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Amazon and Facebook keen on Premier League rights, say Manchester United

• Tech companies’ interest will escalate financial boom for top clubs
• Ed Woodward announces record income made by United

The internet giants Amazon and Facebook are likely to bid for Premier League football streaming rights, which will further escalate the huge financial boom for England’s top clubs, the Manchester United vice-chairman has said.

In his quarterly call with bank executives who invest in United’s shares on the New York stock exchange, Ed Woodward said the technology companies were very interested in the last round of rights deals for 2016-19, which the Premier League sold primarily to BSkyB and BT for £8.4bn.

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Holders Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup draw

• Tottenham host local rivals West Ham at Wembley in fourth round
• Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City

Manchester United, the holders, will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. José Mourinho’s side beat Burton of the Championship 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to secure their place in the draw.

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland 3-0 – to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham host West Ham at Wembley and Manchester City entertain Championship side Wolves. Arsenal will also welcome Championship opposition to the Emirates in the shape of Norwich.

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Manchester United and Marcus Rashford allow Burton little consolation

Manchester United swatted Burton Albion aside in what is becoming familiar fashion this season. Their fourth four-goal haul of the season made it a total of 24 in eight outings in all competitions, as they began their defence of the League Cup.

José Mourinho had said United would be taking the competition seriously and by the close there was no disputing they had done so. Marcus Rashford scored twice and terrorised Burton to be the top performer on the night and Mourinho, the only current manager in the four top divisions who has previously claimed the trophy, may fancy his chances of doing so for a fifth time.

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Manchester United v Burton, Arsenal v Doncaster and more – Carabao Cup live!

11.15am BST

It’s the third round of the League Cup! (No, I can’t bring myself to call it that. Rumbelows never seemed a classier brand.) And here are the remaining fixtures, to be played this fine evening …

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Attention (some) Manchester United fans: all racial stereotyping is racist | Marina Hyde

The song about Romelu Lukaku’s penis is not just ‘banter’ because the trouble with supposedly positive stereotypes is that they tend to be accompanied in the minds of those who hold them by distinctly less complimentary ones

Why is it racist to say Jews are careful with their money? Why is it racist to say Asians are good at maths? Why is it racist to say black men have 24-inch penises? Guys, these are compliments! Your lot are never satisfied, are they?

And so to some Manchester United fans’ chants about their striker Romelu Lukaku, which a totally encouraging number of people simply cannot see are racist. To be super-clear (and apologies to those who realised this in 1964 or whenever): any assumption about someone made solely on the basis of that person’s race is racist. It may also be banter – but it is racist banter. And if anyone’s still struggling with the logical underpinnings of that incredibly simple rule of thumb, we’ll be diving deeper into why in a minute.

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Manchester United urged to stop their fans singing song about Romelu Lukaku

• Kick It Out write to club after footage emerges of ‘alleged racist chanting’
• Song, heard at Old Trafford last week, makes reference to Lukaku’s manhood

Manchester United have been urged to stop their supporters singing a song about Romelu Lukaku that makes reference to the size of the striker’s manhood on the basis that it reinforces racist stereotypes.

The anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out intervened after footage emerged of United fans singing the song, which goes to the tune of the Stone Roses hit Made of Stone, during the team’s 3-0 victory over Basel at Old Trafford in the Champions League last week. It is believed to have been repeated during Sunday’s 4-0 win against Everton at the same venue when Lukaku, who joined United from the Merseyside club for a fee of £75m rising to £90m with add-ons in July, scored one goal and assisted another.

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Manchester City’s spend piles on title pressure, says Ander Herrera

• Manchester United midfielder believes rivals are Premier League favourites
• Herrera says United ‘need to win titles’ to keep David de Gea at club

Ander Herrera believes Manchester City are under pressure to be the Premier League champions because of their record-breaking summer transfer spend and their lack of silverware last season.

United’s 4-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday made José Mourinho’s side joint-leaders with their neighbours. United and City have an identical record of 13 points and a positive goal difference of 14 after five games.

