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Manchester City back to winning days – Gary Neville says after 2-0 United win


Manchester City are returning to their top levels and will be favourites for the Carabao Cup final, and Liverpool’s main concern in the Premier League title race, says Gary Neville.

Pep Guardiola’s side backed up their impressive 3-1 league win at Chelsea with a 2-0 victory at Manchester United on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.


Goals from John Stones and Fernandinho at Old Trafford sent City into the competition’s final for the fourth year in a row, where they will meet Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

Neville believes City will be favourites for that Wembley clash if they maintain their current form until the April final, and says Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton on Monday, which left City four points behind with two games in hand, has opened the door in the Premier League for Guardiola’s rejuvenated side.

“City, over the 90 minutes, looked like they are back to their best or near to their best,” the Sky Sports pundit said on The Gary Neville Podcast.


“If you had said to me before the game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday who would be the favourites for this game, I would have said Man Utd. But then having watched City deliver that first half an hour and then see the game out the way they did in the second half [against Chelsea], it just made it a lot more interesting tonight, in the sense you wondered whether this was City back to their best.

“The way they started the game, the rhythm in the passing was back. Pep Guardiola looked like he had his spark back on the touchline.

“I said a few weeks ago, watching City, it was almost as if the players had become bored of playing really well and achieving the standards they had achieved previously.

“But I imagine since Sunday Pep Guardiola has said to them, ‘do you not enjoy playing football more like that than you have in the last few weeks?’


“They were absolutely sensational against Chelsea for 25 minutes, they cut them open. Their passing was so precise, sharp, quick, you cannot live with it. You cannot get anywhere near it and there were periods in that first half where City were brilliant.

“United played well in the game, they were managing it, they were living with it, and it’s difficult to live with it – City came close, they hit the post.


“United looked dangerous through Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but could not get the goal.

“Overall I do not think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will come out and say they deserved to win tonight – he will say they played against a really good side.”

There’s been a spark; City stood up
Man City have been hit by coronavirus in recent weeks, with a number of players sidelined. However, despite those difficulties, they have been able to produce two standout performances.


Neville believes something has galvanised the group together – whether it is something mental, in terms of the players’ resolve, or how the team is playing in an enforced formation without an out-and-out striker.

“Something has lifted them pre-Chelsea,” said Neville. “Maybe it’s the reaction to the fact they cancelled the game at Everton. But they were a different level.

“I have to say, sometimes that can happen – you do not know what’s going to spark a season and sometimes it can be when you are at your lowest moment, and players are out, and you think it’s going to be the most difficult, people just stand up.

“On Sunday it was Kevin De Bruyne playing almost as a false nine centre forward and you think to yourself, ‘how is this going to go?’ It just seemed to click. The passing, the rhythm, Ilkay Gundogan in midfield started to drive them forward.


“Out of what would be adversity with the positive COVID tests, the game being cancelled, people potentially criticising them, they have clicked. Guardiola looks as if he’s got that spark in his eye because he has seen his team play football.”

Why City are final favourites and Premier League contenders again
This return to form puts them in a strong position with the first silverware of the season and the Premier League in their sights.


“Liverpool dropped points on Monday night and from a Man Utd point of view we had a bit of a smile,” said Neville.

“But Man City players, having played like they did at Chelsea on Sunday, they will have been the ones in the background thinking, ‘that was a good three points dropped for us, because we know we can win this title, we know we can beat that Liverpool team’.

“Liverpool are making mistakes, and they needed to make mistakes to let Man City back in – but they are back in.


“Playing like that they are a dangerous proposition. They will be the ones that will most cause Liverpool problems.

“Man Utd are immediately in their eyeline but City are there lurking and if they are playing like that they are going to be really dangerous.

“The final? I may have called it 50-50 a few weeks ago when Tottenham were on that fantastic run and Harry Kane was absolutely outstanding. They are still doing well, do not get me wrong. But City were nowhere near this.

“When you see City like this, you have to make City favourites. City would be favourites against any team in the Premier League playing like this, maybe Liverpool aside, when you would say it’s 50-50.


“Jose Mourinho, even Tottenham’s players, no one in the country, if City are at this level would think Tottenham are 50-50. I would think it’s more 70-30.

“But it’s a final and it’s compelling – Jose against Pep. I would definitely make City favourites.”



Carabao Cup: Tottenham beats Brentford; to face either Man Utd or Man City at Final


Spurs were heavy favourites against the in-form Championship side and showed their class for much of the match.

Tottenham Hotspur will face either Manchester United or Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley, after beating Brentford 2-0 on Tuesday evening.

Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son netted in each half in what was a routine win.

Although the Championship side started brightly, it was Spurs who took the lead through an unmarked Sissoko headed home Sergio Reguilon’s inch-perfect cross.


Brentford started the second half brightly, with Toney forcing Serge Aurier to make a crucial block, before the Ivory Coast international very nearly scored himself up the other end but blazed over.

Good work down the left saw Harry Kane feed Tanguy Ndombele and the rejuvenated midfielder played a brilliant pass in behind the Brentford defence for Son, who took a couple of touches and then rifled the ball into the back of the net.



Solskjaer keen to extend Cavani’s period at Man Utd


United have not beaten Wolves in four attempts since Nuno Espirito Santo’s men returned to the Premier League two and a half years ago.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Edinson Cavani still has years left as a top striker and is keen to extend the Uruguayan’s contract at Old Trafford.


