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Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen reveals he has been taking advice from Sir Alex Ferguson

Rene Meulensteen has revealed he is receiving advice from Sir Alex Ferguson during Fulham's fight against the drop. The Cottagers face an FA Cup replay at home to Sheffield United on Tuesday, but the priority remains staying in the Premier League after after only three wins in 11 games under the former Manchester United No 2. And the Dutchman said he had called upon the advice of his former boss. "I've spoken to him like I do, on and off. Sometimes he rings me and sometimes I ring him. He's always a phone call away," said Meulensteen. "It is making sure that the messages you are going to send out to the team are clear. "There is no doubt. "This is what we're going to do and these are the reasons why. "It's why you have to analyse the trends and not the results. Otherwise, you will drag everyone down. I've always felt that whenever we're stared into adveEverton.The 19-year-old, signed from Juventus in the summer, made his second appearance for the Toffees in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford.”I am ambitious and I am with a club which wants to achieve big things in the future,” Kean told Everton’s offirsity or disappointment, I've always found him remarkably strong in those moments. "You could never spot any doubt in his words or behaviour. "That always transferred back to the players. I want to do exactly the same." Asked if he felt his , he replied: "No, not at all. I don't lose an eye's sleep on that. They are 16 Premier League mancurella is on-loan at Getafe from Barcelona this season.Getafe have announced they will be triggering the €6m option in his deal.Marca says Napoli are one of the teams who are most interested in Cucurella, with the Partenopei expected to part ways agers under threat. That's how footcontent_imgball works. "It could be Chris Hughton or Alan Pardew. It's the mechanisms of the industry."It doesn't worry me at all. "Are the owners behind me? Yes, 100 per cent. But more importantly I have the full confidence of the playing squad because they have to do the job."

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Mark Lawrenson: Wenger has got to be ruthless and cull Arsenal’s passengers

Arsene Wenger has earned the right to manage over this difficult time. When you look at what he has achieved and the consistency he has maintained he deserves respect. But I also think he needs to a bit more ruthless with some of the players that are consistently letting him down. For example, – because I was there – was that he didn't have enough people who wanted to stand up and be counted. Yes, you could argue that he bought nearly all those players and so it is down to him. And I would agree with that. But sometimes the players need to show a bit of leadership and its quite that many – if not all – of them are incapable of doing that. So Wenger is going to have to address that situation in January. He is going to have to bring in players that can galvanise the side when things are not going their way. Players with a bit of character that can drive the team to victory when they are not playing well. Players that are prepared to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in when the occasion demands it. They don't have to be English. Vieira and Petit come to mind straight away. I also think they miss Alex Song. Good player, massive presence and somebody that could have been invaluable at Bradford when they were struggling with the long ball. The newcomers just have to have a bit of character. The other night you just got the sense with them that apart from Jack Wilshere everybody was just content to do their jobs. Nobody was willing to do anything else. Nobody was trying to help other people. If something was wrong there were players turning their backs on other players and shrugging their shoulders. That's not good enough. Gervinho is a good player and he will probably come good against Reading tonight but Wenger should be saying to him: 'You let me down. Sit on the bench.' Olivier Giroud is okay but Marouane Chamakh has not been good enough. People talk about Pepe Reina at Liverpool. If he were available I would go and buy him now. The point is, Wenger can no longer keep faith with the players that are continually leaving him in the firing line. Now is the time for him to be ruthless. ** Redknapp win a false dawn with this squad Delighted for Harry Redknapp with . But although they are off the bottom of the table I still worry that they have given themselves too much to do to stay up. They played well on Saturday up to a point. They worked hard. But you can just see that they are short. Harry played quite an attacking line-up as well. He's got Jamie Mackie who would run through brick walls for you all day long – but isn't a great goalscorer. You can tell from the chance he missed on Saturday. With Shaun Wright-Phillips you'll get one outstanding game in five or six but what would you get from the rest. At the moment what I am saying is that the players are just not good enough to give you that level of consistency. Harry will do a bit of trading in January and you have to say that he has improved them already. My worry is whether he can improve them enough. ** Villa's kids did them proud Congratulation to Paul Lambert on . The team he sent out at Anfield was the youngest in Villa's Premier League history – and they did well. They have not lost two in their 12 matches and although they rode their luck at times on Saturday you could just see their confidence growing. Their acontent_imgpplication was total, so too their effort and they are spearheaded by that boy Christian Benteke. To look at him he just looks like a centre-forward born to play up front on his own. Credit to Villa as a club the fans understand what he is trying to do and they are wir.Lukaku is a target for Inter Milan.“I have a contract with Man United,” he said regarding his future. “I’ll speak with my club and my agent Federico Pastorello to make the best decision.”I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know lling to stomach the downs at times because they know ultimately there will be a lotndon Evening Standard says the 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and he is open to leaving the French champions this month for more first-team football, having made just eight starts across all competitions this season.Kurzawa would be ava more ups.

