Thursday, October 28

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Koeman had to go, but Xavi might not solve Barcelona’s problems
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Koeman had to go, but Xavi might not solve Barcelona’s problems

Congratulations to #KoemanOut enthusiasts. The Dutchman was eventually put out of his misery following an abject 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. It has been a long time coming. Barca President, Joan Laporta, first considered sacking Ronald Koeman in the summer and reportedly told him he needed two weeks to find a new manager. In the end, due to a lack of credible alternatives, Laporta decided to stick with Koeman. Since then, the Catalans have lost to Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Rayo in the league and sit in ninth place. Long-term injuries to Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Aguero have hampered his team selections, while Barcelona have also had to cut down their wage bill to deal with their financial problems. Then Lionel M...
EPL: I am embarrassed – Rashford breaks silence on 5-0 defeat to Liverpool
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EPL: I am embarrassed – Rashford breaks silence on 5-0 defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has issued a delayed apology to fans following their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. The result has heaped more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with his future at Old Trafford still uncertain. Quickfire goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota had put Jurgen Klopp’s men in control, before Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick sealed a memorable game. Rashford, writing on Twitter on Wednesday night, admitted he had struggled to find the words following the loss. “I can’t lie you haven’t heard from me on here because as a United fan I didn’t really know what to say after Sunday. “I was embarrassed. I am embarrassed. Our fans are everything and you didn’t deserve that. “We’re working hard to try and fix this. We have to redeem ourselves,” h...
Serie A: Allegri criticises Dybala, others as Sassuolo beat Juventus at home
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Serie A: Allegri criticises Dybala, others as Sassuolo beat Juventus at home

Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri has criticized his players, including Paulo Dybala, following their Serie A 2-1 defeat to Sassuolo at home. Allegri said his players were not solid enough defensively against Sassuolo, adding that they lost their shape after equalizing in the 76 minutes during the encounter. According to him, his players need to be scoring more goals because a goal per game is not enough. Davide Frattesi opened the scoring for the visitors just before the break before Weston McKennie equalized in the second half to make it 1-1. However, Maxime Lopez netted a late goal to give Sassuolo all three points against Juventus in Turin. The defeat to Sassuolo means Juventus are now in the seventh position on the Serie A table with 15 points from 10 games. “...
Thomas Müller reacts to Bayern Munich’s 5-0 loss to Mönchengladbach, exempts one player
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Thomas Müller reacts to Bayern Munich’s 5-0 loss to Mönchengladbach, exempts one player

Bayern Munich star, Thomas Müller, has reacted to his side’s German Cup 5-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday. Müller also exempted goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, adding that the rest of Bayern Munich players did not perform well against Mönchengladbach. Bayern Munich suffered their biggest loss in 43 years against Mönchengladbach, following a goal from Kouadio Kone and two braces each from Ramy Bensebaini and Breel Embolo. Reacting to the development, Müller said at his post-match press conference, “We never got to the point where our Bayern engine kicked in. “We can only apologise to the fans and apologise to Gladbach. With the exception of Neuer, it was a catastrophic performance from us. “I haven’t experienced anything like that before. It’s difficult to wrap y...
Carabao Cup: Guardiola reacts as West Ham eliminates Man City
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Carabao Cup: Guardiola reacts as West Ham eliminates Man City

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that his side will come back stronger in next season’s Carabao Cup. Guardiola said this while reacting to Man City’s Carabao Cup round of 16 defeat against West Ham United on Wednesday night. West Ham defeated Man City 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after normal time. Reacting after the game, Guardiola said at his post-match press conference, “An incredible run has finished (but) we finished in a good way. “We played in a really good way, creating chances against a team who defended deep. “On penalties, they were better. Congratulations to West Ham. “Next year we will be back.”
Barcelona shortlist three managers to coach club after sacking Koeman
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Barcelona shortlist three managers to coach club after sacking Koeman

