Dortmund to step up Reus contract talks

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Dortmund to step up Reus contract talks
Borussia Dortmund plan to step up talks with Marco Reus over a new contract, according to sporting director Michael Zorc. The Germany international has 18 months remaining on his deal at Signal Iduna Park and has yet to agree to an extension. Reus only returned from a cruciate ligament injury in February and has scored twice in his last two Bundesliga appearances, against Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg. Zorc says the 28-year-old did not want to discuss new terms while he recovered but now expects negotiations to pick up pace. "We totally understood that Marco did not want to enter contract talks during his injury," he told Sport Bild. "And, of course, we will now intensify the talks." Reus, who moved to Dortmund from Gladbach in 2012, has been linked with a possible move to Liverpool. However, it is reported in Germany that the player's representatives have already held preliminary talks with Dortmund officials over a new contract. 7 - Marco Reus (@woodyinho) managed to score 7 times for @BVB in his last 9 #Bundesliga appearances. Sniper. — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) February 26, 2018

Underdogs making I-League title race exciting, says IM Vijayan

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Underdogs making I-League title race exciting, says IM Vijayan
Underdogs making I-League title race exciting, says IM Vijayan

Lukaku 'expects a bit more respect' for Manchester United goalscoring form

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Lukaku 'expects a bit more respect' for Manchester United goalscoring form
Romelu Lukaku feels he deserves "a bit more respect" for his Premier League goal record but admits he needs trophies to silence his critics properly. The Belgium international produced a fine display against old club Chelsea on Sunday, cancelling out Willian's opener before setting up Jesse Lingard for the winner in Manchester United's 2-1 victory. Lukaku has been criticised for his performances against top sides in the past, and his strike at Old Trafford was his first against a team in the league's top eight since his reported £75million move to United from Everton. However, the 24-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions in 2017-18, feels his consistency in the top flight is often overlooked. "I've been in the game for so long," said the striker. "I started playing when I was 16. Year in, year out, people expect 20 goals from me. I've been doing it for 10 years straight so I think I've proved myself. "You expect a bit more respect but it's the situation we're in. I don't listen to it [the criticism]. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch." 1 - Romelu Lukaku has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season, however this was his first against a team currently in the top eight. Overdue. pic.twitter.com/bi4Qn1IwhY — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018 Lukaku believes silverware is the only way he will keep criticism to a minimum in future. Asked what it will take to earn the respect he wants, he replied: "If I win. I want to win. As long as I win and I lead my team to winning, that's when I will be really satisfied. "As a football player, I don't play for the individual. I think a lot of big players that we recognise today in the game are players who have won something and I want to be part of them." Lukaku had been heavily tipped to move back to Chelsea before United won the race for his signature last July, and he insists he made the right decision to join Jose Mourinho's side. "When I make a choice, it's with my head and my heart," Lukaku said. "I made the right choice for me. As you can see, I'm in a good situation. I'm with a manager and players who push me every day. The challenge is there to win and it's something that I wanted. "I just need to keep working hard. I think I have got a nice record. I've scored a lot this season and I just want to keep going. I know that I can improve and I want to improve and really work hard. I want to win trophies. We are still in the fight in two competitions. It's not going to be easy but it's a nice challenge. "I'm 24 and I think I have a lot of years ahead of me to improve before my prime so I'm never satisfied. I always want to improve and get better and it's a nice challenge."

Man Utd vs Chelsea: Live stream, what TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Premier League clash

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Man Utd vs Chelsea: Live stream, what TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Premier League clash

MANCHESTER UNITED must change their recent form if they are to keep Chelsea at bay in the battle for second.

The Red Devils have lost two of their last three, including a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the previous round.

Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game in the reverse fixture in NovemberReuters What time is kick-off?

THIS Premier League fixture will be held on Sunday, February 25.

The game will be hosted at Old Trafford.

Kick-off is at 2.05pm.

What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

YOU can watch this match live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up to Sky TV here.

Or if you don’t want a subscription, you can buy a Now TV Day Pass for as little as £6.99 and watch all the action live. Buy it here.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport LIVE BLOG.

What is the team news?

 

Today's #MUFC starting XI – and it looks like 4-3-3 for the Reds!

