Manchester United closed the gap on runaway league leaders Manchester City with a 3-0 victory over Stoke on Monday Night Football.
City’s lead now stands at 12 points after goals from Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku swept aside Stoke, who had their new boss Paul Lambert watching on from the stands.
The former Aston Villa and Norwich manager would have taken heart from the performance in the first half where the visitors created multiple chances but either spurned them or were denied by David de Gea, who was keeping his 13th clean sheet of the season.
Paul Pogba was voted man of the match.
Manchester United will take the option to extend David De Gea’s contract by a further year and Jose Mourinho is unsurprisingly keen to tie down our star goalkeeper for the long term.
De Gea’s current four-year deal is due to end next summer but a clause in it will allow the Reds to extend his stay for another 12 months, which Mourinho expects to be a formality.
But the manager is looking further ahead than that and hopes the club can agree a new contract for the Spaniard, who has again been in imperious form this season to illustrate why many fans, team-mates and pundits feel he is the best in the world. Read more
Here is the moment, Wayne Rooney helped investigators justify the fate of a conman who made £1million from thousands of people by selling sports memorabilia, including jerseys, boots, balls and others.
The Everton star and former England striker provided an autograph for Trading Standards Investigators to prove it wasn’t the same as the one faked on a Manchester United shirt by David Rennie.
According to Daily Mail, Rennie claimed he had a team who spent hours waiting outside football training grounds for stars like Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to sign goods like shirts, balls and boots. Read more
Former Germany, Arsenal and Bayern Munich striker, Lukas Podolski has launched a new kebab ‘Shawarma’ restaurant in the city of Chlodwigplatz, adding to his clothing store and the ice cream parlour he already has in his business portfolio.
The 32-year-old who currently plays for Vissel Kobe in the J.League in Japan opened the kebab shop which attracted over 1,000 hungry fans who queued to witnessed the launch of the restaurant over the weekend. Read more
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt has revealed he’s set to have trials with German club, Borussia Dortmund as he looks to launch a football career after retiring from sprint racing.
The Jamaican 100m and 200m world record holder who is the fastest man on earth and a die-hard fan of Manchester United told the Daily Express.
“In March, we’re going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.”
‘It makes me nervous,” he said. “I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it. Read more
Spanish club, Barcelona have unveiled their latest signing, Philippe Coutinho, after completing a record deal of £145m, making the Brazilian the second-most expensive player in the world after Neymar left for PSG at £198m
The 25-year-old playmaker who was unveiled by the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu at the Nou Camp this afternoon, was signed from English club Liverpool in a five-year deal.
Speaking at the official unveiling of Coutinho, Bartomeu said: ‘All Barcelona fans around the world are pleased to meet the new Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho. Read more
The CIES Football Observatory has published its annual rankings of most valuable players in the top five European leagues (the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga).
The list is made up based on their worth, factors including age, position, contract duration, performance and international status.
On the list, Brazilian and PSG superstar, Neymar piped his former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi to the top of the list with a value of €213million, while the Argentine footballer scooped the second spot with €202.2m worth. Read more
Dynamos Football Club fired midfielder Denver Mukamba for indiscipline.
The decision to fire Mukamba was reached after coach Lloyd Mutasa and his technical crew which includes assistants Biggie Zuze and Zondai Nyaungwa and team manager Richard Chihoro met with the club’s management last week. Read more
Current FA Cup holders Arsenal were humiliated out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest on Sunday evening after losing a dramatic tie 4-2 in the biggest shock of the third round.
Eric Lichaj scored twice for the home team in the first half either side of a Per Mertesacker goal before Ben Brereton converted from the penalty spot to give Forest a 3-1 lead after the break.
Danny Welbeck gave the 13-time winners hope with just over 10 minutes to go but Kieran Dowell netted from the penalty spot again to seal a 4-2 win for the second-tier side over the Premier League visitors.
Arsenal football club of England really have themselves to blame as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Man United at the Emirates stadium on Saturday night despite Paul Pogba receiving a red card for a careless tackle and Arsenal possessing 75% of the ball.
United went ahead early on at the Emirates through Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard, with the latter scoring again in the second half after a Lacazette consolation gial to seal the win.
Arsenal dominated in the match but were poor with their finishing unlike Man U who were deadly on the break and used counter attack mechanics to great effect. Read more