Jose declares war on Manchester clubs

Read all about it: UK national newspapers review.
Read all about it: UK national newspapers review.

What today’s papers are saying, Saturday August 17, 2013

DAILY EXPRESS: Jose Mourinho announced his return to the Premier League in typical style last night by telling the Manchester clubs their recent league titles are worthless.

DAILY MAIL: Jose Mourinho exploded back on to the Premier League stage yesterday with a swipe at David Moyes before dismissing the quality of the last two Manchester title-winning teams. ALSO: Mo Farah celebrates his 5,000m World Championship win in Moscow - a feat Lord Coe believes makes him the greatest British athlete in history.

THE TIMES: In the final furlong, Mo Farah had a mix of fear, hope and excitement scrawled over his face. This was pain and pleasure wrapped up into a double-double display. Forget the debate about being the greatest in history, this latest world-title triumph was all about the bloody, glorious moment. ALSO: Wayne Rooney is in line to make his hotly anticipated return this evening in David Moyes’s first competitive game in charge of Manchester United.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Jose Mourinho has marked his long-awaited return to the Premier League this weekend with the contentious claim that the past two champions, Manchester United and Manchester City, were significantly inferior to his old Chelsea team. ALSO: Mo Farah keeps elevating himself to dizzying and dazzling new heights in the British athletics pantheon.

THE INDEPENDENT: There is a tendency in Jose Mourinho to wrap up his most provocative statements with a compliment or a kind observation that confuses the target and then other times he just lobs them in like the proverbial hand grenade. It was to the latter category that yesterday’s performance belonged. The last two titles, won by Manchester City last year and Manchester United in May? These were not, Mourinho said, the work of great teams. ALSO: It was on Super Saturday that Mo Farah first truly made his name, the first leg of the double double. This time in Moscow, it was Feel-good Friday, the quartet of gold medals completed a year after his world dominance had truly begun in London.

THE GUARDIAN: This was Mo Farah’s immortal race: the victory he called “the sweetest by far”, the triumph that thrust him deeper into the realm of athletics’ gods. ALSO: Jose Mourinho returns to the Premier League this weekend convinced Chelsea can regain the championship and stamp authority on a title race that, in his opinion, has lacked an outstanding team over the last few seasons.

DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger has made a sensational new move for Wayne Rooney. ALSO: They had plumped up his cushion and ordered him a drink. And last night Mo Farah took his seat at the table of all-time track legends.

DAILY STAR: Luis Suarez has finally apologised to Liverpool. ALSO: Mo Farah was crowned king of the world when he completed his dream ‘double double’ in Moscow last night.

THE SUN: Jose Mourinho lit the fuse on the Premier League kick-off with a dig at his Manchester rivals. ALSO: Luis Suarez made his grovelling apology to Liverpool yesterday and returned to first-team training.