The 33-year-old Uruguayan signed a one-year deal in September after months without a club since leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

United have the option to extend Cavani’s contract for another season and Solskjaer suggested he expects the club to do so.

“At the moment he looks like he has a few years left in him so I wouldn’t say anything else,” said Solskjaer when asked if Cavani will remain for another season.

“He’s been a great influence and has made a great impact since he’s come here.”


Cavani has scored four goals in 13 appearances for United and came off the bench to set up Bruno Fernandes’s goal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leicester.

However, Solskjaer dismissed suggestions Cavani’s role will be that of an impact substitute.


“He’s definitely a starter. You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else,” added Solskjaer. “He’ll probably start more games that he will not start.

“He’s so meticulous and professional with his habits, everything about him shows why he’s had the career he’s had and, at the age he’s now, he’s still one of the fittest players we’ve got.”

Cavani will be available for the visit of Wolves to Old Trafford on Tuesday, but could soon be back on the sidelines after being charged by the Football Association with misconduct for a social media post.


After scoring twice as United came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 last month, Cavani thanked a friend on Instagram using the Spanish word “negrito” (small black person).

Both United and the player said at the time that the word was clearly used in an affectionate manner and has different connotations in South America.

But Solskjaer is hoping his side’s struggles at home early in the season have been blown away by a 6-2 thrashing of Leeds in their last outing at Old Trafford.

“We are improving definitely, we’re getting better and better at finding different solutions in different games,” said the Norwegian.


“But we know that Wolverhampton have got quality as well and they will give us problems if we’re too open.”

Victory could take United up to second in the Premier League table should other results go their way on Monday.



B. Fernandez shines in United’s 3-1 away win against Everton.


United survived spells of pressure from Everton in the second half, the hosts seeing plenty of the ball in the Red Devils half without really creating anything clear cut.

Manchester United eased the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-1 win over Everton at Goodinson Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils had trailed inside 20 minutes but produced a Bruno Fernandes-inspired comeback as the midfielder scored two and set up another to secure a vital three points.

Everton raced into an early lead when Bernard latched onto Victor Lindelof’s flick and fired low past David de Gea.

But United’s response was instant, Bruno Fernandes powering Luke Shaw’s cross home to level the scores, before the Portuguese midfielder added a second as his arcing cross bent straight in despite Marcus Rashford’s attempts to glance the ball goalward.

Solskjaer’s side wrapped up the three points at the death, Fernandes sliding in Edinson Cavani on the counter attack for the Uruguayan to net his first United goal.

Let’s get into some player ratings.


Harry Maguire, David De Gea
  1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jordan Pickford (GK) – 5/10 – Fumbled a United free kick and was fortunate to not concede a penalty after appearing to clean out Maguire. Good distribution, mind.


Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – Embarked on one particularly excellent marauding run in the second half and produced an intelligent turn and pick out to find Doucoure in the dying stages.

Mason Holgate (CB) – 5/10 – Question marks over both of Everton’s centre halves for United’s two goals, with both Fernandes and Rashford afforded acres of space in the Toffees area.

Michael Keane (CB) – 6/10 – Left a chasmic gap between himself and Holgate for both of Fernandes’ goals. Good on the ball as Everton built from the back time after time.

Lucas Digne (LB) – 7/10 – Combined well with Bernard in the first half, with Everton looking most dangerous when the pair linked up down the left flank. Clattered the outside of the post during one foray forward.

Bruno Fernandez
  1. Midfielders

Allan (CM) – 8/10 – Allowed Rashford to run off him in the buildup to United’s second. Heavily involved, adding a real bite and steeliness to the Everton midfield. Flew into tackles, harried the United midfield, but was also hugely efficient while in possession.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 6/10 – Involved more defensively than going forward, winning tackle after tackle and hardly giving the United midfield a moment of peace.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – 4/10 – A relatively quiet afternoon for the Everton midfielder, struggled to get involved and saw much less of the ball than his two midfield partners. Was replaced after an hour.

Alex Iwobi
  1. Forwards

Bernard (LW) – 7/10 – Marked his first start of the season with a goal, moving the ball onto his right foot and firing low past De Gea at the near post. Combined well with Digne in the first half, but switched to the right flank in the second and was considerably quieter.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 6/10 – Cut an isolated figure at times and hardly got a sniff of goal – a header in the opening exchanges the only real opportunity he had. Despite not finding the net, his link up play was effective and he hardly gave the United backline a moment’s respite.

James Rodriguez (RW) – 5/10 – One of his quietest performances in a blue shirt, and Everton were all the poorer for it. Moved into the midfield three after an hour.

  1. Substitutes

Alex Iwobi – 6/10

Cenk Tosun – 5/10


Manchester United

Harry Maguire
  1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
    David de Gea (GK) – 6/10 – Had very little to do all afternoon bar picking out Bernard’s strike after 19 minutes.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – Struggled to contend with the combination of Digne and Bernard in the first half, but produced a more assured display in the second as United were forced to defend for large periods.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – 7/10 – Mistimed a header to flick the ball onto Bernard in the buildup to Everton’s opener but was otherwise very solid as United kept the Toffees at bay in the second half.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 8/10 – Put in a terrific defensive shift, getting his head on absolutely everything. Produced a couple of particularly impressive searching long passes in the second half, and just got a touch on the ball before clearing out Lucas Digne in his own box.


Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 – Grabbed his second assist in two games as his floated cross was headed home by Fernandes and put in an energetic, dogged performance.

Officials, Juan Mata & Paul Pogba
  1. Midfielders
    Scott McTominay (CDM) – 8/10 – Solid and robust defensively and tidy in possession offensively. Shielded the United backline expertly – exactly what they were missing on Wednesday evening.

Fred (CDM) – 7/10 – Played slightly further forward than McTominay and was full of energy, demonstrating a cracking turn of pace on a couple of occasions to surge forward. Robust defensively.

Bruno Fernandes (CAM) – 8/10 – Levelled the scores with a header, perfectly timing his arrival into the box and sending Shaw’s delivery into the top corner. His arced cross then went straight in to give United the lead.

Marcus Rashford
  1. Forwards
    Juan Mata (RW) – 6/10 – Influential in United’s equaliser, shifting the ball around quickly and drifting in between the Everton midfield and defence before setting Shaw away.

Anthony Martial (ST) – 6/10 – Provided a great piece of control to put himself through in the first half, but he fired just wide. Replaced with 10 minutes remaining.

Marcus Rashford (LW) – 6/10 – Combined well with Fernandes for United’s second and sent a good opportunity straight at Pickford in the second half. Not quite at his sharp, lively best.

  1. Substitutions
    Axel Tuanzebe – 6/10

Paul Pogba – 6/10

Edinson Cavani – 7/10


Former United star, Ryan Giggs ‘arrested’


Giggs was arrested and questioned on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault, Media said.

Wales manager and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

According to UK newspaper reports late Monday. The Football Association of Wales issued a statement saying: “The FAW is aware of an alleged incident involving the National Team Manager, Ryan Giggs.

The FAW will be making no further comment at this current time.” Media known to Noble Reporters Media said police were called to the 46-year-old Giggs’s home late on Sunday after reports of a disturbance.


Noble Sport quoted a statement from Greater Manchester Police as saying: “Police were called at 10.05pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance. A woman in her 30s sustained minor injuries but did not require any treatment.

“A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 47 assault and section 39 common assault.”

NRM understands that Wales have cancelled Tuesday’s press conference when Ryan Giggs was due to name his squad for the friendly against the USA, and Nations League fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Finland later this month.

Giggs was appointed Wales manager in January 2018 after a stellar playing career in which he won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups with Manchester United, and was capped 64 times for Wales.


Final Score: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea


Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.

Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench

27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea

31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight

34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out

35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy

58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut

59′ Cavani’s shot wide out

80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut

90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy


Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.


EndSARs: Nigerian footballer and Utd’s star, Ighalo slams Gov’t.


Ighalo called on the United Kingdom government and world leaders “to please see what’s going on in Nigeria and help us”.

Manchester United football player Odion Ighalo said he is ashamed of the Nigerian government after reports emerged that soldiers shot dead protesters after shooting at them in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday.

Nigerians have been demonstrating for nearly two weeks against the now-disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.

The unit was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have persisted.


In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting.

Nigerian Ighalo said in a video message on Twitter that while he rarely talks about politics he could not stay silent about events back home.

“The Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It’s uncalled for,” he said.

“You people will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to the city to start killing their own citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this any more.”


“They will keep killing if the world don’t talk about this,” he added.

‘Excessive force’
Four witnesses told the Reuters news agency that soldiers fired at the protesters who had gathered in Lekki, defying an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier.

Hundreds of people were at the site at the time of the shooting.

A witness said more than 20 soldiers arrived at the toll gate in Lekki and opened fire.


Another witness also told Reuters he saw soldiers remove the bodies.

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted pictures of him visiting people in hospital who were victims of what he referred to as the “unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki”.

He said 25 people were being treated for mild to moderate injuries, two were receiving intensive care and three had been discharged.

Human rights group Amnesty International said it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos”, adding that it was investigating “the killings”.


Final Score: Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham


Tottenham came from behind in remarkable fashion to inflict an embarrassing home defeat on a shambolic Manchester United, who played an hour of the game with 10 men.

2020/2021 Premier League
Bruno Fernandes (2′ PEN)
Martial (28′)
Ndombele (4′)
Son (7′)
Kane (30′)
Son (37′)
Aurier (51′)
Kane (79′ PEN)


Match Events
2′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Bruno Fernandes)

4′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Tottenham (Ndombele)

7′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

28′ Red Card! Martial sent off

30′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-3 Tottenham (Kane)

37′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

51′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-5 Tottenham (Aurier)

63′ Yellow Card! Bailly booked

69′ Alli replaced by Ndombele

79′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham (Kane)


Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Pogba, Maguire, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Bailly, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood

Subs: Mata, Lindelof, Fred, Lingard, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, McTominay

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Aurier, Kane, Hojbjerg, Dier, Sanchez, Ndombele, Reguilon

Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Lucas, Doherty, Ben Davies, Alli, Winks


Man Utd rebuilds interest in Sancho


Having been rebuffed earlier this summer, Manchester United remain confident of the prospect of bringing in Jadon Sancho in a bumper transfer this year.