Barcelona have shortlisted three managers to coach the club after sacking Ronald Koeman. Recall that Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, sacked Koeman following Barcelona’s LaLiga 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. “FC Barcelona have relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach. “FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the Club and wishes him all the best in his professional career,” Barcelona’s statement read. The Catalan club have made a woeful start to the season under Koeman, winning just four of their opening 10 LaLiga games. The Blaugrana are also struggling in the UEFA Champions League group stage as they were beaten by Bayern Munich and Benfica before they secured a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv last week. However, according t...
Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona
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Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge. After weeks of speculation, Koeman's final game was the 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night, their fourth defeat in six games in all competitions. A brief statement was released on the club's website confirming president Joan Laporta had relieved the Dutchman of his duties as first-team coach. It added: "Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva. "FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career." Pressure had been building on the Dutchman since a 3-0 defeat at Benfica in late September, which made this season the club's worst-ever start to a Champions League cam...
He’s not fit – Bailly openly challenged Solskjaer for selecting Maguire
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He’s not fit – Bailly openly challenged Solskjaer for selecting Maguire

Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, openly questioned the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for starting Harry Maguire in the Red Devils’ Premier League 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on October 16. According to The Telegraph, Bailly subsequently challenged Solskjaer about his decision and asked the Norwegian ‘why he picked a centre-half who was not fit’. The report added that some members of Man United’s squad have accused Solskjaer of ‘favouritism’ and have questioned why both Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard have been given few chances to make an impact for the club this season. Bailly is among those in Man United’s squad who have struggled for regular playing time this season under Solskjaer. The Ivory Coast international is yet to feature in the Premier League ...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Pogba breaks silence after EPL 5-0 loss
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Pogba breaks silence after EPL 5-0 loss

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has broken his silence following his side’s Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Pogba, who was sent off in the second half of the game following a reckless challenge on Naby Keita, insisted it’s time to ‘wake up’ and ‘step up’ after Man United’s defeat to Liverpool. The France international disclosed this in a post via his Instagram page on Monday. Recall that Liverpool defeated Man United at Old Trafford, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and a goal each from Keita and Diogo Jota. Reacting to the development, Pogba said, “No time to feel sorry for ourselves. “Wake up, step up and make the next days better.” Meanwhile, Pogba was blasted by the club’s legend Paul Scholes after the defeat. Scholes suggested that...
Reason Pogba may leave Man Utd after 5-0 defeat to Liverpool revealed
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Reason Pogba may leave Man Utd after 5-0 defeat to Liverpool revealed

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, will leave Old Trafford if the Red Devils continue to lose matches. This claim was made by Chelsea hero, Frank Leboeuf. Leboeuf said this while reacting to Man United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. Pogba was sent off in the second half of the match following a reckless tackle on Naby Keita. But Leboeuf believes Pogba’s red card came as a result of his ‘frustration’ at being left on the bench. “I don’t know what’s going on there,” Leboeuf told ESPN. “Seeing that he didn’t start today for the most important game of the season for Manchester United, it made me think that it could be the end for Paul Pogba. “He must be very upset, he was frustrated, which is why he was red carded. If Manchester United ...
Lingard reveals touchline conversation with Man Utd fans after Liverpool win
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Lingard reveals touchline conversation with Man Utd fans after Liverpool win

Manchester United star, Jesse Lingard, has revealed his touchline conversation with a section of furious Red Devils fans following his side’s Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Lingard revealed that he told Man United supporters that he was not even on the pitch during the encounter after they told him to ‘work harder’. The England international was an unused substitute as Man United lost to Jurgen Klopp’s side following Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and a goal each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. The 28-year-old, along with Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot, were warming up near the tunnel entrance in the first half of the match when footage appeared to show him taking abuse from Man United fans. Speaking on the development via his Twitter account after the game, Lingard...
EL Clasico: Barcelona reacts as fans attack Koeman after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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EL Clasico: Barcelona reacts as fans attack Koeman after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

Barcelona have condemned the ‘violent’ attack on their manager, Ronald Koeman, following their LaLiga El Clasico 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday. A group of angry Barcelona fans surrounded Koeman’s car, as he drove away from the Nou Camp after their defeat to Real Madrid. Koeman’s men lost to Real Madrid at home following goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez as Sergio Aguero’s late goal was not enough. Reacting to the development, Barcelona, in a tweet via their Twitter handle, said they would implement measures to ensure “such unfortunate events do not happen again”. Barcelona tweeted, “FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou. “The Club will take security and disciplinary measures so tha...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Greenwood accused of cheating during EPL 5-0 defeat
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Greenwood accused of cheating during EPL 5-0 defeat

