Papers: Roo eyes derby
Rooney to return for Manchester derby
Wayne Rooney believes he will be fit for a powder-keg return against Manchester City at Eastlands in two weeks' time. The Manchester United forward is in Dubai recovering from an ankle injury that, he was told, would keep him out of a derby clash with the club who last week tried to sign him. Rooney, however, is confident his recovery will pick up pace in the coming days and that he will be ready to confound United medical staff and face City on November 10. His return would add spice to an explosive North West fixture. Last season's Carling Cup semi-final second-leg clash, settled by Rooney's late goal, was scarred by ugly incidents. Craig Bellamy was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd, Patrice Evra was struck by a lighter, and Gary Neville and Carlos Tevez were in hot water for making gestures. Rooney is known for returning early from injury, notably in last season's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich. He was told he was out for three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in the first leg but returned a week later for the return.Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Patrice Evra is set to sign a new four year deal with United to stay at Old Trafford until 2014. The Sun claim the Reds will offer the left-back £100,000-a-week, putting an end to speculation linking the Frenchman with a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
According to the Daily Mirror, Sir Alex Ferguson is targeting Pepe Reina as United’s new no.1. With current stopper Edwin van der Sar turning 40 on Friday and Reina allegedly unsettled following Liverpool's poor start to the season, the Reds are tipped for a sensational £12million swoop.