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10.15pm Arsenal news LIVE: Aubameyang takes tablets in Leicester loss, Nuno Mendes and Coutinho transfer LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL were beaten 1-0 by Leicester as a Jamie Vardy header secured the Foxes first away win against the Gunners in 47 years.

And there was more bad news for Arsenal fans as captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was seen taking tablets in the first half, sparking fears that he is nursing an injury.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Joe Miles

    WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil is trying to stay in the spotlight by embarrassing Arsenal at every opportunity.

    That is the verdict of SunSport's Mark Irwin following today's defeat to the Foxes.

    Click here to read the full story.

  • Joe Miles

    IT'S ALL OVER

    Arsenal have LOST 1-0 to Leicester City following Jamie Vardy's strike in the 80th minute.

    Click HERE to read the full report… if you dare.

  • Joe Miles

    GUARD OF HONOUR

    Jamie Vardy has left fans in hysterics after his custom shin pads got another run out.

    As he made his way to the bench at the Emirates, the former England man could be seen holding his shinnies.

    The white guards feature his infamous catch phrase: 'Chat, S***, Get Banged.'

  • Joe Miles

    IN THE RED

    It's goalless at half-time in tonight's game against Leicester City.

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  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER WATCH IT?

    Arsenal's clash against Leicester will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.

    As the game was not one of Sky or BT's original picks, the Premier League have made the controversial decision to show it on pay-per-view.

    The match can be purchased for £14.99.

    If you don't want to fork out to watch the footy, click HERE to tune into our LIVE blog of the match.

  • Joe Miles

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey will make his first home start for the Gunners this evening.

    Here's how Mikel Arteta's men will start the clash against Leicester City.

  • Joe Miles

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Magalhaes revealed Nicolas Pepe played a key role in his Arsenal transfer.

    The Brazilian defender arrived from Lille for £23million in the summer and has settled into life in the Premier League well.

    But speaking to Sky Sports, Gabriel said it was a conversation with his former team-mate in France that convinced him to make the switch.

    He said: “I spoke with Pepe before I moved.

    “I asked him how it was at the club.

    “Of course, he influenced my decision.

    “He was one of the reasons why I decided to move to Arsenal.

    “It was because I had played with him.”

  • Joe Miles

    DON'T LOOK JACK

    Jack Wilshere is reportedly leaning towards the MLS after he agreed to cancel his West Ham contract this month.

    The ex-Arsenal midfielder is seeking to rebuild his career and had expressed an interest in LaLiga or Serie A.

    But he would now prefer a move to the USA, according to the Mirror.

    The 28-year-old and West Ham mutually agreed to cancel his contract earlier this month.

    It was believed to be worth around £100,000-a-week.

  • Joe Miles

    NEW EIRA

    Arsenal new Thomas Partey idolises Chelsea legend Michael Essien.

    Tema president Wilfred Osei Palmer, who worked with Partey when he was a teenager, has compared the two players.

    Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he said: “They share a similar role. Essien was box-to-box and also applies the brain-work.

    “Thomas has got good timing, energy but not as boisterous.

    “In terms of power and drive they have similar qualities.

    “He can turn a defensive position into an offensive opportunity. He plays long searching passes.

    “Thomas will grow and have better qualities than Essien, trust me. Yes, Thomas will give you something better.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BERGKAMP NUMBER TWO

    Arsenal have handed a trial to club legend Dennis Bergkamp's son, Mitchel Bergkamp.

    The Gunners have taken him on trial and may make the deal permanent depending on his form.

    He said: “Whether I choose the Emirates or Highbury? I would have preferred to play at Highbury. There are the memories of everything my father has done for the club.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GABRIEL JOY

    Mikel Arteta is delighted with the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes after the Brazilian’s fine start to life at the club.

    Gabriel started his first game for Arsenal against Fulham after just a few training sessions despite not playing football for more than six months.

    Speaking on the defender Arteta said: “We saw qualities in him that is exactly what we wanted., but then you move him from France to here at an early age, without talking the language, to adapt to a new way of playing as well and he has done it really quickly and is showing a great mentality as well because we threw him in against Fulham after three or four training sessions and you could see the performance he had there.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal's new signing took 'No Thomas, No Partey' to a whole new level by blasting out his initiation song on a chair.

    Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey had the whole squad clapping along ahead of tonight's game against Leicester where he is in line to make his full Premier League debut.

    Partey was filmed singing a song believed to be from his native Ghana while his new team-mates joined in with the clapping.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SALIBA START

    William Saliba is yet to feature in a Premier League squad for Arsenal this season but fans believe he could be involved for the first time in the game against Leicester.

    But after he was seen training with the first team squad, fans believe he could be in line to play against the Foxes.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has previously explained that Saliba has not been involved with the first team yet because he does not think he is ready.

    He said: “For many reasons, that wasn't the transition year that he needed because he had a lot of injuries, some personal issues and also with Covid and the French league getting cancelled, he didn't have that year.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER JORG

    Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho has confirmed that Arsenal had been eager to snap him up in the summer transfer window.

    The Gunners were heavily-linked with the Brazilian throughout the summer transfer window.

    Speaking on their interest he said: “So I believe there was something they [Arsenal] talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here. Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    OZIL SAGA

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is trying to build a culture of accountability and standards at the club and hinted Mesut Ozil has failed to meet them.

    This week, Ozil was omitted from Arsenal's squad list for the Premier League which prompted him to accuse Arteta and the club of lacking loyalty.

    But Arteta hit back at these claims and said: “If you have to lead, they have to trust you.

    “People have to step up and they have to demand the standards we need of each other from this football club in order to be successful.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    OZIL SNUB

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Mikel Arteta’s decision to drop Mesut Ozil.

    Rodgers has insisted that the Arsenal midfielder is not a ‘working talent’ and hinders the team defensively.

    Speaking on Ozil he said: “Ozil’s a wonderful talent and very creative, absolutely. He can make the last pass, but it’s about the team. It’s about ­marrying the individual ­qualities of the player into the team and if you feel that player can’t press the game or doesn’t want to press the game, it has an effect on your attacking structure and your defensive structure.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ARTETA DEFENCE

    Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has defended manager Mikel Arteta over his use of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a wide-forward role.

    Aubameyang hasn't scored since the opening day of the season, leading to questions about Arteta's formation choices.

    But Winterburn has come to his defence by saying: “Maybe Mikel Arteta will look at the bigger away games sticking Aubameyang upfront with two different wide players. He tried Willian there against City and that might happen in the future again.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    AUBA CONNECTION

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed his delight to be playing with his ‘relative’ Thomas Partey at Arsenal.

    Aubameyang is from Gabon but said that his family have roots in Ghana where Partey isfrom.

    He said: “My family is from Gabon but I also have some roots in Ghana where Thomas is from so we are family too.”

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal could be without five players for Sunday's Premier League clash with Leicester.

    Summer signing Willian could be one of the players set to miss the match after picking up a calf injury.

    Rob Holding, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are also expecting to miss the game.

    One player expected to start Sunday's match is new arrival Thomas Partey, who made his full debut in the Gunners' 2-1 win against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night.

    And former Arsenal striker Alan Smith was so impressed with his performance in Austria he has likened him to club legend Patrick Vieira.

    Smith said:“ Without wishing to get carried away, the way he bossed the game, Partey brought back memories of Patrick Vieira.“

    For the first time since the majestic Frenchman’s time, the Gunners may now boast a dominant force in the middle of the park who can change a game as well as mix it physically.”

    In transfer news, Arsenal are one of four clubs interested in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes, according to Calciomercato.

    AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in the Portuguese youth international.

    The 18-year-old recently signed a new five-year deal at Sporting which contains a £40million release clause.

  • Daniel Brookes

    PARTEY THE NEW VIEIRA?

    Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has compared new signing Thomas Partey to club legend Patrick Vieira.

    Smith was full of praise for the Ghanaian's performance as he made his full debut in Arsenal's Europa League win against Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

    Smith told the Evening Standard: “There was nothing sloppy about Thomas Partey.

    “He hardly put a foot wrong in a performance that showcased an impressive passing range that should encourage anyone in front to keep making runs.

    “Holding midfielder? No, Partey is much more than that.

    “He proved that emphatically with some incisive play that suggested a useful understanding could quickly develop with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    “Without wishing to get carried away, the way he bossed the game, Partey brought back memories of Patrick Vieira.

    “For the first time since the majestic Frenchman’s time, the Gunners may now boast a dominant force in the middle of the park who can change a game as well as mix it physically.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    GUNNERS EYE SPORTING STARLET

    Arsenal are one of four clubs interested in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes, according to Calciomercato.

    AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in the Portuguse youth international.

    The 18-year-old recently signed a new five-year deal at Sporting which contains a £40million release clause.

  • Daniel Brookes

    WENGER REJECTED UNITED

    Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down the chance to manage Man United.

    Asked which Premier League jobs he had been offered while at Arsenal, Wenger said:City never, United yes – I cannot tell you exactly when!

    “No, because I was at Arsenal. You know, I had a real love story with Arsenal.

    “My life is red and white. I felt when I came to the club that there was this special charm inside it.

    “It was a good mixture between respect for tradition, respect for people, and not being scared to sometimes face unpopular judgments.”

    It is believed United's approach for the Frenchman came circa 2002 when Sir Alex Ferguson was considering retirement.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ARTETA PRAISES PAIR

    Mikel Arteta has praised the additions of Gabriel and Thomas Partey to his Arsenal squad.

    The pair have made encouraging starts to their careers north London and Arteta thanked the Emirates hierarchy for their support in landing the duo.

    Arteta said: “Well, when we made all the preparations to try to find the right profile of players to improve our squad, we found those two players.

    “It’s a lot of work behind that from a lot of people at the club in terms of recruitment and sporting director and obviously the support that we got from the board and the ownership to acquire them.

    “So we are really happy, and we can see that it’s a bit early to say that but we have recruited what we thought we were recruiting which is always positive.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    NEW SIGNING STRIKES

    Arsenal newboy Nikolaj Moller scored on his debut for the under-23s as they fell to a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

    Moller, 18, was a deadline day signing from Swedish side Malmo.

    Steve Bould's young Gunners took the lead through Moller with six minutes on the clock but found themselves down a man soon after when goalkeeper Karl Hein was sent off.

    Arsenal didn't have a goalkeeper on the bench so were forced to bring on defender Taylor Foran, who was making his debut, to play in goal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TRUE PROFESSIONAL

    Arsenal fans are praising Sokratis for the professionalism he has shown since being dropped from both of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads.

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2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Dybala £75m transfer link, Kepa to Sevilla LATEST, Jorginho was ‘open’ to Arsenal switch – The Sun

CHELSEA picked up a Premier League point after a goalless draw at Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the Blues are being linked with an £75million swoop for Paulo Dybala in the summer while Jorginho has revealed Arsenal were interested in his signature.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIYECH CRITICISMS

    Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has explained that he stands by his criticism of Dutch football legend Marco van Basten.

    Ziyech played under Van Basten at Heerenveen early in his career and remembered an incident which convinced him that the former AC Milan star would not be able to cut it as a manager.

    He said: “He didn’t communicate at all. I realised at AZ that he was not suitable for it (coaching). He already had that at Heerenveen.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DECLAN PRICE

    West Ham are reportedly preparing large contract offer to star man Declan Rice in the hope of fending off Chelsea's interest in his signature.

    The Hammers are set to offer Rice a new deal which would double his £60,000-a-week wages.

    Rice was linked with a £60million move to Stamford Bridge in the summer but a move never materialised.

  • Justin Lawrence

    VAR FURY

    Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has questioned the use of VAR after the Blues were denied a penalty in their draw against Manchester United.

    United captain Harry Maguire prevented Azpilicueta getting his head to a free-kick first during the opening 45 minutes of the game.

    Speaking on the decision not to award the penalty he said: “‘The referee can make the decision, the VAR is there and it is very difficult sometimes for the VAR to say yes or no, but I encourage more for the referee to go to the monitor.

    “Martin Atkinson is the main referee so he has to take the main decision and the monitor is there on the side to help him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    LAMPARD FRUSTRATION

    Frank Lampard has questioned the decision not to award a penalty to his Chelsea side for Harry Maguire's foul during their draw against Manchester United.

    Lampard feels the Blues should have had a spot-kick against United after the Maguire wrapped his arm around the neck and shoulders of Cesar Azpilicueta during an aerial challenge.

    Lampard said: “I thought it was a clear penalty. I couldn't see it at the time from where I was standing and those ones are hard calls for the referee. It's why we brought VAR into the game, but VAR was very quick to dismiss it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAGNIFICENT MENDY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks that Chelsea's new keeper Edouard Mendy was the difference in his side's draw with the Blues at Old Trafford.

