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Ryan Giggs to rely on Manchester United’s golden oldies as he chases debut win

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs has put his faith in the Reds' old guard for his first game in charge. Caretaker manager Giggs is understood to have gone for experience at the back for to Old Trafford in Saturday's tea-time match – United's first game since the sacking of David Moyes. With skipper Nemanja Vidic leaving at the end of the season and Riocontent_img Ferdinand expected to follow him out of Old Trafford, doomed Moyes had put his faith in young centre-backs Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones. But Mirror Sport has learned Giggs plans to reunite Ferdinand and Vidic in central defence against the Canaries, with Patrice Evra – another of stalwarts to be out Armando Broja spoke about making his debut for the club.He is now the eighth player from the club’s academy to play their first game in the senior team for Frank Lampard this season.It shows the club’s new found commitment to youth, and Broja is the of contract at the end of the season – returning at left-back. In midfield, Giggs is set to pick two more stalwarts in Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney are certaerino says they should be moving for Manchester United veteran Nemanja Matic next month.Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been snapped up by Milan and Nocerino wants Matic to be signed too.He told Gazetta dello Sport: “With Zlatan there are no compatibility iin starters, with Robin van Persie still out with a knee injury, although he is back in training. Giggs wants to electrify Old Trafford and, , and one player capable of doing that is 18-year-old wing sensation Adnan Januzaj, who is also expected to figure, along with Danny Welbeck on the other flank. Januzaj has not started a game since United's 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool on March 16, but Giggs is considering unleashing the youngster – who this week declared he will represent Belgium at international level – against Norwich.

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West Ham hero Diafra Sakho in hospital after collision with Man City keeper Joe Hart

West Hung feels they can be happy with their 2-0 win at Burnley.Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford struck for the visitors on Saturday night.Young said, “It is never an easy place to come. This time of the year you just want to get points on the board andam star Diafra Sakho was taken to hospital on Saturday night after colliding with Manchester City keeper Joe Hart late on in the Hammers' 2-1 win, . Sakho, who scored second goal , was helped off after clashing with Hart in the 88th minute and taken to hospital to assess whether he had damaged a shoulder or his collarbone. The strike was Sakho's sixth goal in as many games. Speaking of Sakho and striker partner Enner Valencia – also new to the irons this season – after that keeps West Ham fourth in the table, boss Sam Allardyce said: "I don’t think Valencia and Sakho really know what they have done yet. They’ve just end Guti has been named new coach of Almeria.It marks Guti’s first senior coaching position, after he left his assistant’s role at Besiktas last season. He previously had led Real’s youth team to a league title.Guti succeeds Pedro Emmanuel, who left come here, they want to play football and I don’t think they realise what a bigcontent_img impact they have made.” Will West Ham qualify for Europe this season?3000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger promises ”completely different team” for derby day following midweek defeat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has promised to put out a "completely different team" against Tottenham tomorrow following this week's Capital One Cup disappointment. The Gunners made 10 changes to the side that beat Aston Villa last weekcontent_imgend . But ahead of tomorrow's north London derby, Wenger says he will be making changes with Per Mertesacker ready to make a return. "He is available for the weekend – I don't think there will be a problem with him," the Gunners boss said. "It was a disappointment to go out against Southampton but there will be a completely different team tomorrow." Who will win the north London derby this weekend?2000+ VOTES SO FAR But Wenger admitted it's not been easy to bring in e not sure about what will happen with Marko Arnautovic.Hammers fans are concerned the Austrian will once again be tempted to make a big money move to China. He was wanted by a Super League club in January, but the Hammers blocked his exit.The club’s xtra recruits with his defence down to the bare bones fole striker has not featured for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-1 opening day defeat at Tottenham, before then breaking a cheekbone in a freak training ground accident. The Express & Star says Kodjia has now been trailowing injuries. "We have been unlucky to lose Monreal and Matieu Debuchy but it's very difficult to buy defenders in this market," he explained. More follows. In pictures – Arsenal vs Southampton:

