Sutton why it ‘isn’t fair’ to blame Liverpool ‘scapegoat’

Chris Sutton says it “isn’t fair” to blame Liverpool “scapegoat” Thiago Alcantara for their poor results this season. The former Barcelona midfielder was expected to take Liverpool to another level again when he arrived from Bayern Munich for £20m in the summer transfer window. However, he hasn’t lived up...

Bruce explains why Fernandes doesn’t compare to Man Utd legend

Steve Bruce rates Bruno Fernandes very highly but the Newcastle head coach believes comparisons with Eric Cantona should be tempered until the Portuguese brings the glory days back to Man Utd. Fernandes has been a galvanising force since his arrival at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon a little over...

Wolves 1-0 Leeds United: Unlucky Meslier own-goal wins it

An unfortunate own-goal from Illan Meslier separates the sides as Wolves leapfrog Leeds in the table. The goalkeeper unknowingly turned the ball into his own net after Adama Traore’s second-half drive came back off the crossbar. Mateusz Klich hit a post and Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out for...

Tuchel takes blame for Ziyech stalled progress

Thomas Tuchel has shouldered the blame for the stalled progress of Hakim Ziyech at Chelsea. Morocco forward Ziyech has only featured twice so far under new Blues boss Tuchel, leading to suggestions the ex-Ajax star could seek a summer exit from Stamford Bridge. He has not even made it...

Ancelotti rejects talk of Rodriguez discomfort on Merseyside

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed rumours that star playmaker James Rodriguez is struggling to cope with the harsh weather on Merseyside, describing the player as ‘confident and motivated’. Rodriguez, 29, signed for Everton from Real Madrid last summer on a free transfer. He has five goals and three assists...

Bruce provides injury updates and welcomes return of Dubravka

Steve Bruce has revealed there are no new injuries to speak of as Newcastle United head to Old Trafford  tomorrow with a heavily depleted squad. The absence of Callum Wilson, the top scorer, will be the most sorely felt, but joining him on the treatment table are Fabian Schar,...

Allardyce urges West Brom to replicate United intensity at Burnley

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has challenged his players to produce another “quality” performance this weekend against Burnley to show that the effort last time out did not come “just because it was Manchester United”. The Baggies, who are 12 points adrift of safety in 19th place in the...

Arsenal chief: Racist abuse is football’s ‘biggest problem’

Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham has insisted that recent cases of players being racially abused on social media should be a “wake-up call”. Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is the latest high-profile footballer to be targeted after he was urged to leave the club in a racist message sent in reply to...

Son will not let ‘tiredness’ get in his way for Tottenham

Heung-Min Son has insisted that even when he is playing with tiredness, “football never disappoints” him. The forward is enjoying a great season personally with Tottenham Hotspur in 2020/21. He has 13 goals and six assists from his 23 outings in the Premier League. The South Korean has already...

Wenger reveals who prevented Arsenal signing Ronaldo

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Carlos Quieroz was the main reason why Cristiano Ronaldo opted to sign for Manchester United over Arsenal. Before Ronaldo signed for Man United in August 2013, the Gunners looked to be the favourites to sign him. That was until the Red Devils swooped to...