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Would Southgate leave out his best player for a big World Cup match?

England’s manager has handled the Raheem Sterling incident well but cynics might argue it was an easy step for this fixtureGareth Southgate and England have just dealt with a modern problem in a pleasingly modern way. Over the course of 999 previous in…

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‘We are never underdogs’: Pep Guardiola undaunted by crucial trip to Liverpool

• Guardiola says Anfield ‘tougher place to go’ than Camp Nou• City manager targets side’s second win at Anfield in 38 yearsPep Guardiola has described Liverpool as probably the strongest team in the world at the moment but dismissed the idea that his M…

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Solskjær predicts big future for Mason Greenwood but will not rush him

• Greenwood, 18, scored in win against Partizan Belgrade• Manchester United manager to use teenager sparinglyOle Gunnar Solskjær is predicting a big future for Mason Greenwood and has explained why the 18-year-old forward has been used sparingly this s…

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Macclesfield battling to end players’ strike over wages before FA Cup tie

Squad threatening not to play unless they are paidLeague Two club hopeful settlement will be reachedMacclesfield say they are hopeful a settlement can be reached before the weekend to prevent their first-round FA Cup tie against Kingstonian being cance…

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Can Liverpool v Manchester City be accepted as England’s biggest game? | Paul Wilson

Relations between Klopp and Guardiola and historical rivalries mean this fixture is a long way from the Battle of the BuffetCrunch time arrives in the Premier League at the weekend. It is only necessary to glance at the league table now or last season …

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Solskjær urges Manchester United ‘to fill their boots’ against Partizan Belgrade

• Club can confirm Europa League qualification with win• Victor Lindelöf will miss the game with a back injuryOle Gunnar Solskjær is hoping Manchester United can rediscover their appetite for goals when they take on Partizan Belgrade in the Europa Leag…

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Everton must ‘take responsibility’ against Tottenham, says Richarlison

Brazilian forward says game at Goodison Park is vitally important as his side aim to haul themselves out of a slump that threatens manager Marco Silva’s jobEverton’s Brazilian forward Richarlison describes the visit of Tottenham on Sunday afternoon as …

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Liverpool’s Aston Villa Carabao Cup quarter-final may be moved to January

• Likeliest solution is for game is to be played on 8 January• Liverpool are at the Club World Cup from 18-21 DecemberLiverpool and the English Football League believe the impasse over the fixture congestion surrounding the club’s Carabao Cup quarter-f…

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Premier League needs to stop VAR operating like a nitpickers’ charter | Paul Wilson

The system is too often introducing travesties into games instead of clearing them up and changes are neededDissatisfaction with VAR seems to be back with a vengeance after the incidents of last weekend, with a meeting of Premier League clubs scheduled…

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Solskjær optimistic Manchester United youngsters can end slump

Manager is confident his side can start winning – preferably starting against Liverpool – and wants his players to take risksFar from being dismayed by Manchester United’s worst start to a season in three decades coinciding with Liverpool’s best, Ole G…

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Solskjær optimistic Manchester United youngsters can end slump

Manager is confident his side can start winning – preferably starting against Liverpool – and wants his players to take risksFar from being dismayed by Manchester United’s worst start to a season in three decades coinciding with Liverpool’s best, Ole G…

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Solskjær optimistic Manchester United youngsters can end slump

Manager is confident his side can start winning – preferably starting against Liverpool – and wants his players to take risksFar from being dismayed by Manchester United’s worst start to a season in three decades coinciding with Liverpool’s best, Ole G…

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Liverpool are unstoppable right now, admits Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola

• Jürgen Klopp’s side have eight point lead over City at the top• ‘Chelsea and Arsenal are also getting better. The level is rising’Pep Guardiola has conceded Liverpool look unstoppable but believes it is too early in the season to make any predictions…

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Liverpool could set wins record but is it the sign of a healthy Premier League?

Long winning sequences have become more common, implying dominance of a sort that may not be good for the top flightGames between Manchester United and Liverpool are not what they were. Until quite recently the two strongest sides in the north-west wou…

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Liverpool stride out of City’s shadow but can they win from the front? | Paul Wilson

After a perfect Premier League start Jürgen Klopp’s team must adapt to the pressure of holding their nerve while well aheadWhen the Premier League resumes at the weekend all eyes will be on Old Trafford to see whether Manchester United can become the f…

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Declan Rice: ‘I don’t get fazed so easily – I’ve had to deal with a lot’

West Ham and England midfielder takes strength from being released by Chelsea when he was 14 and like ‘Bambi on ice’The West Ham player billed as the new Bobby Moore takes a moment to think, attempting to process a remarkable couple of years since brea…

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Manchester United’s crisis is not of Solskjær’s making but can he fix it? | Paul Wilson

Manager’s limitations are being exposed on a weekly basis but the problems at United run deeper than the dugoutShould Ole Gunnar Solskjær need cheering up at any point in the next few days he can at least reflect that Manchester United are still the cl…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not risking Paul Pogba because of ‘worst’ pitch

• United manager not happy with surface for Alkmaar game• Pogba not a definite starter against Newcastle at weekendOle Gunnar Solskjær would not confirm whether or not Paul Pogba will return to the Manchester United squad for the Premier League game at…

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Klopp calm over Milner’s Liverpool contract and sings praises of Matip

• ‘Milly’s Mr Professional and loves what he’s doing,’ says Klopp• Alisson ready to resume full training next week after injuryLiverpool are relaxed about James Milner’s contract situation, even though he is in the final year of his deal and could theo…

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Marco Silva is losing his swashbuckler lustre as Everton’s shine fades | Paul Wilson

Merseyside club have been wildly inconsistent and, with Manchester City their next opponents, an upturn is neededNot too long ago Everton were able to boast a decent record against Manchester City. They were never reliable enough to be regarded as a bo…