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Manchester United’s worst Premier League defeats following Everton humiliation

United were thumped by Everton on Easter Sunday. Manchester United had an Easter Sunday to forget as they crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton – a performance former defender Gary Neville described as “rancid”. Here, Press Association Sport charts six other heavy losses United have suffered in the Premier League. Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6, October 23, 2011 Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli, second left, celebrates his second goal in the 6-1 win at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA) The first time United had leaked six goals at Old Trafford since 1930, this was their heaviest home defeat for 56 years. Mario Balotelli (2), Edin Dzeko (2), Sergio Aguero and David Silva were on target as City kick-started their title drive – with Darren Fletcher’s 81...

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane ‘impressed by Paul Pogba leadership’

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly keen to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United due to the Frenchman’s leadership qualities. The leadership qualities of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are reportedly a major reason behind Real Madrid‘s desire to sign him this summer. Madrid have been linked with a number of high-profile raids on the Premier League as they look to revamp their squad following a dismal campaign both domestically and in Europe. Pogba is understood to be one of the club’s top targets, with manager Zinedine Zidane having personally earmarked his compatriot as a transfer priority. Marca reports that Zidane has been particularly impressed by Pogba’s leadership and ability to generate team spirit, increasing his desire to bring him ...

Jose Mourinho criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for approach to Barcelona game

Jose Mourinho questions Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Barcelona. Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the way he approached Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona. The Red Devils headed into the quarter-final second leg trailing 1-0 from the cagey opening 90 minutes at Old Trafford that saw them fail to register a single shot on target. United initially started well at Camp Nou but they were unable to take their early chances and Barca were two goals ahead inside 20 minutes, before adding a third of the night – and fourth of the tie – on the hour. Mourinho, who was replaced by Solskjaer in mid-December, believes that his former club could have done...

Manchester United to listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku will reportedly be given the chance to leave Manchester United this summer if one of the clubs interested in signing him steps forward with an offer. Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offload striker Romelu Lukaku this summer if the right offer is tabled. The Belgium international has fallen behind Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice centre-forward since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December. Lukaku hit a good run of form when scoring six goals in three matches between February 27 and March 6, but he has since gone five games without a goal and the Red Devils supposedly want an upgrade. Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are believed to be among the clubs to have sounded out the 25-year-old, who is “very open”...

Preview: Porto vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Porto and Liverpool. Liverpool hold a 2-0 advantage over Porto ahead of Wednesday evening’s quarter-final second leg at the Estadio do Dragao. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck in the first half at Anfield last week but the Reds could not kill off the tie, leaving them with some work to do in this return fixture. Porto © Reuters Porto may have it all to do in the second leg, but they do at least have a shot of reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 2003-04 when they went on to lift the trophy under Jose Mourinho. That is more than can be said 13 months ago when crashing to a 5-0 first-leg loss to the same opponents in the last 16, rendering the ...

Kevin De Bruyne: ‘I assumed Raheem Sterling would be a dickhead’

Kevin De Bruyne thought Manchester City team-mate Raheem Sterling was a “d***head” before they met after making assumptions based on how the England player had been portrayed in the media. The pair both joined City in the summer of 2015 in big-money deals, Sterling from Liverpool for £44million and De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for £55m. De Bruyne, after his brief spell at Chelsea, was well aware of his fellow new arrival’s reputation but was surprised to discover the man did not live up to his billing. The race continues… pic.twitter.com/BiuCWa77Ui — Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) April 14, 2019 “Before I came to Manchester City, I didn’t really know what to make of this Raheem Sterling guy,” the Belgium midfielder wrote in a piece in The Players’...

Simon Mignolet: ‘No comparisons with 2014 Liverpool side’

Simon Mignolet insists Liverpool‘s multi-faceted threat this season mean comparisons with the 2014 title stumble at home to Chelsea are pointless. Sunday’s visit of Chelsea, almost exactly five years since Jose Mourinho‘s team derailed the Reds’ title bid with a 2-0 win at Anfield, has resulted in parallels being drawn with the last time the Merseysiders were in contention for the Premier League. But Mignolet, in goal for that game and one of only three Reds’ survivors along with Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge, stressed the circumstances are entirely different. Liverpool saw their title hopes suffer a devastating blow when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea in 2014 (Peter Byrne/PA) “The way we play now, after six years at the club, is complet...

Preview: Manchester United vs. West Ham United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Ham United. After tasting defeat in four of their last five matches, Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League. The Red Devils’ top-four hopes are looking bleak following defeats to Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, either side of victory over Watford, and they could do with getting three points on the board this weekend. Man United © Reuters © Reuters As well as seeing their Premier League campaign derail over the past month with those back-to-back away losses, United have also exited the FA Cup to Wolves and trail Barcelona 1-0 following the first ...

Manchester United ‘set summer transfer budget’

Manchester United have a summer transfer budget in excess of £200m, according to a report. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly have in excess of £200m to spend on new signings in this summer’s transfer window. Solskjaer has overseen a change in mood and indeed results at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, but there is a general acceptance that the Red Devils need to spend heavily this summer in order to compete for the Premier League title next season. The likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and West Ham United’s Declan Rice continue to be linked with moves to United. According to the London Evening Standard, United ‘are expected to spend well in excess of £200m’ as th...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester United and Barcelona ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between the two sides. Two titans of European football go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United launched an unforgettable comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate in the last 16, and will be hoping for a similarly-sized upset over two legs against the La Liga leaders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have lost three of their last four outings, though, whereas Barcelona boast a 16-match unbeaten streak that has taken them to the brink of a second successive domestic title and kept them on course for the treble. Here, Spor...

Preview: Liverpool vs. Porto – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield, including predictions and team news. Liverpool welcome Porto to Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, aiming for a repeat scoreline from last season’s last-16 tie. The Reds stormed to a 5-0 victory when the sides met in the first knockout round last year, scoring all of their goals in a dominant first-leg display in Portugal, and they are strong favourites to progress through 13 months on. Liverpool © Reuters Like that clash with Porto last year, Liverpool are once again balancing European and domestic commitments as we enter the business end of the season. Unlike last season, though, the Reds are fighting for far more than fourth place in...

Agent: Romelu Lukaku “very open” to Manchester United exit

Agent Federico Pastorello hints that Romelu Lukaku will consider leaving Manchester United at the end of the season, with a move to Italy a possibility. Romelu Lukaku‘s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed that the Manchester United striker has not ruled out joining a new club ahead of next season. The Belgium international has netted 42 goals in 90 appearances for the Red Devils since joining from Everton in an initial £75m deal. United’s decision to replace Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December has had a negative effect on Lukaku, though, as Marcus Rashford has instead often been used through the middle. Lukaku still has three years left to run on his deal but rival clubs are rumoured to be circling, and Pastorello says that his client’s future is “...

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