From the back pages, January 14: It’s the Real big one says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has hailed Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Manchester United as the “match the world wants to see.” The Bernabeu boss was at Old Trafford yesterday on a spying mission ahead of the February 13 showdown with United in Madrid. (The Sun)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s delight at Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was tempered by injury concerns about his captain, Nemanja Vidic, and Ashley Young, who left the ground on crutches. For Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay visit of West Ham, the United manager could also be without Jonny Evans, who suffered a hamstring problem on Saturday. (The Guardian)

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insisted the tackle which led to referee Mike Dean sending off Vincent Kompany was not even a foul. The dismissal of defender Kompany with 15 minutes remaining, and the three-match suspension that is likely to be the result, was the one blemish on Manchester City’s otherwise straightforward 2-0 victory against Arsenal. (The Telegraph)

Roberto Mancini believes his Manchester City team need only to cut Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to “four or five points” before their visit to Old Trafford on April 6 to remain on target to retain their title. (The Times)

Frankly baffled: Chelsea’s Cech hails unwanted Lampard as Blues batter Stoke. It seems like everyone at the Britannia could see how important Frank Lampard could still be – except the Stamford Bridge hierarchy. (The Mirror)

Martin Samuel exclusively reveals Arsenal’s big idea to hand the title to Manchester United and cream off the profits in a plot which could destroy English football’. (Daily Mail)