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes has accused forward, Mason Greenwood of ‘cheating’ during the club’s Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Scholes believes Greenwood ruined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with his poor decision making during the defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford. The former midfield maestro criticized the 20-year-old’s role in Liverpool’s opening goal as the England striker ran out of position to close down the Reds centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, which then forced Man United’s defence to change shape. Man United lost to Liverpool following Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and a goal each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. “Tactically, it was bad today, really bad,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “But on the other side of that players have g...
Koeman’s car mobbed by angry Barcelona fans after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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Koeman’s car mobbed by angry Barcelona fans after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

A group of furious Barcelona fans surrounded manager, Ronald Koeman’s car, as he drove away from the Nou Camp after their 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday. Barca came into El Clasico having won their last two fixtures against Valencia and Dinamo Kiev. However, David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez gave Madrid a two-goal lead, meaning that Sergio Aguero’s first goal for the Catalans was merely a consolation. Throughout the game, the Barca supporters passionately backed their team, singing and chanting. But things turned ugly outside the stadium, when Koeman was spotted driving out in his Audi. While some fans simply stopped for a selfie, others banged on the bonnet and shouted abuse. One could be heard yelling “Get out now,” while another added “Get to the street!” Koeman ...
Cristiano Ronaldo apportions blames for Man Utd’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool
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Cristiano Ronaldo apportions blames for Man Utd’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has blamed himself and his teammates following their Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday evening. Ronaldo also admitted that the result against Liverpool was not what Man United wanted, adding that it is now up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to deliver going forward. The Portugal captain was unable to help Man United as Liverpool thrashed the Red Devils at Old Trafford following a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah and a goal each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. Reacting, Ronaldo, in a post via his Instagram account after the game, wrote, “Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want. “And this is on us, only on us, because there’s no one else to blame. “Our fans were, once...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: After 5-0 humiliation, Solskjaer is a Gunnar
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: After 5-0 humiliation, Solskjaer is a Gunnar

Nobody saw that coming. Yes, Manchester United have been pretty bad all season. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stumbled on results that kept him in the job for much longer. Just last Wednesday, the Red Devils came from two goals down to defeat Atalanta 3-2. So Solskjaer named the same starting XI for the second game running. And when they went two goals down against Liverpool on Sunday in the first half, there was not really panic. But this is Liverpool. Yes, the same Liverpool team with a red-hot Mohamed Salah. And within 12 between either side of the two halves, he scored three times to take the tie beyond United. By the time Paul Pogba was sent off after barely 20 minutes on the pitch, the game had long been won and lost. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s men chose to have mercy...
Rio Ferdinand blasts Ronaldo, others after 5-0 loss to Liverpool
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Rio Ferdinand blasts Ronaldo, others after 5-0 loss to Liverpool

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has slammed the club’s players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, following the Red Devils’ Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday evening. Ronaldo was unable to help Man United as they went 4-0 down by halftime and were booed off the pitch by their supporters at home. Mohammed Salah scored his third goal in the second half as Paul Pogba was sent off following a tackle on Naby Keita. Ferdinand summed Man United’s shocking first-half performance against Liverpool as “men against boys.” “We are always gonna pose a threat because of the individuals we have…..but we are so easy to play through it’s unreal!”, Ferdinand wrote on Twitter. “Embarrassing 1st half… men against boys!” The result against Liverpool means Man United are n...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he will not resign following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford, as the Reds outclassed their hosts in the Premier League encounter. Diogo Jota and Naby Keita also scored for Liverpool, as they inflicted a huge defeat on Solskjaer’s men. The game saw United fans walk out of the stadium as early as the 50th minute, amid calls for the Norwegian to resign or be sacked. The 46-year-old has however made it clear he will be sticking around. “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now. “It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there. “We know we are rock bottom, we can’t ...
Mourinho reveals who is to blame for Roma’s 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt
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Mourinho reveals who is to blame for Roma’s 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has taken responsibility for his side’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. Mourinho noted there were “limitations”, as he only had 13 players of real quality. The Serie A side came into the game with a 100% record in the competition, but the former Chelsea and Manchester United coach decided to make changes to his starting XI. It was the first time ever that a Mourinho team conceded six goals in one game. “I decided to play with this line-up, so the responsibility is mine. “I did it with good intentions, to give an opportunity to those who work hard and to rotate the squad on a synthetic pitch in cold weather. I decided to rest many players. “We lost against a team that showed more quality on th...
Mourinho’s Roma suffer 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt
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Mourinho’s Roma suffer 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt

Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in his managerial career, as Roma were demolished 6-1 by minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. The Serie A came into the game looking to extend their 100% start in Group C. However, Mourinho’s much-changed side were embarrassed on the artificial surface at Aspmyra Stadion in Norway. Erik Botheim and Patrick Berg put the hosts two goals up inside 20 minutes. Carles Perez pulled one back, but Roma imploded after the break. Botheim’s second restored Bodo/Glimt’s two-goal advantage and before Ola Solbakken netted a brace, either side of Amahl Pellegrino’s strike. This is the first time a Mourinho side has conceded six times for the first time in the Portuguese’s illustrious 1,008-game mana...
Nigeria drop two places in FIFA rankings after CAR matches
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Nigeria drop two places in FIFA rankings after CAR matches

Nigeria have dropped two places in the FIFA men’s rankings for the month of October. In the rankings published on Thursday, the Super Eagles moved from 34th to 36th globally. This follows their shock 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic in the 2022 World Cup qualifier earlier in the month. Gernot Rohr’s men however avenged that loss, by beating the Wild Beasts 2-0 in Douala three days later. Nigeria remain the fifth-ranked nation in Africa. The Teranga Lions of Senegal are the number one ranked country in Africa and 20th in the world, followed by Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles, who dropped one place in the world to 27th. Morocco moved above African Champions Algeria into third place, while Nigeria are fifth. Meanwhile, Belgium remain the number one ranked nation des...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone has explained his reason for snubbing a full time handshake with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday night. Simeone refused to have a handshake with Klopp following Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool and has now claimed that “it’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser.” Atletico Madrid lost in front of their home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah scoring a decisive penalty in the 78th minute after Antoine Griezmann was shown a red card to reduce the Spaniards to 10 men. Before receiving a red card, Griezmann had cancelled out two early goals from Salah and Naby Keita in the opening 13 minutes. Simeone’s behaviour at the full-time whistle dominated discussion after t...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone has explained his reason for snubbing a full time handshake with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday night. Simeone refused to have a handshake with Klopp following Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool and has now claimed that “it’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser.” Atletico Madrid lost in front of their home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah scoring a decisive penalty in the 78th minute after Antoine Griezmann was shown a red card to reduce the Spaniards to 10 men. Before receiving a red card, Griezmann had cancelled out two early goals from Salah and Naby Keita in the opening 13 minutes.
Palmer on target as five-star City thrash Brugge
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Palmer on target as five-star City thrash Brugge

Cole Palmer grabbed his first Champions League goal as Manchester City produced a scintillating attacking display to beat Club Brugge 5-1 at the Jan Breydel Stadium. Heading into the game, there was an element of pressure hanging over Pep Guardiola's side following their 2-0 defeat at PSG last month. Club Brugge started the game one point ahead of the Premier League champions, but any pressure was quickly relieved as the visitors secured a 2-0 advantage going into the break thanks to Joao Cancelo's strike (30) and Riyad Mahrez's penalty (43). Their dominance continued after the break as Kyle Walker finished another fine City move in the 53rd minute before Palmer made an instant impact from the substitutes' bench. 3 - Cole Palmer has become only the third teenager to score in the...
Gary Neville blasts Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes for moaning at Man Utd team-mates
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Gary Neville blasts Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes for moaning at Man Utd team-mates

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for moaning and ‘flailing their arms’ at their team-mates during their 4-2 defeat to Leicester. Neville, speaking on Monday Night Football, said both players were doing “nothing” in the match. The Red Devils have now lost four of their last seven matches in all competitions, piling yet more pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Neville said: “I don’t think this is a Paul Pogba problem. The reason I say that is that on Saturday I watched Ronaldo and Fernandes up front, nothing. “I saw them flailing their arms a few times at a couple of their team-mates which I didn’t like. That needs to stop!” United welcome Atalanta next in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Harry Kane nets first PL goal of season as Spurs spoil Newcastle party
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Harry Kane nets first PL goal of season as Spurs spoil Newcastle party

Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham condemned Newcastle to a 3-2 defeat in their first game under new ownership. There was a festival atmosphere ahead of kick-off as the Newcastle fans welcomed their new owners into the directors' box. It began well on the field too as Callum Wilson nodded home inside two minutes to send the stands into raptures. However, things soon unravelled as Tottenham quickly took the lead. Tanguy Ndombele (17) curled home a wonderful equaliser, before Kane (22) opened his Premier League account for the season. His strike had initially been ruled out for offside, but a VAR review overturned the decision and the goal stood. But an incident in the stands towards the end of the first half saw play suspended for 24 minute...
Gary Neville tells Man Utd star to leave club immediately after defeat to Leiceste
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Gary Neville tells Man Utd star to leave club immediately after defeat to Leiceste

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has told midfielder, Donny van de Beek, to leave Old Trafford as soon as possible because he has not been given a chance in his 18 months at the club. Neville believes Van de Beek needs to play football elsewhere to resurrect his career. He said this following Man United’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Van de Beek joined Man United from Ajax for £35m in 2020. The 24-year-old has started just four times in the Premier League and he’s only managed two starts in all competitions so far this season. The Dutchman was an unused substitute in Man United’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend. “Why’s Donny van de Beek not being given a chance? “There’s something about that. He’s not been given a...
They don’t have identity – Richards, Shearer slam Man Utd after defeat to Leicester
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They don’t have identity – Richards, Shearer slam Man Utd after defeat to Leicester

Former Premier League stars, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer have slammed Manchester United following their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday. Leicester defeated Man United at the King Power Stadium, thanks to four goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford did score for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side against Leicester. “They don’t really have an identity,” Richards told Match of the Day. “With Man United of the past, you know they had wingers, getting strikers into the box, midfielders running into the box also. “But now, it looks like they are trying to keep everybody happy [in terms of] players. Individually, you have seen what they have got – [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba, [Bruno] Fernandes, thes...
Solskjaer names two Man Utd players missed in 4-2 defeat to Leicester City
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Solskjaer names two Man Utd players missed in 4-2 defeat to Leicester City

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed the Red Devils missed Fred and Edinson Cavani during their 4-2 Premier League defeat to Leicester City on Saturday. Fred and Cavani missed Man United’s clash against Leicester at the King Power stadium after featuring for their countries’ World Cup qualifier on Friday. Fred represented Brazil, while Cavani played for Uruguay. Brazil defeated Uruguay 4-1 in the encounter. Speaking after Leicester defeated Man United, Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference, “I have got many good players. “Fred, Edinson Cavani, you miss them. I am not making excuses for the team I put out there, they are top footballers and we have not produced.” The defeat against Leicester means Man United are now in the 5th position on ...
Gary Neville names five Man Utd players that shouldn’t be starting together
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Gary Neville names five Man Utd players that shouldn’t be starting together

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville has named Cristiano Ronaldo among five Red Devils players that should not be starting together. According to Neville, Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes should not be starting together for Man United because they lacked ‘workhorses’. The former defender said this while reacting to Man United’s Premier League 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday. Leicester defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at the King Power Stadium, thanks to goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka. “Their performances are nowhere near good enough, at the moment when they play half-decent teams, they are going to struggle,” Neville told Sky Sports. “The performances have been shoddy all ...
Leicester end Man Utd run in 4-2 thriller
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Leicester end Man Utd run in 4-2 thriller

Leicester came from behind to win 4-2 against Manchester United and end their opponents' 29-game unbeaten run away from home. Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring with a stunning strike but Youri Tielemans produced one of his own before Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester ahead late in the game. Marcus Rashford looked to have salvaged something but Jamie Vardy immediately restored the advantage before Patson Daka ensured the result in stoppage time. It was no more than Leicester deserved as Brendan Rodgers' side played the more proactive football throughout to end a run of four games without a win. The defeat leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under further scrutiny as United's own winless run extends to three games as they continue to look less than the sum of their expensive parts.
Bencharki hands Zamalek SC first-leg advantage against Tusker
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Bencharki hands Zamalek SC first-leg advantage against Tusker