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Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen still adapting to rivalry with Arsenal and life in London

has admitted that he is still adapting to Spurs&apoArsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will soon play the club’s U23 side, while also confirming Rob Holding remains close to a return.Many expected Holding to line-upcontent_img in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintrachts; rivalry with Arsenal, though he is enjoying life in London. The former Ajax player insists that his emotion will play an increasing part in the as the years progress. Eriksen is n United goalkeeper David De Gea’s groin injury suffered with Spain is understood not to be serious.But it is still likely to keep him out of the clash with Liverpool this weekend, says the Mirror.De Gea suffered the injury in the second-half of Spaino stranger to intense rivalry, having featured in the match between Ajax and fierce foes Feyenoord in Holland. "It’s new for me, the rivalry against Arsenal," the Dane told website.  "In a few years, I’ll get more and more emotion and how much you want to beat Arsenal." The creative midfielder, who has featured in a wider role under Tim Sherwood, also likes the relative anonymity of life in London. "You can walk down the street and not really get recognised," he added. "In Denmark it’s different."

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Cristiano Ronaldo kisses Marcelo after he’s humiliated by a nutmeg in Real Madrid training

As a player, getting to train with some of the content_imgworld's most skilful footballers every day must be brilliant. Unfortunately, it's also massively dangerous – you are constantly at risk of . Last week, the cameras at Real Madrid training caught using feel approximately tw League.The Ajax-star-Quincy-Promes-opens-door-Premier-League-transfer.html”>Daily MailAjax-star-Quincy-Promes-opens-door-Premier-League-transfer.html”> says Arsenal and Liverpool are both eyeing swoops after previous interest in the winger.Promes hao feet tall. Now, as you can see above, it's the turn of a more senior member of the squad to suffer the ultimate embarrassment: Marcelo. Luka Modric uses a little flick to nutmeg , who turns away in shame as everyone laughs. But Ronaldo doesn't leave it there; he rubs it in by giving Marcelo a kiss on the cheek too. If that seems harsh, we think we know why Ronnie did it. Just look who lgen Klopp and his players have already written off their Champions League campaign for another.After the 3-0 first-leg semifinal defeat at Barcelona, Sport reports Liverpool accept the tie is over.While publicly they were positive, the players and thed the laughter last week when Llorente was embarrassed. Clearly, Cristiano realised karma had decided it was time to bite Marcelo on the bum…

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Liverpool can still claim Champions League spot reckons former keeper Pepe Reina

claims could yet finish their disappointing season on a high by qualifying for the Champions League. Reina says Liverpool were expected to challenge again for the Premier League after going so close last season to lifting the title. Liverpool also spent big on the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli and the former Reds goalkeeper is surprised they struggled so badly in the first half of the campaign. Brendan Rodgers' side are five points outside the top four and Reina claims they can close this gap to grab a Champions League place. "They were several years without being in that top four," said the Spanish goalkeeper. "Last year they were close to winning the trophy. "Then everybody was waiting for this season to be at least like the last one. They spent some good money and brought some players in. Everybody was expecting a little bit more. "But the beginning oadmitted to using Wayne Rooney as a resource on Manchester United.The Championship side are facing off against the Red Devils on Thursday in the FA Cup.It is a chance for Rooney to play against his old club, having come back to the English game from f the season was not good enough. Now things are turning round and they have had a great second part to the season. They are still very much in the race and hopefully they can make it.&quocontent_imgt; Reina will be and insists he has no regrets about his departure from Liverpool. He is and says he would not have played much following Simon Mignolet's arrival. "I don't think I was going to play regular football if I had stayed," he told talkSPORT. "It's one of those. In football, there's no time for regrets. I'm very much looking forward and be happy about what I achieved at Liverpool during my career. "I want to enjoy Sunday and saying goodbye to all those fans who loved me for all those years and be always happy and grateful to Liverpool.&e is now training with the first-team and Unsworth says this could scupper his chances of a loan move after joining from Fulham in 2017.”There’s a potential of Dennis,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “I’m not too sure, he trains with the first-team everquot; In pictures – Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United: Will Liverpool make the top four?500+ VOTES SO FAR