    Mendy showed his ability with some superb stops throughout the game.

    Speaking on his performance Solskjaer said: “Two good teams, quality in either end of the pitch. You can see their keeper today, I think he’s the match winner.”

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Chelsea could make a £75million swoop for Juventus star Paulo Dybala next summer, according to Tuttosport.

    The Argentine forward, 26, has entered the final two years of his contract in Turin and has so far failed to agree a new deal.

    Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli are interested in bringing defender Emerson Palmieri back to Italy in January, according to Sky Italia.

    The out-of-favour left-back has yet to make the matchday squad for any of the Blues' Premier League matches so far this season.

    Inter were unable to meet Chelsea's £20million asking price for the Italy international over the summer, but the Blues could be willing to listen to loan-to-buy offers for the 26-year-old in January.

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has admitted he was open to interest from Arsenal over the summer.

    The Gunners were linked with a move for the Blues' vice-captain as a back-up option to top targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey – who eventually arrived on deadline day.

    Jorginho told ESPN Brazil: “I believe that every player is open to negotiations. So I believe there was something they talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    LINE EM UP

    Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli are interested in bringing Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri back to Italy in January, according to Sky Italia.

    The out-of-favour left-back has yet to make the matchday squad for any of the Blues' Premier League matches so far this season.

    Chelsea were hoping to recoup around £20million for Emerson during the summer transfer er window, a fee that put off former manager Antonio Conte's Inter Milan bosses.

    But with the Italy international's contract running out in 2022, the Blues could be willing to listen to loan-to-buy offers in the January window.

  • Daniel Brookes

    SEVILLA CONSIDER KEPA

    Sevilla are lining up a shock loan swoop for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Estadio Deportivo claims the Spaniards are targeting Chelsea's flop goalkeeper just days after the sides faced each other in the Champions League.

    Kepa was on the bench for the 0-0 draw following Edouard Mendy's return from injury.

    But he could be able to resurrect his career back home with the Europa League champions.

  • Daniel Brookes

    JOR-DROPPING

    Arsenal were linked with a move for Chelsea's Jorginho at the back end of the transfer window.

    And now the Brazilian Blues vice-captain has admitted he was 'open to negotiations'.

    Jorginho told ESPN Brazil: “I believe that every player is open to negotiations. So I believe there was something they talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here.

    “Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    LOFTY HEIGHTS

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he pushed to leave Chelsea on loan for Fulham.

    He said: “We [me and Frank Lampard] had an honest conversation. I was the one who initiated it. I felt like it was paramount that I played a lot of football this season.

    “With the strength in depth at Chelsea and how I was feeling, I was not sure being out for so long that when I had the opportunity that I could play fantastically and hold down a place in the starting XI.

    “I was not 100 per cent I could do that, because I need to build my confidence back up.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUES EYE DYBALA

    Chelsea could swoop for Juventus star Paulo Dybala next summer, according to Tuttosport.

    The Argentine forward, 26, has entered the final two years of his contract in Turin and has so far failed to agree a new deal.

    The report states Chelsea could offer as much as £75million for Dybala's signature.

    The Juve No10 made his first appearance of the season in the Old Lady's Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday as he makes his way back from a thigh injury.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FULL-TIME

    It ends all square at Old Trafford!

    Neither side could find a breakthrough but at least Manchester United fans got to have a look at new boy Edinson Cavani, who almost scored with his first touch.

    As for Chelsea, having Mendy back in goal with Thiago Silva in front of him, it was the key to keeping the clean sheet.

    Plenty of post match reaction to come so follow along on the live match blog!

    FT: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 CHELSEA LIVE BLOG

  • Joshua Mbu

    (ALMOST) DONE LIKE A KEPA

    Chelsea's struggles with goalkeepers threatened to continue after Edouard Mendy suffered a gaffe against Manchester United.

    The Senegalese was snapped up from Rennes for £24million when the Blues lost patience with Kepa Arrizabalaga following a series of errors.

    The 28-year-old has already proved a safe pair of hands after keeping a clean on his Premier League debut – a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    Yet Mendy proved less than assured with his feet after almost netting a comical own-goal against United at Old Trafford.

    The Blues No1 was given time and space to pick a pass after recieving the ball from Kurt Zouma.

    But he then had his heart in his mouth after attempting to play it out to Thiago Silva and seeing his effort narrowly miss the back of his own net.

  • Joshua Mbu

    STALEMATE

    We're ten minutes into the second half and the game is still 0-0.

    Manchester United new boy Edinson Cavani is on for his debut!

    Follow all the latest with the live match blog.

    MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 CHELSEA LIVE BLOG

  • Joshua Mbu

    LINE EM UP

    Chelsea flop Emerson is attracting interest from Italy, according to reports.

    The outcast left-back looks set for a January departure with Inter Milan, Roma and Napoli said to be interested in bringing the Italian back to his homeland.

    Frank Lampard is not a fan of the 26-year-old and worked hard to replace him over the summer.

    And with Ben Chilwell arriving for £50million, the Italy international's Chelsea career looks to be over.

    West Ham were rumoured to be keen on his signature last month.

    But Serie A now looks the most likely destination, according to Sky Sports Italia.

    His former club Roma, Napoli and Inter are said to be keen.

    And some reports suggest even Juventus are considering a move.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FIREWORKS

    Rio Ferdinand has tweeted out about his personal experience in today's fixture.

    Manchester United vs Chelsea has a history of being fiery!

  • Joshua Mbu

    CHELSEA TEAM

    Chelsea have announced the team to face Manchester United.

    Just the one change from the side which drew against Sevilla in the Champions League, Mount drops to the bench for Azpilicueta.

  • Joshua Mbu

    AND IT'S LIVE!

    Manchester United are hosting Chelsea in today's 5.30pm Premier League kick-off and coverage here at SunSport starts now!

    Follow all the latest live updates.

    MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA LIVE BLOG

  • Joshua Mbu

    THROWBACK

  • Joshua Mbu

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH

    Ex-Everton player Tim Cahill has taken aim Chelsea duo Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech for breaking the 'non-negotiables' of Premier League football.

    Speaking to Football Focus, Cahill said: “These are individual errors, it’s not the tactics. It’s a mentality, it’s individuals not focusing for 95 minutes.

    “On top of that you see the goals they concede. You see Havertz, he’s trying to do a trick, trying to nutmeg someone and he loses it. Ings is on the front foot, they’re ready, waiting and pounces.

    “They’re all little errors and mistakes from individuals. He brings on Ziyech and again dribbling, when to dribble, what areas to dribble, understanding where to do it.

    “There’s non-negotiables and they are don’t try and nutmeg someone on the edge of your own area, the other non-negotiable is stop dribbling and taking on 10 players.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    WERD UP

    Harry Maguire is in for a nightmare if he plays against super-fast Chelsea striker Timo Werner today – reckons former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson.

    The Manchester United centre-half has been caught out before for pace – and was sent off for England against Denmark as he struggled to cope with a superior opponent in the running stakes.

    Maguire, 27, is having his 'annus horribilis' having been arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer in Greece, before being let-off.

    He has also had a mare on the pitch, with a series of disappointing displays for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United side.

    Johnson told Optus Sport: “If I'm Timo Werner, I'd be like, “Please play Maguire!”, I really would.

    “But on that last performance, if I'm Tuanzebe, I'd be thinking: “Why aren't I playing?”

  • Joshua Mbu

    WORLDWIDE

    Chelsea have fans all across the world, where will you be watching today's Premier League clash against Manchester United from?

  • Joshua Mbu

    GAME DAY

    Man Utd face off against Premier League rivals Chelsea today with the game set to kick-off at 5.30pm.

    If you're looking for somewhere to follow the action, we're covering the game with our live blog starting from 4.15pm.

    When the blog goes live, you'll be the first to know!

  • Josh Graham

    JOR-DROPPING

    Arsenal were linked with a move for Chelsea's Jorginho at the back end of the transfer window.

    And now the Brazilian Blues vice-captain has admitted he was 'open to negotiations'.

    Jorginho told ESPN Brazil: “I believe that every player is open to negotiations. So I believe there was something they talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here.

    “Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.”

  • Josh Graham

    DEVIL'S DELIGHT

    Edinson Cavani has dropped a major hint he will debut against Chelsea for Manchester United today.

    The Uruguayan has yet to feature for Manchester United since his deadline day move having been forced to undergo a two-week quarantine period.

    Cavani, 33, has been working on his fitness and is looking to seize his opportunity in the absence of Anthony Martial who is suspended.

    Question marks also remain over Mason Greenwood who has missed the last two matches with a mystery 'niggle.'

    If he does get the nod, the former Paris Saint-Germain man is likely to go up against old team-mate Thiago Silva.

    And Cavani admitted he is relishing the chance to face the Brazilian at Old Trafford. He told EN24 news: “It will be great to be able to find him on the pitch.

    “Thiago is very professional, because he works so hard in training and in the pre-match warm-ups. Well, it won't be easy!

    “It will be complicated because he is a very good central defender and an excellent footballer. But it will still be a great experience.”

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8am Arsenal news LIVE: Nuno Mendes transfer LATEST, Partey set to start vs Leicester, Coutinho move broke down REVEALED – The Sun

ARSENAL are eyeing up a swoop for Sporting full-back Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to be without FIVE players for the visit of Leicester this evening – but Thomas Partey is expected to make his Premier League bow.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal could be without five players for Sunday's Premier League clash with Leicester.

    Summer signing Willian could be one of the players set to miss the match after picking up a calf injury.

    Rob Holding, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are also expecting to miss the game.

    One player expected to start Sunday's match is new arrival Thomas Partey, who made his full debut in the Gunners' 2-1 win against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night.

    And former Arsenal striker Alan Smith was so impressed with his performance in Austria he has likened him to club legend Patrick Vieira.

    Smith said:“ Without wishing to get carried away, the way he bossed the game, Partey brought back memories of Patrick Vieira.“

    For the first time since the majestic Frenchman’s time, the Gunners may now boast a dominant force in the middle of the park who can change a game as well as mix it physically.”

    In transfer news, Arsenal are one of four clubs interested in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes, according to Calciomercato.

    AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in the Portuguese youth international.

    The 18-year-old recently signed a new five-year deal at Sporting which contains a £40million release clause.

  • Daniel Brookes

    PARTEY THE NEW VIEIRA?

    Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has compared new signing Thomas Partey to club legend Patrick Vieira.

    Smith was full of praise for the Ghanaian's performance as he made his full debut in Arsenal's Europa League win against Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

    Smith told the Evening Standard: “There was nothing sloppy about Thomas Partey.

    “He hardly put a foot wrong in a performance that showcased an impressive passing range that should encourage anyone in front to keep making runs.

    “Holding midfielder? No, Partey is much more than that.

    “He proved that emphatically with some incisive play that suggested a useful understanding could quickly develop with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    “Without wishing to get carried away, the way he bossed the game, Partey brought back memories of Patrick Vieira.

    “For the first time since the majestic Frenchman’s time, the Gunners may now boast a dominant force in the middle of the park who can change a game as well as mix it physically.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    GUNNERS EYE SPORTING STARLET

    Arsenal are one of four clubs interested in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes, according to Calciomercato.

    AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in the Portuguse youth international.

    The 18-year-old recently signed a new five-year deal at Sporting which contains a £40million release clause.

  • Daniel Brookes

    WENGER REJECTED UNITED

    Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down the chance to manage Man United.

    Asked which Premier League jobs he had been offered while at Arsenal, Wenger said:City never, United yes – I cannot tell you exactly when!

    “No, because I was at Arsenal. You know, I had a real love story with Arsenal.

    “My life is red and white. I felt when I came to the club that there was this special charm inside it.

    “It was a good mixture between respect for tradition, respect for people, and not being scared to sometimes face unpopular judgments.”

    It is believed United's approach for the Frenchman came circa 2002 when Sir Alex Ferguson was considering retirement.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ARTETA PRAISES PAIR

    Mikel Arteta has praised the additions of Gabriel and Thomas Partey to his Arsenal squad.

    The pair have made encouraging starts to their careers north London and Arteta thanked the Emirates hierarchy for their support in landing the duo.

    Arteta said: “Well, when we made all the preparations to try to find the right profile of players to improve our squad, we found those two players.

    “It’s a lot of work behind that from a lot of people at the club in terms of recruitment and sporting director and obviously the support that we got from the board and the ownership to acquire them.

