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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah may play through pain barrier at Crystal Palace

• Jürgen Klopp waits on Egyptian forward’s ankle injury • Klopp: ‘It’s still kind of there. We have to be sensible’ Jürgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah must continue to play with pain but allayed concerns the Liverpool forward needs surgery on the ankle injury that has troubled him for seven weeks. Salah has trained during the international break although remains a doubt for the Premier League leaders’ visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 27-year-old suffered the injury when fouled by Hamza Choudhury in[..]

Frank Lampard’s season at Manchester City helped shape his coaching career

• ‘It opened my eyes to another club and structure’ • Lampard takes Chelsea to his former club on Saturday Frank Lampard has said his year at Manchester City introduced him to a different style of football and played a part in shaping his managerial approach. Lampard was nearing retirement when he left Chelsea in 2014 and he feels spending a season in Manchester before finishing his playing career at New York City FC gave him an idea of how he wanted to coach. He caused a stir when he joined City, who were [..]

Everton v Norwich City: match preview

Marco Silva believes Everton have “reacted strongly” to recent adversity, notably André Gomes’s horrific injury against Tottenham and the VAR debacle at Brighton, and three wins in their last five games in all competitions does suggest an upturn. They must exploit the lack of confidence in the league’s bottom club and give the manager’s claim greater substance. Silva’s side face a testing run of fixtures against Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United following the visit of Norwich, who are with[..]

Ole Gunnar Solskjær: I feel no extra pressure at Manchester United after Pochettino sacking

• Norwegian insists he is not threatened by ex-Spurs manager • Solskjær: ‘I’ve got the best job in the world’ Ole Gunnar Solskjær has insisted he is not threatened by Mauricio Pochettino now being out of work despite the Argentinian previously being a candidate for the Manchester United job. Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and replaced by José Mourinho as head coach. Yet while Pochettino is now on the market and may still be of interest to United in the future, Solskjær insisted he was[..]

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Wilfried Zaha is a threat to injury-hit Liverpool, José Mourinho checks in at Spurs, and Chelsea can make a statement It has been 50 weeks since the Sun led with the back-page headline “£40m to get Poch”, in which they detailed how Mauricio Pochettino was poised to take over from José Mourinho at Manchester United. “The Tottenham boss is the ONLY contender to replace Mourinho next summer,” they insisted, adding that “Daniel Levy faces a huge battle to keep his manager”. Mourinho did indeed leave United, and[..]

‘I will wear Spurs pyjamas’: Mourinho vows to eat, sleep and breathe new team

• ‘I have only one passion, and that’s my club. Now it’s Spurs’ • Mourinho says Premier League is his ‘natural habitat’ José Mourinho has promised to eat, sleep and breathe Tottenham, wearing their tracksuit by day and club pyjamas by night, as he insisted he was stronger for his 11 months away from the dugout – a period when he analysed his career and, specifically, what went wrong for him at Manchester United. The manager, who has taken over at Spurs from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, spoke on a range o[..]

The Fiver | Mourinho's one-man adaptation of The Little Book of Calm

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! At his unveiling as Manchester United manager in July 2016, José Mourinho announced his intention to win the Premier League title, get his new team playing good football and promote youth, like so many United managers before him. It turns out talk, as they say, really is cheap even if hiring José is anything but. Continue reading...

Mourinho says Pochettino always welcome at Spurs as he is unveiled as new manager – video

José Mourinho gave his first press conference as the head coach of Tottenham on Thursday and paid tribute to Mauricio Pochettino, insisting his predecessor was ‘always welcome’ at Spurs. He said: ‘This club will be always his home. He can come when he wants. When he misses the players, when he misses the people he work with. The door is always open for him’ Mourinho also addressed his 11-month break from the game since being sacked as manager of Manchester United Continue reading...

West Ham and Aston Villa interested in signing free agent Nicolás Gaitán

• Sheffield United also in frame for 31-year-old winger • Gaitán’s contract at Chicago Fire expires in December Nicolás Gaitán could be on his way to the Premier League in January, with West Ham, Aston Villa and Sheffield United interested in signing the former Argentina winger on a two-year deal. The 31-year-old is available on a free transfer with his contract at MLS side Chicago Fire due to expire at the end of December. Gaitán, who was perennially linked with a move to Manchester United during his spell[..]

Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale to Tottenham Hotspur?

