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Swansea City v Manchester United: Premier League – live!
Swansea City v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

The goal was coming. And then, just in time, it came.

The corner is powerfully headed goalwards by Pogba; Fabianski fingertips it onto the bar and the ball bounces onto – but not over – the line, up again, and as it works out which way it should go next it is gleefully hammered home by Bailly!

Swansea’s three-man backline is probably the most intriguing tactical issue today. Having been trialled for 10 minutes at Southampton last ...

August 19, 2017

Diego Costa to Liverpool: Reds to launch Chelsea bid if Philippe Coutinho leaves - report
Diego Costa to Liverpool: Reds to launch Chelsea bid if Philippe Coutinho leaves - report

Barcelona remain determined to lure Coutinho away from Liverpool despite having three bids for the Brazilian rejected.

Over at Chelsea, meanwhile, Diego Costa remains the source of much discussion.

The Spain international is currently training alone in Brazil after Antonio Conte informed him via text message he was surplus to requirements.

The 28-year-old is desperate to return to former club Atletico Madrid, three years afte...

August 19, 2017

Chris Wood to reject new Leeds United contract to force through Burnley move
Chris Wood to reject new Leeds United contract to force through Burnley move

Wood was Leeds' top goalscorer last season as they narrowly missed out on a Championship play-offs spot, finding the back of the net 30 times in his 44 appearances.

And his form has caught the attention of Premier League outfit Burnley, who are said to have already had a £12million bid rejected.

Leeds have offered the New Zealand a new three-year contract in a bid to keep him at Elland Road.

Chris Wood to ...

August 19, 2017

Swansea v Man Utd: Why are fans booing Marcus Rashford?
Swansea v Man Utd: Why are fans booing Marcus Rashford?

Manchester United are currently in action against Swansea.

And Marcus Rashford has been given a frosty welcome in Wales.

Fans on social media have expressed their bemusement at Rashford being booed given his innocuous reputation.

But, thinking back to last season, Rashford infuriated Swansea supporters by appearing to dive to win a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 

Last season,back in April, Paul Clement's si...

August 19, 2017

PSG star Angel Di Maria snubbed Barcelona earlier this summer: Ernesto Valverde still keen
PSG star Angel Di Maria snubbed Barcelona earlier this summer: Ernesto Valverde still keen

Barcelona are looking for replacements for Neymar, who was sold to PSG for a world-record £200million fee earlier this month.

So far, their bids to fill the void left by his departure have failed.

Barcelona want Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to spearhead a new era under Ernesto Valverde.

But Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are currently holding firm, well aware of the money Barcelona have at their disposal.

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August 19, 2017

Swansea v Man Utd: Paul Pogba should not have been sent off - Thierry Henry
Swansea v Man Utd: Paul Pogba should not have been sent off - Thierry Henry

That is the opinion of pundit and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

Just four minutes later the £89million man tripped left wing-back Martin Olsson, with Swans fans and players protesting he should have been given a second yellow.

Referee Jon Moss only gave Pogba a warning though, a decision Henry agreed with.

“That was unnecessary, I don’t know what he felt, he felt that he had to do it," Henry said on ...

August 19, 2017

Liverpool speedsters: Mane, Clyne or Moreno – Who is Anfield’s fastest player?
Liverpool speedsters: Mane, Clyne or Moreno – Who is Anfield’s fastest player?

Speed is a vital component in the Premier League. 

Southampton ace Shane Long was the fastest player in England’s top division last term. 

The Irish striker clocked speeds of 35.31km per hour during 2016/17. 

Long was fractionally quicker than Liverpool’s fastest player who was recorded as running at 34.7km.

But which star man topped the charts for Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield side, and who ma...

August 19, 2017

Liverpool star Coutinho will move to Barcelona but Reds in 'driving seat' to keep him
Liverpool star Coutinho will move to Barcelona but Reds in 'driving seat' to keep him

Barcelona are determined to bring Coutinho to the Nou Camp as a replacement for Neymar after his recent £198million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman said the Spanish giant’s determination to secure their main transfer target will see Coutinho swap Anfield for the Nou Camp.

However, Osman said Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are in the “driving seat” when it comes to the Coutin...

August 19, 2017

Australia 34 - New Zealand 54: All Blacks run riot in Rugby Championship opener
Australia 34 - New Zealand 54: All Blacks run riot in Rugby Championship opener

The world champions extinguished any chance of an upset with three tries in seven first-half minutes and sliced through the home defence almost at will in the opening 50 to start their title defence with a bonus-point win.

Liam Squire, Sonny Bill Williams, Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith also scored tries as the All Blacks brushed off the disappointment of the drawn British and Irish Lions series and a string of off-field distractions.

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August 19, 2017

Swansea 0-1 Manchester United LIVE: Eric Bailly opens the scoring
Swansea 0-1 Manchester United LIVE: Eric Bailly opens the scoring

Swansea v Manchester United: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates from the Liberty Stadium

Marcus Rashford does well to hold the ball up, but fails to bring any of his colleagues into play, and eventually shoots from distance.

