What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 23 2014, 8:01 GMT

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

Sunderland celebrate their penalty shootout victory over Manchester United
Sunderland celebrate their penalty shootout victory over Manchester United

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea have accepted a £37million bid for Juan Mata and immediately released the Spain international to join Manchester United to complete the most dramatic deal of the transfer window. Also: Manchester United's revenue fell to the fourth-highest in Europe for the first time last season.

THE INDEPENDENT: A dramatic day at Old Trafford saw Manchester United knocked out of the Capital One Cup semi-final 2-1 on penalties, with Sunderland going to Wembley, as the Premier League champions moved to complete the £37m signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea. Also: The creator of the 'quenelle' salute was arrested yesterday in France as Nicolas Anelka weighed up whether to contest his Football Association charge.

THE GUARDIAN: When it was all over, Gus Poyet's players were in a victory scrum in the goalmouth and Manchester United had to reflect that, realistically, their chances of silverware might be over. Also: Juan Mata is close to completing a £40m move to Manchester United, after telling Chelsea yesterday morning that he wanted to leave and sitting out training to guard against injury.

THE TIMES: Manchester United's season took another turn for the worse when they crashed out of the Capital One Cup semi-final on penalties on an extraordinary night at Old Trafford. Also: Chelsea are planning a renewed attempt to sign Wayne Rooney in the summer in the belief that his expiring contract will enable them to get him on the cheap.

DAILY MIRROR: Vito Mannone was the hero as Gus Poyet led Sunderland to Wembley on a night of high drama at Old Trafford. Also: Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United, who are ready to open contract talks once Juan Mata's move to Old Trafford is sealed.

THE SUN: Manchester United are sending out an SOS to £37million Juan Mata after crashing out of the Capital One Cup. Also: Jose Mourinho wants to land Real Sociedad frontman Antoine Griezmann after flogging Juan Mata to Manchester United.

DAILY STAR: Sunderland kept their nerve to reach the Capital One Cup final after a penalty shoot-out last night. Also: Juan Mata is set to have a medical at Manchester United in the next 48 hours before sealing a £37m move from Chelsea.

DAILY EXPRESS: Sunderland reached the final of the Capital One Cup last night after one of the worst penalty shootouts in history. Also: Andy Murray claimed Roger Federer played an illegal shot in his quarter-final loss to the Swiss at the Australian Open.

DAILY MAIL: Gus Poyet praised his Sunderland players after they stunned David Moyes and Manchester United last night with a penalty shoot-out victory to reach the Capital One Cup final. Also: Manchester United last night agreed a club record £37million fee for Chelsea's Juan Mata to ease the pain of their Capital One Cup KO.


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