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    CRISTIANO RONALDO insists fans are the 'best in football' after he received criticism for throwing a strop after the 1-1 draw against Burnley. The Manchester United ace started from the bench against bottom of the table Clarets and failed to score in the half an hour he was on the pitch. 2Ronaldo hasn't scored for five games in a rowCredit: GETTY IMAGES 2Ronaldo was criticised for storming off down the tunnel at full-time but shared a photo of him interacting with a young fan as he insisted they're the 'best in football.'Credit: INSTAGRAM And after failing to net for the fifth game in a row - his longest goal drought in more than a DECADE - Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel at full-time. Ronaldo threw down some white strapping from his wrists as his United team-mates stayed behind to thank the travelling fans. But after receiving criticism for his strop, Ronaldo took to Instagram to hail fans as the 'best in football.' CR7 said: "Supporters are and will always be the best in football, and we must respect everything...
    FORMER Wales international Dean Saunders says Cristiano Ronaldo is 'playing with DUMMIES' at Manchester United. Ronaldo played just under half an hour at Turf Moor after starting from the bench. 2Ronaldo started Wednesday's game against Burnley from the benchCredit: GETTY 2McTominay and Fred have come under fire from Saunders, who says the duo may be the worst midfield Ronaldo has played withCredit: NEWS GROUP Saunders, who managed to net 190 club goals, took aim at midfield duo Fred and Scott McTominay after United's disappointing 1-1 draw away at bottom of the table Burnley. Fred, of course, missed the game through Covid, but didn't stop him from getting caught in the crossfire of Saunders' post-match rant. On talkSPORT, Saunders blasted the midfield duo, saying: "At one point they should've been 3-0 up, they were running away with it. "Then the minute they get a bit of adversity they seem to go backwards and crumble. "If you asked Ronaldo, 'Who's the worst midfield players you've ever played with in your career?' Fred and [Scott] McTominay won't be far off. "People are...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly set their sights on three central midfield transfer targets. ESPN claims the Red Devils want to boost their options in the middle of the park. 3West Ham's Declan Rice is just one of three midfielders on Man Utd's transfer shortlistCredit: Rex 3United are also big fans of Leeds ace Kalvin PhillipsCredit: Getty Paul Pogba could soon leave Old Trafford on a free transfer, while Nemanja Matic is nearing the end of his career. And interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who is set to take up a consultancy role this summer, has been working with clubs chiefs to identify star signings. It’s reckoned West Ham’s Declan Rice, 23, Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, 26, and RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, 24, have all been earmarked as targets. And negotiations with the three midfielders, as well as their clubs, could commence shortly. It’s reckoned United had up to 15 midfielders on their shortlist before cutting it down to Rice, Phillips and Haidara. But United also hope to consult their next permanent manager before splashing the cash on any new faces. Most read...
    I THINK it would be safe to suggest that Arsenal fans on social media have been in degrees of meltdown in the past few days. The anxiety at the lack of arrivals to balance the exits as the end of the window approached reached fever pitch as the final hours confirmed a further departure and no new faces. 4Arsenal have taken a big risk by allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leaveCredit: Getty 4Alexandre Lacazette needs to step up with the goods in the second half of the seasonCredit: Getty Being as passionate a fan as the next Gunner, it is hard to take a measured view when there is so much anger but the situation merits it. THE GRIPES The departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free and Folarin Balogun on loan leave Arsenal with only Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, both due to leave in June, as their only recognised central strikers. Given how woeful and disinterested Nketiah seems, an injury to the skipper could be disastrous. The departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers - when...
    MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI has confirmed that Arsenal target Arthur will not leave Juventus on loan in the winter transfer window. The Gunners a looking to bolster their midfield options amid a series of injuries and suspensions in the middle of the park. GETTY IMAGES 1 Arthur was linked with a loan move to Arsenal Thomas Partey was the latest Arsenal star to receive his marching orders. The Ghanaian international returned from international duty in Cameroon on the day of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and was named in the squad to face Liverpool that night. Partey got on with ten minutes to go, but quickly picked up two yellows and was subsequently sent off – which he apologised for. Arthur was a target for the Gunners, but the chances of landing their man are looking unlikely with Allegri labelling the Brazilian a ‘important player.’ Speaking on the transfer speculation, the Juve boss said: “This is our team and we’re not gonna change anything. “Arthur’s part of Brazil national team, he’s an important player.” Most read in Premier...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have identified Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz as the ideal alternative to West Ham star Declan Rice. The Red Devils are keen to bolster their midfield in the summer following a difficult first half of the 2021-22 campaign. 1Ruiz is being eyed up by a host of Premier League clubsCredit: Getty Images - Getty They are also expecting Paul Pogba to leave in the summer as his contract is up at the end of the season. Scott McTominay and Fred have impressed in recent weeks - but Man Utd still seem short in the centre of midfield. West Ham talisman Rice remains their preferred choice, although the England international will set them back £100million. But if they cannot land the 23-year-old then their Plan B is thought to be the acquisition of Spanish midfielder Ruiz, according to La Repubblica. Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be in the race to sign the 25-year-old from Napoli, whose contract runs until 2023. However, United remain in 'pole position' to snatch him away from the Italian giants in the summer. Most...