πŸ”΄ #MUNCHE πŸ”΅ pic.twitter.com/h2Ri0JDeM8

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2018

Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud. #MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/OVUncUfBN2

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 25, 2018

Premier League live: Liverpool vs West Ham, Burnley vs Southampton, Bournemouth vs Newcastle, Brighton vs Swansea and West Brom vs Huddersfield – latest score and updates

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Premier League live: Liverpool vs West Ham, Burnley vs Southampton, Bournemouth vs Newcastle, Brighton vs Swansea and West Brom vs Huddersfield – latest score and updates

Wembley to show VAR graphic during Carabao Cup final reviews - report

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Supporters at the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Arsenal on Sunday will be made aware when a video assistant referee (VAR)

Braga vs Marseille: Live stream, TV channel, line-ups and kick-off time for the Europa League clash

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Braga vs Marseille: Live stream, TV channel, line-ups and kick-off time for the Europa League clash

MARSEILLE will want to maintain their dominance in recent weeks and secure progression to the next round of the Europa League.

The 3-0 victory in the first leg is part of an unbeaten run that currently stands at 12 games, and will be already thinking of who they could face in the Last 16.

Valere Germain wheels away, after scoring his second in the first leg against BragaEPA

Meanwhile, Braga managed just one shot on target in a difficult trip to France, but will be hoping that their 5-0 win over Vitoria at the weekend inspires another goal-fest when they host Marseille.

What time is kick-off?

THIS Europa League fixture will be held on Thursday, February 22.

The game will be hosted at Estadio Municipal de Braga .

Kick-off is at 8.05pm.

Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with all the action on SunSport’s dedicated LIVE BLOG.

Braga will be hoping for a repeat scoreline from their victory at Vitoria after a miserable performance in the first legEPA What is the team news?

MARSEILLE are still without their number one goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who continues to recover from a torn muscle.

L’OM are also without striker Konstantinos Mitroglu, who scored a hat-trick in their recent Coupe de France victory over Bourg-en-Bresse.

Meanwhile, Braga have four players on the sidelines, including Joao Teixeira and Ricardo Ferreira, while Fransergio and Mauro are both long-term absentees.

EXCLUSIVE: Agent urges Chelsea fans to 'give great Tiemoue Bakayoko time'

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EXCLUSIVE: Agent urges Chelsea fans to 'give great Tiemoue Bakayoko time'
EXCLUSIVE: Agent urges Chelsea fans to 'give great Tiemoue Bakayoko time'

Chelsea fans have been urged to stay patient when it comes to Tiemoue Bakayoko's progress in the Premier League.

The midfielder has struggled to win over a section of the Blues support this season as he has battled to adjust to the hurly burly of English football.

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Sevilla vs Manchester United: When and where to watch Champions League match, TV coverage

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Sevilla vs Manchester United: When and where to watch Champions League match, TV coverage
Sevilla vs Manchester United: When and where to watch Champions League match, TV coverage

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho snoozes on way into training… but youngsters raring to go ahead of Sevilla clash

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho snoozes on way into training… but youngsters raring to go ahead of Sevilla clash

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho looked like the stress of the job was getting to him on Monday morning.

The Portuguese boss, 55, has been under a lot of pressure in the past few weeks, losing 1-0 to Newcastle, falling out with Paul Pogba and then battling past Huddersfield in the FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho looked worse for wear as he arrived at Man United training on MondayJose Mourinho looked worse for wear as he arrived at Man United trainingCavendish Press Man United boss Jose Mourinho was no doubt mulling over what to do with Paul Pogba after his illness and the reported rift between the pairMan United boss Jose Mourinho was no doubt mulling over what to do with Paul Pogba after his illness and the reported rift between the pairGetty

And Mourinho took a little nap as he was driven to Carrington for Monday morning’s training sesssion ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.

One issue Mourinho will need to consider is whether or not to include Pogba, after he missed the last game out through illness.

When quizzed over the Frenchman’s absence as he missed the 2-0 win over Huddersfield, Mourinho snapped: “I don’t know and I honestly don’t care.

“I will think about him after the match.”

Marcos Rojo arrived looking focused to Monday trainingMarcos Rojo arrived looking focused to Monday trainingCavendish Press Scott McTominay was another Man United player driving into training on MondayScott McTominay was another Man United player driving into training on MondayCavendish Press

After the game, Mourinho revealed: “Yesterday he was working normally with us.

