From the back pages, May 13: Fergie snubs latest Roo quit plea

From the back pages
From the back pages

ALEX FERGUSON has told Wayne Rooney to forget about quitting Manchester United after snubbing the striker’s latest transfer request. Rooney this week asked to quit Old Trafford for the second time in three years. But Fergie said: “We have refused it. I think he should go away and think about it again. “He wasn’t happy about being brought off in games this season. Wayne Rooney in top form wouldn’t be taken off.” (The Sun)

Roberto ManciniI will be sacked by Manchester City within the next 48 hours. Mancini will be relieved of his duties before Tuesday night’s game at Reading, with Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini his replacement. (The Mirror)

David Moyes confessed he was “gob-smacked and humbled” by his farewell from Goodison Park as he insisted the chairman, Bill Kenwright, would appoint a successor to build on his 11 years of progress at Everton. (The Guardian)

Football’s capacity for the dramatic has been quite remarkably high this season, but the final 90 seconds of this match will surely never be forgotten by the supporters of both these clubs. The seven minutes of added time had almost expired when Leicester’s Anthony Knockaert went to earth under the gentlest of contact from Watford defender Marco Cassetti and referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. Hornets’ manger Gianfranco Zola was distraught, and even opposite number Nigel Pearson subsequently admitted the decision to have been generous. (The Independent)

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he made his mind up to retire in December. Ferguson announced on Wednesday morning that he had decided to quit at the end of this season after nearly 27 years as Manchester United manager. His final game at Old Trafford was Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea, which was followed by his 13th Premier League trophy presentation. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are close to completing a deal for Malaga’s Isco. (Express)

Confusion reigns in Spain after strategic win for Fernando Alonso. (The Times)