Gossip column: Man Utd, Mourinho, Neymar, Lampard

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Ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 37, has ruled out returning to the Premier League on a loan deal during the MLS off-season after saying he needs rest. (Evening Standard)external-link

Barcelona forward Neymar's father says Manchester United made an offer for the 23-year-old Brazil international in the summer. (Sun, via Boa Tarde Fox)external-link

Daily Mail
The Daily Mail digs out an old photo of new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who will lead his team for the first time against Tottenham

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has backed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, to become an important creative player for the national team. (Daily Mail)external-link

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's pressing game will be tough to adjust to, but the club's youngsters will buy into his philosophy, says his friend Paul Lambert. (Telegraph)external-link

And fans at Anfield will not have to wait long for a league title under their new manager, according to Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. (Mirror)external-link

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has also backed Klopp to deliver a title during his time at Anfield. (Bein Sports)external-link

Co-owner David Sullivan says West Ham are benefitting from overhauling their transfer policy. (Mirror)external-link

Swansea City boss Garry Monk insists he has no problem with Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, a year after the pair had a disagreement over winger Victor Moses. (Wales Online)external-link

Midfielder Kim Little says Scotland women will reach a major finals before the men's team do. (Herald)external-link

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby, 29, has suffered a setback in his attempts to return to competitive football for Marseille. (Daily Express)external-link

Sun back page
The Sun back page features two under-pressure managers set to meet today, Jose Mourinho and Tim Sherwood

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 21, will be a Newcastle United "hit" if he "knuckles down", says former Magpies defender Steve Howey. (Sky Sports)external-link

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's poor start to the Premier League season is the worst period in his managerial career. (Talksport)external-link

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says striker Andy Carroll, 26, can be "unplayable" and has warned opposition defenders they will be counting the bruises.(Daily Mail)external-link

Tim Sherwood says he would not have sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool for "£100m" had the 24-year-old Belgium forward not had a release clause in his Aston Villa contract.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 27, says he is happy to be labelled a "luxury player" if it means scoring goals and making assists. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Sunderland defender Billy Jones, 28, is confident new manager Sam Allardyce can spark a revival at the Stadium of Light. (Express)external-link

In-form Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26, sends most of his Premier League wages home to Nigeria but is happy, as long as he has "three meals a day". (Sun -subscription required)external-link

Best of social media

Joe Cole
League One side Coventry were pretty excited to sign a former England international from Aston Villa

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has thrown a dance party for youth players at his new club Montreal Impact. (Youtube)external-link

And finally

Famous movie director Martin Scorsese has decided against casting Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in his new film The Manipulator. (Gazzetta World)external-link

Lionel Messi has sent a signed Barcelona shirt to Argentine compatriot Ezequiel Ham, whose leg was broken in a tackle by Carlos Tevez in a league game in September. (Mirror)external-link