Less than 24 hours after he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has been told by United boss Jose Mourinho that he will not stand in his way if Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford for China.
Reports out of China suggest that Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Super League rivals Beijing Guoan are prepared to make Rooney the highest paid player in the world with a staggering £700,000-a-week offer to lure him away from Manchester United this summer. Read more... (478 words, 1 image, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger has acknowledged his furious reaction to Burnley being awarded a penalty was wrong after the Arsenal manager was sent off on Sunday.
The Gunners boss was sent off removed during an extraordinary period of injury time at Emirates Stadium, where 10-man Arsenal conceded an equalizer to Andre Gray, only for Alexis Sanchez to score his own penalty in the 98th minute to snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat.
Wenger was furious with referee Jon Moss’s decision to penalized Francis Coquelin for a foul on Ashley Barnes. But he was more than happy with the refereeing crews inability to spot that Laurent Koscielny was offside in the build up to the Arsenal penalty. Read more... (321 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was left frustrated at United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City. While the headlines will be about Wayne Rooney passing Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading scorer with his 250th goal with a free-kick in stoppage time, the Special One says United are picking up too many draws considering the attacking football they produce.
While they are unbeaten in 17 games, United have now drawn eight times in the Premier League this season – the joint-highest alongside Middlesbrough – and Mourinho was disappointed not to have taken all three points. Read more... (347 words, 1 image, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp complained about the atmosphere inside Anfield after his Liverpool side crashed to defeat to lowly Swansea in the Premier League.
Klopp, who has made his displeasure about early kick-offs known regularly during his reign at Anfield, watched Fernando Llorente fire the Swans into a 2-0 lead early in the second half on Saturday.
Though Roberto Firmino scored twice to pull the Reds level, Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up to send all three points back to South Wales, leaving Klopp immensely frustrated.
And the Liverpool boss admitted his frustration at the relative lack of intensity among the home fans for the 12.30pm start, saying: Read more... (252 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
Ever since he was forced out of his club by Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard has craved a return to Liverpool F.C. The LA Galaxy was a holding move by Gerrard. Something to earn a few more millions until he could return to Liverpool.
Well Gerrard’s wish came true on Friday as Liverpool announced that their former captain will take up a full-time position with the Reds academy.
“It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began,” Gerrard told the club’s website. “However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion — it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool. Read more... (458 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that the Gunners are not interested in wantaway West Ham star Dimitri Payet and are unlikely to do any transfer business this month.
The France midfielder is refusing to play for the Hammers again as he looks to push through a move to former club Marseille after turning down a huge, £500,000-a-week offer from China.
Wenger admits he is a fan of Payet, but says he does not need to buy another attacking midfielder with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among his options. Read more... (265 words, 1 image, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Real Madrid might be European and World Champions but Manchester United have knocked them off their perch atop the Deloitte Money League for the first time in more than a decade.
Jose Mourinho’s side, benefiting from a return to the Champions League, posted a world record revenue of £515.3 million over the course of the 2015-16.
That was enough to knock Real Madrid off the top spot after 11 years at the summit. The Spaniards slipped to third, despite returning their own record of £463.8m , an increase of almost £45m. Barcelona move into second. Read more... (673 words, 1 image, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas scored one and made one as Celta Vigo Stunned Real Madrid 2-1 in their first-leg Spanish Cup quarter-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu
Zinedine Zidane’s team had gone 40 games without losing, but they have now lost twice in less than a week and now face a huge trip to the Baliados next week if they are to keep their hopes for a domestic double alive.
The first 45 minutes were frustrating for the Liga leaders. Ronaldo was playing with his back to goal as the team’s centre-forward but the ball was not sticking to him. Read more... (493 words, 1 image, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
Liverpool set up a fourth-round tie at home to Wolves with old head Lucas Leiva scoring a rare goal in their 1-0 win at Home Park.
Klopp named a stronger side than he had done in the goalless draw against the Sky Bet League Two high-fliers at Anfield 10 days earlier, but four teenagers still started the third-round replay – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.
Another two teenagers, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, also came on as second-half substitutes.
“It was tough again, but we did better than Anfield in the right moments,” Liverpool manager Klopp said. Read more... (356 words, 1 image, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
Manchester United will continue their defence of the FA Cup with another home tie against Championship opposition and another reunion.
After beating Jaap Stam’s Reading in the third round, United were drawn against Wigan, managed by their former reserve-team coach Warren Joyce.
Joyce was connected to Old Trafford for more than a decade in different coaching roles before taking over at the DW Stadium in November. Wigan lie 23rd in the Championship and he will hope for a happier return than former defender Stam, whose Reading side were beaten 4-0. Read more... (321 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)