From the back pages, February 18: Michael Laudrup could be Man City manager IF Mancini ever lost his job

Michael Laudrup
Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup is emerging as a potential successor to Roberto Mancini if the Man City manager loses his job. The Swansea boss has made a big impression in his first season in the Premier League, taking the Welsh club to the Capital One Cup Final, playing attractive football. (Star)

Under-fire Brendan Rodgers has been urged by Anfield great Bruce Grobbelaar to axe his Kop starlets – to help salvage Liverpool’s Jekyll-and-Hyde season. Grobbelaar said: “Brendan cannot rely on the youngsters all the time. He’s got to use the older, tried and tested players. The young guys haven’t got the stamina. (Sun)

Former Bayern Munich captain Thomas Helmer reckons beating Arsenal will be a breeze for the German giants. Bayern head for the Emirates on Tuesday an incredible 18 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after beating Wolfsburg 2-0 on Friday (Sun)

David Beckham is set to play his first competitive match since helping Los Angeles Galaxy lift the Major League Soccer Cup in December. The 37-year-old will make his debut for Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain against Marseille next Sunday. (Express)