Premier League - Paper Round: The plot to destroy De Gea
The Daily Star Sunday has a powerful back page on Sunday morning, with a headline reading 'Plot to Destroy De Gea' as they run with quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting the media are relishing the thought that Manchester United's summer signing will be a flop in England this season.
Fergie is never slow to cook up a theory about a media conspiracy against United and prior to Sunday's big game against Chelsea at Old Trafford has taken Fleet Street's scribes to task for what he perceives to be an unfair scrutiny on the young Spaniard.
"There is obviously an agenda on De Gea and we experienced that again on Wednesday," Ferguson said, referencing his spat with Kelly Cates on ITV following a draw with Benfica. "It seems to me people are desperate for the boy to fail. That's the impression I get and I don't understand it.
"It's not his age because they never did that with Cech when he came. He will be back in the team against Chelsea, absolutely. That was always the arrangement. De Gea hasn't been flapping about in the goalmouth, he has been really composed. He's outstanding."
Arsenal's ongoing malaise is of course a big deal for the papers on Sunday and after a 4-3 defeat at Blackburn Rovers there are shots aplenty of Arsene Wenger sat on the bench, his grey face in his hands after watching another defensive calamity.
The Mail on Sunday's back-page headline is 'Wenger In Crisis' after the club experienced their worst start to a season in 58 years.
After a day in which both Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny scored own goals, the Sunday Mirror rather unfairly singles out Per Mertesacker, though their back-page splash of 'It's All Going Per Shaped' does have a nice ring to it.
Joey Barton can't help but make headlines and The Observer, under the headline 'Tweet Justice', repeats the midfielder's jibe at Karl Henry following QPR's victory over Wolves on Saturday. Barton took to Twitter and said: "I bet u Kelvin Henry feels like an idiot again today. He should just keep his trap firmly shut. #sundayleagueplayer."
The Sunday Mirror suggest the outburst could even land the Newcastle man an FA charge.
Barton was not the only Premier League player letting off steam on Twitter. As recounted by The Observer, after being dropped for Everton's 3-1 win over Wigan Louis Saha felt moved to tweet: "I am not good enough. Destroyed."
Though David Moyes is not following his striker, and nor indeed is he on Twitter, he said in his post-match press conference: "Good. I want them upset if they are not involved."
In terms of transfer news, perhaps the most unlikely claim comes in the Sunday Mirror, with a report that Chelsea could consider loaning Fernando Torres in January if he continues his poor form at Stamford Bridge.