    “So we are really happy, and we can see that it’s a bit early to say that but we have recruited what we thought we were recruiting which is always positive.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    NEW SIGNING STRIKES

    Arsenal newboy Nikolaj Moller scored on his debut for the under-23s as they fell to a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

    Moller, 18, was a deadline day signing from Swedish side Malmo.

    Steve Bould's young Gunners took the lead through Moller with six minutes on the clock but found themselves down a man soon after when goalkeeper Karl Hein was sent off.

    Arsenal didn't have a goalkeeper on the bench so were forced to bring on defender Taylor Foran, who was making his debut, to play in goal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TRUE PROFESSIONAL

    Arsenal fans are praising Sokratis for the professionalism he has shown since being dropped from both of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SMILE!

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is all smiles in training.

  • Joshua Mbu

    EXPECTING BIG THINGS

    Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expecting big things from £45million new boy Thomas Partey.

    Since joining, Partey has been compared to club legend Patrick Vieira.

    Speaking in the official matchday programme, Aubameyang said: “He has integrated so well in the squad. 

    “He is kind, calm and smiley. On the pitch, we have seen already seen what he will bring us in matches. 

    “He is so strong physically but yet so good on the ball as well. We didn’t really have a profile like this in our squad before.

    “In terms of ball progression, beating the press, going forward, he will be very important for us. 

    “My family is from Gabon but I also have some roots in Ghana where Thomas is from so we are family too!

    “It is good for some of our younger players as well to have a player like him, of his calibre at training. They will learn a lot from him.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GET AUBA IT

    Mikel Arteta has called on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to handle the pressure of being Arsenal's main man.

    The Gabonese striker ended a four-match goal drought by scoring the winner in the Gunners' Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

    Arteta said: “Expectations for [Aubameyang] are that he has to score a goal every game, so this comes with the nature of the big player he is, what he has done in the past.

    “People expect that from him in the future.

    He needs to handle that… we're here to support him when difficult times come round him.

    “He needs to get in more goalscoring opportunities, he needs to get the ball more around the box to do what he's able to do.

    “If you look at our fixtures, we have already played five games out of seven against top, top opposition.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    MISSING MEN

    Arsenal could be without five players for Sunday's Premier League clash against Leicester.

    New boy Willian could be one of the players set to miss the match after picking up a calf injury.

    Rob Holding, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are also expecting to miss the game.

  • Joshua Mbu

    LEGEND'S COMPARISON

    Ex-Arsenal player Alan Smith has compared new boy Thomas Partey to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

    Smith told the Evening Standard: “There was nothing sloppy about Thomas Partey. He hardly put a foot wrong in a performance that showcased an impressive passing range that should encourage anyone in front to keep making runs.

    “Holding midfielder? No, Partey is much more than that. He proved that emphatically with some incisive play that suggested a useful understanding could quickly develop with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    “Without wishing to get carried away, the way he bossed the game, Partey brought back memories of Patrick Vieira.

    “For the first time since the majestic Frenchman’s time, the Gunners may now boast a dominant force in the middle of the park who can change a game as well as mix it physically.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SOLIDARITY

    Arsenal have issued a message of solidarity to their Nigerian fans.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MARC'S TOP CLASS

    Mesut Ozil has congratulated Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford for all of the work he is doing off the pitch.

    Rashford has continued to campaign and fight against child poverty and he has sparked off a nationwide campaign with organisations and councils all joining in.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HELPING HAND

    Arsenal new boy William Saliba has revealed which two team-mates helped him settle into life in North London.

    In an interview for Adidas alongside Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Saliba revealed that Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have helped him overcome the language barrier.

    Saliba said: “Yes it’s very good because I don’t speak good English at the moment. When I don’t understand something, Auba, Laca and the coach help me.

    “It is a big dream [to play for Arsenal]. It was a big dream becoming a reality for me.

    “[Mikel Arteta] is very positive. Sometimes he would send me a message when I was at Saint-Etienne. So it’s good.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    LOYAL HEART

    Arsene Wenger has turned down the chance to manage Champions League teams because of his loyalty to Arsenal.

    But the Frenchman has not ruled out a return to the dugout despite just turning 71.

    Wenger left the Gunners in 2018 after 22 years at the club and admitted the last two years have been a 'grieving process.'

    It is the reason why he hasn't been able to take up a new role despite receiving job offers.

    But as he watches his former player Mikel Arteta take his first steps into management with the Gunners, Wenger admits the desire is still there.

    He told the Daily Mail: “Yes, I’ve still got the desire to manage.

    “I still think I can be useful somewhere else, that I can be efficient somewhere else.

    “If the phone rings now, I would be tempted to say yes. I’ve said no before. It has rung. I’ve had offers. From big clubs, in the Champions League.

    “But I was at the end of a love story of 22 years. It meant some suffering, some thinking, so I felt I needed time to reflect on what I did, what was right, what was wrong. I was stamped too much with Arsenal.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAY WAT?

    Troy Deeney says he happily bumps into Arsenal stars in Sainsbury's and claims there are no hard feelings over his 'cojones' jibe.

    The Watford hero famously accused the Gunners of lacking 'cojones' after inflicting a 2-1 defeat in 2017.

    That came during Arsene Wenger's final season, when the North London club were screaming out for a change of leadership.

    But despite questioning the Gunners' stars bravery and bravado, he insists there is no bad blood.

    He said: “I see their players in Sainsbury’s or the petrol station and say hello, it’s nothing personal. I went up to them in the NBA game in London that year to make sure they knew that.

    “People say it was revenge Arsenal relegated us but it was a really bad season and we just happened to get relegated there.

    “I had a few memes from Arsenal fans and you take it on the chin.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    A FAMILY THING

    Episode two of Ian Wright's series is out and on today's episode he speaks to Arsenal trio Aubameyang, new boy William Saliba and Hector Bellerin!

  • Josh Graham

    EXPLAIN THE MES

    Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere shed some light on Mesut Ozil's plight by revealing how 'draining' it is to be continually left out the side.

    Wilshere is currently without a club after seeing his West Ham deal terminated by mutual consent this month.

    Ozil hasn't played since March and was not included in Mikel Arteta's Prem or Europa League squads.

    Wilshere told BBC Sport : “People will say what they want and footballers get paid well, but there is nothing more draining and saps your confidence more than when you know you are not going to play, that no matter what you do in training, or what the other players are doing, even if you lose 3-0, you are not going to get an opportunity.”

  • Josh Graham

    JOR-DROPPING

    Arsenal were linked with a move for Chelsea's Jorginho at the back end of the transfer window.

    And now the Brazilian Blues vice-captain has admitted he was 'open to negotiations'.

    Jorginho told ESPN Brazil: “I believe that every player is open to negotiations. So I believe there was something they talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here.

    “Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.”

  • Josh Graham

    WEN I RULED

    Arsene Wenger has revealed he could have quit Arsenal back in 2007 – 11 years before his exit.

    Real Madrid, England and Paris Saint-Germain have courted the Frenchman.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Wenger revealed he was torn after his ally, former Gunners chief executive David Dein was axed by the club in 2007.

    The Frenchman, known as Le Professeur, said: “Maybe when David Dein was sacked in 2007 that was the moment when I could have said bye-bye.

    “I felt torn between my loyalty to the club and my loyalty to David. He asked me to stay but at first I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea.

    “I didn’t understand why he had to go. But I knew as well that the club was going into a new stadium, the most sensitive period of its lifetime.

    “I could have really hurt Arsenal had I left then. And I did have options. Real Madrid twice, Paris Saint-Germain two or three times, England two or three times. It was difficult.

    “You want everybody to support you, and when they don’t it’s quite difficult. You do think, “Why am I here? Why am I doing this? What do I want to achieve?”

  • Josh Graham

    LEED TIME

    Arsenal's November clash against Leeds has been moved back a day.

    The Prem game was originally scheduled for Saturday November 21.

    But it will now take place on Sunday, November 22.

    THe game will kick off at 4.30pm live on Sky Sports.

  • Josh Graham

    TV TIMES

    The Premier League has revealed the next batch of TV picks – without any word on which games will be shown on pay-per-view.

    Manchester City v Liverpool is the biggest match scheduled to be live in the next phase of games, as the champions in the last two seasons go head-to-head.

    That clash has been moved to November 8 and it will be part of a Sky Sports Super Sunday, kicking off at 4.30pm.

    The earlier game that day will be Leicester against Wolves, the two sides who were battling for Champions League spots most of last term.

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal reportedly eyed a shock move for Philippe Coutinho over the summer.

    But the deal fell through when Barcelona failed to sign a replacement.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the Gunners were alerted to Coutinho's availability after his Bayern Munich loan ended.

    Arsenal were keen on a deal but Ronald Koeman eventually blocked it after Barca struggled to find a new face to sign in Coutinho's place.

    Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has revealed why he snubbed a move to Wolves over the summer.

    The England international said: “There was a lot of speculation going around, but I chose to stay at the club I love.

    “I am happy with my decision and I am sure the manager is happy that I stayed as well.

    “It was about the manager having faith in me and him letting me know what’s going on and the situation.

    “He did that and everything was fine in the end.”

    Finally, Carlton Cole has tipped old side West Ham to make a shock January move for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil.

    He told TalkSport: “West Ham have always liked those kind of players, those magician-like players.

    “Arsenal would have benefitted from having him in their squad, but he clearly doesn’t fit in at the moment.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY DAVE KIDD

    Troy Deeney says he happily bumps into Arsenal stars in Sainsbury's and claims there are no hard feelings over his 'cojones' jibe.

    SunSport’s latest star signing said: “I see their players in Sainsbury’s or the petrol station and say hello, it’s nothing personal.

    “I went up to them in the NBA game in London that year to make sure they knew that.

    “People say it was revenge Arsenal relegated us but it was a really bad season and we just happened to get relegated there.

    “I had a few memes from Arsenal fans and you take it on the chin.”

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8.15am Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘unhappy’ after failed United transfer, Rashford for SPOTY, Sergio Romero demands talks – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED face Chelsea this evening as they look to build on the excellent midweek win over PSG.

On the transfer front, Jadon Sancho is reportedly disenchanted at Dortmund following his failed move to Old Trafford while Sergio Romero is demanding crisis talks with the club.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, RED DEVILS FANS

    Marcus Rashford is joint favourite alongside Lewis Hamilton to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

    The Manchester United star was recently named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours  for his free school meals campaign.

    MPs recently rejected his bid to extend school meals but the England international was on hand to help staff at a food charity.

    Rashford has since slammed Tory MPs saying they are making vulnerable children feel like they don’t matter.

    Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho is not '100 per cent' in the right headspace to perform for Borussia Dortmund, amid reports of discontent in the club's dressing room.

    Tuesday's 3-1 defeat to Lazio in the Champions League has led to widespread criticism of the squad.

    In particular, Sancho was pinned by Bild for not being totally focused on the Borussia cause this season.

    The German newspaper adds that there are rumblings inside the dressing room over the player's lack of discipline.

    Finally, Sergio Romero will reportedly demand showdown talks with United bosses when he returns to Carrington next week.

    The exiled goalkeeper has been dropped from the Red Devils’ Champions League squad – a decision he is said to have discovered via social media.

    United expect the goalkeeper back at Carrington next week after he returned from South America to enter self-isolation.

    And the Star says the player will demand talks with club bosses over his future.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM

    Axel Tuanzebe must start in a back three for Man Utd against Chelsea.

    His starring role in the 2-1 win over PSG shows he is ready to finally take his chance at Old Trafford.

    Frank Lampard’s side will probably have more of the ball.

    But we have seen in recent times that United are comfortable having less ball but attacking in numbers on the break, beating the likes of Leicester, Manchester City and Tottenham that way last season.

    READ THE REST HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY KARREN BRADY

    Another week and another plot put forward to extract billions from football.

    The latest comes in the form of a European Super League and based on a scheme for a fixed number of the most prestigious of European clubs to play in a new league of which five clubs will be invited to join from the Premier League.

    So, one of the six have been dropped. I’d love to know which one.

    But try as they might, I doubt this European Super League will ever get off the ground.

    READ THE REST HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    WHAT A MESS

    Lionel Messi has been warned he will “damage” his reputation if he moves to the Premier League.

    LaLiga president Javier Tebas told AFP: “We've been lucky to enjoy him for so many years but Messi should think very carefully about what he does next.

    “If Messi left Barcelona, that reputation he has now and that has worked so well for him would be very damaged.

    “It's true he could get a better offer financially but the reputation he has after more than 20 years, I think he has to hold onto that.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZAK ATTACK

    Gladbach star Denis Zakaria is a transfer target for both Man Utd and Chelsea.

