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Fenerbahce at a crossroads as Turkish Super Lig gets ready to kick off | Emre Sarigul

The club had a debt of €621m in 2018 and finished sixth last season – but can a shift in focus towards young, talented Turkish players propel the club back into contention?The phrase “no pain, no gain” seems to sum up the state of Turkish football as t…

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Fenerbahce’s Victor Moses: ‘The atmosphere here in Turkey is amazing’

Frozen out at Chelsea, Victor Moses took a gamble with a loan move to Turkey and is happy with the way things have turned out in IstanbulMoving abroad was not always part of the plan for Victor Moses but after being left out in the cold by Maurizio Sar…

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Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm GMT Sasic is asked how she thinks the G…

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Besiktas manager suffers cut head as tensions erupt in Fenerbahce cup derby

• Senol Gunes had stitches after objects thrown by Fenerbahce fans• Turkish Cup semi-final in Istanbul abandoned with score at 0-0The Turkish Cup semi-final between two of the country’s biggest teams was abandoned after the Besiktas manager was hit on …

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Dodo’s incredible penalty miss in Turkish cup tie – video

Brazilian Dodo produced one of the most incredible penalty misses as his side, Giresunspor, faced Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Cup. The midfielder was given the chance to level the scores at one apiece before he trotted up and sent his spot kick trickling…

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Robin van Persie to re-join Feyenoord after cancelling Fenerbahce contract

• Dutch champions will complete signing of 34-year-old on Monday• Van Persie came through Feyenoord ranks before 2004 Arsenal exitRobin van Persie will be returning to boyhood club Feyenoord from Turkish side Fenerbahce next week, the Dutch champions c…

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Jeremain Lens’s Sunderland relegation wish is a disgrace, says David Moyes

• Lens reportedly said relegation may help hasten move to Fenerbahce
• ‘It’s disgracefully disrespectful,’ says Moyes of loan player’s comments

David Moyes has branded Jeremain Lens “disgracefully disrespectful” after the Sunderland winger, on a season’s loan at Fenerbahce, was quoted as saying he hoped his parent club would get relegated.

The Holland international, previously with PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Kyiv, was quoted in the Turkish media suggesting that Sunderland dropping into the Championship might help facilitate his ambition of a permanent move to the Istanbul club.

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Robin van Persie suffers torn eyelid in Fenerbahce league win

• Van Persie went to hospital but club say his ‘condition is good’
• Dutchman scored but is carried off after 37 minutes

Fenerbahce have played down fears over an eye injury suffered by the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Dutchman scored the opening goal in the Istanbul club’s 3-1 Super Lig win over Akhisar but was carried off on a stretcher after 37 minutes, having taken a blow to the eye in a seemingly innocuous collision with an opponent.

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Memphis Depay set to leave Manchester United in winter transfer window

• Dutchman has started only one match this season
• Dick Advocaat interested in signing forward for Fenerbahce

Memphis Depay is open to a move away from Manchester United as he recognises his career at the club may be over. The Dutchman is willing to go out on loan in January as Fenerbahce retain a firm interest in him.

Depay was left behind for Thursday’s 2-1 defeat in Turkey, José Mourinho unable to find a place for the 22-year-old in the 21-man squad despite the Europa League being a low priority for the manager. It is understood that Depay would consider leaving the club and a temporary deal in the winter window is more likely than a permanent departure then.

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Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer: ‘Zlatan is a chest-puffing kind of player. He’s arrogant’

• Denmark defender was involved in disagreement with United striker
• ‘It is not the first time I play against him and I know how he reacts’

Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer has labelled Zlatan Ibrahimovic an “arrogant, chest-puffing player” after the pair clashed during the Turkish’s side’s victory over Manchester United in the Europa League.

Ibrahimovic will not face retrospective action following a clash with Denmark international Kjaer despite pictures appearing to show him grabbing his opponent by the throat. Referee Milorad Mazic did not take any action at the time, but it is understood the incident was seen by the fourth official, who determined no sanction was necessary.

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José Mourinho slams Manchester United’s ‘summer friendly’ attitude

• Mourinho furious at lack of effort in 2-1 defeat at Fenerbahce
• United players did not heed instructions about facing Turkish opposition

José Mourinho accused his Manchester United players of lacking commitment and said they deserved to lose against Fenerbahce for treating Thursday’s Europa League group game as a “summer friendly”.

United went behind after 69 seconds when Moussa Sow gave Dick Advocaat’s side the lead with an spectacular overhead kick in a 2-1 defeat for United. Fenerbahce’s second goal came from an equally impressive Jeremain Lens free-kick in the 58th minute before Wayne Rooney scored a late consolation.

