Papers: On course for glory
Brilliant Reds close title gap
Manchester United's players watched Arsenal surrender their significant advantage in the title race, then showed their title-winning credentials with a typically merciless display. Inspired by Arsenal's slip-up at Birmingham, Sir Alex Ferguson's players not only cut their lead to three points, they sent a chilling warning of what lies in wait for Arsene Wenger's men when they visit Old Trafford in six weeks. Already that April 12 showdown is looking like a title decider, a game that will hold no fears for Fergie's men after their recent 4-0 demolition of the Gunners there in the FA Cup. United's remarkable strength in depth and range of options were illustrated at St James' Park. United's back four may remain constant, such is the consistency and understanding they have developed, but Fergie shuffled his midfield and front men for the third game running and still watched his side win at a canter. That Fergie could leave Ryan Giggs at home and Paul Scholes, Anderson and Louis Saha on the bench shows the strength of United's current squad and why there is an air of inevitability about United retaining their title.David McDonnell, Daily Mirror
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini
has warned that Eduardo
's horrific broken leg, sustained in the 2-2 draw at Birmingham, has only made the squad more determined to win the title.
In other news, Blackburn Rovers
are ready to snap up midfield prospect Michael Potts
from United. The teenager turned out for Rovers youths at the weekend, making two goals on a sparkling debut, and could be offered a contract.