Month: April 2019

  • Rio Ferdinand attempts to recreate Wayne Rooney’s sumptuous chip against Portsmouth

    has scored some stunning goals in his career, but perhaps none more inventive than his FA Cup strike against Portsmouth in 2007. were toiling to a 0-0 draw in the fourth round of the competition 10 years ago when a 21-year-old Rooney came off the bench to win the tie for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. His first was a tap-in from a Ryan Giggs cross, but his second was rather more spectacular as he collected the ball outside the area before proceeding to chip David James in the Pompey goal. The precise effort clipped the underside of the bar before nestling in the back of the net. Now, 10 years on, we've been treated by BT Sport to Rio Ferdinand's attempt to recreate his former teammate's iconic strike. Ferdinand was a Rolls Royce defender in his pomp and he also had an eye for a goaz.The Brazilian, signed from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, made his first start for the club in Saturday's win over Burnley.Sokratis said: "When [David] came we spoke a lot that we will have moments when we struggle, but we have to struggle all tl so it's no surprise that the 38-year-old successfully recreated Rooney's goal at just the second attempt. "He's done it he's found a "family feeling" at the club.The former Arsenal star, who joined the Old Lady on a free transfer this summer, says he has been wcontent_imgelcomed into the Turin-based side by Cristiano Ronaldo."He was just like everybody else, really welcoming," in two!" Ferdinand said upon completing the feat. "Good night. See ya later boys!" Will Manchester United retain the FA Cup this season?2000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Mamadou Sakho gatecrashes interview with Liverpool teammate Kevin Stewart

    has been banished to the youth team, but the defender still has a smile on his face. The France international is out of favour at Anfield following a fall out with manager Jurgen Klopp. However, Sakho has beendured a difficult past season at Barca, where he has been barracked by his home fans at the Nou Camp.Cadena SER says Coutinho has had enough and wants to leave.The midfielder has told his minders he has been left saddened by his situation and wishes allowed to feature for the under-23s to keep himself fit and found the net in Sunday's Premier League 2 victory over Reading. But it was Kevin Stewart who was selected for a post-match interview by The interviewer, Lewis, grabs Liverpool starlet Stewart for a quick word after the 2-0 win at Prenton Park. However, Sakho jumps in to steal his thunder. The centre-back said: "It was a very good game. We played very strong." Stewart said: "I thought this was my interview!"content_img Sakho continues to be overlooked by Klopp but gave his manager some food for thought with another solid display for Liverpool's second-string. He gave them the le can push for the England squad.Grealish produced his best performance of the season on Saturday as Aston Villa beat Brighton 2-1, scoring his first home Premier League goal.“No player was more influential for his team over the weekend than Aston Vad against the Royals before Ben Woodburn netted the second with six minutes to go as the Reds controlled the fixture from the start Is Mamadou Sakho ever going to play for Liverpool's first-team again?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • AFC Wimbledon chief blasts fans for ‘damaging’ club’s reputation with banner labelling Karl Robinson a ‘lying c***’

    Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson has admitted club’s fans have “damaged’ their reputation after shameful scenes marred their clash with Football Association chiefs have asked both and Charlton for their observations after Mirror Sport reported Addicks boss Karl Robinson had been confronted at the end of the game. Incredibly, a member of Wimbledon’s ground staff made an obscehey fail to defeat Arsenal.Willian says Chelsea must not be distracted by the controversy of the game being played in far-away Azerbaijan.He said: “It doesn't matter where we play. It doesn't matter whether the season has finished or not. We have tne and insulting remark towards Robinson’s family. Wimbledon fans also held up a banner for the majority of the gamefeat to Inter Milan.The Monza owner has questioned the hiring of Marco Giampaolo."We didn't advise anyone, Milan chose him and he had seemed to everyone to be a good Coach. I've never met him, so I cannot pass judgment.“Suso is a great champion, be callcontent_imging Robinson a “lying c**” because he used to be in charge of their bitter rivals MK Dons. Samuelson issued a statement on Monday condemning the banner. “The people who did this have damaged our hard-won reputation among our own fans as well as football fans everywhere," he said. "We will do our utmost to prevent a repetition.”
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  • Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hails two unlikely players behind the team’s rise to the top

