A round up of sporting headlines from national newspapers including news from, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
DAILY MIRROR: Rio Ferdinand thanked rival Joe Hart for stepping in front of a fan who tried to attack the Manchester United defender as the Manchester derby ended in chaos. Also: Lionel Messi last night smashed in his 86th goal of 2012 to break the 40-year-old record of German legend Gerd Muller.
DAILY EXPRESS: Rio Ferdinand was left with blood pouring from a facial cut as a thrilling Manchester derby ended in uproar. Also: England cricket captain Alastair Cook has called for one final effort in a bid to finish a miserable year on a stratospheric high.
DAILY MAIL: Rio Ferdinand was cut above the eye by a coin thrown from the crowd as the Manchester derby erupted in shameful scenes yesterday. Also: After taking baby steps in his first few months in charge of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is beginning to talk of a revival.
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini flew into a dressing-room rage after City lost the Manchester derby to Robin van Persie’s late free-kick. Also: Brendan Rodgers hailed hero Jonjo Shelvey as he helped complete Liverpool’s fightback.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Samir Nasri would be advised not to show his face around Manchester City fans’ haunts for a few days after failing to show his face when it mattered most in this epic derby. Also: The Football Association has opened an investigation after Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin and confronted by a supporter on the pitch during a stormy Manchester derby.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson set his sights on winning back the Premier League title after watching his side win an explosive Manchester derby. Also: Manchester City apologised to Rio Ferdinand last night after he was hit by a coin in a hate-filled clash at the Etihad Stadium.
THE INDEPENDENT: Oh, Manchester, so much to answer for: coins thrown, blood spilled, fans goaded and pitch invasions. Also: Michael Laudrup hopes Swansea have learnt their lesson after a bout of complacency.
THE GUARDIAN: Manchester United last night issued a “wholehearted apology” to Rio Ferdinand after the defender was struck by a coin thrown from the crowd when celebrating Robin van Persie’s late winning goal in the Manchester derby. Also: Scattergun spending is very different to team-building. Permanent revolution equates to perpetual problems. The answer does not always lie in the chequebook. It may be a familiar critique of Queens Park Rangers but when the damning analysis comes from within their dressing room, it amounts to an insider’s indictment of a failing club.
THE TIMES: The Football Association and police launched investigations yesterday after condemning the “appalling” and “unacceptable” crowd trouble that marred an enthralling Manchester derby, in which Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin and confronted by a fan amid ugly scenes at the Etihad Stadium. Also: England expect the pitch at Nagpur to give heavy assistance to spin as India feel they have nothing to lose in the final game of the four-match series starting on Thursday.