UK Back Pages: Wayne Rooney Is 'Back,' Papers Link Sadio Mane to Man United

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJanuary 2, 2016

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, celebrates with teammate Anthony Martial after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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It may be a bit premature to declare Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney "back," but one wouldn't know it by reading Sunday's back pages.

Rooney, out of form for most of United's campaign, scored a well-taken winner on Saturday as the Red Devils topped Swansea City 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Rooney was hailed for his performance. 

Mirror Sport leads with Rooney while also linking United with a move for Sadio Mane and Manchester City with a move for unsettled Real Madrid star Isco.

And here's what you'll be dripping ketchup (or brown sauce) on tomorrow #MUFC #MCFC #LFC #CFC #COYS #SAFC #saintsfc

— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 2, 2016

The Star relays related news with similar United and City links while also lining Manchester United up with a move for Lazio's Felipe Anderson.

Daily Star Sunday back page: Happy Roo Year + Manc Raids #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mufc #mcfc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) January 2, 2016

The Mail on Sunday Sport hails Sergio Aguero's heroics at Watford and cites the row between Mane and Ronald Koeman as the reason for Manchester United's swoop.

Mail on Sunday Sport: Last gasp Aguero #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mcfc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) January 2, 2016

Express Sport focuses on Liverpool's failings and Jurgen Klopp's anger as a result.

Sunday Express back page: Roo to the rescue #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers ##mufc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) January 2, 2016 

The Mail on Sunday simply declares Rooney is "back."

Mail on Sunday back page: The big man is back! #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mufc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) January 2, 2016