February 22, 2024


Meanwhile, United manager Erik ten Hag is also feeling the heat at Old Trafford, with United have been unconvincing in the opening months of the new campaign.

Potter recently declined the opportunity to take charge at Ligue 1 side Lyon.


46m ago


Chelsea offered Cubarsi swap deal

Chelsea have been offered a swap deal opportunity with Barcelona, with young defender Pau Cubarsi heading to Stamford Bridge and Ian Maatsen heading to the Nou Camp, according to the Daily Express.


2h ago


Ten Hag: Hojlund goals will come

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has leapt to the defence of Rasmus Hojlund.


Hojlund missed a good chance in United’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United and the Dane is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.


The 20-year-old has scored three goals in nine games, albeit all of those have come in the Champions League.


“I am sure he will score goals,” said Ten Hag. “I’m confident, he’s gonna do that and Rashford too. I think Rasmus is a player who’ll always be in scoring positions in our team.”


5h ago


Hyypia: Van Dijk will show he’s Premier League’s best once more

Former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia believes Virgil van Dijk will prove this season he is once again the best centre-back in the Premier League.


The Netherlands international has faced questions about whether can rediscover the form which arguably made him the world’s top defender prior to a knee ligament injury in October 2020.


However, there are signs the current Reds skipper is edging closer to his best with his commanding performance in the weekend’s Merseyside derby win over Everton another indicator of a return to his previous high level.


“He is one of the best in the business in the world,” Hyypia told the PA news agency at a Nike Game On initiative which, in conjunction with the LFC Foundation, has provided more than 8,000 local schoolchildren with access to a range of sports.


“I think he has raised the standard with everyone expecting him to play at that level every time and that is very difficult.


“But he is doing well, he is a big part of our team and a big leader of the team so I think we all need to be patient and his best is coming.


“I think this season he has shown in some games he is still at the level and I have no doubts he will be the best centre-back in the league this season.”


5h ago


Boyd: O’Riley will be one of the next to go in terms of big money

Kris Boyd believes Matt O’Riley will secure a big money move in the future after continuing to prove his class with his performances from last season.


5h ago


Dier could join Kane at Bayern

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou could allow Eric Dier to leave for Bayern Munich following the summer exit of Harry Kane, according to the Daily Express.


5h ago


Man City will allow Phillips to leave

Man City will allow Kalvin Phillips to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.


6h ago


‘Casemiro regrets joining Man Utd’ as club chase Neves

Casemiro has regrets over joining Man Utd with the club wanting to sign Benfica’s teenage midfield star Joao Neves (Daily Mirror).

While future-planning is difficult given the uncertainty over the takeover saga, Man Utd are looking into ways to bring back standing into the heart of the Stretford End (Daily Mail).

Former Chelsea and Brighton boss Graham Potter is waiting on Napoli to make an official move – but keeping an ear out for Man Utd to call should Sir Jim Ratcliffe decide to sack Erik ten Hag (The Sun).

Man Utd and Arsenal will go head-to-head for Sacha Boey, according to reports (The Sun).


Man City £55m new boy: We need to keep proving we’re the best

Jeremy Doku is convinced Manchester City are the best and is determined to prove it.


The Belgium winger shone as the champions got back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday with a hard-fought 2-1 success over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.


Doku created City’s opening goal for Julian Alvarez and was a constant threat on the left as City put the successive defeats they suffered prior to the international break behind them.


Doku, a £55million summer signing from Rennes, said: “It was very important – not only for the table but also just for us in our heads.


“It was a difficult game but we are a good team, the best team for me and we have to prove it every time, every game we are on the pitch. Here, we did it.”


City looked to be cruising to victory after Alvarez’s seventh goal of the campaign on seven minutes was followed by a clinical strike from Erling Haaland 12 minutes later.


Doku, who gave veteran former City player James Milner a particularly torrid time, twice curled efforts narrowly over as the hosts threatened more.


The Seagulls rallied after the break Ansu Fati gave them hope with a reply 17 minutes from time.


City were then left clinging on after Manuel Akanji was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time, a dismissal that means he will now miss next weekend’s Manchester derby.


“Some games like this are difficult but we kept on going,” said Doku. “It was 10 against 11 at the end but we showed that we are there mentality, so aggressive.


“We’re happy with the result after some difficult results that we had the past weeks. It was important mentally and I hope we can keep on going like this.”


7h ago


Gomez blames positive doping test on son’s cough syrup

Argentina forward Papu Gomez has blamed a failed doping test on his son’s cough syrup after Serie A club Monza said on Friday that their World Cup-winner had been handed a two-year ban.


