From the Back Pages, August 17: Louis van Gaal: Manchester United’s 2-1 opening Premier League loss to Swansea is as bad as it gets

From the back pages
From the back pages

Louis van Gaal said Manchester United’s confidence was “smashed” following a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City in his first match as manager. (The Telegraph)

Manchester United could hold fresh talks with Sporting Lisbon on Monday as they seek to sign Marcos Rojo. But at the same time United have turned their attentions to Roma centre half Mehdi Benatia and made a £24million bid for the player. (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho: Diego Costa better than Sergio Aguero - and he’s brought some balls to Chelsea. (The Mirror)

LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers has warned that young English players are being “killed” by the excessive financial riches on offer. (The Express)

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace match report: Aaron Ramsey hits Palace with yet another late blow. (The Independent)

The traffic continues to flow one way. With just a few minor diversions England dominated their opponents once again and the game is way ahead of schedule. After two days England lead by 237 runs, which means that India’s batsmen will have to show the sort of resolve that has only be discernible from their captain in this series to have any chance of saving the Test match. (The Guardian)

Eilidh Child added to Great Britain’s golden week by winning the 400 metres hurdles at the European Championships in Zurich, following the silver medal she won at the Commonwealth Games. Lynsey Sharp, also second in Glasgow, added another silver medal in the 800 metres here. (The Times)