From the back pages, April 2: Sunderland boss compares his new team to the great Brazil side of the 1970s (and claims Swindon are like Barca!)

Paolo Di Canio.
Paolo Di Canio.
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Paolo Di Canio has outlined his vision for Sunderland’s survival mission - and says that while managing Swindon was like being at Barcelona, taking charge of the Black Cats compares to the great Brazil of the 1970s. (Daily Mail)

Paolo Di Canio has responded to the furore over his political views, claiming allegations he is racist are “absolutely stupid, stupid and ridiculous”. (The Mirror)

Demba Ba’s miracle volley ended Manchester United’s Double dream — and kept Chelsea on track for FA Cup glory. Ba settled matters at Stamford Bridge with a thrilling over-the-shoulder strike just after the break. (The Sun)

Andy Murray is hopeful he can eventually overhaul Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings after rising to world No2 after defeating David Ferrer at the Miami Masters. (The Guardian)

Neil Warnock tonight vacated his position as Leeds United manager after offering his resignation to the club’s board. The 64-year-old said in the wake of the team’s 2-1 defeat by Derby County this afternoon, a sixth game without a win, that he would not be in charge at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, and the club later confirmed his departure in a statement. (The Times)

Manchester United target Burak Yilmaz could leave Galatasaray this summer, according to the club’s manager Fatih Terim. (The Express)