“We prepared for the game and told the players the team. He was in it.”

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Mourinho accused Pogba of being “too casual” and “too careless” after substituting him a minute after Matt Ritchie scored the Newcastle winner last week.

However, the news of Pogba’s “illness” came on the back of a reported rift with Mourinho, as the £89million man was hauled off in consecutive games.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was another ace seen en route to trainingCameron Borthwick-Jackson was another ace seen en route to trainingCavendish Press
Angel Gomes was snapped en route to Carrington on Monday morningAngel Gomes was snapped en route to Carrington on Monday morningCavendish Press

After the Toon loss, a Newcastle insider said: “Mourinho was furious — everybody could hear him shouting at Pogba and Jones.

“He obviously thinks they should do better but the pressure is getting to them.”

Meanwhile, United legend Paul Scholes told BT Sport: “Pogba’s form the last few weeks has not been good. He’s at a big club and you get pressure every week.

Anthony Martial looked focused as he prepared for pre-Sevilla trainingAnthony Martial looked focused as he prepared for pre-Sevilla trainingCavendish Press Paul Pogba is causing Jose Mourinho and United a few problems of latePaul Pogba is causing Jose Mourinho and United a few problems of latePA:Press Association

“Pogba should be the star so there will be pressure and criticism if he doesn’t perform.”

Elsewhere on Monday, stars including Marcos Rojo, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay were spotted driving into training.

The group arrived fresh from a 2-0 win over Huddersfield – thanks to a Romelu Lukaku double – as they reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Now United will turn their attention to looking to earn a place in the Champions League last-eight, starting with their first-leg clash in Spain.

Wales earthquake causes delay in First Division game at Port Talbot

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Wales earthquake causes delay in First Division game at Port Talbot
A Welsh First Division match at Port Talbot's Victoria Road ground was halted because of an earthquake. Pitch invaders and the weather are common causes of play being held up, but in the Welsh League on Saturday, it was an earthquake. Experts have said the quake -- which shook parts of the UK on Saturday -- was the biggest for a decade. 43' - temporary stop in play. A recorded earthquake in the area. Incredible.— Port Talbot Town FC (@PortTalbotTown) February 17, 2018 Port Talbot is 10 miles from Swansea and the tremors were felt as the town's football side faced Taff's Well. Just in: Event epicentre approx 20km NNE of Swansea, with 4.4 magnitude at a depth of 7.4km. Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every 2-3 years.— BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) February 17, 2018 Port Talbot went on to win 2-1, before enjoying comments from their fans, which included, "Shaken not stirred" and, "Were your opponents quaking in their...

Pogba out of Man Utd FA Cup tie; young Scot called up as replacement

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Pogba out of Man Utd FA Cup tie; young Scot called up as replacement
Pogba out of Man Utd FA Cup tie; young Scot called up as replacement

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is out of today's FA Cup tie with Huddersfield Town.

Pogba will miss Manchester United's FA Cup game with Huddersfield through illness.

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Jorginho to Manchester? Why Guardiola & Mourinho are fighting over the 'new Pirlo'

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Jorginho to Manchester? Why Guardiola & Mourinho are fighting over the 'new Pirlo'
Jorginho to Manchester? Why Guardiola & Mourinho are fighting over the 'new Pirlo'

Likened to Andrea Pirlo. Celebrated as Serie A's outstanding midfielder. Urged to swap Naples for Manchester by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. Jorginho, of Napoli, will enter this summer's transfer window with the world at his feet.

In Italy, they refer to Jorginho as a pure metodista, or playmaker. Think the just retired Pirlo, just more mobile. Indeed, it is only the former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder who sits in the top ten of most passes in a single Serie A game - the other nine slots are taken by Jorginho. His 218 against former club Hellas Verona in 2015 remains the record.

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Liverpool keeper Loris Karius catches Virgil van Dijk’s HEAD instead of ball during 5-0 Champions League win in Porto

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Liverpool keeper Loris Karius catches Virgil van Dijk’s HEAD instead of ball during 5-0 Champions League win in Porto

LORIS KARIUS is on a mission to prove he is Liverpool’s No1 – by catching everything in sight.

That includes £75million signing Virgil van Dijk’s HEAD.

