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Bruno Fernandes’s mentality powering Manchester United rise, says Solskjær

Manchester United manager: ‘We can all learn from his mindset’Solskjær says team are getting their consistency backOle Gunnar Solskjær believes Manchester United are getting their consistency back, pointing to their away form and their last three wins,…

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Bruno Fernandes’s mentality powering Manchester United rise, says Solskjær

Manchester United manager: ‘We can all learn from his mindset’Solskjær says team are getting their consistency backOle Gunnar Solskjær believes Manchester United are getting their consistency back, pointing to their away form and their last three wins,…

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Liverpool were ‘on fire’ against Leicester, says delighted Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool club record of 64 unbeaten home league games set‘We played an incredible game against top, top opponents’Jürgen Klopp was full of praise for his Liverpool side as they set a record of 64 league games unbeaten at Anfield, even though they were…

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Jürgen Klopp wary of threat posed by Jamie Vardy’s ‘risks and gambles’

Liverpool must cope with Leicester without key defendersLeicester striker is a ‘proper, proper player’, says KloppJürgen Klopp has been asked about managing Germany before, but not too often after witnessing a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Spain. The Live…

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Wayne Rooney in favour of investigating links between heading and dementia

Derby player-coach wants more research into effects of headingRooney part of coaching group after Phillip Cocu’s departureWayne Rooney has thrown his weight behind the campaign to investigate the links between football and later-life dementia, revealin…

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All to play for as Premier League season finally gets to stretch its legs

Games come thick and fast between now and the new year, which is exciting but also spells doom for certain managersIf the Premier League season does not feel like it has properly got going yet it is probably because the first segment of eight matchdays…

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Ray Clemence always seemed to be in the right place at the right time | Paul Wilson

Gracefully athletic goalkeeper, who has died aged 72, was one of England’s finest goalkeepers and a legend at Liverpool and SpursRay Clemence was not just one of the finest goalkeepers England has ever produced, he was a link back to the time when foot…

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Showdown at Liverpool will gauge Leicester’s title credentials | Paul Wilson

A repeat of their remarkable 2015-16 Premier League triumph would not be at 5,000-1 but Leicester have credentials and a chance to enhance them significantly at Liverpool next SundayLeicester’s title triumph of 2015?16, the one that had bookmakers begg…

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England no longer fear the world’s top sides, says Gareth Southgate

Manager says 2018 World Cup was watershed momentTeam ready for tactical challenge of BelgiumGareth Southgate has challenged his England players to win their next two games against Belgium and Iceland and top their Nations League group.Sunday night’s ma…

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England blessed to have Reece James and Alexander-Arnold, says Southgate

Manager praises crop of full-backs, especially on the rightJames likely to start against Republic of Ireland on ThursdayGareth Southgate believes England are blessed with their current crop of attacking full-backs or wing-backs, going as far as to argu…

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Manchester City trip brings back memories of title hangover for Klopp

‘It was not an ideal time to play City’ says the Liverpool manager of their 4-0 defeat days after clinching the titleJürgen Klopp has mixed memories of his last trip to face Manchester City at the Etihad. On the one hand there was the guard of honour f…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær unconcerned at Manchester United’s league position

Club in bottom half of table before Arsenal’s visitManager believes season will be tight and unpredictableOle Gunnar Solskjær is philosophical about Manchester United lying in the bottom half of the table as they prepare for Sunday’s visit of Arsenal. …

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Nobby Stiles was an enforcer who pioneered the holding midfield role | Paul Wilson

One of the most popular of England’s World Cup-winning team, his years as a regular encapsulate his country’s finest hourNobby Stiles was one of the most popular of England’s 1966 World Cup winners, not least because his toothless grin, dishevelled app…

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Consortiums funded from Egypt and US target £200m Burnley takeover

Chris Farnell and Mohamed El Kashashy want £200m dealFinance group ALK Capital also in discussions with clubBurnley are third-bottom of the Premier League with no home goals and only a point to show after five games yet two consortiums are vying to tak…

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Consortiums funded from Egypt and US target £200m Burnley takeover

Chris Farnell and Mohamed El Kashashy want £200m dealFinance group ALK Capital also in discussions with clubBurnley are third-bottom of the Premier League with no home goals and only a point to show after five games yet two consortiums are vying to tak…

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Rashford’s stunning cameo shows Solskjær is using deep squad wisely | Paul Wilson

Forward’s hat-trick off the bench and substitute role for Fernandes in 5-0 win are signs of Manchester United strengthOle Gunnar Solskjær keeps saying that having too many good players to use all at once is a sign of Manchester United’s standing and am…

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Liverpool’s thrashing at Villa was like punch in the face, says Jürgen Klopp

‘If it wakes us up it could be most important result of season’Mané and Alcântara in contention for Merseyside derbyJürgen Klopp has described Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa as “like a knock to the middle of the face” in terms of the way it may …

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Liverpool and Everton braced for Merseyside derby with a difference | Paul Wilson

With Everton top and Liverpool reeling from a 7-2 defeat, Saturday’s Merseyside derby is the most fascinating in yearsFor most of the last 30 years Liverpool have gone into Merseyside derbies as favourites, so it is ironic that now they are finally cro…

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The derby may yet dash dreams but Ancelotti has restored Everton’s pride | Paul Wilson

Games with Liverpool have often been a candle-snuffer when it comes to Evertonian hopes but the leaders are resurgentIt’s the hope that kills you, as every Evertonian knows. Some scouse wag posted a comment here last week suggesting the reason Carlo An…

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Jürgen Klopp wary of threat posed by improved Aston Villa

Villa gave Liverpool a fright last season and in fine form thisKlopp: ‘Traoré and Barkley will offer them something extra’Liverpool won the Premier League by a country mile last season whereas Aston Villa stayed up by a single point, but there is littl…