From the Back Pages, January 6: ‘There is an urgency for reinforcements,’ admits United manager David Moyes

From the back pages
From the back pages

David Moyes admitted that there is an “urgency” to reinforce his Manchester United squad with new players this month, following his team’s 2-1 FA Cup third round home defeat to Swansea City, although he could give no assurances that the club will be able to do so. (The Independent)

Just when you think that Manchester United have hit rock-bottom this season, it gets worse. Yet another defeat at Old Trafford, this time courtesy of a 90th-minute goal from Wilfried Bony, inflicted further misery on United as the FA Cup disappeared from an increasingly bleak horizon this season. (The Times)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho maintains there are no divers at Chelsea, despite one of his players picking up a booking for simulation for the second game running. (The Mirror)

For the first six months of his Liverpool career, it looked like Iago Aspas was on course to match an unwanted Anfield record.

Only one Liverpool No 9 nine has gone an entire season without scoring. The Spanish striker ensured he would not be joining El Hadji Diouf in the rogues’ gallery by claiming his first in a red shirt as Liverpool overcame Oldham with a 2-0 victory. (The Telegraph)

First, the good news for Sam Allardyce. West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold once suffered a seven-goal humiliation at home in the FA Cup and didn’t fire their manager. But what happened to Steve Bruce at Birmingham City against Liverpool eight years ago should not be taken as the norm by the man now caught in the centre of a perfect storm at Upton Park. (Daily Mail)

FA Cup Fourth Round Draw: Arsenal host Coventry, Chelsea face Stoke & Liverpool away.

FA Cup Fourth Round Draw

Sunderland v Kidderminster or Peterborough

Bolton v Cardiff

Southampton v Yeovil

Huddersfield v Charlton or Oxford

Port Vale or Plymouth v Brighton

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich or Preston

Southend v Hull

Rochdale v Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday

Arsenal v Coventry

Stevenage v Everton

Wigan or MK Dons v Crystal Palace

Chelsea v Stoke

Blackburn or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford

Bournemouth or Burton v Liverpool

Birmingham, Bristol Rovers or Crawley v Swansea

Sheffield United v Norwich or Fulham (The Express)

Eusébio, who has died aged 71, was the greatest African footballer in the history of the game. He moved from his native Mozambique to the Portuguese club Benfica in 1961, blazing a trail from poverty to stardom that scores of young African footballers would follow, though none since has played with such grace or reached the benchmark he set. (The Guardian)