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Rooney: I Deserved To Be Sent Off

rooney-newWayne Rooney admitted he deserved to be sent-off in Manchester United‘s 2-1 win over West Ham as his sixth career red card again put his temperament under the spotlight.

Rooney, who has been appointed skipper by coach Louis van Gaal this season and is celebrating a decade at Old Trafford, was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Stewart Downing just on the hour mark on Saturday.

“I knew at the time that I misjudged it,” 28-year-old Rooney said Sunday. “It is a red card and I don’t think it will benefit anyone to appeal against the decision. It was probably the right decision. I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break-up the play, but I just misjudged it.

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diego-costa-cfcJose Mourinho has some injuries concerns ahead of a big week for his Chelsea squad. The Premier League leaders head to Portugal on Tuesday for a Champions League Group G clash with Sporting Lisbon before playing London rivals Arsenal next weekend.

The concern for Mourinho is who will play up front as Didier Drogba did not travel with the team to Portugal. Diego Costa did travel despite his ongoing hamstring problems which had previously limited his involvement to one game a week.

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LVH Tips Giggs To Be Next United Manager

lvg-mufcFor the first time Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has public confirmed that he is grooming Ryan Giggs to eventually replace him as Manchester United manager.

The former Dutch national team manager praised Giggs at an annual charity dinner at Old Trafford and called the United legend the perfect example for the players and also underlined his excellent communication skills.

Here is a transcript of Van Gaal’s speech in which he was gushing with praise for his assistant.

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Ibra Misses Showdown With Barcelona

Ibra PSGThe marque matchup on Champions League match day two is Barcelona‘s trip to the Parc des Princes to play French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Barca‘s trip will be a little easier with the news that PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday’s match due to a nagging heel problem.

“As the different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona,” said a statement released by PSG on Monday.

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Arsenal Injury Woes As Ramsey Out For A Month

one_aaron_ramseyI don’t know what it is with the Arsenal medical staff, but the Gunners seem to lose more top players to injuries every season than anyone else in Europe,. And barely six weeks into a new season another injury crisis is hitting Arsenal.

On Monday ESPMN reported that midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to be out “for about a month” with the hamstring injury he picked up against Tottenham at the weekend. Ramsey joins defensive duo Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal following their injuries earlier this month, and Laurent Koscielny who continues to nurse an Achilles problem in the training room.

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Stoke Heap More Pressure On Pardew And Newcastle

sack-pardewThe pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew cranked up as his side were beaten 1-0 by Stoke at a rain-drenched Britannia Stadium.

Newcastle were slow to react at the back as Peter Crouch headed in from the lively Victor Moses’ cross in the 15th minute. And while there were other moments of defensive uncertainty from the visitors, they rarely looked like finding an equaliser, with Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic only really being called upon to make one decent save, keeping out Daryl Janmaat.

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mazzarri-newInter Milan head coach Walter Mazzarri has apologised to the club’s fans following an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at home to bottom of the table Cagliari on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri went into the clash unbeaten but imploded in an 18 minute period before half-time that saw captain Yuto Nagatomo sent off for two yellows cards, a 15 minute hat-trick from Albin Ekdal and a penalty save by Samir Handanovic.

The result left the Italian giants stunned and former Napoli coach Mazzarri hopes lessons can be learned from the episode.

“We’re sorry for the fans, who are suffering as we are,” he said on the club’s official website.

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cristiano-ronaldoReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has brushed aside reports that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the European champions in the near future.

Since the summer transfer window closes, the English media have repeatedly linked the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner with a return to Manchester United, a move that would cost United a reported £200 million over five years once the transfer fee and wages are calculated.

But Ancelotti insist Ronaldo, who joined Real in 2009 after six seasons at Old Trafford, is happy in Madrid. Moreover, the European Champion have no intention of selling their best player any time soon.

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Wenger Tries To Defend Arsenal Transfer Policy

arsene-wenger-beachArsenal boss Arsene Wenger is attempting to spin his inexcusable decision to not sign a center half this summer by saying that there were no quality players available to buy.

Yet Wenger has rejected the suggestion that he should shoulder the blame for a defensive crisis that has developed following injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, while Per Mertesacker is set to play against Tottenham on Saturday while carrying a minor knock.

When asked whether there was a lack of top-class defenders to buy in the last transfer window, Wenger replied:

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new-kop-pictureTwo of the oldest derby’s in England center stage in England this weekend as Liverpool host Merseyside neighbours Everton and Tottenham Hotspur visit north London enemies Arsenal.

The two merseyside teams into the match, both struggling to reach last season’s heights. Liverpool narrowly lost out to Manchester City in last season’s title race and Everton finished fifth with a record points tally, but they are currently 11th and 14th respectively ahead of their showdown at Anfield. Liverpool have lost three of their opening five games and needed penalties to see off second-tier Middlesbrough in the League Cup on Tuesday, edging a remarkable shoot-out 14-13 after a 2-2 draw.

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