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

Bournemouth get some return from £15m Ibe, Chelsea lack plan B without Diego Costa, Burnley are not long-ball side and Jamaal Lascelles has grown up fast

Manchester City and Manchester United have goal differences of +14 after five matches. That is more than Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, a division routinely mocked for being uncompetitive. If the Manchester clubs carry on winning by the margins they have enjoyed so far, then they will surpass the Premier League’s record goal difference (+71 racked up by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009-10), the best ever mustered by Celtic (+80), the New Saints in Wales (+75) and the preposterous Ligue 1 record set by Paris Saint-Germain two years ago (+83). Of course that is a big ‘if’ because there is a small clutch of teams who could frustrate or even beat them. But United and, in particular, City are likely to ridicule many opponents this season. City beat United to the 2012 title on goal difference (+64 against +56); for José Mourinho there would surely be no sweeter way to prevail over Pep Guardiola this season. Paul Doyle

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Ronald Koeman tells José Mourinho to “get realistic” – video

In a fractious press conference after his Everton side lost 4-0 at Old Trafford, Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic”, in reference to comments the Manchester United boss made in his column in the match-day programme. Koeman also suggested that if he can’t get his team to win in the four home games they have before the next international break, he should be removed from his job

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Wayne Rooney loses out in battle of Manchester United’s past and present | Jamie Jackson

Wayne Rooney made his first return to Old Trafford since leaving and it was not a happy one as his replacement Romelu Lukaku overshadowed him

The heavens opened after only three minutes and so Wayne Rooney was being soaked as Antonio Valencia flashed home a sweet volley that gave Manchester United the lead moments later. This was not the way the club’s record goalscorer imagined his return.

Rooney last faced United at this venue on Boxing Day 2003 when Everton lost 3-2 against a Sir Alex Ferguson side that featured Tim Howard, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bellion. While Rooney’s status then as Old Trafford’s golden boy was still in the future, this match might have been billed as United Past versus United Present. With Rooney donning Everton livery, the home crowd would see their 253-goal man line up against his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, whose six goals in six games was a dream start to his career after moving from Goodison Park. Rooney had scored in Everton’s first two Premier League games but nothing since.

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Wayne Rooney loses out in battle of Manchester United’s past and present | Jamie Jackson

Wayne Rooney made his first return to Old Trafford since leaving and it was not a happy one as his replacement Romelu Lukaku overshadowed him

The heavens opened after only three minutes and so Wayne Rooney was being soaked as Antonio Valencia flashed home a sweet volley that gave Manchester United the lead moments later. This was not the way the club’s record goalscorer imagined his return.

Rooney last faced United at this venue on Boxing Day 2003 when Everton lost 3-2 against a Sir Alex Ferguson side that featured Tim Howard, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bellion. While Rooney’s status then as Old Trafford’s golden boy was still in the future, this match might have been billed as United Past versus United Present. With Rooney donning Everton livery, the home crowd would see their 253-goal man line up against his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, whose six goals in six games was a dream start to his career after moving from Goodison Park. Rooney had scored in Everton’s first two Premier League games but nothing since.

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Ronald Koeman frustrated by José Mourinho’s top-four comment

• Mourinho says Everton should be aiming for top-four finish
• Koeman tells Manchester United manager to ‘get realistic’

Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic” after the Manchester United manager claimed before his side’s 4-0 win that Everton should be aiming for a top-four finish “at least” having spent £140m in the summer transfer window.

Goals from Antonio Valencia on two minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on 83, Romelu Lukaku, on 89, and an Anthony Martial penalty in added time put United joint-top with Manchester City, both teams having 13 points and 16 goals with two conceded after five matches.

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Antonio Valencia screamer sets up Manchester United win over Everton

By the end, Wayne Rooney could probably be forgiven for wondering what kind of adventures he might be missing with his old team. He had heard his name sung and there was a little, polite wave of appreciation to the crowd. Yet Rooney wore the look of a …

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Manchester United v Everton: Premier League – live!

3.01pm BST

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Subs: Martial,
Smalling, Lingard, Carrick, Romero, Herrera, Darmian.

Everton: Pickford, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Martina, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Baines, Davies, Sigurdsson, Rooney. Subs: Sandro, Mirallas, Klaassen, Besic, Stekelenburg, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.

2.49pm BST

Wayne’s World. Fountains of Wayne. Wayne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. However you like your Wayne, there’s something for you today – are you an Evertonian, outraged by his departure all those years ago, who has clutched him firmly back to your bosom this time around? Perhaps you’re a United fan who, despite his slow fade over his final couple of seasons, believes he can do no wrong? Perhaps you’re somebody who takes a little from columns A, B and all the others, admiring the good and the bad from a brilliant if complex career that still have a fair few turns left in it.

