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Paper Review: Wayne Rooney Tetchy and Triumphant, Jose Mourinho Is Egg-Cited

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterOctober 8, 2016

Paper Review: Wayne Rooney Tetchy and Triumphant, Jose Mourinho Is Egg-Cited

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    Wayne Rooney hogs the headlines on Wednesday after reaching 200 goals for Manchester United in the Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.

    The England international has been lauded for his achievement and performance in the 4-2 victory over the Bundesliga side at Old Trafford.

    However, a tetchy interview with ITV over his summer link with Chelsea following the match also caught the eye of the newspapers.

    Talking of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho is also in the news after his latest analogy surrounding his Stamford Bridge players.

    Who else is making the headlines in the back pages on Wednesday? Read on to find out more.

Wayne Rooney Hits 200 United Goals but ITV Interview Upsets Striker

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes lead the tributes to Rooney after the striker attained legendary status at Old Trafford by moving into his double century of goals alongside Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.

    The 27-year-old scored twice in the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen during a display described as "world class" by his manager, as reported by David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    However, Rooney strongly batted away the questioning of his link with Chelsea during the summer transfer window in a live interview with ITV Sport after the match, as Jack Wilson of the Daily Star noted. The interview can be viewed at

    Meanwhile, United have written to supporters to defend their activity during the transfer window, reports David McDonnell in the Daily Mirror

Jose Mourinho in Cracking Form as He Discusses Chelsea Squad

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    There is little doubt that the return of Mourinho to the Premier League would be greeted with delight by Chelsea supporters and the media.

    And the reporters lapped up the Chelsea manager's comparison of his current squad with his description of the care and nurture he will be showing his squad this season, as Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required) reported:

    They are beautiful young eggs, eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the  blankets and to work and improve them and one day we’ll arrive in a moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, we break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level.

    It’s important for a team of kids. It’s very, very important for them to play on the big stage and the big stage is the Champions League.

    This is the competition everyone wants to win. We want to qualify for the  next stage of the Champions League. Do we want to win the competition, or to reach the semi-finals? We want nothing. I want to qualify, for now, for the next phase. That would be important for everyone, not least for this team of kids.

    Should Mourinho now be called The Special Mum?

    One young player to have flown the nest is Romelu Lukaku, who joined Everton on loan in the summer.

    The striker believes his time at Goodison Park can convince Mourinho that he is ready for life at the sharp end with Chelsea, as The Sun's Matthew Fearon reported.  

Jermain Defoe Criticises Tottenham Treatment of Emmanuel Adebayor

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    Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has criticised manager Andre Villas-Boas over the treatment of Emmanuel Adebayor, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    The Togolese international has been training with the Tottenham youngsters until Villas-Boas deems it is "appropriate" to restore him to the senior squad, according to the report.

    However, Defoe believes the squad needs Adebayor back in the fold as soon as possible.

    I don't think it helps the team to be honest because somebody like Manny is a great player.

    He has played for some of the top clubs in the world and he is someone that we are going to need. We are going to need his goals and what he brings to the team.

    Ade is keeping himself fit. He loves his football and hopefully he will be back with the team soon.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has entered the debate surrounding Tottenham supporters' "Yid" chants, reports Greg Heffer of the Daily Star.

    The Football Association had warned the Spurs fans they could face criminal charges if they continue to use the chant, according to Heffer, but the PM insists the supporters should be allowed to continue their singing as it is not sung out of hate.

    There’s a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult.

    You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted — but only when it’s motivated by hate. 

Liverpool Target Lacina Traore Targeted by Galatasaray

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    The transfer window might be shut, but the build-up to its reopening in January is beginning to gain momentum.

    Galatasaray have joined the chase for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore, who is also the subject of interest from Liverpool, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned the rest of the Premier League that his team will not give up top spot without a fight, reports James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

    The Reds moved back to the summit of the table with their 2-2 draw at Swansea City on Monday, but Rodgers has warned other clubs that his team can only get better as the season progresses.

    It's only four games in, but we've had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16 games, so we are getting a level of consistency and that was  the biggest thing for me.

    There was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins and if we can't win we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes at Swansea.

    But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on so we are happy to be there and it gives us a fight to stay there. 

Bits and Pieces: Leandro Damiao, Paolo Di Canio, Fabio Borini

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    Zenit St. Petersburg have targeted Brazil striker Leandro Damiao in the January transfer window if they progress from their Champions League group, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Damiao was linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer, but had wanted to remain in Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals, according to the report.

    The recruitment policy of Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been questioned by Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail.

    Samuel queries why the Black Cats boss is not looking to the North East for talent after Sir Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton, Bryan Robson and Paul Gascoigne were all previously unearthed in the region.

    Fabio Borini, who is on loan at Sunderland, has been told leaving Roma for Liverpool last year may have been a mistake, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror. Surprisingly, however, it is the striker's agent Marco De Marchi who is making the claim.

    Southampton players were so keen to help striker Dani Osvaldo settle into life on the south coast that they bought him a car and found him a new home, reports The Sun.

    Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has admitted he rejected a big-money move to Arsenal during the summer, reports Ben Curtis of the Daily Mirror

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