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'Don't sing that': Klopp asks fans to ‘show class’ after Old Trafford tragedy chanting – video

What the papers say - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 15:06

Jürgen Klopp has appealed for fans to “show a bit of class” at Old Trafford on Sunday in response to the tragedy chanting that marred Manchester United’s recent FA Cup win over Liverpool. Two United supporters were arrested on suspicion of tragedy chanting after their team’s thrilling 4-3 victory last month. 'It's just helpful that we educate our kids in specific things - respect, understanding, all these kind of things,' Klopp said. 'Let's just show a bit of class in these moments. Don't do that. Don't sing this or sing that.'

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Klopp and Ten Hag urge fans to avoid tragedy chants in Old Trafford rematch

What the papers say - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 14:21
  • Liverpool manager wants ‘show of class’ at Sunday’s game
  • Ten Hag tells supporters to enjoy game ‘in the proper way’

Jürgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag have appealed for fans at Old Trafford on Sunday to avoid the tragedy chanting that marred Manchester United’s recent FA Cup win over Liverpool.

Klopp called on supporters to “show a bit of class” and his United counterpart said the game must not be “used as an excuse for abusing rival fans” about past tragedies.

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‘We will be mad, angry’: Ten Hag expects United reaction against Liverpool

What the papers say - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 13:30
  • Manager believes team will harness frustration of Chelsea loss
  • ‘We have to turn this around. We have to take energy.’

Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United’s added-time capitulation at Chelsea will make them “mad and angry” for Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.

United led 3-2 as Thursday’s game entered the 99th-minute before a Cole Palmer penalty and the same player’s 101st-minute strike gave Chelsea victory. The defeat leaves United 11 points behind fourth-place Aston Villa and nine from Tottenham in fifth.

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'Very frustrating': Ten Hag fumes at United's decision-making in collapse at Chelsea – video

What the papers say - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 09:30

Erik ten Hag blamed individual errors and poor decision-making for Manchester United’s second capitulation in five days as he reflected on a wild 4-3 defeat at Chelsea. Palmer’s winner was timed at 100 minutes and 39 seconds – making it the latest winning goal in Premier League history. United had also conceded an equaliser in the 99th minute at Brentford on Saturday. “You have to do your job. The players know their jobs and they didn’t make the right decisions. We didn’t react quickly enough," Ten Hag said. "We make the wrong decisions. And on individual errors, you lose the game. But that is very frustrating if you playing such a good game.”

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Erik ten Hag fumes at ‘unacceptable’ Manchester United collapse at Chelsea

What the papers say - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 00:01
  • United concede twice in stoppage-time to lose 4-3
  • Ten Hag: ‘In five days we dropped five points’

Erik ten Hag blamed individual errors and poor decision-making for Manchester United’s second “unacceptable” capitulation in five days as he reflected on a wild 4-3 defeat at Chelsea.

United had fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, Antony ­impressing in place of Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho scoring twice. Yet Cole Palmer would be Chelsea’s hero. The boyhood United fan scored his second penalty to equalise in the 10th minute of stoppage time and completed a stunning hat-trick two minutes later.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

What the papers say - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 00:00

Everton’s Sean Dyche badly needs a win while Liverpool and Manchester United renew their historic rivalry

Michael Olise’s anticipated return from injury for Crystal Palace against Manchester City could not be more timely for Oliver Glasner’s struggling side. The France Under-21 international has been in sensational form this season on the rare occasions he has made it on to the pitch – Olise has played only 755 minutes so far in just 11 appearances, but in that time has scored six goals and provided three assists. City are believed to be one of several clubs who have been monitoring his progress and will be wary of the threat he poses to their title ambitions, especially if he can adapt quickly to Glasner’s favoured 3-4-2-1 formation. Like Palace, who are still not quite safe given their testing run-in that only features games against sides above them, Eberechi Eze has not been in his best form so far under the Austrian. But could the return of Olise help the England midfielder also rediscover his touch? Ed Aarons

Crystal Palace v Manchester City, Saturday 12.30pm (all times BST)

Aston Villa v Brentford, Saturday 3pm

Everton v Burnley, Saturday 3pm

Fulham v Newcastle, Saturday 3pm

Luton v Bournemouth, Saturday 3pm

Wolves v West Ham, Saturday 3pm

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Manchester United no nearer elite than when Erik ten Hag took over | Jacob Steinberg

What the papers say - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:49

Chelsea took advantage on a wild night when the visitors lost composure and shape – and the match – in stoppage time

At first there was no hint of panic from Manchester United. They played it well after this bewilderingly ragged game ticked into eight minutes of added time. They seemed to be in control of the situation, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount calmly running down the clock by guarding possession on the left flank, Chelsea’s frustration building as they edged closer towards a 3-2 defeat that would have been entirely of their own making.

