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Mourinho still rankled by Agüero while Guardiola backs Sterling before derby

• United manager ‘not such big fan’ of aspects of Agüero’s game• Guardiola says Sterling doesn’t deserve criticism over penaltyRaheem Sterling unintentionally put the issue of diving on the pre-Manchester derby agenda with his Norman Wisdom impersonati…

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Fernandinho: ‘I always listen to Pep, even at my age I can improve’

At 33 Manchester City’s defensive-midfield rock is delighted with life as one of the team’s few automatic picksPep Guardiola the manager paid Fernandinho a heartfelt compliment a couple of weeks ago, when he suggested Guardiola the player might find it…

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Manchester City penalty against Shakhtar highlights need for VAR | Paul Wilson

Whatever the objections, technology cannot be worse than getting things as hideously wrong as was the case at the EtihadThe first thing to say about the Raheem Sterling ‘penalty’ incident that caused so much amusement and embarrassment in Manchester Ci…

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Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? | Paul Wilson

The gap between the two Manchester clubs appears to be growing but that may be more down to City having a clear plan for the future rather than who is in the dugoutIf it is the Manchester derby on Sunday then it must be time to wheel out the arguments …

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Manchester City do not have a problem at home in Europe, says Pep Guardiola

• City have lost their last three home European games• ‘It’s down to the players, not the fans,’ says Kyle WalkerManchester City have denied there is an Etihad factor that works against them in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s team take on Shakhta…

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Pep Guardiola cries foul over Gary Neville’s television accusations

• Pundit said Manchester City commit many technical fouls• ‘I would never ask my players to deliberately foul an opponent’Pep Guardiola has launched an impassioned defence of his tactics and footballing philosophy after Gary Neville accused Manchester …

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Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha pledges to continue father’s Leicester legacy

• Vice-chairman vows to honour Vichai’s memory at club• ‘I will do everything I can to carry on his vision’Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has pledged to continue his late father’s “big mission” in Leicester and do everything in his power to carry out his v…

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Rise of David Brooks shows big clubs that less really can be more | Paul Wilson

The 21-year-old has been a revelation since joining Bournemouth for £10m and proves to the likes of Manchester United that they do not have to always spend big to succeedBournemouth have been one of the stories of the season so far, and one of the stor…

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Quiet yet authoritative, David Meek was part of the Old Trafford furniture

The long-serving Manchester Evening News reporter, who has died at the age of 88, was a gentle and courteous man who earned the unwavering trust of Sir Alex FergusonThere is something about Manchester United that seems to attract loyalty and longevity….

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s six greatest games at Old Trafford | Paul Wilson

After what George Best called the most exciting debut he had seen, the flicks, tricks, stepovers and goals just kept on comingRonaldo’s Old Trafford unveiling was remarkable in many ways, not least for George Best calling it the most exciting debut he …

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Kevin De Bruyne is fit and ready to face Burnley, says Pep Guardiola

• He might not be ready to play 90 minutes, City manager adds• Ilkay Gündogan is still injured but Fabian Delph is fit againPep Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne is ready to make his Manchester City comeback, after a two-month absence, against Bu…

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Kevin De Bruyne is fit and ready to face Burnley, says Pep Guardiola

• He might not be ready to play 90 minutes, City manager adds• Ilkay Gündogan is still injured but Fabian Delph is fit againPep Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne is ready to make his Manchester City comeback, after a two-month absence, against Bu…

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Things already looking bleak for clubs near the Premier League basement | Paul Wilson

Huddersfield, Newcastle and Cardiff are all without a victory after their first eight games and appear unlikely to reach anywhere near 40 pointsThere is a certain symmetry about the Premier League table at the moment. Three teams at the top are still u…

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Jordan Henderson: ‘Gareth gives more ownership. We are stronger’

England’s captain is enjoying being given freedom to lead on and off the field by Gareth SouthgateThe first question for Jordan Henderson seems obvious. His club manager has just dissed the Uefa Nations League as “the most senseless competition in the …

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Chelsea and Juve will provide an acid test for Mourinho’s Manchester United

The victory over Newcastle lifted the spirits at Old Trafford but there are sterner challenges around the cornerAll that speculation over José Mourinho’s future subsided pretty quickly, did it not? There cannot really have been much of a crisis at Manc…

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How many world-class players does the Premier League actually have?

Harry Kane? Eden Hazard? Mo Salah? England’s top division is unmatched for riches but our definition of world class suggests few of its players are of the very highest standardThis time about a year ago, before Mohamed Salah at Liverpool began to push …

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Deadly Doug was not all that deadly and his devotion to Villa was clear | Paul Wilson

Aston Villa’s status as a big club, one even now seen as too sizeable to stay long in the Championship, can be attributed to the 35 years Ellis ‘worked his guts out’ for his beloved teamIt was never exactly a secret that the man known as Deadly Doug wa…

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No sign of Premier League procession as Chelsea and Arsenal up their games | Paul Wilson

Pep Guardiola’s refusal to countenance a two-horse race for the title may have merit and other leagues look similarly openWhen Pep Guardiola was asked whether he thought the Premier League was turning into a two-horse race last week, before Manchester …

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Jordan Pickford takes positives from England’s World Cup frustration

• Everton goalkeeper cites previous toils of France and Germany• ‘Disappointment can spur you on and so can a bit of success’Jordan Pickford admits his life has changed since reaching a World Cup semi-final with England in the summer, but only for the …

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Pep Guardiola goes on the attack to settle old scores with Liverpool | Paul Wilson

Manchester City manager aims to turn tide on ‘incredible’ rivals by putting the emphasis on goals in their early title showdownrThe two strongest teams in England meet at Anfield on Sunday afternoon and, though Pep Guardiola’s side at present top the P…