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Marco Silva happy with Everton squad and says reinforcements are unlikely

• ‘It is not a frustrating situation,’ says manager • Richarlison likely to remain main strikerMarco Silva has confirmed Everton are unlikely to spend any money in the current transfer window unless they sell a player first, but says he is happy enough…

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Leeds’ spying should be treated as a form of entertainment, not cheating | Paul Wilson

With gameplans on show in matches and training grounds often visible from outside, is hiding in a hedge really that bad?One hopes Marcelo Bielsa does not get punished too severely for blatantly spying on Derby County training sessions. The Leeds manage…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær pits wits against Mauricio Pochettino in first big test

Manchester United’s caretaker manager has won his first five games, but the Tottenham side honed by his possible successor represents a step up in class“It’s not about me, it’s not about him,” Ole Gunnar Solskjær says, dismissing the notion that his si…

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Tottenham v Manchester United: how do the squads compare?

With two contenders for the permanent job at Old Trafford meeting at Wembley on Sunday, we look at who has the stronger squad at his disposalOne area where Manchester United are probably stronger. Both David de Gea and Hugo Lloris are excellent goalkee…

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David Wagner desperate for Huddersfield to revive survival bid | Paul Wilson

Wagner has refused to concede defeat in his side’s increasingly perilous plight to avoid relegation from the Premier LeagueDavid Wagner was only stating the obvious, and doubtless would have preferred to answer the question in a slightly different way,…

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Manchester City had to get tough against Liverpool to keep title in view | Paul Wilson

Pep Guardiola revised his philosophy as the champions’ physical display secured a vital win to end Liverpool’s unbeaten runWhen Crystal Palace visit Anfield in a couple of weeks Roy Hodgson will doubtless be reminded of his pre-Christmas remark – a sli…

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Jürgen Klopp not dwelling on City loss as Liverpool visit Wolves in FA Cup

• ‘We lost by smallest difference, there’s no need to make a fuss’• Manager to hand starts to Simon Mignolet and Alberto MorenoJürgen Klopp is not concerned that Liverpool’s dressing room morale might fall apart as a result of the narrow defeat at Manc…

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‘A home game for Blackpool against Premier League opposition would usually be cause for great excitement’

League One club face Arsenal in the third round on Saturday but they are still the subject of a fan boycott which has divided families and friendsThe magic of the FA Cup will not be readily observable when Blackpool take on Arsenal at Bloomfield Road o…

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Decline of Saturday spectacle shows the FA Cup is not what it used to be | Paul Wilson

There are just 10 third-round games at the traditional time this weekend, as the competition loses its sense of community along with its grandeurSome weird things have been happening to the FA Cup of late, with fifth-round replays being arbitrarily abo…

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Marco Silva says he is tired of being told he must buy a striker for Everton

• Richarlison is not far from the top of the list, manager adds• Manager is not envisaging a busy transfer window at GoodisonMarco Silva is relaxed about Everton’s goalscoring capability as the transfer window approaches, though he is fed up with being…

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back training and could play this season

• Liverpool midfielder damaged knee ligaments in April• ‘It actually looks like he could play tomorrow,’ jokes KloppJürgen Klopp could hardly have asked for a better Christmas, though one of the first things he saw after going six points clear at the t…

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Everton’s Marco Silva insists striker Cenk Tosun has future at club

• ‘Why would he not?’ says manager about Turk signed a year ago• Silva praises progress of fellow striker Dominic Calvert-LewinMarco Silva believes Dominic Calvert-Lewin can still get better as a goalscoring striker but denied his decision to start him…

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Roy Hodgson: Liverpool slip-up in title race is inevitable

• Palace boss says win at Etihad will not be the season’s last upset• ‘Pep won’t be concerned about a four-point gap at this point’Roy Hodgson handed his old club Liverpool an early Christmas present with Crystal Palace’s surprise win at the Etihad, bu…

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Mauricio Pochettino’s big dilemma: United job his if he wants it | Paul Wilson

Manchester United are right to see the Spurs manager as their best option but whether he will say yes is far from certainThere is no question that Manchester United have identified the right man to fill the Old Trafford vacancy in Mauricio Pochettino; …

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Busy Christmas makes it easier for Pep Guardiola to keep players happy

• Manchester City manager ready to use all his squad• Guardiola: ‘At some point they will all be needed’Manchester City are having to train on Christmas Day for their Boxing Day visit to Leicester but Pep Guardiola is trying to see the positives in the…

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Manchester United cannot turn back clock – the era of one-club rule is over | Paul Wilson

Illustrious past that is impossible to replicate is undermining managers at Old Trafford as Mourinho found to his costA football journalist should never welcome the departure of a leading manager, particularly one as notable and quotable as José Mourin…

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Mourinho’s place in United pantheon? Simply part of a botched succession | Paul Wilson

He is more medal-strewn than David Moyes and a more entertaining character than Louis van Gaal but José Mourinho’s Manchester United experience amounted to a similar failureA couple of months ago, around the time his Manchester United side were due to …

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What next for Manchester United? Sort Pogba mess and show humility

The Old Trafford to-do list before a permanent manager comes must also include appointing a transfers expert Resolve the Paul Pogba situation Related: José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 years Continue reading…

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Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

• Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots• Everton manager preparing to face his old club WatfordMarco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting…

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Manchester City may gamble on Sterling for the injured Agüero at Chelsea

• Winning last season felt like more than three points – Guardiola• Chelsea’s Jorginho faces the club he turned down last summerManchester City travel to Chelsea not yet ready to risk Sergio Agüero as he recovers from an abductor muscle strain and with…