From the Back Pages, January 12: Southampton’s Dusan Tadic sinks Manchester United to send Saints third

From the back pages
From the back pages

The last time Southampton won a league match at this ground was in 1988 when Colin Clarke, a Northern Ireland international striker now aged 52, scored both goals and the Stretford End was a gaping terrace emblazoned with a Wonderfuel Gas sign. (The Guardian)

The question was simple enough: with Manchester United’s five star forwards all fit and ready to start, who would Louis van Gaal leave out against Southampton? When the answer became clear an hour before kick-off on Sunday, it was bad news for Radamel Falcao. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal vs Stoke match report: Alexis Sanchez brilliant again as Chilean bags brace after Laurent Koscielny opener. (The Independent)

Manchester City have agreed an initial £25 million fee with Swansea City to sign Wilfried Bony, the Ivory Coast striker. The club expect to formally conclude the transfer in the next 72 hours after finally reaching an agreement with Swansea. (The Times)

Liverpool are waiting for Lille to find a replacement for on-loan striker Divock Origi – and that could set in motion a chain of events that sees Rickie Lambert leave the club for West Brom, writes Neil Moxley in the Sunday People. (The Mirror)

CHARLTON ATHLETIC last night sacked head coach Bob Peeters after failing to win in the last nine games. (The Express)

Stuart Broad, the England seamer, has said that Kevin Pietersen’s sacking last year was “unnecessary” and he could have simply been dropped from the side. (The Telegraph)