Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney is still influential for Man United despite lack of goals

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given star forward Wayne Rooney his full support ahead of the club’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton this afternoon, the Metro reports. The 29-year-old has come in for some heavy criticism recently due to his lack of form so far this season, as he has only found the net once in the 3-0 victory over Sunderland last month. United will now make the short trip to Liverpool to take on Rooney’s former club in what is certain to be a…

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Arsenal face competition from Aston Villa for star Real Madrid winger

Premier League strugglers Aston Villa have emerged as shock contenders to sign Real Madrid winger Jese Rodriguez is the January transfer window, according to the Daily Express. Reports in Spain claim the Villans attempted to prize the 22-year-old away from the Santiago Bernabeu over the summer, but following Villa’s slide into the bottom three manager Tim Sherwood is keen to make a second play for his signature in the new year. Jese is also thought to be on Arsenal’s radar (via Express), as well as being watched by Italian giants…

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Liverpool given timely injury boost as young defender steps up comeback

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has handed an injury boost to new manager Jurgen Klopp by revealing he intends to be back in action by December after nearly 18 months out on the sidelines, the Daily Express reports. The 22-year-old has not featured since suffering a knee injury back in May 2014, but has now confirmed he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of his injury hell. “It’s been going well. It’s obviously been a frustrating time since last year when I got the injury,” he…

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Man City vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to recement their place at the top of the Premier League when they take on Bournemouth in a meeting of two sides at opposite ends of the top-flight’s financial spectrum. The hosts were decidedly ordinary for 40 minutes in their last match against lowly Newcastle United and were lucky to be just the one goal behind as their defence struggled to impose themselves, but fortunately for them Sergio Aguero soon took centre stage with a magnificent individual performance and a stunning display of goalscoring. The…

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Everton vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to hit back from their awful afternoon at Arsenal when they face Everton at Goodison Park, a venue at which they have lost on their last three visits. The home side are proving tough to beat, with just one defeat to their name so far having come from behind to pick up four points from their last two matches. The second of those was the Merseyside derby, where they started slowly and eventually went behind on 41 minutes, but they managed to draw level before…

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Watford vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming for their third consecutive Premier League win as they make the short journey to face a Watford side whose defence has been among the most obdurate so far this season. Luck was certainly on the Hornets’ side before the international break as they escaped with a draw from fellow newly promoted club Bournemouth, who gifted them the equaliser and then contrived to miss a late penalty to win it. As he has been so often in the last year, Odion Ighalo was there to pounce when…

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Crystal Palace vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Two London clubs who have been responsible for some surprising results so far in this Premier League season clash at Selhurst Park, as fourth-placed Crystal Palace take on a West Ham United side that lies a point and two places behind. The home side are targeting their third consecutive victory after edging past Watford and overcoming the stubborn resistence of a dreadfully dour West Bromwich Albion rearguard action, with their only defeats so far coming narrowly against sides who finished in the top five last term. Palace are a threat…

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Southampton vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be looking to continue their rise up the Premier League with a win at home to Leicester City on Saturday, which would see them leapfrog their opponents in the table. Ronald Koeman’s side seem to have rediscovered their best form of last season, and will hope that the international break has not disrupted their momentum. A comprehensive win over Swansea City was followed by a superlative display at the home of the champions, exposing Chelsea’s recent frailties in the most ruthless style after going behind to an early…

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be desperate to begin turning around their floundering defence of the Premier League title when they entertain an Aston Villa side that is gearing up for another battle to avoid the drop. Jose Mourinho came out fighting after the last miserable Blues performance against Southampton, with his words leading to the vote of confidence that he wanted from the club’s board. He has plenty to think about as his side have rarely threatened to score goals in recent weeks, and have been run ragged in defence. Even the…

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West Brom vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sam Allardyce begins his attempts to turn around Sunderland’s fortunes as he takes his new side to West Bromwich Albion, who have picked up just one point from a possible 12 at home so far this season. The hosts might come into this game feeling more wary than they perhaps would have done a couple of weeks ago, with Sunderland surely set to raise their game a little here under a new manager. The Baggies are under a little pressure to return to form having lost their last two games,…

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Tottenham vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Amid much anticipation and intrigue, Jurgen Klopp begins his Liverpool reign on Saturday at White Hart Lane, where in-form Tottenham will provide testing opposition as the Premier League resumes following the international break. The hosts saw their three-game winning streak in the league come to an end at Swansea City last time out, but they still produced a strong performance, having the better of proceedings for long periods and only having two fine Christian Eriksen free-kicks to show for it. The Dane came to the fore again after an injury-hit…

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Arsenal and Man United told they can sign Brazilian international striker for £18.5m

Brazilian giants Corinthians have told Manchester United and Arsenal that they can sign striker Alexandre Pato providing they cough up £18.5m, according to the Metro. The former AC Milan front man was once one of the most prized strikers in the game when he first broke onto the scene, but has recently seen his stock fall after failing to live up to the hype. However, he was heavily linked with moves to both Arsenal and United during the closing weeks of the summer transfer window as both sides were left…

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Portugal star says Man United interest is a “good sign”

Sporting Lisbon defender Paulo Oliveira has said that supposed interest from Manchester United is a “good sign”, the Daily Express reports. Oliveira has impressed since joining Sporting in 2014 for £1.2m from Vitoria Guimaraes, but it has been reported by The Express that United chief Louis van Gaal had ordered his scouts to keep tabs on the 23-year-old in the recent clash against Rio Ave. United have a good relationship with the Lisbon-based giants, having previously signed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Marcos Rojo all moving to Manchester…