The Moroccan scored the only goal of the game as the visitors dominated more in the second half than it was before the half-time break Zamalek SC managed to defeat Tusker 1-0 in a Caf Champions League first round, first leg encounter at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday. Achraf Bencharki was the scorer for the Egyptian giants, who approached the game with a defensive approach in the first half before changing tact in the second half to secure the slim win. Tusker could have punished Zamalek in the seventh minute when Daniel Sakari dispossessed an opponent in midfield, found Jackson Macharia with a slick pass, and the dreadlocked star laid the ball in Shami Mwinyi's path, but the new signing ended up shooting over the bar from close range.  
How Bruno Fernandes reportedly disobeyed Solskjaer’s order to leave penalty for Ronaldo
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How Bruno Fernandes reportedly disobeyed Solskjaer’s order to leave penalty for Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, took the penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa despite being instructed to leave it for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to The Transfer Window podcast. It was United’s first loss of the new Premier League campaign. Fernandes placed the ball on the spot with Villa a goal up and blazed his effort over the bar. Following Ronaldo’s return to United, many expected the 36-year-old to take over penalty duty from his compatriot. Solskjaer had instructed that Ronaldo take any penalty ahead of their clash with Villa, but Fernandes took it upon himself to step up. “Very interesting interaction between the Aston Villa goalkeeper, the penalty kick specialist, Emiliano Martinez, and Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. One of the things...
It was not my decision to leave Arsenal – Wenger finally opens up
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It was not my decision to leave Arsenal – Wenger finally opens up

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has hinted that he was sacked by the club in May 2018. Wenger, in his new documentary, said “it was not really” his decision to step down after 22 years in charge. The Frenchman also described his Arsenal exit as “a funeral”. During his stint with the Gunners, Wenger won three league titles and seven FA Cups, including league and cup doubles in both 1998 and 2002. Wenger also oversaw the ‘Invincibles’ season back in 2004, when Arsenal went the entire Premier League season without defeat. But the final years of his reign were marred by fan protest after some disappointing campaigns. A few days after announcing he was stepping down, Wenger hinted that the call was “not really” his decision. And it now appears he could be about to ...
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Referee accused of helping Super Eagles win
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Referee accused of helping Super Eagles win

Coach of the Central African Republic, Raoul Savoy, has blamed their 2-0 defeat to Nigeria in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on poor officiating. Having defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 in Lagos, the Wild Beasts were hoping to complete a stunning double over their highly-rated opponents. However, Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen scored late in the first half, to seal maximum points for the three-time African champions. But Savoy claims Nigeria earned their result because they were helped by Rwandan referee Louis Hakizimana. “My players did well and I’m very proud of their performance. “Nigeria played with 12 men because the referee helped them to win. “The first goal was from an offside position and my goalkeeper was fouled for the second goal. “We did not concede against Ni...
Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France
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Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France

Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has criticised referee Anthony Taylor following his side’s UEFA Nations League final defeat against France on Sunday. Busquets slammed Taylor’s decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s late winner in France’s 2-1 win against Spain. France defeated Spain following goals from Karim Benzema and Mbappe. Mikel Oyarzabal did score for Sapin at San Siro. Hernandez had slipped a pass in behind the defence for Mbappe, who slotted the ball under goalkeeper Unai Simon and wheeled away in celebration while Spain appealed for offside. Replays showed that Mbappe was clearly behind the last man and in an offside position, but Taylor deemed that Spanish defender Eric Garcia had got a meaningful touch on the ball which created a second phase of play. Reacting...
Deontay Wilder’s Injuries Revealed after defeat to Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder’s Injuries Revealed after defeat to Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott has revealed the extent of damage done to the boxer following his defeat to Tyson Fury on Sunday. The American was knocked out in the 11th round by Fury. Wilder himself had knocked down the 33-year-old twice in the fourth round. However, Fury got up and finished the trilogy fight with aplomb. Scott has now confirmed Wilder was taken to hospital with a few injuries. “I took him up into his room, he’s seen a doctor afterwards. “Everything’s cool… he busted his lip, he broke his hand, broke his finger, knuckle, something like that. But life goes on,” Scott told ESNews.
France defeat Spain in UEFA Nations League final
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France defeat Spain in UEFA Nations League final

