Burnley vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back from their mauling in Milton Keynes by beating a Burnley side that is also searching for its first win of the season. The home side were punished for their profligacy last time out at Swansea City, as they were guilty of missing several second half chances which would have seen them come away with at least a point. All they lack to be competitive at present is a cutting edge, but the home supporters will be sensing blood at the prospect of…

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QPR’s Faurlin sidelined for nine months

Luckless Queens Park Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has sustained serious damage to his anterior cruciate ligament for the third time and will be out for nine months, talkSPORT has confirmed. The Argentinean suffered his latest injury setback in the 59th minute of the Hoops’ shock 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Burton Albion this week. Peter Florida James, Head of Medical Services at Loftus Road, confirmed the extent of the damage, saying: “The knee itself stayed pretty stable, but the scans have since revealed his ACL graft has ruptured. If…

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Rodgers ready for Real test

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his excitement at having drawn Real Madrid in the Champions League, reports Sky Sports. The Reds have been placed in Group B in the tournament and as well as the current European champions, will also face FC Basel of Switzerland. The final place has been taken by Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets, who famously made it to the group stages earlier this week after defender Cosmin Moti, deputising in goal, saved two penalties in a shoot-out against Steaua Bucharest. But it’s the two games between Liverpool…

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Zaha returns to Palace

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has returned to his former club Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of this season, BBC Sport has confirmed. Zaha is the first new player to arrive at Selhurst Park since the appointment of Neil Warnock as the new Palace manager on Wednesday. Warnock, who like Zaha is also in his second spell with the Eagles, moved to snap up the 21-year-old after it became apparent that Zaha’s chances of first team action at Old Trafford would continue to be limited. Zaha was born…

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Chelsea concern over Costa

Chelsea are waiting to establish the extent of a hamstring injury to Diego Costa amid fears the Spain international could be missing for six weeks, ESPN has reported. The Blues paid Atletico Madrid £32m to sign Costa before the new season and thus far the Brazil-born striker has scored twice in as many games for his new club, netting against newly-promoted pair Burnley and Leicester City. Chelsea are due to visit Everton this weekend and while they are hopeful Costa will be available to face the Toffees, there is a…

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Sanchez means no panic buys, says Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the presence of Alexis Sanchez means he doesn’t have to dip into the market before the close of the transfer window – despite the injury to Olivier Giroud, ESPN has reported. Giroud isn’t expected to be fit until the New Year after it was confirmed he had undergone an operation on a broken tibia, suffered in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Everton. Sanchez started that game through the middle – although he was replaced at half-time by Giroud – but in the absence of the…

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Zabaleta: Everyone would want Di Maria

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has said that every club would want to sign Angel Di Maria after his fellow Argentina international left Real Madrid for Manchester United, ESPN has reported. Di Maria on Tuesday completed a move worth just under £60m, setting a new British record for a transfer, and Zabaleta believes United have spent wisely. “With Di Maria I have to say United have signed one of those players that every single club in the world would like to sign,” he said. “He’s a top player. “He has…

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Hodgson names four uncapped players in England squad

Arsenal defender Callum Chambers is one of four uncapped players named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad to play Norway and Switzerland, BBC Sport has confirmed. Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback, Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph and Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose have been named in the party, with Wayne Rooney confirmed as Steven Gerrard’s replacement as captain. Gerrard and Frank Lampard both retired from international duty following England’s group stage exit in Brazil, with Rooney now the squad’s most-capped player. Chambers joined the Gunners this summer from Southampton, while Colback…

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Rooney named England captain

Wayne Rooney has succeeded Steven Gerrard as England captain, BBC Sport has reported. Gerrard retired from international football following the World Cup and Manchester United striker Rooney has been given the armband by manager Roy Hodgson. He was earlier this summer named the new captain of United following the departure of Nemanja Vidic. “It is something I will take massive pride in doing. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams,” Rooney said. “I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice,” Hodgson added. “He…

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Arsenal could look towards Welbeck after Giroud injury

Arsenal could make a move for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck after learning that they could be without Olivier Giroud for an extended period of time, according to the Daily Mail. Giroud was crocked just after equalising in the dying minutes as Arsenal snatched a 2-2 with Everton at the weekend and it is feared he could be missing until the New Year with a suspected broken foot – the first scans of the injury failed to clear up the extent of the blow. The layoff could force manager Arsene…

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Hodgson could call on Villa’s Delph

England manager Roy Hodgson could hand Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph his first national call up as he contends with a small injury crisis ahead of their friendly with Norway, the Telegraph has reported. England are currently experiencing a shortage in midfield with Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Michale Carrick all injured, while Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have now retired from the international scene. And now Delph could find himself in the senior England set up having been capped at U19 and U21 level. Hodgson made a personal check…

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Palace to decide between Clarke and Warnock

Crystal Palace’s search for another new manager looks to be nearing its end as the club narrow down candidates to either Steve Clarke or Neil Warnock, the BBC is reporting. Previous manager Tony Pulis left the club just two days before the start of the new season after tensions between him and chairman Steve Parish reached an impasse – rumoured to be over the failure to land key transfer targets. Pulis had originally replaced Ian Holloway midway through last season and managed to successfully steer Palace to safety – and…

