READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, April 17, 2011.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Wonderkid keeper David De Gea will join Man United in an £18million deal this summer. Also: Yaya Toure last night dedicated his Wembley winner to his brother Kolo.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Harry Redknapp has emerged as the amazing name in the frame to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Chelsea boss. Also: Yaya Toure booked Manchester City’s first FA Cup final appearance in 30 years and ended arch rivals Manchester United’s own Treble dream.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Mario Balotelli sparked an ugly bust-up as Manchester City stormed into the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Also: Gareth Bale will be crowned the PFA’s Player of the Year tonight.
THE PEOPLE: Yaya Toure landed the killer blow to settle the FA Cup’s Battle of Manchester at Wembley. Also: Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas, the man dubbed the new Jose Mourinho, is the shock name on Chelsea’s shortlist to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final victory over neighbours United descended into chaos last night, with a series of clashes between both sets of players that will surely bring a Football Association investigation. Also: Investigators from the British Horseracing Authority have interviewed several jockeys over allegations that they advised known internet gamblers to bet against horses that they were riding.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli started an ugly brawl at the climax of his club’s dramatic FA Cup semi-final win over neighbours Manchester United. Also: Chelsea are ready to go Dutch as they prepare to axe current Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City triumphed in their first Wembley meeting with Manchester United to reach their first final since 1981 with manager Roberto Mancini saying the result was a “turning point” for the club. Also: Fabio Capello is facing the prospect of losing a key figure in his England inner circle after Franco Baldini, the national team’s general manager, emerged as a target for Roma’s new owners.
SUNDAY TIMES: Jose Mourinho has rejected the opportunity to make a triumphant return as Chelsea manager, three and a half years after being dismissed by Roman Abramovich. Also: It began slowly but when it warmed it got fiery and Manchester City achieved a precious victory over their greatest rivals, and after a 30-year break they will play in an FA Cup final.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Once in a blue moon, Manchester City put one over their despised rivals, and how they enjoyed doing so at the national stadium yesterday. Also: Aston Villa reached the traditional target for Premier League safety of 40 points yesterday, moving eight points clear of West Ham, whose brief resurgence is beginning to fade into memory.
THE OBSERVER: Roberto Mancini sought to play down the scuffles on the pitch that soured the end of a memorable FA Cup semi-final, insisting that Mario Balotelli could not possible be to blame for everything even though the Manchester City striker appeared to incite players on the losing side at the final whistle when he provocatively displayed his shirt and badge to the Manchester United end of Wembley. Also: The last time West Ham went down, in 2003, they did so with a raft of England players in their ranks. Aston Villa arrived at Upton Park at risk of suffering the same fate this season but after sparkling performances by their internationals they departed relatively worry-free and pushed West Ham closer to a return to the Championship.