France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 and win the UEFA Nations League on Sunday. Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for Luis Enrique’s side, moments after Theo Hernandez hit the underside of the crossbar. Les Blues responded immediately, with Kylian Mbappe finding Karim Benzema, who curled in an unstoppable effort With 10 minutes left in the game, Mbappe broke free to score the winner. “We showed our character against a very strong team. We never gave up. “It shows what great teams do — never panic, be patient and wait for the right time. “We are going to enjoy this trophy and then go get the World Cup [next year],” Benzema said. Nations League, which is just in its second edition, is UEFA’s secondary tournament for national teams.
Nigeria exact revenge on Central African Republic with 2-0 win
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Nigeria exact revenge on Central African Republic with 2-0 win

Nigeria on Sunday avenged their 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic, with a 2-0 victory. The three-time African champions were shocked at home by the Wild Beasts on Thursday, in a 2022 World Cup qualifying game. However, on Sunday, Gernot Rohr’s men made their superiority count in Douala, Cameroon. Leon Balogun volleyed the Super Eagles into the lead in the first half before Victor Osimhen doubled their advantage just before the break. Osimhen failed to add another goal, as he saw his effort blocked on the line. With this win, Nigeria remain top of Group C with nine points from four games while CAR remain on four points
Deontay Wilder reacts to trilogy fight defeat against Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder reacts to trilogy fight defeat against Tyson Fury

American boxer, Deontay Wilder, has reacted to his trilogy heavyweight fight defeat against British fighter, Tyson Fury. Wilder said he ‘wasn’t good enough’ against Fury following the brutal knockout defeat on Sunday morning, Nigerian time. The 35-year-old was knocked down in the third, 10th and 11th rounds as he failed to avenge his 2020 defeat to Fury at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA. Wilder briefly stunned Fury by twice sending him to the canvas in the fourth round, but the unbeaten Gypsy King soon regained control and dominated most of the remaining rounds to defend his WBC world heavyweight title against his opponent. “I did my best, but it was not good enough tonight,” Wilder said after the fight. “I am not sure what happened. I know that in training he did ce...
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Super Eagles land in Douala
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Super Eagles land in Douala

Players and officials of the Super Eagles, on Saturday arrived in Douala, where they will play the Central African Republic in a World Cup qualifier. The Nigerian delegation touched down with a chartered flight which flew in from Abuja, the country’s capital. They will take on the Wild Beasts three days after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the same side in Lagos. Karl Namnganda’s 90th-minute effort proved to be the winner, as CAR claimed their first victory in the series. Ahead of the game, Gernot Rohr’s men remain top of Group C with six points from three matches. CAR and Cape Verde are level in second place with four points. Liberia sit bottom of the group with three points.
Raducanu  falls to defeat in first match since US Open triumph
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Raducanu falls to defeat in first match since US Open triumph

Emma Raducanu was given a reality check as she stumbled to defeat in her first match since winning the US Open last month, falling 6-2 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of Indian Wells on Friday. It has been 27 days since the 18-year-old stunned the world to become the queen of New York in a fairytale story, but she could not reproduce that level in the Californian desert, going down to the Belarussian world No 100. Raducanu was given the headline slot in the Friday night evening session, but she could not live up to her billing as the super attacking style that served her so well at the US Open proved her downfall early on, and then she squandered a lead in the second set as Sasnovich won four games in a row to seal victory. Had it not been for that incredible wi...
UEFA Nations League: France to play Spain in final
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UEFA Nations League: France to play Spain in final

France fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Belgium 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday. Roberto Martinez’s men raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku. However, after the break, Karim Benzema pulled one back with a neat turn and finish. The world champions then turned the game around through goals from Kylian Mbappe and Theo Hernandez. There was still time for Lukaku to have a late effort ruled out for offside by VAR. They will now face Spain in Sunday’s final.
Police: Racist abuse of Alexander-Arnold & Keita came from outside UK
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Police: Racist abuse of Alexander-Arnold & Keita came from outside UK

Merseyside Police were unable to take action against the Instagram users who racially abused Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita after they were found to be based outside of the UK. Monkey emojis were sent to both players on April 6 following Liverpool's Champions League defeat at Real Madrid. The abusive comments were removed by Instagram and reported to the police. Merseyside Police told Sky Sports News they have closed their investigation because all the offending users were traced outside of the UK. A spokesman for the force said: "Following a full investigation, all the offenders were identified from their social media accounts but all were based abroad so no further action was therefore taken."
Deontay Wilder will ‘definitely’ fight Anthony Joshua even if he loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk – Wilder’s promoter, Shelly Finkel reveals
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Deontay Wilder will ‘definitely’ fight Anthony Joshua even if he loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk – Wilder’s promoter, Shelly Finkel reveals

