From the Back Pages, February 8: Nemanja Vidic will leave a huge hole in Manchester United defence, admits David Moyes

From the back pages
From the back pages

David Moyes claims Manchester United’s young defenders will be challenged to replace “warrior” captain Nemanja Vidic after admitting that he could lose three-quarters of a Champions League-winning back four this summer. (The Telegraph)

Brendan Rodgers believes he emerged from Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez as ‘a better manager’ and is determined to prove it by leading Liverpool into the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR claims his critics, rather than shatter his confidence, have served to provide him with extra motivation to re-establish himself as a top striker for Tottenham . (The Express)

West Ham United have failed in their challenge to the Football Association’s decision to uphold Andy Carroll’s three-match suspension. (The Independent)

Kevin Pietersen’s carefree attitude during the Ashes exasperated the management so much that it led to a bust-up between skipper Alastair Cook and batting coach Graham Gooch. (The Mirror)

Vladimir Putin has formally opened the Winter Olympics in Sochi during an elegant, mesmerising and occasionally surreal ceremony that showcased Russia’s past while glossing over some of the more divisive moments of its history. (The Guardian)

oday’s newspapers may have broken the streak, but as of yesterday, we had got all the way to the eve of the Calcutta Cup without any reference to English arrogance; no one had invoked the spirit of Bannockburn, not a single journalist had even knocked on Jim Telfer’s door for some easy quotes about the condescending attitudes of the men who will be wearing white at Murrayfield this afternoon. (The Times)