    Louis van Gaal has hailed Chris Smalling and Ashley Young as 's unlikely heroes in their rise to the top of the table. Young was left out of Roy Hodgson's latest England squad, despite impressing for United last season and at the start of this campaign. But van Gaal had some words of consolation for Young, 30, who came on and impressed in an unfamiliar right-back role in . “Ashley Young is very important,” said van Gaal. “He is a team player and not many players are actually team players. “He is always thinking of the team, ancontent_imgd he can play in a lot of positions. For a manager it is fantastic that he is willing to do that. “He came in as a right-back, he hadn't played there so much I believe, but the second goal started with him.” On Smalling, van Gaatletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has invited Manchester City to bid for Rodrigo.City regard the Spain international as a primary target this summer as they seek to find a potential successor to Ilkay Gundogan and offer competition to Fernandinl said: “I think that the player, when he does things, he does it always by himself. “I help him with advice, also with training sessions, demands, showing images to improve him, but he has to be open and he has to perform on the pitch. “So he does everything himself. It is the greatest compliment you can give to Chris, and not me. “As a player you need vacancies in positions, and when it is your positon, you have more luck. That is always the same in football clubs.” To ensure his players are fully recharged for Sunday's title showdown at Arsenal, van Gaal has given his players Friday off to recover. “The solution is recovery,” said van Gaal. “That is why it is so difficult to prepare for the match against . “As linked with the Arsenal and Everton jobs following the departures of Unai Emery and Marco Silva.The Spaniard was sacked by Valencia at the start of the season and is now believed to be eyeing his next post.And it's claimed Marcelino landed in London a manager you want to pepare on the pitch, but you cannot do it [now] because you need freshness of the players. “The other solution is to change your squad, so we have to see the evaluation from the fatigue specialist, but I cannot tell that yet. “The players have a day off on Friday, so we will have to wait and see on Saturday, then I can make decisions.” What's your prediction for Sunday?12000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • France boss Didier Deschamps admits Paul Pogba may NEVER win Ballon d’Or – ‘it is for forwards or No.10s’

    France boss Didier Deschamps has admitted may never win the Ballon d'Or. The Manchester United midfielder has been shortlisted for the 2016 award but is not expected to be among the front runners for the prize. with the Real Madrid superstar and Lionel Messi havinays Liverpool are a certainty to win this season's Premier League title.The Reds' lead at the top was reduced to six points after Sunday's draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.But former Manchester City manager Pearce is adamant Liverpool willg won the award every year since 2007. Fabio Cannavaro is the only defensive player to win the prize, when he guided Italy to the World Cup in 2006. And believes Pogba's position makes him an unlikely candidate. "The Ballove to Barcelona.Currently impressing in the Copa America, the Millonarios shot-stopper is being watched by Barca as they consider the youngster as a replacement for the wantaway Jasper Cillessen."Of course I would like (to go to Barca), for all playen d'Or is for forwards or No. 10s, apart from rare exceptions in certain competitions. They're playecontent_imgrs who score goals," he told RMC. "Paul has scored some, he's going to score some, but he won't score three goals per match. That's not his game." Pogba is yet to really convince at having returned for a world-record £89m in the summer. And Deschamps believes he has to offer more to the team, rather than attempt to silence his critics individually. "All expectations are focused on him, and it will always be like that," he added. "He's someone who is always catching the eye with a move. He can do things others can't, but he has to also be in the reality of what is good for the team. "Even when he does things well, it's never good enough. So, you can understand why that pushes him to do things that are out of the ordinary but which are not necessarily useful. "There is also the character Paul Pogba, with his media side, the social media, his transfer. He has no part in that. He didn't set the price. Now, honestly, he's not under pressure." Will Paul Pogba prove to be worth £89million?4000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Revealed: Pep Guardiola will oversee radical shake-up at Man City with up to six players facing the axe

