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Lingard earns point for Manchester United after De Gea hands Arsenal lead

By the time it was all done, both sides could have been forgiven for thinking they had enough of the ball in an error-strewn match to be reflecting on a more profitable night. Yet it was Arsenal, undoubtedly, who ought to have been the more frustrated …

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Juventus’s Paulo Dybala hands Ronaldo winning return to Manchester United

There was a time when Old Trafford would lap up these nights. Manchester United versus Juventus: it was an occasion, not just a football match. Except those were the days when the players in red could hold their own against even the most accomplished o…

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Lucas Moura double for Spurs helps deepen gloom at Manchester United

If nothing else, there was no mutiny. José Mourinho still heard his name being sung and, at the final whistle, Old Trafford was not too unkind on the manager or his players. Yet these are deeply troubling times for Manchester United, with the chants of…

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Paul Pogba penalty gives Manchester United dream start against Leicester

Was that, very briefly, a smile on José Mourinho’s face? Blink, and you might have missed it, but at least Manchester United have begun the new season with a victory and after all the sullenness of pre-season, the complaints about the club’s transfer b…

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Marouane Fellaini heads late goal and Manchester United beat Arsenal

The problem with football, as Arsène Wenger is rapidly finding out, is that there is never any guarantee of a happy ending. The lingering memory of this game will be the applause that followed Arsenal’s manager down the touchline before the match. Yet …

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Marouane Fellaini heads late goal and Manchester United beat Arsenal

The problem with football, as Arsène Wenger is rapidly finding out, is that there is never any guarantee of a happy ending. The lingering memory of this game will be the applause that followed Arsenal’s manager down the touchline before the match. Yet …

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‘I know how to win – but I don’t play,’ says José Mourinho after United defeat

• Manager says he could ‘smell’ a bad performance coming• Home defeat against West Brom hands the title to CityJosé Mourinho said after the 1-0 defeat by bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion that confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champion…

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West Brom stun Manchester United to hand Manchester City the title

The only surprise, perhaps, is that Manchester United have kept the title race going as long as they have when they are capable of playing with this lack of sophistication. Their defeat means Manchester City are the new Premier League champions and, as…

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José Mourinho blasts Old Trafford crowd for giving Scott McTominay stick

• Fans voice frustration after young midfielder’s ‘negative’ pass• ‘React against me, not the kid’, storms United managerJosé Mourinho was critical of the Manchester United crowd after watching his team beat Liverpool 2-1 and questioned whether some su…

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Marcus Rashford’s double gives Manchester United victory over Liverpool

Marcus Rashford chose a good day to remind Manchester United of his penetrative qualities. This was the first time since his debut, in February 2016, that he has scored twice. He did it with Gareth Southgate, the England manager, watching from the Sir …

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José Mourinho admits title race is all but over after Manchester City defeat

• Coach says rivals are ‘protected by the football gods’ after penalty incident• Pep Guardiola: ‘We won because we were better in every department’José Mourinho all but admitted defeat in the Premier League title race after watching Manchester United f…

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Manchester City defeat United with Otamendi strike and open 11-point gap

For Manchester City, this was not just the day they declared themselves the best team in town. It counts for more than that, surely, when there is now an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League and the team in second place have just learned the h…

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba returns in style to cut down Newcastle

Once again, Paul Pogba is doing his snakehips shuffle beneath the Stretford End and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – straight-backed, chest puffed out, knee fixed – can be seen soaking up the crowd’s acclaim. It still might not be enough when it comes to catching,…

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Antonio Valencia screamer sets up Manchester United win over Everton

By the end, Wayne Rooney could probably be forgiven for wondering what kind of adventures he might be missing with his old team. He had heard his name sung and there was a little, polite wave of appreciation to the crowd. Yet Rooney wore the look of a …

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Manchester United run through the options for a comfortable win over Basel

It was a victory that came at a cost for Manchester United bearing in mind the implications for Paul Pogba and the sight of the club’s most expensive player prematurely making his way along the touchline with a glum look on his face that confirmed he knew it might be the last time the fans see him for a while. Pogba had not even lasted 20 minutes and maybe this is now the time for Marouane Fellaini to show why José Mourinho, like Louis van Gaal and David Moyes previously, has kept faith in him during the intermittent periods when the crowd at Old Trafford has not been so sure.