According to NobleSports, United are restructuring their deal to sign the England international, arranging his agent fees – which were a sticking point – before renegotiating with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho’s representatives were reportedly demanding “outrageous” sums for the player’s wages and fees paid to his intermediaries, which led to the deal falling through prior to Dortmund’s August 10 deadline.

Since then, Sancho has appeared in Dortmund’s pre-season friendly schedule, scoring against FK Austria Wien and MSV Duisburg.

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United Captain, Harry Maguire Not Sorry.


The lawyer who represented two Greek police officers in the Harry Maguire assault case on Wednesday said it was “shocking” that there has been no apology from the Manchester United captain.

Maguire was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer, attempted bribery and other charges by a court in Greece.

The England defender, who did not attend Tuesday’s trial on the island of Syros, quickly indicated his intention to appeal, releasing a statement suggesting he and his family and friends were the victims.

Manchester United also backed their player, who denies all the charges.

The 27-year-old — the world’s most expensive defender — was arrested last week after an incident at a nightclub in Mykonos and spent two nights in police custody before flying home.

Maguire’s brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman were also found guilty on a range of charges and sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for three years.


Lawyer Ioannis Paradissis said an apology would, in Greek law, make a big difference in any appeals process but said none had been offered.

“(The police officers) told me they are still waiting for an apology and they haven’t had any,” Paradissis told the Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

“This is what I find quite shocking and quite unsporting. Fair play means when I’ve done something wrong I apologise or at least I say I am sorry for what happened to the other person.”

Paradissis said an appeal would start the trial afresh but that in Greek law some of the accusations could be withdrawn if an apology were given and that “the outcome might be different”.


England manager Gareth Southgate withdrew Maguire from his squad for the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark next month, having initially selected him on Tuesday.

According to media reports, a fight started at a nightclub over claims Maguire’s sister Daisy had been injected with what the defence said was a suspected drug.

Paradissis said this was “irrelevant” in respect of the assault on the officers and that it was “strange” that Maguire’s sister had not mentioned this when she was interviewed by police.

Asked about Maguire’s claim that he was the victim, Paradissis said: “We don’t have the same definition of what a victim is then, because how can you be a victim and the policemen have been assaulted, hit, that were just doing their jobs?


“They went home on the day with injuries. How can they not be a victim?”

Asked whether Maguire and his co-defendants would have known the officers were police, Paradissis said: “Of course, because that’s the first thing they said. The police officers were there for other duties and they heard a brawl.

“So they heard some people fighting and went there to break up a fight. They said, ‘We’re police, stop fighting’. They were not in uniform but they showed their professional IDs.”

Manchester United fans were sceptical about the outcome of the case but others said Maguire should have been more careful.


Project manager Daniel Johnston told AFP: “I think it’s a load of rubbish. I don’t believe a word of it, from the Greek police, from what you’re reading in the news. I don’t see the words that they say he has used coming out of his mouth.”

Managing director Steve Greenall said it was too early to judge Maguire.

“Not wanting to judge judicial systems in other countries, but it seems there are some things that have happened rather quickly in terms of getting Harry Maguire’s case to the court,” he said.

“But that being said, there still has been an incident, which you know, you can argue does bring some level embarrassment to the club.”


Harry Maguire released from Greece Police Custody


Harry Maguire released from Greece Police Custody


Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was released from Greek police custody Saturday, TV footage showed, ahead of a hearing on assault charges on the island of Mykonos.

Wearing a baseball cap and mask, Maguire was shown leaving a courthouse on neighbouring Syros island, accompanied by what appeared to be members of his legal team, and boarding a dark minivan.

The England centre-back’s hearing has been set for Tuesday but he is not obliged to be present.

Manchester United said in a statement: “Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file.


“Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course,” the club said.

His lawyer Constantinos Darivas had earlier told Greek sports website gazzetta.gr that the England centre-back had denied the charges, and was in “fine condition” despite spending two nights in detention since his Thursday night arrest.

Greek TV channel Mega said Maguire’s father had flown to Greece to be at his son’s side.


The case is being heard on the island of Syros, the administrative hub of the Cycladic island group that includes Mykonos.

Manchester United football team captain Harry Maguire (2nd L) leaves a courthouse on the Greek island of Syros, the administrative hub of the Cycladic island group that includes Mykonos on August 22, 2020. EUROKINISSI / AFP

The £80 million (88 million euros) defender was arrested late Thursday after what Greek police described as an “altercation” between two groups of British tourists on Mykonos.

Mega said Maguire had become enraged after someone in the other group struck his sister.

A Greek police statement on Friday said that three men aged 27, 28 and 29 had been arrested in Mykonos.


The police said an officer was punched on the scene, and that a second fight had broken out at the local police station where the three men “strenuously resisted (arrest), pushing and striking three officers.”

One of the suspects then tried to bribe the officers to hush up the incident, the police said.

The suspects are accused of assault, resisting arrest, verbally insulting and threatening the arresting officers, and attempted bribery, the police said.

Four Mykonos officers sustained slight injuries in the fracas, the authorities said.


Mykonos is popular with sports stars and celebrities for its all-night nightlife and beaches.

United’s 2019/20 season ended Sunday in a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals.

But the club will be back in pre-season training in two weeks and could begin the new Premier League campaign in less than a month.

On Monday, Maguire had tweeted after the elimination: “Time to go away, reflect, recover and be ready to come back stronger next season.”