    Pep Guardiola will oversee a radical shake-up at this summer in the wake of their Champions League semi-final exit to City’s limp offering in the Bernabeu showed just why the squad needs an overhaul, despite the Blues having advanced further than ever since breaking into the Champions League. Up to six players could be offloaded by City this summer, with the same number coming in, as the Blues seek to build on their progress in Europe this season and usher in a new era of success under Guardiola. There will be some big-name casualties at City, with Yaya Toure leading the exodus, looking to inject more youth and nd is set to join the Premier League leaders on 1 January.The Japan international, 24, is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m.Minamino has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for Salzburg this season.He played in both dynamiscontent_imgm into a squad that looks to have run its course. Toure’s insipid display confirmed he is no longer of value to City and will be on his way this summer, along with a host of others who will be jettisoned as part of Guardiola’s rebuild. The spine of the team for the past few years is no longer as formidable, with the exception of goalkeeper Joe Hart and star striker Sergio Aguero, although the latter was peripheral in Madrid, as he has been for much of the Champions League campaign. Skipper Vincent Kompany’s latest injury setback provided conclusive proof – if any were needed – that he can no longer be relied upon to lead the defence, with City ready to step up their efforts to land Everton’s John Stones this summer. David Silva was absent at the Bernabeu, the victim of a hamstring strain, but he too has struggled to find his best form of late, his ongoing ankle issues undermining his creative guile. Against that backdrop, City will need to strengthen significantly this summer if Guardiola is to have the personnel capable of giving the club a legitimate chance of Champions League success, the next great challenge for them after two Premier League title triumphs. There is already rich talent and potential in City’s squad with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and teenage striker Kelechi Iheanacho, but beyond that there is a dearth of the quality required to succeed at Europe’s exalted level. Gael Clichy, City’s first-choice left-back, was at fault for Real’s decisive goal in the Bernabeu, allowing Gareth Bale in behind him, with City hoping to land West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell as his replacement. In midfield, City are already closing in on a deal for Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Ilkay Gundogan, while it remains to be seen if they can prise £75million target Paul Pogba from Juventus. City’s attack needs bolstering to ease the burden on Aguero, with Iheanacho having emerged as the second-choice striker ahead of Wilfried Bony, another who is likely to be offloaded this summer. Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened team in last Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Southampton, to entcham.Foot Mercato says the 23-year-old midfielder is in advanced negotiations with West Ham about a late winter market move.Ntcham is tied to Celtic until 2022 and has impressed this season, scoring five goals and delivering four assists in 31 gamessure his players were fresh for the Madrid tie, has put City’s top-four place in jeopardy. City need to beat Arsenal at home on Sunday to maintain their advantage over fifth-placed local rivals Manchester United, who could close to within a point with victory at Norwich tomorrow. United also have a game in hand and Hart admitted only victories in their remaining two games under Pellegrini will do if they are to ensure they are back in the Champions League next season.
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  • Conor McGregor flouts Aintree dress code as he flashes tattooed torso with unbuttoned shirt at Grand National 2017

    UFC champion appeared to flout Aintree's dress code on Saturday as he strolled into the racing ground with his shirt completely unbuttoned. The MMA fighter flashed his tattooed torsocontent_img to spectators and press after climbing oand PSV Eindhoven have agreed terms over a fee for Steven Bergwijn.The Holland attacker missed PSV's 1-1 draw with FC Twente yesterday as negotiations continued between the two clubs.However, AD says a fee has now been agreed, with just the method ofut of a £200,000 white Rolls Royce. While there is no official dress code, stresses that "smart is preferable and is often adopted". McGregor touched down in Liverpool on a private jet at around midday Saturday before making quite the entrance at Aintree only hours later. The Notorious landed at John Lennon Airport shortly after midday and headed off to watch the One fan could be heard shouting, 'Here comes the king' as McGregor stepped out onto the tarmac, reports the The Irishman appeared to be joined by his entourage, who left the airport in another two white Rolls Royces. The current UFC Lightweight champion is expected to spend of freezing during Tottenham's sensational Champions League comeback last night.Ajax blew a 3-0 aggregate lead to lose the semifinal 3-3 on the away goals rule."I think, it hurts me a little bit to say this, I want to give 99 per cent credit to ten a day at the races before partying it up at on Temple Street. The cagefighter hasn't been in action since November - when he beat Eddie Alvarez in the second round via technical knockout. Tiger Rolls wins historic Grand National McGregor does not have any fights currently booked in, either. However, talk has intensified surrounding a superfight between him and retired boxer Floyd Mayweather. Who will win when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight?12000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Barcelona turn down money-spinning pre-season tour by players’ request

