PAUL Scholes’ mutterings about not wanting to play in this Manchester United team of Louis van Gaal’s has lit the blue touchpaper (well, come on, it’s almost November 5). Now his old team-mate Andrei Kanchelskis has had a pop.
Old Andrei pops up in The Sun today to brand United as “disgusting robots” – bit harsh, don’t you think?
Jose Mourinho is still all over the back pages, too, with one report suggesting Roberto Mancini, sacked at Man City, could be drafted in. Why would they do that?
So here is today’s Tuesday file of nudges, winks and suggestions – all carrying our marks out of 10 to guide you as to the credibility of what’s on offer….
MANCHESTER United play “disgusting” football and resemble “robots” under manager Louis van Gaal, according to the club’s former winger Andrei Kanchelskis.
(The Sun) 4/10 Well, it’s not vintage, but ask any Sunderland fan…
Chelsea will sack under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho, 52, if there is evidence of the club’s fans turning against him.
(Daily Star) 9/10 As we said yesterday – and if the fans stay loyal, Jose stays…at least for now.
Should Mourinho be sacked, former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club’s former midfielder Claude Makelele have been lined up as a possible management team.
(Daily Mail) 5/10 Anceloitti will come only on a proper contract, not as an emergency, short-term firefighter.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, 50, is a candidate to replace Mourinho if the Portuguese is sacked.
(Corriere della Sera) 1/10 Highly unlikely.
Popular columnist ‘The Secret Footballer’ says Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 28, is leading a players’ revolt against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
(The Secret Footballer) 5/10 Once a Gooner…
Chelsea and Manchester City have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, with the player’s agent confirming a deal has not been agreed with Barcelona.
(Express) 2/10 Beware agents trying to up the ante.
Watford are considering a short-term deal for Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, in January. He is a free agent having been released by Tottenham by mutual consent in September.
(Daily Mirror) 4/10 May not do much on the pitch but he’ll improve the look of the car park.
Liverpool have placed Barcelona forward Cristian Tello, 24, on their list of transfer targets as it looks like he wants to leave the club when his loan spell at Porto ends.
(Metro) 5/10 No more than a watching brief.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says the player who allegedly said he would rather lose at Chelsea than win for Jose Mourinho “has to go”.
(The Sun) 10/10 Wright’s right, but who is it? Ask the Secret Footballer!
Manchester United are monitoring Leicester City’s in-form Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 24.
(Daily Mail) 10/10 As well they might – along with a dozen other top sides in Europe.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, has put other clubs on alert after saying he could finish his career away from Los Blancos.
(Guardian) 2/10 Shortly after saying he would finish his days at Real.
Manchester City are lining up an £8m bid for Atletico Madrid and Argentina forward Angel Correa. The Spanish club say they have already turned down an enquiry from City but are expecting them to come back for the 20-year-old.
(Daily Mirror) 7/10 Our top clubs are forced to shop on the lower shelves in Spain.
Manchester United and West Ham have been put on alert after Brazil and Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato hinted he is interested in a move to England. The former AC Milan forward, 26, hopes to move to Spain or England.
(Radio Globo) 4/10 Bit of an elevatioin after being linked with Sunderland in the summer.