United’s Maguire in Greece Court Over Police Assault.


Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will appear before a Greek prosecutor Saturday to face charges of allegedly assaulting police on the island of Mykonos, with his lawyer promising a swift resolution.

“Everything is going well. Maguire denies the charges. If all goes well, we’ll be done (today),” Constantinos Darivas told Greek sports website gazzetta.gr.

Darivas added that the England centre-back was in “fine condition” despite spending two nights in detention since his Thursday night arrest.

Maguire will be taken before a prosecutor before midday.


The case is being heard on the island of Syros, the administrative hub of the Cycladic island group that includes Mykonos.

The £80-million (88-million-euro) defender was arrested early Friday after what Greek police described as an “altercation” between two groups of British tourists on Mykonos.

A Greek police statement on Friday said that three men aged 27, 28 and 29 had been arrested in Mykonos.

Greek state agency ANA identified the suspects as Maguire, his brother and a friend.


The police said an officer was punched on the scene, and that a second fight had broken out at the local police station where the three men “strenuously resisted (arrest), pushing and striking three officers.”

One of the suspects then tried to bribe the officers to hush up the incident, the police said.

The suspects are accused of assault, resisting arrest, verbally insulting and threatening the arresting officers, and attempted bribery, the police said.

Four Mykonos officers sustained slight injuries in the fracas, the authorities said.


Mykonos is popular with sports stars and celebrities for its all-night nightlife and beaches.

United on Friday said in a brief statement they were “aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.”

“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully cooperating with the Greek authorities.

“At this time we will be making no further comment,” the club added.


Police arrest Man Utd Captain, Maguire in Greece.


Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been arrested on the Greek tourist island of Mykonos for an alleged assault and attacking officers, police said Friday.

United said in a brief statement they were “aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.”

“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully cooperating with the Greek authorities.


“At this time we will be making no further comment,” the club added.

A police officer in Syros, the capital of the island group that includes Mykonos, confirmed that the suspects are “three British men, including a British football club player” but did not name Maguire.

The Syros officer said four Mykonos officers had sustained slight injuries in the fracas. The suspects are also accused of resisting arrest and verbally insulting and threatening the arresting officers, he said.

He said Mykonos police had been called to break up a fight between two groups late on Thursday.


Greek state agency ANA said a fight had broken out between British tourists outside a bar.

The agency identified the suspects as Maguire, his brother and a friend.

ANA said the police had asked the suspects to follow them to the police station with the van but when they arrived, they attempted to flee.

They will appear before a Syros prosecutor later Friday, the Syros officer said.


Manchester United fixtures for 2020/21


Manchester United will sit out the opening weekend of the new Premier League season – before facing a tough run of fixtures through September and October.

Following United’s prolonged run in the Europa League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will sit out the opening round of the new campaign.

With their trip to Burnley postponed, United will instead start the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the weekend of September 19.

After then visiting Brighton, United face a tricky set of games.

A meeting with Tottenham will be followed by a visit to Newcastle and then games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.



12: Burnley (a) POSTPONED

19: Crystal Palace (h)

26: Brighton (a)


3: Tottenham (h)

17: Newcastle United (a)

24: Chelsea (h)

31: Arsenal (h)


7: Everton (a)

21: West Brom (h)

28: Southampton (a)


5: West Ham (a)

12: Man City (h)

15: Sheffield United (a)

19: Leeds (h)

26: Leicester (a)

28: Wolves (h)


2: Aston Villa (h)

12: Fulham (a)

16: Liverpool (a)

26: Sheffield United (h)

30: Arsenal (a)


2: Southampton (h)

6: Everton (h)

13: West Brom (a)

20: Newcastle (h)

27: Chelsea (a)


6: Man City (a)

13: West Ham (h)

20: Crystal Palace (a)


3: Brighton (h)

10: Tottenham (a)

17: Burnley (h)

24: Leeds (a)


1: Liverpool (h)

8: Aston Villa (a)

11: Leicester City (h)

15: Fulham (h)

23: Wolves (a)

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Graeme Souness believes Manchester United should make a sensational move for Lionel Messi, before adding that this week would be ‘perfect’ to make a move for the Barcelona superstar.

The LaLiga club plunged into yet another crisis on Friday after being hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals in Lisbon, raising questions about Messi’s future in Catalonia.


Barcelona coach Quique Setien is set to be sacked by the club while Gerard Pique has called for a total rebuild from top to bottom to get the club competing on European football’s biggest stage.

Messi, 33, has spent his entire professional career with Barca, but with one year remaining on his contract he could be eyeing the exit door after their calamitous exit.

And Liverpool icon Souness believes that both Manchester clubs should make their move for the Argentine maestro, outlining that the uncertainty at Barcelona makes it a ‘perfect’ time to plot a move.

‘Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team,’ he wrote in The Times. ‘Without him they wouldn’t even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League.


‘This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester — at either United or City.’

Of the two clubs mentioned, City would be more likely to win the race to sign Messi, with boss Pep Guardiola having worked with Messi during the pair’s glory years at the Nou Camp.

Reports suggest that City are willing to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to land the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who despite not being in his prime years, would still prove a sensational signing.

Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for Messi, although they may struggle to match the financial strength of the two Manchester clubs.

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Man utd makes fresh enquiry on Ansu Fati


Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in Barcelona star Ansu Fati as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho following their continued deadlock in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.

