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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was so angry with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger at the height of their rivalry he said he would "break his face", according to a new book.(Daily Mail)external-link

Mourinho was on a two-man shortlist for the Liverpool job in 2004 and was "desperate" to move to Anfield, according to former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy. (Talksport)external-link

United's players are said to be in "good spirits" despite a recent run of three straight defeats and Mourinho's criticism of full-back Luke Shaw, 21. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

The Red Devils will face competition from AC Milan for the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24. ( - In Italian)external-link

United legend Ryan Giggs would be open to the idea of becoming the next Swansea City manager if they part company with Francesco Guidolin. (Independent)external-link

Former Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is set for a return to management with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. (Abendblatt, via Sun)external-link

Manchester City could move for 29-year-old Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci in January, as captain Vincent Kompany, 30, awaits news on his latest injury.(Daily Express)external-link

Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote - ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest person in Africa - says he would like to buy Arsenal "within three or four years". (Bloomberg)external-link

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, being linked with a return to Manchester United is good news for the Foxes.(FourFourTwo)external-link

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Friday's Daily Mail back page

Leicester's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 29, is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Manchester United after missing training because of injury. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the club should have got more money for forward Raheem Sterling than the £49m Manchester City paid for the 21-year-old.(Daily Star)external-link

Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt, 26, was pictured smoking a shisha pipe a month before he was withdrawn from his side's starting line-up over health fears. (Sun)external-link

Former Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 32, has denied claims he smoked cigarettes and asked for whisky in his coffee during a meeting with Lyon over a potential move to the French club.(Guardian)external-link

Stoke players are questioning Wilfried Bony's attitude just three weeks after the 27-year-old striker joined on loan from Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has reiterated that 26-year-old striker Oumar Niasse, who joined for £13.5m in January, has no future at the club.(Daily Express)external-link

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The Daily Star's football coverage focuses on the visit of Leicester to Manchester United

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, 26, says manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy were major influences in his decision to extend his contract at White Hart Lane. (Evening Standard)external-link

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, 32, says not even an offer from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could dissuade him from ending his career at the Nou Camp.(Cadena Cope, via Goal)external-link

Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza says Barcelona "do not look after Lionel Messi very well", after the 29-year-old was ruled out of his country's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers. (Fox Sports)external-link

West Brom will not offer former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh a contract. The Morocco international, 32, had been on trial with the Baggies. (Sky Sports)external-link

Stoke City owner Peter Coates has urged Potters fans to get behind manager Mark Hughes and his team, who are without a win in the Premier League this season, when they face West Brom on Saturday. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Aston Villa are considering whether to suspend midfielder Jack Grealish, 21, following reports he was involved in a rowdy party at hotel in Birmingham last weekend. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has urged defender Ben Gibson, 23, not to be distracted by talk of a call-up to the England squad. (Guardian) external-link

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Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen said it was "very special" to captain his side during their 5-0 EFL Cup victory over Gillingham. (Instagram)external-link

Everton manager Ronald Koeman watched his son - a goalkeeper, also called Ronald - play for Dutch side FC Oss during a cup match against Feyenoord.

Ronald Koeman tweet

Sunderland teenager Josh Maja tweeted after making his senior debut against Queens Park Rangers in the EFL Cup:

Josh Maja tweet

And finally

Barcelona right-back Douglas - on loan at Sporting Lisbon - sustained an unusual injury after falling asleep on the team bus. After four hours in an uncomfortable position, the 26-year-old had injured a muscle in his bottom. (AS)external-link

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