WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Arsenal, Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool, Stoke City, Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.
DAILY MIRROR: Portuguese club Benfica have blocked Bolton’s bid to keep 20-year-old forward Rodrigo Moreno Machado on loan at the Reebok Stadium.
Sir Alex Ferguson saluted his players as they all but clinched a record-breaking 19th league title. Also: Kenny Dalglish believes his new-look Liverpool side have shattered the myth they are a two-man team.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson hailed his side as the best England has ever seen as they virtually wrapped up a record 19th title. Also: Arsene Wenger says he may finally spend after Arsenal’s faint title hopes were ended; Mick McCarthy hailed battling Wolves for hauling themselves out of the drop zone.
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson last night hailed the imminent arrival of a record 19th league title at Old Trafford after Manchester United’s victory over closest challengers Chelsea. Also: Arsenal’s title deficiencies have been laid bare by Stoke often enough, but seldom as ruthlessly as at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson insisted Manchester United will not blow the title now after his team stormed to the win that virtually assured them of Premier League glory. Also: Nigel de Jong has labelled this week as “do or die” for Manchester City as Roberto Mancini seeks to secure the first tangible rewards of Sheikh Mansour’s money-flushed revolution. Defender Christopher Samba, 27, could leave Blackburn after refusing to commit his future to the club beyond the summer.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to hammer home the point that Manchester United ar England’s most successful club. Also: Wolves hauled themselves out of the Premier League’s bottom three with a 3-1 success over local rivals West Brom yesterday.
THE GUARDIAN: It was the day when, to borrow the famous old quote, Sir Alex Ferguson could reflect on knocking Liverpool off their perch. Also: So now Carlo Ancelotti can fulfil his ambition to manage Roma, the club he captained for eight happy years and to which he has always said he would return one day.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson has all but completed his mission to knock Liverpool off their famous perch as the most successful club in English league history. Also: It was not the defeat; it was the nature of it. The sight of so many of Chelsea’s leading players failing to rise to the occasion and the failure of their manager Carlo Ancelotti to deal with the pressure.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to his “brilliant” players last night after Manchester United closed in on a record nineteenth championship with a 2-1 win over Chelsea. Also: Six days after the funeral of Severiano Ballesteros, which will take place on Wednesday in his home town of Pedrena, northern Spain, the European Tour will announce the host venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup. There could be no greater tribute to Ballesteros than to take it back to Spain, 21 years after El Matador, as captain, led Europe to a narrow victory over the United States at Valderrama.
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson last night expressed his disbelief that he finally stands on the brink of overhauling Liverpool’s record 18 titles to become “the most successful team in the country in terms of championship victories”. Also: “The Black Country’s ours” roared the Wolves crowd as West Bromwich Albion’s modern-day ascendancy in the derby was ended in emphatic style, Steven Fletcher scoring twice to lift Mick McCarthy’s side out of the relegation zone for the first time in 10 weeks.