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has swipe at Liverpool by claiming he could never take Anfield job

Roberto Martinez has had a pop at Liverpool by revealing he could never have taken the manager’s job at Anfield. feared he would not be able to call the shots as Reds boss. But he praised Everton for allowing him the freedom to work in his own way, which he believes gives him the perfect platform to guide the club towards glory. In the build up to the Merseyside derby, Martinez was speaking about his reasons for snubbing , when they came calling for his services 18 months ago. And he offered a cutting put down to the set up at Anfield by because Blues chairman Bill Kenwright has placed great faith in him to do the job his own way. “The feel we have at the football club, and the way I am allowed to work here, feels right to me. It allows you to work,” Martinez explained of his relationship with Kenwright. “I understand we are talking about Liverpool because it’s a derby but there were three or four other clubs interested that summer along with them. “So the decision I had to take was about staying or moving at that time – for me it wasn’t right, it didn’t feel that way from my side. “It was many things at the time. I always value human relationships and I had one with the chairman at Wigan. “We had the commitment to carry on for another season which ended up with Wigan winning a major trophy. You make decisions based on feelings and that was the right thing to do.” Martinez held extensive talks with Liverpool’s American owners in the summer of 2012, and seemed close to accepting the job. But he had massive reservations about plans to appoint a director of football, and in the end withdrew, with the Reds eventually turning to Brendan Rodgers, who had to accept a management structure where he works aloncontent_imggside a head of performance and head of recruitment, as well as the managing director Ian Ayre. And the Spaniard believes that even if there was a much bigger transfer kitty at Anfield, it is not all about money – because a manager must be given the freedom to instil his own philosophy at a club without interference. “As long as you know exactly where you stand and are allowed to work then you will have the football happiness you need as a manager. I would never judge it in terms of having money or not,” he explained. “Yes, when you’ve got more money to spend it accelerates the possibility of having success, but also the expectation to achieve something straight away is higher. “Money lets you get things done overnight – but I don’t think it’s necessarily what you need to be successful. I don’t think money is the key to finding football happiness. That comes from the responsibility you have at a club, the way you are allowed to work and how you fit into a football club. Those aspects are more important to me than having a bigger budget.” Martinez chose to stay at Wigan for another year, and won the FA Cup e as Man City women manager leaving his team top of the WSL after a hard fought 2-1 success over title rivals Arsenal.City went in at the break 1-0 to the good after being second best for most of the first half in this clash of the joint leaders in tbefore departing to Everton. In the summer of 2012, his Latics chairman Dave Whelan insisted the Spaniard had turned down the Liverpool job, and while Anfield has always dismissed that claim, it is clear he had reservations aTurf Moor.The teenage sub vaulted between Burnley defenders Matt Lowton and James Tarkowski in the closing minutes at Turf Moor but referee Michael Oliver’s initial decision to award a penalty was overturned by VAR and led to the Chelsea youngster rebout the management structure. Now though, he believes he has not only a club that can achieve success, but the right backing from his chairman too, and Martinez will take Everton into the derby adamant he is at the right club, despite Liverpool’s approach. “Yes, I do believe it is fate I have come to Everton – things happen for a reason and everything has to come naturally,” he explained. “I do feel that was the case, not just with Liverpool. Everything fell into place with Everton and everything’s been very natural and I do believe that in life, not just football, things are meant to happen. “I love the challenge at Everton. It’s an incredible football club and that’s all I’m looking at. We’ve got a unique opportunity with the squad of players here.”

