Ribery to Chelsea FC? Nwakali to Arsenal FC? Rooney blasts Man Utd – Thursday’s back pages

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The top stories making Thursday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Louis van Gaal has been accused of Vanti-social behaviour — by springing “surprise” training sessions on them in the evening.

Also: Wayne Rooney blasted misfiring Manchester United for lacking a killer instinct.

And: Yaya Toure sparked a backlash as Manchester City flopped in Turin. Fans on Twitter blasted City’s skipper after he swapped his shirt with Juve ace Paulo Dybala at half-time.

Plus: Didier Drogba has challenged Chelsea’s dressing-room leaders to deliver an immediate response to the club’s current crisis.


Daily Mirror: Italian champions Juventus have been thwarted in their attempts to sign Samir Nasri.

Also: Alan Pardew is considering a move for £14million Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani to solve his problems up front.

And: Burnley starlet Tendayi Darikwa is being lined up by Premier League clubs as the next Dele Alli.


Daily Star: Jose Mourinho has risked a fresh war of words with Arsene Wenger by revealing he wants Arsenal to crash out of the Champions League.

Also: Wayne Rooney slammed Manchester United for going soft after a bore draw at home to PSV Eindhoven.

And: Mauricio Pochettino has pleaded with the Premier League to stop giving Tottenham’s opponents an ‘unfair advantage’.


Daily Mail: Roman Abramovich has told new Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay to make signing Franck Ribery his top priority.

Also: Roy Keane has launched a stinging attack at Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney; claiming he ‘looks awful’, is not leading by example, while also criticising the striker for appearing at a wrestling event earlier this month.


Daily Express: Paul Pogba showed Manchester City what they are missing as they failed to get their weekend humiliation to Liverpool out of their system here.

Also: Jose Mourinho has kick-started his feud with Arsene Wenger once more by claiming it would be ‘fantastic’ if Arsenal get knocked out the Champions League.

And: Jose Mourinho does not have a problem with Diego Costa.


Metro: Manchester United have been monitoring Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell ahead of the January transfer window, reports say.

Also: The agent of Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has revealed he’s in talks over a move to Arsenal.


Daily Telegraph: Failure to beat PSV means United’s Champions League future is likely to depend on winning away at Wolfsburg in their final game.

Also: The only sparkle at Old Trafford for Manchester United came from the lights in the camera phones, which shone around the stadium during a seventh-minute tribute to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of George Best.

And: Newcastle United’s training ground has witnessed a series of angry exchanges between players and staff this week as head coach Steve McClaren is furious with the attitude of some of his senior players.


The Times: Wayne Rooney accused Manchester United of becoming soft touches in front of goal after the players were booed off on a dismal night against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford.

Henry Bown
Henry Bown is a UK-based sportswriter with a particular passion for soccer. Henry has been writing a range of sports content for several years, but has more recently decided to focus on soccer specifically. When he's not writing, you'll usually find him watching a match - or two!

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