WE take a look around the papers for the latest from West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Manchester United, Celtic, Leeds United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona.
DAILY MIRROR: The West Ham relegation ‘fire sale’ is set to kick off with Aston Villa, Blackburn and Sunderland hunting striker Demba Ba.
Sir Alex Ferguson has revenge and history in sight as Manchester United clinched their place in the Champions League final. Also: Grant Munro drove a nail into Celtic’s Scottish Premier title hopes - then celebrated a “special goal”.
THE GUARDIAN: If anyone was truly disappointed here it would have been the watching Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, who saw almost nothing of the Manchester United team he will face in the Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May. Also: Ken Bates’s purchase of Leeds United via a company registered in Nevis, the West Indies, still leaves “very important questions” unanswered about the club’s ownership, according to a key MP on the culture, media and sport committee’s football inquiry.
DAILY STAR: Manchester United booked their Champions League blockbuster with Barcelona last night. Also: Fears are growing that Scott Parker could miss the rest of West Ham’s season.
THE SUN: Manchester United booked a Wembley date with Barcelona - after winning the AV vote. Also: Cesc Fabregas is the No 1 target for Real Madrid.
DAILY MAIL: It will be the match the competition wants, it is certainly the match the people want, and it is the match history demands. Also: Jose Mourinho has been summoned by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to explain why the club’s season has yielded only one trophy and a barrage of criticism.
DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester United swatted aside Schalke last night to set up a Wembley Champions League final date with Barcelona. Also: Speculation about the future of Jose Mourinho was growing last night as UEFA considered launching a new investigation into Real Madrid.
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson last night declared that his side could prevail over Barcelona after a Manchester United team selected with Sunday’s Premier League title decider with Chelsea in mind marched into their third Champions League final in four years. Also: After all that had taken place before it, the fact that an 89th-minute substitution became the moment of the night at the Nou Camp on Tuesday is a measure of Eric Abidal’s incredible story this season.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson’s gamble paid off handsomely at Old Trafford last night as a makeshift Manchester United team brushed aside Schalke to reach their third Champions League final in four seasons. Also: Neil Lennon admitted last night that Celtic may have blown their chances of winning the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at his first time of asking as a manager after this traumatic defeat.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: By the end of this rout, the home fans were chanting “we’re Man United, we’ll do what we want”, which was pretty much anything against supine Schalke in reaching the Champions League final. Also: Barcelona’s fabulous Champions League finalists were forged because of the Catalan club’s commitment to youth development, even when some of the youngsters struggled, according to coach Pep Guardiola.