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16 Mar 2011 08:17:33

What the back pages say: Fernando Torres faces Chelsea axe

DAILY MAIL Javier Hernandez was Manchester United's hero at Old Trafford lastnight, scoring twice against Marseille to fire Sir Alex Ferguson's sideinto the Champions League quarter-finals.  Pea is for perfect! Hernandez is United's hero against Marseille and Rooney roars: Bring on Barcelona Also...Fabio Capello'sattempt to explain to Rio Ferdinand why he is reinstating John Terry ascaptain took a farcical twist last night when the two men failed tomeet up despite both being at Old Trafford. Are you avoiding me? Capello and Ferdinand skip England captaincy showdown talks THE SUN Rio Ferdinand was left bewildered and insulted by England boss Fabio Capello once again last night. Also...Fernando Torres could be axed by Chelsea tonight. Set for the chop: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres (centre) DAILY MIRROR The England captaincy was plunged into farce and confusion last night as Fabio Capello told Rio Ferdinand he has the armband after all. Also...Manchester United scraped into the Champions League quarter-finals last night but Sir Alex Ferguson is facing a crisis at the back with five defenders out injured. DAILY STAR Manchester United fear Rio Ferdinand's long-term future is in doubt because of his crippling back injury. Also...Javier Hernandez fired Manchester United into Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw - but Sir Alex Ferguson's men were made to sweat on their place in the hat. DAILY TELEGRAPH Manchester United remain on Wembley Way, targeting the Champions League final as well as the FA Cup, but they never, ever do things the easy way. Also...Fabio Capello's plan to restore John Terry to the England captaincy is rooted in fears over Rio Ferdinand's ability to prolong his international career to the finals of Euro 2012. THE INDEPENDENT Wayne Rooney insisted last night the prospect of meeting Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League held no fear for Manchester United, after his strike partner Javier Hernandez underlined his emergence to seal a place in the last eight for a fifth successive year. Also...Rested or dropped, depending on how you look at it. Either way, Fernando Torres faces being left out of the Chelsea team to play FC Copenhagen in tonight's Champions League tie. THE TIMES Manchester United secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth successive season with their 150th European win last night, but their progress was tempered by a deepening defensive injury crisis. Also...The England captaincy conundrum descended into further confusion last night as Fabio Capello again attempted to reassure Rio Ferdinand that he retains the role, despite earlier telling journalists that John Terry will be restored to the position full-time if the Manchester United defender is not fit to face Wales on March 26. DAILY EXPRESS Javier Hernandez last night showcased his predatory instincts with a priceless double to propel Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals. Also...John Terry may be the man Fabio Capello has settled on as captain after a long re-think. But for Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea there has never been any doubt who is their natural leader. THE GUARDIAN Manchester United reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a sense of strain that was only relieved by the final whistle. Also...The confusion surrounding Fabio Capello's intentions over the England captaincy intensified last night after it emerged that no decision on John Terry's candidacy to regain the armband on a permanent basis will officially be made until after the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on March 26.  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, John Terry, Fabio Capello, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Fernando Torres, Carlo Ancelotti Places: Barcelona, Manchester, United Kingdom, Wales


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