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Manchester United are one step closer to a potential League Cup Final matchup with bitter rivals Liverpool, but watching his side beat Hull City 2-0 in the EFL Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho wanted to talk ore about the fans than the win.

The United boss urged their fans to improve when the club face Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday — telling them not to just “come to the theatre” but “play with us.”

Klopp Tells Barcelona To Forget About Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp has repeated his desire to keep Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool. Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked to Coutinho, who has been one of the star performers under Klopp this season with six goals and five assists in 14 matches.

Ahead of Coutinho’s return to the first-team fold in Liverpool’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton on Wednesday, Klopp outlined his desire to have the Brazilian at his disposal for many years.

‘It would be nice if big clubs thought like this and forgot about a player completely because he’s been injured for five or six weeks. But big clubs don’t think this way unfortunately,’ Klopp said.

Ronaldo Wins FIFA Best Player Award

Real Madrid superstar Cristano Ronaldo has topped off an incredible year by winning FIFA’s inaugural best Player Award.

You can debate whether Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the better player, but their is no denying that CR7 had the better 2016. Just look at what Ronaldo won:

  • Euro 2016
  • Champions League
  • UEFA Super Cup
  • FIFA Club World Cup
  • Ballon d’Or
  • UEFA Player of Year
  • FIFA Player of Year
  • UEFA Player of Year
  • FIFA Player of Year

Most players would be ecstatic to have a career like Ronaldo’s last 12 months, but the Real Madrid player says he continue work on improving his game:

FIFA Approves 48 Team World Cup

The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup in 2026 to 48 teams, adding 16 nations.

This is the first time since the 1998 World Cup that changes have been made to the makeup of the tournament, with the 2026 competition set to feature 16 groups of three.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s preferred option for change was for a 2026 competition featuring 16 groups of three, followed by a 32-team knockout, increasing the number of games from 64 to 80 but remaining inside a 32-day schedule.

FA Cup and MeManchester 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.

Jürgen Klopp said he had no regrets over selecting the youngest starting lineup in Liverpool’s history and a third-round replay at Plymouth Argyle was deserved reward for the League Two side after their display at Anfield.

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by what Derek Adams, the Plymouth manager, confidently described as “probably one of the best defensive performances Anfield has seen”. The visitors, often with 10 men behind the ball, restricted the Premier League side to few goalscoring opportunities in a dour contest and the teams will meet again at Home Park on 17 or 18 January.

Mesut Ozil is ready to commit his long-term future to Arsenal, but only if Arsene Wenger remains as manager of the club. Contract discussions between the Gunners and Ozil are ongoing as he moves into the final 18 months of his current deal.

The German playmaker revealed he is waiting on Wenger to decide whether to continue beyond this season before penning fresh terms.

“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract,’ Ozil told German magazine Kicker.

Arena Goes All Domestic With First USA Squad

Bruce Arena’s first squad in his second stint as U.S. coach is made up entirely of Major League Soccer players.

Arena, who replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as the U.S. manager in November, called up 32 players from 15 different MLS clubs for U.S. Soccer’s annual January training camp that begins next week in Carson, California.

The camp falls outside of a FIFA international window, meaning clubs in Europe and Mexico did not have to release their players. Last year, Jerome Kiesewetter — then with German club Stuttgart — was the only player from outside MLS to attend Klinsmann’s final camp.

Premier League clubs could face a chaotic festive fixture list of six matches in only 17 days over Christmas and New Year next season.

A draft fixture schedule for the 2017-18 Premier League campaign suggests matches will be played on December 16, 20, 23, 26 and 30, plus January 1.

If approved, Premier League clubs would face a chaotic festive fixture list of six matches in only 17 days over Christmas and New Year next season.

That means that teams will play about 15% of all their games next season in 17 days. That is crazy

Wenger Plays Down Sanchez Reaction

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down the angry reaction from Alexis Sanchez after the team’s 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday, saying it was simply a sign of “passion.”

Sanchez threw his gloves to the ground in disgust at the final whistle before storming down the tunnel, despite Arsenal having come back from 3-0 down in the final 20 minutes.

But Wenger insisted there was no problem with Sanchez’s attitude and said the Chile international had been “all right” in the dressing room after the game.

“Well, what is surprising there?” Wenger said when asked about Sanchez’s body language.