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Roo: I was spat at
Wayne Rooney’s dug-out strop was caused by spitting Turkish fans and not because boss Sir Alex Ferguson substituted him. The Manchester United striker fumed as he hurled a boot to the ground after he was replaced by Michael Owen midway through the second half of the 1-0 Champions League victory over Besiktas in Istanbul. Rooney was clearly seen arguing with taunting Turks gathered above the United dug-out. After he sat down on the bench the England ace threw his boot to the ground. It was believed he was angry at being taken off with the match still goalless. But it emerged last night that Rooney has told friends he was hit on the forehead by spitting supporters who were taunting him. Now the truth behind the angry outburst is out it seems Rooney showed great restraint by only throwing down his boot.
Danny Fullbrook, Daily Star
Ahead of Sunday's mouth-watering Manchester derby, The Daily Mail quotes Sir Alex Ferguson as saying: "The rivalry has gone up a notch in the last few months, with them signing all those players and then coming up with that advert and all their posters about Carlos Tevez. They’ve been a bit, how can I put it, cocky."
Former Barcelona defender Sylvinho tells The Sun: "We're capable of winning. A few weeks ago, remember, City beat Barcelona in a friendly," while The Daily Mirror claims injured ex-United striker Carlos Tevez has 'begged' City manager Mark Hughes to pick him at Old Trafford.