Lampard left on Chelsea’s bench

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THE SUN: Frank Lampard was dumped on Chelsea’s bench after The Sun revealed he is being ditched by the club he has loyally served for 12 years. Also: Aston Villa were punched silly on Boxing Day with a 4-0 thrashing at home to Tottenham.

Napoli have turned down an offer of £45m for Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani who has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester city, Liverpool and Arsenal.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League yesterday on a day of controversy and drama. Also: There are those who would have football wrapped up and put in deep storage for Christmas and New Year. A winter break is what they would call it. Liverpool are ready to make a bid for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19. City need to raise funds and both Liverpool and Merseyside rivals Everton are admirers of the England international.

DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United are ready to reclaim the title after a stunning comeback win over Newcastle. Also: Roberto Mancini accused his Manchester City players of being “soft” then hit out at referee Kevin Friend, saying he “ate too much” on Christmas Day. Newcastle striker Demba Ba, 27, has admitted he would like to play for boyhood idols Paris St-Germain. The Senegalese player is being tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and QPR.

DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a “championship performance” after his Manchester United side won a seven-goal thriller to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Also: Blood pumped from the head of Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta as he left the field for treatment during Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Manchester United have the look of champions after watching them win a seven-goal thriller at Old Trafford. Also: Roberto Mancini last night accused his Manchester City players of being softies as old boy Adam Johnson’s second-half winner for Sunderland condemned the Premier League champions to their first away defeat this season.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, is facing a possible touchline ban after remonstrating with the referee, Mike Dean, at Old Trafford. Also: Adam Johnson scored the goal that embarrassed his close friend Joe Hart as Sunderland secured a win that shamed his former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a “championship performance” by Manchester United as they took a seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a remarkable 4-3 victory over Newcastle United. Also: There was little festive good cheer from Roberto Mancini last night, the Manchester City manager blaming his side`s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland on poor luck and accusing Kevin Friend, the referee, of making a crucial error because of Christmas overindulgence. Liverpool could be set to bid for Wigan striker Franco Di Santo, 23, in the January transfer window. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers worked with the Argentine at Chelsea.

THE GUARDIAN: Uefa is to appeal against all the sanctions imposed in relation to the controversial Serbia v England Under-21 play-off in October. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a “championship” performance by Manchester United after they came from behind three times to beat Newcastle 4-3.

THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson described his team`s performance in their win over Newcastle United yesterday as “Championship-winning” form. Also: This time Manchester City got their seasonal woe in early on Wearside.