After the 2-0 humbling at Everton, members of the Old Trafford board are now reported to be openly questioning David Moyes' future as United manager

The 2-0 defeat at Everton marked another low in Manchester United's season - and left many questioning David Moyes' future at the club.

Former Liverpool skipper Jamie Carragher, now a pundit for Sky, says United's performance was the worst he can EVER remember.

The defeat means United cannot claim fourth spot and will miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.

“That’s the worst I’ve seen from them over 90 minutes,” said Carragher.

“When I played it was total dominance from Manchester United. I’m looking at this team and wondering why they didn't play like that when I was playing.

“Shinji Kagawa on the left wing must wonder what this English football is all about. Nobody seems to know what’s going on on the pitch or in the dug-out.

“You can’t see what the plan is, what they’re trying to do.”

United may have to pay extra if they want Southampton’s England midfielder Adam Lallana.

This is because Bournemouth are owed 25% of any transfer fee.

Any bid for Lallana must take into account money owed to Bournemouth, where he played as a 10-year-old in the club’s academy.

The Cherries have already received £18,000 compensation, but are entitled to 25% if Lallana moves on.           

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Old Trafford board members are questioning whether Moyes is the right man to oversee the £200m rebuilding project in the summer, according to The Sun.

The 2-0 defeat to his successor Roberto Martinez at former club Everton was the champions’ 11th league defeat of the season.

And now the Scotsman is losing support in the boardroom ahead of United’s summer spree to rebuild an ageing and under-strength squad.

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has assured England fans that Jack Wilshere will be fit to play a prominent role at the World Cup in Brazil this summer

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident that his side will secure fourth place and a Champions League spot following the 3-0 win away at Hull yesterday.

"The fourth spot is in our hands - we just need to focus to do that," he said.

"We have a great desire to do it and I think we can but it's down to the quality of performance of every single game."

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Wenger spoke to England chief Roy Hodgson last week and assured him Jack Wilshere will be fit to star at the World Cup, reports The Sun.

“Jack will be available for England - he will be just polished for them," Wenger said.

The midfielder, 22, has not played since fracturing his left foot on international duty against Denmark on March 5.

But he is expected to be back for Arsenal’s last league game of the season at Norwich and the FA Cup final against Hull.

Wenger added: “Jack is close. I’d think two to three weeks — hopefully, he could be back for our last two matches.

“I think he will be selected for the England squad. Jack can be the positive surprise in Brazil. England have very difficult matches and if you come out of a group like that, the belief is going to be really strong.

“Jack has been in and out this year but I think they have sorted out the problem.”

 

Liverpool's win at Norwich moved them within touching distance of the title - and left Brendan Rodgers salivating about the performances of his 19-year-old goalscoring winger

Chief sports writer Oliver Holt says Brendan Rodgers has emerged from the shadow of mentor Jose Mourinho to become the Premier League's special one.

Holt was impressed that Rodgers chose to praise rather than goad Mourinho in the run-up to next weekend's pivotal game between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

"This is Liverpool’s title to lose now and there is no need to give rivals, least of all Mourinho, a foothold in Liverpool’s dominance," he writes.

"Rodgers is secure enough not to need to do that. The man who was once the apprentice is turning into the master.

"He is 41 now, the same age Mourinho was when he won the Champions League with Porto in 2004."

And our chief football writer reports that Liverpool were inspired to take a huge stride towards the title by the words of Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall.

The Merseysiders are now five points clear with three games left - and the Anfield boss explained how he had used the thoughts of Aspinall, whose son James was one of the 96 victims, to ensure his players concentrated on delivering for the Liverpool fans.

Rodgers said: “We had the ­memorial service this week, marking 25 years since the disaster, which was really touching . We used words from Margaret Aspinall, where she said, ‘Stress is difficult but also good because it gives you a determination to fight’.

“Before the game we stuck those words on the wall. This is a club that is at one with those who fought to achieve their ultimate goal.”

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Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling as the best young player in Europe after Liverpool closer to the title, reports The Sun.

Teen star Sterling scored and also set up Luis Suarez for a goal and Kop boss Rodgers said: “I think he’s arguably the best young player in European football.

“He’s 19 years of age and I’ll be amazed if he does not win the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

“I’ve been really, really pleased with his maturity. He puts an awful lot of time into his work. We’ve tried to play him in different positions to improve his football intelligence."

