Dream debut for Rashford as ‘horny’ United display five star peformance; Livepool, Spurs win; Napoli out

18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored two goals on his Manchester United debut in a 5-1 win against FC Midtjylland as Louis Van Gaal’s side progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Rashford was the unlikely hero in Manchester United’s do-or-die clash with FC Midtjylland, marking an unexpected debut with a dream brace that saw Louis van Gaal’s men through a tricky Europa League tie.
A terrible string of injuries has seen United forced to rely on youth products, although the 18-year-old striker was so far down the pecking order his name did not even appear on the back of the matchday programme.
Rashford is likely to be the cover star next time, though, having been thrust into the spotlight following Anthony Martial’s warm-up injury and netting twice as United overcame a first-leg defeat and first-half Midtjylland goal to win 5-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.
It was a dream end to an evening that looked to be going horribly wrong when Pione Sisto all-too-easily carved open United’s makeshift defence to put the Danish champions ahead at Old Trafford.
Nikolay Bodurov, on loan from Fulham, turned a Memphis Depay cross into his own goal shortly afterwards, but nerves grew as Morgan Schneiderlin hit the woodwork and then Juan Mata saw a penalty saved.
They need not have worried, though, as Rashford came to the rescue, turning home crosses from Mata and Guillermo Varela to put United in the driving seat.
Ander Herrera’s penalty and a Depay strike either side of Andre Romer’s red card added extra gloss to the scoreline as they progressed to the last 16.
The result eases the pressure on Van Gaal, who called for his team to be hungry and, rather amusingly, “horny” in the build-up to a match which ended a run of four games on the road.
Martial’s warm-up blow took the number of injured first-team players to 13 and led to Rashford making his debut alongside 19-year-old Joe Riley, who made his first start in a defence that saw Michael Carrick drop back to partner Daley Blind.

Tottenham beat Fiorentina 4-1 on aggregate in their Europa League round-of-32 tie after a 3-0 win in the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Ryan Mason gave Spurs the lead with a composed finish in the first half and Erik Lamela made it two before a Gonzalo Rodriguez own goal completed a 4-1 victory on aggregate.
The only negative on another excellent night for Mauricio Pochettino’s men saw Dele Alli pick up his third yellow card of the competition, which means the 19-year-old is banned for the first leg of the next round.
Harry Kane was left out of a Spurs matchday squad for the first time this season as he recovers from a broken nose, but Pochettino showed the seriousness with which he continues to treat this most exhausting of competitions by fielding all of his other key players including Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Alli.
This was an important victory, not least to recover momentum following last weekend’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace, a defeat which brought to an end Tottenham’s eight-match unbeaten run and set nerves jangling amongst the Spurs faithful.

Liverpool have qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League after beating Augsburg 1-0 at Anfield, courtesy of a penalty from James Milner.
Milner’s fifth-minute penalty proved decisive but despite creating a number of chances the Reds failed to score a second goal that would have sealed the tie.
The job was completed within 90 minutes meaning Jurgen Klopp and his players can now concentrate on Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.
Aside from the result, the real positive was another 65 minutes in the bank for Daniel Sturridge, making his third consecutive start for the first time since last March, who looked Liverpool’s most dangerous player and will be the key man again at Wembley.

Borussia Dortmund won 1-0 at Porto to add to their advantage from the first leg and cruise to a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Iker Casillas saved a shot from Marco Reus, only for the rebound to fall to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose follow-up hit the underside of the bar and came straight down to strike Casillas and roll in for an own goal.

Karim Bellarabi scored twice to guide Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at home over Sporting Lisbon, with the hosts advancing 4-1 on aggregate.
Bellarabi stayed onside to receive a pass from Javier Hernandez before firing a shot through the legs of keeper Rui Patricio from a tight angle on 30 minutes.
But Sporting scored eight minutes later when Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno could only parry Carlos Mane’s shot into the path of Joao Mario, who tapped home.
However, Bellarabi’s powerful, long-distance second goal effectively put an end to the tie before Hakan Calhanoglu added a third goal late on.

Sabin Merino’s goal nine minutes from time allowed Athletic Bilbao to advance at the expense of Marseille after a 1-1 draw.
Michy Batshuayi’s 40th-minute goal erased Athletic’s slim edge from the first leg, but Merino headed a home a cross from Markel Susaeta to help the Spanish side move on 2-1 on aggregate.