Today’s tell-all couldn’t be happier and looks forward to the challenge Another day, another glut of speculation about what the future holds for Tottenham Hotspur under José Mourinho. After trolling his own employers by cavorting behind that flag while celebrating Wales’s qualification for Euro 2020, Real Madrid rebel Gareth Bale is being linked with a return to his former club, whose new manager tried to sign him when he was in charge of Manchester United. Both Real Madrid and Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnet[..]

Mourinho appointed Tottenham head coach

1:38 AM ET Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur head coach, the club announced early on Wednesday morning. The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager will take over at Spurs on a deal that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season. 2 Related Sources told ESPN on Tuesday […]

Daniel Levy and José Mourinho hope shared ruthlessness pays off at Spurs

Chairman and manager have plenty in common and Levy must trust that his gamble persuades key players to stay José Mourinho’s Manchester United team looked broken. The date was 29 September 2018 and their shortcomings were written large on the open spaces of West Ham’s London Stadium. The 3-1 defeat was a nail in his coffin and no one left east London that day thinking he had too much longer as the United manager. Mourinho would limp on for two and a half months – fighting, arguing, remorselessly testing pat[..]

Football quiz: José Mourinho v Tottenham Hotspur

Mourinho has won more games against Spurs than any other club. Can you remember his victories, defeats and moans? What happened the last time José Mourinho led out a team against Tottenham? He suffered the biggest home defeat of his whole career He won his last game as Manchester United manager He lost the match and was sacked the next day He was sent to the stands for shouting at the fourth official Mourinho came out fighting after that defeat, demanding “respect, respect, respect man”. What did he say to [..]

Mourinho brings good, bad and ugly, but in what ratio at Tottenham?

Manager needs to show he is not yesterday’s man with a squad more talented than the one he inherited at Manchester United The good, the bad and the ugly: José Mourinho’s appointment by Tottenham Hotspur means his managerial modus operandi is back in the Premier League. Fans of Spurs and (some) players may mourn the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and will look to their new No 1 and wonder which Mourinho has just walked through the door. Because this is the big question, the 100-tonne elephant in the room reg[..]

Euro 2020 qualifiers: 10 talking points from this week's action

Wales youngsters impressed Giggs, Cazorla is astonishing and will O’Neill stick around for Northern Ireland’s play-off? With the reality of reaching a third tournament finals still sinking in as elated Wales supporters furrowed out of the turnstiles in Cardiff, five precious words will have stirred further excitement. “This is just the beginning,” Ryan Giggs said. And he has a point. Giggs put the onus on young players in his first qualifying campaign in charge of his country and how the new generation rewa[..]

Football rumours: where next for Mauricio Pochettino?

Former Spurs manager will not be kicking his heels for long A world of infinite possibility has suddenly opened up for Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino. The former Spurs boss – and yes it does feel strange suddenly saying that – is unlikely to be kicking his heels for long. Bayern Munich currently have an interim manager in the shape of Hans-Dieter Flick, while Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s coats hang on a shoogly peg at Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively. Ears will be pricking [..]

Tottenham Hotspur: José Mourinho named new manager of Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino sacked on Tuesday night Mourinho: ‘The quality in the squad excites me’ Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season, following the sacking on Tuesday of Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho adds Spurs to a long list of previous clubs he has managed including FC Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. Continue reading...

Tottenham eyes Mourinho after Pochettino ousted

2:41 PM ET Tottenham have sacked Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday, with sources telling ESPN FC that Jose Mourinho is at the top of the club’s wish list to take over. “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken […]

José Mourinho set for Tottenham talks after Mauricio Pochettino sacked

• Daniel Levy is a longstanding admirer of Mourinho • Pochettino dismissed after dismal run of results Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham, with the club now expected to turn to José Mourinho as his replacement. Mourinho, who has been out of work since his dismissal by Manchester United last December, has made little secret of his desire to return to the Premier League. Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, is set to open talks with Mourinho, who has previously managed Chelsea on two [..]

Manchester City target new highs after announcing record £535m revenues

• Financial results show 6% rise on 2017-18 figures • City could overhaul Manchester United’s results next year Manchester City have announced club record revenues of £535.2m, an increase of around 6%. The champions are confident this will rise again next year because of a lucrative new kit deal with Puma. City posted the results in their annual report for 2018-19, which also shows that wages rose from 52% to 59% of turnover, having spent £259.2m in 2017-18, compared with £315.6m last year. Continue reading[..]