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Forgetting Andy Carroll: Rodgers is changing Liverpool’s entire philosophy – and he won’t abandon his plan because of a few bad results

There was a time last season, when an exasperated Kenny Dalglish claimed the Merseyside media were "obsessed" with Andy Carroll. Brendan Rodgers t been named Southampton’s head of academy player development.Hughes becomes the first person to fill this role and opted to leave his position as Aston Villa’s Under-18s coach to join the south coast side. Hughes will report directly to Andy Hale, Saoo, may be excused for feeling the same thing, given the number of times he has to field questions about a striker who doesn't even play for Liverpool at the moment. When they, as managers, are tasked with building a team – or indeed squad – of many equal parts, it no doubt becomes a little irritating when the focus tends to so often fall on one man. Yet the reality for all football clubs is, if they spend £35million on a player, he inevitably becomes the centre of attention. Dalglish could never get his head around that, and Rodgers also seems quietly impatient with the constant questioning of his approach. Every time Liverpool miss a chance, he is asked if he wishes Carroll was on the bench to provide an alternative. When they missed 20 chances against Reading, you can imagine the scale of the questioning. What the Liverpool boss must feel like screaming though, is there is no chance of Carroll coming back, so end of story, nothing to see here, might as well move on quietly. Why? Because it would effectively signal a tacit admittance that everything the Liverpool manager is trying to introduce at Anfield isn't working, can't work. Put simply, Rodgers is trying to change the style and philosophy of his team and his club, and going back to Carroll would undermine that completely. The manager has subtly spelt that out. He has suggested there is no Plan B, because he doesn't see a short term fix to a long term project as an option. What he is doing is changing the way Liverpool play, and changing the personnel who will play that way. And the point is, you can't panic and go back to the old way, just because a few results go against you. There is no doubt Liverpool have problems up front, the game against Reading illustrated that perfectly. They created enough chances to have won 10 games, and took just one. Of course Rodgers is not helped in that regard by the myopic decision of his owners not to bring in Clint Dempsey as a replacement for Carroll, despite promises to the contrary. For the sake of a couple of million quid, his goals would have already made a huge impact on Liverpool's season. Yet the long term vision of the owners is also correct, even if they messed up that one decision…and Rodgers implicitly senses that. He knows the club can't compete in the short term, and if they are to do it in the long term, then it must be with a radically different philosophy. So that means no more spending big amounts of money on players who are – by extension – not good enough to play for the even richer clubs like the Manchesters United and City, Chelsea or even Arsenal. Instead, that money must be invested in youth, in promise, and in long term thinking. That process has already started at Anfield, with Rodgers' brave and immensely bold introduction of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey into the starting XI. If you can't spend as much as Manchester City, then you can't compete by buying the second tier players they don't want. But maybe, just maybe, you can compete by buying younger players and developing their potential, and strengthening your youth system so that the kids coming through are good enough. And maybe you can compete by introducing a new style of football that brings results above your station. Swansea last season finish Reds are being tipped to become only the second team ever to finish the season unbeaten since Arsenal’s 2003/04 campaign.”I am not really bothered about that. I am bothered about next game and next challenge and seeing where that takes us come May,”ed far higher in the Premier League than their transfer spending should allow. Why? Because they tactically outmanoeuvred more expensive teams. Liverpool can do the same. They can play the same way and win, once they finesse their system, and finesse the personnel in that system. But it takes time – an awful long time. It takes at least three years to get rid of the inherited players on lucrative long contracts who won't move because they don't want to take a cut in wages. It takes a similar amount of time to develop the potential of youth, and bring them towards a point of more tangible results. And in the meancontent_img time, do you revert to the old ways that kept you bubbling along, without challenging for the very highest positions? Nah. You don't go back to Andy Carroll, because that way of playing has already been proven to not work at the top level. What you do is bite the bullet, accept your medicine and be patient. Try to ride out some dodgy results and bad times, in the hope that your vision for the future is the correct one. And let's face it, it's worth a shot, because Liverpool's policy over the past few years of spending slightly less than the very top clubs and buying slightly tarnished players not deemed quite good enough most definitely hasn't worked.