Lazio scored twice in a three-minute span to defeat Galatasaray 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.
After a goalless first period, Marco Parolo put Lazio ahead with an unstoppable header from Lucas Biglia’s corner before Felipe Anderson made it 2-0 by tapping in to an empty net from Alessandro Matri’s cut across.
The visitors had renewed hope when Yasin Oztekin drew a goal back two minutes later, but Miroslav Klose’s 72nd-minute goal — his first goal of the season — made for a comfortable ending.

Shakhtar Donetsk displayed a dominating performance to win 3-0 at Schalke.
Marlos found the tie’s first goal in the 26th minute, and Facundo Ferreyra and Viktor Kovalenko added to the visitor’s advantage after the break as the Bundesliga side failed to respond.

Valencia completed their rout of Rapid Vienna with a 4-0 win in a second leg that was never in doubt.
Rodrigo, Sofiane Feghouli, Pablo Piatti and Shkodran Mustafi provided the goals as Gary Neville’s side added to the six-goal laugher in the first leg to win 10-0 on aggregate.

Villarreal managed a 1-1 draw at Napoli to move on 2-1 on aggregate.
Marek Hamsik scored for the hosts in the 17th minute to level the tie, but Tomas Pina’s fortunate goal on the hour mark put the Spanish side through.
Pina sent in a cross from the corner of the 18-yard box that sailed into the opposite corner.

Basel defeated St Etienne at home 2-1 to advance on away goals with the tie level at 4-4.
After a fine effort in a 3-2 defeat in the first leg, the Swiss side got a 15th-minute goal from Luca Zuffi.
That set up a dramatic finish where Moustapha Bayal Sall appeared to have found a winner for the French side in the 89th minute, only for Zuffi to put Basel through with a second goal in stoppage time.

Frank Acheampong scored twice in extra time as Anderlecht won 2-1 away at Olympiakos to go through 3-1 overall.
Kostas Fortounis pulled the Greeks level in the tie when he converted a penalty in the 29th minute.
Acheampong scored from a tight angle to put the Belgians ahead on 103 minutes and the Ghana forward made sure of a place in the last 16 with another neat finish midway through the second period of extra time.

Norwegian side Molde won their home leg over Sevilla 1-0, but it was not enough as the defending champions advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
Eirik Hestad scored for Molde before the break while American Ethan Horvath kept a clean sheet.

Sparta Prague won 3-0 at 10-man Krasnodar to ease through 4-0 on aggregate.
Goals early in the second half from Lukas Marecek and Martin Frydek had ended the tie as a contest.
It got worse for the hosts when Charles Kabore received a second yellow card and Kehinde Fatai capped the scoring two minutes later.

Fenerbahce progressed past Lokomotiv Moscow following a 1-1 draw in the Russian capital.
Holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Fener fell behind to Aleksandr Samedov’s goal on the stroke of half-time, but Lokomotiv were not able to find a second themselves and Mehmet Topal’s late header gave the visitors a comfortable final few moments.

On Wednesday, Braga advanced 4-3 on aggregate after securing a 2-2 draw at home with FC Sion.

Stalemate in Eindoven; City bounce back with brilliant peformance

Manchester City took command of their round of 16 Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev by earning a 3-1 first leg lead in the Ukraine.
The Premier League title hopefuls produced a brilliant opening 45 minutes, and were rewarded with goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
The second half was a tighter affair, and the hosts pulled one back through a deflected Vitaliy Buyalsky effort, but City held firm and added a late third courtesy of Yaya Toure that leaves them in total control going back to the Etihad.
City’s whole-hearted performance, amid snow flurries on a cold night, made light of their recent poor form and the controversy over their team selection at Chelsea on Sunday.
City’s success also came in the face of a difficult atmosphere. The stadium was not full but the home fans were highly vocal and it was little wonder the club were so pleased UEFA lifted the order to have the game played behind closed doors.

Atletico Madrid ground out a disciplined 0-0 draw at PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, although they probably thought they should have won it.
The La Liga side had by far the best of the encounter and PSV spent a quarter of the game with ten men following the second half dismissal of Gaston Pereiro for a second bookable offence.
However, Atletico will still consider themselves strong favourites to progress.
PSV were a surprise last-16 package after knocking out Manchester United at the competition’s group stages.
But Atleti predictably proved a far tougher nut to crack, with Diego Simeone’s 2014 finalists having forged a reputation as one of the best defensive units in Europe.
Atleti had conceded only three goals in six games in winning their Champions League group and goalkeeper Jan Oblak had just one save to make in keeping yet another clean sheet for the Spaniards.

Juve draw as Bayern squander two goal lead; Messi’s brace leave Arsenal with mountain to climb

Arsenal are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League after Lionel Messi scored two goals to guide Barcelona to a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in the last-16 first leg tie.
The holders had plenty of possession but did not have a shot on target in the first half – only for Messi to tuck away his first real chance with 20 minutes remaining before scoring a late penalty to secure a 2-0 win.
Arsenal had a couple of decent chances of their own but have it all to do in the return leg at the Nou Camp on March 16 if they are to go beyond the round of 16 for the first time since 2010.

Juventus came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich.
Goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben either side of half-time looked to have put Bayern in control of the tie.
But Paulo Dybala pulled one back and substitute Stefano Sturaro equalised to ensure Juventus will go into March 16’s second leg with optimism.
The pre-match team news focused on both team’s defences, with Juve switching to a back four in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini while injury-hit Bayern paired the inexperienced Joshua Kimmich with the versatile David Alaba in the centre. Full-back Philipp Lahm made his 100th Champions League appearance.

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Italy boss Antonio Conte has agreed a deal in principle to take charge of Chelsea this summer.

Juventus have identified outgoing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as Massimiliano Allegri’s replacement if the Italian decides to leave the club for Chelsea.

Allegri is happy at the club despite reports he could leave to become the next Chelsea manager this summer, the Italian’s agent has said.

Jose Mourinho has found a house in Manchester and is now in the process of customising the new residence to suit his needs ahead of taking charge at Manchester United.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane ahead of his contract being up in June.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard might have been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain, but the 25-year-old would only think about leaving the Stamford Bridge club to join Real Madrid.

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Braga winger Rafa Silva, 22, who has a £15.5m release clause in his contract.

The Red Devils face a potential cost of £10m if they sack manager Louis van Gaal.

Chelsea have offered Willian a new four-year deal worth £120,000 a week to fend off any summer interest in the player.

Pep Guardiola will consider adding Mikel Arteta to his Manchester City backroom team if the Arsenal midfielder calls time on his career this year.

Guardiola insists he would not judge his time at the Bundesliga club as a failure if he does not win the Champions League this season.
The Catalan, who departs for Manchester City in the summer, has led Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, as well as to the DFB Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Champions League is lacking from that list and after falling at the semifinal stage in each of the past two seasons, the pressure is mounting for him to win it this term.

Valencia president Layhoon Chan has hinted Gary Neville has a long-term future at the La Liga club – and admits they “took refuge” in him.

Reported Arsenal target Sven Bender has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Borussia Dortmund until 2021.

Neymar has reached a contract agreement with Barcelona and has signed a new deal until 2021. The Brazilian will be the club’s second-highest earner behind Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez spent the whole of January trying to seal a deal for Jose Mourinho to return this summer.

Forward Luis Suarez arrived at Barcelona airport for their trip to London to face Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday… without his passport.

Napoli missed the chance to reclaim first place from Juventus after being held to a 1-1 Serie A draw by AC Milan at the Stadio San Paolo.
The Azzurri were dislodged from top spot by Juve following last week’s defeat in Turin, but the Bianconeri were subsequently held to a goalless draw in Bologna.
A two-point gap was there to be bridged and Lorenzo Insigne briefly boosted Napoli above the reigning champions with a first-half opener. Champions League-chasing Milan had not come to Naples to lie down, however, and minutes later snatched a point thanks to Giacomo Bonaventura.

Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard ensured Manchester United avoided an upset and eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury.

The result ensured manager Louis van Gaal avoided further misery, and his side will now host West Ham for a place in the semi-finals.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has suffered no serious injury to his hurt knee, manager Louis van Gaal confirmed on Monday.
Although the Spaniard was not named in the squad for Monday night’s FA Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, United are hoping that he could be back for Thursday night’s crucial Europa League game against FC Midtjylland.

The Copa del Rey final will be played at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on May 22, the Spanish Football Federation has confirmed.
Barcelona take on Sevilla at Atletico Madrid’s stadium, the RFEF board announced on Monday in Las Rozas, Madrid.
Barca preferred the larger venue of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, but the stadium was unavailable because of a Bruce Springsteen concert.
They had picked the date knowing Sevilla could be in action on May 18, should the two-time defending champions reach the Europa League final once again.

Juventus are monitoring the form of Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquilo, who is currently on loan at Marseille.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon paid tribute to his Bayern Munich counterpart Manuel Neuer, but said it is premature to name him as one of the world’s best.
When Juve face Bayern in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night, two of the best goalkeepers in circulation will be standing at opposite ends of the field.
Buffon, 38, is widely regarded as the best of his generation while Neuer, nine years his junior, is pioneering a new goalkeeping style which has won him many fans and much recognition.

Liverpool are set to neogtiate with Malaga over a deal to bring midfielder Ignacio Camacho to Anfield after watching him during Sunday’s draw with Real Madrid.

John Terry will reject all offers from the Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning both interested.

Former Aston Villa and Rangers boss Alex McLeish has agreed to coach Zamalek, the Egyptian club have announced.

Aston Villa supporters are planning a mass walkout at the next three Villa Park matches to protest about the way the club is being run. Fans have been asked to leave their seats in the 74th minute.

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has said that he wants Jose Mourinho back in the Premier League as soon as possible.

Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, 24, could be get a call-up by France after national team manager Didier Deschamps said “we’re following him”.

Former Scotland international Don Hutchinson feels handing the Newcastle captaincy to Jonjo Shelvey, 23, “would be the making of the midfielder”.

Ex-Everton full-back Michael Ball says goalkeeper Joel Robles is the club’s undisputed number one now ahead of regular Tim Howard.

Howard, 36, wants a four-year deal worth more than £14m to join MLS side Colorado Rapids. The American is currently on a £70,000-a-week deal at Goodison Park.

Swansea have been linked with a move for Italian striker Stefano Okaka, 26, who currently plays for Belgian side Anderlecht.

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 26, wants Emmanuel Adebayor to score his 100th Premier League goal in order to see the striker’s dance

Premier League leaders Leicester City have sent scouts to Portugal to watch Benfica striker Kostas Mitroglou, who is on loan from Fulham.

Alexandre Pato has a “golden opportunity” to prove himself at the top level of European football with Chelsea, according to Brazil legend Zico.
Pato, 26, moved to Stamford Bridge on loan from Corinthians in January but has yet to feature for the Blues as he undergoes what interim manager Guus Hiddink has described as a “preseason” regime at Cobham to improve his fitness.

Shanghai SIPG manager Sven Goran Eriksson is predicting that China could win a World Cup within the next 15 years.
China are currently ranked 93 in the FIFA World Ranking and last qualified for a World Cup in 2002 when they failed to claim a point in the group stage.

Police have made an arrest as they investigate the incident that saw West Brom’s Chris Brunt hit by a coin.

A Leeds supporter claims he was paid by the club to post positive messages on social media about under-fire owner Massimo Cellino

Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Newcastle United starlet Liam Gibson

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein’s lawyers have gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to get Friday’s FIFA presidential election postponed, with a decision on his request for transparent voting booths expected by Thursday morning.
Prince Ali is one of five candidates trying to succeed Sepp Blatter, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne are the other four candidates vying for the position, which is set to be decided in Zurich this week.

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Jose Mourinho believes he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to become the next Manchester United manager.

But the former Chelsea boss will explore other options if he has not been offered the Old Trafford job by the end of the season.

Mourinho is plotting a complete overhaul of Manchester United’s attack should he be appointed manager. The Portuguese is ready to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a £60 million deal and also wants £78m-rated Thomas Muller.

And Mourinho will sign Brazil defender Miranda, 31, and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 23, from his former club Inter Milan.

Louis van Gaal’s time in charge of Manchester United is over even if they defeat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday and Midtjylland in the Europa League, says former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.
United won the match 3-0.

Meanwhile, Dutchman Van Gaal says United have lost their fear factor.

Newcastle missed out on signing Aubameyang in 2013, as the 26-year-old chose to move to Dortmund instead.

Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini, 34, ruled out for a month with a calf injury.

Bayern Munich’s Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, says he rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of joining the German champions last summer.

Lazio say comments attributed to Claudio Lotito concerning the possible sale of Felipe Anderson to Man Utd are “devoid of any foundation”.

It was earlier reported that Manchester United have wrapped up a €60 million summer move for Anderson, as club president Claudio Lotito let slip to reporters in Salerno.

Zico claims Lionel Messi is on the brink of becoming the greatest footballer of all-time as Arsenal prepare to face the Barcelona superstar.
Messi and Co head to the Emirates Stadium to tackle the Gunners in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, with his forward colleagues Luis Suarez and Neymar also sure to be a major threat in London.

Pep Guardiola is trying to make Schalke’s Leroy Sane one of his first signings at Manchester City. Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in Sane, too.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero wants to end his career at the club. The 27-year-old is set to sign a contract until 2020 but is willing to stay even longer, should he prolong his career.

John Obi Mikel has said almost all of Chelsea’s players want interim manager Guus Hiddink to remain in charge beyond this season because of the way the Dutchman has transformed the fortunes and mood of the club.
Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked by owner Roman Abramovich for the second time.
“Obviously I want him to stay, but it’s the choice of the owner, the club and the board,” Mikel said. “They will have to decide but if you ask the players, I think 98, 99 percent of them want him to stay. We’re very happy, performing well and let’s hope it continues.
“You can see it with Diego [Costa]. It takes a lot to get Diego in a good mood!
“It depends on the board. It depends on Guus too, whether he wants to continue. He’s said a few times he’s here until the end of the season but you never know. He might change his mind and if the club wants to appoint him, then fair enough. His record speaks very highly of him.”

Gabriel Paulista will miss Arsenal’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Barcelona on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Michael Carrick is considering moving abroad over fears he will not be offered a new deal at Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC.
Carrick, 34, has a deal at United which expires this summer and the club have yet to open talks over a contract extension at Old Trafford.
The midfielder has been a key member of the United side since joining from Tottenham in 2006, winning five Premier League titles and one Champions League, but has struggled to hold down a first-team place with the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer increasing competition for places.

German side Schalke are leading the way when it comes to giving players under the age of 21 a chance in the first-team, while the French Ligue 1 offers the most opportunities for young players as the Premier League lags behind, according to a CIES study.

Roma are ready to bring Erik Lamela back to Serie A. The Argentine left Rome in 2013 for £30 million and has enjoyed life at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, but Roma want him back to replace Miralem Pjanic, who they fear is set to join Real Madrid.

Tottenham are leading the race to sign £12m Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre, 27, from Gent.

West Brom supporters plan to throw money into buckets for a charity of Chris Brunt’s choice at Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Crystal Palace after the winger was struck by a coin following the FA Cup defeat at Reading.

Watford midfielder George Byers, 19, is close to signing for Romanian club Rapid Bucharest on loan.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 24, turned down a lucrative move to China because the Brazil international feels he is too young to end his Premier League career.

Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida was in attendance to scout Sassuolo duo Domenico Berardi and Simi Vrsaljko and Empoli midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is on loan from Roma, at a Serie A clash between the two clubs on Sunday.

Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a shock move for Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino. After a slow start to life at Anfield, the Brazilian is now flourishing and his performances have caught the eye of PSG manager Laurent Blanc.

Liverpool are desperate to offload Mario Balotelli, with current loan club AC Milan unlikely to turn his loan into a permanent deal. As such, Reds bosses have jetted out to China to try and find a new club for the controversial striker.

Sam Allardyce is keen to bring Blackburn Rovers’ Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy to the Stadium of Light.

Former Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson has told a jury he did not have oral sex with a 15-year-old girl.

How’s this for a team bus? Former Italy and Juventus striker Alessandro del Piero posted this picture of the team involved in the Global Legends charity match in Las Vegas. Stars included Deco, Cafu, Landon Donovan, Andriy Shevchenko, Paolo Maldini, Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Luis Figo.

Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor said it was “nice seeing all my former team-mates” in an Instagrampost after the FA Cup win over Tottenham.

What does Zlatan Ibrahimovic do the day after scoring twice for Paris St-Germain? According to his Instagramthe Sweden striker goes out on his snowmobile

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino will visit Robben Island, the apartheid-era prison off Cape Town.
Infantino and rival candidate Tokyo Sexwale were to visit the island on Monday, four days before the election to choose a successor for Sepp Blatter.

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Pep Guardiola has made Barcelona’s ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 29, his main target when he takes over at Manchester City.

Barcelona striker Neymar, 24, and midfielder Sergio Busquets, 27, are both targets for Guardiola as he plans a £150m double swoop.

Guardiola’s dad has branded the Premier League as “boring” and 84-year-old Valenti Guardiola added that it was little more than constant “long balls and running”.

