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Manchester United squad verdict: who should stay and who should go?

After defeat to Barcelona, Ole Gunnar Solskjær admitted he faces a rebuilding job at Old Trafford. How many players he needs exactly is open to debate …David de Gea The Spaniard’s howler for Lionel Messi’s second goal on Tuesday was not his first thi…

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Pochettino happy with Ronaldinho’s Champions League prediction for Spurs

• Brazilian thinks Tottenham can win Europe’s biggest prize• Pep Guardiola unhappy with limited preparation timeMauricio Pochettino was relaxed enough before Tottenham’s quarter-final second leg with Manchester City to agree with Ronaldinho’s claim tha…

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Pep Guardiola questions how much City fans care about Champions League

• ‘I want to see that they want to get to the semi-finals’ • ’I’m really curious how our fans will be … we need them’Pep Guardiola has questioned how much Manchester City fans want to see their team reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and has…

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Nerves jangle for Manchester City fans as they enter pivotal four days

Quadruple is still on but Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace and the midweek visit from Spurs could prove to be tellingThe nervous mood around Manchester City as they push for a historic quadruple can be gauged by the decision of Andy Burnham, the mayor o…

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Pep Guardiola denies Manchester City were nervous in defeat by Spurs

• Ilkay Gündogan claimed City lack courage in Champions League• ‘I don’t agree,’ manager said. ‘We were in control’Pep Guardiola has contradicted Ilkay Gündogan’s assertion that Manchester City lacked courage and were nervous when losing 1-0 to Tottenh…

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Manchester United’s Ander Herrera close to joining PSG in summer

• Spaniard is out of contract at end of season• Herrera failed to agree terms on new deal with UnitedAnder Herrera is closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the close season due to discussions with Manchester United regarding a new contract rea…

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Manchester United must be streetwise against Barcelona, says Solskjær

• Manager says players must learn lessons from PSG defeat• Chris Smalling looking forward to facing Lionel MessiOle Gunnar Solskjær has warned Manchester United they will need to be “streetwise” to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League, with the …

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Kevin De Bruyne admits he will not be at his best for Manchester City run-in

• Belgian has been hit by injuries as club targets quadruple• ‘I just need to do what I can to help the team win games’Kevin De Bruyne believes his injury-blighted season means he will not be at his best for the rest of Manchester City’s campaign.The B…

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Pep Guardiola gives support to ‘extraordinary’ Danny Rose over racism

• City manager says he will talk to Spurs defender next week• Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend: more players set to speak outPep Guardiola does not want Danny Rose to quit football because of the racism he has suffered and Manchester City’s manager believes…

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Alexis Sánchez set to lead Manchester United exodus that may include De Gea

• Ole Gunnar Solskjær wants to sign two new defenders• United may sell De Gea rather than lose him for nothing in 2020Alexis Sánchez could head a close?season exodus from Manchester United of at least five players, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær targeting a …

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Pep Guardiola says ‘I’m not his father’ after Benjamin Mendy night out

• Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy in nightclub at 3.30am• Guardiola: ‘They are old enough to know what they have to do’Pep Guardiola has voiced his disapproval after a video emerged of Benjamin Mendy in a Manchester nightclub at 3.30am on Saturday.Gua…

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Bolton players refuse to train for 48 hours after staff salaries unpaid again

• Wanderers staff not paid for second month running• Players are bemused at lack of information givenBolton Wanderers players are refusing to train for48 hours after staff were not paid their salaries on time for the second month in succession.Players …

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Solskjær brushes aside Zinedine Zidane’s admiration for Paul Pogba

• United manager dismisses talk from Real Madrid counterpart• ‘Paul’s happy here, he’s going be a big part here’Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said he does not like to discuss other sides’ players as Zinedine Zidane did about Paul Pogba, though the Manchester…

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Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba ‘vital’ to United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

• Players said to be targets of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid• ‘They are vital for our future,’ Manchester United manager saysOle Gunnar Solskjær is determined to keep Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford at Manchester United and says they are both vital to…

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Gordon Taylor expected to announce departure as PFA chief executive

• Taylor, 74, to tell AGM he will step aside after 38 years• He has faced scrutiny from PFA chairman Ben PurkissGordon Taylor is expected to inform a Professional Footballers’ Association AGM on Wednesday afternoon that he plans to step down as chief e…

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Pep Guardiola urges England to exempt John Stones from Euro 2020 duty

• Manchester City centre-back called up by Gareth Southgate• Defender has been out for two weeks with a groin injuryPep Guardiola has urged England to allow John Stones not to report for duty, saying the Manchester City defender is unfit for the Euro 2…

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Paul Scholes gets invitation from Ole Gunnar Solskjær after quitting Oldham

• Manchester United manager invites former teammate for chat• Oldham owner defends conduct and says Scholes quit by textOle Gunnar Solskjær has offered Paul Scholes an invitation to Manchester United after his former teammate resigned as Oldham Athleti…

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Bernardo Silva hopes Manchester City avoid meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo

• Midfielder not keen on Champions League tie against Juventus• Ronaldo showed threat with hat-trick against Atlético MadridBernardo Silva fears Manchester City drawing Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals because of the threat of Cristiano …

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Manchester City ‘still teenagers’ in Champions League, says Pep Guardiola

• Manager says team must be wary despite 3-2 lead over Schalke• Ilkay Gundogan admits he could leave City this summerPep Guardiola has given Manchester City a reality check by stating they are “still teenagers” in the Champions League.City hold a 3-2 a…

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola says legacy will not be tainted by FFP claims

• Uefa have opened investigation into Premier League champions• Manager insists achievements will ‘absolutely not’ be souredPep Guardiola has insisted his legacy at Manchester City will not be tarnished because of allegations of financial fair play irr…