Rooney refuses to comment on his situation: The Independent jumps on Rooney's tetchy post-match interview, during which he would not confirm that he is happy at Manchester United despite scoring twice against Bayer Leverkusen to take him to a career total of 200 goals for the club. "Listen, I've concentrated on working hard to get my head down to get myself fit and ready for the season," Rooney said during an interview. "I'm delighted with the way I've come back and delighted I'm back playing and scoring goals.” When pressed whether he asked to leave over the summer, Rooney retorted: “Listen, I've just told you I'm concentrating on my football.”
Paper Round's view: In fairness to Rooney, at least his stance has been consistent throughout the entire saga - he has not uttered a single word in public about how he feels. That might be for a number of reasons, not least to keep his options open for a later date, but perhaps his irritation at the questioning is understandable. It was, after all, Gabriel Clarke asking the questions for ITV - the same man who famously 'lost the news' just as Jose Mourinho was about to confirm his return as Chelsea manager and who would have been instructed to press at all costs with Rooney.
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Empty seats at Old Trafford: Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that last night's European clash kicked off to the sight of empty seats all round at Old Trafford. Despite Leverkusen's status as a top Bundesliga side - and the added appeal of Marouane Fellaini making his full debut in a United shirt - the paper claims the teams kicked off with empty red seats visible in upper and lower tiers in all parts of the ground.
Paper Round's view: The Mail tries to paint a bleak picture that United fans can't be bothered any more with live TV coverage providing an "easier and cheaper" alternative or "saturation point" having been reached, but the report notably does not say whether the seats were eventually filled after kick-off. More likely a case of bad traffic in and around the stadium with 70,000 plus people all trying to get in at the same time.
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United defend Moyes in letter to fans: Manchester United have written to fans to defend their business in the recent transfer window, the Daily Mirror reports. The club came in for criticism from their own supporters after adding just Marouane Fellaini to the first team squad this summer and missing out on a number of higher-profile targets. A spokesman said: "The reply went to those who wrote to Ed Woodward and people who sent emails to the enquiries inbox. We have a responsibility under our Club Charter to respond to all correspondence in 15 working days."
Paper Round's view: The full content of the letter can be read by clicking on the link below, but suffice to say United believe their summer business was a success, considering they acquired a central midfielder and managed to hold on to Rooney. They also cite the retention of Nani, the promotion of Adnan Janazaj to the first team squad and the eventual arrival of Wilfried Zaha as mitigating factors.
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Ba was ready to move to Arsenal: Demba Ba has revealed he was ready to move to Arsenal over the summer, reports The Independent. The Senegal striker said his head was turned by the opportunity to play more regular football at the Emirates, but added that he is now fully committed to Chelsea and ready to fight for his place in Jose Mourinho's side.
Paper Round's view: With hindsight, Arsenal could have with recruiting Ba over the summer and Arsene Wenger must be rueing Chelsea's decision to send Romelu Lukaku out on loan rather than allow Ba to move. It still remains to be seen whether a fire-up Ba will be able to recreate his Newcastle form at Stamford Bridge though.
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Juanfran rejected Arsenal: Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has said he rejected a lucrative move from Arsenal over the summer, according to the Daily Mirror. The Spain international has confirmed Wenger wanted to take him to the Emirates, but he refused despite the chance to earn more money.
Paper Round's view: Yet another player whose proposed move to Arsenal failed to materialise. Are there any more to come out of the woodwork? Thank goodness for Mesut Ozil, otherwise these stories would be too painful to bear for some Arsenal fans.
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Liverpool target linked to Turkey: Galatasaray are the latest club linked with a move for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore in January, write the Daily Express. Traore scored 12 goals in 24 games for Russian side Anzhi last season - who over the summer have worked to dramatically reduce their spending and wage bill, as evidenced by Samuel Eto'o moving to Chelsea. Liverpool are believed to have been tracking the 23-year-old for some time, though he almost joined Juventus during the transfer window.
Paper Round's view: It's hard to give such a tenuous link too much credibility, especially a fortnight after the window slammed shut. But, should Traore keep his options open by the time deals can again be sealed come January, he certainly fits the bill of someone who could help Brendan Rodgers' quest to get the Reds back into top four finishes during the business end of the season.