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Paper News and Gossip: David Moyes Sacked by Manchester United, Van Gaal Next?

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 22, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: David Moyes Sacked by Manchester United, Van Gaal Next?

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    No prizes for guessing which story dominates Tuesday's newspapers ahead of the official announcement made by Manchester United on their official Twitter feed, @ManUtd.

    United have confirmed the sacking of manager David Moyes, but every British newspaper had the story on Tuesday morning and the reaction was widespread.

    Several reports have also turned to potential replacements, with one name heading the lists in the papers.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea are preparing for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, while Manchester City are facing an anxious wait on an injured star.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

'Beach Farce' Set Tone for David Moyes' Reign at Manchester United

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    Before the official news came through of David Moyes' sacking by Manchester United, Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph claimed that the tone for his reign was set during a pre-season trip to Bondi Beach in Australia.

    Ian Herbert of The Independent reported that the decision to sack Moyes was taken as long ago as February when United were beaten by Olympiakos in the Champions League last-16 first leg.

    Dave Kidd of the Daily Mirror said the Old Trafford players knew Moyes was on his way out before the 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday.

    Moyes missed every realistic target during his reign, said Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, but he never lost the dressing room, he simply never had it from the start.

    But Moyes received support from United legend Gary Neville for the manner in which the news had leaked on social media on Monday, reports Sam Cunningham of the Daily Mail.

    Neville is quoted as saying:

    I find it repulsive how rumours break.

    I don’t like it, I’ll never get used to it, but it needs to be clarified quickly. They need to break rank and make a statement.

    The weight and explosion of the information coming out concerns me.

    That club, for 20-odd years, contained and managed information.

    It was completely off the scale like nothing else that’s happened at the club in 20 years.

    Moyes also received support from Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, who claimed he was given a "dead man's hand" when he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson last year.

Louis Van Gaal 'Wants' Manchester United Job, as Simeone Focuses on Atletico

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    Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal wants to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The former Bayern Munich and Ajax boss will step down from his current position after the World Cup finals, and he has already voiced a desire to move to the Premier League, adds the report.

    Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail believes Van Gaal's relationship with United striker Robin van Persie will make him an ideal candidate for the Old Trafford role.

    Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone insists his mind is focused purely on his club rather than the possibility of succeeding Moyes, reports Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror.

    Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express notes that bookmakers believe Sir Alex Ferguson could make a return to the United hot-seat.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Puts Faith in Fernando Torres in Champions League

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will put his faith in striker Fernando Torres against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg, reports Barney Ronay of The Guardian.

    Samuel Eto'o has not travelled to Spain with the Blues squad, but the Stamford Bridge boss is convinced Torres will be professional as he lines up against his old club and boyhood favourites, Atletico.

    Mourinho is quoted as saying:

    The Champions League is a big motivation for every player.

    I'm not saying Torres will start. But I will say he never hides when we speak about Spanish football that he is a big supporter [of Atletico]. But he is a professional.

    I have no doubt that in the minutes that he is on the pitch he will give everything for Chelsea.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico, is set for a lucrative new contract with the London club, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

    Besiktas are interested in signing striker Eto'o from Chelsea, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Manchester City Facing Anxious Wait on David Silva Injury News

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    Manchester City are facing an anxious wait on news of midfielder David Silva, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    The Spain international was carried from the field during the Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion with an ankle injury, and Anderson claims there are fears Silva could miss the rest of the season.

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini is quoted as saying:

    We will see tomorrow with the doctor what will happen with David. Hopefully it will be a short-term injury.

    It's the same ankle, and the injury started with a kick some weeks ago.

    He played the last game with pain and he could not recover in time after three days to play against Sunderland.

Barcelona Future of Cesc Fabregas in Question After Player Jeered by Fans

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    The future of Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona has been left open to question after the midfielder was booed by some fans, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the article, the former Arsenal star was jeered as he came on to the field as a substitute during the win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

    Kastrinakis claims that Barcelona are unlikely to sell Fabregas unless their transfer ban is overturned, and manager Gerardo Martino is quoted as saying: "Cesc never goes hiding. I have no doubts about him."

Improving Injury List Is Turning Arsenal's Season Around, Says Per Mertesacker

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    Per Mertesacker claims supporters are now seeing the real Arsenal as their injury problems clear up, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Germany international has seen an upturn in fortunes for the Gunners in recent weeks following the 3-0 defeat at Everton earlier this month, with players such as Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil returning to action.

    But the Arsenal defender claims a lessening casualty list is aiding the team's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the 17th successive season.

    Mertesacker is quoted as saying:

    I think we have the potential in the squad to be a very promising side in terms of title races. If you can’t keep all your leading players fit all the time it makes it a lot more difficult. That’s just a fact.

    We have to just give our very best from now until the end of the season and we have four more important games to come. It is vital that those players who have come back from injury get back to full fitness in time for those games.

    I’m delighted we’re getting some players back now. It is absolutely vital to have them back because we have suffered a lot in the second half of the season.

    Crucial injuries at the wrong time took away our ability to get a lift in games, so it is fantastic to have them back. Now you can see how important they are for us.

Burnley Striker Danny Ings Relishing Premier League Return

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    Burnley striker Danny Ings and his team-mates are celebrating their return to the Premier League after clinching promotion on Monday, reports Carl Long of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Clarets confirmed their return to the top flight with a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Turf Moor on Monday after being relegated in 2010.

    Ings is quoted as saying:

    People did not back us at the start of the season. We've proved them wrong. 

    This is the best day of my life.

    From pre-season to now, all the lads have been absolutely fantastic.

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