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Burnley vs Tottenham: FA Cup STILL magic for George Boyd despite last season’s Wembley heartbreak

The FA Cup has lost none of its magic for George Boyd – despite the heartache of last year’s final. The Burnley winger was in the Hull side that stunned favourites Arsenal with two goals in the opening eight minutes in May, . The memories of that Wembley thriller will be strong when the 29-year-old returns to the competition on Monday night in an all-Premier League clash with Tottenham at Turf Moor. “I know the magic of the competition first-hand and it’s great to be part of it,” he said. “The final was a great day, especially when we were 2-0 up. "We obviously had a fantastic start and were disappointed not to win. We had another chance to have made it 3-0 and I think that would have been it, but it was a still a great occasion to be involved in.” remain focused on their fight for top flight survival, but head into the third round tie buoyant after battling draws against Newcastle and and a . Boyd clinched the point at St James' Park on New Year’s Day with a late equaliser and reckons recent performances have proved the never-say-die character of manager Sean Dyche’s newly-promoted side. “These were a tough run of fixtures and nobody expected us to get anything probably, but we’ve showed our character again,” he added. “We can go into our next run of games full of confidence now on the back of the last two results. “The Tottenham tie is great game and hopefully they’ll be a big crowd at Turf Moor to get behind us. We would love a good cupscorer Mario Pasalic admits there’s frustration after their 1-1 draw with Champions League opponents Manchester City.It marked Atalanta’s first every point in the competition.But Pasalic says: “If we’d been told before the game that this would be the run, but the Premier League is at the forefront at the minute.” Boss Dyche will be forced into changes after enjoying the rare bonus of a settledcontent_img side for the last half-dozen fixtures. The Clarets lost two centre-backs, Jason Shackell and Kevin Long, to injury in . Long could be out for some time as Burnley assess a worrying knee injury, while Shackell is unlikely to be risked because of a calf problem. Who will go through to round four?0+ VOTES SO FAR Michael Duff remains doubtful after being ruled out for more than a month with a calf injury, so Dyche’s central defensive options are limited. The Clarets hope to seceiner is in advanced talks with FC Augsburg.The Swiss veteran, 35, is eager to play on and a move to Germany with FCA is now being discussed, says Kicker.FCA have problems at fullback and a move for Lichtsteiner has now been made.The former Juventus ure permission from Manchester United to field defender Michael Keane, if they can extend his temporary loan spell until the end of the season. Ben Mee could also fill in at centre-back after switching from left-back at Newcastle once Shackell and Long departed. “It’s fair to say that there will be a change or two,” Dyche said. “When necessity comes, I think the players are ready but we’ll certainly have to consider our options.” Tottenham’s two-goal hero of on New Year's Day, Harry Kane, believes will have to get their heads out of the clouds to avoid an upset. said: “We all enjoyed the win against Chelsea but we won’t get carried away. We’ll keep our feet on the ground and look forward to this game. “We want to do well in all competitions and Burnley away will be a tough tie for us. “Burnley are a good side, played well at White Hart Lane and they’ve enjoyed some good results recently. It will be difficult for us, without a doubt.”

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Aguero assures City: I’m not leaving for Real Madrid

Sergio Aguero has told Real Madrid that he is not interestefidence.Massara was speaking before Monday night’s victory over Torino.He stated: “We are happy with the work Pioli is doing, he is giving a clear shape to this squad, a pro-active style of football and we really believe that we are on the right trd in a summer move as he is content at Manchester City. Jose Mourinho's side have been linked with a £35million summer swoop for the fre-scoring Argentina striker who has impresed in his first season at the Etihad Stadium. However, Aguero insists he w bust-up with Joe Gomez.The Telegraph says they had to be pulled apart by stunned team-mates following the altercation at St George’s Park.It came just hours after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon aants to remain in Manchester for a long time. "None of the stories about Real Madrid have come from me and the City fans can rest assured I am happy here," he said "content_imgFirst and foremost, the major aim is to win the league title this season. Then I want to stay here for a long time after that. I'm very, very happy here. From the moment I arrived, everyone has treated me really well. "It's down to me to repay that kindness and good feeling I've had from everyone with some performances out on the field."

