What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 20 2014, 7:52 GMT

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

Mauricio Pochettino: Set to be offered a new deal by Southampton
Mauricio Pochettino: Set to be offered a new deal by Southampton

THE SUN: Jose Mourinho killed off Manchester United's title hopes then said: It's all over for them now. Also: Tim Sherwood admits he could be sacked if Tottenham do not make the Champions League.

DAILY MAIL: Samuel Eto'o toppled Manchester United with his first Chelsea hat-trick, leaving manager Jose Mourinho to claim the champions cannot expect to defend the title from so far adrift. Also: You may find it hard to believe that the mile race with which Sir Chris Chataway will always be connected in the public mind was not his greatest. Not by a distance.

DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho piled the pressure on David Moyes and then wrote off Manchester United's title chances. Also: Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is ready to offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a bumper new contract to ensure he stays at St Mary's.

DAILY EXPRESS: Jose Mourinho told Manchester United their hopes of retaining the title are over after Samuel Eto'o's hat-trick crushed David Moyes and his despondent team at Stamford Bridge. Also: Former Blackburn chairman John Williams is the strong favourite to succeed Nicola Cortese at Southampton and is likely to be announced as the new chief executive this week.

DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho last night wrote off Manchester United's title hopes once and for all. Also: Brad Guzan claims Liverpool's Luis Suarez admitted he took a dive.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: David Moyes has deflected talk of a Manchester United crisis and vowed that his team would not give up on defending the Premier League title. Also: Alastair Cook is considering quitting as Test and one-day captain at the end of England's worst tour to Australia, which hit another low on Sunday as the one-day series was lost within three matches.

THE TIMES: A devastated Alastair Cook gave the strongest hint that he will resign the one-day captaincy - and possibly the Test leadership as well - after the Australia tour went from bad to worse. Also: The gap between Ronnie O'Sullivan and the rest of the field was highlighted once again last night as the reigning world champion claimed a fifth Masters title at Alexandra Palace with an emphatic victory over Mark Selby, the world number two.

THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho said that Manchester United's hopes of defending their title were effectively over after Chelsea beat the champions 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to leave them 14 points behind the leaders Arsenal. Also: Alastair Cook has admitted he is considering his position as England's one-day and possibly also Test captain.

THE INDEPENDENT: England lost to Australia on Sunday in a cut and paste performance of the cricket they have played all winter. Also: Serena Williams' pursuit of history has been put on hold.

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