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There have only been eight trebles of league, cup and UEFA Champions League. Anyone for a ninth?


The £500,000-a-week forward lasted 52 minutes before having to be substituted while the Saints led 1-0.

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Andreas Pereira equalised moments after Sanchez was forced to be replaced by Diogo Dalot.

And Manchester United ultimately went on to snatch a crucial 3-2 victory in the fight for a top-four finish.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, will be concerned by Sanchez’s potential long-term absence, despite his troubled time at Old Trafford, and here’s what we know.

What’s the damage?

Sanchez damaged his ligaments in his right knee after a collision with Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.

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He hobbled off with United medics and went off down the tunnel, and it appears he won’t return soon.

Solskjaer admitted after the game he feared it would be a ligament issue for Sanchez.

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Alexis Sanchez suffered a damaging knee injury in Man United’s 3-2 win over Southampton (Pic: GETTY)

“It will be six to eight weeks without playing”

Pedro Onate

The United interim manager said on Saturday: “He got a knock on his knee. It might be his ligaments.We’ll do the scan tomorrow. 

“Hopefully, it won’t be too bad but we won’t know until we’ve done the scans.”

According to Chile’s physiotherapist Pedro Onate, Sanchez is not optimistic of his chances at making a major contribution in the season run-in.

Discussing the condition of United’s Chile international, Onate told newspaper El Mercurio: “We communicated with Sánchez, he has had his scans and that’s the injury.

“There will be no problems for him to play in the Copa América [this summer] because it will be six to eight weeks without playing.

Alexis Sanchez is set to be out for up to eight weeks, which almost ends his season at Man Utd (Pic: GETTY)

“The medial ligament is a troublesome injury but not so complex.”

What United games will Sanchez miss?

The Red Devils have a minimum of 11 matches left in the 2018/19 campaign.

Up next is Wednesday’s crunch Champions League round of 16 second leg away to PSG. 

United trail 2-0 on aggregate and will certainly not have Sanchez available for selection.

With a two-month absence anticipated, that would leave just United’s Premier League finale at home to Cardiff as a possibility for Sanchez to feature.

In the meantime, after the PSG tie, United go to Sanchez’s former club Arsenal in the league before travelling to Wolves for their FA Cup quarter final and then hosting Watford in the league to round off March.

In April, Sanchez could miss all five Premier League games at Wolves, at home to West Ham, at Everton, at home to neighbours Manchester City and at home to Chelsea.

United’s penultimate fixture, which is a realistic target for Sanchez, is at Huddersfield on May 4.



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Harry Kane scored the only goal as Tottenham eased into the quarter-finals with a second win over Dortmund.


Rugby At the World Rugby Sevens Series

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Steven Gerrard admits the blame lies with him as he prepares to finish his first season as Rangers boss empty-handed.

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Kenny McLean gave Norwich the lead on the stroke of half-time at Rotherham but they were pegged back shortly after the restart by Semi Ajeyi. The Millers were not level for long as Ben Godfrey showed the league leader’s mettle, straining to head the Canaries back into the lead just four minutes later and this time they did not relinquish the advantage.

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We're giving a group of JGs match tickets plus the Arsenal coaches will also be putting on expert training classes.

Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi condemn the "unacceptable" racist abuse directed at England players during their 5-1 win in Montenegro.

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso wins the league in his inaugural season as a coach, leading Real Madrid's under-13s to the Division de Honor Juvenil title.

A British boxer has had his license suspended after being disqualified for biting during a heavyweight fight

Russia is setting up a national sports court, a move which would give officials in the country more control over how doping cases are heard

They were formed in 1887 but Weston-super-Mare FC’s proud record of never being demoted looks certain to end

Right, pub-quiz trivia time. Which English football club of long (100-years-plus) standing has never been relegated? I’ll give you a few moments. Obviously it is not Manchester United: they were famously relegated as recently as 1974, while in the 1920s and 1930s, the club was known for yo-yo’ing between the top two divisions. Liverpool were relegated in 1954 and spent five years in the wilderness until Bill Shankly turned their fortunes around. Arsenal are close but a dismal campaign in 1912-13 saw the London team – then known as Woolwich Arsenal – go down.