Loris Karius catches Virgil van Dijk's HEAD during 5-0 win in PortoLoris Karius catches Virgil van Dijk’s HEAD during 5-0 win in PortoAP:Associated Press Loris Karius says he is 'comfortable' playing with Virgil van Dijk but is feeling mutual?Loris Karius says he is ‘comfortable’ playing with Virgil van Dijk but is feeling mutual?Twitter

These hilarious pictures show Karius, 24, clamping his hands down on the flying Dutchman’s noggin during last night’s 5-0 Champions League win at Porto.

The German has admitted to being “comfortable” playing with Van Dijk, 26, ahead of him.

He said: “Virgil has played quite a bit now and we’re getting more used to each other – that’s important for the team.

“He’s a top player – that’s why Liverpool paid the price they did for him.

West Ham keeper Adrian hilariously caught Cheikhou Kouyate's head in JanuaryWest Ham keeper Adrian hilariously caught Cheikhou Kouyate’s head in JanuaryREUTERS/Eddie Keogh Cheikhou Kouyate has his head caught by keeper AdrianCheikhou Kouyate has his head caught by keeper AdrianGetty Images - Getty

“Of course he has to adapt a bit because our style is so different. We defend high. He needs to get used to Dejan (Lovren) and Joel (Matip).

“But the more he gets used to our style, he’s finding his feet more and more.

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“It’s good to see and as a keeper you feel comfortable having players like that in front of you.”

Whether or not Van Dijk is comfortable being put in a headlock is a different story.

The “catch” draws parallels to when West Ham stopper Adrian mistook team-mate Cheikhou Kouyate’s bonce for the ball against Tottenham in January.

Karius has won the nod ahead of Simon Mignolet in goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side of late.

Both keepers have come under stick from the likes of Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville.

Liverpool have been linked with Roma goalie Alisson amid uncertainty over their man between the sticks.

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata reveals how Jose Mourinho once got him so riled he "brutally kicked" Diego Costa

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Chelsea star Alvaro Morata reveals how Jose Mourinho once got him so riled he "brutally kicked" Diego Costa
Chelsea star Alvaro Morata reveals how Jose Mourinho once got him so riled he "brutally kicked" Diego Costa
The Blues striker played underneath the current Manchester United boss when he was at Real Madrid

Juventus have NEVER beaten Premier League team over two legs in Champions League — losing to Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea

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Juventus have NEVER beaten Premier League team over two legs in Champions League — losing to Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea

TOTTENHAM head into their mouthwatering Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus with one massive psychological advantage.

Despite the Serie A giants’ incredible recent history in the competition, they have NEVER beaten an English team over two legs.

Juventus players will be hoping to finally register knock-out win over English sideJuventus players will be hoping to finally register knock-out win over English sideGetty Images Harry Kane is the man Tottenham will be looking to against JuventusHarry Kane is the man Tottenham will be looking to against JuventusGetty Images

Following the reformatting of the Champions League in 1992, Juventus were one of the most impressive sides, making it to three finals in a row from 1996 to 1998.

It used to be said that you would eventually have to overcome the Italian giants if you wanted to win the competition.

And, with two finals in the last three seasons, that statement appears just as true now.

But, despite the monumental task awaiting Tottenham, they will take hope from the impressive knock-out record English sides have enjoyed over Juventus.

Manchester United, semi-finals, 1998-99 Ryan Giggs nets a late leveller to make 1-1 at Old Trafford in first legRyan Giggs nets a late leveller to make 1-1 at Old Trafford in first legNews Group Newspapers Ltd Filippo Inzaghi scored two early goals to put Juventus in control of semi-finalFilippo Inzaghi scored two early goals to put Juventus in control of semi-finalAP:Associated Press Peter Schmeichel celebrates as Manchester United reach Champions League finalPeter Schmeichel celebrates as Manchester United reach Champions League finalAP:Associated Press

Ryan Giggs‘ stoppage time strike cancelled out Antonio Conte‘s opener in the first to take a fragile 1-1 to Turin.

And United looked in disarray when two Filippo Inzaghi goals inside 11 minutes put Juventus firmly in control.

However, despite picking up a booking which would ruled him out of the final, Roy Keane headed one back for the Red Devils, before Dwight Yorke gave them the lead on away goals just before half-time.

Andy Cole capped off a stunning comeback with a stoppage time goal — and United would go on to win the Treble that season.