Guardiola has not even begun his Manchester City reign yet, but the club are already planning for life without the Spaniard. Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are hoping former youth coach Patrick Vieira will take over in three years’ time.

Jose Mourinho is “confident” he will be Manchester United manager by the start of next season.

Newcastle are planning a summer move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will consider selling the injury-prone 26-year-old for £30m.

However, former Manchester City and Chelsea striker Sturridge is considering his future at Liverpool and wants a move back to London.

Tottenham will have first refusal on signing West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, in the summer following talks between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Baggies owner Jeremy Peace.

Inter Milan have turned down a £23m bid from Manchester United for 22-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.

A downturn in the global stock markets, along with Manchester United’s poor form, has seen £345m wiped off the club’s value.

Paris St-Germain midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi, 30, is set to turn down Chelsea and join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 29, is a target for Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune.

Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has revealed that the club did consider a deal for Remy in the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Remy’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, 25, has said he would like to play under new Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane at some stage of his career.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 30, has rejected several offers to move to China.

Manchester United are planning a lucrative summer trip to China against the wishes of manager Louis van Gaal, who believes the climate and travelling will negatively affect his players.

United U21 striker Will Keane could be set for a switch to Hull City in the summer transfer window.

Manchester City have joined rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton striker Sadio Mane, 23.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Liverpool target Bernd Leno, 23, has hinted that he might be willing to move to the Premier League.

Under-fire Valencia coach Gary Neville has denied that the last few days have been the worst experience of his football career and says he is confident he can turn things around at the La Liga club.

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, has told England rugby union coach Eddie Jones to “stick to what you know” after he made disparaging remarks about the “old Stoke City”.

Leicester City have joined Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Southampton in the race to sign 18-year-old Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, tipped to be France’s next top talent.

United are said to be preparing a bid to lure 16-year-old Chelsea midfielder Domingos Quina to the Red Devils’ youth ranks.

Michael Carrick is set to be offered a one-year extension with Manchester United, included in which will be an option to take on a coaching role at the Old Trafford club.

West Ham are said to be impressed enough with Slaven Bilic’s results since taking over that they are preparing a contract that would keep the Croatian at the club until 2021.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is set to be awarded for his performances with a three-year contract extension with the White Hart Lane club.

Jamie Vardy has signed a contract extension with the club until 2019, the club have confirmed.

Leicester-born Keval Nakeshree was smiling after the Foxes beat Manchester City on Saturday. He is on course to win £33,000 from a £5 bet he placed on them to win the Premier League.

Leicester City defender Danny Simpson paid tribute to team-mates Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan after an impressive 3-1 win at title rivals Manchester City. A photograph posted on Twitter was accompanied by the simple message: “These boys!”

Simpson’s team-mate Riyad Mahrez was speechless after the win that took Leicester six points clear at the top of the Premier League. He wrote on Instagram:”I have no words.”

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has said Kurt Zouma’s knee injury looks “bad.”
But Hiddink said he would not speculate on how long the France international might be out for until he had undergone scans.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher joined Reds supporters in a mass walkout protest at Anfield over an increase in ticket prices.

Premier League table-toppers Leicester are leading the race to sign Dutch midfield prodigy Tonny Vilhenna.

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 53, has signed an agreement with Manchester United to become their next boss.

The Chinese Super League want to bring Jose Mourinho on board to advise the league about how to improve the standard of football and their world appeal, after a January of making headlines for lavish signings.

Chelsea have turned down a £57m offer from Chinese side Jiangsu Suning for Brazil midfielder Oscar, 24.

Atletico Madrid want to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27, this summer to ensure manager Diego Simeone stays at the club and does not consider a move to Stamford Bridge.

However, Inter Milan will move for Simeone at the end of the season if Roberto Mancini fails to lead the Nerazzurri to the Italian Serie A title.

Gary Neville, 40, will see out the season in charge of Valencia but the Spanish club have sounded out their former boss Rafael Benitez, 55, for the 2016-17 season.

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 26, will leave Anfield in the summer after growing fed up with the public criticism of his desire to play.

Arsenal should sign former England defender John Terry, 35, if Chelsea let him go, says former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Danny Welbeck played an hour of Arsenal’s U21 encounter with Brighton on Friday having been out for almost 10 months with a knee injury.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has urged president Florentino Perez to stump up the funds to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Spanish giants are ready to utilise their €35 million buy-back clause on Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, believing that the forward will have sell-on value even if he does not become a first-team regular.

