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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

What the papers say - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 19:41
Club accounts for 2017-18 show Manchester United spent the most on wages while champions Manchester City had the third-highest bill

Financial figures for 2017-18, for the 20 clubs who were in the Premier League during that season. All details from the most recently published annual reports at Companies House. Net debt is as stated in the accounts; debts minus cash held at the bank. The separate categories of turnover are each rounded down or up, so added together they do not always tally with the total turnover figure.

Related: Premier League clubs’ record £4.8bn revenues widens gap to rest of Europe

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Wayne Rooney says Manchester United’s players must feel the fear

What the papers say - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:56
• Team need to be afraid of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Rooney says
• Rooney criticises current players’ lack of accountability

Wayne Rooney believes Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s coaching team need to strike fear into those Manchester United players that have shown they are happy to hide.

After enjoying a remarkable caretaker stint when replacing José Mourinho late last year, things have gone awry in the last few months for Solskjær.

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Ed Woodward backs Solskjær after Manchester United post strong finances

What the papers say - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:58
• Club posts revenues of £152.1m for the quarter
• Executive vice-chairman says finances offer a solid foundation

Ed Woodward reflected on a “turbulent season” for Manchester United but the executive vice-chairman gave his unequivocal backing to Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Woodward recognised the upheaval at Old Trafford, where José Mourinho was replaced by Solskjær in December. His appointment as permanent manager coincided with United’s season running out of steam and they missed out on qualifying for the Champions League.

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Nice guy managers become puppets, says Mourinho in dig at Solskjær

What the papers say - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:25

• Former Manchester United manager scathing over successor
• José Mourinho says some United players have too much power

José Mourinho has appeared to suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjær has become “a puppet” at Manchester United, with the former manager admitting certain players at the club have too much power.

Solskjær’s promising start at Old Trafford after succeeding Mourinho initially on an interim basis in December was undone after United lost six of their 10 matches following the decision to reward him with a three-year contract at the end of March.

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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality

What the papers say - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:42

We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season

What the papers say - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:28

Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

Click on the images to see full captions and credits.

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Manchester United need time to reclaim Premier League, says Ander Herrera

What the papers say - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:22
• Midfielder says team take blame for season and backs Solskjær
• Herrera is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer

Ander Herrera has warned that it will take time before Manchester United can compete for the league title again and that the players are to blame for the club’s dismal ending to this season.

The midfielder is leaving Old Trafford after five years, with the club experiencing an awful end to the campaign. The 2-0 home defeat against Cardiff meant they won only two of their last 12 games, missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League in the process.

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Manner of Ander Herrera’s exit reflects distorted priorities of United owners | Barry Glendenning

What the papers say - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:00
Manchester United’s status as the greatest club in England is increasingly in doubt under a Glazer stewardship that makes commercial considerations the priority

While Ander Herrera’s decision to leave Manchester United has come as no great surprise to the club’s fans, the manner in which he announced his going has left many understandably enraged. In a saccharine sweet and emotional farewell video that will almost certainly be widely lampooned by more self-aware social media departments at football clubs elsewhere in the coming weeks, the softly spoken Spain midfielder left viewers in little or no doubt United will always have a special place in his heart and is a club he would be prepared to do absolutely anything for, except play. He is set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer having reportedly agreed a three-year deal worth £25m.

Related: Manchester United’s top four failure just not good enough, admits Young

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær: 'the big plus for Manchester United is the season is over' – video

What the papers say - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 23:06

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted Manchester United have 'hit a brick wall' in recent weeks as a dispiriting campaign ended on a fittingly low note with defeat to relegated Cardiff City.  

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Premier League 2018-19: the highs and lows of the season – video review

What the papers say - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 19:19

Liverpool's attempt to dethrone Manchester City as Premier League champions ended in failure with the reigning champions completing the season with one more point than their title rivals.

City claimed 98 points, just two shy of last season's record-breaking 100, while Liverpool earned 97 – by far the largest tally for a Premier League runners-up.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur completed the top four, while Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Cardiff City were relegated. Here's a look at some of the key moments this season

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Cardiff mark top-flight departure with victory at Manchester United

What the papers say - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 17:03

Manchester United require a serious reboot in the summer after their season ended in concerning fashion. This dire defeat to already-relegated Cardiff City followed last Sunday’s draw at the also already-down Huddersfield Town and means Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side have flat-lined since he was made permanent manager.

That was in late March and since then only Watford and West Ham United have been beaten in a run of two wins and eight defeats in all competitions.

