Papers: Roo assures Sir Alex
Rooney ready to face Everton boos
Wayne Rooney has assured Sir Alex Ferguson he is in the right frame of mind to face Everton tomorrow. Rooney was summoned for talks with manager Ferguson when he returned to training with Manchester United yesterday for the first time since revelations about his private life emerged at the weekend. Ferguson wanted to discover if his star player is in the right mental state to face former club Everton. But, as was the case with England in Switzerland on Tuesday, Rooney is desperate to play his part in a huge week for United. After tomorrow’s short trip to Goodison Park, United take on Rangers in the Champions League and then Liverpool at home next Sunday. And having rediscovered his form after a sluggish start to the season, Rooney does not want to miss games – even though he expects more hostility than usual. A club source said: “Wayne’s up for the game. He’s tough enough to handle anything.”Richard Tanner, Express
Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand has criticised English football and its infrastructure in an exclusive interview with The Sun. The England captain blames inadequate coaching and the "big-time" attitudes of academy players throughout the Football League. Rio is also adamant the tradition of cleaning senior players' boots should be revived to instil a sense of camaraderie and respect.
In the Daily Star, John Toshack has warned the FAW not to rush into appointing Ryan Giggs as his replacement. Toshack, who resigned as Wales manager on Thursday, believes the United legend lacks the necessary experience and must be groomed for the position as part of a long-term plan.