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LONDON---With two goals in 10
Premier League matches, Wayne
Rooney s struggles are not just a
source of glee for opposing fans.
Even the local police are ridiculing
the Manchester United striker.
"Missing Person," Manchester
police wrote on one of its Twitter
accounts over the weekend.
"Wayne Rooney last seen in the
Trafford area wearing a red shirt,
any sightings please inform col-
The misfiring Rooney is
emblematic of United s lack of goal
threat through three consecutive
drab 0--0 draws. Perhaps age is
catching up with the 30-year-old
captain, but he remains United s
highest paid player.
"I can imagine because Wayne
Rooney is a fantastic player, the
expectation is much higher than
another player in another club,"
United manager Louis van Gaal
said. "But you have to give players
time to come back in a certain
shape. That is what we are doing
and I have confidence in this play-
er."The only game when Rooney
has truly thrived this season was
against Bruges, scoring a hat-trick
in the Champions League playoffs.
It should prove far tougher today
at Old Trafford against CSKA
Moscow after Rooney had just two
efforts on target in the Russian
capital in last month s 1--1 draw.
Anthony Martial scored United s
goal that night and the team has
failed to find the net in 325 minutes
---and counting---since then.
No wonder the fans have taken
to chanting "We re Man United,
we want to attack."
"Now we have a bad period,
because it s a bad period when you
don t score---football is scoring
goals," Van Gaal said. "We have to
improve that and we are busy with
that and I hope that we shall score
against CSKA Moscow."
At Crystal Palace on Saturday,
Rooney managed only one shot on
"He gives more than only scor-
ing goals," Van Gaal said. "He is
our captain. He is also an example
for the whole team so he has more
credits than any other player."
It s tight in Group B. Wolfsburg
has a two-point lead over United
and CSKA, and PSV Eindhoven is
a point further back in fourth place.
Rooney ridiculed as Man United
endures 325-minute goal drought
LONDON---Remi Garde witnessed
the magnitude of his managerial task
at Aston Villa yesterday when Tot-
tenham handed his new team a ninth
loss in 11 Premier League matches.
Tottenham s 3--1 victory keeps Spurs
firmly in the contention for a return
to the Champions League and leaves
Villa last and seemingly headed for
the League Championship unless
Garde can transform the team in the
second third of the season.
Only after Villa cut the gap to 2--1
in the 79th minute---with Jordan
Ayew s strike beating goalkeeper Hugo
Lloris thanks to a deflection---did the
team show any of the fighting spirit
required for a relegation scrap.
Tottenham already led through first-
half goals from Mousa Dembele and
Dele Alli, and Harry Kane completed
the win in stoppage time. (AP)
Spurs crush Villa 3--1
competes for the
ball with Aston
Villa's Jack Grealish
during their English
football match at
White Hart Lane
stadium in London,
scored the opening
goal in Tottenham's
Jose Mourinho has been given a
one-match stadium ban and a
£40,000 (US$61,700) fine by the
Football Association after admit-
ting to a charge of misconduct
toward the referee during a loss
to West Ham last month.
The FA s Independent Regulatory
Commission said Mourinho s pun-
ishment will take effect immedi-
ately, meaning he will miss the trip
to Stoke in the Premier League on
Mourinho was sent to the stands
by the referee against West Ham
on October 24, and the FA said
the Portuguese coach "admitted
an FA charge of misconduct
regarding his language and/or
behaviour towards the match offi-
cials in or around the dressing
room area during halftime."
The FA withdrew a misconduct
charge against Chelsea coach Sil-
vino Louro stemming from the
same match. (AP)
Mourinho given 1-match stadium ban ROME---Eder scored his league-best
ninth goal of the season in Sampdo-
ria s 1--1 draw at Chievo Verona yes-
terday in Serie A.
The Brazilian-born Italy interna-
tional put Sampdoria ahead eight min-
utes in after splitting Chievo s defense
to easily beat goalkeeper Albano Biz-
zarri. Roberto Inglese equalised before
halftime, taking advantage of poor
defending to redirect in a cross for his
first career goal in the top flight.
Through 11 matches, Eder has one
more goal than Napoli striker Gonzalo
Higuain and three more than AC
Milan s Carlos Bacca, Napoli s Lorenzo
Insigne and Fiorentina s Nikola Kalinic.
Sampdoria is ninth, one point above
four-time defending champion Juven-
Eder moves atop Serie A chart
Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmoe FF
Astana, Atletico Madrid
Sevilla, Manchester City
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