Papers: No rush for Rooney
Rooney won't rush it
Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to rush Wayne Rooney back from the USA despite facing a selection crisis at Old Trafford. The Manchester United boss will have a depleted squad to pick from when his side go to Aston Villa tomorrow lunchtime. Several stars are still struggling to shake off the virus that has swept through his camp this week. To make matters worse, in-form Paul Scholes is suspended after picking up five bookings and Rafael is out with a dead leg. Nani is also battling a sore groin while Patrice Evra suffered an ankle injury in the derby draw. So Rooney’s return to the side would give Fergie a boost. The United boss is already without Owen Hargreaves, Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen, while Ryan Giggs is still out with a hamstring problem. There was speculation United could ask the England striker to fly back in time for the showdown with Gerard Houllier’s men. But despite the growing selection problems facing Fergie, he has told Rooney to complete his week-long training programme at Nike World in Oregon. It means he won’t arrive back in Manchester until tomorrow night. Fergie is more concerned with Rooney getting his head right than rushing him back too soon.Jeremy Cross, Daily Star
The Daily Express features post-derby quotes from Michael Carrick's interview with MUTV during which the midfielder says the Reds can take a lot of positives from their performance at Eastlands.