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It’s time Wayne Rooney cleared the air

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In case you were worried, Wayne Rooney is in fantastic shape.

David Moyes made a point of mentioning this after the Red Devils arrived in Bangkok on Thursday morning to begin their pre-season summer tour.

“The team here are telling me it is the best shape they have seen [Rooney] in for five years,” said Moyes. “And I am taking that as a positive.”

Of course it’s a positive, David.

How else would one take it? As a negative?

That would be an interesting soundbite. Can’t you just hear Moyes saying –

Yeah well, Wayne has come in fit as a fiddle and its got us all quite worried. His stamina seems to have no limit and he’s moving so fast on the pitch that no one can catch him. The biggest worry is that he’ll dominate the upcoming season and possibly upstage golden boy Robin van Perise. Fortunately, we’re working with the team dietitians on the matter and believe we’ve come up with the right concoction of burgers, fries, beer and cigarrettes that should slow him down to a more manageable pace.’

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to beat up Moyes. Love that man.

But even the biggest Manchester United supporter in the world should not be concerned about Rooney’s fitness. The striker could literally come into camp 20 pounds overweight and would still spend the better part of 90 minutes busting a gut between his own penalty box and his opponent’s 6 yard box.

Is he chubby by nature? A bit.

But as Rooney is consistently among the top of the league in distance covered under the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index (the 259.99 miles he ran in 2011-12 was the greatest distance covered by a United player), worrying about his fitness is tantamount to stressing about his hair replacement surgery.

The fact is United’s players and manager need to put the kibosh on issuing random comments on Rooney that impliedly address the 800 pound elephant in the room – whether or not he wants to stay at Old Trafford.

It’s been more than three months since Rooney reportedly asked for a transfer out of the club. It’s high time someone at United kicked the 27 year old in his pale behind and told him to make his voice heard.

Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara reversed to 3-0 loss

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - AUGUST 28:  (L-R)  Alessandro Matri of US Sassuolo competes for the ball with Cristiano Biraghi of Pescara Calcio during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Pescara Calcio at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on August 28, 2016 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.

Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.

The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.

Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.

The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.

Report: Wilshere being chased by at least 22 clubs

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Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.

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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.

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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.

Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .

Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.

The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.

US women will host Switzerland twice in October

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Alex Morgan #13 of United States celebrates her goal to tie the game with teammates Mallory Pugh #2, Crystal Dunn #16 and Carli Lloyd #10 in the second half against Sweden during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.

The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.

The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.

The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.

The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.

Report: Florentin Pogba could join brother in Premier League

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Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.

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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.

According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.

Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.