From the Back Pages, January 29: Sturridge says sorry after Liverpool run riot in derby

From the back pages
From the back pages

Daniel Sturridge led Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of Everton last night, but apologised to his manager and team-mates after his petulant reaction to being substituted as his side recorded their biggest win in a Merseyside derby for 32 years. (The Times)

No-one imagined that Juan Mata would solve all Manchester United’s problems, but for tonight just one would do for David Moyes. That was quite simply that United needed to stop losing games and their victory over Cardiff City, at least took the club out of the tailspin that defeat to Chelsea, and Capital One Cup elimination to Sunderland have placed them in. It was a long way from being the revolution that Moyes has promised but it was at least a start. (The Independent)

Arsenal’s team coach was delayed on arrival at Southampton before a game which, Arsène Wenger conceded, his side played largely in second gear. Arsenal were thoroughly outplayed in the first half and José Fonte’s 21st-minute header gave Saints a well-deserved lead at the break. Two quickfire goals after half-time, with the in-form duo Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla once again on target, gave the visitors a lead to defend before Adam Lallana pulled Southampton level and Mathieu Flamini was sent off late on. (The Times)

Luke Shaw is ready to snub Manchester United - and wait for a dream transfer to Chelsea. (The Mirror)

A bidding war between sportswear giants Nike and adidas is set to push the value of Manchester United’s next kit deal beyond the £70m-a-year mark, it emerged on Tuesday evening. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham unearth rogue transfer scam. A transfer scam involving FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos has been reported by Tottenham Hotspur. (The Telegraph)

STUART LANCASTER last night ditched not only Chris Ashton but Lions Test scrum-half Ben Youngs from his England squad for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in Paris. (The Express)