Buy a classic sport photograph: Cantona's comeback

The eighth of a new Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free delivery “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” Few aphorisms in football are as bizarre or memorable as the one uttered by Eric Cantona in April 1995 when he addressed the national media three months after his infamous ‘kung fu’ attack on a Crystal Palace fan. ‘The[..]

Man Utd's debt rise is worrying sign for struggling club

If you thought the situation for Manchester United on the pitch was troubling, fans looking for consolation in the club's financial situation may want to look away now.

Man Utd's debt rise is worrying sign for struggling club

If you thought the situation for Manchester United on the pitch was troubling, fans looking for consolation in the club's financial situation may want to look away now.

England’s Marcus Rashford back in the goal groove after confidence takes a hit

• Manchester United striker emerges from ‘tough period’ • Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori stunned at his progress in past year Marcus Rashford feels the confidence is flooding back into his game after a run of nine goals in 10 matches for Manchester United and England, casting aside what the forward admits has been a difficult spell. It was a fruitful international break for Rashford, who scored a slickly taken goal seven minutes from time in the 4-0 win over Kosovo, having replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi before the ho[..]

Robert Armstrong, former Guardian rugby correspondent, dies aged 76

• Armstrong joined paper in 1970 as a sub-editor • Covered the 1991 World Cup and two Lions tours Robert Armstrong, the Guardian’s former rugby union correspondent, has died at the age of 76. Armstrong, who also covered football and tennis for many years, first joined the paper in 1970 as a sub-editor and worked on the arts pages in Manchester before transferring to London six years later. Continue reading...

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Broken records, Arsenal’s missing link from Austria and what Phil Neville could learn from Manchester United The Women’s Football Weekend proved a brilliant milestone for the game, a week on from that record-breaking crowd at Wembley for the Lionesses. A combined attendance of more than 74,000 fans at six venues across the country, four of which were played at men’s stadiums, was a superb turnout, with more than 23,000 at Anfield and a record Women’s Super League crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, wher[..]

Philippe Albert: ‘Keegan would buy fish and chips and the drinks for our Newcastle team’

The former Newcastle defender on Asprilla, that goal against Manchester United and working as a greengrocer after football “When we travelled back to Newcastle from London, we often had five or six hours to kill on the coach. On the way Steve Watson used to bring videos and Viz comics. Even if we didn’t understand everything, Kevin and the whole team were always laughing. On the way back, before we got on the motorway, Kevin used to stop the coach at a petrol station, go and buy some drinks out of his own p[..]

Gomez caps nightmare week with injury as England target success in Kosovo

• Defender sent home after training accident • Coach Southgate upbeat on squad’s prospects Joe Gomez has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifer against Kosovo in Pristina on Sunday after a training ground collision with Kieran Trippier, who was playing on the same team as him, to set the seal on a nightmarish week. The Liverpool defender had been on a high when he reported for duty on Monday morning, hard on the heels of his club’s 3-1 win over Manchester City which moved them eight points clear at [..]

Vincent Kompany: ‘You never learn as much as when you get your arse kicked’

The former Manchester City captain – ‘100% Congolese, 100% Belgian, 100% Manc’ – on the ‘beautiful adversity’ of his new challenge at Anderlecht, racism and Brexit “Every chapter in my life has started with a setback and a struggle,” Vincent Kompany says, “but there has been success or glory at the end. That doesn’t come by doubting yourself. It doesn’t come by giving up in difficult circumstances. Quite the opposite. It’s learning and staying calm in adversity. There is such a beautiful side to adversity.”[..]

The WSL on Women’s Football Weekend: the season so far | Suzanne Wrack

Impressive debutants, a tight race for the golden boot and a superstar arrival have made for a fascinating WSL season The Women’s Super League debutants Manchester United and Tottenham have shaken things up. Both have an extremely respectable three wins in five games going into the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend. Each recruited players with top-tier experience in the summer but key has been their ability to get the best out of the players who were retained and made the leap up. That has been down to the mana[..]

Richard Freeman subject to ‘constant attrition’ from Sutton, tribunal told

• Witness statement details ‘monumental fallout’ between pair • Sutton said: ‘Doc is losing weight – I’ve got him where I want him’ Dr Richard Freeman was on the end of “constant attrition” from former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton after the pair fell out in 2015, a medical tribunal has heard. Dr Freeman, who worked for British Cycling until his resignation in 2017, denies ordering testosterone gel in 2011 knowing or believing it was to be used by an athlete to improve performance. He clai[..]