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho handed £50,000 fine and one-match stadium ban

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been slapped with a £50,000 fine and a one-match stadium ban for comments he made following the club’s recent defeat to Southampton, the Daily Express reports. The Blues boss reacted angrily to the defeat and blamed the referee for failing to award his side a spot kick for a foul on striker Radamel Falcao. Chelsea eventually lost the game 3-1, with goals coming from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle to cancel out Willian’s opener and Mourinho then went on a seven minute rant…

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Real Madrid line up £37.5m move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez

Real Madrid are believed to be preparing a £37.5m move for star Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the Metro. After a slow start to the season, Sanchez suddenly came to life just before the international break where he bagged a hat trick past Leicester City before notching a brace against Manchester United, highlighting himself as a crucial cog in Arsene Wenger’s machine. The Gunners are believed to be in the process of offering the Chilean international a new contract that would see him become the club’s highest earner (via…

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Arsenal handed quadruple fitness boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been boosted by the news that Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all back in contention to feature in this weekend’s clash with Watford, the Metro reports. Wenger had concerns over Sanchez’s fitness going into the international break, but the 26-year-old came through the victory over Peru without any problems and is now ready to dive straight back into first team duties with The Gunners (via Metro). The Metro also claims that defender Koscielny, who missed the 3-0 victory over Manchester…

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Agent confirms Man United star will leave in January window

The agent of Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has confirmed that the player will likely make an exit from the club in the January transfer window after being axed by manager Louis van Gaal, the Metro reports. The former Barcelona custodian has featured just twice for the United first team since joining as a free agent back in January. However, the 33-year-old fell foul of the Dutchman after reportedly refusing to play in a game for the under-21 side and was then left out of the squad’s pre-season tour of…

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Chelsea target move for Atletico Madrid quartet – including Mourinho replacement

Chelsea are said to be lining up a stunning yet ambitious quadruple move for Atletico Madrid stars Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin and Koke as well as manager Diego Simeone, according to the Metro. After a poor start to the new season, both players and manager Jose Mourinho have come in for some serious criticism, with several names now finding their positions at the club come under pressure (via Metro). And now, a report in Spanish publication AS claims that the defending Premier League champions are hoping to snap up the…

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Arsenal star Nacho Monreal agrees new three-year deal

Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal has reiterated his commitment to the club by agreeing a new three-year deal to stay put amid reports of a move to Athletic Bilbao, according to the Metro. The Spanish international was heavily linked with a move to the Basque side during the summer transfer window, only for manager Arsene Wenger to convince him that his future lay at The Emirates instead (via Metro). Monreal, 29, has been the club’s first choice left-back ahead of Kieran Gibbs so far this term, and has been one of…

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Euro giants confirm they made bid for Chelsea star during the summer

Besiktas president Fikret Orman has confessed that his side did indeed make an offer for to sign Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during the summer transfer window, according to the Metro. The 28-year-old has featured from the start just once in the Premier League this season and could be tempted to make a move away from Stamford Bridge when the transfer window re-opens in January. And though it has emerged that the deal fell through over the summer, it could well be resurrected in the new year. Speaking to Turkish…

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Arsenal set to offer Alexis Sanchez new deal to make him club’s highest earner

Arsenal could be set to offer star forward Alexis Sanchez a new contract that would see him surpass Mesut Ozil as the club’s highest paid player, the Metro reports. The Metro state that the Chilean international currently pockets £130,000-per-week at The Emirates Stadium, but the Gunners are now keen to offer him an improved deal just over 12 months on from bringing him to the club. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mesut Ozil is also set to be offered a new deal as the club hope to…

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Arsenal linked with move for teenage Brazilian striker Luis Henrique

Arsenal are believed to be lining up a move for young Brazilian striker Luis Henrique, according to the Daily Express. A report in Goal Brazil claims that super agent Kia Joorabchian is searching for a new club that would be interested in taking on the 17-year-old on in the new year (via Express). However, the Express also states that the Gunners aren’t alone in their interest in Henrique, as a number of top European clubs are also thought to be keen on snapping him up. As it stands, Wenger sees…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners to make £10.5m move for starlet Brazilian as Cavani remains on radar

Monday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer gossip. Olivier Giroud admits he has to man up and accept being on the bench for Arsenal because Theo Walcott has been so good up front, the Daily Mirror reports. Walcott netted for England against Estonia on Friday night to make it seven goals in nine for club and country. Arsenal are lining up a move for Brazilian youngster Luis Henrique, the Daily Express reports. That is according to Goal Brazil, who claim Henrique’s agent Kia Joorabchian is keen to find the young striker…

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Chelsea gossip: Simeone sounded out as Mou replacement and Barca star takes swipe at Blues

Monday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Eden Hazard insists Belgium will target winning Euro 2016 – but now he has to concentrate on his own form, the Daily Mirror reports. The Chelsea star scored a penalty in the 4-1 victory in Andorra to lift the Red Devils above Wales in Group B. Dani Alves believes former team-mate Pedro should have stayed at Barcelona rather than join Chelsea, the Daily Express reports. The Spaniard ended ten years with the Catalan club when he moved to Stamford Bridge for around £22million…

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Man United gossip: Neymar rules out Old Trafford switch but Muller drops big hint

Monday’s biggest Man United news and transfer gossip. Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller, 26, has hinted the Premier League’s money might eventually lure him to Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News reports. The German striker was reportedly the subject of three bids from United over the summer, the last thought to be worth nearly £88m. Former England captain David Beckham says his new club in Miami should be up and running within six weeks – and plans to model it on Manchester United, the Daily Star reports. Anthony Martial has…

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