From the Back Pages, October 27: Manchester United shows signs of progress with point against Chelsea

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1: The relief that greeted Robin van Persie’s stoppage-time equaliser this afternoon will spread far beyond Old Trafford. It was a huge goal for Manchester United, but it was highly significant for the Barclays Premier League title race, which Chelsea had been threatening to turn into a procession. (The Times)

Jose Mourinho was left seething after a decision to send off Branislav Ivanovic led to Chelsea conceding a last minute equaliser at Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United contributed almost nothing to the first half of this game, and when they emerged for the restart a good few minutes before Tottenham Hotspur, warming up on the pitch, it looked like an empty gesture. But six seconds after Anthony Taylor’s whistle, Sammy Ameobi had put them level and their eventual 2-1 victory was entirely deserved. (The Independent)

They rose to their feet at half-time to salute Martin Dobson, the 1970s stalwart who won four England caps during his distinguished Burnley career. Many offered another standing ovation at the end, applauding a four-times African Footballer of the Year. Players of the class of Samuel Eto’o have been strangers to Turf Moor for much of the past four decades and, even in his dotage, he was dominant against an increasingly beleaguered Burnley side. (The Guardian)

Liverpool are about to discover that Mario Balotelli is the footballer nobody wants. Despite a growing acceptance at Anfield that the £16million gamble taken on the Italian in the summer is already looking like a lost cause, the prospect of finding a buyer for the errant striker is fading with every under-par performance. (The Mirror)

TOMMY ROBREDO told Andy Murry to f*** off after losing the Valencia Open on a tie-break... but it was all in good humour. (The Express)

Aviva Premiership clubs plan game in United States. Exclusive: Advanced plans have been made for an English Premiership rugby match to be played in America. (The Telegraph)