From the Back Pages, February 22: Rooney signs £300,000-a-week deal at United until 2019

Wayne Rooney thanked David Moyes on Friday night for salvaging his Manchester United career after signing a new five-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford worth £300,000-a-week. (Daily Mail)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Olivier Giroud is expected to start for Arsenal against Sunderland but many of his team-mates want Lukas Podolski in the side. (The Telegraph)

Luis Suarez’s moments of disgrace as the villain of world football have driven him on to be a great for club and country, writes Simon Bird in Brazil. (The Mirror)

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Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, has rarely hesitated to express an opinion, which is why the conscious decision to keep his counsel on the eve of Everton’s visit today was all the more noteworthy. (The Independent)

There was to be no final shot at redemption for British speed skater Elise Christie in Sochi, after she was again sent sprawling to the ice in her semi-final and disqualified for a third time. (The Guardian)

THE making of Mike Brown has been years in the doing but is as plain to see as the development he has helped bring to England’s back-play as they head for their Irish engagement at Twickenham today. (The Express)

Graham Rowntree insists that England’s “fearless” and “desperate” young side are ready to bridge the experience gap and turn Twickenham into a house of pain for Ireland, for whom Brian O’Driscoll will equal George Gregan’s world record for international appearances today. (The Times)