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Suited and booted! Spanish side unveil TUXEDO second shirt to the delight of sharply-dressed fans

This might just be While most teams don't think too far outside the box when designing their kit Spanish Segunda B side Cultural Leonesa certainly have this year. Instead of a run of the mill black or white number they have plumped for both in the form of a TUXEDOto move to Fenerbahce, it hcontent_imgas been revealed.German journalist Thomas Wagner claims Werder Bremen’s Fenerbahce-bound forward Kruse snubbed Liverpool this summer.“I know Liverpool made an offer to him,” he told Aksam.“At first, I thought that a mov kit. Originally intended just for pre-season so popular was the club's new look that they decided to keep it for the upcoming season. It seems more and morees eased to a comfortable win in Azerbaijan to set up a winner-takes-all match with Hungary for automatic qualification for Euro 2020.Kieffer Moore headed the dominant visitors into an early lead, which was doubled when Harry Wilson, of Bournemouth, teams are becoming a little more creative this summer. This kit comes just days after CD Lugo Now check out some of the worst kits ever:

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Tony Adams ‘plans Aston Villa £150m takeover and eyes investment in clubs in Belgium and Italy’

Former Arsenal defender plans a sensational £150million takeover of . The ex-England international is understood to have over Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League.The French outfit were the more clinical of the two teams as they played out a tight contest at the club’s training ground.The likes of Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen were involved for Chelsea.But theapproached City investors in recent weeks in a bid to raise funds for the ambitious project. Adams, 48, is working with former IMG and Chelsea executive Paul Smith, and the duo are also keen to buy shares in clubs in Belgium, Italy and Portugal, according to Sky News. despite his delight at the club reaching the FA Cup Final. And won’t ask for any guarantees from any of the three rival consortia who have held talks about buying the club over the future of manager Tim Sherwood. Lerner has told his chief executive Tom Fox he will be at Wembley on May 30th to see Villa face Arsenal as they content_imgtry to lift the FA Cup for the first time since 1957. That led to speculation in the States that he might do a U-turn and bring his own freshand regular.Abraham’s call-up for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria comes almost two years after his only previous senior appearances in friendlies against Germany and Spain in November 2017.“Back then in energy to that brought by Sherwood since he took over from Paul Lambert. But a source close to the Villa owner said: “His decision to sell was never about losing interest in the football club but more about a complete change in his lifestyle. “He has sold his house in London, and for several years his life has been based in America, He is not the sort of person to change that position just because of a brief bit of success in the FA Cup.” In pictures – Aston Villa reach the FA Cup final Will Aston Villa win the FA Cup?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

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McEachran reveals delight at “ideal” Swansea loan

Swansea have completed the signing of highly-rated Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on loan fohis new club.The English central defender has arrived for a record fee for a defender.He will have his work cut out for him at United, given the team finished sixth last season and conceded goals for fun.”It’s a young team now and Iwas delighted with their stunning 2-0 win at Chelsea.Recording back-to-back wins, Michael Obafemi’s first league goal of the campaign was the difference between the two sides at the break.Putting on a confident display, Redmond ensured all three poin thincontent_imgk we’ve got br the rest of the season. The 18-year-old travelled to south Wales last night and trained with his new team-mates today, and the move was ratified by the Premier League this afternoon. McEachran, who joined Chelsea at the age of eight, revealed he chose Swansea ahead of other Premier League clubs, saying: "I'm delighted to be here. "I wanted to come earlier, but Chelsea had a few injuries and things. "There was interest from a number of other Premier League clubs but I wanted to come to Swansea because of the style of football they play. "I think it will suit me." Gary Cahill: Chelsea move good for England

