From the Back Pages, September 3: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney “awful”, selfish and not worth a place says Old Trafford legend

Wayne Rooney has been branded “awful” and selfish and should be dropped. That’s the view of Manchester United legend Paul Parker, who says the Old Trafford giants’ new manager Louis van Gaal should axe England captain Rooney after the deadline day signing of fellow striker Radamel Falcao. (Mirror)

Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, 10:27 pm
From the back pages

Radamel Falcao last night declared that playing for “one of the truly great teams” like Manchester United was a lifetime’s ambition, after the Old Trafford club committed around £20m to bring him from Monaco for just one loan season. (The Independent)

Tom Cleverley has been granted his season-long loan to Aston Villa after the Premier League ratified his loan move from Manchester United almost 17 hours after the deadline. (The Times)

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck picked up an ankle knock in England training at London Colney on Tuesday but could still be fit enough to play some part against Norway. (Daily Mail)

CHELSEA defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year contract with Jose Mourinho’s team. (The Express)

England hit a fresh nadir in this troubled season with a nine-wicket defeat in their third one-day international against India here on Tuesday. They were annihilated with 19.3 overs remaining. With this defeat went the series, which India now lead by 3-0 with one match left to play, at Headingley on Friday, an encounter that England’s cricketers must view with some trepidation. (The Guardian)

US Tennis Open: Pressure is off underdog Andy Murray against Novak Djokovic so he must take a few risks. (The Telegraph)