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Allardyce undecided on future of Rooney's England captaincy

Sam Allardyce during the England manager Media conference today. Credit: Press Association.

The new England manager Sam Allardyce has refused to be drawn on Wayne Rooney's future as England captain.

In his first press conference since taking up the job, the former Bolton and Blackburn boss said it was too early to reveal his choice for captain ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

"It's far too early to make any predictions," he said. "I'm going to leave that until we meet all the players and get all the coaching staff together and plan for the internationals in September. It's my first day in, I'm getting my feet under the table and meeting everyone."

Rooney in action for England. Credit: Press Association.

Manchester derby in China cancelled due to weather

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

The hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has been delayed after Monday's International Champions Cup game between Manchester United and City was cancelled.

United boss Mourinho and new City manager Guardiola, who were fierce rivals while coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, were due to face off for the first time in almost three years when the Manchester clubs met in a friendly fixture at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

But heavy rain in the Chinese capital has rendered the pitch unplayable, with United revealing on Twitter that "tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel" the encounter.

Gary Pallister backs world record bid for Paul Pogba

A former United hero has backed the club's reported world record bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba.

Gary Pallister cost United 2.3 million pounds back in 1989.

27 years on and the Reds are prepared to spend 100 million on the French international.

Could he sign in time for the Community Shield on 7th August?

Pallister has been helping to find mascots for that game at a McDonald's event in Manchester today.

After leaving United on a free in 2012, he thinks Pogba would return as a world class player.


Manchester United take off to China

Manchester United have set off on their pre season tour of China.

United take on Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday and then head to Beijing for a friendly against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Monday.

England internationals Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling are included in the 25-man travelling party, so too David De Gea and Paddy McNair after also exiting Euro 2016 at the last 16.

Travelling squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Bailly, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Valencia, Carrick, Herrera, Januzaj, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Mkhitaryan, A Pereira, Young, Keane, Rashford, Rooney.

Never mind football - Wigan boss says they need to get better wine in ahead of Mourinho and Klopp visit

It's a big sporting weekend for Wigan with football fans treated to the return of Premier League glamour.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to town for a pre-season friendly.

But before that, on Saturday, Wigan will host the small matter of Jose Mourinho's first match in charge of Manchester United.

Latics boss Gary Caldwell says he's looking forward to welcoming two of the world's best managers to the DW Stadium.

However, he admits their visit does mean he needs to get some better wine.

Watch moment former Man Utd legends embrace after Euro 2016 cup final

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This is the emotional moment two Manchester United legends embrace after last night's Euro 2016 final in Paris.

Alex Ferguson, manager of the Reds for 27 years, was beaming when he hugged former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese superstar's team beat France 1-0 thanks to Eder smashing home four minutes into the second half of extra-time.

The 74-year-old Scot also bumped into former Manchester United star Luís Nani who was at the club for eight years before leaving in 2015.

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