No, the club I am thinking of shares a legend with Celtic, Internazionale, Ajax and Barcelona. In fact, their achievement technically outshines those footballing behemoths: Celtic, the oldest club never to have been relegated, date back to 1890. This club was founded in 1887.

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Hello. Funny old season Chelsea are having. Maurizio Sarri has seemed to be on the verge of the sack since the middle of January, they’ve had the Kepa Arrizabalaga farce at Wembley and the fans have been mutinous for months. They’re nowhere near the title race, they’ve been walloped by Arsenal, Bournemouth, Manchester City, and Eden Hazard looks increasingly likely to join Real Madrid at the end of the season - when, unless they win their appeal, they’ll be serving a transfer ban. Sixteen years after the arrival of Roman Abramovich ushered in an era of unprecedented era of success at Chelsea, these are uncertain times at Stamford Bridge.

But it’s not all bad. After all Chelsea could yet end the season with a trophy - they really should win their Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague - and are still in the hunt for a place in the top four. Sarri remains under intense scrutiny, but he’s showing just about enough to stay in the job. There’s no sign of the players downing tools on him at the moment, for all that some performances have left much to be desired, and Chelsea will move level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal if they win this London derby against West Ham.

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Sunderland moved into the automatic promotion places despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Burton at the Stadium of Light.



As per a report from Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal attempted to coax Roma star Cengiz Under to the Emirates in January, with the Gunners remaining ‘firmly’ interested in a move for the winger this summer.

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Roma stint

Under, a 21-year-old Turkish international, arrived at the Stadio Olimpico from İstanbul Başakşehir in the summer of 2017.

Roma splashed out a fee of €13.4 million on his signature, following Under’s hugely-impressive solitary campaign in the Super Lig.

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At the time, the Giallorossi were rumoured to have beaten off interest from some of European football’s biggest clubs in securing a deal for the fleet-footed wide-man.

However, Under initially struggled to find his feet during the early months of his stint in the Italian capital.

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Following a disappointing opening-half to his debut Roma campaign, though, the Turk subsequently burst onto the scene with a string of sensational displays for Roma following the turn of the year.

FLORENCE, ITALY – NOVEMBER 03: Cengiz Under of AS Roma reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 3, 2018 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

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Having failed to find the net during his first 6 months with the capital outfit, Under notched 5 goals over the space of 4 fixtures between the 4th and 21st of February, finally showcasing to fans of Eusebio Di Francesco’s men exactly why the club had agreed to fork out over 13 million Euro on his signature.

All told, he went on to rack up 8 goals and 2 assists across all competitions last season.

Under in-demand

And the 10-time capped international has since enjoyed an equally-impressive campaign to date this season. Between Serie A and the Champions League, Under has directly contributed to 12 goals for Roma.

As such, unsurprisingly, Under’s impressive form, coupled with his room for growth, have seen a number of the Premier League’s biggest clubs express an interest in the Turk.

A report from Calciomercato in November revealed that all of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal were keen on Under. Tottenham and Bayern Munich, meanwhile, have also been named as serious suitors of the Roma star.

Arsenal lead the race?

And, as per an update from Calciomercato this afternoon, it is Arsenal who appear to be the outfit pushing hardest for Under’s signature.

Citing information obtained by reliable Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners ‘tried to make a move happen in January’, after club scouts attended a number of Roma’s fixtures to watch the gifted winger in action.

Evidently, a move didn’t come to fruition, but Arsenal remain ‘very interested’ in securing Under’s services come the summer.

The capital giants are set to have scouts present at further Roma outings this month, with Unai Emery intent on getting a deal for one of his key targets over the line in the near future.

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The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.

Fabian Johnson starred, but the USA defense still has a ways to go after a 2-1 friendly win over Turkey.


