Fernando Llorente (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
The top stories making Tuesday’s back pages in the UK…
The Sun: Manchester United crashed to a disastrous opening-game defeat – as £22million Robin van Persie sat on the bench.
Also: Manchester City winger Adam Johnson is choosing whether to rebuild his career at Liverpool, Sunderland or Spurs.
And: Southampton are close to an £18m double swoop for Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez and Blackpool’s Matt Phillips.
Daily Mirror: Robin van Persie could not prevent his new team slumping to an opening-day defeat for the first time in eight years.
Also: Tottenham are considering a move for Emmanuel Adebayor’s Manchester City team-mate Edin Dzeko. And: Liverpool will sit down with Andy Carroll and spell out their point blank refusal to be rushed into a panic deal on the final day of the transfer window. Plus: Roberto Martinez has claimed he turned the Liverpool manager’s job down during the summer.
Daily Star: Robin van Persie was made to wait for his debut last night as Everton put an early dent in Manchester United’s title hopes. Also: Roberto Mancini breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Sergio Aguero was only ruled out for a month with a knee injury.
Daily Mail: Manchester United’s attempt to wrestle back the Barclays Premier League title suffered the worst possible start after they were beaten by a Marouane Fellaini-inspired Everton. Also: Manchester City’s contract talks with David Silva have faltered because of the Spanish winger’s contract demands. And: Arsenal’s loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has stalled on the terms of an option to make the move permanent next season. Plus: Southampton could make a move for Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia.
Daily Express: Robin van Persie had his big night ruined by Marouane Fellaini’s superb header as Everton beat Manchester United 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Metro: Liverpool’s reigning player of the year Martin Skrtel has ended speculation about his future by signing a new long-term contract at Anfield. Also: Eden Hazard insists he has no fear about becoming a target for English football’s hatchet men following his superb Premier League debut for Chelsea. And: Arsenal new boy Santi Cazorla has urged Arsene Wenger to sign a top class replacement for Robin van Persie, after watching the Gunners draw a blank in their season opener against Sunderland.
Daily Telegraph: Manchester United waited 67 minutes to see Robin van Persie and will have to wait even longer to espy their first points. Also: Tottenham are still tracking Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, but Chelsea are also keen.
The Times: Manchester United’s attempt to regain the Barclays Premier League title from Manchester City suffered an early setback last night as they were beaten deservedly by Everton at Goodison Park. Also: QPR are interested in Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.
The Guardian: This was merely the start for these two clubs, yet Everton and Manchester United performed with an intensity that suggested this was the culmination of an entire campaign.
The Independent: Out-fought away from home in the league and beaten with a goal from a set-piece: at least Robin van Persie’s Manchester United debut last night was not too much of a departure from all those years he spent at Arsenal.