    ARSENAL are in advanced talks to sign Juventus star Arthur on loan as Mikel Arteta follows through on his promise to sign 'world-class' players, according to reports. The Gunners re desperately short of options in the heart of midfield, especially after Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny left for AFCON duty. Arteta was forced to pick youngster Charlie Patino and Albert Sambi Lokonga for the 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest at the weekend. And the Emirates boss is working to fix his midfield woes this month with a swoop for ex-Barcelona star Arthur, according to RMC Sport. The Brazilian joined Juventus in 2020 in swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic. Arthur is under contract under the end of the 2024-25 season. But he has played just 29 times in Serie A in his 18-month spell. With just seven league appearances this term, Arteta is hoping Juve will be tempted to let the midfielder leave on loan until the end of the season. HELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited this weekCASH OUT Massive new ‘$1,657 checks’ to...
    ARSENAL are facing a midfield dilemma ahead of their most important week of the season so far. And the decision to allow Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join Roma on loan has already backfired, after Granit Xhaka tested positive for Covid at the weekend. 3Mikel Arteta was fuming as Arsenal were dumped out of the FA CupCredit: AFP 3Charlie Patino made his first Gunners start against ForestCredit: AFP That means Albert Sambi Lokonga, 22, and 18-year-old rookie Charlie Patino will be the only central midfield players available for Thursday’s trip to Liverpool for the delayed first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Boss Mikel Arteta is already sweating on Xhaka recovering from his second bout of the virus in time for Sunday’s crucial North London derby at Spurs. The 29-year-old Xhaka, who refused to be vaccinated before he tested positive while on international duty with Switzerland last September, is currently in isolation along with striker Folarin Balogun, 20. And even though he is due out of quarantine before the weekend, he will have missed a full week’s training before the game against Spurs,...
    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta could give youth a chance in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. The Gunners face Nottingham Forest as England’s heavyweight clubs make their entry in the storied old competition. 3 3Charlie Patino could start in the FA Cup third round on SundayCredit: Getty And wonderkid Charlie Patino could benefit from being handed his first start in the senior side. The 18-year-old has been catching the eye in Arsenal’s youth ranks for several years now. Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand has even marked him as one to watch for the year ahead. In truth, Arteta is facing up to crisis in midfield, with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny unavailable due to the Africa Cup of Nations. Granit Xhaka is also set to be absent for the clash at the City Ground after he was not seen at training this week. England U19 star Patino could be joined in a midfield three by Albert Sambi Lokonga and playmaker Martin Odegaard. Most read in SoccerON JUVE Aaron Ramsey will LEAVE Juventus with Newcastle leading Burnley in transfer raceBARCA BOUND...
    ASTON VILLA sealed the loan signing of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho this morning. The move sees the ambitious Midlanders reunite boss Steven Gerrard with his former Liverpool team-mate Coutinho. 4 4Philippe Coutinho arrives at Villa from BarcelonaCredit: AFP The transfer illustrates the incredible pull that a man of Gerrard's star power can have at a football club. And it also adds another impressive option to their attacking arsenal. Gerrard, 41, could slot Coutinho into a No10 slot with full license to create. A fluid attacking midfield trio with the former Anfield hero teamed up with the likes of Emi Buendia and Bertrand Traore could be a frightening prospect for opposition defences. While in Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, Villa have two forwards that will be licking their lips at the thought of receiving Coutinho's service. Gerrard is likely to deploy John McGinn and Douglas Luiz in midfield around his new signing. 4 ICON LOST Betty White's cause of death revealed after screen legend passed away at 99DARE TO BARE Pregnant Kylie shows off big bare baby bump in crop top...
    ARSENAL starlet Charlie Patino is reportedly in line to start in the FA Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The Gunners starlet could take advantage of a midfield crisis in the team to feature in the middle of the park at the City Ground. 3Arsenal midfielder Charlie Patino could feature against Nottingham Forest in Sunday's FA Cup tieCredit: Getty 3A midfield crisis could see Patino start in the middle of the pitch at the City GroundCredit: Getty Patino, 18, starred in his debut for the North Londoners last month where he came off the bench and scored in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win against Sunderland. Taking to social media after the victory over the Black Cats, the teenager said: "The best day of my life and an early Christmas present. "Thanks to all the fans for their amazing support! What a night." And the England youth international could now be handed his first senior start with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny unavailable due to the Africa Cup of Nations. Meanwhile versatile midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is poised to...
    The Arsenal community, whist bitter at the refereeing and VAR calls in the narrow defeat to Man City, are still revelling in the performance of their young team. Without their manager to cajole and instruct them from the touchline, Mikel Arteta’s boys outthought, outfought and with 11 men outplayed the champions.   4Thomas Partey delivered his best performance in an Arsenal shirt against Man City, but now heads to the AfconCredit: Getty It was a coming-of-age performance in so many ways, proving that this Arsenal side can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league, but it was also a coming-of-age performance by one individual. On Saturday lunchtime we finally saw the Thomas Partey we all thought we had signed from Atletico, who until now we had only seen glimpses of. The Ghanaian dominated the midfield area, and in truth the whole pitch with a measured, confident and majestic display. His tackling, anticipation, passing and vision were all there for everyone to see and drew the biggest compliment any midfielder, let alone a Gunner can be paid. Gilberto Silva,...
