The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said the striker who sought to leave in the offseason is back to his best form, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“He’s got his energy back and his determination to attack players,” Ferguson told MUTV, according to the Telegraph. “It was all very encouraging for me. Being a director I am delighted to see that. He’s back to what we always remember him as.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho demanded immediate improvement from his players following back-to-back defeats against Everton and Basel, the Daily Mail reported.
Mourinho called his entire squad together at the club’s training center yesterday and left some players in no doubt that their places in the team are under threat, the Mail added.
The Football Association will debate the possibility of Premier League teams allying with lower-tier clubs to counter the dearth of English players at the elite level, the Guardian reported.
The so-called B team concept, which is common elsewhere in Europe, would provide a chance for 17- to 21-year-olds to play more competitive matches, the newspaper added.
West Ham United is considering sending striker Andy Carroll to the U.S. for treatment on his damaged heel after manager Sam Allardyce tracked down doctors used to dealing with similar injuries in the National Basketball Association, the Daily Express reported.
Allardyce said he may offer striker Carlton Cole a contract if the 29-year-old can get fit again after failing a medical exam earlier this month, the Daily Star reported.