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Pique: Rooney will win it for United
World Cup winner Gerard Pique last night warned Manchester United’s Premier League rivals: Wounded Wayne Rooney will win them the title. Pique, who played alongside Wazza at Old Trafford before moving to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee in 2008, believes England’s South Africa pain will prove to be United’s gain. Pique, 23, reveals that he has never seen any player in the world get more upset and frustrated by losing as the £27million England hitman. Pique said: "England’s World Cup and especially the nature of his own personal performances would have really hurt Wayne. But I strongly believe England’s disaster will be Manchester United’s gain. I have never seen a player in football who gets more upset and frustrated by defeat than Wayne. People can talk about how, with the player’s wages, they don’t care about defeat or about the fans. But anybody who thinks that, needs to see Wayne in the dressing room after a defeat. You don’t even want to talk to him. He looks like he is going to explode. Most players cool off over the weekend but he will come into training on the Monday with even more intensity and desire. And I think that is what will happen when he gets back in the groove with United. Even on his holiday with his family I know the World Cup will be hurting him. But he is the sort of player who will turn that hurt into a title-winning season for Manchester United."
Ben Fairthorne, Daily Star
In The Mirror, Ryan Giggs is tipping United's latest crop of youngsters to come to the fore this term, saying: "They're excited and they want to do well, which is great. I see their determination on the training ground. They want to do well, they're good lads, they want to learn, they want to play for United, get in the team and stay in the team. Hopefully their determination and hunger will see them kick on this season and do even better, because we're going to need them."
In another Mirror story, Giggsy is also quoted on Manchester City's prospects, of which he says: "If they gel as a team, they'll be a force. If they don't, then obviously it could be a frustrating season for them and they'll probably get a little bit of stick."
The Sun runs an excerpt from ManUtd.com's webchat with Wes Brown, in which the defender championed the use of goal line technology. "I think it has to be brought in for the goal line," said Wes. "I was as disappointed as everyone else when