From the Back Pages, January 23: Sunderland beat Manchester United on penalties in League Cup semi-final

From the back pages
From the back pages

Gus Poyet’s men will meet Man City in the League Cup semi-final after a dramatic evening at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata did not train with the Chelsea first team today as he appeared to move closer to a £37 million move to Manchester United. (The Times)

Nicolas Anelka has called on the Football Association to drop a charge against him over his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration and insists he is neither anti-Semitic or racist. (The Independent)

Wayne Rooney is reportedly NOT prepared to sign a new deal at struggling Manchester United - even if Juan Mata joins the club. (The Mirror)

EVERTON could have their loan move for Monaco striker Lacina Traore scuppered by an injury to Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. (The Express)

Chelsea have earmarked funds from the projected sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United with a move for Diego Costa and are tracking Juventus starlet Domenico Berardi, who is also a target for Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Andy Murray is out. Roger Federer is back. And Rafael Nadal is next. Whatever the sense of a new wave building in tennis, there is no denying the staying power of the established elite as the 2014 Australian Open builds towards another semi-final clash between the two players who have defined the modern era, Federer and Nadal. (The Guardian)