Paper News and Gossip: Man Utd Board 'Doubt' Moyes, Sterling Lauded by Rodgers
Manchester United returned to Premier League action for the first time in two weeks, but there is a familiar feel to the headlines on Monday after the 2-0 defeat at Everton.
Old Trafford manager David Moyes is the subject of criticism after the loss to his former club, with one report claiming the United board are doubting whether he is the man to take the club forward.
Liverpool stand on the brink of their first title in 24 years and Raheem Sterling earned the plaudits from manager Brendan Rodgers after the 3-2 win at Norwich City.
But who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.
Manchester United Board 'Doubt' David Moyes for Future, Claims Report
The Manchester United board are beginning to doubt that David Moyes is the man to take the club forward, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).
The Old Trafford club suffered their 11th defeat of a poor Premier League title defence at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park, where Moyes was making his first return to the club since leaving last summer.
Now Sweet claims the United hierarchy are questioning whether Moyes is the man to be trusted with a £200 million transfer fund to rebuild the squad.
Moyes has also called on United striker Danny Welbeck to stay at the club after the England international was linked with a move, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.
Moyes is quoted as saying:
Danny Welbeck is really important to me and I really value him.
There have been lots of stories.
I can only tell you Danny Welbeck is really important to me and really important to Manchester United.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher joined the chorus of disapproval towards the current United team after the Goodison loss, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
Carragher is quoted as saying:
That’s the worst I've seen from them over 90 minutes.
When I played it was total dominance from Manchester United. I'm looking at this team and wondering why they didn't play like that when I was playing.
Shinji Kagawa on the left wing must wonder what this English football is all about. Nobody seems to know what’s going on on the pitch or in the dug-out.
You can’t see what the plan is, what they’re trying to do.
Raheem Sterling Earns the Plaudits After Liverpool Move Five Points Clear
Liverpool star Raheem Sterling earned the plaudits from manager Brendan Rodgers after his lead role in the 3-2 win at Norwich City on Sunday, as Tony Banks of the Daily Express reported.
The England international scored twice at Carrow Road as the Reds opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Rodgers is quoted as saying:
Raheem is arguably the best young player in European football right now.
He's only 19 and if he doesn't win Young Player of the Year I'll be shocked.
Jose Mourinho Rejected in Request to Discuss Referees, Claims Report
According to the article, the Stamford Bridge boss last week asked for a meeting with Riley to discuss the performance of match officials, but his request was turned down.
A spokesman for refs’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited was quoted as saying:
We have regular dialogue with clubs throughout the season.
However, the PGMOL board took the decision that this proposed meeting was too near the end of the season.
Mourinho was at the centre of another refereeing controversy on Saturday when he "congratulated" Mike Dean for his performance in the Blues' shock home defeat at Sunderland, as Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star reported.
The same article claims Mourinho, assistant coach Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires are all facing potential Football Association disciplinary charges after the game.
Barcelona Still 'Confident' of Signing David Luiz Despite Transfer Ban
Barcelona are still looking to sign David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer, despite the impending transfer ban on the La Liga club, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.
According to the article, Camp Nou directors are so confident that the ban will be overturned that they are making plans for summer business.
Malyon claims Brazil international Luiz is among the names being chased for a £25 million transfer before the start of next season.
Tottenham Hotspur Star Christian Eriksen Attracting Attention Across Europe
Tottenham are facing a battle to hold on to midfielder Christian Eriksen, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
The 22-year-old has emerged as the star man from the club's summer transfer spree on the back of Gareth Bale's world-record move to Real Madrid.
The Denmark international was the architect of the weekend win over Fulham at White Hart Lane.
Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood is quoted as saying:
You are always fearful that someone might come and take one of your best players.
And Christian is certainly one. He is 22, just turned. He has the head of a 35-year-old.
He knows when to speed it up and slow it down.
John Terry Could Be Transfer Target for Manchester City, Says Jamie Redknapp
Chelsea captain John Terry could be a surprise transfer target for Manchester City in the summer, claims Jamie Redknapp in his column for the Daily Mail.
Former England international Terry, 33, will see his current Stamford Bridge deal end in the summer.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes the Blues' captain could interest the Etihad Stadium club.
I wonder if Manchester City would consider a daring raid [for Terry].
If they could pull it off, they get to weaken one of their rivals and they end up with Terry and Vincent Kompany in a mighty partnership.
It would take a minimum two-year contract to drag Terry from Stamford Bridge, where you can imagine he would ideally like to finish his career as a one-club player.
I can’t see him leaving, but I can see City—who have tried to sign him before—enjoying the mischief.
Terry in another club’s shirt seems unimaginable...or does it?
Government Risk Damage to English Game with Austerity Measures, Says FA Chief
Football Association director of the national game Kelly Simmons fears the Government is damaging English football with their austerity measures, reports Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph.
According to the article, the FA has been angered by the UK Sport decision to cut funding to its grass-roots programmes by £1.6 million.
Simmons is quoted as saying:
It was disappointing and a very short-term decision.
We have raised our concerns in government but we have to face the fact that local authorities, who have been such a big investor and provider of football facilities, are taking huge hits in their budgets under the austerity measures.
If we don’t tackle this and work with local authorities this is going to impact football for the next 50 years.
There are massive public sector cuts and 80 per cent of our facilities are public sector.
Local authorities simply don’t have the money or aren't prioritising the money to run those facilities.
The risks are big if we don’t find the ways of making it work with local authorities.
Randy Lerner Could Sell Aston Villa in the Summer, Claims Report
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner could sell the club in the summer, reports James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.
According to the article, Lerner has put £250 million into the club since buying it for £62 million in 2006.
But with results on the pitch failing to meet fans' expectations, Nursey claims the North American is considering a sale in the summer.