HT: It came late but there’s little doubt that Manchester United deserve their lead. It’s not been particularly slick and free-flowing, but champions win games even when they’re lacklustre....

August 19, 2017


	Former youth coach accused of abusing 31 young players
Former youth coach accused of abusing 31 young players

Several alleged victims have also begun legal proceedings against Blackpool, with whom Roper was closely associated in the 1980s.

Stewart, 52, has claimed that Roper, who died in Stockport in 1995, abused him on a daily basis for four years from the age of 11.

Frank Roper (right) has been accused of abusing 31 former footballers

A Freedom of Information request revealed that 31 individuals have filed 35 accusations against Ro...

August 19, 2017


	Tottenham must make sure Wembley isn't fun for rivals
Tottenham must make sure Wembley isn't fun for rivals

When Arsenal played Champions League games at the old Wembley, every opponent raised their game against us.

We faced Fiorentina in 1999 and I remember looking across the tunnel at Gabriel Batistuta, who wore a beaming smile on his face.

He was so fired up to be playing at Wembley — you could see just how excited he was as he was talking to his team-mates.

Gabriel Batistuta was fired up for Fiorentina's clash against Arsenal a...

August 19, 2017


	De Boer doesn't feel Liverpool will keep Coutinho
De Boer doesn't feel Liverpool will keep Coutinho

Frank de Boer turned down Barcelona once in his playing days while at Ajax — but does not believe Liverpool will be able to retain Philippe Coutinho.

The Dutchman takes Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday to face a Liverpool side without their star Brazilian who has tried to force through a move to the La Liga giants by handing in a transfer request.

De Boer, 47, recalls being woken at midnight during the mid-90s by Barcelona’s a...

August 19, 2017


	Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham must learn to love Wembley
Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham must learn to love Wembley

Growing up on his farm in Argentina, Mauricio Pochettino would marvel at the grainy photographs in text books and footage from the distant footballing Mecca they called Wembley.

There was Antonio Rattin, he recalled, sent off in a World Cup quarter-final when Alf Ramsey branded England’s opponents ‘animals’ and banned his players from swapping shirts.

And an FA Cup final with Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, fellow Argentines who...

August 19, 2017


	Barnsley in takeover talks with Chinese billionaire
Barnsley in takeover talks with Chinese billionaire

Barnsley are in advanced discussions with Nice’s Chinese billionaire majority shareholder Chien Lee over a takeover.

The Tykes has held talks with Lee and his consortium, which includes US businessman Paul Conway, and there is hope of a swift conclusion.

Barnsley are seen as a key purchase for the consortium to expand their commercial portfolio 

Lee, who made his fortune with hotel firm Plateno Group and the investment compan...

August 19, 2017


	Mark Hughes hits back at Stoke critics and warns Arsenal
Mark Hughes hits back at Stoke critics and warns Arsenal

Mark Hughes has hit back at Stoke City’s critics and warned Arsenal they face a backlash from home fans.

It comes after Marko Arnautovic claimed West Ham are ‘a bigger and more ambitious club’ in a parting shot at Stoke when he left for £25million.

Stoke City manager Hughes says that criticism of his club has been unfair this summer

Former Potter Marko Arnautovic questioned Stoke's ambition before Jese Rodriguez arrived

August 19, 2017


	Antoine Griezmann poses in front of Corvette Stingray 
Antoine Griezmann poses in front of Corvette Stingray 

Atletico Madrid's La Liga campaign might be getting underway on Saturday but Antoine Griezmann has still found the time to take his mind off football.

The France international took to Instagram on Friday to post a photo of himself posing in front of a stylish Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with the caption: 'Ah oui hein', which translates as 'Ah yes eh'.

Diego Simeone and Atletico fans will be hoping that Griezmann's focus has now tu...

August 19, 2017


	HOT OR NOT: Sergio Aguero is still a big-moment player
HOT OR NOT: Sergio Aguero is still a big-moment player

Recent revelations of life struggles after sport have been highlighted by Olympian Gail Emms. Interesting to learn, then, that former England defender Anderson is spearheading a new venture to support sports stars in their retirement. Playon will launch officially next month.

Former footballer Viv Anderson is spearheading a great new venture called Playon next month

At Manchester City all the talk is about newcomer Gabriel Jesus bu...

August 19, 2017


	David Wagner and Huddersfield are the talk of the town
David Wagner and Huddersfield are the talk of the town

It was raining sideways on the M62 above Huddersfield on Friday. It is the self-proclaimed highest motorway in Britain and at 9.30am nobody would have needed any convincing.

An hour later on Leeds Road — about half a mile from where Huddersfield Town will host Newcastle tomorrow lunchtime — the old folk were playing bowls at the club's training ground. 

In this part of Yorkshire, it takes more than a rain shower or promotion to the...

August 19, 2017


	Rafael Nadal sets up quarter-final clash with Nick Kyrgios
Rafael Nadal sets up quarter-final clash with Nick Kyrgios

Top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets on Friday to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal made a flurry of uncharacteristic errors in the first set but settled down in the second and ultimately cruised to a 7-6, 6-2 victory on a humid, gusty day at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati.

'It was very warm and the ball was flyin...

August 19, 2017