From the Back Pages, November 27: Manchester United plane in ‘frightening’ mid-air near miss

From the back pages
From the back pages

MANCHESTER UNITED were seconds away from another air disaster after a dramatic near miss here in Germany last night. (The Express)

Once again, Arsenal’s place in the draw for the Champions League knockout stages feels like an annual part of the fixture calendar. They won this game with something to spare and there is surely too much confidence rippling through this side to believe they will fritter it all away now. Arsène Wenger’s team will have made it 14 years in a row if they can avoid a three-goal defeat in their final match against Napoli. (The Guardian)

Chelsea conceded a last-gasp winner at the end of a poor display in Basle, but Schalke’s goalless draw with Steaua mean they still reach the knockout phase. It will not live long in the memory. In fact, like Mourinho’s new haircut, the best thing that can be said, is that in two months it will probably be forgotten. (Daily Mail)

Manuel Pellegrini insists there is ‘no chance’ that Joe Hart will be allowed to leave the club in January following rumours that the keeper could be allowed to go out on loan. (The Independent)

Samir Nasri, the Manchester City midfielder, says he has matured after a decline under Italian, which he admits was his own fault. (The Telegrapg)

The red card shown to Wes Brown, the Sunderland defender, in the match against Stoke on Saturday has been rescinded by an FA panel following an appeal by the Wearside club. (The Times)

Andy Murray is almost certain to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year after being named among the 10 strong shortlist tonight. (The Mirror)