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Chelsea accused of paying Andreas Christensen’s father for work he did not do

• Football Leaks says father was paid £11,400 plus VAT a month• Chelsea say they ‘do not comment on confidential contracts’Chelsea are facing further allegations that they breached Fifa and Premier League rules by making illegal payments to the father …

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Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has operation on injured knee

• No time scale has been given for defender’s recovery• Mendy was sidelined for the majority of last seasonManchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has undergone knee surgery, the club have announced.The 24-year-old had an operation on a meniscus proble…

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La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are disproving the theory that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ in the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere are many factors to consider when assessing what makes one league better than another, but over th…

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From Craig Cathcart to André Gomes: 10 underrated Premier League players

Underrated they may be but from the Premier League’s unsung heroes are quietly going about their businessNomination for the October player of the month award (well, one of them – he made the PFA’s shortlist, but not the official Premier League-endorsed…

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David Squires on … Mourinho, Ederson and all the Manchester derby fallout

Our resident cartoonist picks over the bones of Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over their city rivalsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading…

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Uefa warns Manchester City it could reopen FFP investigation from 2014

• City were fined £49m for breaching rules • Uefa says case could be reopened in light of recent allegationsUefa has warned Manchester City it may reopen its 2014 Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigation into the club.Citing documents and emails provide…

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Rock solid John Stones shows quiet magnificence for Manchester City | Barney Ronay

The England defender, who has regularly been picked out for his mistakes in the past, often goes unnoticed when at his bestJohn Stones didn’t make much of an impression in the Manchester derby: didn’t register on the headline stats, wasn’t singled out …

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Kevin De Bruyne set to be back for Manchester City earlier than expected

• Midfielder on track to play against Watford on 4 December• De Bruyne was initially thought to be out for six weeksKevin De Bruyne is on track to return from his knee injury for Manchester City’s trip to Watford on 4 December and should be fit to face…

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José Mourinho’s midfield dogs of war yap harmlessly at City ankles | Jonathan Wilson

Coach deployed Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini as defensive block – but City simply skirted round itTwo contrasting philosophies, a clash of styles, possession against directness, attack against defence – all that discussion and, in …

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Hugo Lloris ends his madcap day on a high, Everton work out how to stop Chelsea and Salomón Rondón proves his worthUnai Emery delivered an overdue update on Danny Welbeck, the Arsenal striker who was stricken against Sporting in the Europa League last …

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José Mourinho defends Manchester United from ‘outplayed’ claims

• ‘The game was open for 80-something minutes’• Sterling ticked off by Guardiola for late stepoversJosé Mourinho reached deep into his book of excuses after Manchester United were outplayed in the derby to fall 12 points behind the Premier League leade…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flightView the Dozen archive Continue reading…

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City’s David Silva and Sergio Agüero display their enduring brilliance | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s golden pair of old lags proved the dominant forces as the champions ran rings around Manchester UnitedOn an afternoon of cold, imperious dominance at the Etihad Stadium, two things stood out. First Manchester City produced passages of…

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José Mourinho: People who don’t understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side’s 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday…

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David Silva sparks Manchester City’s precious derby victory over United

With this victory in the 177th derby, Manchester City surely killed any lingering hopes Manchester United had of competing for the league title.José Mourinho’s side made a fight of it but City always appeared a class – at least – above and left United …

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Manchester City v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Manchester derby updates from the 4.30pm GMT kick-off at the EtihadLive scores: all the goals from the games around the UK and EuropeEmail Rob.Smyth@theguardian.com 4.04pm GMT An email! “The Manchester Derby, and not even the derby match I’m looking fo…

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Mourinho still rankled by Agüero while Guardiola backs Sterling before derby

• United manager ‘not such big fan’ of aspects of Agüero’s game• Guardiola says Sterling doesn’t deserve criticism over penaltyRaheem Sterling unintentionally put the issue of diving on the pre-Manchester derby agenda with his Norman Wisdom impersonati…

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Fernandinho: ‘I always listen to Pep, even at my age I can improve’

At 33 Manchester City’s defensive-midfield rock is delighted with life as one of the team’s few automatic picksPep Guardiola the manager paid Fernandinho a heartfelt compliment a couple of weeks ago, when he suggested Guardiola the player might find it…

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Play the United way: how Mourinho can unhinge Manchester City in derby | Jonathan Wilson

All Mourinho’s instincts will be to kill the game but going for broke represents his best chance of another famous winWhen people said they wanted José Mourinho to make Manchester United more like Alex Ferguson’s treble winners, this, presumably, isn’t…

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Football’s super-rich play the game by their own rules | David Goldblatt

The Football Leaks revelations show how little the views of fans and regulators matterWikiLeaks shone a light on the duplicity of US foreign policy. The Panama Papers laid bare the network of offshore banking, tax havens and legal loopholes that allows…