Marcus Rashford has the potential to be be as good as Manchester United legends Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 21-year=old Rashford made his 150th Manchester United appearance in the 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday, reaching the mark at a younger age than both Rooney and Ronaldo.
Rooney left Old Trafford in 2017 as the club’s top goalscorer, while Ronaldo has been crowned the world’s best player five times and Solskjaer believes Rashford, who has scored in four-consecutive Premier League games, can reach the same level. Read more... (343 words, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp said he told his Liverpool side not to lose their nerve in an encounter with Crystal Palace that he believes many people expected his side to lose.
Liverpool went into half-time 1-0 down but scored twice shortly after the break and twice more after Palace made it 2-2 in the 65th minute — with Mohamed Salah bagging a brace — to seal a thrilling 4-3 victory over Roy Hodgson’s team, who beat reigning champions Manchester City last month.
They had to hold on as James Milner was sent off late on to set up an incredibly tense finish, but re-established a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League and Klopp was delighted. Read more... (337 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
A furious Maurizio Sarri laid into his Chelsea side after their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.
In probably their poorest performance of the season, Chelsea were well beaten by an Arsenal side as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny gave the Gunners just their second victory in 14 meetings with their rivals.
Sarri’s side are now just three points clear of both Arsenal and in fourth place, and the Italian let his players know their performance was well below the level he deems acceptable. Read more... (399 words, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Mesut Ozil is causing problems within the AC Milan hierarchy with Paolo Maldini and Ivan Gazidis said to be at loggerheads over a deal for the Arsenal midfielder.
The frustrating German has fallen out of favour under Unai Emery and is getting ever closer to leaving the Emirates Stadium. He has not started any of Arsenal’s last four games, although for two of them he has been recovering from a knee injury.
With Ozil’s future seemingly away from north London, Milan are considering a move for him but the power brokers at the San Siro are reportedly struggling to agree on a deal. Read more... (409 words, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed the reason why Zinedine Zidane decided to leave the club.
Many were surprised when Zidane announced his departure back in May, five days after winning his third consecutive Champions League title.
Star man Cristiano Ronaldo would also go on to leave the club weeks later and the they have struggled in the time since.
And Calderon claims Zidane’s exit was due to the club’s decision to sell the Portuguese forward and keep Gareth Bale.
‘Zidane made it very clear when he decided to leave the club, Calderon was quoted as saying by Bleacher Report. Read more... (148 words, estimated 36 secs reading time)
Yesterday we reported that Sevilla pulled out the Alvaro Morata sweepstakes, but it appears that their Spanish rival Atletico Madrid are ready to swoop in and sign the Spanish striker.
The Spaniard is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with a move away from the Premier League in this window
After Sevilla pulled out of a deal on Monday, Diego Simeone has now moved to land Morata and bolster his attacking options going into the rest of the season but Chelsea are waiting for a better fee before letting him go. Read more... (361 words, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
Sevilla cannot afford to offer Alvaro Morata a way out of his Chelsea hell, according to director of football Joaquin Caparros.
Morata is out of favour at Stamford Bridge, and his representatives held talks with the La Liga club last week.
However Caparros, speaking at the unveiling of another striker, Munir El Haddadi, said they pulled out of a deal due to the costs involved.
‘Sevilla is a desirable team for any footballer and Morata wanted to come here, but when we started talking about costs, we realised that it was impossible,’ Caparros explained at a press conference. Read more... (203 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
Gonzalo Higuain has formally requested to leave AC Milan as he tries to push through a move to Chelsea this week.
Chelsea are allowing striker Michy Batshuayi to join Monaco on loan for the rest of the season as they look to finalise terms with Higuain’s parent club Juventus.
Milan still want a replacement before allowing Higuain to cut short his loan, while Juventus want Chelsea to take over the terms of the 31-year-old’s deal which entails an initial £16m fee with obligation to buy at £32m.
Chelsea are understood to have proposed an 18 month loan. Read more... (153 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Almost 30,000 empty seats at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night told the story of the season so far.
The league table after the 2-0 defeat by Real Sociedad also made miserable reading for Real Madrid supporters. They are out of the Champions League places and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.
Santiago Solari has lost the aura of the confidence he had a couple of months ago. He was chastised by Marca last week for saying:
‘We mustn’t underestimate the draws’.
On Sunday night everyone at the Bernabeu would have taken a draw as 10-man Madrid slipped to their sixth league defeat of the season. Read more... (795 words, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will face Arsenal away in the FA Cup fourth round, with the interim boss aiming to win the competition for a third time.
Solskjaer was in the starting line-up for United’s semi-final victories over the Gunners in 1999 and 2004.
He went on to lift the trophy with the Old Trafford club on both occasions.
Monday night’s draw confirmed Arsenal as the home team.
It again recreates the classic match-up in the final 40 years ago which Arsenal won 3-2 thanks to Alan Sunderland’s late goal. Read more... (275 words, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)