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the 2019/20 Premier League season, will see the g

of p Sports, the creator of the popular FIFA gaming title, as the club’s official video games partner under a new multi-year deal, reports, /.The agreement, which comes into effect from the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season, will see the games dlay in the USMNT’s shock loss to Canada on Tuesday.It was the Canadians’ first victory over their neighbours since 1985.Bayern Munich winger content_imgAlphonse Davies played a large role, scoring the game’s opening goal shortly after Pulisic was substitut

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Villa want Hutton to bash old boy Ash

Alex McLeish wants Aston Villa hardman Alan Hutton to “unnerve” Ashley Young as the England winger makes his first return to his former club. Scottish right-back Hutton has developed a reputation following his summer move from Tottenham, because of his combative style. He has already controversially crocked West Brom striker Shane Long, and picked up his third booking of the season against Swansea last Sunday. Now Hutton has ex-Villa winger Young, who left Villa in July in a £16million move to Manchester United, in his sights. Villa manager McLeish said: “I think Young will get a pretty good reception from the Villa fans, but I also hope we can unnerve him a little bit. “Hutton has played at international level against the beOdion Ighalo is determined to make the most of his chance with Manchester United.Ighalo has vowed to give everything to seize his chance at Old Trafford after netting his first goal for the club in their Europa League win over Club Brugge.”This is whst players that both Italy and France have served up. “Young is another challenge for him, but he hopefully knows his strengths and weaknesses. It should be a good battle.” When McLeish took over at Villa in June, he said Young’s move to United was already rubber-stamped and there was nothing he could do about it. The speedy wideman has since made a decent start at his new club, claiming three goals. Big Eckristmas period.Spurs are one of many Premier League sides who face two games within 48 hours between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.And Mourinho spoke out against the tight scheduling of games after his side narrowly overcame Brighton at home on Boxin added: “Young is a very dangerous player. Going to United didn’t faze him and he has started at Old Trafford like a house on fire. “He has been absolutely brilliant­ and has not gone there and been intimidated. “He has taken up the gauntlet from the point of view that he wants to show the other United players just how good he is.” Villa also lost another England winger, Stewart Downing, in the summer, selling him to Liverpool­ for £20m. They bought Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan for £9.5m to fill the void of the double Villa Park departure, but the Frenchman is yet to hit his top form in the claret and blue. “I am sure Charles will bring it to the party," said McLeish. “The evidence is there that he can do it, but he has big boots to fill with Young and Downing gone.” Aston Villa v Manchester United: Petrov's back, Berbatov ruled out  Simon Bird's Premier League previews and predictions (Week 14) Rooney ready to end his scocontent_imgring drought against Villa says Fergie

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Wenger: Take frustration out on Spurs

Arsenal must forget the disappointment of another year without a trophy and focus on winning next weekend's north London derby against Tottenham, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Wednesday's 4-0 Champions League defeat by AC Milan, which almost certainly eliminated them from the competition, was compounded yesterday when they crashed out of the FA Cup in the fifth round with a 2-0 loss at Sunderland. The Gunners will therefore, barring miracles, head into an eighth season without a major trophy, and they may well do so without even the consolation of a Champions League spot. Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table but lead Chelsea only on goals scored with Newcastle a further point behind. Great rivals Tottenham, meanwhile, are 10 points ahead in third place and will hope to do the double over Arsenal when they travel to Emirates Stadium next Sunday after winning 2-1 at White Hart Lane in October. Asked about another trophyless season, Wenger said: "The competition is very hard in England. I do not want to speak too much about that. We can speak a long time about that one day. "At the moment we have to forget all that and focus on our next game and try to win it. We have won our last away game in the Premier League so let's win our next one at home." The Frenchman was understandably on the defensive at the end of a miserable week, and he also confirmed he will be without Francis Coquelin, Sebastien Squillaci and Aaron Ramsey for the Tottenham clash after they joined an already lengthy injury list yesterday. Addressing whether Arsenal are atyed enough to earn a move to Real Madrid, according to former Los Bcontent_imglancos winger Steve McManaman.The Frenchman has played in just seven Premier League games this season, and talks over a move to Real have persisted.McManaman told HorseRacing.net: “He crisis point, Wenger said: "It depends what you call a crisis. Every time we lose a game we have a crisis. Our job is about winning and playing well. "Weam boss Jose Mourinho says he will not make the same errors at Spurs that he did in previous managerial roles.”I realised I made mistakes and I’m not going to make the same mistakes,” he said.”I’ll make new mistakes – but not the same.”However, the 5 will get criticism but I feel that is a bit hard on the team. "At the moment I get many lessons from many people who have managed zero clubs and zero games and zero European games. "We have played 15 years in the top four, which is a mark of our consistency." Arsenal's trophy wait goes on as Wenger sits on £57m transfer kitty Sunderland 2-0 Arsenal: Sunday Mirror match report  We will 'stay united and fight' insists Wenger after FA Cup defeat to Sunderland