Deontay Wilder's promoter has disclosed that the American will definitely fight Anthony Joshua even if the Briton loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua lost to Ukrainian Usyk in London last month, a defeat which cost him his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles and wrecked his chances of taking on Tyson Fury in 2022. The British boxing is currently pushing for a rematch with Usyk to claim back his belts next year but Wilder's representative Shelly Finkel, who is preparing his client to take on Fury later this week, has kept the door open for a Joshua-Wilder fight in the future. Speaking to The Sun about a potential clash between the Bronze Bomber and Joshua, Finkel said: 'We'd definitely fight him, win or lose.' However, the American boxing promoter added: 'If I was m...
Harder scores late equaliser in Wolfsburg thriller
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Harder scores late equaliser in Wolfsburg thriller

Chelsea's former Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder snatched an added-time equaliser against her old side after a catalogue of errors had threatened to derail their start to the Women's Champions League. Emma Hayes' side looked like being architects of their own downfall as three defensive mistakes handed the advantage to the visitors only to rescue a 3-3 draw in the second minute of additional time. It was far from the ideal opening to the Champions League group stage the Londoners wanted after their 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the final in May, but their problems were all of their own making. Having taken an early lead through Sam Kerr, some indecision in defence gifted goals to Wolfsburg strikers Tabea Wassmuth and Jill Roord and then, to compound matters, another err...
Troops repel attack on repentant terrorist camp – Army
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Troops repel attack on repentant terrorist camp – Army

An attack by members of the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) on a camp housing repentant members of Boko Haram, has been repelled by troops of Operation Hadin Kai. Spokesperson of the Army, Onyema Nwachukwu said the terrorists made attempt to access the camp in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State but were resisted by superior gun power. Nwachukwu said this "antic of terror within terror" is being employed by ISWAP to discourage their members from surrendering. He added that the latest strategy is not unconnected with the frustration of the group, as top ranking commanders and members have in recent times, denounced violent agaitation to embrace peace. The statement read;   OPERATION HADIN KAI: TROOPS FOIL ISWAP DESPERATE MOVE TO ATTACK SURRENDERED BHT MEMBERS...
Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker
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Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker

The England international has struggled to find his domestic form after reintegrating into the team following a tumultuous summer Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane's return to form "will come" with the striker not finding the net in six Premier League matches, his frustrating streak continuing in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday. Kane pushed for a move to Manchester City over the summer, and while he has accepted his status as a Spurs player after no deal materialised he has so far failed to give his side the trademark finishing expected of him. The Villa result broke the squad's own dry spell, ending a run of three straight league defeats.  
Awoniyi sinks former club Mainz with brace in Union Berlin win
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Awoniyi sinks former club Mainz with brace in Union Berlin win

The Nigerian striker scored two second-half goals as the Iron Ones secured a comeback victory over Bo Svensson's 05ers Taiwo Awoniyi scored a second-half brace as Union Berlin silenced his former club Mainz FC in a German elite division encounter on Sunday. Still baking in the euphoria of their 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa in Thursday’s Uefa Europa Conference League fixtures, the Iron Ones travelled to the MEWA Arena. There, they were hoping to extend their winning streak in all competitions, while the hosts aspired to return to winning ways following a 1-0 away defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.  
Emmanuel Dennis & Sarr need to be more aggressive – Watford’s Munoz after Leeds United defeat
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Emmanuel Dennis & Sarr need to be more aggressive – Watford’s Munoz after Leeds United defeat

The Hornets manager feels his strikers were a letdown as they suffered their fourth defeat of the season, at Elland Road Watford manager Xisco Munoz has called on his attacking line to be more aggressive after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Leeds United on Saturday. The Hornets travelled to Elland Road after their 1-1 draw against Newcastle United but they could not return home with a point as Diego Llorente scored in the 18th minute to earn the home team maximum points. During the game, Munoz started Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr of Senegal as striking partners but they struggled during the match to maintain a strong presence in the attacking phase of the pitch.  

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