    Bild claims the defensive midfielder is being eyed by the two Premier League giants.

    United believe Zakaria would add some extra steel in the centre of the pitch.

    While Chelsea see him as a potential replacement for N'Golo Kante.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAV A GO

    Edinson Cavani could make his debut for tomorrow's clash against Chelsea.

    SunSport predicts Man Utd will continue with the five-man defence that triumphed against PSG in Europe.

    Axel Tuanzebe is also set to continue, with Alex Telles on the left and Paul Pogba back in midfield.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAUR PLEASE

    Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up for the Real Madrid job.

    AS claims the ex-Spurs boss could replace Zinedine Zidane following Los Blancos' poor start to the season.

    Man Utd have long been linked with Pochettino as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But he could now be heading to the Bernabeu instead.

    Real are also said to be considering former player Raul too.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TWIN PEAKS

    Tomas Soucek admits he was flattered with comparisons to Marouane Fellaini by Jose Mourinho.

    The Special One claimed David Moyes had found his ‘new Fellaini’ after Soucek inspired West Ham back to a 3-3 draw with Spurs.

    Moyes bought Fellaini to Man Utd when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Belgian also starring under Mourinho several years later.

    Soucek, who stands at 6ft 4in, said: “I take these words very positively.

    “I know what a player he was and still is and his career is nice. I think he took his name in my similar ability especially when I fight in the air.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME ON

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won't be taking Chelsea lightly when they come to town on Saturday.

    The last meeting saw Man Utd crash out of the FA Cup.

    But the Red Devils have been the dominant force in the league recently.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WOLF PACK

    Four teams have joined Man Utd in the hunt for Adama Traore.

    Calciomercato claims Man City, Liverpool, Barcelona and Juventus are all keen on the Wolves winger.

    United have turned to Traore after failing to sign Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    But it remains to be seen if he ends up at Old Trafford.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FERD IS THE WORD

    How about this from Rio Ferdinand?

    And can Axel Tuanzebe be the man to fill his shoes at Old Trafford after that incredible performance against PSG too?

  • Richard Forrester

    CRITICS DON'T MATA

    Juan Mata is ‘very proud’ of Marcus Rashford and his fight for free school meals for kids.

    As well as his social media campaign to feed needy children in the UK, Rashford has also raised £20million for food charity FareShare.

    Earlier this week, Rashford blasted Tory MPs for making kids feel like they ‘don’t matter‘ after losing his bid to get the nation’s most vulnerable youngsters free school meals this winter.

    But Mata encouraged his pal to keep fighting – even though a small minority have criticised Rashford.

    He told Pitch to Post podcast: “It’s important for every player to realise the platform we have, the message we can get across and the amount of people we can help.

    “I’m very proud of what Marcus has been doing.

    “On the pitch, of course we know how good he is and he is still performing very well but off the pitch also, the work he’s been doing over the last months has been great.

    “He has improved the quality of life for so many kids in this country, which I’m sure everyone is proud of.

    “His family should be proud of him, me, as a team-mate, and the club are very proud of him.

    “I’ve seen some people saying, Marcus should stick to playing football and things like that, which I don’t really agree with because he can do both, as he’s showing.

    “And I’m very proud of what he’s done and he’s getting the reward he deserves.”

  • Richard Forrester

    DON'T CALL ME SCHURRLE

    Jose Mourinho has been branded ‘brutal’ by Andre Schurrle – with the former Chelsea star claiming the Special One drove him to the brink of quitting football.

    Retired Germany international Schurrle attacked Mourinho's management and blames his time with the Blues for losing his self-confidence.

    Ex-Manchester United boss Mourinho signed the winger from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, at the start of his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

    Schurrle, 29, fumed in a YouTube interview with German TV host Joko Winterscheidt: “Jose Mourinho is a brutal guy. I always wondered to myself, just what was he doing?

    “How could he treat me the way he did, and just what did he do to people? In hindsight I realise what he wanted to do, and how he worked to achieve it.

    “At the time I couldn't come to terms with what he wanted from me, with his harshness and the psychological pressure he created.

    “It was extremely difficult for me at times. I often drove home after having a conversation with him thinking I couldn't take it any more.”

  • Richard Forrester

    ALL ABROAD

    Gary Neville selected his all-time Manchester United foreign XI and picked flop Juan Sebastian Veron and Bruno Fernandes but shunned Paul Pogba.

    Sky Sports pundit Neville, 45, was challenged by a fan on Twitter to name a fantasy overseas Red Devils side.

    None of the starting team could consist of players from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

    Former Old Trafford right-back Neville caused a stir by picking his old team-mate Veron in the centre of midfield.

    The Argentine did win the Premier League with United in 2003 but was far from a hit after arriving from Lazio in 2001 for £28.1million.

    Check out his team in full…

  • Richard Forrester

    LEAVING HIS MARC

    Marcus Rashford is joint favourite alongside Lewis Hamilton to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

    The Manchester United star was recently named in the Queen’s Birthday Honoursfor his free school meals campaign.

    MPs recently rejected his bid to extend school meals but the England international was on hand to help staff at a food charity.

    Rashford has since slammed Tory MPs saying they are making vulnerable children feel like they don’t matter.

    He wrote: “A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter.

    “We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are being clouded by political affiliation. This is not politics, this is humanity.”

    His work in the community has seen Rashford jump from 3/1 to joint favourite with Lewis Hamilton at 2/1.

  • Richard Forrester

    DARREN SPELL

    Darren Fletcher has returned to Manchester United where he is coaching the club’s Under-16 side in a temporary role.

    The 36-year-old – who racked up 342 appearances for the Red Devils before he left to join West Brom in 2015 – is back at the club to help his transition into management.

    During his time at Old Trafford, Fletcher won the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup.

    Speaking to United’s website about his decision to move into coaching, he said: “I needed a bit of a break away from it [football].

    “I think the transition from playing to the other side has been difficult. All your focus is on being a player, day in and day out, and you miss being a player.

    “I think I needed that period to step away a little bit and took my time to come away and accept not being a player any more, moving on to my coaching badges, and this is the early stages of doing it.

    “I’m just getting my coaching badges done and being invited back into the club.

    “I’ve got a bit of spare time in the evenings and I thought there’s nothing better than doing something at United and giving a bit back, working at the academy.”

  • Richard Forrester

    BEEN THERE, DON THAT

    Jadon Sancho is not '100 per cent' in the right headspace to perform for Borussia Dortmund, amid reports of discontent in the club's dressing room.

    Manchester United unsuccessfully tried to sign the winger, 20, during the transfer window.

    But it has been far from a perfect start to the season for Dortmund or Sancho.

    Tuesday's 3-1 defeat to Lazio in the Champions League has led to widespread criticism of the squad.

    In particular, Sancho came was pinned by Bild for not being totally focused on the Borussia cause this season.

    The German newspaper adds that there are rumblings inside the dressing room over the player's lack of discipline.

  • Richard Forrester

    SOL SEARCHING

    OLE SOLSKJAER has launched a massive defence of Mason Greenwood despite his off field problems

    Greenwood was expelled from the England camp last month for disciplinary reasons.

    This week it was revealed that he had twice been late for training and had an attitude problem.

    He has been left out the last two Manchester United squads with an apparent ‘niggle’.

    But his manager claims the player is no problem at all as he prepares to bring him back into the fold for the game against Chelsea this weekend.

    Solskjaer said: “I'm not concerned at all with Mason making a target for himself.

    “He has come in played fantastic, kicked on and then he makes a mistake for England.

    “But he's never ever late for training.

    “I've seen some ex United players talking about him and they don't know what they're talking about.

    “He's got a good family behind him.

    “He's a good trainer and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional, that's something we have to deal with many players, many other players at United have had that.

    “We have a great record and tradition of bringing our players through, that means from early on you get good habits, you express yourselves.

    “Mason's come through this programme, done fantastic and will be kicking on I'm sure, he's a very exciting boy to work with.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SHARE YOUR ANGER

    Sergio Romero will reportedly demand showdown talks with Manchester United bosses when he returns to Carrington next week.

    The exiled goalkeeper has been dropped from the Red Devils’ Champions League squad – a decision he is said to have discovered via social media.

    According to the Star, Romero, 33, returned to Argentina during the transfer window to organise a move to a new team.

    However, United failed to agree a deal with Everton, leaving the goalkeeper furious with the club.

    Romero has not played since the Europa League quarter-final win over Copenhagen in August, and was dropped for the final-four clash with Sevilla.

    United expect the goalkeeper back at Carrington next week after he returned from South America to enter self-isolation.

    It is said the player will demand talks with club bosses over his future.

  • Richard Forrester

    GIVE HIM THE GIGG

    Manchester United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding at centre-half against superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the stunning 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

    But United legend and former first-team coach Ryan Giggs revealed he was considered for a starting place in the midfield under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

    The Wales boss said: “First of all he’s a really good lad with a good mentality.

    “All he has to do now is stay fit and play games because he’s got all the attributes.

    “He can handle the ball, he can even play midfield.

    “We thought about playing him there when he was fit under Louis.

    “When Louis came he was just going through a massive growth spurt so he had a few injuries, a few niggles. But he’s just got to stay fit.

    “He can read the game well, and he is quick — which he showed against PSG.”

  • Richard Forrester

    AXEL GREASE

    Manchester United take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday itching for another impressive win.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co edged past Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.

    Marcus Rashford was the hero at the Parc des Princes yet again, as Bruno Fernandes also converted another penalty.

    Solskjaer sent out his troops in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the new strategy appearing to suit a number of players.

    Axel Tuanzebe earned rave reviews on the right-side of the back-three, keeping superstar Kylian Mbappe quiet.

    Here's how we think United will shape up to take on Chelsea at the weekend.

  • Richard Forrester

    TRAORE BLIMEY

    Manchester United reportedly face competition from four different clubs in the race to sign Wolves star Adama Traore.

    The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the Premier League's most feared wingers having terrorised defences under Nuno Espirito Santo.

    According to Calciomercato, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is vying to bring him to Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils are looking at alternatives to Jadon Sancho having failed to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

    But they are not the only English club to be keen on landing the ex-Middlesbrough ace.

    Both Manchester City and Liverpool also understood to be interested in the forward.

    And it has been claimed that Serie A side Juventus are monitoring his progress, though it is unlikely he will be plying his trade in Turin.

    United's biggest competitors are believed to be Traore's former employers Barcelona – who he left in 2015 to join Aston Villa.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Mason Greenwood was reportedly hauled in front of Manchester United chiefs and given a dressing down for rocking up late to training.

    The 19-year-old forward is said to have frustrated the Red Devils with his 'general tardiness', according to The Mail.

    Greenwood missed United's 2-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, with strong rumours his exclusion was related to off-field matters.

    However, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer firmly denied it was anything other than a fitness issue for the England star – who also didn't make the squad for Saturday's 4-1 win over Newcastle .

    The Norwegian gave a flat 'no' when it was put to him that Greenwood's absence could be related to a disciplinary issue.

    Elsewhere, United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding at centre-half against superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the stunning 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

    But United legend and former first-team coach Ryan Giggs revealed he was considered for a starting place in the midfield under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

    And sources at Carrington believe he has similar qualities to record-signing Pogba, which have been obvious when he has played in the engine room during training.

    Wales boss Ryan Giggs told the Webby and O’Neill Channel: “First of all he’s a really good lad with a good mentality.

    “All he has to do now is stay fit and play games because he’s got all the attributes.

    “He can handle the ball, he can even play midfield.

    “We thought about playing him there when he was fit under Louis.

    “When Louis came he was just going through a massive growth spurt so he had a few injuries, a few niggles. But he’s just got to stay fit.

    And finally, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is said to be desperate to regain his England spot – despite putting the Democratic Republic of Congo flag on his Instagram.

    The former Crystal Palace star, 22, was called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad at the start of last season.

    But he had to withdraw through injury and the right-back has not been in his plans since.

    Amid uncertainty over his international future, Wan-Bissaka appeared to signal his intent by putting the DR Congo flag on his Instagram bio.

    But The Telegraph say he is eager to be part of the Three Lions side for next year's European Championship.

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    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Manchester United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    Wales boss Ryan Giggs told the Webby and O’Neill Channel: “First of all he’s a really good lad with a good mentality.

    “All he has to do now is stay fit and play games because he’s got all the attributes.

    “He can handle the ball, he can even play midfield.

    “We thought about playing him there when he was fit under Louis.

    “When Louis came he was just going through a massive growth spurt so he had a few injuries, a few niggles. But he’s just got to stay fit.