The 17-year-old is known is know to previously have been of interest to United after scoring eight goals in his first professional season, but the Catalan club are desperate to keep hold of the wonderkid.

United have had their eyes set on Sancho for much of the transfer window but continue to be frustrated by Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the England international.

After continued difficulty in negotiations boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to look elsewhere and the Red Devils have made a fresh enquiry for wide-man, according to Spanish publication Sport.


The same publication reported last month that the players agent Jorge Mendes revealed United were in pole position to bring the player to Old Trafford.

Reports suggested that Fati would end up as a cheaper alternative to Sancho due to the starlet’s lower wage demands at this stage.

The player only negotiated a new three-year deal with Barca in December which included a release clause of £144m, but could look to raise that to a staggering £360m as they look to send a message that Fati is not for sale, according to NobleSports Relaibe source.

United remain determined to secure signature of Sancho despite a number of issues surfacing this week in talks with the German club.

Last week, the deal appeared to be heading in the right direction but talks have stalled with United baulking at Sancho’s wage demands and Dortmund’s valuation of the winger.


Dortmund chief Michael Zorc declared on Monday that Sancho will remain with them next season and the 20-year-old has now underlined his happiness at the club.

Speaking to BVB-TV on Wednesday, Sancho said: ‘I love playing with this lot. It is a special bunch.

‘We’ve got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.

‘I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.’

Sancho played 45 minutes in Dortmund’s pre-season friendly win over Rheindorf Altach in Austria on Wednesday.

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Manchester United are weighing up their next move after missing out on Jadon Sancho as Kai Havertz continue to push for a Chelsea switch.

Jadon Sancho is reportedly staying at Borussia Dortmund, leading Manchester United to look elsewhere . NobleSports reports United are eyeing up an audacious move for Barcelona’s teenage forward Ansu Fati and are willing to pay more than £90million (€100m) for the Spain under-21 international. Meanwhile, NobleSports reports United are looking at another Barcelona attacker in Ousmane Dembélé.

Kai Havertz is still pushing for a move to Chelsea, reports in Italy suggest. Havertz has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after an impressive season with Bayer Leverkusen.

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Havertz is still pushing for a move to Chelsea from Leverkusen, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Germany international would join Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in heading to Chelsea ahead of 2020-21.

Havertz scored 18 goals and provided nine assists in 45 games for Leverkusen this season but the Bundesliga club insist he will not be leaving for less than his release clause.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is slowly morphing Manchester United into his image.

A fine season that saw the club qualify for the Champions League still has the potential for a trophy in the form of the Europa League.

The signing of Bruno Fernandes in January has transformed this side, and now fans are hopeful Solskjaer can reap the benefits of some carefully executed deals this summer.


Here are the latest United transfer rumours.

Man Utd aiming for another star from Portugal
Manchester United are targeting Porto left-back Alex Telles following the success of Bruno Fernandes, according to reports.

Telles, 27, has been in fine form for Porto and has long been linked with a move to the Premier League.

According to Portuguese publication, Correio da Manha, Telles is now being considered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to boost the club’s options at full-back.

Any hopes the club have of enjoying a free run at Telles have been dashed, however, with the club facing competition from the likes of Chelsea and Paris-Saint Germain.


Young winger interesting Bundesliga side

Tahith Chong has drawn interest from Werder Bremen, according to Bild.

Chong, 20, recently signed a new contract extending his stay at Old Trafford, but will almost certainly need a loan deal to facilitate regular first-team opportunities.

Meanwhile, Bremen are said to be seeking a replacement for Milot Rashica, and the report from Bild states they have identified Chong as a potential candidate.

So far, it is only suggested it would be a temporary stay, with no purchase option included.


Solskjaer forced to give Man Utd star bad news

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be forced to disappoint one of his dangerous front three when Jadon Sancho joins the club, according to Dimitar Berbatov.

Sancho, 20, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, and the forward is expected to complete a move before the transfer window shuts.

In the eyes of Berbatov that will force one of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood to spend time on the bench next season.

“Jadon Sancho would be an amazing signing for any team, United included,” said Berbatov.


“It becomes a luxury problem to have so many attacking options, but it brings hard decisions. Someone has to be benched, and Ole will have to deliver that news to someone.

“Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are well established in world football, and Greenwood now deserves his chance to continue his progression, and I don’t want to see him stalled.

“Everyone at United will be watching this transfer. Rashford will know Sancho better than most from playing for England, and they will welcome the competition, but the attacking players will have doubts in their mind now.

“Bear in mind, United had Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, and Teddy Sheringham – plenty of attacking options, and Ole will think he can manage this fine.”

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Manchester United are yet to show their hand after the summer transfer window officially opened this week.

Chelsea have made a strong start to their summer preparations, having already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this year. Meanwhile, Manchester City have had a £41million bid accepted for Nathan Ake and are expected to invest in a winger.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side secured Champions League football with an excellent run to close out the Premier League campaign and now need to add talent to the squad to compete with Liverpool and City at the sharp end of the table.

Here is the latest transfer round-up regarding the Red Devils’ potential transfer activity.

United confident of Sancho deal despite Liverpool links

NobleSport’s, reports that longtime Manchester United target Jadon Sancho would prefer a move to rivals Liverpool over a switch to Old Trafford.

