Tottenham face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham will play Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona. Last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto, and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties. The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties. The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May. City and United were both drawn away in the first leg of their ties, but they…

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PSG’s Neymar calls Manchester United VAR penalty decision ‘a disgrace’

Neymar has called the decision to give Manchester United a late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night “a disgrace” and said that the VAR officials in charge “knew nothing about football”. The 27-year-old, who missed the tie because of injury, was incensed after officials awarded United a spot-kick for a handball by Presnel Kimpembe deep into stoppage time, which Marcus Rashford then coolly converted to send the Premier League side through to the quarter-finals. “This is a disgrace, they put four people who know nothing about football…

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Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez may be out for rest of season

Alexis Sanchez could be out for the rest of the season, according to Chile’s national team physiotherapist, Pedro Onate. Sanchez damaged ligaments in his right knee during the 3-2 home win against Southampton on Saturday and the 30-year-old could be unavailable for the next two months, Onate claimed. “We communicated with Sánchez, he has had his scans and that’s the injury – there will be no problems for him to play in the Copa América [this summer] because it will be six to eight weeks without playing,” Oñate told the El Mercurio…

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Alexis Sanchez suffers suspected ligament damage in Manchester United win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he fears Alexis Sanchez has suffered ligament damage in his knee after he was forced to substitute the forward in Manchester United’s win over Southampton on Saturday. Sanchez went down following a collision in the Saints’ penalty area, and was forced off shortly afterwards, with Diogo Dalot replacing him. “It might be his ligaments. We’ll do the scan tomorrow. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad but we won’t know until we’ve done the scans,” Solskjaer said. Sanchez’s injury could force him to miss two of United’s biggest…

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Manchester clubs drawn apart in FA Cup last eight

Manchester rivals United and City have been drawn apart in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. United defeated holders Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie and will face Wolves at the Molineaux. Premier League champions Manchester City are at Championship side Swansea City, with Millwall – another second-tier side – at home to Brighton. Watford host Crystal Palace in the other last-eight tie. The quarter-final games will be played from 15-18 March, with winning clubs receiving £720,000 in prize money. FA Cup quarter-final draw in full Swansea City v Manchester…

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Manchester United hit with twin blows with Lingard and Martial injuries

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will both be out for between two and three weeks due to injury. Both players had to be substituted during Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and neither will be available for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea. But Alexis Sánchez – who reportedly picked up a knock after colliding with the linesman before he even came on the pitch in mid-week – is in contention to play. “I think they [Martial and…

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Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and staff

Manchester United paid Jose Mourinho and his staff £19.6m in compensation following his sacking in December. United revealed the figures in their second quarter financial results. Mourinho was sacked after a run of poor results, culminating in a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, that left them 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League. Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 10 of his first 11 games before Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat by Paris St-Germain. Within the financial results, which were released to the New York Stock Exchange, it said: “Exceptional items for…

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Manchester United hit with UEFA charge over Di Maria bottle incident

Manchester United have been charged by UEFA after a section of their supporters threw objects towards Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford. Former United player Di Maria was jeered by the home supporters right from the start of the match, having endured an underwhelming spell at the club in the 2014-15 season. It was his first return to Old Trafford since leaving for France in 2015 and he went on to have a major impact, setting up both PSG goals as they ran out…

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Jose Mourinho to host Champions League show on Russian channel RT

Manchester United’s ex-manager José Mourinho is to host his own show on Russian TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, the station says. Mourinho, 56, will provide analysis of Champions League games in the fortnightly football programme. “I’m going to talk about football on RT. What else did you think I was going to do?” he says in a promotional video. As the world discusses what’s next for Jose Mourinho, we have the answer…https://t.co/2kGsQ7OSFC #JoseMourinho #ChampionsLeague #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/Utki5qGCg8 — RT Sport (@RTSportNews) February 11, 2019 Mourinho worked as a…

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Paul Scholes takes first step into management with Oldham

Paul Scholes has taken his first step into football management after being named manager at Oldham Athletic. The former Manchester United and England midfielder, 44, has signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with the team he supports. He was cleared by the English Football League to take the role, despite holding a 10% stake in Salford City. Here's the news you've been waiting for… Latics Appoint Paul Scholes As New Manager! #oafchttps://t.co/Kc4O6jLvxa — Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) February 11, 2019 “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t feel excited about the team,” said Scholes.…

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Phil Jones signs new Manchester United deal until 2023

Phil Jones has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Manchester United that will keep him at the club until 2023. United, who signed Jones from Blackburn in 2011, have the option to extend the centre-back’s contract by a further 12 months. After signing the deal, Jones said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club. “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare…

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Jose Mourinho accepts suspended prison sentence for tax fraud

Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and agreed to pay a €2.2m (£1.9m) fine after admitting tax fraud while he was coach of Real Madrid. The former Manchester United manager appeared at Madrid’s provincial court on Tuesday, where he confirmed a plea deal over charges that he had defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of €3.3m by failing to declare revenues from image rights in 2011 and 2012. Prosecutors had accused Mourinho, 56, of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to…

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Manchester United confirm Marouane Fellaini exit to China

Marouane Fellaini has left Manchester United to join Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng on a permanent deal. Fellaini, 31, travelled to China on Thursday to discuss personal terms – having already undergone a medical – after the two clubs reached an agreement in principle. The midfielder has been at Old Trafford since being signed from Everton by David Moyes in 2013 and was an important figure during Jose Mourinho’s reign. Huge thank you to everyone I have worked with during my time @ManUtd. I have made some great friends…

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Anthony Martial signs contract extension at Manchester United till 2024

Anthony Martial has signed a new Manchester United contract, committing him to the club until 2024, the club has announced. It marks a remarkable turnaround for a player who was seemingly on the verge of leaving the club last summer after publicly falling out with former manager Jose Mourinho. However, he has been in fine goalscoring form this season, with 10 goals in all competitions so far, and the renewed attacking verve United have shown under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has seen him among several in the squad to play with…

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Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini agrees terms with Chinese club

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed personal terms with Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng with a view to moving before the January window closes, according to reports. United are refusing to say whether a fee has been agreed for the Belgium player, who signed a new deal in 2018. Fellaini, 31, was the first major signing of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, joining for £27.5m on deadline day in the 2013 summer transfer window. The Chinese transfer window closes on 28 February. Fellaini signed a fresh two-year contract at Old Trafford last…

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Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Champions League tie with Manchester United

Neymar will miss both legs of Paris St-Germain’s Champions League tie against Manchester United after being ruled out for 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal. The Brazil forward suffered the injury in a 2-0 French Cup victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday, 23 January. The French champions say they have opted for a “conservative treatment”. PSG travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie on 12 February, with the return on 6 March. In a statement, the Ligue 1 side said: “Paris St-Germain gathered together a group of world-renowned medical experts…

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Harry Kane out for at least six weeks with ankle injury

Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane will be out for at least six weeks following an ankle injury picked up in the weekend’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United. “Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday’s match,” a club statement read. “He will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.” Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that @HKane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained…

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Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Arsenal have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners. The two sides met in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in 2015 when Danny Welbeck scored the winner against his former side as Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford. Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford. League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third…

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Lukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s first game at Cardiff

Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge of Manchester United against Cardiff City on Saturday. The former United striker was asked about the Belgian’s availability at his first press conference and revealed that the former Everton forward is likely to be missing. When asked about the 25-year-old’s availability, Solskjaer told reporters: “Lukaku has had a couple of days off, I’ve not seen him yet and I’ve not seen Alexis because he’s on his way back as well. “I’m looking forward to seeing them.” Reports have claimed that Lukaku’s absence is due to compassionate leave and…

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The path Solskjaer followed to reach management of Manchester United

The playing career of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was highly successful, albeit after a slow start.  For five years he played in the lowly Norwegian leagues for Clausenengen, until close to his 22ndbirthday.  At that time, just prior to the start of 1995, he got the big move, which he waited patiently for, to Molde. In his first season with them, Solskjaer scored freely.  He developed a good strike partnership with Arild Stavrum.  Between them, they scored 36 Tippeligaen goals, 20 of which were Solskjaer’s.  The pair’s good form helped their…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Man Utd caretaker manager until end of season

Manchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, a day after sacking Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final. The 45-year-old takes over with United sixth in the Premier League. “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said the Norwegian. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the…

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Manchester United trigger contract extension for Anthony Martial

Manchester United have triggered the option of a year’s extension on the contract of France forward Anthony Martial. The 23-year-old’s current deal would have expired in the summer but will now run to 2020. United took a similar move with their Spain keeper David de Gea last month. Martial’s representatives remain in discussions with United over a new separate deal beyond the contract that has been extended to 2020. However Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley told French TV station RMC he is “very pessimistic about a positive outcome of the discussions”.…

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Jose Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. A poor start to the Premier League season has seen United slip 19 points behind the leaders, Liverpool, and fall off the pace in the hunt for a top-four place. They have won only once in six league matches, drawing during that sequence with struggling Southampton and Crystal Palace. The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate…

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Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Manchester United’s Chris Smalling signs new contract until 2022

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year. Smalling joined United from Fulham in July 2010 for an undisclosed fee after impressing in two seasons at Craven Cottage. The 29-year-old has since made more than 200 appearances for United and should he stay until the end of his new deal, it would mark 12 years at Old Trafford for the Englishman. Smalling said: “This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to…

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