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Premier League at 25: the best player – Eric Cantona | Paul Doyle

In the first of a five-part series we pick the division’s finest player. Cantona was the enigma who exploded the doubt at Manchester United, his arrival sparking a first title win for 26 years and a sustained run of success under Sir Alex Ferguson

We can’t be putting Tina Turner on for just any old hero, nor merely for the most skilful. And the toughest, longest-lasting or most prolific can go whistle because only one player can be serenaded as simply the best and it must be the one who has done more than any other to shape the Premier League years. Show us another player who has radiated as much influence as Eric Cantona and we will show you a figment of your imagination.

The rebranding of English football’s First Division as the Premier League coincided with the dawn of Manchester United’s imperial age. Before that they had been champions seven times in 89 years; since then they have won 13 of 25 available titles. There is a fair chance that followers of Manchester’s red team would be (much less numerous and) still harking back to the black-and-white era if it were not for Cantona, the enigma who exploded doubt.

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal in for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio?

Today’s rumours are enclosed

Even allowing for the fact that pre-season news cycles make each day seem like a month, and that for all we know they’ll be forced to play Steve Bould up front against Leicester on the opening day, this hasn’t felt like the most Arsenal-ish of transfer windows so far. Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette were both nailed down early on and look fine signings; there hasn’t, when we cut to the chase, been too much sign of Alexis Sánchez or Mesut Özil leaving either and at the current rate of knots you might be forgiven for thinking Thursday really will be the next Friday in Islington from next month.

Especially if they can somehow get Marco Asensio through the door. What now? Yes, Real Madrid’s boy wonder is apparently on their radar and would go down just nicely as a long-term replacement for their want-away Chilean – who will presumably be high-fiving with Gunnersaurus for one more year. Manchester United and Juventus are among those interested too, though, while Real wouldn’t mind keeping hold of the gifted forward themselves – all of which files these links under “curious”.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

  • Manchester United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Ander Herrera causes concern after limping off with injury

Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, “measuring her excitement” beforehand, there was an under-capacity turnout for this International Champions Cup encounter in Santa Clara, three years after Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Levi’s Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Real’s, and to a lesser extent United’s, appeal to California’s large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved Cristiano Ronaldo who, despite only entering towards the end of the match, was still a draw for US football fans. The forward is not here this time, instead he is in China doing promotional work for Real.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

  • Manchester United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Ander Herrera causes concern after limping off with injury

Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, “measuring her excitement” beforehand, there was an under-capacity turnout for this International Champions Cup encounter in Santa Clara, three years after Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Levi’s Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Real’s, and to a lesser extent United’s, appeal to California’s large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved Cristiano Ronaldo who, despite only entering towards the end of the match, was still a draw for US football fans. The forward is not here this time, instead he is in China doing promotional work for Real.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

  • Manchester United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Ander Herrera causes concern after limping off with injury

Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, “measuring her excitement” beforehand, there was an under-capacity turnout for this International Champions Cup encounter in Santa Clara, three years after Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Levi’s Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Real’s, and to a lesser extent United’s, appeal to California’s large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved Cristiano Ronaldo who, despite only entering towards the end of the match, was still a draw for US football fans. The forward is not here this time, instead he is in China doing promotional work for Real.

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I will do better for Manchester United this season, says Henrikh Mkhitaryan

• Armenian forward believes last year’s troubles will drive him on
• Mkhitaryan says he is ready to play wherever Mourinho decides

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has no regrets at joining Manchester United despite having to deal with accusations he is not the same footballer he was at his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

Related: José Mourinho guarantees David de Gea is staying with Manchester United

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Manchester United v Real Madrid: International Champions Cup – live!

9.45pm BST

Manchester United

Mourinho has promised to switch his starters up again from the 2-0 win over Manchester City in Houston. More intriguing will be how he arrays those starters. Watching the two games against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake earlier this week, there were a few formations that looked less like long term solutions to extract the best from personnel, and more like Mourinho looking up beseechingly at Ed Woodward, like some sulky Oliver Twist, and begging for “some more”. There’s still an issue with attacking width for one thing…

9.36pm BST

The ICC

The ICC has become something of a fixture in the American soccer calendar (always to be confused with the American football calendar), and whatever you make of the competitive merits of the competition taking place at this time of year, the organizers do seem to gather the top teams in Europe each year and to put together a pretty convincing set of clashes on paper.

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Jose Mourinho guarantees David De Gea is staying with Manchester United

United’s managers says he is ‘100%’ certain De Gea is not leaving for Real Madrid or any other club

Jose Mourinho has guaranteed “100%” that David De Gea will not be sold by Manchester United to Real Madrid or any other club for the coming season.

The manager was speaking in California’s Palo Alto before Sunday’s tour meeting with Real in San Jose. De Gea nearly moved to the Spanish club two years ago before the transfer collapse on the final day of the 2015 summer window.

