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In the same conversation with national pressmen, Scholes also reveals he felt some regret about his snub midway through the World Cup - "A couple of weeks into it, I thought I maybe should have gone" - and has a playful pop at United's improving local rivals Manchester City - "I'd rather them be in the second division like they were 10 years ago!"
Elsewhere, the Mirror runs an old transfer rumour with the claim that "cut-price German World Cup wonderkid" Mesut Ozil is being chased by two Barclays Premier League managers, namely Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp - aka "The Oz Couple."
The Independent suggests that, despite Sunday's slip-up against Kansas City Wizards, the omens are good ahead of the new season. It cites the Reds' recent record in post-World Cup campaigns (champions in 98/99, 02/03, 06/07) including a reminder that "when Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo returned from Germany [in 2006] at loggerheads, United scored five on the opening day of the season, won their opening five fixtures and cruised to the title."