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Hamburg express Holtby interest

German club Hamburg have refused to deny their interest in signing Tottenham’s German midfielder Lewis Holtby before the close of the transfer window, Sky Sports is reporting. Hamburg director Dietmar Beiersdorfer confirmed the club’s interest in the player despite him having three years left on his current contract. Beiersdorfer is quoted by Hamburger Abendlatt as saying: ““I’d be lying if I said we have nothing to do with Holtby.” The 23-year-old has had somewhat of a struggle breaking into the first team at White Hart Lane since his move from…

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Di Maria critical of Madrid treatment

New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria has written an open letter to the fans of former club Real Madrid claiming he in fact didn’t chose to leave the Spanish side, Sky Sports has reported. The Argentine left the Bernabeu for Old Trafford in a £59.7m move on Tuesday, a new British transfer record, and is set to train with his new team mates today ahead of the United’s trip to Burnley on Saturday. And upon his move, the winger has openly criticised the way Madrid treated him in his…

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Liverpool ‘too honest’, says Allen

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said that he believes his side are ‘too honest’ compared to the likes of Manchester City, to whom they lost 3-1 on Monday, the Guardian has reported. Two goals from Stevan Jovetic and another from substitute Sergio Aguero gave the defending Premier League champions an eventually comfortable victory despite a late Pablo Zabaleta own goal. Liverpool probed throughout, but often struggled to penetrate the home defence. On some occasions, Man City deliberately prevented counter-attacks by fouling their opponents, and Allen believes his side may have…

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Leicester boss Pearson disappointed by cup defeat

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was left disappointed by his side’s performance after they lost 1-0 at home to League Two Shrewsbury Town in the second round of the Capital One Cup, writes the club’s official website. Despite being three divisions below, the Shropshire side were on top for most of the encounter and could have won by more than just the one goal. The winner was scored by much-travelled striker Andrew Mangan, who curled home a free-kick. Pearson included four debutants in his starting line-up, but there were still…

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Dawson makes Hull switch

Hull City have completed the signing of Tottenham defender Michael Dawson for an undisclosed fee, with the 30-year-old having signed a three-year contract, Sky Sports has reported. He joins after nine and-a-half years at White Hart Lane, where he was club captain. His performances earned him international recognition as he was handed four England caps, but the prospect of a lack of first-team football at Tottenham has now led him to move to Humberside. Tigers boss Steve Bruce has been interested in Dawson throughout the summer, and he now becomes…

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Milan admit Torres interest

The vice-president of Serie A club Milan has admitted that they are interested in signing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, and he is also hopeful of sealing a deal for teammate Marco van Ginkel, reports the Daily Express. The seven-time European champions are looking to rebuild their strike-force in the final week of the transfer window, having sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool. They have been linked with Torres for some weeks, although Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to keep him at Stamford Bridge as cover for Diego Costa. Signed for…

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Everton complete Eto’o deal

Everton have completed the signing of former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o on a two-year contract, beating Milan and Roma to his signature, the Liverpool Echo has reported. The Cameroon international, who has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and again with Inter, left Chelsea at the end of last season after just 10 months at the club. Signed in August 2013 to provide an extra striking option, he went on to score 12 goals in 33 appearances. Over the summer, local rivals Liverpool have been linked with Eto’o, but…

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Lampard announces international retirement

New York City veteran midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international duty in order to prolong his club career, Sky Sports has confirmed. The 36-year-old made the announcement in a statement, describing how tough a decision it had been to reach, and expressing his pride and enjoyment of a lengthy and distinguished period of international service. Lampard left Chelsea this summer after 14 glittering years at Stamford Bridge, and joined new MLS franchise New York City. However, he is back in England having immediately been loaned to Manchester City for…

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Blind: no Man United offer yet

The agent representing Manchester United transfer target Daley Blind says no bid has yet been made for the player’s service, reports The Telegraph. Blind has been strongly linked with a move from Ajax to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but his agent Rob Jansen has claimed that thus far there has been no contact. “At this moment Manchester United have not been in touch with me or Ajax about Daley and I’m not sitting here waiting for the call,” said Jansen. The 24-year-old utility player is well known to new…

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Palace close to naming new manager

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has revealed that the Eagles are hopeful of appointing a new manager this week, reports BBC Sport. The south London outfit have been without a manager since the shock departure of Tony Pulis on the eve of the Premier League season, following rumours of a major breakdown in the relationship between the Welsh tactician and the Palace hierarchy. It was said that Pulis was unhappy over the club’s transfer policy, and wished to exercise more control. However, the board disagreed, and Pulis departed by mutual…

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Di Maria on brink of Man Utd move

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria has arrived at Manchester United’s training ground to undergo a medical with the club after a £59.7m fee was agreed on Monday, the Daily Mail has reported. The deal could eventually be worth as much as £75m due to add-ons, but even without them it would break the British transfer record, which currently stands at £50m, for the deal which saw Fernando Torres leave Liverpool to join Chelsea in January 2011. It would also see the Red Devils become the biggest spenders in Europe…

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