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Manchester United title ambitions hinge on keeping David de Gea, says Herrera

• United believe Real Madrid are preparing bid for De Gea
• Ander Herrera: ‘He is a goalkeeper who can give you points’

Ander Herrera says it is vital that Manchester United do not sell David de Gea as the Spaniard believes his countryman’s departure to Real Madrid would dent the club’s title prospects.

On Sunday José Mourinho’s side play their fourth pre-season tour game in San Jose against Real, who United believe are preparing to make a serious offer for De Gea.

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Manchester United confident of signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic

• José Mourinho frustrated in pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier
• United confident of closing a deal for Matic, with a fee of £50m mooted

Manchester United are confident of closing a deal for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic after hitting a wall in their efforts to take Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho, the United manager, identified Dier as his No1 defensive midfield target at the start of the close-season and he has seen three bids for him turned down by Tottenham. The third bid was understood to be close to £40m.

Tottenham’s position on Dier has been resolute all summer. When Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, made his first approach to Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman – and put forward a preliminary offer of £25m – he was told, in no uncertain terms, that Dier was not for sale.

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Romelu Lukaku no Messi but he’ll thrive at Old Trafford, says Kevin De Bruyne

• Lukaku has scored in Manchester United’s last two US tour matches
• ‘He has his way of playing. He’s a big physical guy and that can be awesome’

Romelu Lukaku should not be compared to Lionel Messi but will be a highly successful signing for Manchester United, according to Kevin De Bruyne, his Belgium team-mate.

Related: Ederson makes inglorious start as Manchester United account for City

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Mourinho and Guardiola content after Manchester United’s win over City – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho says he is satisfied with his side’s 2-0 win in the pre-season meeting with Manchester City on Thursday night in Houston. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealed the victory for United in the first Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil. City manager Guardiola is also pleased with his team’s showing despite the loss

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Ederson makes inglorious start as Manchester United account for City

  • Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City in Houston
  • Romelu Lukaku scores in front of 67,401 American fans

The latest edition of a fixture first played in 1881 was the story of an unimpressive debut from Ederson, the £34.69m-priced goalkeeper, who was culpable for each of Manchester United’s strikes.

Errors are a feature of close season football and Ederson may make more. Yet given Manchester City’s travails with No1s under Pep Guardiola the hope will be the Brazilian settles quickly.

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Ederson makes inglorious start as Manchester United account for City

  • Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City in Houston
  • Romelu Lukaku scores in front of 67,401 American fans

The latest edition of a fixture first played in 1881 was the story of an unimpressive debut from Ederson, the £34.69m-priced goalkeeper, who was culpable for each of Manchester United’s strikes.

Errors are a feature of close season football and Ederson may make more. Yet given Manchester City’s travails with No1s under Pep Guardiola the hope will be the Brazilian settles quickly.

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Manchester United v Manchester City: pre-season friendly – live!

11.13pm BST

Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s the latest on Man City’s summer:

Manchester City are one of four clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, whom Monaco are threatening to report for allegedly making an unauthorised approach to Kylian Mbappé.

Monaco’s move reveals City are targeting the 18-year-old forward, considered one of Europe’s finest young players.

Related: Manchester City among clubs accused by Monaco of tapping up Kylian Mbappé

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José Mourinho says Lukaku still has to prove himself at the highest level

José Mourinho says Manchester United have acquired a top player in Romelu Lukaku, but the £75m striker still has to prove himself in big games

José Mourinho says Manchester United have acquired a top player in Romelu Lukaku but the manager admits the striker still has to prove himself at the highest level.

The Belgian was signed from Everton for £75m at the start of last week and scored his first goal for United in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. Lukaku has registered 85 times in the Premier League since 2012 – second only to Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero – but has never played in the Champions League, as he will next term.

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José Mourinho aims to warrant a ’15-year’ stay at Manchester United

  • Portuguese manager says he wants to bring stability to club
  • But he admits pressure of job makes such a lengthy tenure unlikely

José Mourinho wants to be Manchester United manager for “15 years”, though he admits the pressures of the job would make such a lengthy tenure at Old Trafford difficult.

The Portuguese is in his second term in charge, having led the club to Capital One Cup and Europa League successes in his first. United are in the America on a summer tour ahead of a campaign in which the manager has to ensure they challenge for a 21st domestic championship after only finishing sixth last year.

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Romelu Lukaku: José Mourinho has already made me a better player

• Manchester United new signing believes he has improved in 10 days
• ‘This is a big club and the challenge I wanted,’ says Belgium striker

Romelu Lukaku believes José Mourinho has made him a better player after only 10 days working with the Manchester United manager.

The striker was signed last week, at the start of United’s US tour, for £75m from Everton. On Monday Lukaku scored his first goal, the winner in a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at the Rio Tinto Stadium.

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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