From the Back Pages, August 11: Manchester United AXE Hernandez, Fellaini, Nani, Anderson and Rafael but Kagawa is set to stay

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wielded the axe to five of his first-team players during face-to-face meetings on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Manuel Pellegrini claims Man City are not ready to begin the defence of their Premier League title this weekend. (The Mirror)

It was an afternoon for Arsenal as they exist in Arsène Wenger’s ideal world. A world in which rich oligarchs cannot buy success, one in which his club are at Wembley every season and where every pass from a red-shirt is tantalisingly out of the reach of their opposition. (The Independent)

JUVENTUS star Arturo Vidal has been spotted signing a Manchester United shirt, adding to the rumours that he is set to join the Red Devils before the end of the transfer window. (The Express)

Mark Robins has left his role as the Huddersfield Town manager only one game into the Championship season, the club have announced. The 44-year-old took charge at Huddersfield in February 2013, helping them avoid relegation that year and then leading them to a 17th-place finish last season. (The Guardian)

Peter Moores believes that the strength in adversity demonstrated by Alastair Cook this summer will prove to be the making of a “special” England captain. (The Times)

It may look like a nasty mugging, but Stuart Broad has been told by doctors that there is nothing on the scans to prevent him playing in the final Investec Test at the Kia Oval, after a Varun Aaron bouncer smashed his nose on Saturday. (The Telegraph)