Ultimately, though, there is nothing secure about Erik ten Hag’s United. The initial composure faded, the shape disappearing, Noni Madueke given one last chance to run at Diogo Dalot on the right. A slip, a tumble, a blow of the referee’s whistle and suddenly the mood changed. Cole Palmer, nerveless from the spot, made it 3-3 with his second penalty of the evening. United were going to have to settle for a point.

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Chelsea 4-3 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

What the papers say - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:19

Cole Palmer snatched a hat-trick in a thrilling game that United led until the 100th minute and yet still lost

1 min Chelsea kick off, go long, and then get pegged back.

The players are out there and Chelsea are in a tight huddle. As they disperse, the cameras home in on Cole Palmer, and then Kobbie Mainoo. The future may be brighter than the present.

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Palmer’s added-time double seals 4-3 Chelsea win against Manchester United

What the papers say - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 22:38

From joy to despair and now this, Manchester United have certainly showcased their addiction to drama in recent weeks; theirs the story that keeps on giving. If the FA Cup victory over Liverpool had given their supporters a rosy glow for what felt like weeks, the nature of Saturday’s draw at Brentford was the definition of a reality check. In a crowded field, was it the worst performance of a chaotic season?

The latest instalment was scarcely credible. Despair to joy and back again – hard – within one game, it felt like the death of their Premier League season; a ratcheting up of the pressure on Erik ten Hag, too, should there have been any further scope for that.

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‘I’m a realistic man’: Ten Hag admits Champions League hopes look bleak

What the papers say - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 22:30
  • Manchester United go to Chelsea reeling from new injuries
  • Ten Hag ‘doesn’t care’ if wounded list counts in job review

Erik ten Hag has admitted Manchester United will struggle to qualify for the Champions League with the club’s mounting injury list a big factor.

United travel to Chelsea for Thursday’s late kick-off in sixth position with Lisandro Martínez and Victor Lindelöf the latest defenders to suffer muscle problems. The club announced on Tuesday that they will be out for at least a month.

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Manchester United’s Lisandro Martínez and Victor Lindelöf both out for a month

What the papers say - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 21:08
  • Argentinian defender sustained a calf strain in training
  • Swede forced off against Brentford with a hamstring injury

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League qualification and winning the FA Cup have been engulfed in a defensive crisis after Lisandro Martínez and Victor Lindelöf were ruled out for a minimum of a month due to muscle problems.

Erik ten Hag’s team are in sixth place on 48 points, 11 behind Aston Villa in fourth and nine from Tottenham, who are fifth, having played a match less, ahead of Thursday’s trip to Chelsea. Martínez and Lindelöf’s respective injuries will cause both defenders to miss at least five league games plus the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry on 21 April.

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‘I’ve damaged my body’: Raphaël Varane warns against trauma of concussions

What the papers say - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 14:40
  • Manchester United defender stresses dangers of heading
  • ‘My son plays football and I advise him not to head the ball’

The Manchester United defender Raphaël Varane has said ­concussions have damaged his body as he stressed the importance of creating more awareness among players around the dangers of heading the ball.

Varane said he had suffered a ­concussion a few days before playing in France’s 1-0 defeat by Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, as well as at his former club Real Madrid when they lost to Manchester City in the last 16 second leg of the 2020 Champions League.

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The Premier League’s era of vanity worship may be over but the future won’t be equal

What the papers say - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 08:00

The league has bared its teeth on teams in breach of profit and sustainability rules. But the current enforcement has solidified the disparity between clubs

This Premier League season will be remembered for many things: as the season when the Kop lost its Klopp, as the season of “Well done boys, good process”, as a time in which the “agent of chaos”, whether named Darwin or Jérémy or Kaoru or Kai, offered a brief and sparkling reprieve from the monotonous precision of the relentlessly rehearsed modern game. Mostly, though, it will be remembered as the season of teeth.

By near-universal consensus, the points deductions imposed on Everton and Nottingham Forest, as well as the ongoing investigation into Leicester City’s finances (not to mention the 115 charges still pending against Manchester City), prove at long last that the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules “have teeth” – or “unexpected teeth”, as one commentator put it. The Super League fiasco and the ongoing failure of the Premier League to secure an equitable deal for the distribution of media revenue down the football pyramid, meanwhile, have highlighted the need for a “regulator that has real teeth” – a need that the recently introduced football governance bill, many believe, may help address. The age of the soccer regulators is upon us, and suddenly their fangs are everywhere. Not since the days when Luis Suárez was feasting on the arms and shoulders of his opponents has there been quite so much attention paid in English football to matters of dentition.

