From the back pages, August 16: Manchester United opening fixtures questioned by David Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has hinted at a conspiracy against his side after they eased to the Premier League title last season, suggesting that their difficult start to the Premier League may not be so coincidental. Moyes’ Premier League career with United gets underway at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, when they take on Capital One Cup champions Swansea, before a run of game that sees them face title rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool by September 22. (The Independent)

Arsene Wenger’s lack of summer spending looks like it’s going to come back and bite him, with Arsenal teetering on the brink of a crisis.

For the season opener against Aston Villa on Saturday the Gunners are barely going to be able to get a first XI together and will have to rely on a string of outcasts, misfits and youngsters to make up their bench. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Bale, in limbo over his proposed transfer to Real Madrid, will not play in Tottenham Hotspur’s opening three matches of the season. (The Guardian)

Steven Gerrard believes Rickie Lambert’s extraordinary rise from lower-league journeyman to England hero proves to youngsters that anything is possible in football. (The Times)

Sami Khedira’s agent has been in talks with PSG about a move prompting Manchester United and Chelsea to rekindle their interest in the player. (The Express)

Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the fifth Test against Australia at the Oval, the two Twenty20 internationals and the five one-day internationals with a stress fracture in his lower back. (The Telegraph)

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has quit tennis just 40 DAYS after her SW19 triumph. The 28-year-old made the shock announcement after losing 3-6 6-4 6-1 to Simona Halep in the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. (The Mirror)