Paper News and Gossip: More Man Utd Misery for Moyes, Yaya Toure Waits on FA
Another Monday morning, another round of bad headlines for Manchester United and manager David Moyes.
The Old Trafford club conceded a late equaliser against Fulham to fall nine points off fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday.
And Monday's back-page headlines reflect the disappointment of more dropped points for United.
Elsewhere, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is waiting on a call from the Football Association over his alleged kick at Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Saturday, but one former referee believes there will be good news ahead for the Etihad Stadium star.
But who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.
Fulham Draw 'As Bad as It Gets' for David Moyes and Manchester United
Manchester United manager David Moyes admits the 2-2 home draw with Fulham was "as bad as it gets" at Old Trafford after another disappointing display for the reigning Premier League champions.
United were trailing to a Steve Sidwell goal for much of the game before two late goals gave them a 2-1 lead. Normal service appeared to have resumed at Old Trafford, but Darren Bent headed home an injury-time equaliser for the bottom club.
The result left Moyes admitting he had not expected his first season to go as badly as it has done as Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph reported:
It’s been a bit like that this season, but today was as bad as it gets.
We dominated the game and how we didn’t win, I have no idea, but it’s goals that count. You can have as much possession as you like. We should have scored more.
The players are hurting. I can see every day that they’re hurting because the results aren’t going the way they want.
They are really good professionals in the way they go about their work and what I see in training makes me feel they’ll get results.
Moyes was also left to rue another late goal conceded, and admitted his team had gone "mentally soft," as Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail reported.
Jermain Defoe Farewell Tribute at Tottenham Is Premature, Jokes Tim Sherwood
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe bid farewell to White Hart Lane with a lap of honour on Sunday following his cameo appearance in the 1-0 win over Everton.
The forward came off the bench for the final five minutes against the Merseysiders for his last home game for Spurs, and was chaired by team-mates after the match.
But Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood joked that the England international's celebration was premature with away games to come before his departure for FC Toronto, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
Meanwhile, Everton manager Roberto Martinez was left to rue a number of missed chances and an unsuccessful late penalty appeal at White Hart Lane, reports Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.
Yaya Toure Should Escape FA Action over Norwich Incident, Says Former Referee
Manchester City are facing an anxious wait on news of possible FA disciplinary action against Yaya Toure for an alleged kick at Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Saturday.
The incident involving the Ivory Coast international was caught on camera at Carrow Road during Saturday's 0-0 draw.
However, former match official Graham Poll says Toure should escape any suspension, although it is difficult to predict what the review panel will say, as he told the Daily Mail.
Rival Premier League clubs also fear Toure will escape a ban, reports Pat Sheehan of The Sun (subscription required).
Arsenal Blow as Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski 'Reject' New Deals
The 5-1 drubbing at Liverpool on Saturday was bad enough, but now Arsenal have been dealt a further blow with Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski rejecting new deals at the club, according to David Woods of the Daily Star.
Both players are out of contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, and now look to be on their way out of the club, claims the report.
Woods says Fabianski has become disillusioned with playing behind fellow Poland international Wojciech Szczesny with the Gunners.
And the article also claims Sagna is looking for more than the £60,000 a week he is currently on at the North London club, and is also disappointed that the Arsenal hierarchy left discussions until the final year of his deal.
Liverpool Winger Raheem Sterling in Line for World Cup Place
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is set for a place in the England squad for the World Cup finals, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The 19-year-old was in sparkling form on Saturday as his two goals helped the Reds defeat Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield.
According to Cross, England manager Roy Hodgson will name Sterling in his squad for the friendly against Denmark next month.
And the player could now force his way on the plane to Brazil in the summer as a replacement for the injured Theo Walcott.
Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Challenges Eden Hazard to Become 'Monster'
The Belgium international was in sensational form at the weekend as his first hat-trick for the Blues saw off Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.
And now Mourinho claims Hazard can emulate the current greats of the game such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Dillon's article:
He’s a fantastic player and we need fantastic players if we want to be strong. I think a team is made of 11 guys but obviously he is special.
In this moment, he’s the best young player in the world. I don’t want to compare him with the monsters, because the monsters have 10 years of their careers, winning trophies and scoring goals.
It’s not fair for the monsters and it’s not fair for the kid to make that comparison. But as a young player I don’t see a better young player.
Bits and Pieces: Tom Huddlestone Makes Late World Cup Charge, Barcelona Rejected
England manager Roy Hodgson attended Hull City's win at Sunderland at the weekend with Adam Johnson believed to have been in his sights.
But Colin Young of the Daily Mail claims it will have been the performance of Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone which will have caught his eye.
Dinamo Zagreb have rejected a Barcelona move for Alen Halilovic, claims Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail.
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan claims the FA's decision to reject an appeal on Andy Carroll's three-game ban inspired the weekend win over Aston Villa, reports Dick Appleyard of The Sun (subscription required).
Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy is facing a potential FA ban after an alleged punch on Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, claims Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail.