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Five questions for Man United

May 26, 2017 03:57 AM PDT

Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic stick around? What about links to Antoine Griezmann? Man United face a critical summer after winning the Europa League and EFL Cup in 2016-17. Here's what they need to address this summer. Rob Dawson »

Trending: Jose Mourinho's Manchester United target four summer transfers

May 26, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Anthony Richardson recaps an eventful Europa League final, but was Man United's season deemed a success? Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: Manchester United are not planning a major overhaul of their first-team squad this summer, with the club working on bringing in four new players ahead of next season, sources have told ESPN FC. -  United gave their entire city a "lift" by beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final on Wednesday, according to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. - United's Antonio Valencia has signed a contract...

U.S. national teams to wear rainbow numbers on shirts in June friendlies

May 26, 2017 10:48 AM PDT

ESPN's Sam Borden chats with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid. Taylor Twellman heaps praise on Josh Sargent for his play for the U.S. at the U-20 World Cup and examines his future. United States U-20 head coach Tab Ramos lauded his side's intensity and ability to take control of the game against Senegal. Tyler Adams says the U.S. can find more success at the FIFA U-20 World Cup if Josh Sargent continues in his current form. Josh Sargent scored his third goal in two games to give the United States a narrow win over Senegal in Group F. Tab Ramos and Luca De La Torre address what the USMNT U20's can do to improve on following their 3-3 draw with Ecuador. The United States men's and women's national teams will both wear rainbow-colored numbers on their shirts during June friendlies as part of LGBT Pride Month. The men's squad will wear the shirt  against Venezuela on June 3 in Utah, while the women will don them for games in Sweden and Norway. The game-issued shirts will then be auctioned off for charity, U.S. Soccer said. ���� x ��️‍��. To celebrate LGBTQ Pride month, the...

Mauricio Pochettino must keep Spurs' stars invested in his long-term project

May 26, 2017 10:32 AM PDT

Seven goals in two matches wasn't enough for Harry Kane, Mourinho's 'conversation' goes viral and much more in The Sweeper. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min combined for 61 of Tottenham's 86 Premier League goals. Which five were the best? With the first team off in Asia on a "meet the fans" trip and to play a couple of friendlies, Spurs are getting a deserved break from their season's exertions. To finish the Premier League with two thumping away wins was the icing on the cake: proof that the team had learned from the season before and had developed a ruthless edge in the closing games even when there little at stake. But now the hard work starts all over again. It's inevitable that some players will leave over the course of the...

Juve's success down to determination, commitment and selflessness

May 26, 2017 10:28 AM PDT

As Juventus seal a sixth consecutive Serie A crown, Janusz Michallik explains just how impressive the streak is. Watch some of the best moments from Juve's raising of their 33rd Serie A trophy, as well as some locker room celebrations. Gerard Pique has recently said Juve's Gianluigi Buffon should be the leading candidate for this year's Ballon d'Or. It's time for the final game of the Serie A season and while Juventus have already been crowned Champions of Italy for a record sixth straight time, they're gunning for another win to ensure they maintain that winning momentum looking ahead to next week and the Champions League final. A remarkable team that sacrifices and works for one another, the Bianconeri are clearly the best-balanced side in Europe. With talent in every area of a pitch and a team that can score in a multitude of ways, some...

From Erick Gutierrez to Raul Lopez: Mexico players with plenty to prove

May 26, 2017 10:24 AM PDT

El Tri an option down the wings in Rio." title="Chivas defender Raul Lopez continues to impress and will give El Tri an option down the wings in Rio." /> Pachuca defender Raul Lopez (right) is among the players fighting for a spot in Mexico's World Cup qualifying roster. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has quite a busy schedule ahead of him. In addition to upcoming friendlies (Sat., May 27 against Croatia and Thurs., June 1 against Ireland) and FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Osorio will also have to navigate through the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup with El Tri. It's no easy task and with plenty of matches during the next couple months, the coach will need to work through a long list of players. Last week, Osorio named an initial 32-man roster that will be whittled...

Sergio Romero still hoping to earn role as first-choice keeper at Man United

May 26, 2017 10:18 AM PDT

The FC panel break down the probable starting XI for Manchester United against Ajax in the Europa League final. Sergio Romero still has his sights set on becoming Manchester United's No. 1 goalkeeper after helping the club win the Europa League. The Argentine was picked by Jose Mourinho for all but three of their matches in Europe and kept a clean sheet in Wednesday's final victory over Ajax. David De Gea was first choice in the Premier League, featuring in 36 of the 38 fixtures, but the Spain international continues to be linked with a move back home to Real Madrid after the La Liga champions failed with...

Predictor: Cup final special

May 26, 2017 09:57 AM PDT

With domestic seasons all wrapped up, Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes predict some of the cup finals around Europe.

Player completes one of the worst dives you will ever witness in football

May 26, 2017 09:32 AM PDT

Alexis Sanchez's old man disguise, Ronaldinho's visit to Barca and an all-time dive highlight this edition of the Sweeper. As if the job of a referee wasn't hard enough to begin with, many now have to spend entire games contending with nefarious tactics such as diving, feigning injury and time-wasting. Thankfully, however, some footballers are just so downright blatant in their attempts to deceive that officials have precisely zero problem separating the genuine injury from the phony. Wait for it... ������ Tag a mate who's theatrical ��​ A post shared...

Bernardo Silva signing would signal Pep Guardiola and City's intent, ambition

May 26, 2017 09:20 AM PDT

Alejandro Moreno praises Bernardo Silva's ability but wonders where he'd fit with an already crowded Man City midfield. Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Vincent Kompany shares his thoughts on Man City's season, Pep Guardiola as a manager and his hopes for the 2017-18 season. Following an up-and-down season under Pep Guardiola, the FC panel share their thoughts on Sergio Aguero's Man City future. The expected capture of Bernardo Silva means that it can be said with relative certainty Manchester City mean business this summer. Memories of warm months spent dithering around and ending up with Fabian Delph or Scott Sinclair are set to be eclipsed this close season as City launch themselves into the transfer market with serious intent. Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini's summer sprees were blighted by the restrictions of UEFA's once popular Financial Fair Play legislation, which brought...

Watford confident of hiring former Hull City boss Marco Silva - sources

May 26, 2017 08:48 AM PDT

Craig Burley explains why Marco Silva is destined for bigger and better things while Hull City return to the Championship. Watford are hopeful of winning the race to secure former Hull boss Marco Silva as their new manager, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Watford have made the Portuguese their top target after parting company with Walter Mazzarri last week and have held talks with his representatives as they look to lure him to Vicarage Road. Talks are ongoing between both parties and sources have told ESPN FC that Watford are hopeful they have done enough to fend off interest from elsewhere to land Silva. Silva...

Tigres' Andre-Pierre Gignac 'the best player in the league' - Chivas' Almeyda

May 26, 2017 08:44 AM PDT

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored two late goals to help Tigres draw level. Chivas coach Matias Almeyda saw his team come so close to victory in Thursday's 2017 Clausura final first leg, but a 2-0 lead against Tigres became 2-2 thanks to a late brace from French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. "Gignac is the best player in the league and you can never lose concentration [against him]," Almeyda said in the postgame news conference. Gignac swept in his first in the 85th minute with a driven left-footed shot and then added the equalizer three minutes later when he latched onto...

Philly enters uncharted territory; San Jose, LA to heat up California Clasico

May 26, 2017 08:32 AM PDT

Toronto FC stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games to leapfrog FC Dallas atop our MLS power rankings. Major League Soccer is in full swing. Jason Davis highlights the matches you can't miss as the season rolls into Week 13. Philadelphia looks to move into uncharted territory in Salt Lake The Union are the league's hottest team and will put their franchise-record four-game winning streak on the line when they travel to take on a Real Salt Lake side still trying to get a grasp on consistency. For Philadelphia, the game represents a chance to jump above the red line in the Eastern Conference. For a...

Son, Janssen and Kane score as Tottenham beat Kitchee in friendly

May 26, 2017 08:25 AM PDT

Tottenham's Son Heung-min believes the team has to win trophies next season to prove they are a big club in world football. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world after winning back-to-back golden boots. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min combined for 61 of Tottenham's 86 Premier League goals. Which five were the best? Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. Harry Kane scored a hat trick on the final day of the season in Tottenham's 7-1 victory over Hull City. Son Heung-min, Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane all scored as Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 4-1 friendly win against Hong Kong champions Kitchee on Friday evening. A crowd of 27,568 turned out at Hong Kong Stadium for the postseason run-out to see the Premier League runners-up in action. Son gave Spurs the lead before Janssen claimed his side's second and Kane -- on as a substitute in place of Son -- netted the third. Kitchee's Lucas scored a consolation for the home team before Kazaiah Sterling added...

Shkodran Mustafi still being assessed ahead of FA Cup final - source

May 26, 2017 08:25 AM PDT

The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he prefers to play in central midfield than on the wing. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his side must move forward like every other big team in the Premier League. Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top Arsenal are still sweating on the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi, with Arsene Wenger set to make a late decision on whether the centre-back can play in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea. Mustafi, who has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit to the head against Sunderland last week, was not pictured in training on Friday when the club released images from their final session ahead of the final. A club source told ESPN FC that the German was still being assessed, with...


 

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