WE take a look around the papers for the latest gossip from Manchester United, Chelsea, Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.
DAILY MIRROR: Juventus aim to gear up for a return to the Champions League with a summer swoop for Nemanja Vidic and Fernando Torres.
Wigan blew the title race wide open on a night Wayne Rooney was substituted after a lacklustre performance. Also: Carlos Tevez scored on his first start for seven months to fire City back into the title hunt.
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini saw his City side roar within five points of leaders United but insisted: We still can’t win the title. Also: Manchester United got a huge boot up their title-chasing backsides last night. Also: Joey Barton last night made up with the QPR fans who booed him - by scoring against Swansea.
DAILY MAIL: They thought it was all over...but the race for the Barclays Premier League title was back on last night. Also: Brad Jones has spoken about his 18 months of anguish as the Liverpool goalkeeper insisted he would be ready for the biggest day of his career.
DAILY EXPRESS: Wigan breathed life into the title race last night when they inflicted a first Premier League loss on Manchester United since January 4. Also: Bernie Ecclestone has spoken to the leader of one of the Bahrain protest groups and advised them that ruining the country’s grand prix would turn people against them.
DAILY STAR: Shaun Maloney threw the title race back into the melting pot last night. Also: Carlos Tevez left Manchester City wondering what might have been as he celebrated his first start in eight months with his first goal of the season. Also: Robin van Persie took just nine minutes to get back among the goals and pile on the misery for downtrodden Wolves.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roberto Mancini will still need a comeback worthy of Lazarus and a Manchester United capitulation worthy of, well, Manchester City to seize the Premier League crown, but his side recovered their form with an empathic victory over West Bromwich Albion. Also: Fifa has made it clear that all national associations, including the English FA, are free to review their disciplinary procedures this summer so that retrospective action could be widened to include incidents such as Mario Balotelli’s tackle on Alex Song.
THE TIMES: Wigan Athletic threw the title race open last night with their first ever victory over Manchester United at the DW Stadium. Also: Mohamed Al Fayed, the Fulham chairman, joined the chorus of criticism over the standard of referring in the Barclays Premier League yesterday, writing to the FA to accuse officials of being in thrall to the county’s most powerful clubs.
THE GUARDIAN: So much for the procession towards title number 20, Manchester United’s eight-point lead was cut to five as relegation-haunted Wigan Athletic produced a stunning win to enhance their hopes of survival and perhaps those of Roberto Mancini as manager of Manchester City. Also: Uefa caused outrage yesterday after fining Manchester City £24,735 for being one minute late back on to the pitch - around £8,000 more than Porto were charged for their fans directing racist abuse at Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure a month earlier.
THE INDEPENDENT: The gap at the top of the Premier League narrowed to just five points last night as Manchester City beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at home to make ground on their rivals Manchester United who were beaten 1-0 at Wigan Athletic. Also: The Fulham chairman, Mohamed Al-Fayed, last night launched a scathing attack on the standard of referees in the Premier League and accused officials of being “all too easily influenced” by the “more powerful clubs and individual owners”.