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Manchester United need FIVE new players if they want to challenge for the title, claims Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United need FIVE new players in the summer before mounting a serious title challenge next season, writes Rob Dawson in the . The former midfielder thinks Louis van Gaal needs twcontent_imgo defenders, a midfielder, a striker and a goalkeeper if David De Gea moves to Real Madrid. United have already started their summer spend with the from PSV Eindhoven. But Scholes thinks needs to spend heavily if they’re going to wrper coach John Achterberg has lifted the lid on signing Andy Lonergan.A goalkeeping shortage ahead of a tour of the United States brought Lonergan, a long-serving goalkeeper of the second tier, on board, literally, with the Premier League title hopefestle the Premier League title from Chelsea next season. He told Sky Sports: “I think United will be looking for maybe a centre-back, a right-back, possibly another goalkeeper, a top class centre-forward, and even maybe a wide player so that is five players. Gallery: Manchester United transfer targets “We have seen them in the big gamea are battling for Villarreal midfielder Ivan Morante.The 19 year-old plays for Villarreal’s B team and is a first-choice with Spain U19.City have made an approach and are in talks with Morante’s minders about a move to England – which has kicked Bars against the big teams and they have not been far away, they have probably played better against the big teams. “If they can carry that consistency through the season against mid to lower table teams then they might have a chance. “They have a way to make up with Chelsea and Manchester City. Arsenal don’t worry me as much. But there is quite a gap between them top two and it’s gap they will have to have to bridge.” Which area of United's team most needs strengthening?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Fulham manager Martin Jol has no regrets over turning down Sir Alex Ferguson

manager Martin Jol has no regrets over snubbing the chance to become Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manch United on Saturday.The Eagles have one point from their opening two games and things will not get any easier when they face the undefeated United at Old Trafford. Reflecting on his side’s chances, Hodgson admitted Palace are preparing to face a “verester United. Jol was in charge of Dutch club RKC Waalwijk when he received the offer from to replace Carlos Queiroz in the 2003-04 season. was interviewed for the post, as Ferguson revealed in released this week, only to bring Queiroz back to Old Trafford after he was sacked by Rcontent_imgeal Madrid. "I never wanted to [take the job]," Jol said. "I don't think I am someone who can work as an assistant. If you look at the coaches who were with him – it was not easy for them to [become a number one]. Queiroz was probably the exception to the rule. "The rest stayed as an assistant. Rene Meulensteen is still struggling to be a number one somewhere now. "It was always nice season.Lichtsteiner, who joined the Gunners on a free from Juventus last year, has started only 19 times in all competitions this season and has become frustrated with a lack of game time.”I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to sto talk to [Sir Alex] because he is a good man. "But don't forget that he is Scottish so I had to pay for my own ticket! He never gave me my money back!"

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Family tie: Rio Ferdinand begs QPR star brother not to lose to City

Rio Ferdinand has pleaded with his younger brother Anton to save Manchester United’s title hopes. Barring a goal-difference miracle, Manchester City will be crowned champions on Sunday if they beat Anton’s relegation-threatened QPR at Eastlands. But Rio hopes his brother can help cause an upset – a draw at City would be enough if he and United can take the pointstonio Contcontent_imge in charge.Some were unhappy with Conte’s appointment given his Juventus background.But Pellegrini told TMW Radio: “He is largely positive. There is no doubt that he is a leader, a driver, one who knows young people very much and takes car at Sunderland. Anton said: “Rio has been on the phone, asking for a favour. "If we get a result and stay in the Premier League and Manchester United win the title, I’ll be chuffed for him. “If that happens, he’ll owe me a holiday. "But if we stay up and United don’t win the title, then I will still be very, very happy.” Anton insisted QPR are desperate to win, even though it will take Bolton winning at Stoke for Mark Hughes’ men to be relegated. He pointed out that the Hoops' players are fighting for people’s futures and jobs, and also revealed he would love to repay the fans for th match, Bologna fans chanted the coach’s name urging him to stay.Mihajlovic said, “I’m very happy here and I’m also pleased with the affection the fans give me, but their praise should be for the players, not me.“If I have done well, it is because support they have offered over the racism row involving him and Chelsea's John Terry. Anton added: “I am concentrating on QPR. We can’t look at City. They have got a lot riding on this game, but so have we. “This game will determine whether people keep jobs or not at our club and we have got to do our best to stay in the Premier League, so that every single person keeps their job for next season. “If we stay up, the club will probably recruit more people and create more jobs. It is in our own hands to be able to help people.”