Liverpool, quarter-finals, 2004-05 Sami Hyypia celebrates after giving Liverpool an early lead at AnfieldSami Hyypia celebrates after giving Liverpool an early lead at AnfieldPA:Press Association Juventus celebrate what appears a crucial away goal from Fabio CannavaroJuventus celebrate what appears a crucial away goal from Fabio CannavaroAFP Liverpool celebrate an impressive victory, and prepare for semi-finalsLiverpool celebrate an impressive victory, and prepare for semi-finalsPA:Press Association

The Reds produced arguably their best 45 minutes in Champions League history as they battered favourites Juventus in a rampant first half at Anfield.

Sami Hyypia gave them an early lead, before a sensational Luis Garcia strike made it 2-0.

A Scott Carson fumble allowed Fabio Cannavaro to score a crucial away goal for the Bianconeri.

Liverpool then produced an impressive rearguard display to earn a 0-0 draw in Turin — and they, too, would become European champions that season.

Arsenal, quarter-finals, 2005-06 Cesc Fabregas scored one as Arsenal took a 2-0 lead over Juventus to TurinCesc Fabregas scored one as Arsenal took a 2-0 lead over Juventus to TurinAP:Associated Press Arsene Wenger makes his feelings clear as Pavel Nedved is sent offArsene Wenger makes his feelings clear as Pavel Nedved is sent offReuters Thierry Henry celebrates as Arsenal beat Juventus to reach semi-finalsThierry Henry celebrates as Arsenal beat Juventus to reach semi-finalsReuters

This was billed as Patrick Vieira‘s homecoming — but like Liverpool 12 months earlier, the Gunners produced a stunning first leg display.

Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry scored as Arsenal took a commanding 2-0 lead to Turin.

However, Juve’s star man Pavel Nedved had missed that clash through injury, and his return meant there was still hope of a comeback.

But Arsenal held on for a 0-0 draw, and the Czech midfielder was sent off. The Gunners would reach the final, where they lost 2-1 to Barcelona.

Juve's incredible group stage record vs English sides

DESPITE their shocking history when facing Premier League sides in knock-out rounds, Juventus have an almost flawless record in group meetings.

1996-97, Manchester United

ITALIANS beat United 1-0 home and away as Red Devils were taught a lesson in Europe.

1997-98, Manchester United

A 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford was followed by a 1-0 win in Turin — and Juventus would reach the final, despite finishing as runners-up in the group.

2001-02, Arsenal (second group phase)

DESPITE finishing bottom, their 1-0 victory over the Gunners prevented the North Londers qualiying.

2002-03, Newcastle

JUVENTUS topped the group, beating the Toon 2-0 at home — and lost 1-0 on Tyneside.

2002-03, Manchester United (second group phase)

WES BROWN and Ruud van Nistelrooy gave the Red Devils victory at Old Trafford, before a sensational Ryan Giggs solo effort helped them on their way to a stunning 3-0 win in Turin.

2012-13, Chelsea 

CAME from 2-0 to draw 2-2 in London, before a crushing 3-0 defeat in Turin helped eliminate the European champions at the first hurdle.

2015-16, Manchester City

CITY may have reached the semi-finals that year, but they were beaten home and away by Juventus in their group meetings.

Chelsea, last-16, 2008-09 Beaten finalists Chelsea came out on top during meeting with JuventusBeaten finalists Chelsea came out on top during meeting with JuventusReuters Gianluigi Buffon is beaten as Juventus go out on return to Champions LeagueGianluigi Buffon is beaten as Juventus go out on return to Champions LeagueAFP Didier Drogba was the hero as Chelsea beat Juventus in 2008-09Didier Drogba was the hero as Chelsea beat Juventus in 2008-09PA:Press Association

Juventus returned to Europe’s top table after a two-year hiatus following their relegation for match-fixing.

In their first season back, they topped a group including Real Madrid to set up a meeting with the previous year’s beaten finalists.

Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the first leg — but the Blues were teetering in the return as Alessandro Del Piero’s 74th-minute meant one more goal would see the Italians through.

However, the Ivorian was typically on hand to calm an nerves late on to make it 2-2 on the night.

