Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic open to Premier League move

Christian Pulisic has said he is open to moving to the Premier League, with Chelsea understood to be leading the race to sign the forward from Borussia Dortmund next summer. Pulisic has been linked to several Premier League sides including Liverpool and Tottenham in the past but it is understood that Chelsea have shown most interest in prising him away from the Bundesliga leaders. The 20-year-old – who spent a year in Oxfordshire as a child before moving back to the United States with his family – has so far refused to discuss a…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Sterling should have avoided showboating, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola admitted Raheem Sterling should have avoided antagonising Manchester United in the final moments of Manchester City’s 3-1 derby win on Sunday. City moved back to the top of the Premier League with victory over their rivals as David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan got on the scoresheet. But a late flashpoint saw Juan Mata take issue with Sterling as he showboated in the final seconds, keeping the ball in the corner and performing stepovers as United players rushed towards him. And while Guardiola was pleased with City’s other tactics that…

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Jose Mourinho claims ‘two friendlies’ helped Manchester City in derby

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Manchester City’s preparations for their derby victory were helped by playing in two “friendly” matches during the past week. City returned to the top of the Premier League as goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan earned the champions three points at Etihad Stadium. But Mourinho said the hosts had an advantage as their past two games – home thrashings of Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk in which they won by an aggregate 12-1 – were significantly more straightforward than his team’s most…

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Cristiano Ronaldo believes Juventus should have easily beaten Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo believes former club Manchester United’s performance was not deserving of victory over Juventus on Wednesday. Ronaldo volleyed Juve into the lead in the second half in Turin – his first Champions League goal for his new club. But his sensational strike counted for nothing as United staged a dramatic late turnaround, snatching three points thanks to Juan Mata’s free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal in the final four minutes. Ronaldo was pleased with the quality of his goal but felt Juventus should have easily beaten his former club.…

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Injured Romelu Lukaku doubtful for Manchester derby

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku could miss the Manchester derby at the weekend after he was not named in the squad for Wednesday’s trip to Juventus. The 25-year-old Belgian was dropped to the bench for the match against Everton two weeks ago and then missed the win at Bournemouth because of an injury. “He’s injured for tomorrow, I’m not sure for Sunday,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. Lukaku has only scored four goals in 14 matches for United this season. The last of those came in the 2-1 win at…

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Paul Pogba ‘unaffected’ by removal as Manchester United vice captain

Paul Pogba says he has been unaffected by having the Manchester United vice-captaincy stripped from him by manager Jose Mourinho – who he said he plays for with “happiness”. The France World Cup winner, 25, fell out of favour at Old Trafford last season and had his role as deputy taken away in late September. “If he takes the armband away, it doesn’t change anything,” said Pogba. “I just want to play, perform and give my best. It didn’t affect me.” The Frenchman took over the captaincy for opening two…

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Nemanja Matic explains why he will not wear poppy on shirt

Nemanja Matic says he will not wear a poppy on his Manchester United shirt because it reminds him of when his village was bombed when he was 12. The bombing, in 1999, was part of a Nato-led offensive to drive out Serbian forces from Kosovo. Matic was the only United player not wearing a poppy during their 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday. The Serb, 30, released a statement on Instagram in which he said he respected the right of people to wear poppies. But he said he would again not wear…

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Wayne Rooney to return to England squad for friendly match against USA

Wayne Rooney is set to come out of international retirement to make a farewell appearance for England against the United States later this month. The 33-year-old – England’s record goalscorer with 53 – has not played for the Three Lions since a 3-0 victory over Scotland in November 2016. But Rooney, who plays for DC United, is expected to earn his 120th cap in the friendly at Wembley on 15 November. The match will be called ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation international’. The Wembley Arch will be lit up in the…

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De Gea breaks silence amid Manchester United contract uncertainty

David de Gea has said that his focus remains on his on-field performances amid uncertainty over his Manchester United future. Manager Jose Mourinho admitted that he is not optimistic that the goalkeeper will pen a new deal with the club, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season. The club retain the right to extending De Gea’s deal automatically by another year but that has not stopped transfer links with Juventus, with reports suggesting they’ll swoop in to sign the Spaniard on a free. Despite…

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Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline fracas

Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live online – click here to find out how Ianni twice goaded Jose Mourinho following Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser for the hosts, leading to the United manager having to be held back by stewards as he attempted to chase the Italian down the tunnel. Mourinho has avoided a charge from the Football Association…

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Jose Mourinho denies interest in Real Madrid job for a second time

Jose Mourinho has denied any interest in taking over at Real Madrid, stating he wishes to stay as Manchester United manager beyond his current contract, which ends in the summer of 2020. Reports in Spain have claimed Mourinho is seen by Real as a replacement for Julen Lopetegui following the European champions’ disappointing start to the season. They sit seventh in La Liga, four points behind the leaders Barcelona, following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Levante. Yet asked about potentially becoming Real manager for a second time having managed the…

