UK Back Pages: China Target Wayne Rooney, Man City Fear Pellegrini Meltdown

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterFebruary 11, 2016

Manchester United's captain Wayne Rooney, and Chelsea's John Terry during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Adam Johnson is in an unfortunate spotlight, as Sunderland sacked the winger on Thursday after his guilty pleas in his child sex case. 

While the England man is the story in the press, there's still plenty of gossip to keep the rumour mill churning. 

In the Mirror, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson claims Wayne Rooney is the next target of newly rich China. Also, Manchester City stars fear that lame-duck Manuel Pellegrini may experience a meltdown at the Etihad. 

Friday's Daily Mirror back page:
Sacked#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 11, 2016

Elsewhere, the Sun uses some interesting Photoshop Star Wars imagery to demonstrate manager Louis van Gaal's belief that he'll stay on at Old Trafford if Manchester United reach the UEFA Champions League. 

Friday's Sun back page:
Exclusive - May the 4th be with me#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mufc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 11, 2016

Manchester United's the story in the Daily Telegraph, as pressure hits chairman Ed Woodward to sign "the world's best." 

Friday's Telegraph Sport -
Woodward: 'Pressure on to sign the world's best'#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mufc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 11, 2016

It's all Manchester United in the Independent, which has an exclusive with Van Gaal, who opens up about criticism, Jose Mourinho and more. 

Friday's Independent Sport:
The softer side of LVG#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mufc

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 11, 2016

The Star teases the long-running rumour that United will make a lucrative push for Barcelona star Neymar. 

Friday's Daily Star back page:
Axed #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 11, 2016