    HARRY KANE was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer, but their approaches were rebuffed by Tottenham. An initial bid of £120million is understood to have been rejected, as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wanted to hold out for £150m. 5How Man City could line up with Kane and Grealish 5How Man City could line up with Kane but without Grealish 5City could revive their interest in Kane, but what would that mean for Grealish?Credit: PA In the end a move failed to materialise, but it might not be the end of the Kane to City saga. Reports this morning suggested City were still 'interested' in a move for Kane. And with an extra £55m in the bank following the sale of Ferran Torres to Barcelona, the Cityzens could revive their interest with an improved bid. Pep Guardiola is missing an out-and-out striker to lead the line, and could look to Kane to fill his void at the top of the pitch. Here SunSport take a look at how a star-studded Manchester...
    LIVERPOOL could be about to raid Serie A for midfield reinforcements next summer. The Reds are reportedly tracking Napoli star Fabian Ruiz as they look to strengthen in the middle of the park. 1Fabian Ruiz moved to Napoli from Real Betis back in 2018Credit: Alamy Spanish outlet Fichajes claims the Premier League giants are keen to bring in the Spain international at the end of the season. But they face competition from LaLiga heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid for the 25-year-old’s signature. Klopp is assessing his options ahead of a possible summer overhaul of his midfield. Club captain Jordan Henderson is turning 32 next year and Thiago Alcantara has been hampered by injuries in recent months. Liverpool have been linked with a blockbuster move for England wonderkid Jude Bellingham. The 18-year-old is one of European football’s hottest properties after his stunning performances at Borussia Dortmund. Most read in Premier LeagueGet your goss Newcastle want Ighalo, Phillips loyalty to Leeds, Chelsea eye KimpembeUNITED NEWS Ousmane Dembele blow, Ronaldo 'reason Haaland started playing football'boxing day clash Norwich vs Arsenal: TV channel, live...
    ARSENAL put aside their dismal away record with an emphatic win on the road. After three straight away league defeats, they blew past an injury-ravaged Leeds in the first half with three goals to settle this one and strengthen their grip on the top four ahead of Christmas. 1Arsenal were a class apart from Leeds as they thumped them 4-1Credit: Getty Gabriel Martinelli scored twice with two classy finishes before Bukayo Saka grabbed a third. Ben White gave his former side a lifeline by diving in for the penalty but it was too little too late for the hosts as sub Emile Smith Rowe smashed in a fourth moments after coming on. Here's how SunSport's Joshua Jones rated Mikel Arteta's men... Aaron Ramsdale - 6 Has been Arsenal's player of the month for October and November but a quiet evening in Yorkshire. He did not face a shot on target until the 72nd minute, when Tyler Roberts tried his luck from range but it was an easy stop. Three minutes later, had no chance with Raphina's...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are looking at their options in midfield next month as Paul Pogba’s contract situation shows little sign of resolving itself. The France star has just six months left to run on his current deal at Old Trafford. 1Paul Pogba has not played since the November clash with AtalantaCredit: Getty Talks over an extension have stalled, with the player reportedly unsure where his future lies beyond the summer. And the Telegraph now reports the Red Devils are preparing to enter the January transfer market for his replacement. They have recently been linked with blockbuster moves for immensely talented youngsters Jude Bellingham and Frenkie De Jong. But new boss Ralf Rangnick will have to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich for Dortmund star Bellingham. And De Jong appears to have indicated he would rather stay at Barcelona than leave their reboot project. Pogba has been courted by a host of Europe’s top clubs, with Real Madrid considered the frontrunners if he does move. Most read in Premier LeagueGUNNERS LATEST Next captain LATEST, Aubameyang STRIPPED of captaincy, Smith-Rowe injuryUNITED NEWS...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are set to be rivalled for the signing of Jude Bellingham by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. United are desperate for reinforcements in midfield, with Bellingham a target for interim boss Ralf Rangnick. 1A transfer tussle for Bellingham between some of Europe's biggest clubs could be on the cards in the summerCredit: AP And now Bayern Munich have joined the race for the England star, according to German outlet Bild. Borussia Dortmund though are desperate not to lose one of their prized assets to their biggest rivals. Bayern are famed for poaching Dortmund's best players, and have done so in the past by signing the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels. This time however they do not want to let it happen, with Erling Haaland also linked with a switch from Dortmund to Bayern. With Bellingham under contract with Dortmund until 2025, the club are in a strong position when it comes to transfer negotiations. Meanwhile at Old Trafford Paul Pogba is out-of-contract at the end of the season, while...
    CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed he will be missing at least FOUR first-team stars for Saturday's game against Leeds. The fierce rivals will go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge at 3pm. 2 But Tuchel has something of a dilemma on his hands - with N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah all missing. The Blues boss also confirmed Reece James will return to wing-back after playing in the heart of midfield - with Saul Niguez and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the wide roles - for the 3-3 Champions League draw at Zenit. Jorginho is still an injury worry for Chelsea, but the Italian is set to once again 'play through the pain'. Tuchel revealed: "Chalobah is still out, Kovacic is obviously out. Kante is out for tomorrow and Ben Chilwell. "Jorginho did the last two training sessions and he will do what he did in the last games and play through pain and do what's needed to be on the pitch. "Reecey will start the match [vs Leeds] as a wing-back. Most read in Premier LeagueGUNNERS LATEST Wijnaldum shock...