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Former Newcastle striker Faustino Asprilla launches his own CONDOM range in Colombia

Ex-Newcastle striker Faustino Asprilla haeels he still must earn it.Guardiola is under contract for another 18 months, until the end of next season, but has yet to agree a new deal, unlike Liverpool rival Jurgen Klopp, who has econtent_imgxtended until 2024. “I have one more year and always I have ts launched his own range of condoms in Colombia – and even recommended a flavour to customers. Asprilla was a fans favourite during his time before departing for Parma in 1998. Spells in BrazilMirror says, however, the Gunners are unwilling to move as they focus on Wilfried Zaha.Brazilian Malcom only moved to Spain last summer, having been linked with switches from Bordeaux to both the Gunners and north London rivals Tottenham .Now the 22- and his homeland followed prior to his 2004 retirement and he has since embarked on the business world. And has now revealed his latest bizarre venture, aptly named "Tino", with production in China already underway. Asprilla told Colombian radio station La FM: "They’ll hopefully be launched with a campaign to prevent unplanned teenage pregnancies. I think it's a really cool idea." As for Faustino's recommended flavour, he has opted for guava, adding: "When I was growing up, we had a guava tree in our garden and that’s a flavour and aroma that’s very good for romancing.” The news comes to take part in one of their films last year.

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Great escape: Bale set to be fit for the big kick-off after THAT tackle

Gareth Bale has received a huge lift acontent_imgfter being told he will be fit for the start of the Premier League season. The Tottenham star, who was sent for a scan to determine the extent of the injury, has accused Liverpool’s Charlie Adam of trying to hurt him with a brutal tackle during a pre-season friendly in Baltimore, USA. after the pair clashed again following a similarly crunching challenge by the then-Blackpool midfielder in a match late in the 2010-2011 season. The Spurs winger has now resumed light running. And, even though he will have toy between Serie A rivals AC and Inter was the most watched game ever on its Italian service, reports, /.DAZN did not disclose how many viewers in Italy tuned into the action but said that figures for the match, which saw Inter win 2-0, surpassed its be nursed through the next couple of weeks, the clubnited have signed Espanyol prospect Mateo Mejia without any sort of negotiations.Aragondigital.es reports United have paid the required €100,000 to ferry the 16 year-old forward to England – so cutting Espanyol out of the process.The situation has are confident no serious damage has been done. Furious Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has threatened to report Adam to the FA over Bale’s injury. Ironically, the fact Bale was playing on Spurs' tour at all was a cause of controversy last week. The Welshman was ruled out of contention for Great Britain's Olympic squad at the start of this month after suffering a back injury in training. But then, , he was deemed fit enough to start – and score – for Tottenham in a meaningless friendly against LA Galaxy that took place BEFORE Team GB had begun their campaign at the Games. from playing for Spurs over the issue, but GB boss Stuart Pearce opted to take no action. Now read more…

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Wigan Athletic and Millwall relegated to League One after Rotherham beat Reading

