Louis Van Gaal has switched his phone to silent fearing a Sir Alex Ferguson rollicking after Robin Van Persie limped out of Holland’s 4-1 win over Hungary as the Duth maintained their 100pc record in Group D ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Wigan on Saturday.
Given their stuttering start to the season Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in signing Didier Drogba (34) from Shanghai Shenhua to replace RVP and give the Arsenal manager more options up front.
The Gunners also face losing Theo Walcott (23) next year as Juventus are reportedly close to tabling at £12.5m bid for the England international.
It wasn’t the best of nights for England, Wales and Scotland with none managing to win in their respective World Cup qualifiers. Roy Hodgson’s side needed a late Frank Lampard penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw against the Ukraine.
Steven Gerrard became the 14th English player in history to get his marching orders late on and England now share the lead in Group H with Montenegro who beat San Marino 6-0. The Three Lions face the group’s minnows on October 12 ahead of an away trip to Poland four days later.
It’s doubtful whether Scotland boss Craig Levein or Wales gaffer Chris Coleman will be nipping down the travel agents anytime soon for Rio 2014 as both managers are coming under increasing pressure to stay in their roles.
Scotland were held 1-1 at Hampden Park by Macedonia while Wales were tanked 6-1 away to Serbia as both lost ground in Group A to the Serbs, Belguim and Croatia.
Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw at home to Luxembourg didn’t go down well with the fans while the Republic of Ireland had a convincing 4-1 win against Oman in the friendly at Craven Cottage and are one of the best team’s in the world again – until they face Germany next month.
The Germans beat Austria 2-1 to top Group C ahead of Ireland and Sweden who overcame Kazakhstan 2-0 at home.
World champions Spain needed an 86th minute winner from Valencia’s Roberto Soldado to win away in Georgio 1-0.
The €1.5m BMW Italian Open that starts tomorrow is the last European Tour event before the Ryder Cup swings into action from Sept 28-30.
Home favourite Francesco Molinari (29) heads the betting at 9/1 and is joined by Ryder Cup colleagues Nicolas Colsaerts (29) from Belgium and Germany’s Martin Kaymer (27) at the Royal Park course.
If your selection at the Italian Open is one of the golfer(s) that finishes second to a Ryder Cup team member (Colsaerts, Kaymer or Mollinari) then Paddy Power will refund your losing single stake (T&Cs apply).
The four-day St Leger festival begins at Doncaster this afternoon ahead of Camelot’s bid to make history in the St Leger on Saturday by becoming the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Triple Crown.
The 2,000 Guineas, Epsom and Irish Derby winner will also give Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien a clean sweep of the British Classics if he is successful. There’s racing today from Carlisle (1.50), Doncaster (2.20) Uttoxeter (2.10), Kempton (5.45) and Galway (3.55).