Related: Manchester City pip Liverpool to title with crushing win at Brighton

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Premier League 2018-19 fans’ verdicts. Part two: Leicester to Wolves

What the papers say - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 09:00

Fans review the season with one game to play – the stars, the flops and the moments that made them smile

Part 1: Arsenal to Huddersfield

I think “all’s well that ends well” is a good enough way to sum up Leicester’s season. Try as he might Claude Puel’s footballing revolution never really caught on but thankfully we’ve found a better fit in Brendan Rodgers. There’s a sense of optimism on Filbert Way again. 7/10

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Ander Herrera confirms decision to leave Manchester United

What the papers say - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 13:51
  • Midfielder expected to join PSG in the summer
  • ‘Sometimes the timing is just not right and you have to move on’

Ander Herrera has described choosing to leave Manchester United as a difficult decision but one he does not want to dwell on.

The Spanish midfielder confirmed his expected departure on Saturday, bringing to an end five years at Old Trafford. The 29-year-old’s deal expires at the end of the season and he is believed to have committed to Paris St Germain over another option.

Related: Premier League’s freakish finale leaves no margin for error | Jonathan Wilson

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From Anfield ‘89 to Agüero in 2012: five other final-day title finishes | Stuart James

What the papers say - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 08:30

As Manchester City and Liverpool gear up for the Premier League finale, five previous last-day title winners relive the tension and the euphoria of their big triumphs

State of play going into the final day Derby were top but played their last league game a week before Leeds and Liverpool, their closest challengers, finished their fixtures. Leeds needed a draw at Wolves to be champions, and Liverpool needed to beat Arsenal at Highbury.

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Manchester United v Cardiff: match preview

What the papers say - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:17

Another disappointing season ends with Manchester United needing to beat already-relegated Cardiff while hoping Arsenal fail to win. In this scenario Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side will finish fifth and so enter the Europa League group phase in September rather than in a preliminary round, maybe as early as late July. This all illustrates how far United have fallen and what a long way back it is for the club. Jamie Jackson

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

What the papers say - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:14

Liverpool seek another miracle as relentless City close on title, changing of the guard at Leicester and a Zaha swansong?

Brighton are the 17th best team in the league, are already safe and can at best move up one place; Manchester City are the best team in the land and desperately need victory to seal the title. There is a massive disparity both of ability and motivation here. “They’re fighting for the Premier League and are going to do their utmost to do it,” said Lewis Dunk. “We’re just going out as professional footballers to win a game as you would do every week.” This should make this the single most predictable game of the week, and in all likelihood it will be, but still there must be some doubt. People have argued that the profusion of English clubs in major European finals this season proves that this, as many have always insisted, is the greatest league in the world, but Brighton would produce an argument much more compelling than the achievements of the elite if this limited team, a couple of hours from an extended holiday and with no obvious motivation, could nevertheless produce a performance good enough to change the destination of the title. SB

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Football transfer rumours: Anthony Martial to leave Manchester United?

What the papers say - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 08:55

Today’s rumours need a strawberry

Remember when Manchester United trumpeted the £36m – rising to £58.8m – signing of Anthony Martial in 2015? It made the forward, then 19, Britain’s most expensive teenage player and it seemed the start of a bright new dawn in which a fresh, forward-thinking United went about their business with ambition and vigour. Well, about that, Martial is for the chop, according to reports, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to omit him from the debacle at Huddersfield a precursor to his offloading this summer. Martial’s “relaxed” attitude to the pre-match warm-up at Chelsea last week is among the things to have enraged his manager. Who would take him, though, and at what price?

Perhaps United might fancy going in for Gareth Bale, who has been told in no uncertain terms by Zinedine Zidane that Real Madrid no longer require him, which is some gratitude for last season’s Champions League final heroics. Rather awkwardly, Bale doesn’t want to leave. Who wins? Florentino Pérez decides, at a wild guess. One man who won’t be heading to Old Trafford is the totemic young Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt, who has rejected their overtures and is thought to be keener on a move to Barcelona for some reason.

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The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos

What the papers say - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 20:42

The best photos from around the grounds chosen by our picture editors

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Manchester United’s top four failure just not good enough, admits Young

What the papers say - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:40
• Captain expresses disappointment at Huddersfield draw
• Young says United must bounce back next season

Manchester United captain Ashley Young has admitted failing to beat Huddersfield and missing out on Champions League qualification is “just not good enough”.

A club synonymous with success and silverware continue to stumble, with the Old Trafford giants rudderless behind the scenes and a shell of their former selves on the pitch. Their issues were plain to see on Sunday as Huddersfield, relegated five weeks earlier, managed to cancel out Scott McTominay’s early goal and seal a memorable 1-1 draw through Isaac Mbenza.

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