Paper Review: Jose Mourinho Cracked, Mixed Views on Wayne Rooney, Spurs Eye Mata
However, the newspapers remain divided on whether the England international wants to stay at Old Trafford or not.
Who else is making the headlines in Thursday's papers? Read on to find out more.
Jose Mourinho Left with Egg on His Face After Champions League Defeat
Chelsea suffered a Champions League humbling in their opening group match against FC Basel, with the Swiss club taking a surprise 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
After making an analogy between his young players and carefully nurtured eggs prior to the match, Mourinho became the butt of the headline writers' jokes in Thursday's newspapers.
"Shell shocker for Mourinho as his 'beautiful young eggs' crack in Champions League," wrote the Daily Mirror on the digital version of Martin Lipton's match report.
The Sun opted for "Rotten Eggs" on the top of Paul Jiggins' article as Mourinho admitted he had egg on his face after the game.
Mike Walters' quotes piece in the Daily Mirror claims Chelsea's "'beautiful eggs' turned chicken" as Mourinho took responsibility for the defeat.
The Daily Express took an alternative route with its "Basle faulty" headline on Matthew Dunn's match report, referencing the character played by comedian John Cleese in the 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers.
Rooney Questions Whether He Should Stick or Twist on Manchester United
Manchester United forward Rooney spoke with the newspapers after the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, but the subsequent reports suggested divided opinion on the player's future.
David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reported that Rooney had to "swallow his pride and deliver for United after being denied a move to Chelsea" in the summer.
Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required) remains unconvinced that the England international is entirely happy at Old Trafford, despite Rooney's praise for manager Moyes and fellow striker Van Persie.
However, Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail has offered an upbeat spin to the Rooney article, claiming the player is hinting at a longer stay at United.
Elsewhere in United news, Neil Custis of The Sun noted a cash windfall of £362.3 million from reported record revenues.
Meanwhile, Jack Wilson of the Daily Star reported that United remain £389.2 million in debt, despite the increased commercial revenues.
Tottenham Facing Juventus and Napoli Competition for Juan Mata
Tottenham Hotspur will make Chelsea midfielder Mata a target when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Jiggins claims the Portuguese coach believes playing matches within two days, as Tottenham will do next week, could result in injury to players.
Cristiano Ronaldo Lauds New Real Madrid Teammate Gareth Bale
The former Tottenham winger set up Ronaldo for one of his goals in a hat-trick in Turkey as the Bernabeu club got their campaign off to a flying start with a 6-1 win over the Turkish club.
The Portugal international offered his appreciation of Bale following the game.
We’re getting to know each other. Gareth is adapting and finding his rhythm because he’d been inactive for a long time.
Things are coming off for him and it’s going well.
Meanwhile, Bale and Ronaldo are set to become rivals off the pitch, according to Charles Sale of the Daily Mail. The Welshman is poised to sign a lucrative new sponsorship deal with Adidas, while his Bernabeu teammate is with Nike.
Bits and Pieces: Luis Suarez, David Ginola, Joey Barton, Fulham
The Uruguay international is expected to make his return to action in the Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United next week after serving his ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.
However, Suarez's most recent display for the Reds ended in a 2-0 defeat to a Burnley development squad.