What the back pages say: Platini slams immoral Manchester City, Triesman told to quit World Cup job, Fergie now fears Villa more than Chelsea


Paul Scholes scored a trademark volley as Manchester United took a commanding five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table last night.

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Also: Five West Indian players, including Shivnarine Chanderpaul, are set to lose their million-dollar winnings in the fall-out from the Allen Stanford fraud probe that has left English cricket reeling.

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The one to fear: Martin O'Neill is Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest threat


Alex Ferguson has taunted Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for axing boss Big Phil Scolari.

Fergie rubbishes Blues and insists only Liverpool pose a genuine threat

Also: Martin O'Neill reckons Ashley Young can fire Aston Villa through to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.

VILLA 1 CSKA 1: Carew rescues Villa after early setback


Wayne Rooney slotted straight into Manchester United's glory chase - scoring with his very first touch after an injury lay-off.

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Also: John Carew kept Villa's UEFA Cup dream alive last night.


Aston Villa are still on course to qualify for the next round of the UEFA Cup despite last night's frustrating draw.

Also: Wayne Rooney's goal-scoring return capped a great night for Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Wayne Rooney returned in typical style last night - scoring with his first touch after coming off the bench as Manchester United moved five points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with an easy win over Fulham.

Also: England are poised for redemption in Antigua today, with the third Test theirs for the taking.

England need Flintoff firing on all cylinders for final day battle


Wayne Rooney scored within two minutes of his comeback for Manchester United last night, confirming that his side would move five points clear at the Barclays Premier League summit and suggesting he will be ready for next Tuesday's Champions League match away to Inter Milan.

Also: Michel Platini called into question the morality of Manchester City being able to offer astronomical sums for players as he warned yesterday that the game was in danger of imploding unless it followed his call for caps on spending.


With pressure growing on the entire 12-man board of the ECB to resign last night over their handling of the Sir Allen Stanford affair, there were calls yesterday by some county chairmen to hand back their £50,000 windfall to the Texan businessman.

Also: Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda is ineligible for the Carling Cup final so the UEFA Cup is his chance to repair his relationship with the club's fans.

Volatile Chimbonda can now win over the Tottenham faithful


The counties have accused the England and Wales cricket board of refusing to pass on crucial details of their financial arrangements with Sir Allen Stanford as pressure yesterday mounted on Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, and David Collier, the chief executive, to explain their roles in the £70m sponsorship deal.

Also: David Triesman faces the first major test of his leadership of English football when he comes under pressure to step down as chairman of the England 2018 World Cup campaign.


As his side demolished Fulham to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson declared last night that Chelsea have played into Manchester United's hands by sacking Luiz Felipe Scolari and that the Aston Villa manager, Martin O'Neill, now offers more for him to fear than Guus Hiddink.

Also: The decision on whether to grant Israel's Andy Ram a visa to play in the Barclays Dubai Championships here next week will determine whether or not the men's tournament returns to the United Arab Emirates in future years.

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