    will not embark on a money-spinning pre-season tour this summer in a biMino Raiola about a short-term deal for Zlatan Ibrahimović.The 38-year-old former Manchester United striker has been playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS since 2018 but his contract is set to expire in December, and his side recently lost the playoffs 5d to better condition their players for the upcoming campaign. The players reportedly communicated their desire to avoid long-haul travel and promotional events this off-season in favour of staying in Europe to achieve peak fitness after a summer when most players will appear in either Euro 2016 or the Copa America. And the Barcelona board listened to the players, according to SPORT , rejecting big-money offers from Asia and the USA. Barca have been invited to a number of short-haul friendlies, including the openings of West Ham and CSKA Moscow's stadiums. Archrivals are expected to once again thappy with their friendly in Kenya against Kariobangi Sharks.Marco Silva's side lost 4-3 on penalties to the Kenyan minnows. Following the game veteran full-back Baines spoke of the experience he content_imgand Everton's squad enjoyed while in Africa."It was goravel the globe enhancing their brand. Midfielder Luka Modric recently blasted Rafa Benitez's pre-season, claiming the team "did more flying than training" but these complaints are likely to fall on deaf ears in the Spanish capital.
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  • Liverpool have a laugh as Jurgen Klopp leads EFL Cup preparations… but two key forwards are absent

    are back in training ahead of their EFL Cup clash with Derby on Tuesday night. And Reds outcast Mamadou Sakho certainly appears to be over his rift with boss . Despite not featuring for the Merseyside club this season Sakho was pictured with a beaming smile during training. However a couple of notable absentees came in the form of and Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian Firmino missed with a groin strain, while Sturridge was taken off before the hour mark. The England striker headed straight down the tunnel after being hooked, but Kcontent_imglopp revealed the change was tactical as opposed to because of an injury. However Sturridge is on a tailored training regime, possibly explaining his absence. The rest of the squad also appeared to still be on a high from their 2-1 win over Chelsea on Friday night. In pictures - Liverpool train ahead of their EFL Cup worried about his players' mentality after their 2-0 defeat at Brighton.Victory puts Brighton in the top 10 but leaves Norwich still struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League under manager Daniel Farke.The German said: "You have to have a me clash with Derby: Liverpool's top four hopes - and maybeEric Abidal is fighting for his job at Barcelona today.The sports director is set to meet with president Josep Maria Bartomeu amid claims he is facing the sack. Abidal was expected to review the January market with Bartomeu, with initial suggestions even title ambitions - received a huge boost with the victory The home side barely had a sniff of goal as Klopp's men took all three points, lifting them into the top six.
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  • England starlet Marcus Rashford following in Wayne Rooney’s footsteps in more ways than one as Euros beckon

