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Man United rebuild must follow in footsteps of hated rivals Liverpool

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:46:00 GMT

For Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Sunday's humiliating 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park had at least one positive. If every cloud really does have a silver lining, this one offered validation of United's determination to rip it up and start again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and follow the example set by, of all clubs, their biggest rivals, Liverpool. You will hear plenty of talk this week about the United-Liverpool rivalry and how the men from Old Trafford have...

Man United's abject defeat at Everton club's worst day since Ferguson's retirement

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:19:00 GMT

Manchester United were run off the pitch at Goodison Park in a rout by Everton that keeps Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer's side stuck outside the top four. Paul Mariner examines the task Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to rebuild Manchester United in the summer after their 4-0 defeat at Everton. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologises to Manchester United's fans after their loss at Everton, saying only they were fit to wear the badge at Goodison. LIVERPOOL, England -- There have been some shocking Manchester United performances since Sir Alex Ferguson retired six years ago. It is a list that includes Olympiakos, Manchester City and Liverpool in 2014, Wolfsburg and Stoke in 2015, and Brighton, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool in 2018. You can now add Everton away in 2019. It is a crowded field, but the dismal display at Goodison Park was as bad as it's been since Fergie waved goodbye. Easter Sunday at Everton marked the end for David...

Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba flop as Man United put to the sword by Everton

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:59:00 GMT

Manchester United were run off the pitch at Goodison Park in a rout by Everton that keeps Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer's side stuck outside the top four. LIVERPOOL, England -- Manchester United's miserable run continued as they were hammered 4-0 by Everton after an abject display from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side at Goodison Park. United suffered their sixth defeat in eight games to leave their top-four hopes hanging in the balance ahead of back-to-back  games against Manchester City and Chelsea. Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott scored the goals to ensure United lost a third successive Premier League away game for...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid set for Pogba, Hazard but face Bale showdown

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:57:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Pogba to follow Hazard to the Bernabeu as Bale makes Madrid sweat Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has identified Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba as his main transfer target, and is pressing ahead with efforts to sign his compatriot this summer, according...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Lukaku could leave Manchester United with club open to offers

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:24:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Man United 'listen to offers' for Lukaku Romelu Lukaku could be on the way out of Manchester United after just two seasons, with the club open to offers for the Belgium international. That's according to the Daily Telegraph, who believe Lukaku is open to...

Alexis Sanchez has been a disaster at Man United. Is there any way to repair the relationship?

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:01:00 GMT

The Camp Nou was generous with their applause for Alexis Sanchez when he came off Manchester United's bench with 10 minutes left on Tuesday night. It was some noise from 92,000 home fans -- and maybe some in the away end too. Not everyone has fully given up on Sanchez at United, of course, but they know a comeback to greatness is as likely as a United one was the other night. Still, Sanchez looked lively in that short spell. It's easier to be magnanimous as the Catalans were to their former...

Messi's genius is enough for Barcelona to win the Champions League

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 03:29:00 GMT

BARCELONA, Spain -- It is six years since a team without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League and, if you conducted a straw poll of the Manchester United team torn apart by Barcelona's magician in the Nou Camp during a 3-0 quarterfinal second-leg defeat Tuesday night, few responses would suggest the sequence will end this season. Ronaldo, courtesy of Ajax's stunning victory against Juventus, will not be in Madrid for the final June 1, but Messi, who netted twice in four minutes...

De Gea gets 4/10 after howler ends Man United's chances at Barcelona

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 02:10:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Lionel Messi did 'whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted' against Man United's defence. BARCELONA, Spain -- Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona after a David De Gea howler contributed to a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi scored twice -- the second after De Gea let a tame shot trickle into the net -- before Philippe Coutinho bagged a third to send the Spanish giants in the semifinals 4-0 on aggregate. It might have been different had Marcus Rashford converted a good chance after 24 seconds instead of hitting the bar, but after Messi scored...

Transfer Talk: Barcelona make Man United's Rashford top target

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 03:59:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Jump to: Ajax ace to Prem? | Juve after 'new Ronaldo'  TOP STORY: Barca target stunning Rashford swoop Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has emerged as a top transfer target for Spanish giants Barcelona, according to reports in The Mirror. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future Barca...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Man United hoping lightning strikes twice at Camp Nou after 1999 triumph

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:39:00 GMT

Steve Nicol questions how Manchester United are supposed to score two goals against Barcelona, given their recent form. BARCELONA, Spain -- The last time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was tasked with a salvage mission in the Nou Camp, he only had nine minutes to make something happen. When he returns as Manchester United manager on Tuesday, he will have the full 90, and probably a fair bit of injury time, too, but just as in 1999, the Norwegian is facing Mission Improbable. If you know your United history, there is no need for a reminder of what happened back in May 1999, but for the uninitiated, Solskjaer came off the substitutes'...

Champions League quarterfinal second legs: Predictions and key battles

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:30:00 GMT

Last week's first legs in the four Champions League quarterfinals offered up a contrast of games that all entertained in their own way and, crucially, kept the ties alive into their respective second legs. Can Liverpool hang on at Porto? Will Manchester City thrash Tottenham? We get you ready for the second legs. Jump to: Man City vs. Tottenham Porto vs. Liverpool Van Dijk, left, and Liverpool seem destined for the semifinals. Can Porto stop them? AGGREGATE SCORE: Liverpool lead 2-0 WHEN: Wednesday 4/17, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. BST WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE FIRST LEG: Porto never...

Weekend numbers: Paul Pogba's best-ever season, Raheem Sterling's magic touch

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:30:00 GMT

The race for the 2018-19 Premier League crown promises to go down to the proverbial wire. A Raheem Sterling brace set up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Liverpool responded with a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. Lower down in the table, Manchester United eked out a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford to stay in contention for a top four spot.  Meanwhile, across continental Europe, two giants of the game squandered chances to seal their respective...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United keen on PSG defender Meunier

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 03:03:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Man United turn to PSG's Meunier The Sun claim that Manchester United are looking for a new right-back but the form of Diego Dalot has persuaded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop interest in 21-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal...

Paul Pogba bags a brace, Fred strong in midfield as Man United edge West Ham

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:58:00 GMT

An underwhelming Manchester United picked up a vital three points against West Ham thanks to two Paul Pogba penalties. MANCHESTER, England -- Paul Pogba rescued Manchester United with two penalties as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side survived a scare against West Ham at Old Trafford to win 2-1. The Frenchman thrusted United in front from the spot after 19 minutes following Robert Snodgrass' challenge on Juan Mata. Felipe Anderson levelled early in the second half after a mistake from David De Gea but as West Ham went in search of a winner, Ryan Fredericks brought down Anthony Martial in the penalty area on 80 minutes...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Real Madrid want ¬130m or Paul Pogba for Gareth Bale

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:56:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Jump to: Kovacic to Chelsea | Burnley's keeper clearout TOP STORY: Real Madrid name Bale price tag The end of Gareth Bale's time at Real Madrid appears to be near, with AS reporting that Real have named their price for the Wales international and put Premier League...

Solskjaer formation fail, Guardiola's strange changes among UCL first-leg talking points

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Barcelona will take a one-goal advantage back to the Camp Nou, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return in a 1-1 draw with Ajax. Craig Burley doesn't see a way back for Manchester United, even though they limited Barcelona to just one goal at Old Trafford. Our ESPN FC crew discuss whether Ajax can knock off another European giant away from home following their 1-1 draw with Juventus at home. Steve Nicol believes Jurgen Klopp has no choice but to start Mohamed Salah despite his continued struggles in Liverpool's win over Porto. While Harry Kane's injury is a major concern for Tottenham, Craig Burley says it could also be a curveball for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. The Champions League quarterfinals produced four patient but entertaining first legs that ended with four different scorelines: 1-0, 2-0, 1-1, 0-1. Here are four talking points from the four contests played this week... Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City: Guardiola's UCL approach prompts more questions We're no longer surprised when Pep Guardiola names a starting XI that doesn't quite make sense on paper -- but too often in Champions League away legs, it doesn't make sense on the pitch either. On Tuesday,...

Man United have the team to turn around tie at Barca, but it doesn't include Lukaku

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 03:33:00 GMT

MANCHESTER, England -- It is often in the most testing circumstances that you find out the most about a player and whether he is the man who can make a difference when it matters, so Manchester United's 1-0 Champions League defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday at Old Trafford can be regarded only as a bad night for Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian forward's agent, Federico Pastorello, you might have noticed recently, has left the door open to a move away from United for his client this summer after...

Lukaku 5/10 as Man United's slow start proves costly in loss to Barca

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 02:21:00 GMT

Romelu Lukaku had few meaningful contributions to Manchester United's loss to Barcelona. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United will head to the Camp Nou needing to win to progress in the Champions League despite a spirited display in a 1-0 loss to Barcelona in their quarterfinal first leg at Old Trafford. Barcelona, who haven't lost at home since November, will take an away goal back to Spain after Luis Suarez's header deflected in off Luke Shaw after 12 minutes. United recovered from a slow start to put the visitors under pressure, although goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was...

Man United are running out of time to give David De Gea a new contract. Can they do it before he leaves for free?

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 06:51:00 GMT

Craig Burley doesn't see a way back for Manchester United, even though they limited Barcelona to just one goal at Old Trafford. In 2015, after a summer of rumour and speculation, Manchester United accepted defeat in their attempt to get David De Gea to sign a new contract and agreed to sell the Spaniard to Real Madrid. Four years and a faulty fax machine later, and United are back where they started. In less than three months' time -- July 1, to be exact -- De Gea will officially have one year left on his deal at Old Trafford and the decision facing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazer family will be whether...

Top-table clash: Mourinho and Guardiola gave Juan Mata's dad seating headache at Manchester restaurant

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 03:30:00 GMT

Juan Mata's father made sure Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola never crossed paths in his Manchester restaurant. Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata's father has revealed Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho often ate at his restaurant in Manchester at the same time yet "he made sure they did not meet." Juan Manuel Mata, a businessman and football agent, opened Spanish restaurant Tapeo and Wine in Deansgate in 2016, two years after his son signed for the Red Devils from Chelsea. Editor's Picks ESPN FC 100: The top players and managers in men's soccer Captain Marvel: Soccer's greatest captains from Messi to Marta - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Mourinho, who was sacked by Manchester United in December, was a regular customer during his two-and-a-half years in charge at...


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