That is reportedly because he sees an easier path to winning trophies under Jurgen Klopp, following a Champions League and Premier League win in the last two seasons.


Klopp admitted previously that Liverpool considered a move for Sancho, but recognised that they realistically could not land the former Manchester City prospect.

Speaking in 2019, Klopp said: “Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho.

“We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think: ‘Can we get him?’ No. Because English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.”

Despite mutual interest between Liverpool and Sancho, however, the Reds are not expected to make a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer and United remain confident of sealing a deal, per NobleSports.


United eye long-term Henderson deal

As Dean Henderson returns to Manchester United following an excellent second season on loan at Sheffield United, the club is keen to tie down the goalkeeper to a long-term contract as quickly as possible – ideally in the next two weeks, per reports.

According to NobleSports, Ed Woodward and the club will assess their budgets in the next two weeks before determining what deals can be done with current players and potential signings. Henderson is a key part of United’s prospective work.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is extremely keen to sign Henderson to a new five-year deal and is not against having the 23-year-old battle the increasingly error-strewn David de Gea for the number one spot next season.


Henderson currently has two years with another option remaining on his current deal. But with a host of clubs interested – including Sheffield United, who would welcome him back on loan for another season, and Chelsea, who are searching for a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga – Solskjaer is eager to secure the keeper’s long-term future swiftly.

United enter Gabriel Magalhaes race
Manchester United have entered a five-club race for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his central defensive options.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been ever-present for United this season, but with Eric Bailly suffering from injuries and Chris Smalling hoping to seal a permanent move to Roma following his year-long loan spell in Italy, Solskjaer wants to improve his starting options.

Gabriel, then, offers a perceived immediate upgrade.


The Brazilian was close to signing for Everton in a £20m move earlier this year. He even visited their training ground prior to lockdown.

However, that deal fell through and United have now entered the race to sign the 22-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

Everton’s interest has cooled as the season has progressed, but Arsenal are extremely keen to add a centre-back.

They will have to offload a couple of defenders before they can spend, while PSG and Napoli are watching developments closely.

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Alexis Sanchez reportedly sees no future at Manchester United despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believing he could still have something to offer his side.

The Chile star has spent the season on loan at Inter Milan and is hopeful of making his move to the Serie A side permanent.

Sanchez has rediscovered his best form in the latter stages of his loan at Inter with three goals and seven assists in the last nine games.


The 31-year-old winger is due back at United on August 7 with nearly two years left on a contract that is worth up to £560,000-a-week including £300,000 in basic salary and image rights of £100,000.

United have ruled out sending him back out on loan but his wages are proving to be a major obstacle in Inter’s bid to sign the forward permanently.

According to NobleSports , United are keen to give Sanchez another chance but the player has told club bosses he wants to play his football elsewhere.

Sanchez signed for United in a swap deal from Arsenal back in 2018 but the move has largely been seen as a failure after he struggled to recapture the form which saw him establish himself as one of the Premier League’s best at the Emirates Stadium.

A source told NobleSports ‘Alexis doesn’t see the point in going back to Manchester. He’s happy where he is. It just didn’t work out for him at United and wants the club to accept that he wants to leave.’


Inter are reportedly willing to pay in the region of £30m for Sanchez while the player is understood to be ready to take a pay cut in order to secure a move away from United.

Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta confirmed the club are working on a deal for Sanchez but admitted it would not be straightforward.

He said: ‘It’s not easy because he has a two-year contract with Manchester United, so we have to evaluate the situation.

‘But it would be a shame if we couldn’t reach an agreement, because we want Sanchez today and tomorrow.’

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Manchester United are reportedly still confident of landing Jadon Sancho this summer despite claims he would rather sign for Liverpool.

The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked with both United and their bitter rivals Liverpool during a season in which he scored 17 goals and posted 17 assists in the Bundesliga.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have for some time been considered favourites to sign 20-year-old Sancho, with Liverpool looking unlikely to make big-money signings this summer.


United boss Solskjaer is believed to have been given around £140million to spend on new signings this summer.

And one obstacle to signing Sancho looked to have been cleared when the Red Devils secured Champions League qualification in last Sunday’s final round of Premier League matches.

But according to German publication Kicker, Sancho would rather sign for Jurgen Klopp’s side because they have a much greater chance of winning silverware in 2021.

Liverpool qualified for the Champions League by way of winning the Premier League, and are favourites to defend their domestic crown next season.


That doesn’t appear to have put United off, however, with NobleSports claimingOld Trafford bosses are still confident England star Sancho will be their man.

The report says United have cooled their interest in Jack Grealish because of Aston Villa’s £75million demands – despite the fact the midfielder is keen to join Solskjaer’s side.

So instead of courting Grealish, United will focus on prising Sancho from Dortmund.

The two teams still seem to be around £20m apart in their respective valuations of the winger.


Dortmund still want €120million (£109m) for the Three Lions ace but United value the former Manchester City academy prospect at closer to €98m (£89m).

Liverpool boss Klopp was asked last month about his side’s chances of signing Sancho last month.

He told sources known to NobleSports:The red shirt [of Liverpool] would suit very well. I don’t think such a transfer will be possible this season.

“He [Sancho] is a very interesting player. If he’s coming to Liverpool I would be the most surprised of all of us.”