Former Napoli star Marek Hamsik has revealed what would have persuaded him to stay at the club.

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The Slovakian international left the club for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang last month.

Hamsik’s Napoli legacy? Four things you need to know…

  1. Hamsik moved to Napoli from Brescia for a €5.5 million transfer fee in 2007.
  2. The Slovak is their all-time record appearance holder with 520 outings for Napoli.
  3. He is also their all-time top goalscorer with 121 goals.
  4. Hamsik won two Coppa Italia trophies and one Supercopa Italiana throughout his Napoli career.

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Speaking to reporters, Hamsik discussed his ending with Napoli and revealed that he remains homesick to this very day.

However, he also revealed that if the club had been battling for the Scudetto on a regular basis, then he would have stayed with the club for longer than he eventually did.

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“At the end of the match against Sampdoria, I didn’t know how things would pan out,” their former captain told Il Mattino, as translated by Football Italia.

“Then I found an agreement and I was sure that the deal would be done, even when negotiations slowed down.

“I miss everything in Naples, my friends, the food… It’s my home, it has been for 12 years.

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“I miss the San Paolo, hearing the fans cheer. I miss games like those against Juventus, which gives unique and extraordinary sensations like few others.

“If we’d been fighting for the Scudetto, maybe I wouldn’t have left because winning the Scudetto with Napoli, making Neapolitans happy, would’ve been incredible and something I wouldn’t have swapped for the world.

“The difference last season was that we dropped points when we shouldn’t have, while Juventus didn’t.

“We didn’t lose the Scudetto in a hotel last season. Matches and championships are lost on the field, not in a hotel. And I think we lost it in Florence.”

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Did Juventus’ dominance deny Hamsik glory with Napoli?

The Serie A has largely been dominated by Juventus across the past decade.

Despite the obvious talent among the Napoli playing staff, they haven’t been able to get their hands on the illustrious league trophy that Hamsik desired.

The previous three seasons saw Napoli finish second, third and then second again but they couldn’t go that one step further.

Juventus have finished top of Serie A every season since 2011 and currently lead the league table by 19 points.



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The Gunners legends remain out of work, but a fellow Frenchman who has worked with both believes they will receive plenty of enticing offers

45 min: Lewandowski charges through and lifts a shot wide. He was offside, though.

44 min: Alaba curls the free-kick straight at Alisson.

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Wolves booked their FA Cup semi-final trip to Wembley by beating Manchester United 2-1 at Molineux. Adam Bate was there to see it and reflects on a memorable night for a club that's on the way back.

We’ve learned to abhor open displays of prejudice, but evidence shows it remains a major and shameful part of our culture

I have got a friend called Bernie. Like me, he is a supporter of West Bromwich Albion. He runs gyms in prisons; he can look after himself. He is black, and remembers that our club was something of a pioneer in the British game in the 70s, with three magnificent black players: Brendon Batson, Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis.

Like Raheem Sterling and other England players in Montenegro this week, Batson, Cunningham and Regis endured racist abuse. Back then, fans made monkey noises, used unspeakable words, threw bananas and other associated horrors. Bernie was in the crowd in those days. The players were outnumbered 10 or 20 to one on the pitch, but for black fans such as Bernie, it was thousands to one. “That must have been awful,” I said to him.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed by Manchester United on a three-year deal. What's his story?


Neil Lennon cut a relaxed figure as he sat in a changing room at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training complex on Friday, chewing the fat with the media ahead of his first meeting with Rangers since replacing Brendan Rodgers as Celtic caretaker manager on 26 February.

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He is entitled to be sanguine, of course, and not simply because of the 10-point lead the champions enjoy over their closest rivals.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. Picture: SNS


There is also succour to be drawn from the presence of Odsonne Edouard, the unorthodox but effective Frenchman, who has stepped up this season to fill the void created by the sale of countryman Moussa Dembele to Lyons for around £19m and the enforced absence of Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths due to medical problems.

