Football News: Aston Villa’s injury blow, Meireles and Modric targeted, Schmeichel gives his backing to De Gea

Roberto Mancini hailed the perfect opening to the Premier League season as City ran riot in the second half at the Etihad Stadium. New signing Sergio Aguero capped a super debut with two goals and assist, showing City fans there could be more than a future should Carlos Tevez choose to move on.

Elsewhere in the papers there have been a mixed bag of stories that include; Walcott critical of Capello’s preparation; Joey Barton in the clear, while Obi-Mikel pleads for his kidnapped father’s return.


Mancini hails ‘perfect night’ as Agüero shines on debut – Guardian

Walcott critical of Capello’s preparation – Guardian

Wenger defiant as heat rises on Arsenal – Guardian

Chelsea’s Mikel appeals over father’s kidnapping – Guardian

Don’t worry! De Gea will shine, claims former United legend Schmeichel – Daily Mail

Enrique says Carroll will terrorise defences after winning fitness battle – Daily Mail

Meireles is Chelsea’s latest target as Blues weigh up new Modric bid – Daily Mail

Spurs’ next signing must be a striker – Mirror

Barton in the clear over row – Sun

Shay’s Given Villa an injury scare – Sun

Anelka wants to quit Chelsea – Mirror

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