What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 4 2014, 9:09 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

David Moyes: Has some concerns over Wayne Rooney's future
David Moyes: Has some concerns over Wayne Rooney's future

THE SUN: Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future was plunged into fresh doubt last night. Also: Manuel Pellegrini ripped into the 'cheats' who are ruining football.

DAILY MAIL: David Moyes admits there is no guarantee Wayne Rooney will sign a new contract at Old Trafford if Manchester United fail to qualify for the champions League this season. Also: Southampton are demanding a full FA inquiry into Mark Clattenburg after referees' chief Mike Riley dismissed a complaint that the official swore at forward Adam Lallana.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says the Premier League is rife with cheating players. Also: Southampton will take their battle with referee Mark Clattenburg to the FA, after claims of "abuse" aimed at Adam Lallana were dismissed.

GUARDIAN: David Moyes has concerns over Wayne Rooney's immediate and longer term future, with the Manchester United manager admitting he must wait and see if the striker will consider signing a contract extension in the summer should they fail to qualify for the Champions League. Also: Southampton do not want Mark Clattenburg to officiate any of their games until the latest controversy surrounding the referee has been resolved.

DAILY STAR: Southampton will take their war with top ref Mark Clattenburg to the FA after their complaint against him was thrown out yesterday. Also: Rio Ferdinand has been placed on trial between now and the end of the season as he battles to earn a new contract at Manchester United.

THE INDEPENDENT: Tim Sherwood has warned Arsenal that they will not get their wish of Emmanuel Adebayor being absent from today's derby FA Cup tie at the Emirates. Also: Mark Clattenburg will continue to referee Southampton matches despite the club asking for the referee to be barred from officiating at their games in the wake of him "insulting" Adam Lallana after last Saturday's defeat at Everton.

THE TIMES: Jose Mourinho insists that Juan Mata could still have a future at Chelsea but said there is no room for sentiment in his dealings with the Spain midfielder, who has been the club's player of the year for the past two years. Also: While England gave the opportunity to three new players to begin their Test careers, rumours persist that two veterans - one from either side - are to retire at the end of this match. Kevin Pietersen is the England player in question and Brad Haddin the Australia one.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Southampton were preparing for a battle with England's elite referees last night after refusing to accept the decision to clear Mark Clattenburg of abusing a player for the second time in just over a year. Also: Manuel Pellegrini says "cheating" footballers are making life even more difficult for Premier League referees.

DAILY EXPRESS: Southampton refused to admit defeat last night after their complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg was dismissed out of hand. Also: Oldham manager Lee Johnson has branded Liverpool striker Luis Suarez a "dirty rat" ahead of their FA Cup third-round clash - and insists it is meant as a compliment.

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