The latest one, his return to Old Trafford, would have been billed a month or so back as the potential storming of the citadel by a vibrant, new-look Everton lineup led heroically by the man of the moment. Everton started the season reasonably well, Rooney scoring the obvious winner on his league re-debut, but it’s not gone remotely to plan since. A 1-1 draw at Man City – Rooney again – look a better result by the week but everything since has, let’s be honest, been turgid. They were virtually invisible against Chelsea and Tottenham; they were execrable at Atalanta on Thursday night and more of the same would see them take a hiding this afternoon.

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Wayne Rooney deserves a Ronaldo-style welcome at Old Trafford

The Everton striker did alienate Manchester United fans at times but while other greats of the club have their sins forgiven quickly, his seem to linger

It is strange in football, an industry where the super-rich often give the impression that money is how they keep the score, how even the most financially endowed clubs can be guilty sometimes of blurring their priorities when it comes to saving a few quid behind the scenes.

In happier times at Manchester United, when Sir Alex Ferguson and his team were greedily accumulating all those trophies, did you know that England’s biggest club wouldn’t take up the option to have extra medals made up for his coaches? It changed when Ken Ramsden took over from Ken Merrett as club secretary in 2007 but, until that point, the coaches would receive a few hundred quid as a bonus rather than a piece of silverware that would have felt priceless. Each medal would have cost around £1,000 – peanuts for a club of United’s stature – but that, plainly, was too much and Ferguson’s staff went without.

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Manchester United v Everton: match preview

The return of Wayne Rooney to Old Trafford gives the weekend’s final game a little extra glitter as does Romelu Lukaku, in blistering form, facing his former side. The issue though is whether Everton can arrest a run of three consecutive defeats against a Manchester United side out to return to winning ways in the league after their 2-2 draw at Stoke City. Jamie Jackson

Kick-off Sunday 4pm

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Wayne Rooney deserves legend’s welcome on United return, says José Mourinho

• Forward returns to Old Trafford with Everton on Sunday
• ‘He’s one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United’

Wayne Rooney should receive the welcome he deserves as a “genuine Manchester United legend” when making a first return with Everton on Sunday, according to José Mourinho.

Rooney is set to line up at Old Trafford against the side for which scored a record 253 goals, and his former manager is in no doubt regarding how the Liverpudlian should be greeted.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Can Roy Hodgson’s meat and potatoes approach nourish Palace, will Alexis Sánchez regain centre stage for Arsenal and might Watford go top?

Following the fiasco of Frank de Boer’s short reign at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson takes charge of a Crystal Palace team who have already suffered four scoreless defeats in as many Premier League matches. With trips to Manchester City, Manchester United and a home match against Chelsea to follow the game against Southampton, the importance of getting a morale-boosting result against comparatively easy opposition cannot be overstated and the manner in which Hodgson approaches this match will give Palace fans some idea what to expect in the months ahead. Quite how instant an impact he’ll have is open to question, considering that his former charge Simon Davies once said Hodgson had taken more than two years to “convert” Fulham’s players to methods that eventually got them to the 2010 Europa League final. Very recent history suggests he won’t get that kind of time at Palace. While we all know what atrocities they are capable of at their worst, at their best Hodgson’s teams work hard to maintain a solid shape that renders them difficult to break down, the stuff of relentless, presumably tedious but effective training ground drills. “Every day in training is geared towards team shape,” said Davies back then. “I’ve been working with the manager three seasons now and every day is team shape, and it shows.” While this meat-and-potatoes approach that has served Hodgson with varying degrees of success is unlikely to get Palace’s players or their supporters too excited, if it yields better results than De Boer’s methods it will do for now. BG

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Football transfer rumours: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid next summer?

Today’s fluff is talking in its sleep at night

According to Don Balón, Zinedine Zidane has his greedy eye on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who could be part of a wide-scale rebuilding project at the end of this season if it looks like Real Madrid’s current squad – and in particular their “BBC” attacking trident – are on a downward slope. David de Gea (inevitably), Paulo Dybala and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also mentioned, with the newspaper suggesting that “if Real’s performance is sub-optimal over this campaign, after two quiet transfer windows we could see a very busy summer in 2018”, adding that Zidane has given the current side until Christmas to impress him, after which he will begin serious planning for next season.

There is news, though, about David de Gea’s immediate future. In April his £3.85m home was put up for sale (not by De Gea himself, mind – he was only renting) sparking rumours that he was about to leave Manchester for Madrid. Then in June, after the sale of the property was completed and just in time for the transfer window, he moved out. Now, three weeks after that window ended without an outbound transfer, he has moved into a new place just 500 yards from the first, a development the Sun has interpreted as “hinting at a long-term Manchester United stay”.

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