Wigan Athletic and Millwall have joinnited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says they hope to add to his squad before the end of the month.Solskjaer was asked for an update on recruitment ahead of the side’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Tranmere on Sunday and dropped a hint that incomings are ied Blackpool in being relegated to League One. interested in selling Fedor Chalov.Palace made acontent_imgn attempt for the Russia international last week.Babayev told Sport-Express: “The offer from Crystal Palace was made. “We talked with the English club. But initially we made it clear to colleagues that The confirmation came after secured survival on Tuesday night with victory over Reading. Steve Evans' Millers secured just their second win in nine games to seal their safety and condemn the two teams below them to the drop. Oliver Norwood netted late on for Reading but goals earlier in the game from Rotherham's Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington were enough to grab a 2-1 victory. They are now four points ahead of Wigan and six points ahead of Millwall with just one match to play. Rotherham also following a 1-0 win over Brighton. Will Wigan bounce straight back up?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey triumph against Barcelona

As Real Madrid celebrated a Copa del Rey final win against their arch-rivals Barcelona on Wednesday, thewill be key to beating the drop this season.Villa go into the enforced break sat in 19th position, with just ten games left to preserve their top-flight status. But Agbonlahor, who spent his entire career at Villa Park, feels the fans can drive their world's ad througcontent_imgh their paces this week.The Blues are in Ireland for a preseason trip with their new manager getting involved in the sessions. And Gilmour says Lampard has focused heavily on fitness.”The first few days under the gaffer has been really good,best player was an onlooking spectator. Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos' talisman and , missed out through injury, but coach Carlo Ancelotti was still able to call on the world's most expensive footballer in the form of Gareth Bale. The Welshman didn't disappoint as he popped up with a stunning late-winner to give against their old enemy. Ronaldo, who was clad in a suit and a baseball cap throughout, celebrated on the pitch after game with his teammates, and seemed particularly delighted with the efforts of Bale. .

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Sunderland’s Gus Poyet: I feared Lee Cattermole might SHOOT me when I joined

Gus Poyet has admitted he feared Lee Cattermole would be “uncontrollable” and “shoot him in the head” when he took charge at Sunderland. But now the Black Cats' manager says is “untouchable” on his team-sheet. Cattermole was frozen out under the Uruguayan's predecessor Paolo Di Caly striker Christian Vieri insists AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban was right to publicly criticise chief exec Ivan Gazidis.Boban accused Gazidis of “goingcontent_img behind our backs” with his unilateral approach to Red Bull chief Ralf Rangnick to replace coacnio, but by Poyet – who still feared the worst. said before Saturday's : “You come in with pre-conceptions. If somebody tells me, ‘This guy is a b******' and I need to be careful, then I will be. "With Lee, I was told he was ‘impossible to control’, that ‘he will get sent off a hundred times’ and ‘he will let you down so many times’. "I was told he could not play football like I wanure is currently assisting Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers as they look to seal a Champions League spot in the Premier League.But he has ambitions of his own, and admits that he may one day move on to get a managerial spot at another club.On that point, Tt to, that he was training on his own away from everybody else – I thought I’d meet Lee and he’d have a gun and he’d shoot me in the head. "Everything was bad, but these people don’t know him. “Then you train with him and you see his commitment. Everything was 100mph and we were like, 'Woah!' He has learnt a lot. He isn’t just all about commitment and passion, he is always trying to improve. "He used to go on to the pitch with a certain mentality, but now he’s different. Lee has been outstanding. He has probably listened the most to what we have said.” Cattermole is set to pick up a Player of the Year award for last season. He has explained: “When I found out Gus was in charge, I wondered if we were going to get on. But he was happy giving everyone a clean slate. "When anyone is 26 they look back to when they were 18 and there is a world of difference. And I am no different.” So, why do you call him 'Clattermole'? Lee Cattermole's disciplinary record Season Appearances Yellow cards Red cards 2014-15 10 5 0 2013-14 32 7 1 2012-13 14 3 1 2011-12 27 13 1 2010-11 24 10 2 2009-10 22 8 1 What's your prediction for this one?0+ VOTES SO FAR