Papers: Bruce's vow
Alex will get no favours from me
Steve Bruce has promised Chelsea he will roll over for no one - not even his beloved Manchester United. The Sunderland boss faces Alex Ferguson on Sunday knowing he could help destroy his old gaffer's dream of overtaking Liverpool's haul of 18 league titles. If Carlo Ancelotti's table-toppers win at Anfield and United are rocked on Wearside, the man who famously reignited United's domestic dominance in the 90s would have played his part in their downfall this term. But despite his Old Trafford history, Bruce was quick to blow any sentimental claptrap clean out of the water as the title race roars to a gripping finale. Bruce said: "We seriously believe we can win. There is all this stuff about me just because I played there for 10 years. What am I going to say to the players? 'Oh, by the way lads, just forget it today.' There will be near 50,000 here, we're live on telly, every man and his dog wants to be here. 'Just let them win, will you?' It is not going to happen." Steve Brenner, The Sun
Bruce also reveals he also used to call opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson "the Ayatollah" during his days as a player at Old Trafford – but not to his face.
The Daily Mail claims United are lining up a £17million move for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, while the Mirror reports the Reds will need "two truckloads of cash" to prise Serbia defender Neven Subotic away from Borussia Dortmund.
Sir Alex is quoted in the Times as saying it has been "absolute agony" watching the two Champions League semi-finals on TV.