Sunday Papers: Manchester United boss Ferguson declares war on the FA

UK Newspapers: What The Papers Say.
UK Newspapers: What The Papers Say.

FIND out what top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, March 13, 2011.

THE PEOPLE: Sir Alex Ferguson last night declared war on the FA - and on Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. Also: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is facing new pressure on his job - with Jose Mourinho sending a `come and get me` please to the moneybags Premier League outfit.

THE OBSERVER: Manchester United are still on for a treble, while in under a fortnight, Arsenal have gone from fighting on four fronts to concentrating on the league. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Kenny Dalglish of hypocrisy and having a “short memory” in their first flare-up since renewing their rivalry as respective managers of Manchester United and Liverpool.

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Italy`s win over France yesterday in the Six Nations, by a nerve-jangling 22-21, is one of the biggest shocks in the history of Test rugby. Also: As Arsenal slipped into painfully familiar failure, Arsene Wenger slipped into a sadly familiar post-match repertoire.

THE INDEPENDENT: John Terry`s chances of regaining the England captaincy were further improved last night when Manchester United effectively ruled Rio Ferdinand out of consideration for the European Championship qualifier with Wales on Saturday week. Also: Wales first win in seven home matches stretching back almost a year, and the end of Ireland`s triple crown hopes, was achieved in farcical circumstances with a conspicuously illegal try awarded by the world`s most experienced referee and a Scottish assistant.

NEWS OF THE WORLD: Manchester United are ready to let Danny Welbeck stay on loan at Sunderland for another 12 months. Also: Roberto Mancini is fighting dressing room unrest ahead of today`s FA Cup quarter-final against Reading.

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson has launched an extraordinary defence of his behaviour in criticising referee Martin Atkinson after Manchester United`s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea. Also: England are facing the prospect that captain Andrew Strauss`s record-breaking appearance in their vital World Cup match against West Indies this week will be his last one-day international - and that win, lose or tie, he will quit that form of the game at the end of the tournament, possibly along with Kevin Pietersen.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Newcastle United are the target of a £200million-plus Indian takeaway. Also: Chelsea are growing increasingly concerned with the form of £50million striker Fernando Torres.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Kenny Dalglish has been offered a two-year deal and substantial transfer funds to become Liverpool`s permanent manager. Also: AC Milan are ready to end £24million Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli`s Eastlands nightmare by taking him back to Italy this summer.

DAILY STAR: Man United want £15m France midfielder Yann M`Vila. Also: Barcelona fear they could lose manager Pep Guardiola at the end of next season - to Arsenal.

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: England`s rugby players will share a bonus of #500,000 if they beat Scotland at Twickenham this afternoon and follow that up with victory against Ireland on Saturday to clinch a Grand Slam. Also: Fabio Capello will reassure Rio Ferdinand that he is still the captain of England ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on March 26 after reports the England manager was considering reinstating John Terry.