    ALAN SHEARER'S midfield picks for the best club XI he's played with left Micah Richards and Gary Lineker in hysterics. Lineker had set both Shearer and Richards the task of building a team composed of the best stars they've played alongside at club level during their professional careers on MOTD Top10. 3Shearer chose Rob Lee and Tim Sherwood as his best midfield duo he's played with 3While Richards went with Vieira and Yaya Toure in the middle of his park 3Shearer's midfield picks left Richards and Lineker in hysterics But when they got to the midfield department, it soon became clear that ex-Manchester City defender Richards was more prepared than Newcastle's former hot-shot Shearer. Before the pundits even started reeling off the names of their midfield picks Richards defiantly declared victory. He triumphantly boasted: "My midfield destroys his already, I can see the fear in his eyes!", causing all three pundits to burst into laughter. However, when Richards threw ex-City star Patrick Vieira's name into the mix who Lineker had forgotten about, it was evident that the 33-year-old meant business....
    NEWCASTLE want to sign Manchester City ace Oleksandr Zinchenko in January, according to reports. Winless Toon are desperate for reinforcements as they battle against the drop. 1Oleksandr Zinchenko made a rare Man City start on Wednesday nightCredit: Getty Eddie Howe's side currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with six points from 12 games. But their new Saudi owners won't accept relegation without a fight. According to the Mail, Newcastle are planning an ambitious loan bid for Ukrainian star Zinchenko. The full-back, 24, has hardly featured in the Premier League this season for Pep Guardiola's men - playing just 56 minutes of action. He has previously resisted moves away from the Etihad, notably snubbing Wolves in 2018 to become a key man again at City. But Joao Cancelo's unbelievable form at left-back this term makes a renaissance for Zinchenko look ever more difficult. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rangnick deal reached on interim basis, Pochettino permanent manager BOOSTLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Chelsea may target £84m Chiesa, Tottenham stunned by Mura, Haaland LATESTLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Pablo Mari Flamengo return,...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM and Emile Smith Rowe are in red-hot form with the 2022 Qatar World Cup JUST around the corner. The winter spectacle gives players the 2021/22 season and some of next term to impress boss Gareth Southgate to secure their place on the plane. 5Bellingham and Smith Rowe could join England's midfield 5Smith Rowe and Bellingham are amongst the youngest in England's senior dressing roomCredit: GETTY IMAGES And youngsters Bellingham and Smith Rowe are doing their best to impress already. Bellingham, 18, already has three goals and seven assists to his name this season across all competitions. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is lighting up the Bundesliga. His form has seen him be linked with a move back to England with Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea. Bellingham will almost certainly be on the plane to Qatar, having already had major international tournament experience. He was a part of Southgate's Euro 2020 squad which reached the final, but lost on penalties. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Lacazette linked with Barcelona move, Vlahovic...
    FRANK LAMPARD is set to take over as Norwich boss to replace the axed Daniel Farke. Lamps held conversations with the Carrow Road board on Monday and has now agreed to take over the Premier League's bottom club. 3How Norwich could line-up under Lampard 3The Canaries are currently five points off safety in the leagueCredit: Getty And the Blues legend could turn to the army of Chelsea loanees and outcasts in a bid to try and save the Canaries season. And SunSport have explored who could be on Lampard's radar should he take over the reigns at Carrow Road. The 43-year-old could launch an audacious bid for struggling shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Kepa has failed to impress since his world record £72million move from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. With Edouard Mendy firmly established as the No1 between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, Kepa could be eyeing a move in a bid for more game time. Derby starlet Lee Buchanan could also be a potential signing for Lampard. CASH COMING November 'stimulus check' payment comes NEXT WEEK ahead of...
    DUTCH sensation Ryan Gravenberch has dealt a blow to Manchester United and Liverpool - by declaring his aim to sign a new contract with Ajax. The Holland midfielder, just 19, has become one of Europe's most-wanted players after helping his club to a league and cup double last season. 1Ryan Gravenberch is happy at Ajax and wants to extend his current contractCredit: Getty Rated at £30million, he is under contract until 2023 at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Rival bosses Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp are thought to be eager to sign the Amsterdam-born teenager. Newly-rich Newcastle have also been credited with an interest in Gravenberch, together with Barcelona, Juventus and Chelsea. But the nine-cap international, an Ajax academy product, said he is in no hurry to leave his hometown club. Gravenberch told Voetbal International: "I am very happy at Ajax, and I don't yet want to leave. "I am in talks with the club about a new contract. Things are progressing, and hopefully they will turn out well. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Steven Gerrard to Aston...
    CHELSEA drew 1-1 with Burnley at Stamford Bridge after Matej Vydra's late strike cancelled out Kai Havertz's opener. The Blues remain top of the Premier League heading into the third international break of the season – but will rue a host of missed chances. 5Kai Havertz put Chelsea 1-0 up in the first-half but it was not enough for all three pointsCredit: Getty 5Ross Barkley lacked cutting edge on his return to the teamCredit: Reuters They were 11 minutes away from a well-earned sixth clean sheet from seven matches until Burnley substitute Vydra equalised to cancel out the first-half header from Havertz. Despite dropping points it means the European champions will continue to set the pace when the domestic campaign resumes in two weeks’ time. Here is how SunSport's Rob Maul rated Thomas Tuchel's men. Edouard Mendy (6): The Senegalese goalkeeperwas unable to do much about the goal that Burnley scored from close range but he will have still left the field angry and frustrated he couldn’t keep yet another clean sheet. Andreas Christensen (6): Burnley’s physical threat, particularly at set pieces,...
