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The Mirror's Richard Arrowsmith writes…
Sir Alex Ferguson says United's seven-goal thriller against Newcastle was a "championship performance" from his men. “The statement was the performance, never mind where we are at this moment in time. That was a championship performance,” he said after the 4-3 Boxing Day win.
The Guardian says City boss Roberto Mancini is in trouble with the FA after saying that Kevin Friend, the referee for their 1-0 defeat at Sunderland, and his linesmen "may have eaten too much for Christmas". Sir Alex could also face an FA charge, the paper says, after the Reds boss confronted referee Mike Dean about Newcastle's second goal, a Jonny Evans own-goal, because Newcastle had a player offside.