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The Times

  • UEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament.
  • Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has played down criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson after his style of running was ridiculed in the former Manchester United’s manager’s autobiography.
The Sun

  • Arsenal are monitoring Nigeria wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho after his performances at the Under-17 World Cup.
  • Manchester United’s Robin van Persie was involved in two bust-ups with Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross during Saturday’s win at Old Trafford.
  • Angry Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini snubbed Jose Mourinho at the end of his side’s defeat to Chelsea.
  • Gus Poyet described Sunderland’s win over Newcastle as like a cup final.
  • Tottenham’s Andros Townsend needed oxygen after being knocked out during Sunday’s win over Hull City.
  • Cesc Fabregas has backed Gareth Bale to recover from his El Clasico disappointment and be a star for Real Madrid.
  • Louis Saha could come out of retirement to move to India’s I-League.
  • Danny Wilson is the favourite to succeed Chris Kiwomya.
Daily Mirror

  • Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blasted his players after their late defeat to Chelsea.
  • Alan Pardew admits he faces a testing time as Newcastle boss following Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby defeat to Sunderland.
  • Robin van Persie had a verbal bust-up with Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross following Manchester United’s win on Saturday.
  • Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is not worried about the prospect of Luis Suarez leaving Anfield in January.
  • Crystal Palace hope to appoint former Stoke boss Tony Pulis as Ian Holloway’s successor this week.
  • Wigan are lining up a move Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton.
Daily Mail

  • Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was unhappy with Jose Mourinho’s antics after his side’s defeat at Stamford Bridge.
  • Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed his side had to battle a “difficult atmosphere” during the win over Hull City.
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger hailed Olivier Giroud after his display in the win at Crystal Palace.
Daily Star

  • Swansea, Newcastle and West Brom are looking to take Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on loan in January.
  • Manchester United have been linked with a move for Basel’s 18-year-old defender Michael Goncalves.
  • Stoke boss Mark Hughes revealed Ryan Shawcross was booked in the dressing room following a scuffle with Manchester United’s Robin van Persie.
  • Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to publicly back Joe Hart after another error in the defeat to Chelsea.
  • Gus Poyet was delighted to be the scourge of Newcastle again after guiding Sunderland to victory in the Wear-Tyne derby
Daily Express

  • Southampton starlet Luke Shaw is ready to turn down the lure of Manchester United in favour of a switch to boyhood club Chelsea.
  • Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has called on Spurs fans to stop creating a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane.
  • Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart came under fire after his late howler in the defeat to Chelsea.
  • Robin van Persie was involved in a furious tunnel bust-up with Ryan Shawcross during Manchester United’s win over Stoke.
The Guardian

  • Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to publicly back Joe Hart after his error for Chelsea’s winning goal.
Independent

  • Joe Hart’s difficult season plunged to new depths after his mix-up allowed Chelsea to score a late winner at Stamford Bridge.
  • Southampton’s Dejan Lovren can see no reason why they cannot qualify for Europe this season.
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