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Manchester United make approach for Southampton’s Jason Wilcox

What the papers say - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 19:38
  • Formal talks mark next step in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s overhaul
  • Saints’ football director previously oversaw City’s academy

Manchester United have made a formal approach to take Jason Wilcox from Southampton as part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s summer recruitment overhaul. United want Wilcox, who joined Southampton as director of football last year, to fulfil a prominent role in the revamped footballing ­department as technical director.

United are confident of ­securing Wilcox but Southampton, who are vying for an immediate return to the Premier League, are seeking a greater compensation ­package and are unhappy at the timing of ­United’s approach. United are believed to have offered around a year of the former Blackburn winger’s ­salary in compensation with ­Ratcliffe viewing him as a pillar in his ­reshaping of the club.

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‘We didn’t deserve to win’: Ten Hag asks for more desire after Brentford draw

What the papers say - Sat, 03/30/2024 - 23:31
  • United conceded 99th-minute equaliser after taking late lead
  • ‘My big disappointment was we didn’t bring it over the line’

Erik ten Hag criticised his players’ lack of aggression as Manchester United scraped a 1-1 draw at Brentford, but seemed unconcerned by the number of shots his side continue to concede.

United struggled all game but took the lead through Mason Mount after 96 minutes, before Brentford’s 31st shot of the game finally beat André Onana for a 99th-minute equaliser. “We didn’t deserve to win,” Ten Hag said, “but if you’re winning you have to take this. I would say normally we are very good in these circumstances.

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Brentford 1-1 Man Utd: Premier League – as it happened

What the papers say - Sat, 03/30/2024 - 22:14

A dominant Brentford hit the woodwork on four occasions before Mason Mount and Kristoffer Ajer both scored in injury time

10 min Rashford has started quite brightly at the other end, where United are having the majority of possession. That suits both teams.

7 min Jensen’s outswinging corner is met by Toney, who loses Rashford far too easily near the penalty spot. His downward header bounces a few yards wide of the far post. That wasn’t great from Rashford, who at times this season has looked allergic to defending.

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Ajer rescues point for Brentford in Manchester United thriller

What the papers say - Sat, 03/30/2024 - 22:11

It doesn’t matter what they did two weeks ago, this is still the modern Manchester United, and they are still dismal. A 1-1 draw hardly tells the story of the game. Brentford had 31 shots, four of which hit the woodwork. They didn’t score until Kristoffer Ajer equalised in the ninth minute of injury time, by which point they were mystifyingly behind, but really by then they should have won almost as comfortably as they did in this fixture last season.

The problem for United under Erik ten Hag has been that, while there have been decent performances and results, they have rarely been followed by anything approaching a consistent run. Quite what the win over Liverpool in the FA Cup was, other than thrilling, is unclear.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

What the papers say - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 00:00

Everton must find goals, Forest need tight games to go their way and there’s a mighty showdown in Manchester

Eddie Howe turned radical as Newcastle lost their FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester City earlier this month, deploying a back three. For a confirmed four-at-the-back manager, it represented quite a departure but retaining it might just suit Newcastle’s personnel – particularly against West Ham at St James’ Park this Saturday. Given that Sven Botman is sidelined for nine months following ACL surgery – and with hindsight the Dutch defender should have had that operation when he first damaged his knee in September – the best back three would surely be Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schär and Dan Burn flanked by Kieran Trippier, if fit, or Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall. Hall has disappointed following his summer loan from Chelsea but a left wing-back position might finally enable him to demonstrate why many once believed he was an England player in the making. With Schär showing off his ball skills at sweeper, 3-5-2 might yet propel Newcastle into Europa League combat next season. Louise Taylor

Newcastle v West Ham, Saturday 12.30pm GMT

Bournemouth v Everton, Saturday 3pm GMT

Chelsea v Burnley, Saturday 3pm GMT

Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm GMT

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Crunch time: Easter games that have shaped the Premier League title race

What the papers say - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 17:00

As the sharp end of the season fast approaches, here are four classic matches that helped to decide title battles gone by

“I always wanted to kick Peter Schmeichel for some reason,” Michael Owen said, looking back on how he became the first player to be sent off in a Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool. He was first booked for kicking the goalkeeper and, minutes after scoring to cancel Ronny Johnsen’s opener, Owen earned his second yellow for a lunge on the Norwegian in the 40th minute. Johnsen had to be carried off on a stretcher. Earlier in the season United had comfortably beaten Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield, and the Merseyside club were keen to ruin the party and ensure their rivals did not get a boost in their title race against Arsenal.

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'They wanted me to speak, I spoke': Eric Cantona reveals reason for 1995 seagulls comment – video

What the papers say - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 20:06

When Eric Cantona said at a 1995 press conference: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea,” everyone was left scratching their heads. Cantona made the statement after being ordered to speak to the press to explain his notorious kung-fu kick on an abusive Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park in January 1995. After nearly 30 years Cantona has revealed the inspiration for the quote and admitted his silence was his little revenge on the press.

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