What the back pages of the papers say: Sunday, March 22

22 March 2009 11:10
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson reached crisis point as Manchester United found themselves pinned against the ropes after a second defeat in two days.

Also: Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is among a glittering list of top European coaches being considered to take over at Sunderland Danny Cipriani's international future is hanging in the balance following allegations over his controversial absence from England's Six Nations campaign.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saw his European champions slump to a second defeat in seven days

NEWS OF THE WORLD: Alex Ferguson blasted his faltering flops as nine-man Manchester United blew a huge hole in their own title dreams.

Also: Steven Gerrard will be offered a new £30million deal to spearhead the rest of Rafa Benitez's reign Manchester City have made the first move to offer Thierry Henry a sensational return to the Premier League Newcastle face financial meltdown if they drop into the Championship - because they have made no provision for relegation in top stars' contracts.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney faces a three-match ban after his moment of redcard madness at Craven Cottage yesterday. Also: Chelsea blew their chances to close the gap at the top of the Premier League as they lost their first game under caretaker boss Guus Hiddink.Fabio Capello has refused to condemn the drinking culture that is rife in the English game.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Chelsea are ready to appoint former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard as their new manager in the summer. Ireland were crowned Six Nations champions last night - leaving England head coach Martin Johnson to reflect on what might have been.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Gareth Barry has rejected the chance to negotiate a new contract with Aston Villa - paving the way for an £18m move to Liverpool in the summer. Also: Wayne Rooney faces FA trouble for failing to leave the field immediately after being sent off at Fulham yesterday.

THE PEOPLE: Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were sent off as Manchester Unitedslumped to a second defeat in a row. Also: Guus Hiddink has told Roman Abramovich to hand Didier Drogba a new long-term contract.

SUNDAY TIMES: History men, all dressed in green. Ireland won a Grand Slam thatthey desperately coveted, only the second in history, as they watched the finalkick of the match by Stephen Jones of Wales fall just below their crossbar.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Brian O'Driscoll last night admitted his side's 17-15 victoryover Wales, in which Ireland clinched their first Grand Slam triumph since 1948,could not have had a more dramatic finish.

THE OBSERVER: Ireland have had so many hard-luck stories since winning the Grand Slam in 1948 that they were almost duty bound to put their army of supporters through an emotional wrangler before finally clinching victory in probably the most dramatic finish to a Six Nations campaign.

 Cracking up! Rooney and Scholes sent off as United crash to second defeat in seven days

Fulham 2 Manchester United 0: Fergie furious as United crash and Rooney and Scholes see red


Source: Daily_Mail