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Rangers’ fine Colombian, Alfredo Morelos, has garnered more headlines – and goals; 29 to Edouard’s 18 – but Lennon would not be inclined to swap.

Edouard has recorded his tally in spite of enduring a campaign pock-marked by injury. Morelos, by contrast, has missed games only through suspension after racking up 17 cautions and four dismissals thus far, compared to the paltry three yellow cards Edouard has been shown.

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He also has three goals from four appearances against Rangers, compared to Morelos’ none from seven versus Celtic.

Lennon has enjoyed working with the former Paris St Germain forward, although he stresses that the 21-year-old is nowhere near as good as he will become.

“He’s a maverick and he has really good skills at times even if, physically, he could do a little more,” he said. “However, I’ve been really pleased with his contribution.

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“Odsonne’s come up with some really important goals but there’s more to come from him. Even so, I’m pleased with his progress and I’m sure the club are as well.

“He has the ability to rise to the occasion and that’s always a good thing to have. You need your big players at big moments in the big games. He’s certainly done that for me in two of our four games so far.”

“The [stoppage-time winning] goal he scored at Dundee two weeks ago was really important, psychologically. Can he score more? That may come and his all-round play might get better as well but we’re talking about a player who’s nowhere near his peak yet.

“He’s got 18 goals already, which is a healthy return and, in the modern game, the way prices are going everywhere else, then £9-10m is not a lot of money.

“It is for us, obviously, but we’re hoping to get that back over the years with what he produces for us.”

Lennon is also well aware of the confidence a talismanic forward can pump throughout the rest of a team.

“I played with Henrik Larsson and he scored key goals in key games,” he said. “Chris Sutton did his bit as well. That’s a good knack to have and the timing of Odsonne’s goals under me have been pretty good, although I wouldn’t mind if they were scored a bit earlier.

“I’m pleased for him because he’s a quiet boy, and he’s working very hard at his game at the minute.”

Edouard does have a tendency, particularly evident at times when he has been asked to play in a front two, to drift off to the left wing and get in the way of Scott Sinclair when he can wreak more havoc through the middle.

“I’ve played him a bit off once but only because I was just in the door, but I see him as a No9.

“There are facets of that position he needs to learn a little bit more but he can be on the periphery of a game and then, all of a sudden, catch fire – and that’s the maverick in him,” said Lennon.

“Ideally, we’d prefer to work more centrally in the process of the team and simply play centre-forward as much as he can. He’s a good finisher once he’s in there.

“Physically he’s a specimen; I don’t think even he knows yet how strong he can be.

“Can he be more consistent in his performances? Yes, and we’re hoping that’ll come.”

Lennon butted horns with the Celtic board over loosening the purse strings during his first spell in charge but he was pleasantly surprised when they broke their transfer record to make his loan deal from PSG permanent.

“I’m glad they did! It augurs well for the future…if I’m here,” he said. “Whether it sets a precedent, I don’t know but it did send out a message that the club do have that spending power if needed.

“He’ll develop more. He’s still adjusting to the British game, having come over from France. He doesn’t speak great English yet – or at least he cracks on he doesn’t. He pricks his ears up sometimes when he wants to.

“He’s a very laid-back sort of character as well but you always get the feeling he can do something special at any given time and that’s the real asset he has; he can produce something out of nothing.”



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86 min: Maitland-Niles surges down the right and slides a low ball into the middle, where Aubameyang just fails to connect. Newcastle have pretty much given up now. Arsenal win a corner. Lacazette and Dubravka challenge for it and the ball ends up in Newcastle’s net, only for Anthony Taylor to disallow the goal for handball. To be fair, it did go in off someone’s hand. It’s just that it was Dubravka, who’s wearing a pair of goalkeeper’s gloves, got the final touch. Oh dear.

84 min: Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaces Mesut Ozil, who had a decent game.

