Manchester United morning news: No new Baines contract; City star hails Rooney

Leighton Baines

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United, including more post-derby comments and the latest on a long-term defensive target.

Two days later and the Manchester derby is still the talking point for many newspapers this morning.

The Daily Mail publishes quotes from both Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic, claiming tomorrow’s League Cup match against Liverpool is a timely chance to bounce back.

The most important thing that the new manager and the old manager said was that you have to bounce back and win the next game,” Vidic said.

It hurts. You don’t want to lose derby games in this way and trust me no one will want to remember this.”

The skipper may not start against the Reds at Old Trafford, but you can be sure that whoever does, they will be primed and ready to put Sunday’s disappointment behind them.

The one plus point for United following their defeat – Wayne Rooney – has been singled out by Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta for his fine performance in the face of such adversity.

In quotes published by ESPN, the Argentinian said, “I saw Rooney. He was one of their main players. He tried more than anyone else in the Manchester United team.”

And finally, long-term Manchester United target Leighton Baines will not be offered a new contract by Everton at this time.

The left-back is reportedly in line for a substantial pay increase. But Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has told the Mirror all contract discussions are currently on hold.

At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside,” the Spaniard said.

With Baines in outstanding form, David Moyes may be pondering an improved bid in January. But Everton have no intention of letting him go – improved contract or otherwise.

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