What the papers say
A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.
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THE SUN: David Moyes' reign as Manchester United boss was plunged into more crisis last night. Also: Andy Flower is prepared to quit as head coach if Kevin Pietersen remains an England player.
DAILY MIRROR: Kevin Pietersen faces the axe as England are plunged into a new civil war after their Ashes humiliation. Also: David Moyes slammed top-flight officials after Manchester United's season was thrown into further crisis.
DAILY STAR: David Moyes' Manchester United crisis hit a new low last night when his side crashed to a third defeat in just seven days. Also: Andy Flower is ready to quit if the England selectors do not back his wish to axe Kevin Pietersen.
DAILY MAIL: England cricket was plunged into a new crisis when coach Andy Flower told the ECB: Ditch Kevin Pietersen or I'll quit. Also: David Moyes was plunged deeper into crisis last night as Manchester United crashed to their third defeat in a week for the first time in 22 years.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Flower is believed to have issued a "him or me" ultimatum about Kevin Pietersen to new managing director Paul Downton as he seeks to rebuild the side following the Ashes debacle. Also: Fabio Borini piled the pressure on David Moyes as his penalty sent Manchester United tumbling to their third defeat in a week.
THE TIMES: Manchester United's season of humiliation slipped further towards crisis last night as a third consecutive defeat left them fighting to stay in the Capital One Cup, a competition they once would have viewed with apathy. Also: So here we go again. As England reach another crossroads after the Ashes whitewash in Australia, a crucial decision for the future direction of the team looks likely to revolve around the controversial figure of Kevin Pietersen.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andy Flower is understood to be ready to walk away from his position as England's team director unless he is given guarantees that Kevin Pietersen will not be selected to play international cricket under him as the inquest into the 5-0 humiliation in the Ashes series begins in earnest. Also: David Moyes found himself under increasing pressure last night after his Manchester United side slipped to a third successive defeat in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and he reserved some bitter comments for the officials.
THE GUARDIAN: Andy Flower's future as director of the England team may hinge on whether the selectors and the new managing director see an international future for Kevin Pietersen as the side looks to regenerate after the 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes series. Also: This is threatening to become a season in hell for David Moyes and his Manchester United side. There is still a second leg to come of this semi-final so they are not dead yet and could still reverse their fortunes to reach Wembley.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Paul Downton, the new managing director of England cricket, will decide the futures of Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen, whose relationship has broken down to the extent they may not both be able to carry on as part of the England Test set-up. Also: This was a shapeless, lifeless display from Manchester United, who have now lost three games in a row for the first time since 2001. Where was the fight? Where was that old swagger? Where was the refusal to accept defeat?