Manchester City’s Cas appeal over FFP dismissed as ‘inadmissible’

• City had appealed against Uefa FFP investigation • Cas ruling means Uefa’s case against City will continue The case against Manchester City for alleged breaches of Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) regulations will proceed to a full hearing after the court of arbitration for sport rejected City’s appeal against the charge being made. City had appealed to Cas in May against the decision of Uefa’s club financial control body (CFCB) investigatory chamber to refer the alleged breaches to the CFCB’s adjudicator[..]

Premier League 2019-20: team of the season so far

Liverpool’s full-backs, the beating hearts of Chelsea and Sheffield United and an evergreen striker make our leading XI The biggest compliment that can be paid to the Leicester goalkeeper is that he has gone unnoticed this season. The 33-year-old has kept goal with quiet authority as Leicester’s defence has become the stingiest in the league, conceding only eight times. Ederson might have been a more obvious choice but the Brazilian has not been as assured for Manchester City this season. Schmeichel has bee[..]

British Cycling and Team Sky kept Viagra for riders’ ‘nerve issues’

• Dr Steve Peters gave evidence at Dr Richard Freeman’s tribunal • Claims both organisations put success over riders’ welfare British Cycling and Team Sky kept a stock of Viagra for riders in a cabinet because riding for so long gave them “nerve issues”, Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal was told on Thursday. On another day of revelations at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester it was also claimed both organisations put glory before athlete welfare and employed two senior staff membe[..]

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign £34m defender Merih Demiral?

Today’s fluff is not feeling as sprightly as it once did Maurizio Sarri would like to do some de-cluttering at Juventus this January. Perhaps he’s a fan of Marie Kondo and understands that a tidy workplace leads to a tidy mind. Well, that’s one theory The Mill has as to why he has despatched Juventus’s director of football to England to encourage Manchester United suits to take Mario Mandzukic off his hands. The 33-year-old has not played a minute for the Italian champions under Sarri and is blocking corrid[..]

'I came, I saw, I conquered': Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves LA Galaxy

‘You wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome’ Free-agent striker linked with a move back to Serie A Zlatan Ibrahimovic has thanked LA Galaxy for making him feel “alive again” before instructing the club’s fans to “go back to watch baseball” now he has played his last MLS game for them. The Swedish striker will end a two-year spell at the club when his contract expires in December. Ibrahimovic scored 52 goals in 56 games for Galaxy after leaving Manchester United in March 2018, but his final match [..]

Wilf McGuinness: ‘I thought Munich was the end, that United were finished’

The 82-year-old former Manchester United player and coach talks about the air disaster, Sir Matt Busby and playing for £20 a week Wilf McGuinness is 82 but his face lights up with vivid memories of the man who had such an impact on his life. “Matt Busby was a god,” McGuinness says simply as he looks up with an expression of gratitude and awe and remembers the football manager who turned Manchester United into one of the world’s greatest clubs. “We used to look up at him when we were growing up. We thought: [..]

Shane Sutton accused of being 'a serial liar' and 'doper' at medical tribunal

Claim made by lawyer for ex-Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman Sutton said he passed 100 drugs tests during his career Shane Sutton, the former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky, has been accused of being a doper and a serial liar at the medical tribunal for Dr Richard Freeman. The bombshell claim from Mary O’Rourke, the QC for Freeman, came shortly before lunch as the tribunal discussed whether Sutton should be allowed to give evidence by video link in Spain after his testimony at the Medical Practit[..]

Football transfer rumours: André Onana to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is the only bee in your bonnet Liverpool are monitoring Bournemouth’s 25-year-old mobile assist factory Ryan Fraser, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, and might even be able to snag him in January, reports the Sun. “Liverpool loaned winger Harry Wilson to Bournemouth in the summer and the south coast side may be keen to make the move permanent with a swap,” it trills. The Liverpool Echo, however, insists that Jürgen Klopp is “more than happy with the attacking options at his di[..]

Shane Sutton testimony at Freeman tribunal delayed by legal arguments

• Sutton expected to finally give evidence on Tuesday • Tribunal assessing Freeman’s suitability to practise medicine Shane Sutton’s eagerly-awaited testimony at the Dr Richard Freeman medical tribunal was delayed by hours of legal argument behind closed doors on Monday. However Sutton, who was formerly the head coach at British Cycling and Team Sky, is finally expected to give evidence on Tuesday to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, which is assessing Freeman’s suitability to contin[..]

