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Aston Villa v Manchester United: match preview

Manchester United’s place in the Champions League next season is virtually guaranteed but a win against Aston Villa would still be another step to confirming their place. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side will be in high spirits after cruising into the Europa…

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Wolves v Brighton: match preview

Wolves gave rare starts to several young players in Monday’s draw with West Brom and their performances may convince Nuno Espírito Santo to send them into action again on Sunday. Vitinha made a particularly strong case for inclusion even though João Mo…

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West Ham v Everton: match preview

West Ham remain in contention for Champions League qualification with four games left and David Moyes will be feeling even more optimistic if he beats his former side at the London Stadium. These are heady times for West Ham, who hope that Declan Rice …

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Arsenal v West Brom: match preview

It is unlikely to be the cheeriest of Sunday nights at the Emirates given both sides could be put out of their misery, whether in avoiding the drop or chasing the Europa League, by full time. Sam Allardyce will have West Brom fired up for one last go b…

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Wolves v Brighton: match preview

Wolves gave rare starts to several young players in Monday’s draw with West Brom and their performances may convince Nuno Espírito Santo to send them into action again on Sunday. Vitinha made a particularly strong case for inclusion even though João Mo…

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Fulham v Burnley: match preview

Fulham take their latest swig in the last chance saloon on Monday night. They have fallen agonisingly short when it counted in recent weeks and realistically require four successive wins to stay up after managing five all season. Not many stranger thin…

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Manchester City v Chelsea: match preview

This promises to end as a day of celebration in Manchester’s blue half if City beat Chelsea and claim a third Premier League title in four years under Pep Guardiola. Take care of business and the manager can ease his players through the remaining four …

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Leeds v Tottenham: match preview

As a Tottenham player Ryan Mason became accustomed to hearing his old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, sing Marcelo Bielsa’s praises. Back then Mason could hardly have envisaged leading Spurs against Bielsa’s Leeds at Elland Road in his capacity as the te…

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Leeds v Tottenham: match preview

As a Tottenham player Ryan Mason became accustomed to hearing his old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, sing Marcelo Bielsa’s praises. Back then Mason could hardly have envisaged leading Spurs against Bielsa’s Leeds at Elland Road in his capacity as the te…

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‘Protests must be peaceful’: Jürgen Klopp on Old Trafford scenes – video

Jurgen Klopp said on Friday he believes Manchester United fans were within their rights to protest last Sunday at Old Trafford against the Glazers’ ownership, which subsequently resulted in the game between the teams being postponed. However, the Liver…

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Liverpool v Southampton: match preview

When Liverpool and Southampton last met on 4 January Jürgen Klopp’s champions were top of the table with one defeat in 16 games. Danny Ings’ early goal at St Mary’s Stadium precipitated a collapse still being felt today, with eight defeats in the past …

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Sheffield United v Crystal Palace: match preview

The stakes are acutely low at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United prepare for the Championship against long-since safe Crystal Palace. United fans will be pleased to see Sander Berge back in the starting lineup but that is where the good feeling begins an…

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Sheffield United v Crystal Palace: match preview

The stakes are acutely low at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United prepare for the Championship against long-since safe Crystal Palace. United fans will be pleased to see Sander Berge back in the starting lineup but that is where the good feeling begins an…

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Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta ‘devastated’ after Europa League semi-final exit – video

Reaction from the Emirates after Unai Emery’s Villarreal reached the final of the Europa League with a 0-0 draw on the night and 2-1 aggregate victory over Arsenal, the club that fired him last year. Mikel Arteta’s side hit the woodwork twice from effo…

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, trailer for documentary on legendary manager – video

The documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In explores the life of the legendary footballer and manager, delving into his decades-long career as well as his personal life. While recovering from a brain haemorrhage, Ferguson talks through his mo…

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Protesting Manchester United fans invade Old Trafford – in pictures

Manchester United fans are protesting against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club after they signed up for the European Super League Continue reading…

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Readers reply: how and when did football chants start?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsHow and when did fans start singing team songs and chants at football matches? W…

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Readers reply: how and when did football chants start?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsHow and when did fans start singing team songs and chants at football matches? W…

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Manchester United v Liverpool: match preview

After Manchester United’s 6-2 shellacking of Roma in the Europa League semi-final, Liverpool will hardly fancy taking on a home team 13 points ahead of them with five games left to play. That amounts to a 46-point swing from last season: Ole Gunnar Sol…

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West Brom v Wolves: match preview

West Brom begin the weekend nine points adrift of safety after conceding an agonising late equaliser at Villa Park – and their survival prospects may be even bleaker by Monday. “We’d have liked to have given ourselves a better chance,” Allardyce admitt…