Papers: Aid for Wayne
Young strikers to ease Rooney's burden
Sir Alex Ferguson has said he has no reservations about relying on Javier Hernández
and Federico Macheda
from the start of next season and believes they will ease the goalscoring burden on Wayne Rooney at Manchester United. The two young strikers were impressive during United's 5-2 victory over the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday, Macheda scoring two early goals and Hernández, this summer's £7m signing from Chivas Guadalajara, completing the win with an exquisite finish on his debut for the club. While Ferguson considers streamlining his attack by allowing Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf to go out on loan next season, the United manager insists the 18-year-old Italian and 22-year-old Mexico international are at the forefront of his plans. With Michael Owen still injured, and Rooney returning to training only this week after a post-World Cup holiday, Macheda and Hernández could be required from the start of United's attempt to win the league title back from Chelsea.Andy Hunter, The Guardian
In the same article, Sir Alex describes Macheda as "probably the best player going through against the goalkeeper that we have". The Sun carries quotes from the Italian striker himself on his hopes for the new season - "I think this year could be the one for me."
The Sun also says there's some good news awaiting Sir Alex on his return to Manchester, with Antonio Valencia "well ahead of schedule" in his recovery from the ankle problem that kept him out of the club's pre-season tour.