    “He can read the game well, and he is quick — which he showed against PSG.

    “But he’s got to play games and when he plays games then his confidence will grow.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AXEL THE AXIS

    Manchester United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding at centre-half against superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the stunning 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

    But United legend and former first-team coach Ryan Giggs revealed he was considered for a starting place in the midfield under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

    And sources at Carrington believe he has similar qualities to record-signing Pogba, which have been obvious when he has played in the engine room during training.

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news

BARCELONA host rivals Real Madrid today for the first El Clasico of the new campaign.

It's been a poor start to the season for the hosts, with Lionel Messi and Co losing 1-0 to Getafe in their last La Liga game.

The visitors are the defending champions and aren't faring much better, losing their unbeaten tag in a shock home defeat to Cadiz last weekend before going down to Shakhtar in Europe.

When is Barcelona vs Real Madrid?

  • The first Clasico of 2020/21 will be held TODAY, October 24.
  • Kick-off is at 3pm BST.
  • When Madrid visited the Nou Camp last, they held the Catalan giants to a 0-0 draw in December 2019.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

You can catch this game live on LaLiga TV here in the UK.

Coverage will begin at 2.45pm.

LaLiga TV is available to subscribe to through Sky TV.

If you don't have Sky, you can also watch by subscribing to the Premier Player from £9.99/month.

What is the team news?

Neto will start between the sticks with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen out with a knee injury.

Samuel Umtiti is missing with a similar ailment, while Jordi Alba is expected to return following a hamstring complaint.

For Madrid, Eden Hazard and Martin Odegaard are both confirmed to be out through injury.

Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema are expected to come back into the side after the embarrassing defeat to Shakhtar in midweek.

Match odds

  • Barcelona to win – 21/20
  • Draw – 5/2
  • Real Madrid victory – 12/5

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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Woman spends £40,000 to live like she's in the 1960s

Ever wished you could live in a different era?

Gina Guearnieri has, and she decided to stop wishing and start doing.

The 57-year-old has spent £40,000 making every part of her life feel like the 1960s, from her sixties outfits to her furniture.

Even her mode of transport is sixties themed, as Gina, who calls herself a ‘mid-century magpie’, has four scooters, – three Vespas and a Lambretta – a 1966 Triumph Herald Convertible, and a 1959 Bedford CA Porthole Campervan.

She lives in a tiny bungalow full of 60s appliances and memoribilia, including crockery, a Dansette record player, and furnishings, with her longterm partner.

Gina, who lives in Worthing, West Sussex, became obsessed with the decade in the early 80s in her teens after buying a classic scooter and becoming a backing singer in an RnB band.

She never stopped loving the decade.

Gina said: ‘Living in the ’60s gives me so much more than a hobby.

‘I won’t use a modern high-fi, for instance. I think my favourite ’60s item would have to be my Dansette record player.

‘I love live music and often travel around the country and abroad to gigs.

‘Being able to have a weekend away for a gig and spend the daytime scouring the flea markets looking for more 60s jewels, while being able to wear my favourite cape and vintage boots, gives me the greatest pleasure. I really can’t imagine my life without being immersed in the sixties.

‘Often people visiting my home who don’t know me will comment that it’s like a museum, and that’s what makes me tick. I love stories, and most of my pieces have a history and occasionally carry battle scars.

‘As a 16 year old, I became fully submerged in London’s revival Mod culture and bought my first scooter in 1981 with birthday money from my mum. Over the subsequent years, I always had a scooter or classic car, and favoured 60s styling over any other.’

Gina never liked the late 70s and early 80s fashion in her teens and, after watching Franc Roddam hit film Quadrophenia, fell in love with the ’60s.

Gina, a publications editor for RSPCA, said: ‘It [Quadrophenia] showed me a way of life that I wanted to be ‘me’.

‘During the ’70s, I didn’t like the clothes and homewares that were in vogue then.

‘I joined a ’60s R’n’B band. I was out six nights a week, often only going home to get changed and then go back out again. Although it was the early 1980s, it felt to us like we were living in the ’60s – we had the times of our lives.

‘For me, the early to mid-sixties, was the most stylish and timeless period in terms of fashion, transport, music and homewares.

‘The mid-century influence is everywhere in modern-day life and that’s because it’s so highly regarded and rarely goes out of favour.’

The graduate, who was bought up by a fashionable English mother and Italian father in south London, particularly cherishes her 1965 record player.

‘I bought it about 10 years ago from a lady who was given it as a surprise for her 21st birthday in 1965,; Gina added.

‘It was played at her 21st birthday party and she cherished it and kept all the paperwork that came with it. When I went to collect it from her she was in tears because it had been in her life for 45 years and had given her nothing but happy memories. I promised to cherish it and use it, which I have done.’

Committing to a sixties theme hasn’t come cheap.

Gina estimates she has spent close to £40,000 making every part of her life feel like the 1960s.

But the joy she gets from her unique lifestyle makes all the expense worth it.

‘I’d describe myself as a mid-century magpie, with lots of little collections that I love to spend time building on,’ Gina said. ‘My collection of 1960s items includes commonplace bits such as crockery, but also more niche items such as capes, Oxo tins, crash helmets, door handles, atomic hooks, duffle bags, London maps.

‘Sourcing items gives me the greatest pleasure, and I try to avoid using online selling sites, because I prefer to wander around vintage markets, bootsales and charity shops.

‘I never set out with a shopping list, that’s the beauty of vintage shopping, you never know what you’re going to find. I start new collections almost weekly.

‘The main thing I love about the 60’s is the whole ‘Mod’ thing; so that look and feel. ‘Mod’ is short for Modernism so it is about the idea of always changing and evolving. So even though I love the music, feel and fashion of the 60’s, I feel like you need to evolve.’

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Tottenham vs LASK FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, and team news for TONIGHT'S Europa League opener

TOTTENHAM welcome Austrian side LASK to North London tonight as fans eagerly await a possible full second debut for Gareth Bale.

Spurs will be desperate to get back to winning ways after throwing away a three-goal lead to draw with West Ham on Sunday in the Premier League.

What time does Tottenham vs LASK kick off?

  • The match kicks off at 8pm UK time.
  • It will be played without fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

What TV channel is Tottenham vs LASK on and can I live stream it?

  • Tottenham vs LASK is live on BT Sport 2.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

Can I watch Tottenham vs LASK for free?

  • Viewers with an EE phone contract can get a three-month FREE trial of BT Sport.
  • Simply text SPORT to 150.

What is the team news?

Bale could be set to make his full second debut for Spurs but he will not be joined by fellow Welshman Joe Rodon, who wasn't registered in time to be included in the Europa League squad.

The likes of Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Harry Winks and Carlos Vinicius could be considered with Mourinho set to ring the changes.

However, the game may come too soon for Eric Dier.

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    8.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Dembele transfer was ‘AGREED’, Jones OUT of Premier League squad, Luis Gomes £14m switch – The Sun

    MANCHESTER UNITED are still pushing ahead with transfer business and have agreed a first option deal for Sporting wonderkid Luis Gomes.

    The Red Devils had also agreed a deal to loan Ousmane Dembele and sent him the papers to sign before the Barcelona winger pulled the plug.

    Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

    • Joe Brophy

      PSG 0 MAN UTD 1

      Bruno Fernandes has given the Red Devils a priceless lead in Paris.

      The Portuguese maestro initially missed from a spot-kick but bagged from the retake after Keylor Navas was adjusted to have taken his feet off the line.

      Keep up with live updates on SunSport's Live Blog HERE.

    • Joe Brophy

      SEEING RED

      Gary Neville has slammed the timing of a European Premier League.

      He told Sky Sports News: “The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

      “It's another wound for football. It doesn't feel like the right time to be talking about this.

      “The leak probably doesn't suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they're seen as the big, bad bullies.

      “I'm for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.”

    • Joe Brophy

      TELL TALES

      Alex Telles has been handed his Manchester United debut tonight while Anthony Martial returns from suspension to lead the line against PSG.

    • Joe Brophy

      SERG FOR A WAY OUT

      Manchester United have submitted their 25-man Premier League squad – and it's bad news for Phil Jones and Sergio Romero.

      Both players were linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer and unsurprisingly they have not made the cut.

      However, Marcos Rojo – who is back at United following his loan spell with Estudiantes – is included in the squad.

      Rojo has not played for United since November 2019.

      Romero meanwhile appears to have fallen to FOURTH choice at the club, with Dean Henderson No2 and veteran Lee Grant No3.

    • Joe Brophy

      BELE FLOP

      Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly had agreed all paperwork in a deadline day deal for Ousmane Dembele.

      France Football claim the Red Devils had struck a late move for the French winger before it fell through.

      The French outlet claims that Dembele opted to stay and fight for his place at Barca in a last-minute u-turn.

    • Joe Brophy

      CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

      Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes Bruno Fernandes could become the club’s permanent captain.

      He told talkSPORT: “For me, I can see that because he’s been very consistent.

      “He plays every game, his performances are nine out of ten. He always has an impact on the game.

      “You want to have players [where you can say], ‘he’s on the pitch, the captain’s on the pitch, he will carry us over the line.’”

    • Joe Brophy

      BOUNCE BACK

      Ex-Manchester United academy star Charlie Scott had been offered a lifeline in the Hong Kong Premier League after he was let go by the Red Devils following 14 years with them.

      Scott had been with United since he was six years old and many hoped he would graduate from the U23s into the first team.

      But the opportunity did not arise and United left his footballing hopes in tatters when they released him aged 20 in 2018.

      However Scott, now 23, has found new hope in Hong Kong after taking a couple years out of the game.

      The Athletic report that Happy Valley FC have enquired about him, after a long wait to get a work visa, he set off last week to Asia to begin the latest chapter of his unpredictable football journey.

      The academy star, from the same youth team as Marcus Rashford, found himself out of the game and working on a building site after being released.

    • Joe Brophy

      MARTIN LIPTON

      Comment: European Super League closest it’s EVER been with 50/50 split over whether £4.6bn plan will happen.

      SunSport's Martin Lipton says: “Here we go again.

      “Another plan for a European Super League. Same as all the other ones. Doomed to go nowhere.

      “”Except, perhaps, this time it REALLY is serious.

      The suggestion of a £4.6billion financing package and income of hundreds of millions per club would make even the mist arch cynic raise an eyebrow.

      “Factor in the reality that Europe’s biggest clubs are almost unanimous in their desire to open the financial floodgates in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, and the appeal becomes all the greater.

      “But when you also realise that a new competition would be the ultimate weapon in the bitter war between Fifa and Uefa, it is no wonder that significant sources believe there is a '50-50' chance of the idea becoming reality.”

    • Joe Brophy

      EU MUST BE JOKING

      Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Fifa over forming a European Premier League comprising of 18 teams.

      Following their failed Project Big Six proposal, the two giants of English football have up with a new plot.

      Here's how it may look…

    • Richard Forrester

      ALL BARC, NO BITE

      Manchester United had agreed a deadline day deal to sign Ousmane Dembele and sent the forms to the Barcelona winger to sign, according to reports.

      But France Football claim that with just three hours of the transfer window remaining, Dembele decided to stay at Barca, infuriating Ronald Koeman.

      Barcelona had already agreed a deal with Lyon to sign Koeman's Holland protege Memphis Depay as a replacement, but as a result of Dembele's change of heart, that deal also fell through.

      And the ramifications of the France international's decision were felt as far away as Leicester, who had expected to sell flop Islam Slimani to Lyon once they had got Depay off their books.

    • Richard Forrester

      EU WHAT?

      Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Fifa over forming a European Premier League comprising of 18 teams.

      Following their failed Project Big Six proposal, the two giants of English football have up with a new plot.

      That idea would have seen the Premier League reduce from 20 to 18 teams, with there to be no League Cup or Community Shield.

      And according to Sky News, financiers are assembling a £4.6billion funding package to assist the creation of the European Premier League.

      It has been stated that clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations about becoming founding members.

      Five English clubs are said to be allowed to join, with a provisional start date of 2022.

    • Richard Forrester

      EDIN FOR THE STARS

      Manchester United can “totally rely” on Edinson Cavani – according to his former boss at PSG Thomas Tuchel.

      The striker will miss out on making his Red Devils debut against his former side after revealing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he didn't feel ready to play.

      But Tuchel did not know that when he spoke highly of his former hitman, who left the club in the summer after seven successful years.

      He said in a pre-match press conference: “He is a polite person. Hard, hard worker. He will be there for every training [session], first minute until last minute.

      “Every game, first second until last second. You can totally rely on him.

