A round up of the sporting headlines with news from national newspapers including news Manchester United, Chelsea, Swansea City, Liverpool and Manchester City.
DAILY MAIL: Rafa Benitez faced angry fan protests last night after a shock 2-0 home defeat against Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi-final. Also: Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is a man who goes out of his way to avoid the spotlight.
THE TIMES: Manchester United are in pole position to sign Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace forward, before the close of the transfer window this month. Also: Capital One did not take over sponsorship of the League Cup for a showpiece occasion involving the cities of Bradford and Swansea, but at half-time in the semi-finals a Wembley meeting between those two lesser lights is on the cards.
DAILY EXPRESS: Swansea’s super Spaniard Michu poached his 16th goal of the season to stun Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge. Also: Carlos Tevez says Roberto Mancini’s claim that Robin van Persie has been the difference in the title race has got Manchester City’s strikers firing again.
THE SUN: Rafa Benitez suffered a torrent of abuse from Chelsea fans as Swansea inflicted a humiliating Capital One Cup defeat. Also: Kenny Dalglish could make a shock return to Anfield.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Swansea City beat the champions of Europe last night, playing with all the defensive resilience and cutting edge that Chelsea lacked. Also: Matt Duke is one of football’s journeymen, only once commanding a fee, of just £20,000, during a 14-year career, but the Bradford City keeper is currently on the journey of a lifetime.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson has blown Arsenal and Spurs out of the race for Wilfried Zaha with a £12million package. Also: Swansea stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night as home fans again turned on interim boss Rafa Benitez.
DAILY STAR: Swansea are dreaming of their first ever appearance in a major final, thanks to two blunders by Branislav Ivanovic. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United and Liverpool have finally ended their war over Luis Suarez.
THE INDEPENDENT: Lance Armstrong’s decision to give a supposedly “no-holds barred” interview to Oprah Winfrey - in which he is expected to at last confess to elements of doping during his seven Tour de France victories - will do nothing to delay his pursuers stepping up efforts to reclaim many millions of dollars worth of bonuses and prize money paid to the cyclist. Also: Mutiny in the stands and mediocrity on the pitch. When even the Capital One Cup turns into chaos, Rafa Benitez must wonder if he will ever turn around this squabbling, disaffected club.
THE GUARDIAN: Those marketing men at Capital One who ploughed millions into sponsoring this competition may be denied their dream final, but they might still end up with something remarkable at Wembley next month. Also: Rival fans from Liverpool and Manchester United will work together with the trusts and the Football Supporters’ Federation to campaign for a maximum away ticket price in the Premier League, following Manchester City’s decision to send back a third of their allocation for Sunday’s match at Arsenal.