On that front, Fellaini has made a promising start, scoring within a quarter of an hour of replacing his injured colleague. Romelu Lukaku added the second goal of a freewheeling win, meaning he now has six in as many appearances for his new club, and Marcus Rashford tucked in the third from Fellaini’s cross in the 84th minute. Basel were moderate opponents and the only real disappointment for United came in the form of the hamstring strain that meant Pogba making an early departure.

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Romelu Lukaku gives Manchester United dream start against West Ham

For Manchester United, it is difficult to see how their first game of the new season could have gone much better other than perhaps another goal or two to polish up their superiority. As it was, they shouldn’t be too greedy. Romelu Lukaku has wasted little time demonstrating why he became the club’s most expensive signing over the summer and, on this evidence, it is shaping up to be a season of rich promise for José Mourinho’s team.

Lukaku should certainly have dispelled any lingering self-doubt with the two goals that set up this win. Not that the £75m signing displayed even a flicker of stage fright with the left-foot finish and close-range header with which he introduced himself to the Old Trafford crowd.

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Manchester United into final after Celta Vigo’s Roncaglia sets up nervous climax

It is probably typical of José Mourinho, arguably the most prolific trophy machine in the business, that his riposte to Roy Keane’s observation that Manchester United’s first season under new management had been an “embarrassment”by steering his side to another of the game’s showpiece events. Yes, it is not the European final a club with United’s ambitions crave but, post-Ferguson, it still feels like a return to better days and that made this a jubilant night as well as a spiky one.

Mourinho’s team will meet Ajax in the final but they will have to do without Eric Bailly after his late red card during a massed confrontation between the two sets of players. Bailly had cuffed John Guidetti before Facundo Roncaglia, who had scored a few minutes earlier, tried to pick a fight of his own with Paul Pogba and United’s centre-half. Bailly and Roncaglia appeared willing to prolong the argument as they made their way off.

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Marcus Rashford’s extra-time winner takes Manchester United through

In the end, it was a bittersweet night for Manchester United. They are through to the semi-finals, courtesy of another outstanding addition for Marcus Rashford’s growing portfolio, but the victory came at a heavy cost bearing in mind the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic limping away with a jarring knee injury just before the tie moved into extra-time.

Ibrahimovic’s knee had bent to a point where there will inevitably be concerns about whether he is able to take any further part in the competition. He will undergo a scan to assess the damage and if United’s worst fears are confirmed, it threatens to be a considerable loss, even if Rashford’s end-of-season form indicates he is ready to fill the void.

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Antonio Conte says Spurs are now ‘the best team’ in the Premier League

• Chelsea manager says his team now only have 50% chance of winning title
• Conte: ‘The fault is mine’ for defeat to Manchester United

Antonio Conte admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were now “the best team” in the Premier League and said Chelsea had only a 50-50 chance of winning the title after their defeat at Manchester United restricted the league leaders to a four-point lead at the top of the table.

Related: Marcus Rashford and Manchester United sink Chelsea to reignite title race

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Antonio Conte says Spurs are now ‘the best team’ in the Premier League

• Chelsea manager says his team now only have 50% chance of winning title
• Conte: ‘The fault is mine’ for defeat to Manchester United

Antonio Conte admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were now “the best team” in the Premier League and said Chelsea had only a 50-50 chance of winning the title after their defeat at Manchester United restricted the league leaders to a four-point lead at the top of the table.

Related: Marcus Rashford and Manchester United sink Chelsea to reignite title race

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