      “If you played for so long in a club like ours and if you have such a connection with the fans, it's clear that you have character and deserve all this appreciation.

      “Hopefully he will show – not tomorrow, but from Wednesday on – he can convince all of you, I have nothing against that.

      “But tomorrow it is not necessary to prove me right.”

    • Richard Forrester

      TELL TALE

      Bruno Fernandes has been hailed as 'captain material' after footage emerged of him shouting at Alex Telles for not passing quickly enough.

      The playmaker, 26, transformed United's midfield after signing from Sporting Lisbon last January and is set to skipper Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for the first time against Paris Saint-Germain this week.

      And fans reckon he is the perfect man for the job after a clip showed Fernandes criticising new left-back Telles, 27, in training.

      It came after Telles – who arrived from Porto this summer – was intercepted in a passing drill, which Fernandes took exception to.

      The pair were former league rivals in Portugal.

      But United fans were full of praise for Fernandes as he took leadership on the training ground.

      One said: “Bruno Fernandes is 100% captain material. Losing his cool with Alex Telles for not moving the ball on quickly enough.

      “These are the levels we need!”

    • Richard Forrester

      DEADLINE DAYOT

      Jamie Carragher wants Liverpool to bounce back from Virgil Van Dijk’s injury blow by making a bold January transfer swoop for Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano.

      The Anfield icon reckons the RB Leipzig ace could be the solution to the Champion’s defensive woes with Van Dijk out of action following a grim tackle in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

      The influential Dutchman, who was a commanding defensive figure during Liverpool’s title-winning season last term, was on the receiving end of a horror challenge from Everton stopper Jordan Pickford.

      And the tackle from the England keeper, 26, who appeared unable to pull away in time, has led to damaged knee ligaments for the Anfield skipper.

      It is feared the Netherlands centre-back, 29, who is due to undergo surgery, could be out for the rest of the season.

      But it could also mean bad news for United who were looking to address their defensive woes in the January window.

      Carragher told Sky Sports Monday Night Football: “There’s a young guy everybody is talking about, Upamecano, who’s at Leipzig. There’s talk of him.

      “He’s not the profile of Van Dijk, I think he’s only 6ft 1in or 6ft 2in, but if that’s who Liverpool wanted next summer, bring it forward, pay extra money and do it on January 1.

    • Richard Forrester

      EDIN GONE

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Edinson Cavani 'didn't feel ready to play' against Paris Saint-Germain and will miss out on an emotional return.

      The Uruguayan striker left Ligue 1 champions PSG this summer after seven years in the French capital.

      He signed for United on a free during transfer deadline day, but will not play against his former club in the Champions League opener.

      Manager Solskjaer told RMC Sport: “We wanted him to be there too, but he went without playing for a long time.

      “We thought it was better for him to continue training. To better prepare.

      “Edi knows what he wants and what he needs. He didn't feel ready enough.”

    • Richard Forrester

      COVID-19 POSITIVES

      Eight people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Premier League’s latest round of testing.

      Burnley announced that Phil Bardsley tested positive before their 0-0 draw at West Brom last night and the Prem released a statement this morning confirming seven more.

      A Prem statement today read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 12 October and Sunday 18 October, 1,575 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

      “Of these, there were eight new positive tests.

      “Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of ten days.

      “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

      “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

    • Richard Forrester

      EURO EXTENSION

      The Champions League could be extended to 36 teams in the group phase.

      The idea is one of a number of options set to be considered by Uefa chiefs who are under pressure to agree a format ensuring more guaranteed games for clubs.

      Euro chiefs have to find a way of appeasing the demands of the influential European Club Association which is pushing for more income when the three Uefa club competitions are restructured from the 2024-25 season.

      And in addition to a plan for the current 32 team group stage to be split into four groups of eight, rather than eight groups of four, there are two potential 36-team models as well.

      Under one plan, there would be six groups of six in the initial phase, with the two teams in each group and best four third-placed teams going through to the last 16.

      That proposal guarantees each side 10 matches, four more than the current format.

      The other, more complicated plan, would see the adoption of the so-called “Swiss-system tournament”, by which the teams would be assigned 10 opponents of varying strengths by a computer programme.

    • Richard Forrester

      'EDIN NOWHERE'

      Manchester United have been rocked by injuries for their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without four first-team stars in Paris including captain Harry Maguire.

      The Man Utd chief will send out his best available XI to take on the reigning Ligue 1 champions at the Parc des Princes.

      But he will be forced to play with a weakened defence after both Maguire and Eric Bailly were left out of the squad due to injury.

      Edinson Cavani, who has finally completed his period of self-isolation following his deadline-day transfer, will also NOT make the XI against his old team.

      How's how we think United will line up against the French giants.

    • Richard Forrester

      'FULL RESPECT'

      Kylian Mbappe has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford for his fight against child poverty.

      The Paris Saint-Germain star and his team-mates will go head-to-head with the Manchester United forward in the Champions League group stages tonight.

      Mbappe is no stranger to helping those less fortunate than him either, running his own charity in France to help underprivileged kids.

      And he admits he has been blown away by Rashford’s efforts over recent months.

      Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: “To tackle an issue as important as child poverty is one of the most important things that somebody can do.

      “So I have full respect that he’s been doing that and trying to make a real change.

      “I do think there is a requirement for players to use their position to make a difference in the world.

      “We’ve been given so much and it’s important that we give back.”

    • Richard Forrester

      HAARD LUCK

      Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland reportedly favours a switch to join Real Madrid ahead of Manchester United.

      The 20-year-old has continued his goalscoring exploits this season having banged in five goals in six games for the Bundesliga outfit.

      And according to ABC, the ex-Red Bull Salzburg star is prioritising a move to the Bernabeu when he eventually departs Germany.

      They state that he is keen to play alongside Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard at Los Blancos.

      Relations between BVB and Real are understood to be excellent, with Dortmund signing Achraf Hakimi and Reinier Jesus on loan in recent campaigns.

      Haaland is believed to have a £65million release clause in his contract which will be active in 2022.

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      ALL BARC, NO BITE

      Manchester United had agreed a deadline day deal to sign Ousmane Dembele and sent the forms to the Barcelona winger to sign, according to reports.

      But France Football claim that with just three hours of the transfer window remaining, Dembele decided to stay at Barca, infuriating Ronald Koeman.

      Barcelona had already agreed a deal with Lyon to sign Koeman's Holland protege Memphis Depay as a replacement, but as a result of Dembele's change of heart, that deal also fell through.

      And the ramifications of the France international's decision were felt as far away as Leicester, who had expected to sell flop Islam Slimani to Lyon once they had got Depay off their books.

    • Gary Stonehouse

      MORNING, RED DEVILS!

      Manchester United will face Paris Saint-Germain with Bruno Fernandes captaining the side.

      The Portuguese midfielder was captured looking shocked at the news after regular skipper Harry Maguire did not travel for the Champions League game with a small muscle problem.

      Edinson Cavani also did not fly to Paris to face his former club after only just becoming available to play after self-isolating for two weeks.

      Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he ‘didn’t feel ready to play’.

      Solskjaer has denied that Mason Greenwood was left at home when Manchester United travelled to Paris because of disciplinary issues, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

      Rumours circulated over the weekend regarding the reason for his omission from the squad that faced Newcastle on Saturday.

      Manchester United 'misjudged' their chase of Jadon Sancho in the summer, according to Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.

      But the German giants' CEO admitted the England winger, 20, is 'not unsellable'.

      Upset Phil Jones wants to quit Manchester United in January after being brutally axed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

      The ex-England defender is not in any of United’s plans this season, after being left out of their Europa League squad.

      SunSport understands the ex-Blackburn youngster wants to leave and kick-start his career elsewhere in England.

      United only extended his contract last year until 2023 – keeping him on a deal worth nearly £100,000-a-week before bonuses.

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      CAVING A DAY OFF

      Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Edinson Cavani 'didn't feel ready to play' against Paris Saint-Germain and will miss out on an emotional return.

      The Uruguayan striker left Ligue 1 champions PSG this summer after seven years in the French capital.

      He signed for United on a free during transfer deadline day, but will not play against his former club in the Champions League opener.

      Manager Solskjaer told RMC Sport: “We wanted him to be there too, but he went without playing for a long time.

      “We thought it was better for him to continue training. To better prepare.

      “Edi knows what he wants and what he needs. He didn't feel ready enough.”

    • Josh Graham

      FER REAL?

      Bruno Fernandes was captured giving a shocked reaction after finding out he will captain Manchester United for first time against PSG.

      With regular skipper Harry Maguire not travelling for the Champions League game, Fernandes will take the armband.

      And he appeared surprised when finding out the news in the pre-match press conference next to his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

      Fernandes said: “I was not expecting this, for me it's an honour to be captain of Manchester United.

      “It is an important achievement for me but I think everyone is the captain, everyone needs to help and be a leader in their own way, leadership is different in every player.

      “The game will not be about me but the team but leading is every day on the training ground, every game and everyone is doing their job to lead the team in the way they think is best.”

    • Josh Graham

      OL TOGETHER NOW

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied that Mason Greenwood was left at home when Manchester United travelled to Paris because of disciplinary issues, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

      Rumours circulated over the weekend regarding the reason for his omission from the squad that faced Newcastle on Saturday.

      While he has been training, Greenwood did not travel with the team for the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

      Solskjaer gave a flat ‘no’ when the notion of a disciplinary issue was put to him.

      But he would not say what injury the striker was suffering from to keep him out the squad.

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    8am Arsenal news LIVE: Joelson Fernandes £17m transfer bid, Ozil LATEST, Aubameyang blasts critics – The Sun

    MESUT OZIL looks set to be left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the midfielder.

    Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

    Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

    • Gary Stonehouse

      GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS!

      Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Rapid Vienna is expected to go ahead and the side will still travel despite a positive Covid-19 test within the Austrian team's squad.

      Mikel Arteta treated Alexandre Lacazette with ‘disrespect’, according to Andy Cole.

      The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

      Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

      He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.”

      Gunners outcast Shkodran Mustafi is set for a move back to Germany as the Daily Mail reports he will move ‘home’ next year.

      Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

      The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out and hasn’t played since March 7.

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back at angry Arsenal fans after they criticised him for laughing with Ilkay Gundogan at the weekend.

      The Gunners striker, 31, was seen joking with his old Borussia Dortmund pal after his side lost 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

      But fans fumed and the Gabon ace wrote on his Instagram story: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”

    • Josh Graham

      GO ON MY SON

      Arsenal missed out on Portuguese starlet Joelson Fernandes after his father advised him to sign a new contract at Sporting Lisbon.

      Liverpool, Manchester City, Ajax and Barcelona are all said to have taken an interest in the winger, 17.

      But Joelson's dad Eusebio Fernandes wanted to honour his current club and agree a new deal.

      A £17million bid arrived from Arsenal with Eusebio speaking of proposals that would 'make any businessman tired'.

      And Joelson stayed in Lisbon with a new contract containing a £54.5m release clause.

      The player's father told Portuguese newspaper O Democrata: “It was an extremely difficult and very complicated process.

      “Because there were tough moments in the negotiations for Joelson Fernandes to stay at Sporting.

      “My wish was always for him to stay at the club, but due to his quality as a footballer, he had calls from several European clubs.”

    • Josh Graham

      RAPID RECOVERY

      Arsenal's Europa League opener versus Rapid Vienna is expected to go ahead despite a positive coronavirus test inside the Austrian side's squad.

      The club have confirmed an unnamed player's diagnosis with the illness, which also struck down Mikel Arteta in the spring.

      Routine tests uncovered a single case of coronavirus with additional checks set to take place ahead of Thursday's game.

      Arsenal are still due to travel to the Austrian capital for the Group B clash.

    • Josh Graham

      PARTEY POOPER

      Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained his decision not to start new signing Thomas Partey against Man City.

      Partey was signed from Atletico Madrid for £45million on deadline day but Arteta kept him on the bench until the 83rd minute.

      Arteta told the club's website: “We will see how quickly we can make it with him.

      “I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really and there’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that.

      “But I think when he came on he looked good.”

    • Josh Graham

      NOT ARSE-D

      Arsene Wenger slammed Jose Mourinho's behaviour as childlike.

      The Portuguese boss claimed he didn't feature in the former Arsenal manager's book because Wenger never beat him.

      Wenger told Canal +: “It doesn’t bother me. It is permanent provocation.

      “I feel like I’m in kindergarten with him. But, that’s part of his personality.

      “It’s wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not ‘you’ who wins, you only participate in the victory.

      “It is ‘us’ who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team.”