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Manchester United downed by stunning strikes from Fenerbahce’s Sow and Lens

This was a slipshod and frantic display that confirms Manchester United remain a confused bunch under José Mourinho.

Paul Pogba limped off before the half hour but that might have been a blessing due to his underwhelming contribution since his world-record transfer in the summer. The Frenchman’s replacement, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had a night to forget, again looking off the pace and in need of next week’s international break.

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Fenerbahce v Manchester United: Europa League – live!

5.04pm GMT

Fener: Volkan; Sener, Kjaer, Skrtel, Hasan Ali; Josef, Mehmet, Alper; Lens, Sow, Sen

Subs: Fabiano, Van Persie, Koybasi, Emenike, Neustadter, Ucan, Stoch

1.38pm GMT

Hello and welcome to a dicey match for Manchester United. They strolled past Fenerbahce at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago but the Turkish side are a different beast at home, as United know well thanks to previous defeats there. The last one was back in 2004 when United featured David Bellion, Liam Miller, Eric Djemba-Djemba and a seemingly hopeless defender called Gerard Piqué. Undeterred by that precedent – because Sunday’s Premier League trip to Swansea is more important – Jose Mourinho may omit several regular starters today, though he’ll not be so cavalier as to include Memphis Depay, who’s sitting on the naughty step back in Manchester.

A win for United would not clinch qualification for the next round but would make it probable, and that is not to be sniffed at given that the Europa League could be their best chance of reaching next season’s Champions League. You’ll know today’s lineup just as soon as we do, then we’ll reconvene for further discussions.

Related: Memphis Depay’s Manchester United future in doubt after Fenerbahce exclusion

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones named in Manchester United squad to face Fenerbahce

• Mkhitaryan has not featured since derby defeat at Old Trafford
• United defender Jones also returns to squad after injury

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been named in Manchester United’s 21-man squad for Thursday’s Europa League group game at Fenerbahce along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, plus Phil Jones, who has just recovered from injury.

Related: José Mourinho faces one or two-game touchline ban after new FA charge

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José Mourinho rounds on ‘Einsteins’ again after Paul Pogba’s double strike

• ‘He goes from worst player in the league to great in 48 hours’
• Pogba reveals Wayne Rooney let him take penalty

José Mourinho rounded on the “Einsteins” who rated Paul Pogba as the poorest player in the Premier League, after the Frenchman scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Fenerbahce at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Pogba scored a 31st-minute penalty and a superb long-range effort just before half-time. A second spot-kick from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard’s 25-yard shot completed United’s scoring before Robin van Persie registered a late consolation.

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Wayne Rooney battles to avoid joining Robin van Persie as a United relic | Jamie Jackson

They used to be the main men at Manchester United but time is catching up as Fenerbahce’s Europa League visit to Old Trafford showed

The presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie revived memories of when Manchester United were last a force. Those halcyon days occurred three long years ago when a record 20th championship was claimed at Old Trafford on an April night. Van Persie’s hat-trick sank Aston Villa and Sir Alex Ferguson lauded the Dutchman’s second strike as the “goal of the century”.

It was a sweet over-the-shoulder volley that Van Persie hit on 13 minutes to give Brad Guzan no chance. The provider? Rooney, whose placing in midfield during that season began the quandary over his best position that is a key factor in the loss of his automatic starting status.

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Paul Pogba gets two in Manchester United demolition of Fenerbahce

For Manchester United, this was precisely the kind of night they wanted before Sunday’s assignment at Chelsea and all the drama that will inevitably attach itself to José Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge. Fenerbahce were certainly obliging opponents for a team that did not want to over-exert themselves and the home crowd could even afford Robin van Persie a standing ovation after the late reminder of his scoring prowess.

Mourinho’s team scored all their goals between the 31st and 48th minutes, starting with a penalty apiece for Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, and either side of that period they did not really have to extend themselves too greatly. Pogba went on to score a sumptuous second goal, possibly his finest moment yet in United’s colours, and the home side were entitled to ease up after Jesse Lingard completed that four-goal blitz. Had they not been so restrained, there was always the sense they could add more against a side that have won only two of their opening seven league matches in Turkey this season.

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Manchester United v Fenerbahce: Europa League – live!

8.29pm BST

19 min:Chuck Berry’s making albums at 90. Sir Alex is only 74. Know what I’m saying?” writes Simon McMahon. Yes Simon. Meanwhile, Alper Potuk is receiving treatment after Darmian introduced a knee to his back.

8.26pm BST

17 min: Fenerbahce withstand the all too brief spell of United positivity and the home side are forced back, where they keep possession while working out how next to go forwards. Smalling thinks he knows, knocking a long towards Rooney, who shoves his backside into Skrtel, Kenny Dalglish-style, to concede a free-kick.

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