The 35-year-old was banned by world soccer’s governing body FIFA after terbutaline — a drug taken to calm a bronchospasm crisis — was found in his sample, Monza said in a statement.


However, Gomez said on Instagram on Sunday: “I have never used, nor ever had any intention (of) using doping methods.


“The alleged infringement stems from the presence of terbutaline in my system as a result of accidentally, involuntarily and unintentionally receiving a spoonful of my toddler’s cough syrup by mistake.


“It should be pointed out, however, that the therapeutic use of terbutaline is permitted for professional athletes and that it does not in any way improve performance in football.”


The test sample was taken in October 2022 when Gomez was playing for LaLiga side Sevilla.


7h ago


Is Iraola under pressure?

Andoni Iraola, the man now in charge of Bournemouth, is under more pressure than ever to deliver results after Saturday’s home contest against Wolves derailed in the second half.


Dominic Solanke fired the hosts to a 1-0 lead that stood at half-time, but Matheus Cunha levelled within minutes of the restart before Lewis Cook’s needless red card sent what had been a resilient side down to 10 men, and a late defensive gaffe allowed Sasa Kalajdzic to score the winner.


Iraola, whose team sit second-bottom with three points from nine contests, said: “Especially when you are in the relegation spots like we are now, we have to be worried. I’m the first one to be worried.


“Now it’s a matter of finding ways to win. I think we prepared very well, we had the plan more or less quite clear, but it’s not enough with the things we are doing.”


According to the Daily Mail, the trigger could be pulled on the first Premier League managerial sacking this season with Iraola working on borrowed time after just nine matches.


21h ago


Boyd: O’Riley will one of the next to go in terms of for big money

Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd says Celtic’s Matt O’Riley will be the next player to leave the club for “big money” after his player of the match performance in the 4-1 win over Hearts on Sunday.


O’Riley scored a classy opener at Tynecastle.


Boyd said: “Celtic have got this knack of bringing players in, giving them a platform to go and perform. They then go and move them on for big money.


“Matt O’Riley will be one of the next ones to go in terms of big money.


“Last season, everyone was raving about his assists, and rightly so, but there was always the doubt about whether he could add goals. He’s doing that now.


22 Oct


Newcastle, West Ham & Bayern all keen on January move for Phillips

Kalvin Phillips will give up a potential £17.5m pay out to seal his exit from Manchester City in January, according to reports in the Sun on Sunday.


Newcastle, West Ham and Bayern Munich are all already keen on the England midfielder.


22 Oct


Potter wanted by Napoli & Man Utd

Graham Potter is in demand, with both Napoli and Man Utd interested in the former Brighton and Chelsea head coach, according to reports in the Sun.


Current Napoli boss Rudi Garcia is under pressure in Naples after a difficult start to the defence of their Serie A title.



Meanwhile, United manager Erik ten Hag is also feeling the heat at Old Trafford, with United have been unconvincing in the opening months of the new campaign.


Potter recently declined the opportunity to take charge at Ligue 1 side Lyon.


22 Oct


Papers: Sancho to exit Man Utd even if he apologises

Jadon Sancho is finished at Manchester United – even if the £73m winger swallows his pride by apologising to Erik ten Hag -Sunday Mirror



‘Their best players are on the bench!’ | Sherwood critical of Man Utd ‘superstars’

Tim Sherwood believes Manchester United should be playing the likes of Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire, as opposed to some of the squad’s so called ‘superstars’.


21 Oct


‘He’s a strong character’ | Poch recalls his first-time meeting Arteta

Mauricio Pochettino and Mikel Arteta meet as head coaches for the first time on Saturday – but the Chelsea and Arsenal bosses know each other inside out ahead of their clash on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.


21 Oct


Watch Chelsea vs Arsenal, Sheff Utd vs Man Utd with NOW

There’s a bumper day of Premier League football to come this Saturday, and you can watch two games live on Sky Sports.


Chelsea vs Arsenal kicks off at 5.30pm, before Manchester United travel to Sheffield United at 8pm.


Aston Villa vs West Ham is also on Super Sunday, with Tottenham vs Fulham the match on Monday Night Football.


White: I want to stay at Arsenal for as long as I can

Ben White has told Sky Sports he is eager to sign a new contract at Arsenal amid reports he could be the next Gunners player to be rewarded with a new deal.


“I want to stay at Arsenal for as long as I can, stay at the highest level and push this club back to where it needs to be,” he said.


“Whenever that’s spoken about, it’s an amazing feeling that someone wants you. I’ve still got a few years left on my current contract, so even to be speaking about it is a nice feeling.”


White, who has three years left to run on his existing deal, was speaking to Sky Sports as part as an in-depth exclusive interview. Read it in full below.


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