    MANCHESTER UNITED were thumped by Liverpool on an embarrassing afternoon at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were carved to pieces by the dominant Reds on a nightmare day. 6Manchester United were hammered by Liverpool on a horrible afternoon for themCredit: Getty Naby Keita scored early before Diogo Jota added a second to put Jurgen Klopp's men in command. And Mo Salah helped himself to an Old Trafford hat-trick to pile on the Man Utd misery. Here is how SunSport rated Man Utd's players on Sunday. DAVID DE GEA - 5/10 Being hyper critical, he might have done better with the opening goal and Mo Salah's second just before half-time. But he was absolutely deserted by his defence for large parts of the afternoon. 6A helpless David de Gea watches Diogo Jota double Liverpool's first-half leadCredit: Getty AARON WAN-BISSAKA - 5/10 Came up against Diogo Jota in fine form and was given a torrid afternoon at the office. None of Liverpool's goals came down his side, to be fair to him. But the right-back didn't do enough going forward, either,...
    The identities have been released of the two Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse players killed and another who was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash. It happened around 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in New London County in the Town of Colchester, on Parum Road near Lake Hayward Road. A Nissan Altima reportedly drove off the roadway, hitting the guardrail and several trees before crashing down an embankment, according to authorities. Earlier report: Two Western Connecticut State Lacrosse Players Killed, Another Injured In Single-Vehicle Crash On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23, WestConn identified the two players killed as Tyler Graham, age 18, and Jacob Chapman, age 18. Graham was a first-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the Ancell School of Business, the university said.  He attended Bacon Academy in Colchester, where he played attack and midfield. Chapman, 18, was a first-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management-Undeclared from the Ancell School of Business, said the university.  He also attended Bacon Academy in Colchester, where he also played attack and...
    THOMAS PARTEY missed his chance to shine in front of Arsenal great Patrick Vieira four nights ago. The 28-year-old Ghanaian put in one of his worst showings in a Gunners shirt since his £45million mega-money move from Atletico Madrid last October. 2Thomas Partey celebrates after opening the scoring on Friday nightCredit: Getty 2The Arsenal midfielder headed in a corner midway through the first halfCredit: Getty In fairness to Partey, he wasn't helped by Mikel Arteta's team selection in Monday's 2-2 draw with Vieira's Palace side. Partey spent most of his time dealing with Palace's attacking threat as they carved through Arsenal's midfield almost at will. What didn't help his night also was gifting away possession for Palace's equaliser five minutes after the break. But Partey looked liberated and played with freedom on Friday night against Aston Villa. Albert Sambi Lokonga came into midfield for Martin Odegaard for Friday night's game. And his presence not only shared the defensive load in dealing with Emi Buendia and Villa's midfield. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS Most read in Premier...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is reportedly unhappy at Manchester United failing to sign a midfielder in the summer. United spent big in the transfer window, landing huge names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. 2Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be unhappy at the failure to sign a midfielder But the Red Devils have hit a rough patch and problems that were evident last season still persist. Namely, who to pick in midfield - Solskajer has already used seven different midfield combinations since the start of the season. And according to the Manchester Evening News, the Norwegian is privately disappointed at not being able to improve his midfield options. A number of midfielders were linked to Old Trafford in the summer but the club's hierarchy prioritised the defensive and wing positions - Varane and Sancho. Brighton star Yves Bissouma was rumoured to be of interest and United could have signed him for around £40million. Eduardo Camavinga was another young player on the United radar but he sealed a late deadline day move to Real Madrid. Most read in...
    MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly still keen on West Ham’s Declan Rice as a successor to midfield lynchpin Fernandinho. The 22-year-old England midfielder is seen as an ideal replacement for the 36-year-old Brazilian, according to The Athletic. 1West Ham have valued Rice at £100millionCredit: Getty The article points out that Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with ‘arguably West Ham’s best player’. It explains City were thought to be considering a bid to ‘test West Ham’s resolve’ last season but instead decided to offer veteran Fernandinho a one-year deal extension in January. It adds: “There is every chance they will make a bid next summer, with Rice viewed as 36-year-old Fernandinho’s long-term successor.” Rice is contracted to West Ham until 2024 with an option for a one-year extension. The Athletic claim they ‘have no intention of selling him’ but they are ‘aware of Rice’s ambitions to win trophies and play Champions League football.’ The report adds if Rice were to leave it would be ‘one of the few occasions where the fans would not be in uproar about the...
