Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was feeling “emotional” after watching his side lift the EFL Cup with a thrilling 3-2 win over Southampton at Wembley.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, the decisive goal coming three minutes from the end, when Southampton looked set for extra time after recovering from 2-0 down thanks to a brace from Manolo Gabbiadini.
Mourinho hailed Ibrahimovic, whose how has 26 goals on the season, telling Sky Sports:
“I think, honestly, he won the game for us.
“He was outstanding in a match where our opponent was better than us for long periods of the game. I think they deserved to go to extra time. Read more... (255 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
TWe will have some blockbuster matches in the USA this summer.
The headline match I thought was going to be the Manchester Derby, with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meeting in the USA for the first time.
But that matchup could be eclipsed by a Clasico as La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to meet each other in Miami this summer, according to reports in Catalonia.
Barca have not yet announced their plans for the offseason but sources confirmed to ESPN FC that the club plan to visit the United States once again, with an official announcement expected on March 21. Read more... (457 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Of all the new signings in the Premier League this season, Chelsea’s capture of Antonio Conte might be the best one.
While all the talk is about the (admittedly superb) play of the likes of N’Golo Kante, it’s worth noting that Conte is running away with the title using the majority of a squad which finished 10th last season, 31 points off top spot and just 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
Chelsea won just 12 games all season in their last campaign – but with their 3-1 defeat of Swansea City on Saturday, the Blues notched up their 20th Premier League win of the season so far. Read more... (443 words, 1 image, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
Manchester United will face FC Rostov at the last-16 stage of the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho’s United progressed in the competition after a 4-0 win over French side Saint-Etienne, but will be without centre-back Eric Bailly for the first leg of the tie against Rostov after the defender’s red card on Thursday.
United are the only remaining Premier League representative in the competition following Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-2 aggregate defeat to Belgian side Gent.
But a trip to Russia will not be good news for the Premier League side, with Mourinho having already complained about fixture congestion ahead of the draw. Read more... (389 words, 1 image, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
Leicester City have sensationally sacked the manager who lead them to arguably the greatest triumph in English football history.
Claudio Ranieri is out as Leicester manager, just nine months after leading them to Premier League title and with the Foxes still in playing in the knockout stages of the Champions League where they trail Sevilla 2-1 after the first leg in Spain on Wednesday night.
A statement by Leicester read:
Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement on the Leicester website: Read more... (393 words, 1 image, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho is praying he does not have to pile on the air miles in the last 16 of the Europa League when the draw is made in Switzerland on Friday.
Manchester United comfortably made the next round with a 1-0 win in France against Saint-Etienne to complete a 4-0 aggregate success.
Already in the hat for the draw ahead of the next set of matches in the last 16 with the Reds are Russian side Krasnodar and Germans Schalke.
Potentially clubs from the Ukraine, Israel, Greece and Romania could be United’s next opponents presenting a logistical nightmare. Read more... (431 words, 1 image, estimated 1:43 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of forcing Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United, adding that “you have to ask him” about a potential move to China.
The United captain has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with a number of clubs reportedly hopeful of convincing him of completing a switch before next Tuesday’s Chinese transfer deadline.
Mourinho, speaking at a news conference ahead of United’s Europa League clash with St Etienne on Wednesday, said he is not the person to ask about the speculation, but insisted that he does not want his captain to depart the club. Read more... (385 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger praised National League side Sutton United following the ‘quality’ display they put in against Arsenal on Monday evening.
The non-league club were beaten 2-0 by the Gunners in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott scoring in each half to set up a quarter-final clash against another non-league side, Lincoln City. Walcott’s goal was his 100th for Arsenal, making him just the 17th player in club history to reach that milestone
However, this was more about Sutton on Monday night that Theo, and the non-league side did threaten at times, with former Arsenal trainee Roarie Deacon striking the bar, and they never looked overawed by their big name opponents. Read more... (362 words, 1 image, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.
But on Sunday, Barcelona’s starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.
What happened to the famed La Masia’s production line that produced the likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi? Read more... (421 words, 1 image, estimated 1:41 mins reading time)
Neymar has lost his final appeal against corruption charges and will stand trial. The charges relate to his move from Santos to Barcelona four years ago and could see him jailed for two years. However a more likely sentence for the Brazil international, whose father will also stand trial, isa fine of up to €10 million.
Both Santos and Barcelona lost their own appeals and will also stand trial with prosecutors seeking a fine of €9m from the Spanish side and €7m from the player’s former club. Read more... (188 words, 1 image, estimated 45 secs reading time)