European Super League is on “standby”

The European Super League is on “standby” despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. After a furious backlash against the proposed tournament that was announced on Sunday, all six Premier League clubs involved withdrew. “We’re going to continue working,” said Perez. “The project is on standby.” Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have not withdrawn, although Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed. “You cannot get out of the contract like this – they are binding contracts,” he added. When asked…

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Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday that plans by 12 clubs including the Spanish giants to form a European Super League (ESL) were made to save football. On Monday, six Premier League teams — Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur — joined forces with Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Italian trio Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan to launch ESL. “Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times. Football is losing interest. Something must be done,” said Perez “Football is the…

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Giving up is not in our DNA

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says giving up on the Premier League title is “not in our DNA” even though their pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City appears hopeless. The Norwegian believes his side are on the right track but admits adding to their 20 league titles is unlikely. “Of course we’ll never give up,” Solskjaer said after his side wrapped up a 4-0 aggregate victory against Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday, setting up a last-four clash with Roma. They are also desperate to claim their…

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Man United face title test in Liverpool

LONDON: Manchester United’s bid to win the Premier League for the first time in eight years will face a major test when the leaders face champions Liverpool on Sunday. With points certain to be dropped by one of the title contenders at Anfield this weekend, third-placed Manchester City can climb back into the race. Slumping Chelsea has been forced to put their own title ambitions on hold after a woeful run that must be arrested soon to take the pressure off boss Frank Lampard. Manchester United head to Anfield knowing…

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Nathan Bishop has penned a new Manchester United contract

The 21-year-old goalkeeper has signed a new deal until June 2023 with an option for a further year. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also confirmed on Monday that Bishop, who signed from Southend United a year ago, will shortly head out on loan to further enhance his experience. After meeting his manager, Nathan spoke to club media’s Stewart Gardner and shared his aims for the future… How’s it been for you so far? It must have been a bit of a whirlwind when you started, but how do you feel now? “It’s crazy!…

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'Freakish' Greenwood is Man Utd's new baby-faced assassin

Manchester United have spent more than £1 billion (US$1.2 billion) on new players over the past nine years but the Red Devils latest revival owes much to a home-grown superstar in 18-year-old academy graduate Mason Greenwood. The young forward was the star of the show as United scored five goals in the Premier League at Old Trafford for the first time since 2011 against Bournemouth at the weekend. Greenwood smashed high into the Bournemouth net, first with his left foot and then with his right as free-flowing United won 5-2…

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‘Why Man Utd should build their team around Pogba’ – Peter Crouch

Paul Pogba’s future continues to divide Manchester United fans, but Peter Crouch thinks the club should “build a team” around the France midfielder. Crouch joined Danny Murphy on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday to analyse Pogba’s return to action after almost three months out with an ankle injury. United slumped to a disappointing defeat against the Premier League’s bottom side but Pogba, 26, impressed when he came off the bench for the final 26 minutes, when his side were already 2-0 down. Here Crouch explains what Pogba brings…

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Paul Pogba: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Man Utd midfielder ‘not being sold in January’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba “is not being sold in January” and also denied he was meeting Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland on Friday. Midfielder Pogba’s return from injury has been delayed by illness, and he is unlikely to play at Watford on Sunday. Meanwhile, reports on Friday claimed Haaland had flown from Stavanger in Norway to Manchester with his father. But Solskjaer said the 19-year-old was “on a Christmas holiday”. “I don’t think he is en route here,” said the 46-year-old of a player…

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Carabao Cup semi-finals: Man City face Man Utd, Leicester draw Aston Villa

Holders Manchester City will face local rivals Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Leicester City will take on Aston Villa in the other last-four clash, with the ties to be played over two legs in the weeks commencing 6 and 27 January. Manchester United and Leicester will be at home in their first legs. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have won the tournament in each of the last two seasons and four times in the last six years. Manchester City beat League One Oxford United 3-1 on Wednesday, while Manchester…

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Paul Pogba: Man Utd midfielder’s return from injury hit by illness

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United comeback is set to be delayed after he missed two days’ training because of illness. The France midfielder was expected to return to training this week after recovering from the ankle injury that has kept him out since September. Pogba attended his brother’s wedding in France on Friday, but needed a check-up with United’s doctor on Saturday. His symptoms worsened on Sunday. “He’s been struck down ill,” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “He’s been off two days, which is not beneficial. It’s probably set him…

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