    CHELSEA are plotting to sign Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic when his contract expires next summer, according to reports. There are several clubs interested in the midfielder with Inter also keen to hold onto him. 1Chelsea are eyeing Marcelo Brozovic on a free transfer The Serie A club reportedly sat down with Brozovic this week to begin discussions about a contract renewal, according to Tuttosport. Brozovic is said to be happy in Milan but will make demands over wages, with the Croatian seeking around £100,000 a week. Tuttosport suggests the pressure is on Inter owners Suning as Brozovic will be free to speak to possible foreign suitors from January onwards. Chelsea are said to be monitoring those talks with the aim to swoop in if they are not progressing well. The Blues would be willing to offer Brozovic a "hefty package" to persuade him to move to west London. Thomas Tuchel added to his midfield options with the loan signing of Saul from Atletico Madrid last summer. Most read in SoccerRUMORED ROMANCE A look at Kristie Mewis' dating life as...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter shook up his lineup, inserting goalkeeper Zack Steffen among nine changes to the starting 11 for Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. Chris Richards, a 21-year-old central defender, was given his first competitive start as the Americans fielded their youngest lineup in a World Cup qualifier, averaging 22 years, 229 days. That broke the previous mark of 23 years, 85 days set at the Sept. 8 match at Honduras, a 4-1 win. Midfielder Yunus Musah and winger Paul Arriola were the only holdovers from the lineup that started the 1-0 loss at Panama on Sunday. Berhalter inserted a new back four of right back Sergiño Dest, Chris Richards and Miles Robinson in central defense, and Antonee Robinson at left back. Tyler Adams was in defensive midfield and captained the team, and Weston McKennie in advanced midfield with Musah. Brenden Aaronson and Arriola were on the wings, and Ricardo Pepi headed the attack. Steffen took over in goal from New England’s Matt Turner, who started the first four qualifiers. Steffen, Ederson’s...
    BARCELONA have reportedly set their sights on four midfielders they are interested in signing in the January transfer window. The Catalan giants saw a host of players depart in the summer including Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Miralem Pjanic. 4Van de Beek has struggled to settle since arriving in ManchesterCredit: Getty 4Ndombele wanted to leave Tottenham in the summerCredit: Getty And, according to Sport, under pressure boss Ronald Koeman has identified Manchester United man Donny van de Beek as someone he would like to add to his squad. The 24-year-old Dutchman struggled to make any sort of impact during his first campaign at Old Trafford last season. And things haven't improved much at the start of the new season as he has started just one of Man Utd's seven Premier League games. A move to Barca could give Van de Beek a second chance to rediscover the form he showed at Ajax. Another man who Koeman's side are looking at closely is Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman arrived in North London for a club record fee of £55million in 2019...
    BRYAN ROBSON believes that midfielder Scott McTominay should be used in a more attacking position by Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And the Red Devils legend, 64, even reckons that the Scot can 'score 10 to 15 goals a season' in a box-to-box role. 2Scott McTominay celebrates scoring against Leeds last seasonCredit: Getty 2Bryan Robson is a big fan of McTominayCredit: PA:Press Association United have struggled to get the balance of their midfield right this season, with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo papering over cracks in certain matches. And Robson believes that Solskjaer needs to avoid classifying all of his midfielders as purely attacking or defensive - with McTominay in particular able to do both. He told the BBC: "The coaches either want an attacking midfielder or a sitting midfielder but I still think there are people out there who can do box to box. "They’ve just got to work a little bit harder and get their finishing right. I think we have one at this club in Scott McTominay, I don’t think he just has to be a sitting...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are lining up a free transfer for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie to potentially replace Paul Pogba should the Frenchman decide to leave, reports say. Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham are also interested in signing Kessie, whose contract expires in June 2022. 1Kessie is one of Milan's most valuable assetsCredit: GETTY IMAGES According to Calciomercato, talks between Milan and Kessie over a new contract are at a stalemate. And the Ivorian international's situation has alerted Man Utd, who have a contract situation of their own with star man Pogba. The 28-year-old's contract expires in the summer, but have set a Christmas deadline on when they want an answer on whether he'll sign a new deal. Should the midfielder sign a contract extension, he could top an eye-watering £400,000-a-week. LaLiga giants Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Pogba, but there are doubts over whether they can financially afford to sign him and his International team-mate Kylian Mbappe in the same summer. Should Pogba decide to leave United, Kessie is a good alternative....
    MANCHESTER UNITED could be set to splash the cash again in 2022 as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to continue his rebuild. The Red Devils brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer, and the club are likely to go big again next year. 3This is how Manchester United could start in 2022 should they sign Erling Haaland and Declan Rice Solskjaer is still eyeing up his first piece of silverware since taking charge in December 2018, while United haven't won a trophy since the Europa League in 2017. United failed to bring in a central midfielder in the recent transfer window, and that is believed to be a key priority for next season. And despite bringing in Ronaldo, Solskjaer is understood to be keen to sign another centre-forward. Edinson Cavani is in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford and is unlikely to be handed a new one-year deal. Meanwhile Anthony Martial faces an uncertain future following his poor form this campaign. And it has been claimed that United are eyeing up a double...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has a fistful of selection dilemmas to sweat over as he prepares for Manchester United's vital showdown with Villarreal. The Red Devils slipped to a shock defeat their Champions League group stage opener 2-1 at Young Boys. 2 United have now lost three of their last four matches in all competitions and go into the game against the LaLiga giants - who beat them to lift last season's Europa League crown - with a decimated defence. Solskjaer saw star men Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw limp off during the dramatic defeat against Aston Villa on Saturday with the boss admitting it 'doesn't look good' for Wednesday night. And with Aaron Wan-Bissaka following his red card against Young Boys, the United boss has very few options. David de Gea is expected to keep Dean Henderson out of the team, while Diogo Dalot will likely replace Wan-Bissaka on the right. Victor Lindelof is set to beat Eric Bailly to the starting line up, partnering Champions League veteran Raphael Varane in the heart of defence. Alex Telles has only recently...
