READ about this and find out what other top sports stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Saturday, April 30, 2011.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson reckons his team could be crowned champs next weekend - after beating Arsenal and Chelsea. Also: West Ham stars have hit back angrily at claims by co-owner David Sullivan that some might not be fighting hard enough to beat relegation.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Manchester United to win the title in style and have the last laugh on their critics and rivals. Also: Defiant Jose Mourinho vowed to fight on as Real Madrid boss yesterday despite facing a UEFA investigation and possible court case.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his Manchester United players to end the season in style by beating Arsenal and Chelsea to clinch the title. Also: Jose Mourinho has dropped Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid’s game this weekend after the superstar criticised the tactics employed in the explosive Champions League defeat against rivals Barcelona in midweek...Mick McCarthy fears his Premier League survival hopes are going down the pan.
DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger admits Cesc Fabregas is feeling the strain of Arsenal’s crumbling season amid fears the club’s failure on the pitch will fuel his desire to leave for Barcelona this summer. Also: Harry Redknapp wants to trim Tottenham’s squad this summer and buy a top striker - and his latest target is Espanyol’s Argentine forward Dani Osvaldo.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his players to wrap up a record 19th title in style - by beating both Arsenal and Chelsea. Also: Carlo Ancelotti believes the Tottenham side could break up if they fail to get into the Champions League again next season...Andy Carroll had to leave Newcastle United once Liverpool had agreed to pay his “astronomical” £35million transfer fee, his former landlord Kevin Nolan insisted yesterday.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his players to produce a grandstand finish to the season by beating Arsenal and Chelsea to win an unprecedented nineteenth championship. Also: Arsene Wenger may have claimed recently that Cesc Fabregas’ words were twisted, but he did agree yesterday with the midfield player’s assessment that Arsenal lack old heads to help them across the finishing line.
THE INDEPENDENT: Of all the barbs aimed at Arsene Wenger amid the wreckage of another imploded campaign, the one that struck hardest was Paul Merson’s remark that Arsenal did not understand that the final five games were entirely different to the previous 33. Also: Arsene Wenger believes that his 23-year-old captain Cesc Fabregas places himself under “too much” pressure.
THE GUARDIAN: If there is one constant beginning to emerge after Real Madrid and Barcelona lock horns, it appears to be that for as long as Jose Mourinho remains in charge at the Bernabeu, the term used to describe the most eagerly awaited fixture in Spain - El Clasico - is becoming at best ironic and at worst a downright lie. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his Manchester United side to produce a grandstand finish to the Premier League season and demonstrate that the criticisms about their performance have “not been well-founded” by beating Arsenal and Chelsea.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Premier League title could effectively be decided this weekend but Chelsea will not surrender their crown meekly. Also: Carlo Ancelotti has told his Chelsea squad that the best players focus on the team, not themselves, and singled out Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the ultimate professional.