Gareth Bale is set to miss out on Sunday’s La Liga trip to Granada as he continues his rehabilitation work on a calf injury.
Bale scored his 11th goal in eight games with an early header in Jan. 17’s 5-1 La Liga win over Sporting Gijon at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, only to leave the pitch just before half-time with what was diagnosed as his fifth calf muscle injury in his two-and-a-half years at Madrid.

Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined for up to three months with his latest injury, Arsene Wenger said on Friday, but the Arsenal manager still hopes to see the midfielder play for the club again.

Alex Teixeira has criticised Liverpool for failing to make a firm proposal to sign him, and has explained his surprise move to Jiangsu.

Exiled Man United keeper Victor Valdes holds no grudge against Louis van Gaal, despite being made to train away from the first team….

Louis van Gaal has delivered updates on five injured Man United stars – and wants Luke Shaw to return in time for the Europa League final

Angel Di Maria doesn’t want reminding of his “sad experience” at Man United as he looks to drive PSG on to domestic and European success.

Arsenal should sign former England defender John Terry, 35, if Chelsea let him go, says former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Tottenham’s 19-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli is to have tests after he was forced off at half-time on Tuesday against Norwich because he was feeling “dizzy”.

Spurs’ lack of “winners in their team” could cost them the chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to former captain Sol Campbell, 41.

Stoke could lose striker Marko Arnautovic for £12.5m this summer as the Austria international has a buy-out clause in his contract.

Potters chairman Peter Coates says the board will continue to back manager Mark Hughes by spending more money, despite the club record £18.3m signing of Giannelli Imbula, 23, on deadline day.

Manchester United are set to close an entire tier of Old Trafford due to lack of interest in the club’s Europa League tie with Midtjylland on 25 February.

The German football federation has opened legal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, former members, and FIFA in a bid to limit potential damages arising from the 2006 World Cup corruption affair.

Sunderland’s relegation fight takes them to Liverpool on Saturday – four days after hosting title hopefuls Manchester City. “Big games coming thick and fast! Time for the boys to rest & recover ahead of our trip to Anfield this weekend,” tweetedBlack Cats boss Sam Allardyce.

Ian Ayre has defended Liverpool’s owners on their proposed ticket hike – and had these interesting words of caution for disgruntled fans.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans, 53, says he will resign if the club do not mount a promotion challenge next season.

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he offered Jurgen Klopp “any help he needed” when he met his successor for the first time.

On-loan Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila, 25, has hinted he would like to extend his stay on Wearside from Russia’s Rubin Kazan at the end of the season.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans, 53, says he will resign if the club do not mount a promotion challenge next season.

The Premier League’s bottom side Aston Villa will have to pay winger Charles N’Zogbia, 29, an extra £1.3m after failing to offload him in January.

Stoke City’s Spanish defender Marc Muniesa, 23, has changed his diet and footwear to avoid becoming the latest player at the club to get injured.Stoke City’s Spanish defender Marc Muniesa, 23, has changed his diet and footwear to avoid becoming the latest player at the club to get injured.

Celta rebuffed an offer from Barcelona to take Nolito on loan this January. For the attacker to depart, a club will need to meet his €18 million buy-out clause, and Arsenal could be willing to do so in the summer.

Manchester City have agreed to not sign Barcelona’s star names following the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager, though fringe players would be allowed to move to the Etihad Stadium.

After their 7-0 trouncing of Valencia in the semi-final first-leg, Barcelona are set to ask the Spanish authorities to host the Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabeu, the home of rivals Real Madrid.

A Rochdale fan travelled 10,000 miles from Australia to watch a match at Spotland – only for it to be postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Southern League Division One South and West club Bridgwater Town sacked manager Paul West – before reinstating him two hours later.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is set to reward full-back Bryan Oviedo with a new contract following his recent good form.

While his Arsenal team-mate Petr Cech opts for the drum kitand Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp prefers ‘heavy metal football’,Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez enjoys relaxing at home playing the piano. The Chile international posted this photo of him on Thursday on his Instagram page.

On 4 February 2006 Alan Shearer broke Jackie Milburn’s all-time Newcastle scoring recordwith his 201st goal. Former England striker Shearer used the hashtag #dreamscometrue as he marked the 10th anniversary on Thursday with a message on Twitter.