Manchester United’s Daniel James says he won’t be intimidated by defenders

• James was on receiving end during 3-1 win over Brighton • Welshman says return of ‘focal point’ Martial has lifted United Daniel James has said he stands up as soon as possible when kicked to show opposition players no fear of intimidation. The 22-year-old again impressed in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday. One run drew a free-kick when Lewis Dunk fouled him – the Brighton defender was booked – and from the dead ball United forced their second, a Davy Pröpper own goal. [..]

Football transfer rumours: Ajax's Hakim Ziyech to join Tottenham?

Today’s fluff never cared for what they know It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip to splatter against the glass. While you process that image, let’s move on to Manchester United. Ole’s back at the wheel, his minibus full of whippersnappers alighting at Old Trafford for a convincing win over Brighton. With his youthful side finally starting [..]

Pep Guardiola calls on referees’ chief for explanation on handball

• Manchester City manager claimed offence by Alexander-Arnold • Fabinho fired opening goal for Liverpool 22 seconds later Pep Guardiola said the referees’ chief Mike Riley should explain the latest controversy involving VAR as his Manchester City team fell nine points behind Liverpool in the title race with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield. Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped a handball inside his penalty area 22 seconds before Fabinho’s stunning goal sent Liverpool on their way to a hugely significant victory which leav[..]

Fabinho opener leaves Man City fuming and helps Liverpool go eight points clear

There had been little more than millimetres in it during the previous two meetings of English football’s current powerhouses. Remember John Stones’s goalline clearance for Manchester City at the Etihad last January in his team’s 2-1 Premier League win or when Kyle Walker did the same at the very end of the Community Shield at the beginning of this season? City would squeak to victory that day on penalties. Related: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Premier League – live reaction! Continue reading...

Marcus Rashford inspires Manchester United to simple win over Brighton

This was as entertaining a Manchester United display as there has been under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Midway through the second half the manager was regaled by fans with the song that pleads not to “take my Solskjær away” in recognition of the verve and vibrancy being witnessed. Continue reading...

Liverpool v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute report as league leaders meet the champions Liverpool’s trident v Man City’s front three: which has the edge? ‘We are never underdogs’: Pep Guardiola undaunted by Anfield Email simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 2.14pm GMT Hello world! And welcome to the first leg of this season’s Premier League title play-off! Both teams will I’m sure be looking forward to a bit of genuine competition, away from the 36 mildly glorified irritant friendlies which occupy the majority of thei[..]

YouTuber KSI beats rival Logan Paul in boxing rematch

Briton wins six-round cruiserweight bout in LA against fellow YouTube personality Britain’s KSI has won his six-round cruiserweight boxing fight against fellow YouTube personality, the American Logan Paul, in Los Angeles. The fight at the Staples Centre was won by the Watford man in a split decision by 55-56, 57-54, 56-55. The pair first fought last year in Manchester but a “majority draw” was declared after six rounds. Continue reading...

Wincanton victor Give Me A Copper hands Alex Ferguson a National hope

• Part-owner Sir Alex says: ‘You can’t beat the excitement’ • Trainer Paul Nicholls now aiming winner at Grand National Twenty years after guiding Manchester United to a glorious treble, Sir Alex Ferguson was back in the big time here on Saturday as part-owner of the previously unheralded Give Me A Copper, a game winner of the Badger Beers Silver Trophy. The chestnut held on by a rapidly diminishing neck and is now considered a live contender for the Grand National in April. Sir Alex admitted this was his f[..]

Manchester United v Brighton: match preview

Manchester United are again looking up following the league defeat last time out at Bournemouth after Europa League knockout qualification was secured on Thursday with two group games left. Brandon Williams could make his full debut at left-back as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team look for a repeat of last season’s win, though Brighton arrive with two more points than United. Jamie Jackson Sunday 2pm Continue reading...

Solskjær predicts big future for Mason Greenwood but will not rush him

• Greenwood, 18, scored in win against Partizan Belgrade • Manchester United manager to use teenager sparingly Ole Gunnar Solskjær is predicting a big future for Mason Greenwood and has explained why the 18-year-old forward has been used sparingly this season. Greenwood scored the opening goal in Manchester United’s win against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday, but missed their previous cup outing against Chelsea through being selected for the U21s to play Doncaster the night before. Even when Anthony Martial [..]