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Top of the world! Toure wants City to be best side on the planet

Yaya Toure claims he wants to help make Manchester City the biggest clucontent_imgb in the WORLD. City are set to be crowned Premier League chamane from Barcelona B.The midfielder has a history within the Arsenal academy, and was on loan at SC Telstar earlier this season.Forest had hoped to sign him in January, and some signs point to a deal being done.But no confirmation has come, even thoupions on Sunday, but their midfield powerhouse is already thinking in global terms. . But the Ivory Coast international believes the Blues can soon overtake the Catalans and become No 1 in the world. Toure said: “That’s why I came here – to help the t Pieters says Norwich City’s tactics helped his side secure a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.A double from Chris Wood saw Sean Dyche’s clinch a comfortable victory in front of their supporters.Pieters believes Norwich penchant for playing out feam, to help the club go forward and make it bigger than any other club in the world. “I wanted to come to the club to make a story and my decision was to come to City. I think I made the right choice. “This Sunday coming, we have to deliver. It’s very important.” Toure has been a key player in City’s title campaign and is revelling in his status at Eastlands. “For me, when you are a football player, you want to go where you will be loved and be the best player,” he said. “At Barcelona, I was a good player. But at City, I’m an important player for the team.”

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Bolton chairman backs Coyle to beat the drop

Owen Coyle has received Bolton chairman Phil Gartside's total backing in Wanderers' fight for survival. Bolton's 12-year stay in the top flight is in grave danger and they are two points below the safety line with six games to play. Gartside insists he is not worried about being relegated because he is convinced Coyle will lead them to safety. "I'vr United and Tottenham a blow, by extending his contract with Sporting.The new contract sees his buyout clause rise from £65m to £85m.Fernandes expressed his delight at putting pen to paper on a contract extension to 2023.”It’s a pride for me and ae got the easiest job in the world managing Owen Coyle," said Gartside. "I have implicit trust in him. I can't tell him how to set a team up, how to do training, or set his staff up, I can only be supportive. &quocontent_imgt;I know what he wants and he knows I'll support him and that's what our relationship is all about. "People sometimes say he's unreal because he&a Lampard was delighted with Mateo Kovacic’s performance for their FA Cup win at Hull City.Lampard is pleased the midfielder is justifying his decision to buy him outright from Real Madrid last summer.The manager reflected: “I think he can do both rolpos;s always positive and has faith, but that's him and that's why I love working with him."

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Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp admits he would relish the chance to join the Gunners’ coaching staff

Dennis Bergkamp says he would relish a return to the club. Now assistant manager at Ajax, Bergkamp has spoken of his love for , indicating that he would be keen to work at the Emirates later in his career. “The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal,” Bergkamp told The Telegraph . “At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage. “I can’t really plan ahead.content_img I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager. "I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers." Bergkamp, , also revealed that he had sounded heir defeat at home to West Ham.Captain for the day, Jorginho argued Chelsea’s draw at Champions League opponents Valencia in midweek took a toll.After Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal of the game, the midfielder explained, “I think we were not cout the possise against Liverpool last season.After winning the first leg 3-0, Barcelona lost 4-0 in Liverpool which left many questions to be answered. “I will speak about the first leg first,” Abidal told Sport. “All Barça fans will surely remember more the rebility of a return with a number of his former team-mates. “I’ve spoken to or have heard about others who would also love to come back. "Steve Bould is there now which is excellent. I’ve spoken to Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry would love to come back to Arsenal one day. Tony [Adams] is a big option as well.”

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Leicester 1-2 Barnsley: Sunday Mirror match report

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson conceded he ­faces a major rebuilding job after his side ­crashed to defeat against vibrant Barnsley. Andy Gray scored a brace for the Tykes, with Lloyd Dyer having briefly drawn the Foxes level.aised recent arrival Bruno Fernandes.The latter has revolutionised the way United play since his January move from Sporting CP.Fernandes has played a key role in United going on an unbeaten run and getting close to Chelsea in fourth place in the Prem Pearson said: “They were better than us and that maybe shows us where we are as a club. “The expectations are high, of course, but our inability to beat them or creatn boss Marco Silva will seek a striker signing in January.And Eintracht Frankfurt centre-forward Goncalo Paciencia has popped up on the Toffees radar, says Goal.The Portuguese moved in 2018 from FC Porto to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he found himselfe enough ­goalscoring opportunities was a real problem for us.” Barnsley manager Keith Hill said: “It was a great win and a great performance. I thought the lads were excellent. “We came up with a game-plan and it worked, so job done. “We probably could have won by more in the second half.” Barnsley took an early lead when Ricardo Vaz Te and Danny Drinkwater combined to find Gray who slotted home. Leicester levelled in the 15th minute after Matt Mills’ passcontent_img found Dyer who made no mistake. Barnsley made it 2-1 in the 34th minute when Gray rose high to head home Drinkwater’s cross. After the break, Richie Wellens hit the bar and Kaspar ­Schmeichel made a series of saves to deny Barnsley.