With out a midfield basic like Roy, I’m not keen on United’s title credentials
Bryan Robson, Roy Keane . . . Anderson? Manchester United’s time is threatening to implode not because of any defensive frailty but because they lack a midfield general in the mould of the greats who have defined Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure.

Referees advised to whistle for help as scrutiny intensifies
• FA moves to assist officials following widespread criticism • Numerous referees concerned in controversial selections There was an irony that, after the week that was, the Football Association really should on Monday move to unveil its Nationwide Referee Development Programme. The scheme will offer aspiring officials at semi-skilled degree “higher accessibility to the mentor and assistance resource vital to their …

Drogba – backing team-mate Toure. Didier Drogba has launched a staunch defence of Ivory Coast staff-mate Kolo Toure, insisting his failed medicines test was “a stupid mistake” instead than deliberate cheating.