    • Josh Graham

      TAKING THE MIK

      Andy Cole raged at Mikel Arteta's 'disrespectful' decision to start Willian through the middle and bench Alexandre Lacazette against Man City.

      Cole said on Talksport: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

      “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward. You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

    • Josh Graham

      STERLING EFFORT

      Arsenal are a 'tough team', according to Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

      City beat the Gunners 1-0 at the Etihad over the weekend – a blow for former Citizens No2 and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

      Sterling told City's website: “(Arsenal) closed the pitch well and they had some good chances as well. It was a tough team to play against and Mikel has them well drilled.”

    • Josh Graham

      'LOT OF BLA BLA'

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back at angry Arsenal fans after they criticised him for laughing with Ilkay Gundogan at the weekend.

      The Gunners striker, 31, was seen laughing and joking with the German after his side lost 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

      Catching up with his old Borussia Dortmund pal left fans fuming – as they took to Twitter in droves to slate their skipper.

      On his Instagram story, the Gabon ace posted a picture of himself working out on an exercise bike.

      He captioned it: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”

    • Josh Graham

      BIG MAC

      Arsenal fans were left drooling after Katie McCabe buried an incredible free-kick in the North London derby.

      It took just four minutes for the Ireland skipper to show her set-piece prowess against Tottenham.

      It was the first goal in a 6-1 North London derby rout on Sunday.

      Check out the stunning effort.

    • Josh Graham

      IT'S PER-SONAL

      Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

      The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent months and hasn't played since the 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7.

      Former Gunners captain Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast: “A lot has changed away from the field.

      “He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed.

      “I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used.”

    • Richard Forrester

      IT'S A MUST

      Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi is set for a move back to Germany.

      The defender is in the last year of his £90,000-a-week contract with Mikel Arteta eager to get him off the wage book.

      And the Daily Mail report how the he is eyeing a move back 'home' next year.

      Mustafi won't be short of options with plenty of Bundesliga clubs prepared to land him for nothing.

    • Richard Forrester

      CAN'T ADAM AND EVE IT

      Arsenal legend Tony Adams has urged Mikel Arteta to switch to a back four following the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.

      The Gunners boss once again opted to start three central defenders with two wing-backs, though the formation left them lacking in creativity in the final third.

      Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 54-year-old said: “I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season.

      “It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he wants to build for the future.

      “I think he’s got problems with Hector [Bellerin], I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all.

      “But I’d like him to go to a back four. They’ve got Gabriel now, get him a partnership.

      “They’ve been unlucky at the start with [Rob] Holding going down but get them into a back four.

      “They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s got a bit of presence and build for the future.”

    • Richard Forrester

      ART ATTACK

      Andy Cole believes Mikel Arteta showed 'disrespect' to Alexandre Lacazette.

      The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

      Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

      He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

      “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward.

      “You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

    • Richard Forrester

      SHRIMPING VIOLET

      Arsenal youngster James Olayinka has joined Southend on loan until January 27.

      The midfielder is desperate for first team action and is desperate to get involved at the struggling League Two side.

      Versatile 20-year-old Olayinka will stay with the Essex side until at least January.

      And he reckons his style of play will be well-suited to the Roots Hall outfit.

      Speaking after the signing was announced, Olayinka said: “I’m very pleased and very excited to be here.

      “It’s a good place for me to continue my career and a good place for me to grow as a young footballer too.

      “It’s also a good opportunity to get more minutes and more experience.

      “After watching them [Southend] at the start of the season and even last season as well, the way they play is the way I think football should be played and they keep the ball on the ground.

      “They pass and move and look to attack and score goals and that’s something I can help the team with.”

    • sstreet

      PUEL THE OTHER ONE

      Arsenal have been blasted by Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel for leaving William Saliba out of their Europa League squad after refusing to loan him out.

      The French club, where Saliba grew up and spent last season on loan, were keen to keep him for another year but no deal was agreed.

      And Puel said: It was short-term [thinking], even for a young player. A superb player like William, to whom I wish the best, has not even made it to Arsenal’s Europa League squad.

      “Where is the logic, if not financial? He had a great desire to join us. The club are a bit like family and friends [to him]. His adaptation would have been instant.

      “This would have happened if all the conditions had met. It had to remain consistent with our finances and his contract, particularly for the management.”

    • Richard Forrester

      SCHOOLBOY STUFF

      Arsene Wenger said his relationship with Jose Mourinho is 'like Kindergarten' as their fallout continues.

      Wenger's autobiography, My Life in Red and White, was released this month, a little over two years since the 70-year-old left Arsenal after 22 years in charge.

      But the Gunners legend left out any inclusion of rival Mourinho because he wanted it to be a 'positive book’.

      The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager responded by insisting his omission in Wenger's memoirs was 'because he never beat me'.

      But Wenger hit back, as he told Canal+: “It doesn't bother me. It is permanent provocation.

      “I feel like I'm in kindergarten with him. But, that's part of his personality.

      “It's wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not 'you' who wins, you only participate in the victory.

      “It is 'us' who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team.”

    • Gary Stonehouse

      GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS!

      Juventus are looking to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouar from Lyon in the January transfer window.

      According to Tuttosport, the Italian giants are in the lead in the race to sign the Frenchman.

      However, the Gunners have been named as one of the sides 'to watch out for'.

      Vivianne Miedema smashed the all-time scoring record for the Women’s Super League, as she hit a hat-trick against Tottenham.

      The strike sensation took her tally up to 52 goals in just 50 appearances.

      Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes boss Mikel Arteta made a mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa this summer.

      Speaking after Arsenal's slim 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City, Adams said: “I think the recruitment has been very poor in the last few years to be honest with you.

      “I was hoping and praying at the start of the season. One with the goalkeeper situation which I disagreed with him.

      “I thought we should have kept Martinez and two with the back four.

      Arsenal new boy Willian has been slammed for his dismal display against Manchester City, the winger made just 20 passes and only touched the ball 32 times.

    • Joshua Mbu

      ARSENAL TWITTER REACTS

      Arsenal fans took to twitter after North London rivals Tottenham bottled a 3-0 lead at home to West Ham, with nine minutes remaining!

    • Joshua Mbu

      JUVE EYE AOUAR

      Juventus are lining up a move for Arsenal target Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

      According to Tuttosport, the Italian giants are in the lead in the race to sign the Frenchman.

      However, the Gunners have been named as one of the sides 'to watch out for'.

      Aouar was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer window, but a fee could not be agreed to bring the player to London.

    • Joshua Mbu

      WORK HORSE

      Diego Simeone has praised Lucas Torreira's work rate after the on-loan Arsenal player made his Atletico debut in the 2-0 win against Celta Vigo.

      Simeone praised the midfielder for his lung busting performance and believes Torreira will settle in well.

      Speaking after the game, Simeone said: “He is a very hard-working boy, we are going to need him.

      “He competes very well, he will give us a lot of strength there in the middle of the court, when he obviously picks up the pace of the game.

      “His speed characteristics, going out quickly in the circulation of the ball in the middle will generate more speed in that part of the middle of the pitch and well, hopefully he will find the best form.”

    • Joshua Mbu

      LEGEND

      Thierry Henry, what a player.

    • Joshua Mbu

      MIGHTY MIE

      Vivianne Miedema smashed the all-time scoring record for the Women’s Super League, as she hit a hat-trick against Tottenham.

      The strike sensation took her tally up to 52 goals in just 50 appearances.

      Fans have branded Miedema “ice-cold” in the past for not celebrating her goals – but there was no stopping the Dutch ace cracking a smile on Sunday.

      She coolly hit a first-half hat-trick before making way for Lotte Wubben-Moy on 63 minutes.

      Arsenal boss, Joe Montemurro said: “We see from a football perspective week by week the contribution Viv makes as a footballer, but I’m blessed and lucky to be a part of her everyday scenario.

      “She is an amazing person for the team and I’m blessed to have 23 players that work for each other.

      “Viv is a part of that, off the ball she is also an amazing person.

      “She wants to get better and challenge herself. I’m enjoying working with her, and as long as Viv is smiling we will keep seeing a better Viv.”

    • Joshua Mbu

      DOMINANT DISPLAY

      Arsenal women beat North London rivals Tottenham 6-1!

      Goals from Katie McCabe, Caitlin Foord and a first half hat-trick from Vivianne Miedema sent Arsenal into half-time with a healthy 5-0 lead.

      Caitlin Foord grabbed her second of the evening in the 64th minute putting Arsenal out of sight.

      Lucia Leon would strike later on for Spurs but it was too little too late.

    • Joshua Mbu

      EMI NO GO

      Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes boss Mikel Arteta made a mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa this summer.

      Martinez joined Dean Smith's Villa for £20million just months after playing a key role in Arsenal's FA Cup success.

      With Leno returning to fitness, Martinez took it upon himself to seek first team regular football.

      Speaking after Arsenal's slim 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City, Adams said: “I think the recruitment has been very poor in the last few years to be honest with you.

      “He’s doing a miracle job (Arteta) with them by putting an FA Cup on the sideboard last season.

      “I was hoping and praying at the start of the season. One with the goalkeeper situation which I disagreed with him.

      “I thought we should have kept Martinez and two with the back four.

      “I think after his time last season playing 3-4-3 he would have gone back to 4-3-3 go back into a back four and train the back four, work with them.”

    • Joshua Mbu

      BIG SIX

      Arsenal do not have the best away days against the big six in the Premier League.

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    8pm Man Utd news LIVE: Luis Gomes £14m transfer deal AGREED, Sancho still available for £108m, Valverde-Pogba ‘exchange’ – The Sun

    MANCHESTER UNITED are still making waves in the transfer market despite the window having shut.

    Reports in Portugal suggest the Red Devils have agreed a first refusal deal with Sporting for wonderkid Luis Gomes, while a swap between Paul Pogba and Federico Valverde has been mooted.

    Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

    • Josh Graham

      TELL TALE

      Bruno Fernandes has been hailed as 'captain material' after footage emerged of him shouting at Alex Telles for not passing fast enough.

      The midfielder, 26, transformed United's midfielder after signing from Sporting Lisbon last January and is set to skipper Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for the first time against Paris Saint-Germain this week.

      And fans reckon he is the perfect man for the job after a clip showed Fernandes criticising new left-back Telles, 27, in training.

      It came after Telles – who arrived from Porto this summer – was intercepted in a passing drill, which Fernandes took exception to.

      The pair were former league rivals in Portugal.

    • Josh Graham

      HUGILL DEAL

      Manchester United teen sensation Joe Hugill is in line to sign his first professional Old Trafford contract after wowing the Prem giants, according to reports.

      The former Sunderland starlet is thought to be ready to put pen to paper just three months after joining the Red Devils’ reserves.

      Hugill, who turned 17 today, made a £300,000 switch from Sunderland to United this summer.

      It is thought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men beat Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for the teenager’s signature.

      And Manchester Evening News claims the starlet's deal with the Red Devils, who play Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday, will run until 2023.

    • Josh Graham

      USED TO BE HERR

      Ex-Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera opened up on his controversial Old Trafford exit.

      The 31-year-old will come up against his old side tomorrow night with PSG.

      And he said: “My intention was not to leave the club and I was happy there – as happy as I am now here, It was not a secret.

      “I was negotiating for more than one year but I expected more from the board after my third season at the club when I was player of the year.

      “They didn’t come to me that summer; they didn’t even call me. And that was very painful for me because I had a feeling that I was giving everything.”

      But Herrera said he would still give Ed Woodward 'a hug' despite their difference of opinion.

    • Josh Graham

      NEMAN OR VAN?

      The debate between who is better between Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic and Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk has reignited.

      Pundit Danny Murphy said VVD is the best centre–back he had 'ever seen'.

      But Red Devils fans weren't having it, so SunSport decided to pit their stats against each other.

      Who do you think is best?

    • Josh Graham

      WAT YOU DOING?

      Manchester United 'misjudged' their chase of Jadon Sancho in the summer, according to Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.

      But the German giants' CEO admitted the England winger, 20, is 'not unsellable'.

      United had offered £70m plus add-ons for Sancho – but Dortmund remained firm all summer, with the winger committing his future to the club, despite reportedly being keen on a move back to England.

      Watzke said: “”[Man Utd] misjudged the situation. We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.

      “In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.

      “I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he’s here. We had an agreement with him.”

    • Josh Graham

      EDIN NOWHERE

      Here's how Manchester United could now line-up against PSG, WITHOUT Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani.

      They play in Paris tomorrow night but neither player has travelled.

      The Red Devils bring some form into the game after a late rally against Newcastle saw them run out 4-1 winners on Saturday.