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They call it “Spursy” these days. It is a term that has come to symbolise Tottenham’s reputation for losing their nerve, choking, blowing it – call it what you want. The chances are Giorgio Chiellini has never heard of the expression but the Italian was tapping right into that theme this time last year after Juventus eliminated Spurs from the Champions League, despite drawing the first leg in Turin and going behind at Wembley. “It’s the history of Tottenham,” he said. “They always create many chances and score so much but, in the end, they miss always something to arrive at the end.”

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Maybe it is time to change the record. Forget all the talk about mental fragility, brittleness and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory; this was a night when Mauricio Pochettino and his players rewrote the narrative. Professional, disciplined and clinical, Spurs put on a performance to admire as they took their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition for only the third time in their history.

The last occasion was in March 2011, when they drew 0-0 at home with Milan to complete a 1-0 aggregate victory. The night before a 17-year-old by the name of Harry Kane was playing for Leyton Orient against Walsall and scored the fifth of his 138 league goals. On loan at the time, Kane could never have imagined that eight years later he would score the goal that helped to take Spurs back to the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Spurs had weathered quite a Dortmund storm before the England international’s decisive goal here, answering all the questions that had been asked of them beforehand. Jan Vertonghen, who scored one and set up another in the first leg, was outstanding in a three-man central defence and Hugo Lloris chose a good evening to remind everyone why he is a World Cup winner. The Spurs goalkeeper has endured some difficult moments this season, on and off the field, but this was a superb display.

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Harry Kane celebrates scoring what proved the only goal of the night as Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate. Photograph: Bernd Thissen/AP

Ultimately, though, it was Kane who extinguished Dortmund’s hopes with the sort of predatory finishing that we have come to take for granted. Moussa Sissoko had the time and space to play a perfectly weighted pass and Kane made the rest look ridiculously easy as he swept a rising shot around Roman Bürki. One chance. One goal. Game over.

Only three teams in Champions League history have progressed in the knockout rounds after losing the first leg by three or more goals – Barcelona, Roma and Deportivo La Coruña – and Dortmund knew that they had to keep a clean sheet to have any chance of adding their name to that list. They also badly wanted an early goal to plant a few seeds of doubt into Spurs minds and but for Vertonghen would almost certainly have scored one.

There were only 11 minutes on the clock when Marco Reus, who shimmered with menace in a breathless opening, prepared to shoot after capitalising on some hesitation from Davinson Sánchez. Time seemed to stand still for a moment before Vertonghen expertly wrapped his right foot around the ball to make a perfectly timed challenge. File it under textbook defending.

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There were plenty of other uncomfortable moments for Spurs, too, in that first half as Dortmund, feeding off the energy of that Yellow Wall at the opposite end of the stadium, attacked relentlessly. Dortmund’s football under Lucien Favre has been described as “modern jazz” compared with Jürgen Klopp’s brand of heavy metal but there was bit of everything played in a frantic opening 45 minutes in which the Spurs defence was stretched time and again.

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Dortmund, playing Mario Götze and Reus in advanced roles behind Paco Alcácer, kept surging forward and exploiting the space that opened up on the flanks until Pochettino, in a wise tactical move, dropped Son Heung-min into a deeper role wide on the left to create a midfield four. By that stage Lloris had made a number of excellent saves and it felt like a triumph that Spurs had managed to get to the interval with the game still goalless.

Their evening, however, was about to get much better when Kane scored the goal that silenced the Dortmund supporters and gave Spurs the breathing space they craved. Kane is now Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer in Europe, although this was a night for the collective rather than the individual. Perhaps Tottenham are made of stronger stuff than a few imagined.



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The Manchester City fan assaulted following their Champions League win over Schalke is now "awake" and could return home within 7-10 days.

The midfielder will be examined by the club's medical team after feeling tightness in his left hamstring


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According to the latest reports from Don Balon as cited by Manchester Evening News, Gareth Bale has agreed on personal terms with Manchester United ahead of a potential transfer in the summer. The 29-year-old wants Real Madrid to accept a £68m bid which the Red Devils are prepared to pay for the Wales international.

