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Alexis Sánchez signing plays part in Manchester United 10% wage bill rise

• Sánchez signing and new Fellaini contract part of £77m bill• Club’s revenue down to £135m from £143mManchester United’s wage bill has increased by more than 10%, the club’s latest financial figures have shown. The rise was attributed primarily to inv…

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When should a football club retire a player’s shirt number?

Moore, Baggio, Maradona, Maldini and ‘the 12th man’ have all been given the honour but is it really a sign of weakness?By Ricci Potts for The Gentleman UltraNot long ago I was speaking to some Napoli fans about Lorenzo Insigne. He was born in Naples, s…

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Football quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field)

Today’s questions are back for one night only• Sports quiz of the week: Rooney, City v United and F1Against which team did Wayne Rooney make his Premier League debut for Everton on 17 August, 2002?LiverpoolTottenhamArsenalNorwich In which part of Liver…

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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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What Manchester United must do to end stagnation under José Mourinho

The latest Manchester derby provided more evidence of a gulf in class but United can bridge the divide with a squad overhaulManchester United face a crisis: are they prepared to accept mediocrity or will Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, allow …

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Manchester United in talks with Valencia and Young over new contracts

• One-year extensions beyond this season being discussed• José Mourinho keen for the 33-year-olds to stay at UnitedManchester United are in discussions with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young regarding new one-year deals, with the players’ contracts due…

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Memphis Depay is a big club player with a small time attitude

Depay has been more effective in Ligue 1 this year than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé but his mentality is holding him backBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMemphis Depay is not often associated with the words “effective” or “consisten…

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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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Football transfer rumours: Fred wants out of Manchester United already?

This morning’s fluff is chewing the cudDespite pulling down the pants of their local rivals and administering a good spanking, Manchester City aren’t about to rest on their laurels. Pep Guardiola is once again being linked with a move for Ajax midfield…

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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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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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Manchester City v Manchester United: match preview

A fixture that can be billed as the Premier League’s match of the season so far is always unpredictable as illustrated by Manchester United’s 3-2 comeback win last term after Manchester City led 2-0 at the break. Pep Guardiola is yet to claim victory i…

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Manchester derby has been skewed by a decade of Abu Dhabi investment | Barney Ronay

City were light years behind United when their Emirati owners contested their first derby back in 2008 but their huge – and possibly dubious – investment has turned the tablesOh, what happened to me, whatever happened to you? What became of Robinho – a…