From the Back Pages, December 8: Manchester United’s title defence is not over yet, insists defiant David Moyes

From the back pages
From the back pages

David Moyes claimed Manchester United would still be in the title race at the end of the season despite watching his team slump to their fifth defeat of an increasingly miserable season. (The Times)

Ian Bell struggled to contain his frustration, and even anger, after being left high and dry on a glorious but inconsequential 72 by another dismal batting performance from his team-mates in the second Test here. (The Guardian)

It is not just Manchester United who are suffering in this gloriously unpredictable Premier League campaign. In a week of buried hoodoos at Old Trafford, Stoke City ended their own 38-year wait for a League victory over Chelsea thanks to a spectacular last-minute goal by the substitute Oussama Assaidi. (The Independent)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on his side after seeing them win 4-1 against West Ham, despite describing it as a “difficult game.” (The Mirror)

As the referee Anthony Turner sounded the final whistle here, the entire crowd stood as one to applaud the players off the pitch. If a standing ovation at the end of a score draw seems a little over enthusiastic, nobody can suggest the Southampton locals were lacking in critical facility. (The Telegraph)

TOTTENHAM managed to edge a spirited Sunderland team in a close 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light. (The Express)

World Cup organisers turned up the heat on England and manager Roy Hodgson by bringing forward the kick-off time of their opening Group D match against Italy in the Amazon rainforest by three hours to meet the demands of European television. (Daily Mail)