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As Manchester United prepare for the resumption of their Europa League campaign, with a second leg against LASK drawing ever closer, there’s still movement behind the scenes on their squad for next season.

The Red Devils will be keen to sort out the biggest ins and outs long before the October transfer deadline, ensuring they begin the 2020/21 campaign with something approaching the squad they want.

Here’s what the papers at home and abroad are saying about the Jadon Sancho transfer saga, as well as a couple of potential defensive ins and outs featuring players at opposite ends of their careers.


No Sancho movement as Dortmund stand firm
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund remain some way apart on the valuation of Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Germany.

Sources claims Ed Woodward is reluctant to be held to ransom on a deal and suggests Sancho himself is unlikely to force a move away, leaving the move in doubt unless something changes.

Dortmund still want €120million (£109m) for the England forward but United value the former Manchester City academy prospect at closer to €98m (£89m).

Sources claims Woodward is keen to shake United’s reputation as a club that always pays out when selling teams demand high fees, with the backlash to the outlay on Harry Maguire and former Dortmund man Henrikh Mkhitaryan weighing heavy on the chief executive


Vertonghen future decided ‘sooner rather than later’
Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is assessing his options as he decides on his next club, with Manchester United among those to have been mentioned in connection with the Belgian.

Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of the Premier League season having spent eight years in north London, and is likely to have no shortage of offers.

While United have been mentioned as a potential destination if the veteran opts to stay in the Premier League, Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is also believed to be a fan.


Vertonghen has acknowledged the longer transfer window means there’s no rush when it comes to deciding his future, but he remains keen to act quickly.

When asked by NobleSports source about his next club, Vertonghen said: “That will be out probably sooner rather than later.”

“I’ve got something in my head and we’ll see if that will come around or not,” he continued.

Dalot offered to Barcelona as United look to offload full-back

Diogo Dalot has fallen way down the pecking order at Old Trafford, so much so that the club might already be satisfied getting their money back on the Portuguese.


According to Reports from source known to NobleSports,Dalot has been offered to Barcelona and could be available for €17.4m (£15.8m) – more or less the amount United paid to sign him from Porto in 2018.

NobleSports also report Barca have shown an interest in the player. The 21-year-old made his United debut under Jose Mourinho and also played a part in the memorable Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain last season, but has barely featured this term.

Dalot has just 11 appearances to his name in 2019/20, only four of them in the league, and his only minutes since English football returned in June came against Norwich City in the FA Cup quarter-final.

With Timothy Fosu-Mensah returning to the first-team set-up towards the end of the season, and with Aaron Wan-Bissaka entrenched as United’s regular right-back, Dalot’s time may be up.

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While Manchester United are looking at potential new recruits to ensure they’re in good health ahead of a return to the Champions League, the club also needs to trim some of the fat from its squad.

The Red Devils are expected to spend this summer to build a squad capable of challenging on multiple fronts, but their power in the market can still be boosted if they receive extra funds for players with no obvious part to play in the long term.

Here’s the latest on the ins and outs, including a potential exit for one of United’s many loanees and an update on a long-term target.

United set Roma deadline to meet Smalling asking price
Chris Smalling is something of a forgotten man at Old Trafford, having spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Roma, but the centre-back has impressed enough in Italy to prompt talk of a permanent move.


The main sticking point, though, appears to be United’s valuation of the former Fulham man: they want €21million (£20m) for Smalling, according to NobleSports reliable source,a failure to come to an agreement before Monday would see the defender return to Manchester and sit out the remainder of Roma’s Europa League run.

Monday is the deadline for clubs to name their squads for the resumption of European competition, and clubs can update their squads as long as the players named were eligible to play for them before February 3 (per uefa.com ).

This means loanees whose moves have since been made permanent will be eligible, but summer signings will not.

According to reports in Italy, Roma value the England international at €15m and have six days to find the extra €6m to meet United’s asking price.


‘Contact made’ over PSG’s Gueye

Manchester United have made contact with Paris Saint-Germain over midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to reports in France.

The former Everton and Aston Villa midfielder joined PSG for £30m last summer, and made 19 starts as Thomas Tuchel’s team retained their title.

However, with some fringe players put up for sale by the Parisiens, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are reportedly keen to test the water.

According to NobleSports, via Sources, United have inquired about the Senegal international, who is also on the radar of Wolves.


However, Gueye recently said “there has never been the question of a departure or a transfer” in his discussions with PSG sporting director Leonardo, so something would need to have changed for a United switch to be a realistic option.

The Red Devils handed defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic a contract extension earlier this month, while fellow holding midfield options Fred and Scott McTominay are both under contract until at least 2023.

Grealish ‘has heart set on Old Trafford move’

Manchester United target Jack Grealish remains keen on a move to the club after helping Aston Villa retain their Premier League status.

That’s according to former United striker Michael Owen, who told Premier League Productions: “I’m told he has his heart set on Manchester United. I’d be surprised if he went anywhere else.”


Owen added: “It would have been an easier decision if they went down. You can’t have someone like that playing in the Championship.

“He’s a top player, he would suit an awful lot of teams; he’s exceptional.”

Grealish scored 10 goals this season, the best return of his career, and rounded off the season by scoring a goal at West Ham which helped secure a 17th-place finish for the Villans.

Villa owner Nassef Sawiris has reportedly set an asking price of £80m for the club captain, who is under contract until 2023.

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