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Luke Shaw backs Manchester United improvement after inking new deal

Luke Shaw says “it is only a matter of time” until Manchester United thrive again after signing a new five-year deal worth a reported £150,000 a week. The 23-year-old’s current contract was set to expire next summer, with poor form and injury limiting him to 75 appearances for the club. Shaw admits a new deal looked “impossible” at times in the last year. However, the left-back has been a regular this season with his form prompting an international recall. “I can’t wait to continue my progress under Jose Mourinho,” Shaw…

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‘Forget it, it’s over’: Mourinho accepts apology after touchline fracas

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accepted an apology from Chelsea second assistant coach Marco Ianni following the touchline line row that greeted the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, a former Chelsea manager, was left incensed as he leapt from his seat and had to be held back by stewards after Ianni celebrated wildly when Ross Barkley scored a last gasp equalizer for the home side. Mourinho raised three fingers to the Chelsea faithful to indicate the number of Premier League titles he won at the club as tensions…

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Manchester United can’t win league with Lukaku, says Scholes

Manchester United may never win the league with Romelu Lukaku as their main striker, according to former midfielder Paul Scholes. Lukaku joined United in 2017 for £75m and has since scored 31 goals in 62 games for the club. The Belgium international has already netted four times in eight games this season, but Scholes is not convinced by the former Chelsea and Everton forward, insisting that he does not have the all-round game to truly be considered an elite forward. “I’m just not sure you are ever going to win…

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Jose Mourinho charged with improper conduct after Newcastle match

José Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on 6 October, the Football Association has announced. The United manager spoke into a camera after his side came from behind to triumph 3-2 at Old Trafford. “It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper,” read a statement. “He has until 6pm on 19 October 2018 to respond to the charge.” Mourinho could potentially face a touchline ban if…

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard keen to work with Jose Mourinho again

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard says he would like to work with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho again. Belgium international Hazard, 27, has been at Chelsea since 2012 and won the Premier League under Mourinho in 2014-15 and under Antonio Conte in 2016-17. Mourinho now manages Manchester United, whom Chelsea face in their next Premier League match on Saturday, 20 October. “If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: ‘Mourinho’,” Hazard told HLN. “Mourinho’s image of an extremely defensive coach isn’t completely right.”…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Ronaldo denies attack accusation, calls rape ‘abominable crime’

Cristiano Ronaldo has categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.” “Keen as I may be to clear my name I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense,” he said. I…

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Valencia apologises after ‘liking’ Instagram post calling for Manchester United to sack their manager

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has apologised for inadvertently ‘liking’ an Instagram post calling for manager Jose Mourinho to be sacked. The Red Devils manager came under increasing pressure on Tuesday following a 0-0 draw with Spanish club Valencia at Old Trafford in the Champions League, a result that stretches their winless run to four matches after the draw against Wolves and losses to Derby County and West Ham. Fuel was poured on the fire by the 33-year-old, who liked an Instagram post criticising the manager after the draw, spurring new…

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Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho says some players care more than others

Jose Mourinho insists he still has the support of the players at Manchester United, though he pointedly added that “some care more than others” about recent results and the poor form that has put the manager’s job at risk. United go into their Champions League game with Valencia on Tuesday on the back of successive defeats by Derby and West Ham, and though Mourinho would not reveal whether he has had conversations with the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, on the subject he does not believe his days in Manchester are…

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Rio Ferdinand expects Manchester United decision over Mourinho future

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the club may have to make a decision on the future of Jose Mourinho following a poor start to the season. United have opened the 2018/19 campaign in terrible form, having lost three games in seven which included a League Cup exit at the hands of Championship outfit Derby County. Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham United further compounded matters for the under pressure Portuguese manager. It is the worst start to a season for the Red Devils since 1989/90. Speaking to BT…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s one-game ban clears him to face Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to face his former club Manchester United in the Champions League next month after being handed a one-match ban by Uefa for his red card against Valencia. The governing body has confirmed the Juventus forward will be suspended for only a single game – against Young Boys in Turin – after its control, ethics and disciplinary board decided not to increase the automatic penalty at a meeting on Thursday. A Uefa statement said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo for one Uefa competition match for which…

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Jose Mourinho clashed with Paul Pogba over timing of Instagram post

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Jose Mourinho’s training-ground clash with Paul Pogba occurred because the manager believed the midfielder had posted a story to Instagram in which he laughed at Manchester United’s penalty shootout defeat against Derby County on Tuesday night. The episode happened on Wednesday at the start of the training session at the club’s Carrington base and came as the hierarchy backed Mourinho’s decision to strip Pogba of the vice-captaincy. Sky Sports cameras caught the two men having unhappy words, with media officer John Allen also involved. In the footage Pogba can be seen high‑fiving the…

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