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Football transfer rumours: Roma’s Alisson to be Liverpool’s new No 1?

Today’s tell-all has just taken three things for the team Considering the Rumour Mill’s stock-in-trade is high profile players who would rather be somewhere else, it would be a gross dereliction of journalistic duty to not to mention Harry Kane’s appe…

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Mourinho dismisses claims he was ‘relieved’ to leave Sevilla with draw – video

José Mourinho dismisses claims he was ‘relieved’ to leave Sevilla with a draw, insisting Manchester United had opportunities to come away from the last-16 Champions League tie on top. David de Gea put in another fine display to thwart Sevilla on a numb…

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José Mourinho continues bizarre and divisive power-play over Pogba | Barney Ronay

United manager’s omission of France midfielder from the starting XI suggests relationship is still subject to turbulenceWell, we got there in the end. Grudgingly, belatedly and against the manager’s better judgment. But with 17 minutes gone in this Cha…

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Championship roundup: Nelson Oliveira stuns Wolves to earn draw for Norwich

• Leaders held 2-2 thanks to Nelson Oliveira’s 35-yard screamer• Derby and Leeds and Bristol City and Fulham draw; Cardiff winNelson Oliveira’s spectacular late strike saw Norwich grab a point in stoppage time for the second time in four days as they d…

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José Mourinho questions focus on substitute Paul Pogba after Sevilla draw

• United manager praises Scott McTominay after 0-0 draw in Spain• Mourinho calls for a ‘Big Champions League night’ at Old TraffordJosé Mourinho refused to be drawn on the absence of Paul Pogba from his starting lineup in Seville where Manchester Unite…

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Fred’s free-kick gives Shakhtar Donetsk narrow lead over Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to beat Roma 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting thanks to a spectacular winner from the Brazil midfielder Fred.The 24-year-old Fred showed why some of Europe’s top clubs are reportedly scout…

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Real Madrid come back to win at Leganes after surviving early scare

• Leganes 1-3 Real Madrid• Madrid move up to third as Casemiro shines in Estadio ButarqueSergio Ramos scored a late penalty clincher as Real Madrid came from behind to win 3-1 at Leganes and ease themselves into third place in LaLiga.But it was holding…

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Manchester United overrun by Sevilla but David de Gea’s saves ensure parity

And so to Old Trafford. Applause rang round the Sánchez Pizjuán. Sevilla had not been able to defeat Manchester United but their supporters recognised they had been close and there is still hope they can reach the quarter-final of this competition for …

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Leicester make £3.1m settlement with Football League over FFP claim

• Long-running saga concerned £21m loss recorded in 2013-14• Club won promotion and won Premier League two years laterLeicester City have agreed to pay the Football League £3.1m to settle the league’s long-running claim that the club breached financial…

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Liverpool knock rivals Manchester United out of Uefa Youth League

• Coach Steven Gerrard gets better of opposite number Nicky Butt• Ben Woodburn on target as 2-0 win puts Liverpool in quarter-finalOld rivalries die hard or, as the reactions of Steven Gerrard and Nicky Butt to a Rafael Camacho goal showed, not at all …

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Sevilla v Manchester United: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 7.45pm GMT gameShakhtar Donestk v Roma – follow it live nowAnd feel free to email Scott to get in touch 6.53pm GMT Sevilla make three changes to the side named for their 2-1 win at Las Palmas last Saturday. Ever Banega…

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Roberto Firmino cleared by FA over Mason Holgate racism allegations

• It is not sufficient to raise a charge, says governing body• FA says Holgate made allegation in ‘absolute good faith’The FA has cleared Roberto Firmino after an investigation into an allegation of discriminatory conduct against the Liverpool forward …

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 7.45pm GMT gameSevilla v Manchester United – follow it live nowAnd feel free to mail Sachin or tweet @SachinNakrani 6.11pm GMT Welcome to live coverage of Shakhtar Donetsk versus Roma, a match that falls short in the h…

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The dressing room is a tough place to be if you have anxiety or depression

The former St Johnstone and Falkirk striker writes about how mental health issues affected his careerThere is a definite expectancy in life that men should sort themselves out, get on with it and cheer up. But I want to write about my troubles in footb…

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The Fiver | Rope-a-dope tactics working like a dream

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Antonio Conte’s Chelsea very nearly did a number on Barcelona. The Catalan giants aren’t quite what they were, so the Londoners were more than happy to let them amble about in midfield for ages achievi…

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Referees’ body to meet Manchester City over concerns about bad tackles

• PGMOL unlikely to consider retrospective upgrading of cards• City claim there has been dangerous run of tackles on their playersManchester City have been granted a meeting with the governing body of Premier League referees to discuss Pep Guardiola’s …

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David Ospina to start for Arsenal in Europa League and Carabao Cup final

• Arsène Wenger refuses to change policy and play Petr Cech• Mesut Özil out of Östersund match as Lacazette makes progressArsène Wenger has confirmed that David Ospina will start against Östersund in the Europa League on Thursday night and Manchester …

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Disjointed, vulnerable and slow: Barça exposed by Chelsea’s tactical rigour | Jonathan Wilson

Chelsea stifled Barcelona’s key players, proving that the Spanish side should not be so feared as they once wereThe first leg, you suspect, went just as Antonio Conte would have wanted it to go – apart from the bit about not playing a square ball acros…

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Don’t believe everything you read about football on the internet

Was Ryan Giggs eligible for England? No. Did a dog bite Ally MacLeod? No. Did Denis Law relegate his old club? No, no, noBy Neil Andrews for When Saturday ComesThere’s a wonderful story about Ally MacLeod and a stray dog that ran up to him during a pre…

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Mourinho: Manchester United not among Champions League favourites – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has denied that his team are among the favourites to win the Champions League, ahead of taking on Sevilla on Wednesday night. The Portuguese insists it is too early to be thinking of lifting the trophy before fac…