    Romeo Beckham, the second son of former England captain David Beckham, made his professional football debut on Sunday playing for American third-tier side Fort Lauderdale - which is owned by his father. The 19-year-old joined Fort Lauderdale - the reserve team of Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer side founded and owned by Beckham Snr, earlier this month and his first outing came in a 2-2 home draw with South Georgia Tormenta this weekend. Beckham Jnr started on the right wing, just like his father used to do for Manchester United and England, before being hooked off on 79 minutes without a goal or an assist to his name. Romeo Beckham (middle) made his professional football debut for Inter Miami's reserve team Fort Lauderdale on Sunday - his father is former England captain David Beckahm Romeo played 79 minutes on the right wing in the 2-2 draw at home to South Georgia Tormenta RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Like father, like son! Romeo Beckham follows in the... Phil Neville's English revolution in Florida...
    MANCHESTER CITY have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in a three-way transfer battle for Jude Bellingham, reports say. The midfield starlet, who was part of England's heroic Euros squad this summer, has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Europe. 1Man City have joined the transfer battle for Jude Bellingham, reports sayCredit: Getty Chelsea and United were amomg the clubs linked with Bellingham last year, before he joined Borussia Dortmund for £25million. The Blues are believed to still be interested alongside Liverpool. But now, according to the Daily Star, Premier League champions City are the latest to keep tabs on the 18-year-old. It comes with manager Pep Guardiola looking for a long-term successor to Brazilian anchorman Fernandinho. Fernandinho, 36, is coming towards the end of his one-year contract and already has Rodri, 25, ahead of him in the pecking order. SunSport already revealed West Ham's Declan Rice, 22, is another alternative Guardiola has in mind. Most read in FootballRON IS NO1 Ronaldo is the GOAT, says Neville - but Carragher says he's...
    JURGEN KLOPP has taken a swipe at Gareth Southgate for playing ‘the best right-back in the world’ Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield. The 22-year-old has become a fixture in Liverpool’s side in Klopp’s defence but started England’s 4-0 win over Andorra on Sunday in the centre of the pitch. 4TRent Alexander-Arnold was deployed in midfield for England last week against AndorraCredit: Getty 4Jurgen Klopp wants to why as the he claims the star is the 'best right-back in the world'Credit: PA There have been suggestions that the star could move into the middle but he failed to make much impact there for the Three Lions and was eventually switched back to his usual position for the second half at Wembley. Klopp believes that there is no need to convert Alexander-Arnold into a midfielder because he is now playing further forward for Liverpool.  Speaking ahead of the trip to Leeds on Sunday, the Anfield chief said: “If you watch our game his position already changed, when it's possible, there's no need to make him now a midfielder.  “It's a little bit a...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Pulisic was back in the U.S. starting lineup Sunday night for a World Cup qualifier against Canada, three days after missing the opener at El Salvador while regaining fitness following a positive COVID-19 test. Gio Reyna strained his right hamstring and missed the match against Canada. He also won’t play at Honduras on Wednesday night, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter made six changes from the starting lineup for the 0-0 draw at El Salvador, inserting Pulisic into the attack. He new were defender John Brooks, left back Antonee Robinson, midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Sebastian Lletget, and forward Jordan Pefork. Sergiño Dest moved from left back to the right, Matt Turner stayed in goal, Miles Robinson remained in central defense, Tyler Adams in defensive midfield, and Brenden Aaaronson in advanced midfield. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MONACO are ready to rival Newcastle in the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock, according to reports. The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Magpies last season, scoring eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances. 2Willock enjoyed his time at Newcastle and made a series of bench goal-scoring cameosCredit: GETTY IMAGES Willock also managed to pick up the final Player of the Month award of the league season. According to RMC Sport, Monaco have joined Newcastle in the race to sign Willock. It is believed that the Ligue 1 club are looking to provide cover in midfield for star Aurelien Tchouameni and oussouf Fofana. A move to France could be more appealing with Monaco being able to offer Willock Champions League football. Monaco finished third last term, just five points off shock league winners Lille. Whereas Newcastle, on the other hand, fought their way to a 12th placed finish. The Magpies are waiting on Arsenal's decision about the midfielders future, according to boss Steve Bruce. But remain very keen as Willock offers them "another dimension...
    ARSENAL could have a new-look starting XI next season which will come as a great relief to most Gunners fans. The North Londoners have already made two signings this summer and are edging closer to deals for Tammy Abraham and James Maddison who could transform their attack. 2Mikel Arteta's Arsenal team could have a whole new look next season Arsenal's only confirmed deals of the summer are Nuno Tavares' arrival from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga coming in from Anderlecht. Tavares snubbed a more lucrative offer from Real Sociedad to seal the £8million switch to the Emirates. And Arsenal confirmed Lokonga has signed a 'long-term' contract after the North Londoners agreed to pay £17m for his services. Left-back Tavares, 21, and centre-midfielder Lokonga, 21, will play in deeper lying roles than Abraham and Maddison who could add a whole new dimension to Arsenal going forward. Tavares is unlikely to dislodge Kieran Tierney from the first team but one man likely to start is Ben White, 23. The Brighton centre-back - who is currently enjoying a well-earned holiday in Mykonos...
