Keane on United radar: Manchester United want to retain a thread to their former glories, with The Independent reporting that Roy Keane has emerged as a "credible" name to assist Louis van Gaal, should the Dutchman replace David Moyes. The paper reports that there is some substance to suggestions that the 62-year-old wants Keane to join him at Old Trafford, with the former midfielder seen as someone who is familiar with the terrain in Manchester and who also has managerial experience.
Paper Round's view: Keane's ferocity on the training ground and in the dressing room could well be what United need after Mr Nice Guy Moyes failed to motivate the squad suitably. The spectre of the fearsome Irishman might be able to scare some of the club's underperforming players into shape and the experience he gains as an assistant could stand him in good stead for the main job at some stage in the future. That scenario would certainly give United their much-sought after continuity.
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United line up Cavani: United plan to plough ahead with their transfer business despite the uncertainty over the identity of their new manager, with Edinson Cavani a top priority this summer. The Daily Star reports that Moyes' sacking has opened the door for a club record £54m deal for the Uruguay striker, while they also have their eye on Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas and Southampton whizkid Luke Shaw. United officials flew to France last week to hold talks with Paris Saint-Germain about Cavani, who was reluctant to join the club given their recent travails but could change his mind with Moyes now out of the picture.
Paper Round's view: Cavani's a top player and would be an excellent acquisition for many clubs, but United's priorities lie elsewhere at the moment. The rebuilding work must first address defensive and midfield issues before any luxury forward such as Cavani should be contemplated. And whether PSG would sell him - and whether he would be keen to move to a club without Champions League football - remains to be seen.
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Moyes unleashes tirade against bigwigs: David Moyes tore into club chiefs in what The Sun terms "an explosive farewell speech" to players. The Scot was furious that news of his sacking had been reported by national newspapers before he knew anything about it and he blamed club chiefs for the way it was handled. At a meeting on Tuesday morning, Moyes let the players know exactly how he felt before leaving the board and players off his list of thankyous in a statement released through the League Managers' Association.
Paper Round's view: Whether this is a trusted source or not, Moyes would be entirely within his rights to be upset at the manner of his sacking. To hear the news from friends and journalists must have been galling and understandably left a bitter taste in his mouth. Considering he was officially dismissed at 7.40am on Tuesday and then met the players soon after, he was still raw and can surely be forgiven for spouting off. That his underperforming players did not receive a mouthful is surprising, as they deserved his ire as much as anyone else.
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Mourinho backed over weakened team: Jose Mourinho has been given the green light to field a second-string team against Liverpool on Sunday, reports the Daily Mail. The Chelsea manager had hinted he would send out a reserve team at Anfield after conceding his team's title hopes were over, indicating that he would instead focus all his energies on the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid next week. Mourinho added that he would have to pass the idea by the club's hierarchy first, and it seems that Chelsea’s key board members - Dave Barnard, Bruce Buck, Ron Gourlay, Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum - have backed Mourinho’s plan after meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation.
Paper Round's view: There is nothing wrong with using the players within a squad, much as that view is likely to disappoint Manchester City. The Premier League have confirmed that Mourinho is entitled to select anyone from his 25-man squad, plus members of the academy side if needed - and with a great chance to reach the Champions League final, it would be understandable to do so. The only point of contention is a moral one, given Mourinho's row over the same issue in Spain in 2010, when the boot was on the other foot and he said that "a team shouldn’t give away a game cheaply".
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Wenger will stay - and spend: Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new Arsenal contract and has proved it by planning to launch a spectacular summer spending spree, reports the Daily Mirror. The club have no doubt he intends to stay on as manager because he is already looking at how to strengthen his squad ahead of next season. Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and replacements for Bacary Sagna and Mikel Arteta are priorities, while Tom Cleverley, Antoine Griezmann and Calum Chambers are also being monitored.
Paper Round's view: A top four finish and the FA Cup - both very realistic targets - would represent a decent return for Arsenal come the end of the season, and with £70m to spend over the close season, it's easy to see why Wenger would want to stay and oversee things.
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