Good morning. What a time to be alive - there will be pasta and nduja today, all being well.
Speaking of European things, who will Manchester United play in the Champions League qualifying rounds should they finish fourth? The Mirror has the answer for you here as they crunch the numbers and look at the leagues around the world.
In The Sun they have a story on Thomas Muller saying he 'loves' Louis van Gaal. It's true they have a very close relationship, and it was Van Gaal who transformed Muller into the excellent player he became. He and Pep Guardiola have, according to reports, a strained relationship with one another. If he's available, you would imagine Van Gaal would tell Ed Woodward to get cracking.
Henry Winter has written about 10 years of the Glazers in The Telegraph, which you can read here. It's no worse than the coverage elsewhere in the printed media as a summary of the 10 years.
According to Jamie Jackson at The Guardian, Robin van Persie wants to stay at Manchester United, and he even wants a new contract, but after being left out of the game against Crystal Palace, despite apparently being fit, the indications are that Van Gaal is considering moving him on. This is probably complicated by the possibility Radamel Falcao being part of any David De Gea deal.
There's no point pretending either of those two strikers deserve to stay, but if you need to keep one of the two, it would make sense to keep faith with Falcao. Van Persie's injury record is worse this year than Falcao, and if Falcao means United get to keep hold of De Gea at the same time, then it's hard to see what Van Persie offers that Falcao doesn't. For Van Persie, he should go somewhere else and actually play where he won't get battered by defenders anymore.