From the Back Pages, August 23: Louis van Gaal tells Danny Welbeck he can leave Manchester United

From the back pages
From the back pages

Danny Welbeck has been told by Louis van Gaal he can leave Manchester United, with the decision up to the 23-year-old striker who has two years remaining on his contract. (The Guardian)

One week into the Barclays Premier League season and Louis van Gaal is already beginning to sound a little like his predecessor. ‘I’m not hired to be fired,’ said the Manchester United manager. ‘I’m hired to build up a team. It’s a process and that process needs time. (Daily Mail)

Brendan Rodgers has lined up an amazing deal to sign Samuel Eto’o - in case the Mario Balotelli deal falls through. (The Mirror)

Malky Mackay broke his silence last night to offer a full apology for sending racist and anti-Semitic text messages during his time as manager of Cardiff City. (The Times)

Crystal Palace are more likely to approach the Rangers manager, Ally McCoist, to become their new manager than the bookmakers’ favourite and his former rival, Neil Lennon, who stood down from Celtic this summer. (The Independent)

Peaty breaks world record for 50m breaststroke. 19-year-old Englishman sets staggering world record after two golds and a silver at Commonwealth Games and two golds already at Europeans. (The Telegraph)

BRITAIN’S Lewis Hamilton produced a blistering display to put rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg in the shade. (The Express)