From the Back Pages, October 23: Fergie: ‘Beckham thought he was bigger than me’

From the back pages
From the back pages

Sir Alex Ferguson is damning in his verdict of David Beckham, accusing the former England captain of giving up the chance of a being a top-level footballer and, in his last few years at Manchester United, openly disobeying his manager. (Independent)

Roy Keane has launched a furious attack on Sir Alex Ferguson’s integrity on Tuesday. Former Manchester United boss Ferguson branded Keane a “dressing room bully”, accused him of overstepping the mark and called his public attacks on his team mates “horrendous.” But ex-Red Devils captain Keane hit back on ITV: “I remember having conversations with [Ferguson] about loyalty. In my opinion he doesn’t know the meaning of the word. (Mirror)

While a certain someone was causing shockwaves with his new book on Tuesday, the man who has stepped into his shoes at Manchester United focused on the next chapter in the club’s history. Even as David Moyes sat down to discuss Wednesday Champions League assignment against Real Sociedad, the tremors created by Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography were reaching Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)

ROBERT Lewandowski showed his real talent by scoring the winner for Borussia Dortmund against Arsenal. (The Express)

Torres at the double as Chelsea move top. Schalke 0 Chelsea 3: Fernando Torres scores twice as Jose Mourinho lays a German ghost to rest.(The Telegraph)

It has taken all summer to sort out the fine print but finally, on the eve of the England team’s departure for what in effect is the Ashes Part II, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced its centrally contracted players for the next 12 months. (The Guardian)

Chris Robshaw is expected to be confirmed as England captain today after Stuart Lancaster weighed up his ­options last night. The head coach is understood to have come down in favour of the Harlequins flanker who was rested for the summer tour to Argentina. (The Times)