From the Back Pages, March 9: Manchester United would have to take £10million hit on Angel Di Maria sale

From the back pages
From the back pages

Angel Di Maria could be on his way out of Manchester United after just one season. Di Maria and his family have failed to settle in Manchester following his record-breaking £59.7million move from Real Madrid last summer. And that could pave the way for United to offload the under-performing Argentina star, with Paris St Germain keen to sign Di Maria. (The Mirror)

Long after the final whistle sounded and the majority of Anfield had emptied, 6,000 Blackburn Rovers fans chanted “One Jack Walker” in honour of the benefactor behind their Premier League title win at Liverpool 20 years ago. The celebration was shaped by the past but given fresh voice by the present as Gary Bowyer’s Championship team nullified Liverpool to earn a shot at Wembley on their own terms at Ewood Park. (The Guardian)

Mario Balotelli is a waste of space who will let Liverpool down 99 times out of 100, fumes Mark Lawrenson after FA Cup draw. (Daily Mail)

A LOT of nonsense is always spoken about events like those at Villa Park and on Saturday it started inadvertently with West Brom manager Tony Pulis. (The Express)

Whatever the merits of last year’s Scottish independence debate, British tennis is stronger for the union. That much cannot be doubted after Andy Murray delivered his second masterclass of the weekend, cutting the 6ft 10in John Isner down to size in straight sets, and so completing a superb 3-1 win over the USA. (The Telegraph)

Richard Kilty added the 60 metres gold medal at the European Indoor Championships to his world title, although Great Britain missed out on a one-two as CJ Ujah was disqualified for a false start. (The Times)

Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi caused a stir today, turning up at the European Indoor Championships in Prague with a beard on half of his face and the other half clean shaven. (The Independent)