Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has invited Sir Alex Ferguson to give the team talk ahead of his side's game against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. Ferguson -- who guided United to 13 Premier League titles and ended his reign as manager in 2013 -- will return to the dugout in May for the first time since undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage when he takes charge of a United side in a charity match.
Jurgen Klopp said snow on the Anfield pitch was a factor in Liverpool missing the opportunity to open a seven-point gap over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a third-minute lead but they were unable to beat Leicester, eventually drawing 1-1, with their passing game affected by the conditions.
Manchester United are sweating on Paul Pogba's fitness ahead of the trip to Leicester on Sunday after he picked up an injury against Burnley, sources have told ESPN FC. The France international was limping heavily as he left Old Trafford following the 2-2 draw on Tuesday night and will be assessed by medical staff before a decision is made about whether he can feature at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
The outlook wasn't the brightest for Manchester United's Ander Herrera in August 2018. The Spaniard was entering into the last year of his contract - courtesy of an extension being activated, a process which was not made public. Herrera had all but lost his place to Nemanja Matic last season when he started only 22 games, exactly half his total from the previous season. Only 13 of those starts came in the league, unlucky for him as he scored no goals. And he had the prospect of Fred, another midfielder who cost £52 million, for competition.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will wait until the last minute to pick his team to play Arsenal as he faces the prospect of lining up with just three fit defenders. Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Diogo Dalot -- who have made two Premier League starts between them this season -- are the only defenders certain to be available to play Unai Emery's side at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Ashley Young is suspended and Victor Lindelof will miss out because of a thigh injury. There are also doubts over five others including Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw.
Billed as the biggest clash of playing styles in the Premier League since the Arsenal vs. Stoke fixtures of the Rory Delap era, City had to be patient. Despite a 3-0 half-time lead, the first goal did not go in until the 32nd minute. That they ended five goals clear was evidence that the midweek defeat to Lyon was not playing on anyone's mind.
Three quick thoughts from Liverpool's 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon. 1. Liverpool show no signs of complacency as they cruise past Southampton. It was game No. 600 in management for Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool boss will have had few more straightforward matches than this one. Liverpool had their sixth-straight Premier League win sewn up at half-time to maintain their flawless start and reclaim top spot from Chelsea. A Wesley Hoedt own goal after 10 minutes kicked off proceedings and was followed up by Joel Matip's towering header. Mohamed Salah then ended a three-game run without a goal deep into first-half stoppage time.
Jose Mourinho has asked executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to sell forward Anthony Martial before the European transfer window closes next week, says the Star. The Manchester United manager is adamant Martial is not good enough and wants his sale to raise funds to spend on new signings in January. But Woodward is refusing to sell Martial for less than top dollar, the paper adds.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has hit out at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for not backing Jose Mourinho in the summer. Mourinho spent £68 million on three new players during the transfer window including £47m midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. But Neville believes Woodward should have "shown faith" in his manager and brought in a centre-back, particularly after rewarding the Portuguese with a new contract in January.
Chelsea take on Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday as the new season gets underway with the Community Shield. There's plenty of intrigue, too: a look at how Maurizio Sarri has imposed his style on Chelsea, Riyad Mahrez potentially starting for Manchester City and another new-boy, Jorginho, set to line up for the Blues, having seemed destined for Manchester.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said World Cup stars should cut out the play-acting but it is unfair to single out Neymar. Brazil forward Neymar has been heavily criticised for diving during the tournament but Mourinho said he was not the only one and accused England defender Harry Maguire of doing the same during the victory over Colombia. "People are focusing on Neymar, but if it was only Neymar I'd be happy -- but it's not only Neymar," he told RT.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman called on the club to hire an experienced manager like Carlo Ancelotti to take over for Arsene Wenger, and hopes the long-time boss' decision to step down will unite fans behind the team again. Seaman told ESPN FC in an interview that he was "a little bit surprised but also a little bit pleased" to hear Wenger will end his Arsenal reign at the end of the season, since it will ensure he gets a fitting send-off from Arsenal fans.
Jose Mourinho has named an unchanged team for Manchester United's trip to Swansea City, while defender Victor Lindelof comes into the squad for the first time this season. Mourinho has kept faith with the XI that comfortably beat West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford last weekend. Summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic both start at the Liberty Stadium, along with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Romelu Lukaku needed little more than half an hour to open his Manchester United account. Having joined the Old Trafford club from Everton for £75million this summer, Lukaku was the benefactor of some good midfield play from Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford. The striker than smashed the ball past Joe Hart, via the post, to send the famous ground into raptures. And he repeated the trick seven minutes into the second half to effectively wrap up the points.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea on a three-year contract. United will pay Chelsea a £40 million transfer fee, sources said, to reunite Matic with Jose Mourinho, who brought the midfielder to Stamford Bridge in January 2014. The 28-year-old becomes Mourinho's third signing of the summer after the arrivals of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku and takes United's summer spending toward £150m. Mourinho told the club's official website: "Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.
Manchester City and Liverpool will be participating in next season’s Champions League. Most notably, Arsenal will not be in the competition for the first time since the 1997-98 season. Man City pummelled Watford 5-0, while Liverpool coasted past Middlesbrough 3-0 to secure third and fourth place in the Premier League table, respectively. Ten-man Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1, but came up one point short of the top four. It’s the first time Arsenal has missed out on the top four in 21 seasons.
Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite a 3-1 win over Everton on the final day of the Premier League. The Gunners began the day a point behind fourth-place Liverpool and were on course to displace the Reds when they took an eighth-minute lead. But Liverpool, needing a win to ensure fourth, broke Middlesbrough resistance just before the break, and won 3-0.
Chelsea is a win away from the Premier League title, while Middlesbrough has officially been relegated after a 3-0 result at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Chelsea's path to the title is clear, with the club needing just three points to secure the title no matter what second-place Tottenham does in its final three games this season. A win at West Brom on Friday will clinch the Blues' fifth title since the 2004-2005 season and cement its rebound after last season's mid-table finish.
If the blue ribbons weren’t already being tied onto the Premier League trophy, you can go ahead and do that now. After Antonio Conte‘s side beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday, Chelsea need three more points to be crowned Premier League champions (they play West Bromwich Albion on Friday when they can seal the deal) while Boro were relegated back to the Championship at the first attempt. Here’s five takeaways from a routine win for the champions elect.
It’s been one of the worst seasons in recent memory for Arsenal, and they hit yet another awful milestone on Monday. The Gunners were smacked 3-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, losing away for the fourth consecutive league match in a row. It’s the first time this has ever happened in Arsene Wenger’s 21-year tenure, and it’s only made worse by the comprehensive way they were beaten.