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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 31, is determined to stay at the club and break Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record. Rooney needs four goals to pass Charlton's total of 249. (Sun)external-link

Rooney must leave United if he wants to play at the 2018 World Cup, according to former England captain Alan Shearer. (Sun)external-link

United boss Jose Mourinho says living in Manchester has been a "bit of a disaster" and is starting to tire of the persistent crowds of paparazzi camped outside his hotel. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Agent Mino Raiola received commission of £24m after 23-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba's world record £89m move from Juventus to Manchester United in the summer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Uruguay striker Agustin Davila, 17, is open to a move to Liverpool after completing a two-week trial with the Anfield side.(International Business Times)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page concentrates on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United and Chelsea representatives were among 90 scouts sent to watch AIK Solna's Swedish striker Alexander Isak, 17, who has been dubbed the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Sun)external-link

Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, 21, says he turned down interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool to sign for the Bundesliga club in the summer. (SportNet via Evening Standard)external-link

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, 42, is in the frame for the Wigan job following Gary Caldwell's sacking. (ESPN)external-link

Wigan's fellow Championship side Wolves are looking at former Olympiakos manager Marco Silva as a possible replacement for Walter Zenga, who was sacked on Tuesday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier, 51, could lose his job if a proposed takeover of the Championship club goes through. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves "can't believe" midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, is out of favour with Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho. (Squawka)external-link

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 31, will decide his future at the end of the season and has not ruled out a permanent move to French side Marseille, where he is currently on loan. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he will not tone down his touchline conduct, despite appearing to antagonise Jose Mourinho in Manchester United's 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. (Daily Star)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Star back page features Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

A winter break in the Premier League is unlikely to happen until the 2024-25 season at the earliest. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, 45, is still coming to terms with the intensity and lack of recovery time in the Premier League. (Guardian)external-link

Highly rated Port Vale defender Nathan Smith, 20, has received Premier League interest that could mean he leaves in January, says the club's chairman. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Best of social media

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shared a team photo in the dressing room after scoring both goals in his side's EFL Cup win over Reading.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was pleased to be back in the side as the Reds beat Tottenham in the EFL Cup.

Simon Mignolet

And finally...

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes is playing Cupid by launching his own dating app. (Gazette)external-link

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