From the Back Pages, January 18: José Mourinho expects Manchester United to sell Wayne Rooney abroad

José Mourinho expects Manchester United to sell Wayne Rooney to a leading foreign club if they cannot convince him to extend his stay at Old Trafford, with Chelsea resigned to missing out on the forward, given the champions’ intransigence over conducting business with a direct Premier League rival. (The Guardian)

From the back pages

David Moyes has reminded Wilfried Zaha that he is a Manchester United player after telling him he cant yet go on loan. (Daily Mail)

West Brom have been plunged into chaos after their main sponsors vowed to QUIT if Nicolas Anelka plays for the club again. (The Mirror)

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Gus Poyet was invited to turn on the Christmas lights in Sunderland last year, just a few days after his team beat Manchester City at the Stadium of Light. It was a happy coincidence that was not lost on the man charged with saving a club that looked doomed to relegation in October. “They asked me to do the lights and I said ‘Already? You don’t have anyone else?’” Poyet says. “And so it turned out I did it after we beat Manchester City. How lucky am I? Because you do it after losing two or three games, it’s not nice. To do it after beating Manchester City? I was like ‘Yep, give it to me!’ It was great. There were 15,000 people there. Mamma mia ...” (The Independent)

Tim Sherwood has laughed of the prospect of Mauricio Pochettino stealing his job, warning there was no comparison between managing Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton. (Tottenham)

Alastair Cook will spend time reflecting on his captaincy in the closing stages of the one-wicket defeat by Australia when he found no answer to the clean hitting of James Faulkner. (The Times)

THE DISTRESS on Harry Martin’s face was obvious. After failing with his second penalty shootout, England went out of the gold medal running to New Zealand in the cruellest of fashion, 7-6, after finishing the Hero World League semi-final deadlocked at 3-3 in Delhi. (The Express)