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However, the Galacticos value him way higher than that, and they have kept a £103m price tag on Bale. Therefore there is a massive parity between the valuation of both the teams. The former Tottenham man though has threatened to sit out his contract if a move is not allowed in the summer.

Bale might have won four Champions League with the Spanish giants, but the 29-year-old winger has never been able to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu. One of the primary reason for that has been his injury issues, and he has often missed a good chunk of the season because of that.

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With Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in the summer of 2018, a lot more was expected out of someone like Bale. However, it is clear that he has failed to deliver the goods as Madrid are more or less confirmed of going through a trophyless season.

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One can understand why United are unwilling to pay over £100m for Bale given his injury track record. We believe that the Red Devils are valuing him just about right by offering a figure close to the £70m mark. With him being 29, there isn’t going to be much of resale value, so United are right in holding their ground.

It remains to be seen whether Madrid would bring the price down from the reported £103m. Bale is contracted to stay at Santiago Bernabeu up until 2022. Therefore we don’t see the winger sitting out his entire contract if Madrid decides not to sell him. However, it is never advisable to keep a player who is willing to move to another club so Madrid would be better of selling the winger in the summer.

The Red Devils usually deploy Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to play down the right flank, but the duo are highly influential when they play from central areas. An outright winger like Bale can be a significant difference maker for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and he has that moment of magic in him as well. With the player reportedly agreeing on personal terms, United would now hope that Madrid wouldn’t turn out to be a big obstacle. Hopefully, from the English club’s point of view, they can secure a move for this star at a reasonable price.

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Manchester City are launching a “survivors’ scheme” for the victims of Barry Bennell that will lead to the Premier League champions offering compensation packages, adding up to several million pounds, and ultimately an apology to the players who were sexually abused during their time in the club’s junior set-up.

In the first scheme of its kind to be set up by one of the clubs implicated in football’s sexual abuse scandal, City will announce they want “to do the right thing” on the back of their independent inquiry, still ongoing after almost two and a half years, into Bennell’s connections with the club, where he had a prominent role in the youth structure and used that position to prey on boys as young as eight.

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John McGinn insists Aston Villa need to stay humble after admitting that they got carried away with their previous run of good form.

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Three wins on the spin has propelled the claret and blues back into the play-off picture after a previous run of just two wins in 15 games.

Reflecting on the form from earlier this season when Villa beat Derby, Blues and Middlesbrough, the Scot said:

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“After those games perhaps we started thinking subconsciously it is easier than it is.

“We are wary of that spell we had in the autumn when we maybe started getting a little carried away.

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“We need to keep our feet on the ground. We have not achieved anything yet.

“We need to stay humble, keep working hard and get the success the fans are craving.”

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McGinn’s deadly double helped Villa to a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday night.

And he admits he needs to start scoring more goals in the final eight games of the season.

McGinn also feels that Villa are starting to click but refused to get too excited with the third consecutive win.

“We now look a team with such attacking intent and having Jack (Grealish) back is massive difference.

“I am sure no-one will want to play us at the minute because of the confidence we are playing with.

“I think everyone is working just that little bit harder.

 

“We also weren’t getting some breaks which we probably are getting now.

“Forest had a disallowed goal on Wednesday and those were the kind of breaks going against us.

“We are creating a few more chances and being clinical.

“Hopefully we can carry that on. We won’t be getting ahead of ourselves.

“Teams know we have a bit of momentum.

John McGinn of Aston Villa in action during a training session.

“They won’t be looking forward to playing us but at the same time we have to keep working hard.”

Asked about the Middlesbrough game on Saturday, the midfielder added:

“It is huge. Middlesbrough lost on Wednesday night so they will be looking over their shoulder a bit.

 

“Every time we are at home we need to perform and get a victory.

“Overall we have been pretty strong at Villa Park.

“If we can carry that on we might end up sneaking in the play-off places.”



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