    The greatest singing voices of all time Elon Musk’s Essential Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs The most important aspect of Kellyn Acosta’s performance for the United States men’s national team in a Gold Cup-opening victory over Haiti was that it happened at all. Wearing the U.S. Soccer crest has been part of Acosta’s routine lately, but not recently. His appearances in the CONCACAF Nations League competition last month and this tournament represent his first sustained involvement in the USMNT in three years. In a game Sunday that featured little about which those inside the team could be excited -- aside from the 8th-minute goal by left back Sam Vines, Shaq Moore’s speed along the right sideline, composure in defense from young Miles Robinson and the three points that resulted – Acosta’s energy and audacity stood out the entire 90 minutes. MORE: USMNT player ratings vs. Haiti “I missed the urgency to score more goals, to be dangerous … and aggressive,” head coach Greg Berhalter told reporters following the game. “To me, it was way too slow, way too backwards and...
    ENGLAND's warriors Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips can win the midfield battle with Italy's Marco Verratti and Jorginho. That is Emmanuel Petit's belief ahead of Sunday's huge Euro 2020 final. 4England's midfield warriors Kalvin Phillips and Declan RiceCredit: Getty 4Jorginho and Marco Verratti will have their hands full at WembleyCredit: Getty 4Emmanuel Petit believes England will have the edge in midfield'Credit: Rex Former France and Arsenal midfield ace Petit told Paddy Power: "Central midfield is one of the keys to this game. "Italy will want to get control of the ball in midfield with Verratti and Jorginho, and it will be very interesting to see how Rice and Phillips cope with that.    “Phillips and Rice have made a huge impression at the tournament, and I'm a huge fan of both players. They are warriors, and it’s a dream for their team-mates to play with that kind of player.  “If they show their intensity and fighting spirit, it will be difficult for Jorginho and Verratti. "The Italians will want to focus on technique and play their football, but Phillips and...
    ENGLAND’s warriors Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips can win the midfield battle with Italy’s Marco Verratti and Jorginho. That is Emmanuel Petit’s belief ahead of Sunday’s huge Euro 2020 final. Getty 4 England’s midfield warriors Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice Getty 4 Jorginho and Marco Verratti will have their hands full at Wembley Rex 4 Emmanuel Petit believes England will have the edge in midfield’ Former France and Arsenal midfield ace Petit told Paddy Power: “Central midfield is one of the keys to this game. “Italy will want to get control of the ball in midfield with Verratti and Jorginho, and it will be very interesting to see how Rice and Phillips cope with that.    “Phillips and Rice have made a huge impression at the tournament, and I’m a huge fan of both players. They are warriors, and it’s a dream for their team-mates to play with that kind of player.  “If they show their intensity and fighting spirit, it will be difficult for Jorginho and Verratti. “The Italians will want to focus on technique and...
    MIKEL ARTETA is eyeing up a huge squad shake-up this summer in his bid to secure Arsenal European football. The Gunners have finished in eighth spot in each of the previous two campaigns, though they missed out on a top four spot in the 2020-21 season by just six points. 4This is how Arsenal could line-up next season should Mikel Arteta sign his key targets For the first time since 1995, the North Londoners will not be competing in any European competition. But the Arsenal board are keeping faith in Spanish gaffer Arteta, who has already won the FA Cup and Community Shield since his appointment in December 2019. And the ex-Manchester City assistant manager will be given funds to strengthen his team in what is expected to be a busy transfer window at the Emirates. Here SunSport takes a look at how Arsenal could start next season. Despite being the club's No1 goalkeeper for the past three years, Bernd Leno is facing an uncertain future following a poor campaign. A number of errors has reportedly seen him be placed...
    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images Patrik Schick scored what might be the goal of the tournament in his opening match of Euro 2020. The Czech forward caught the Scottish keeper out of position and made him pay from midfield. The audacious goal put the Czech Republic up 2-0 and left Marshall crawling in the back of the net. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Patrik Schick hit an early contender for goal of the tournament at Euro 2020 with his second score against Scotland on Monday. After a deflection left the ball right at his feet near midfield, the Czech forward recognized that Scottish keeper David Marshall was out of position, playing extremely far forward while his team had possession.—Mr 55 (@MBS1872) June 14, 2021  Rather than play forward and attempt to lead the break, Schick one-touched a magnificent strike from just past midfield, lobbing the ball across the pitch towards the net. Marshall attempted to scramble back to the net, but there was nothing he could do but watch as Schick's...
    KALVIN PHILLIPS shone for England as they got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win against Croatia. And the Leeds ace impressed fans so much he has been compared to AC Milan's entire legendary midfield. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game 3Kalvin Phillips shone for England as they beat Croatia 1-0 in their Euro 2020 openerCredit: Getty ◉ Passing like Pirlo◉ Tackling like Gattuso◉ Dribbling like KakàKalvin Phillips is not the Yorkshire Pirlo, hes the entire Milan midfield. ???? pic.twitter.com/gYVwPJ6Fi1— Squawka Bet (@SquawkaBet) June 13, 2021 SunSport's Duncan Wright gave Phillips the joint highest player rating for the Wembley opener. The midfielder provided the perfectly weighted through ball for Raheem Sterling to score the winner. And the football world was quick to heap praise on the 25-year-old after the game. Leeds fans often call Phillips the 'Yorkshire Pirlo'. And Squawka tweeted: "Passing like Pirlo, tackling like Gattuso, dribbling like Kaka. "Kalvin Phillips is not the Yorkshire Pirlo, he's the entire Milan midfield." Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate was delighted...