    It may be a good omen for that the only other teenage striker to make his England debut against Australia was none other than Wayne Rooney. Rooney also happened to make his first start at the Stadium of Light, in a 2-0 European Championship qualifying victory over Turkey in 2003. On Friday night, the sensation will emulate both those feats, becoming the tenth-youngest player to appear for England, against the Aussies at Sunderland. Roy Hodgson has made it clear Rashford has every chance of booking a place in his final 23-man squad for – either as a replacement for or even as one of five specialist strikers. At 18 years and 209 days, Rashford is more than a year older than Rooney was when he made his bow as a half-time sub in the 3-1 defeat by the Aussies at Upton Park 13 years ago – but his rise has been even more meteoric than that of his current United and England captain. It has been just three months since Rashford broke into United’s first team, scoring twice on debut in a Europa League clash . And while Hodgson admits he had been keen to keep a lid on the hwas delighted with Eric Bailly's performance for victory at Chelsea.Bailly, 25, made his first United appearance since the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on April 30, having sustained a knee ligament injury in July that sidelined the defender for five months.ype surrounding Rashford, he is now talking up a ‘special’ talent and urged him to emulate Rooney’s teenage heroics with the world watching. It remains to be seen whether he will end up making the same impact as Rooney – or more like that of one-cap wonder Francis Jeffers, who also made his debut against the Aussies in 2003, then soon faded from top-flight football. Hodgson said: “It is a big game for Marcus because myself, my coaching staff, the rest of the players and the whole of the football world is going to be looking and saying ‘Right, we all think this lad has something special. Can he now show it to us once again?’ “When he first played for United and people said ‘A genius is born and Hodgson must take him to France’, I wanted to play it down, but he has kept it up for two or three months — especially towards the end of the season when it became tough. “We knew he was in our England system and played down the age groups, but he was a surprise when he appeared on the United team-sheet and it is a surprise how well he did. "He has interesting qualities and I hope I see what I have seen playing for United. In the Cup Final, as an example. “He plays with confidence, with pace and directness which I appreciate, as well as his ability to get behind defences. I’m really excited to see how that pans out on the international stage.” Hodgson is adamant that if Rashford does make his cut for the Euros – with the club on Wednesday.De Gea has refused to sign an extension with Manchester United and will become a fcontent_imgree agent in 2020.The Manchester Evening News says the Parisians have contacted De Gea over a possible move.In what is discouraging news for Unit the deadline looming on Tuesday – he will not simply be going to gain future experience, as England’s youngest-ever debutant Theo Walcott did at the 2006 World Cup. The England boss said: “I’d resist that comparison, the claim that the only reason you’d take him was to give him experience. That would be very harsh on somebody deserving a place. “Taking five strikers is possible. Everything is in my mind as far as the 23 is concerned.” Jordan Henderson, likely to captain England tonight, said: “I watched Wayne when I was a youngster, saw how good he was and Marcus could go that way.” PROBABLE TEAMS Forster; Clyne, Smalling, Stones, Bertrand; Wilshere; Henderson, Drinkwater; Lallana; Rashford, Sterling. Ryan, Behich, Smith, Degenek, Wright, Luongo, Jedinak, McKay, Rogic, Kruse, Maclaren. Should Marcus Rashford go to Euro 2016?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Southampton star Nathan Redmond reveals humiliating picture used by Saints players’ WhatsApp group

    Footballers are not a particularly forgiving bunch. With 'banter' the preferred social currency of every dressing room in the land, how do you think a group of players would react if their team's assistant manager accidentally sent them all a picture that was meant he former Bolton, Newcastle and England manager cited United's side in 1974 that, against all expectations, went down to the second tier. With Solskjaer overseeing the club's worst start in 30 years, Allardyce has used the side from 45 years ago as afor his wife? Would they quietly and discreetly alert the staff member and forget about his unfortunate mistake? Or would they absolutely destroy him for it? Unfortunately for Eric Black - Claude Puel's No2 at Southampton - he has recently found out the answer to that question. With the fast approaching, Scontent_imgaints star Nathan Redmond has been talking to about the spirit in the Southampton squad. In the interview, Redmond revealed that there is a group WhatsApp chat at the club, saying, “When the banter’s flying, it’s flying!” The next part of the chat revealed just what he meant. Explaining that the image on the chat is one of Black, their assistant manager, Redmond says: “He was meant to send a pic to his wife, but sent it to the group by accident. It’s him blowing a kiss in the mirror with a love heart in lipstick on the mirrm says the support of manager Frank Lampard has led to his sudden goalscoring form.Abraham has had a run of seven goals in three games.“Before the Norwich game [on August 24], the gaffer had a good chat with me," he said. “Up to that point, it haor!” Oh dear, Eric. The lesson here? Always be very, very careful that messages intended for your wife don't end up in the hands of banter-loving footballers…
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  • Who is Nelson Semedo? Barcelona new boy who could have forced Neymar out of the Nou Camp