 

Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Lookman makes instant impact at Leipzig

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Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Lookman makes instant impact at Leipzig

Everton loanee scored on his Bundesliga debut

Ademola Lookman of Leipzig celebrates his goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and RB Leipzig at Borussia-Park on February 3, 2018 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images )Everton loanee scored on his Bundesliga debut

STUNNER! Spurs star Kane WILL listen to Man Utd summer offer

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STUNNER! Spurs star Kane WILL listen to Man Utd summer offer
STUNNER! Spurs star Kane WILL listen to Man Utd summer offer

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is willing to consider an offer from Manchester United, according to major Madrid sources.

Marca says Kane is weighing up whether to join Manchester United.

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Conte ruing absence of 'fantastic' Christensen

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Conte ruing absence of 'fantastic' Christensen
Antonio Conte says it is no coincidence that Chelsea's recent defensive troubles have come when Andreas Christensen has been out injured. After spending two seasons out on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, Christensen has forced his way into the first team under Conte in 2017-18 in place of David Luiz. Christensen's most recent start came in the 3-0 reverse to Bournemouth, but the Dane was replaced after 28 minutes due to a hamstring injury. The score at that point was 0-0 but Chelsea went on the suffer a heavy loss, and followed that up with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford on Monday. His absence has not gone unnoticed at Stamford Bridge, Conte admitting Christensen has become a vital member of his backline.  "For sure, he's an important player for us," said the Italian. "He's an important player "It happened, this [that Chelsea conceded seven goals in the last two games without him]. It's right to look at the stats, but we have to take the stats in the right way.  "But, for sure, Christensen is an important player for us. He's playing a fantastic season." Christensen could return for Chelsea's clash with West Brom on Monday.

Melbourne Victory 1 Brisbane Roar 2: Maccarone magic boosts finals hopes

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Melbourne Victory 1 Brisbane Roar 2: Maccarone magic boosts finals hopes
Melbourne Victory 1 Brisbane Roar 2: Maccarone magic boosts finals hopes
Massimo Maccarone scored a goal and provided an assist as Brisbane Roar boosted their A-League finals hopes with a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Veteran striker Maccarone drilled home a fine seventh-minute finish and set up Brett Holman before the half-hour mark, putting last week's penalty miss in the 2-1 loss to Melbourne City behind him and lifting the Roar up to sixth. Brisbane took the lead when Leigh Broxham could only clear Fahid Ben Khalfallah's cross as far as Maccarone, who brought the ball down on his chest and picked out the bottom-right corner of Lawrence Thomas' goal. The 38-year-old turned provider in the 28th minute, holding the ball up on the break before offloading for the overlapping Holman to cut onto his left foot and double the visitors' advantage. Jamie Young produced a fine save to keep out Leroy George ahead of half-time but there was nothing he could do to keep James Troisi's sensational 25-yard strike out of the top-right corner seven minutes from time. Victory, though, were unable to complete a comeback and fell to a third successive defeat. Kevin Muscat's team are at risk of slipping 14 points adrift of the top two when Newcastle Jets return to action next week. James Troisi's wonder-strike wasn't enough as we go down to Brisbane Roar #MVCvBRI #ALeague pic.twitter.com/P8YiYJih32 — Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) February 9, 2018

Liverpool's Mo Salah ignoring Real Madrid links, loving Premier League

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Liverpool's Mo Salah ignoring Real Madrid links, loving Premier League
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah says he likes La Liga's style of football, but does not want to comment on rumours linking him to Real Madrid

Newport manager Flynn signs contract extension

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Newport manager Flynn signs contract extension
Newport manager Flynn signs contract extension
Mike Flynn is to stay Newport County manager until June 2020 after signing a contract extension on enhanced wages.

Manchester United stars and legends including David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson pay tribute to Munich Air Disaster victims on 60-year anniversary

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Manchester United stars and legends including David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson pay tribute to Munich Air Disaster victims on 60-year anniversary

MANCHESTER UNITED stars past and present have been paying tribute to those who died 60 years ago today in the Munich Air Disaster.

The plane crash at the German airport killed 23, including eight players and three members of the club’s staff.

A Manchester United fan with "Munich 58 Never Forget" on the back of his shirt pays tribute to the tragedyA Manchester United fan with “Munich 58 Never Forget” on the back of his shirt pays tribute to the tragedySWNS:South West News Service A fan lays flowers outside Old Trafford as the club marks the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air DisasterA fan lays flowers outside Old Trafford as the club marks the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air DisasterSWNS:South West News Service

It is rightly regarded as one of the darkest days in English football, with the core of one of the greatest young teams in history tragically taken away from fans, their families and the footballing world.

