From the Back Pages, September 18: Wayne Rooney’s 200th goal for Manchester United puts his a cut above the rest

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WAYNE ROONEY struck his 200th Manchester United goal to give his manager David Moyes a glorious start to life in the Champions League. (The Express)

Manuel Pellegrini hailed City’s opening Champions League win as the ideal boost for Sunday’s Manchester derby. (The Mirror)

Gareth Bale took his Champions League bow for Real Madrid in Turkey on Tuesday night, but it was Cristiano Ronaldo who stole the show with a stunning second-half hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Galatasaray in Istanbul. (The Telegraph)

The former referee Mark Halsey said today that referees should be encouraged to socialise with players and managers in response to mounting criticism that his new autobiography revealed him to be too close to leading figures in the game, such as Sir Alex Ferguson. (The Independent)

Luis Alberto put his name among the Liverpool elite with a second-half hat-trick at Anfield, it was just a shame it was for the youngsters and not the senior side. (Daily Mail)

Just for a while, Ronnie O’Sullivan found himself banished to the fringes of the sport’s spotlight with the Shanghai Masters under way in China without him and — more pertinently — the Stephen Lee match-fixing case dominating the landscape. (The Times)

Ashley Giles has dropped a strong hint that members of his England one-day squad, most obviously Boyd Rankin and possibly also Ben Stokes, may have done enough in the series defeat by Australia to strengthen their claims to a place on the forthcoming Ashes tour. (The Guardian)