    Neymar has stormed out of training following a training ground scrap with new signing . It could be the final nail in the coffin for career at the Nou Camp, as a £197million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain edges closer. Neymar walked out of the session during the pre-season tour of America Semedo's actions could move Neymar closer to a summer move away as tensions remain high. Portuguese defender Semedo joined Barcelona from Benfica earlier this summer in a deal worth around £25million. He had been on Jose Mourinho's transfer wishlist but Manchester United instead settled for hcontent_imgis former team-mate, Victor Lindelof. Born in Lisbon on November 16 1993, the 23-year-old joined Portugese third tier side Sintrence at the age of 15. Two years later, Semedo made his first team debut. The defender went on to play 27 games that season, scoring five goals. Impressed by what they had seen, giants Benfica snapped up the youngster - for free - on a five-year deal. Semedo was immediately loaned back out to Portugal's third tier to Fatima. The right-back played 31 times for the club and helped guide them to eighth in the league. The starlet then had to be patient, spending two seasons - playing just shy of 60 games - for Benfica's reserve team. Eventually Semedo's patience was rewarded. Impressed by his displays, Benfica chiefs saw the youngster as a replacement for Maxi Pereira and when the Uruguayan left in 2015. Semedo was handed a contract extension till 2021 and made a place int he first-team squad his own. Semedo played 18 times in all competitions in the League win over Barcelona.Fabinho was superb for the 4-0 win as the Reds reached the final 4-3 on aggregate.He told RMC: "We played for our life on the ground. When we were tired, we could still find strength to recover, to win the ball. The whole t 2015-16 season, starting the season as first-choice but after losing two months to injury, struggled to get back in. But the defender bounced back and was first choice throughout the 2016-17 campaign, making 46 appearances in all competitions as Benfica ran out league winners. Along with Champions League game time, Semedo is now part of the Portugal set up and earning valuable national team experience. On the pitch, some have said he could be the next Dani Alves, so it's easy to see why Barcelona signed him up. The Portuguese loves to attack the wing, get behind defenders and latch on to through balls. He's incrediblg hopes for a fresh chance for Manchester United this week.The 19-year-old got a taste of the big time when he came on as an 80th-minute substitute in Manchester United 's stunning away win over Paris Saint-Germain in March.And while this week's Euroy quick and his skillful feet allowing him to beat a man. But he's not all attack, Semedo can put in a big tackle when required. Will Neymar join PSG?44000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • YouTube football team Hashtag United unveil new 2017 Umbro kits ahead of US tour

    Hashtag United have unveiled their latest kits with sportswear giants The YouTube football club are an innovative amateur side and have attracted media attention from all over the world. Rather than playing in a conventional league, theycontent_img regularly face off agae contact with manager Jurgen Klopp after their famous Champions League triumph over Barcelona.Klopp received a special phone call from Liverpool owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner following his side's incredible victory.Linda Pizzuti shared inst celebrity teams and staff members of Premier League clubs. Hashtag United and the first kits have been released. The kits will be worn for the first time when they tour the United States later this month. The home kit is a striking blue and yellow number with the reverse purple and black. A special font has been developed by Umbro for the club, with the strips carrying their 'Don't Forget to # It' motto. Captain Spencer Owen said: "I'm absolutely loving the new kits. Umbro have done a fantastic job in bringing our ideas to life. "Having unique football kits for your team is a dream come true and I just can't wait to get out there on the pitch and wear these for the first time on our American tour." Hashtag United will face a number of teams in Atlanta and New York during the tour. The club's professional eSports players, who represnho with Tottenham tomorrow night.Solskjaer needs to win his next three games – against Spurs, Manchester City and Everton – to have a better record than his predecessor when he was sacked last December."I've had now 50 games since then and the cent them in FIFA tournaments across the world, will also wear the kits at upcoming events. The shirts can be bought for £45 for adults or £36 for children.
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  • Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham player ratings: Who was YOUR man of the match?