United always mark the occasion with dignified ceremonies and touching tributes, but given it is the 60th anniversary, February 4 has taken on extra significance this year.

Legendary youngster Duncan Edwards was the biggest talent lost to the disaster.

The Birmingham-born player would undoubtedly have fired club and country to even more glory than they have today.

Manchester United played a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade when they stopped in MunichManchester United played a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade when they stopped in MunichPA:Empics Sport The Munich Air Disaster outside Old Trafford is a reminder of what United lost The Munich Air Disaster outside Old Trafford is a reminder of what United lostSWNS:South West News Service United paid tribute to the 'Flowers of Manchester' ahead of their home match with Huddersfield on SaturdayUnited paid tribute to the ‘Flowers of Manchester’ ahead of their home match with Huddersfield on SaturdayPA:Press Association Manchester United fans paid tribute to the Busby Babes at Old TraffordManchester United fans paid tribute to the Busby Babes at Old TraffordEPA The plane crashed on an icy runway at Munich AirportThe plane crashed on an icy runway at Munich AirportPA:Press Association Sir Matt Busby's fantastic young team had threatened to become one of the best teams in EuropeSir Matt Busby’s fantastic young team had threatened to become one of the best teams in EuropePA:Press Association

And the other players including Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan were all key parts of the exciting Busby Babes.

United are planning a tribute today at Old Trafford, while some members of the club are making the journey to Germany to pay tribute.

TRAPPED IN AN INFERNO Tragedy and aftermath of Munich will forever be at heart of Manchester United

The club’s website says: “On that day in 1958, the darkest day in United’s history, 23 people – including eight players and three members of the club’s staff – suffered fatal injuries in the Munich Air Disaster.

“The Munich Air Disaster is an indelible part of United’s history, as is Sir Matt overcoming his crash injuries to work alongside Jimmy Murphy and build another great team which won the European Cup 10 years later.

“We will never forget.”

We Never Forget #busbybabes ❤ @manchesterunited

A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Feb 5, 2018 at 11:54pm PST

Keep the red flag flying high and join me, my team-mates, the staff at the club and millions of fans around the world in remembering The Busby Babes. The Flowers of Manchester ❤ pic.twitter.com/2F1yQPHZzY

— Ashley Young (@youngy18) February 6, 2018

We Will Never Forget #BusbyBabes @ManUtd ❤ #flowersofmanchester pic.twitter.com/hP9JT4SlPn

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 6, 2018

60 years on from the Munich air crash. Today we remember and pay our respects to all those we sadly lost. We will never forget. #BusbyBabes #FlowersOfManchester πŸ™πŸ»πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄ pic.twitter.com/50bgF0GMRl

— Michael Carrick (@carras16) February 6, 2018

Let's never forget #FlowersOfManchester pic.twitter.com/fDOVPNYdIu

— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) February 6, 2018

We will never forget. #FlowersOfManchester pic.twitter.com/YAC0Lmqq2W

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 6, 2018

Today we remember the tragedy of Munich. We will never forget. #FlowersOfManchester pic.twitter.com/ffHCCDYz7r

— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) February 6, 2018

Always Remembered #FlowersOfManchester #60Years #Munich @ManUtd ❤ pic.twitter.com/Ttlh1ukRCm

— Danny Webber 🐝 (@DanielWebber81) February 6, 2018

Never Forgotten. #FlowersOfManchester pic.twitter.com/Pca8AwXGuS

— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) February 6, 2018

We will never forget. #FlowersOfManchester pic.twitter.com/rIGTwvrcmQ

— Victor LindelΓΆf (@vlindelof) February 6, 2018

The Scottish manager Sir Matt Busby survived the crash and went on to manage United to the European Cup a decade later.

The ‘Flowers of Manchester’ are a group of players always remembered by Old Trafford stars past and present and today is no different.

Current stars including Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick have been tweeting their thoughts, as have Stretford End legends like Andy Cole and Edwin van der Sar.

