Paper Review: Moyes Dismisses UCL Hopes, Suarez to Change, Lionel Messi Injury
There's nothing like an unexpected home Premier League defeat to start a crisis, and Manchester United manager David Moyes is back under the spotlight after the 2-1 reverse to West Bromwich Albion.
But the Old Trafford boss does not seem to be holding out too much hope of Champions League success either this season.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes the time has come to change his ways after kicking his heels during a 10-match suspension.
And could former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli be on his way back to the Premier League? One reporter seems to think so.
But who else is making the news on Sunday? Read on to find out more.
David Moyes Dismisses Manchester United Champions League Hopes After Shock Loss
Manchester United boss Moyes has written off his team's Champions League chances after the 2-1 home defeat at West Brom, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.
The start to the current campaign represents the worst for United in 24 seasons, and the team lies a lowly 12th in the table after six matches.
United travel to Shakhtar Donetsk this week in European competition, but Moyes does not believe the current team can compete for the trophy in May.
To win the Champions League you have to have five or six world-class players.
If you look at Bayern Munich, they have five or six really world-class players, and to win it you might have to have that in your squad.
Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past, and Real Madrid have maybe got it now.
That’s the level you have to get at to win it. We’ve not got that yet. What we have got is experience and several players who are in that category or close to it.
Saturday was a tough day for both Manchester clubs, with City also losing at Aston Villa. This was the first time both Manchester clubs had lost on the same day in five years.
Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Vows to Change His Ways After Return from Ban
Liverpool striker Suarez has pledged to changed his ways after returning to action following a 10-match suspension, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun.
The Uruguay international played his first game since April in the Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United on Wednesday after serving a lengthy suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match in April.
But his absence from the game has allowed Suarez to reflect on his behaviour, and he has decided to make a change for the future.
I want to avoid the provocations from rivals. This is the key to keep things on the level. My desire is to break the image which supporters have of me.
I have learned many things since I’ve been here but suffered, too.
Only by clocking up the minutes on the pitch can I forget about my latest punishment.
Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Doubtful for Champions League Clash with Celtic
The Argentina international scored the opening goal in the 2-0 win on Saturday but limped out of the match eight minutes later after asking Barca coach Gerardo Martino to be replaced, claims the report.
Xavi Hernandez replaced Messi, and the La Liga champions went on to claim a 2-0 victory against Almeria.
But Martino rested Neymar for the weekend match, and the Brazil international is expected to play at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
Mario Balotelli Poised for Premier League Return with Arsenal or Liverpool
Former Manchester City striker Balotelli could be set for a return to the English top flight, claims Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday.
In his The Football Grapevine column, Shepherd claims the AC Milan forward, who joined the San Siro side in January, has had a number of fallouts at the Italian club.
And he adds that Arsenal and Liverpool could be tempted by a cut-price transfer move for Balotelli if Milan decide to part ways with the controversial forward.
Bits and Pieces: Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet
The England international, 33, is currently working under Brendan Rodgers and is already eyeing the chance to become a successor to the Anfield boss.
However, Rodgers is poised to open negotiations over a new deal at the club, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham considering the Irishman as a possible future boss, reports Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror.
According to the report, Rodgers has less than two years left on his current contract, and Liverpool are keen to tie him down for the future.
Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio spat in his own face to spark the dressing-room unrest which ended with his dismissal after the defeat at West Brom last weekend, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.
Meanwhile, the Black Cats have asked Brighton chief executive Paul Barber for a reference for Gus Poyet, reports Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror. The article also notes that Barber has twice sacked Poyet.