From the Back Pages, July 23: Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hits out at new signing after performance in pre-season friendly

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has criticised his new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger, saying that the German midfielder had a “bad” game against San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night. (The Independent)

Chelsea’s fractious relationship with Everton deteriorated yesterday after Gary Cahill urged John Stones to “grab with both hands” the chance to sign for Chelsea. The England defender’s willingness to welcome a potential rival to Stamford Bridge reflects well on him as a competitor and selfless club man, but it went down badly with Everton, who have been angered by Chelsea’s conduct throughout what is threatening to turn into a protracted saga. (The Times)

Manchester United are taking a look at New York Red Bulls prospect Matt Olosunde. The 16-year-old defender from Trenton, New Jersey, can play centre-back and right-back and is training with United in the hope of impressing coaching staff. (Daily Mail)

EXCLUSIVE: England hero Fara Williams targets Euro glory after World Cup bronze. (The Express)

As the rate of attrition at the Tour de France stepped up, Geraint Thomas moved a step closer to a podium position despite losing time on Chris Froome. With Tejay van Garderen abandoning in tears due to illness and Alberto Contador dropping over two minutes after a crash on the final descent, the Welshman will start ’s Alpine stage in fourth overall. Sir Bradley Wiggins, Froome, Tom Simpson and Robert Millar are the only British cyclists to have enjoyed such a position this late in the Tour. (The Guardian)

Liverpool have completed the £32.5million signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, with the forward declaring he’s “here to win trophies.” (The Mirror)

Szczesny agrees to join Roma from Arsenal: Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks to Serie A loan move for regular football next season, after Petr Cech pushes him down pecking order at Emirates. (The Telegraph)

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