    • Richard Forrester

      EDIN HOME

      Edinson Cavani and Harry Maguire have NOT flown to Paris with the Manchester United squad ahead of the Champions League clash with PSG.

      The Red Devils take on the French champions on Tuesday night in their tournament curtain-raiser.

      Cavani expected to make his debut against his old club after being released at the end of last season.

      But the Uruguayan was not in the squad flying out to France.

      Cavani has only just become available to play after self-isolating for two weeks after travelling to England and has been left behind to work on his fitness.

      Captain Maguire also misses out having come under increasing pressure in recent weeks after a string of sub-par displays for club and country.

    • Richard Forrester

      ED IN THE CLOUDS

      Edinson Cavani is still one of THE best strikers in world football according to his former boss at PSG Thomas Tuchel.

      The club’s greatest ever goalscorer with 200 goals in 301 games parted company with Tuchel at the end of last season when his contract ran out.

      Manchester United snapped the 33-year-old free agent up with no competition for the Uruguayan's signature on transfer deadline day.

      Tuchal said: “He was the best scorer, wrote part of our club's history. He's definitely a great player.

      “He’s a sensitive guy like all strikers, he lives for goals, lives for scoring, when he scores he has the confidence and is one of THE No.9s in world football.”

      “They have got themselves a great personality in Edi.

      “He is very polite almost a bit shy, and a very, very hard, hard worker.

      “He will be in there every training from the first second until the last second, you can totally rely on him.

      “It's clear if you play for so long in a club like ours and have the connection with the fans he had it's clear you have character and deserve this appreciation.”

    • Richard Forrester

      JAV-ING A LAUGH

      Ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez missed a sitter for LA Galaxy and their fans were NOT happy.

      The Mexican blazed over from six yards after Boca Juniors loanee Cristian Pavon had put it on a plate for him during Galaxy’s MLS clash with Vancouver Whitecaps.

      The teams were drawing 0-0 in the 84th minute when the chance presented itself.

      And it did not take long for fans of the MLS club to get on the 32-year-old’s back.

      Replying to the footage on Twitter, Mario uploaded a picture of a clown and wrote: “Remember a year ago when everyone was hyping him up.

      “This guy has not done anything at all.”

      Another added: “Ffs man, Chicharito is so s***. You simply CAN’T miss those chances.”

    • Richard Forrester

      ED DEVIL

      Edinson Cavani is reportedly furious with PSG after being left off their 50th anniversary post and allegedly wants revenge when they play in Paris

      Cavani, 33, was left off of a social media post by PSG celebrating their 50th birthday in August.

      The post featured the club’s favourite players of all-time, minus Cavani.

      The Manchester United ace is said to be furious about the snub and is desperate to play against them when the sides meet tomorrow, according to the Mail.

      Cavani had an illustrious time in France where he won 19 trophies with the Ligue 1 champions

      He scored 200 goals in 301 games during his seven years at the club and in the 2016/17 season he netted a stunning 49 goal in just 50 games.

    • Richard Forrester

      NOT PHIL-ING GOOD

      EXCLUSIVE: Upset Phil Jones wants to quit Manchester United in January after being brutally axed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

      The ex-England defender is not in any of United’s plans this season, after being left out of their Europa League squad.

      The 28-year-old has not played a single minute so far this season, and made just two Premier League appearances last year.

      SunSport understands the ex-Blackburn youngster wants to leave and kick-start his career elsewhere in England.

      A number of Premier League clubs have shown interest in him in the past, and Fulham looked at him this previous summer.

      United only extended his contract last year until 2023 – keeping him on a deal worth nearly £100,000-a-week before bonuses.

    • Richard Forrester

      FUMING ROO

      Wayne Rooney has revealed he’s angry he has to self-isolate after testing negative for coronavirus – because he will now miss ‘vital games for Derby’.

      The Manchester United legend, 34, was forced to take an emergency Covid test after he was visited at home by an infected pal.

      Josh Bardsley, 21, presented Rooney with a luxury watch last Thursday, before he later tested positive for the virus.

      England’s all-time record goal-scorer then played for Derby on Friday night.

      Rooney tweeted: “Just received the news that my covid-19 test has shown I do not have the virus.

      “Delighted for myself and family but obviously angry and disappointed that I now have to self-isolate and miss vital games for @dcfcofficial.”

    • Richard Forrester

      YOUNG GUN

      Manchester United are to offer youngster Joe Hugill his first professional contract.

      The 16-year-old has only been at the club for three months following his £300,000 move from Sunderland.

      But the striker has instantly impressed and has even been promoted to the Under-23 squad.

      He turns 17 on Monday and the Manchester Evening News report that he will celebrate with a new three-year deal.

    • Richard Forrester

      ED IN THE GAME

      Manchester United new boy Edinson Cavani trained with his team-mates for the first time on Sunday.

      The Uruguayan finished a two-week quarantine period on Saturday and could now make his United debut against his old club Paris Saint-Germain.

      Cavani signed an eye-watering £200,000-a-week contract on deadline day after his PSG contract expired this summer.

      But due to Covid-19 rules, he had to lock himself away for 14 days after his move to England.

      That meant he missed out on United’s impressive 4-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday.

      But he was put through his paces at Carrington yesterday meaning the 33-year-old could line up with his new team for the first time in the Champions League tomorrow.

    • Richard Forrester

      LU-K WHO'S COMING

      Manchester United have agreed a first refusal deal for Sporting Lisbon youngster Luis Gomes, according to reports.

      The 16-year-old midfielder has been dubbed the new Luis Figo and the Red Devils look set to land him for just £14million.

      Gomes signed a five-year contract with the Portuguese side last week but is expected to move on to one of Europe’s elite clubs before too long.

      Having signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcos Rojo, Bruno Fernandes and Nani from Sporting in recent years, United have a positive relationship with the Primeira Liga outfit.

      And that has seen them agree a £14m deal for Gomes if Sporting decide to sell him, according to the Mirror.

    • Richard Forrester

      CAV A GO

      Manchester United take on Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in the French capital as they begin their Champions League campaign.

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will likely have one eye on Saturday’s huge Premier League clash with Chelsea.

      But the Man Utd chief will send out his best available XI to take on the reigning Ligue 1 champions at the Parc des Princes.

      And that could mean a debut for Edinson Cavani, who has finally completed his period of self-isolation following his deadline-day transfer.

      Here's how we think United will shape up against PSG.

    • Richard Forrester

      ALL ADS UP

      Adnan Januzaj… remember him?

      The ex-Manchester United ace helped fire Real Sociedad to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Real Betis at the weekend.

      The 25-year-old has started the season in impressive form. Check out his goal below.

    • Richard Forrester

      NEV-ER PAYING FOR THAT

      Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed he refused to pay £14.95 to watch the club's 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday.

      The 45-year-old – who blasted the Red Devils for joking about fans not being allowed into St James' Park prior to kick-off – instead followed the match on Sky Sports News.

      Neville stated that he did not pay £14.95 to watch the encounter, though he did show his delight at the club's victory by posting a selfie of him with a glass of wine.

      During the latter stages of the match, the former Valencia gaffer uploaded the boozy snap, leading Jamie Carragher to ask: “So you paid the PPV? Thought you were against it @GNev2.”

      To which Neville commented: “Sky Sports News James.”

      He then followed this up by tweeting out a selfie of him watching Sky Sports News, showing United leading Newcastle 3-1, before Marcus Rashford scored in the 96th minute.

    • Richard Forrester

      BRU WHAT?

      Bruno Fernandes congratulated Karl Darlow after he became the first Premier League goalkeeper to save one of his penalties.

      The midfielder had scored from the spot ten times in a row since he joined Manchester United in January.

      But his 100 per cent record ended during Sunday's showdown with Newcastle.

      According to Utd report, the 26-year-old said: “Congratulations to him.

      “He is the first goalkeeper in the Premier League to save a penalty from me.”

    • sstreet

      GOING GOING GOM

      Manchester United could be set to make their first January signing.

      According to the Mirror, the Red Devils have agreed a first refusal deal with Sporting to sign wonderkid Luis Gomes for a fee of £14m.

      United are very familiar with Sporting and their production line, having signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Nani from the club.

      And midfielder Gomes has been tipped by figures at the club to become the next Luis Figo.

    • Gary Stonehouse

      GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS!

      Manchester United have been given hope of signing Jadon Sancho next year.

      United were found wanting in their pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer, after failing to pay the German outfit's £108million asking price.

      But Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has hinted United may have a chance of landing their man if they renew their interest at the end of the season.

      Watzke said: “In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.

      “I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone.

      “But he's here. We had an agreement with him.”

      Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised new boy Donny van de Beek for his substitution cameo in the 4-1 win against Newcastle.

      Solskjaer said: “He’ll get his game-time. He’s been fantastic in the group, I think you see today and in training, he’s so neat and tidy, I don’t think he lost the ball once.

      “It’s about finding the balance in the team. We’ve won 4-1 today and you’re asking why I didn’t start one of the players. He’ll have a very good impact on the team.”

      Manchester United flop Morgan Schneiderlin blasted Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford reign and revealed he would have to whinge to his wife to let off steam.

      The Dutchman's time in charge was unpopular with many players and Schneiderlin is just the latest to vent his spleen.

      The former Southampton man also slammed LVG's 'strict' playing style and said the 69-year-old boss affected his confidence.

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      OLD WIVES TALE

      Manchester United flop Morgan Schneiderlin has blasted Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford reign and revealed he would have to whinge to his wife to let off steam.

      The Dutchman's time in charge was unpopular with many players and Schneiderlin is just the latest to vent his spleen.

      The former Southampton man also slammed LVG's 'strict' playing style and said the 69-year-old boss affected his confidence.

      The 30-year-old's damning verdict comes hot on the heels of ex-teammate Rafael's blistering attack on van Gaal.

      Schneiderlin recounted van Gaal saying United played with a style “which was too strict.

      “We were told: 'When you have the ball you have to do this' instead of playing with my gut like I had done with Pochettino and Koeman.

      “The worse thing for a football player is when you think too much. I started to think: 'Ah, the manager wants me to do this'.

      “You lose your instinct, your start to force things, you miss passes, you arrive too late for a challenge. Your confidence goes down.

      “I would play a very good game and then a very bad game. I wasn’t confident enough. I started to complain to my wife.

      “It hurts me even now that I couldn’t play freely at United.

      “The pressure of the club was no problem to me. I like pressure, I need pressure and adrenaline.

      “The fans were good to me in the street. The problem was me because I knew I had so much to give but I couldn’t give it because I felt restricted.”

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      CAUGHT BY SURPRISE

      Manchester United midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Aaron Wan-Bissakaleft his team-mates stunned after scoring in yesterday's 4-1 win against Newcastle.

      Wan-Bissaka is known for his defensive ability, but last night he went out of his comfort zone venturing forward and scoring an absolute peach!

      Fernandes says the defender left his team-mates stunned as they “didn't know he could shoot”.

      Speaking to MUTV after the game, Fernandes said: “[We were so happy] because we didn't know he can shoot!

      “So it's difficult for us believing he can score because we never see him shooting.

      “We were talking about it now in the dressing room and asking him because we all were thinking he wanted to cross and he makes a bad ball and scores.

      “But I'm happy for him, he deserved the goal and we always ask this from him. Be more positive, be more in the box, try and improve because he has such good qualities.

      “Everyone knows about him being a defensive player and everything but he needs to show that he's more than a defensive player and I think he has the qualities to show that.”

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      HEAD UP HARRY

      It has undeniably been a difficult start to the season for Harry Maguire.

      From the drama in Greece, to last weeks sending off in England's defeat to Denmark in the Nations League.

      Maguire responded in the best way possible, scoring in United's 4-1 win against Newcastle.

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      BE WARNED

      Kylian Mbappe has warned Manchester United that he won't hold back when former team-mate Edinson Cavani returns to Paris Saint-Germain.

      Mbappe used to link up regularly with the new Red Devils striker during their days together in France.

      But now they will be opponents during a mouth-watering clash on matchday one in the Champions League.

      Mbappe, 21, reckons it would not be weird to face his old attacking partner and says instead the Ligue 1 champions will be gunning for victory.

      According to Get Football News France, the French ace said on Cavani: “He is in a different team now, I wish him the best.

      “We are going to play against him and try to beat him.”

      Meanwhile, the Uruguayan forward says he will feel “beautiful emotions” if he makes his debut against his former team.

      He said on facing PSG: “I am going to experience an exceptional moment, that nobody thought would happen.

      “It will be an incredible thing, beautiful emotions.”

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