The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United manager David Moyes ignored advice from predecessor Alex Ferguson to retain his coaching assistants when he took over at Old Trafford, the Sun reported.
Ferguson is said to have advised Moyes to keep coaches including Rene Meulensteen at the club, though the new manager chose to bring in his own support staff, the newspaper added.
United is currently 12th in the standings with seven points, its fewest after six games in a Premier League season.
West Brom Duo
West Bromwich Albion wants to make Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano’s loan permanent after he scored one goal and assisted the other in the Baggies’ 2-1 win at United two days ago, the Daily Mirror reported.
West Brom striker Saido Berahino, whom Amalfitano set up for the winning goal at Old Trafford, currently earns 850 pounds ($1,371) a week, the Mirror added.
Battle for Bender
United may compete with Arsenal in trying to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender in the January transfer window, the Daily Star reported.
Arsenal already had a bid of 18.5 million pounds rejected for the 24-year-old “box-to-box” player, the newspaper added.
Fernando Torres’s one-game ban for getting a red card at Tottenham Hotspur two days ago may be extended to four matches if the Chelsea striker is found guilty of violent conduct for gouging Jan Vertonghen’s face, the Daily Telegraph reported.
A four-match ban would rule Torres out of Premier League games against Norwich City, Cardiff City and Manchester City, and a League Cup clash with Arsenal, the newspaper added.
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