Manchester United manager David Moyes swiftly found himself out of the media focus after neighbours City left West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce's future in doubt with their 6-0 Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg win.
However, the Old Trafford squad will face financial punishment this season if results do not improve, according to one report.
There are no such problems at Barcelona, though, where Lionel Messi was given a rapturous reception as he stepped off the bench to score two goals on his return from injury.
Who else is making the headlines on Thursday? Read on to find out more.