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Manchester United’s Greenwood ‘one of best finishers I’ve seen’, says Solskjær

• Young striker in line to start in Europa League against Astana• Solskjær intends to rotate and give younger players game timeOle Gunnar Solskjær has described Mason Greenwood as one of the best finishers he has seen and is ready to give the 17-year-o…

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Vincent Kompany misses own testimonial with hamstring injury

• Former Manchester City captain focused on homelessness cause• Around 50,000 expected at the Etihad on Wednesday nightVincent Kompany announced his testimonial game with some unsurprising news for Manchester City supporters: the former captain will no…

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Vincent Kompany misses own testimonial with hamstring injury

• Former Manchester City captain focused on homelessness cause• Around 50,000 expected at the Etihad on Wednesday nightVincent Kompany announced his testimonial game with some unsurprising news for Manchester City supporters: the former captain will no…

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England’s James Maddison reveals passion behind retort to TV’s Clarkson

Leicester player believes his fierce devotion to football – ‘I live and breathe it’ – helped his return to England squadIt is no surprise to see James Maddison back in the England squad after his displays for Leicester over the past year; many thought …

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Leicester’s early-season form makes them good value for the top six | Paul Wilson

Playing once a week with no European distractions and an in-form Jamie Vardy could help Brendan Rodgers stay at the topFour matches in and the title race – apologies for using that expression in September – already seems to be confirming most people’s …

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Mkhitaryan and Sánchez prove no transfer is ever a sure thing | Paul Wilson

Arsenal and Manchester United have offloaded players whose 2018 swap deal conspicuously failed to live up to expectationsThe Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan appears to have bucked a growing trend by leaving to join Fiorentina in Italy. Whatever the rig…

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Mkhitaryan and Sánchez prove no transfer is ever a sure thing | Paul Wilson

Arsenal and Manchester United have offloaded players whose 2018 swap deal conspicuously failed to live up to expectationsThe Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan appears to have bucked a growing trend by leaving to join Fiorentina in Italy. Whatever the rig…

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Bury consider legal action against EFL over club’s expulsion

• Club say EFL ignored deadline to explain its decision• Bury insist three viable bids arrived before TuesdayRepresentatives of Bury are considering legal action against the English Football League following the club’s expulsion on Tuesday, having fail…

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Europa League draw: Manchester United given gruelling group

• Celtic face Lazio, Wolves play Besiktas, Rangers will meet Porto• Arsenal draw Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liège and VitoriaWolverhampton Wanderers were handed an encouraging draw on their first return to European competition proper for 38 years, w…

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More Champions League enrichment would risk great cost to football | Paul Wilson

Everybody has their favoured format for Uefa’s tournament but few want to see it evolve into a European Super League“Europe,” Sir Alex Ferguson said, actually a little before Manchester United’s 1999 success in the Champions League helped bring a knigh…

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Jürgen Klopp wary of threat from former pupil Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

• Liverpool manager knows forward from his time at Dortmund• Klopp says transfer window closing early ‘makes no sense’Jürgen Klopp resisted the temptation to further deplete Borussia Dortmund’s resources by asking Pierre?Emerick Aubameyang to follow hi…

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Liverpool’s attacking verve will test validity of Arsenal’s positive start | Paul Wilson

The only two sides to win both Premier League games so far meet on Saturday at Anfield, where Arsenal have a terrible recent record they can only improve onBurnley should feel flattered. After giving their usual feisty performance at the Emirates last …

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Manchester United’s penalty fiasco puts Solskjær’s leadership in spotlight | Paul Wilson

Disagreements in heat of the moment look bad and buck stops with the manager after making excuses for Paul PogbaThe handy thing from Sky’s point of view about having Gary Neville as a match summariser is that when there is a Manchester United controver…

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Manchester United’s penalty fiasco puts Solskjær’s leadership in spotlight | Paul Wilson

Disagreements in heat of the moment look bad and buck stops with the manager after making excuses for Paul PogbaThe handy thing from Sky’s point of view about having Gary Neville as a match summariser is that when there is a Manchester United controver…

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is quick to make an impression at Manchester United

The full-back from Palace excelled in the 4-0 victory over Chelsea and says United’s players have made him feel at homeAfter a summer full of doubt and negativity Manchester United made one of the most emphatic starts to the season on the opening weeke…

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Tottenham must prove no one is irreplaceable – not even Christian Eriksen

Spurs are facing a dilemma over the Danish playmaker but he is not likely to sulk even if he stays so they need to make the most of the situation and plan aheadAston Villa ought to feel flattered. Following Christian Eriksen’s match-winning cameo from …

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Virgil van Dijk is confident experienced Adrián will ‘slot into’ Liverpool side

• Adrián to play in Super Cup against Chelsea after Alisson injury• Jürgen Klopp says time to forget European Cup and look aheadVirgil van Dijk believes the former West Ham goalkeeper Adrián will be able to do a job for Liverpool as the Spaniard prepar…

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Managers in league of excess cannot rest easy while Europe stays open | Paul Wilson

Players such as Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba could still move clubs after closing of Premier League window, complicating season planning at many clubsMauricio Pochettino is right about the transfer window deadline; it makes no sense to be three wee…

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Solskjær’s uphill battle: why Manchester United have a mountain to climb | Paul Wilson

While City, Liverpool and Tottenham are proving the value of joined-up thinking, United remain a concoction of the ideas, hopes and mistakes of a series of managersBack in the old days of the then fledgling Premier League, before Arsène Wenger arrived …

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 5: Burnley

With no European distractions this year, Sean Dyche’s tight-knit side can continue what has been a gradual improvementGuardian writers’ predicted position: 14th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Wilson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)…