of relief at the final whistle. This had become the game he dare not lose after consecutive 1-0 defeats to Everton and Newcastle United suffered by his Manchester United side here. Also: A whistleblowing hotline is among tools being considered to tackle match-fixing following an emergency meeting yesterday between representatives of the five biggest sports and the government in the wake of a spate of high-profile arrests.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Again unconvincing, Manchester United still made light of "crisis" headlines by advancing into the last 16 of the Champions League as Group A winners with 14 points out of a possible 18, their best haul since 2007-08. Also: t should come as no surprise that Jose Mourinho does not rate his Chelsea side among the favourites to win the Champions League, given his fears over the club's dummies.

DAILY EXPRESS: James Milner was the unlikely hero for Manchester City last night after the scoring the winner as his side came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Also: England have been warned that Mitchell Johnson can take his pace to another level on the fastest deck in world cricket, his home ground at the WACA in Perth.

THE INDEPENDENT: We will calibrate how Manchester United measure up to the best in Europe soon enough and though the quality of their football here suggested that may be a sobering experience, they at least staved off a deepening sense of calamity by securing the win they needed.

THE TIMES: Manchester City produced an extraordinary comeback from two goals down to beat Bayern Munich, the European Champions, 3-2 in Germany last night in the Champions League.