From the Back Pages, September 30: Manchester United consider lucrative overseas friendlies to fill Champions League void

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester United are looking at playing lucrative friendlies overseas to fill the midweek void left by the absence of European football this season and their early Capital One Cup exit. (Daily Mail)

Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract to keep him at Arsenal until 2018. (The Mirror)

Joe Hart has signalled his discontent at not playing every match at Manchester City, saying it is “hard to see any positives” after Manuel Pellegrini left him out of the two most recent matches. The Chilean manager also said, on the eve of the club’s Champions League game against Roma, that a new deal for the goalkeeper is not a pressing priority. (The Guardian)

Arsenal will welcome Galatasaray to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday in unfamiliar territory having suffered defeat in their opening Champions League match for the first time under Arsene Wenger. (The Independent)

ALAN PARDEW’S Newcastle future looks uncertain after seeing his side put in a tame performance against Stoke. (The Express)

Billy McKinlay has been named as Watford’s new head coach after Oscar Garcia stepped down for the good of his health just 27 days into his tenure. The 41-year-old Spaniard was discharged from hospital last week after tests for chest pains and needs more time to recuperate. (The Times)

Mickelson is a ‘corrupting’ influence. Paul Azinger one of few to refuse to condemn US player and throws hat in ring for 2016. James Corrigan reports. (The Telegraph)