    Chelsea by coming behind against Tottenhamcontent_img to win a and return to the top of the table. The Blues were slow to start, with seemingly having found a way to negate Antonio Conte's hugely successful 3-4-3 formation. And the visitors took a 12th minute lead through Christian Eriksen that emphasised just how well they had started at Stamford Bridge. But Spurs tend to struggle away against Chelsea and so it was today - as goals from Pedro and Victor Moses either side of half-time gave the Blues a much-needed three points in the hunt for the title. Read on to see how John Cross stackw their hopes of Premier League survival depend on a successful summer market.The club's sporting director, Stuart Webber has already overseen the signing of Patrick Roberts. He has also ensured new contracts have been given to Tim Krul and Marco Stied them up tonight at Stamford Bridge: In pics: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Chelsea Had no chance on Eriksen opener, smart save from another Eriksen effort. Good solid display, aggressive, he’s made for his role in back three. Booked. Shown the yellow card for brutal foul from behind on Kane. Came under heavy first half pressure, looked more composed later on. Was starved of service in the first half, got better and forced second goal. Was bullied by Dembele at times, got better as the game wore on. Got better as the game wore on - rather like most of Chelsea’s players. Incredible miss as he blasted over from close range when unmarked. Hit an incredible equaliser. Always bright and helped turn the game. Very quiet first half, got much better as the game wore on and opened up. No service in the first half, got better and drove Chelsea forward. Willian, for Hazard, 77 mins Ivanovic, for Moses, 80 mins Oscar, for Pedro Tottenham Largely comfortable but unnerved his defenders with some poor distribuis 'X-factor'.21-year-old James was signed from Swansea City in the summer and has so far scored three goals in five Premier League games.Red Devils boss Solskjaer said: "I'm delighted with Daniel. That we managed to get him to Manchester is fantastition. Plenty of energy and work rate, drove forward with a committed display. Gave Pedro far too much space to turn and score Chelsea’s leveller. Big mistake. Couldn’t stop Moses’ effort and really misses injured partner Alderweireld. Played at left back because of Rose’s absence, caught out badly on second goal. Strong, powerful and stable in midfield. Does the simple things very well. Looked an absolute monster in midfield in the first half, went quiet after the break. Subbed early. Plenty of running but didn’t affect the game nearly enough. Scored his first Premier League goal of the season with an absolute cracker. Restored to a more central role, enjoyed the extra freedom to get forward. Good opening half an hour but then faded very badly. Disappointing. Winks, for Son, 65 mins, 7 N’Koudou, for Alli, 73 mins, 6 Janssen, for Dembele, 83 mins Who was YOUR man of the match?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Arsene Wenger could miss Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea with FA set to take tough stance over push on 4th official

    could be hit with a lengthy stadium ban - and miss Arsenal’s title showdown with Chelsea. Football Association chiefs are determined to take a tough stand against Wenger because he pushed fourth official Anthony Taylor and they want to send a clear message. Arsenal boss Wenger is likely to get a big punishment because he “made physical contact” with an official and they can impose a full staJuventus are closing on a deal for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.With PSG discarded and Barcelona refusing to meet his personal demands, De Ligt is now discussing terms with Juve.Sky Italia says De Ligt has agreed the outline to a contract with Juve.And the Bianconeri have offered €55m up front with a further €10m in bonuses. However, it falls short of Ajax's valuation of €75m.Juve are expected to return with an improved offer in the coming days.dium ban rather than a touchline suspension. It could be three games or more which would rule Wenger out of Saturday’s content_imgFA Cup tie at Southampton, the home clash with Watford and then the crunch trip to leaders Chelsea on February 4. The FA’s misconduct charge comes after effectively two offences during Arsenal’s dramatic win over Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday. Wenger was sent to the stands after swearing and launching a tirade at referee Jon Moss, then stayed in the tunnel area for the end of the game before pushing Taylor. Arsenal have specifically denied claims that Wenger used the word “cheat” towards Moss who awarded two injury time penalties and sent off Granit Xhaka. But Wenger is understood to have launched an attack on Moss, questioned his ability and he was furious at some of the decisions even though he admitted the red card was deserved. Mirror Sport understands Wenger is furious with Xhaka as it was his second red card of the season and he has already been warned about his discipline. Wenger will haul Xhaka in this week for a dressing down about his behaviour as he faces a four game ban. There have been other cases this season as Stoke boss Mark Hughes got an £8,000 fine for a bust-up with Moss when he was a fourth official and Jose Mourinho got a one game touchline ban after a row with referee Mark Clattenburg. But the reason why Wenger’s punishment could be much more severe is because he laid hands on Taylor and that is a step too far for the FA. The FA statement read: “It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. “It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.” Wenger has until 6pm on Thursday to respond but is unlikely to challenge the charge as he has already apologised for his actions. However, if Wenger aed striker Michail Antonio is delighted to get close to full fitness.The forward has been out for several months since suffering a hamstring problem in the Carabao Cup against Newport County in August.But now he is back training and is hoping that hedmits the charge sooner then the case could be dealt with by a tribunal quickly and the FA Cup tie would count as a game but if he waits then the punishment may not be delivered until next week.
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