From the Back Pages, November 3: No-one spared as Mourinho kicks up a stink after Blues’ shock defeat on Tyneside

From the back pages
From the back pages

Deep in thought and, no doubt, admiration, Jose Mourinho spent 10 minutes of the half-hour before kick-off standing alone, captivated by the ghosts of Newcastle United’s glorious past. (Daily Mail)

At this rate even Arsenal’s notoriously fragile players may soon start to believe in themselves. With the rest of the field consistent only in their inconsistency, Arsène Wenger’s side asserted their title credentials with a performance as impressive as the scoreline was comprehensive to move five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. (The Times)

Ultimately, it did not matter who kept goal for Manchester City. Joe Hart could have done it, Joe Corrigan could have done it. The club could in a gesture of goodwill have offered an oversized green shirt to Joseph Blatter and asked the doddery leader of world football to keep Norwich at bay for an hour and a half. He would still have had a single shot to save. (The Independent)

David Moyes hailed an “outstanding” opening 20 minutes his Manchester United side following their 3-1 win at Fulham. (The Mirror)

JOE HART’S axing by Manchester City has given England boss Roy Hodgson a huge World Cup headache. (The Express)

Gareth Bale provided two assists for the second consecutive game as a double from Cristiano Ronaldo and a Karim Benzema header saw Real Madrid squeeze past Rayo Vallecano 3-2 on Saturday. (The Telegraph)

Matches and moments define careers and when England left the field at half-time, trailing by seven points in a match depressingly short on inspiration and ambition, all kicks but no kickstart, a question to ponder was whether Owen Farrell would return for the second half. (The Guardian)