How disaster unfolded on the frozen runway

Manchester United had just played a 3-3 draw with Red Star Belgrade, winning 5-4 on aggregate to qualify for the European Cup semi-finals. The plane was on its way back to Manchester and had to stop in Munich to re-fuel. Two attempts had been made to take off but were aborted and the plane was once emptied before they re-boarded once again. The plane, the Lord Burghley, failed to take off due to slush at one end of the runway meaning the plane could not gather sufficient speed to get airborne. After failing to take off, the plane hit a fence and then a house, while it broke into pieces. 20 players, staff and journalists died at the scene, while the rest were rushed to Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich. Three more, including young star player Duncan Edwards, died in hospital. Manchester United players killed: Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam ‘Billy’ Whelan. Staff killed: Walter Crickmer (secretary), Tom Curry (trainer) and Bert Whalley (chief coach). Journalists killed: Alf Clarke, Donny Davies, George Follows, Tom Jackson, Archie Ledbrooke, Henry Rose, Frank Swift and Eric Thompson. Others: Bela Miklos (travel agent), Willie Satinoff (friend of Matt Busby). Harry Gregg was dubbed the ‘Hero of Munich’ after pulling some of his team-mates including Bobby Charlton, Jackie Blanchflower and Dennis Violet, from the wreckage.

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Always remembered, never forgotten. #FlowersOfManchester

A post shared by Luke Shaw (@lukeshaw23) on Feb 6, 2018 at 12:57am PST

60 years ago today, but never forgotten. #flowersofmanchester

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Sir Alex Ferguson on the Munich Air Disaster

On the day of the Munich Air Disaster, I was in the library studying for my exams.

I used to train two or three nights a week with Queen’s Park, so after I’d finished my work I went along to the training ground, but when I arrived, people were crying. These were grown men.

There was a lot of sorrow in the dressing room, so much so that they cancelled training that night. It was a really emotional time for anybody who was a football fan.

I’m sure the whole public in Manchester felt that way, and Matt Busby carried great resonance for the people in Scotland, so it was keenly felt up there, too.

I’d seen Manchester United play in the Coronation Cup in 1953. It was held in Glasgow to mark the Queen’s coronation, and it featured four English teams and four Scottish teams.

I went to watch United against Rangers. The bulk of the United side was made of the remnants of the 1948 FA Cup-winning team – the likes of Jack Rowley, Stan Pearson, Jack Crompton – but at outside-left there was Roger Byrne, and soon the team was full of young players like Roger.

Not long after that, not only were you drawn to the fact that Matt Busby was manager, you were attracted to the fact that the Busby Babes were suddenly in the semi-finals of the European Cup against Real Madrid.

They didn’t disgrace themselves at all, either; they were absolutely brilliant, and that was their first experience of Europe.

The philosophy and belief of producing young players to play for Manchester United was a big thing at the time.

The team which won the 1948 FA Cup final was mature, there were no kids in there, but seven years later Matt and Jimmy Murphy had a formation of all these young players playing together.

It takes a brave person to do that. You’re in an industry where it’s all about the results, and that’s why most managers have to rely on their first team to keep them in a job, and there’s absolutely no compunction about that; it’s a fact of life.

To build a football club through young people is the braver thing to do, and actually it’s the correct thing to do because once you’ve got a foundation, then you can rely on that for a few years.

Matt never spoke to me about Munich, but he spoke about Duncan Edwards, David Pegg, Eddie Colman and all the boys who passed away.

The one who did speak a lot about it was Jimmy Murphy. Jimmy did a bit of scouting for me and he always spoke very openly about the Babes.

He always had a tear in his eye by the end of the discussion because he was a very emotional guy.

While I was Manchester United manager, the Babes were always a reference point for us, in terms of having belief and trust in what young players can do and building a loyalty base from there.

Not only that, the Babes made the history of Manchester United, without question.

Okay, there had been the 1948 FA Cup and some success in the distant past, but actually the history which was made through that particular period of Matt playing those young players is really the history of Manchester United.

A decade on, Matt won the European Cup while playing the same philosophy, using players who had been produced by the club, apart from Paddy Crerand and Alex Stepney [who had been transferred into the club]. It’s incredible.

The Babes are what gives this club such a fantastic romance, in terms of how they played the game and how they generated this thread of youth throughout the club. The spirit of the club is created by all these young players, and that began back then.

Ferguson was speaking to ManUtd.com