Global Sports : Morning Paper Talk

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All the football news and gossip in Saturday’s morning newspapers
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has told Manchester United fans they must ‘stop pining for Sir Alex Ferguson’s champagne football – that era is over. It is time for supporters and pundits like me to accept that Louis van Gaal is a different breed of coach and let go of the past.’
Eden Hazard has asked Jose Mourinho to help protect him by designing a new shin pad for the front and back of his leg. The forward is the most fouled player in the Premier League, having been chopped down 74 times in 25 games.
Tim Sherwood is being backed by his former boss at Blackburn, Kenny Dalglish who maintains Sherwood is exactly what Aston Villa need to keep them in the Premier League.
Michael Carrick is set for a new 12-month deal to keep him at OId Trafford.
Nigel Adkins could be set for a return to management with Barnsley.
In a statistical look at this season’s race to finish in the top four, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton and Arsenal are the five clubs fighting for the last two Champions League spots.
Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Southampton on Super Sunday, the three players who swapped St Mary’s for Anfield last summer – Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren – still have a lot to prove according to Andy Hunter.
West Brom’s in-form striker Brown Ideye suffered a two-year ban from football in his youth – imposed by his mum.
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher insists ‘There is a lesson to learn from the storm that erupted around Wayne Rooney at Preston and it is this: we are all cheats and hypocrites. Within seconds of the Manchester United striker crashing to the floor at Deepdale to win a penalty, the uproar was predictable.’
James Milner faces a race against time to be fit for the Champions League game against Barcelona after damaging knee ligaments in training.
Phil Jagielka reckons Romelu Lukaku has been unfairly judged by his £28m price tag.
Steve Bruce admits he regrets not signing QPR hitman Charlie Austin.
Sam Allardyce admits he would like to carry on as West Ham manager. The 60-year-old could be on his way out of the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Tottenham will step up the search for a billionaire buyer after the High Court approved their £450m stadium plan.
Martin Demichelis is on the brink of signing a new Manchester City deal – as he prepares for Tuesday’s rematch with Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho has promised skipper John Terry a new one-year deal for next season.
John Carver has hit back at the critics who have questioned his credentials to lead Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce has defended his record as West Ham manager amid growing speculation he will depart this summer.
Rangers face an SPFL probe after sectarian singing marred their win at Raith Rovers on Friday night. The Ibrox club have been reported by match delegate Tom Purdie.
St Mirren have handed Bulgarian defender Viktor Genev the chance to win a deal in Paisley.

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