Alan Hansen, the last Liverpool captain to lift the league title, sounds a note of caution in the Daily Telegraph though.

"Now the game at Anfield on Sunday is all about Liverpool," writes the BBC pundit. "If they win, Steven Gerrard will almost smell the Premier League title, but if Chelsea win it means three teams, including Manchester City, are back in the race.

"Nothing is won until you have got the medal in your hands, as we found out in 1989 when we lost to Arsenal at home.

"There will be plenty more twists and turns in the final weeks and you would have to think Chelsea’s best chance of success is in the Champions League."

 

It will be an historic occasion if Liverpool beat Chelsea next weekend to win the title, and they've done it under a huge weight of expectation

If Liverpool beat Chelsea to clinch win the League next Sunday it will be the finest title victory that the Premier League has ever seen.

I am due to be working for the BBC's Match of the Day 2 next weekend but I would absolutely love to be at such an historic, poignant, magnificent occasion.

Manchester City would have to have dropped points to West Brom and Palace in the meantime, but it could all happen for Liverpool on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers has done, this season, something that may never be done again. He has taken a team that were seventh last season and lifted them above three far better resourced teams (Chelsea, City and Arsenal) with much better squads to win the title.

His Liverpool team have gone on an incredible, sensational run during the final few furlongs. And they done it in the big games, with their decisive 11-match winning sequence including victories over Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and City.

His side have refused to buckle under the weight of expectation or the wave of emotion surrounding the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough.

In fact, they have harnessed the depth of feeling and used it to propel them, to inspire them and to motivate them.

They have been serial thrillers, blitzing teams from the outset and leaving them so dazed and confused that they have been unable to reign the Reds in.

Andrew Powell

The kids are alright: Sterling and co have done well  

Rodgers has improved the likes of Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Jon Flanagan and Steven Gerrard. He has helped Daniel Sturridge to blossom. He has turned Luis Suarez from a defiant, wantaway rebel into the Player of the Year.

And Liverpool this season will almost certainly smash the 100-goal barrier - something else that may never be achieved again in the Premier League.

Yes they have been fortunate. No Champions League, no major injuries to any of their goalscorers. Even the fact that the Chelsea game next week falls between the Blues' Champions League semi-finals.

But Liverpool have ridden their luck. They have done it with style and now they are masters of their own destiny.

The League has been tough to win this season. Much tougher than Manchester United's victory last year. Liverpool have done it with style, verve and a touch of class.

For me, to have come from nowhere as they have done really does make it the best victory we have ever seen in the last 24 years.

PLUS: Danny Welbeck reported to be ready to leave Manchester United this summer

The January transfer window has long closed, which means clubs are now stuck with their squads until the summer.

But that won't stop them eyeing up other players and plotting their next moves.

Get the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours from the Daily Mirror and plenty more newspapers and websites below

Transfer gossip, news and other stories from today's Daily Mirror

Barcelona are confident they will be able to sign players this summer, and have reignited their move for Chelsea defender David Luiz.

Tottenham are facing a battle to keep Christian Eriksen as Champions League clubs sniff round midfielder.

Manchester United may have to pay extra if they want Southampton’s England midfielder Adam Lallana because Bournemouth are owed 25 per cent of any transfer fee.

Transfer gossip and rumours from other newspapers and websites

Manchester City could be lining up a shock swoop for Chelsea captain John Terry. The Blues skipper's current contract runs out at the end of the season and may only be offered a new one-year deal on much reduced terms. (Daily Mail)

Reports suggest Danny Welbeck wants to leave Manchester United this summer because of a lack of first-team football under David Moyes. (Daily Mail)

West Ham close in on double deal for Antonio Nocerino and Pablo Armero. (The Sun)

On loan Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan will make his Nottingham Forest move permanent in the summer. (The Sun)

Brentford want Chelsea loan ace George Saville back next season. (The Sun)

Other stories from today's Daily Mirror

Chelsea face three FA charges after Saturday of shame at Stamford Bridge.

This is the WORST Man United side of a generation, says Jamie Carragher after Everton defeat.

Randy Lerner admits he may put Aston Villa up for sale this summer.

Sam Allardyce admits West Ham fans are RIGHT to boo his frustrating team.

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