Paper News and Gossip: United and City Battle for Iniesta; Sunderland Shortlist

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: United and City Battle for Iniesta; Sunderland Shortlist

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    Fortunately for Manchester United, they’ve been knocked off the majority of back-page leads by the sacking of Paolo Di Canio by Sunderland.

    With that being said, United do feature prominently, with David Moyes proving he has inherited some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s old tricks.

    Thankfully, though, there is a chunk of transfer gossip, and that and more features in Monday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup. 

Who's Next for Sunderland?

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    Paolo Di Canio was canned by Sunderland on Sunday, and the focus has already shifted to who will replace the Italian.

    The Mail have lined up potential candidates for the Sunderland board to interview, with former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo top of the list.

    Gus Poyet, Tony Pulis, Steve McClaren and Ally McCoist also feature on their list.

United and City on Iniesta Alert

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    Manchester City got the better of Manchester United on Sunday, and they could be set to battle again—for Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.

    A report by the Daily Star’s Paul Hetherington claims the Manchester sides have been put on alert by reports the midfield wizard has rejected a new contract offer at Barcelona.

    In his piece, Hetherington writes:

    The Barcelona superstar is understood to be disappointed with the new terms he has been offered at the Nou Camp.

    That is despite the fact Barca have placed a double-your-money deal on the table of £200,000-a-week.

    Iniesta believes he should be the second-­highest paid player at the club after Lionel Messi. And while he is now 29, Iniesta remains one of the outstanding players in the world. 

Moyes' Hairdryer Treatment

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    Sir Alex Ferguson was famed for his "hairdryer treatment" when he was not happy with his players.

    It would appear his successor, David Moyes, has inherited the trait, writes David McDonnell of the Mirror.

    Manchester United were crushed by rivals City in the derby on Sunday, and McDonnell reveals that Moyes made his feelings on the defeat abundantly clear to his players.

    McDonnel quotes Moyes as saying: 

    I’ve made them aware of that. But if there is ever was a group of players I’d expect that from it would be a group of Manchester United players.

    I think the way they have been brought up, the way they have been bred with the manager previously, they react, that’s what they do, and that’s what we’ll do here.

    We’ll make sure we react. Every manager has bad results. I’m no different.

Sakho Turns on the Waterworks

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    Mamadou Sakho shook off Liverpool’s shock home defeat to Southampton by returning to former club Paris Saint-Germain and delivering an emotional speech, writes Elliot Bretland in the Mail.

    Sakho was a starter for the Reds on Saturday, but it appears as if he did not dwell on the defeat for long as he was in the French capital on Sunday for the big game with Monaco.

    As Bretland confirms, Sakho went on to the pitch to address the club’s fans and was reduced to tears during his speech. 

Wenger Has Money to Burn

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    Arsenal fans will wake up this morning to the sight of their side sitting atop the Premier League.

    They will also wake up to the sight of Sami Mokbel’s article in the Mail claiming manager Arsene Wenger can spend big on a striker in January.

    Olivier Giroud has made a fine start to the season in attack for Arsenal, but the Gunners did miss out on a forward in the summer.

    That could be rectified in January, according to Mokbel. His piece reveals the Gunners will release their financial results this week, and they will show Arsenal have plenty of money available for Wenger to spend big. 

Bale a Thing of the Past for Spurs

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    Tottenham fans may be revelling in the news Gareth Bale picked up an injury for Real Madrid, but the Wales star is a thing of the past, according to Laurie Whitwell of the Mail.

    Spurs claimed a 1-0 win over Cardiff on Sunday, and manager Andre Villas-Boas says his side are able to control games better than they did with Bale in the team last season.

    Most of the games, we have created 10 or 20-plus chances so I am not worried.

    Last year with two strikers, we left ourselves exposed a little bit.

    We have more consistency throughout and play better football. We are able to control the games.

Bits and Pieces: United's Gomes Risk

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    Manchester United had a tough day on Sunday, and it could be a tough January transfer window. Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express claims the Reds Devils are in danger of losing out to Udinese in the race for Bruno Gomes, despite reportedly having first refusal on the Brazilian teenager.

    Monaco winger Lucas Ocampos is a target for Chelsea, writes the Star's Oliver Barnet, who also claims any move from the Blues could spark a bidding war between Manchester United and Arsenal for Juan Mata.

    Romelu Lukaku won’t be heading back to Chelsea any time soon, as manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed there is no release clause in the striker’s loan contract at Everton, per Adam Shergold of the Mail