Manchester United lined up Wojciech Szczesny as David de Gea's successor – report

Manchester United were interested in signing Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny over the summer, according to reports.

Manchester derby live on Sky in December

Sky Sports has confirmed its latest batch of live Premier League games for December and the festive period, including the Manchester derby.

'Poch best coach in last four years'

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has hailed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as the best Premier League coach in the last four years.

Lack of midfielders provides test for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admits Saturday’s trip to face in-form Motherwell will be a serious test of his managerial qualities amid a shortage of central midfielders.

Raheem Sterling admits it feels awkward playing against Liverpool for Manchester City

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has told FourFourTwo that he has found it strange facing the club where he made his professional debut.

Man Utd vs Liverpool: Vault classics

As Man Utd and Liverpool prepare to renew their rivalry on Super Sunday, we take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of their iconic clashes...

Matip fit to face Man Utd

Liverpool defender Joel Matip says he is fit to face Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Charlie's Premier League predictions

Charlie Nicholas returns with his Premier League predictions ahead of another bumper weekend of the action.

Emery impressed by Ozil attitude and insists midfielder can be key part of squad

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted Mesut Ozil has the “possibility” to be a key part of his team again.

“He’s not good enough” – Lothar Matthaus warns Bayern Munich off Christian Eriksen move

Christian Eriksen can’t make a difference at the highest level, according to German football legend Lothar Matthaus.

Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams signs new long-term contract

Brandon Williams has signed a new long-term deal with Manchester United after making his first-team breakthrough.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi credits “pioneer club” Arsenal for future focus

Sevilla director of football Monchi has described Arsenal as a “pioneer club” and believes their work towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign didn’t achieve the credit it deserved.

Emery: Laca in contention for Sheff Utd

Unai Emery admits the return of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette to full training from an ankle injury is "really important" for the club.

La Liga applies for Miami game in December

Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Villarreal have joined with La Liga to seek permission to play a league match in Miami in December.

Teenager Williams signs new Man Utd deal

Man Utd teenager Brandon Williams has signed a new contract until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.

Ashley Barnes explains the truth about his Austria call-up – and how close a senior return was

Burnley's Ashley Barnes has told FourFourTwo that he still believes an England call-up is possible – even though the chance to play for Austria vanished before his eyes last year. 

Livingston manager Holt takes inspiration from Kilmarnock

Manager Gary Holt believes Livingston can take inspiration from Saturday’s opponents Kilmarnock as they look to cement their place in the Ladbrokes Premiership for the long term.

Ozil: I'm staying at Arsenal until 2021

Mesut Ozil says he will be staying at Arsenal until the conclusion of his contract in the summer of 2021.

Potter: We must protect Connolly

Brighton boss Graham Potter says teenage starlet Aaron Connolly needs to be protected following his rapid rise from academy prospect to international striker.

Brighton boss Potter keen to protect rising star Connolly

Brighton boss Graham Potter says 19-year-old Aaron Connolly needs to be protected following his rapid rise from academy prospect to international striker.

Pochettino rules out major changes to his Tottenham squad in January

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says there were will be no January overhaul of his squad.

Milan could hijack Manchester United’s move for Mario Mandzukic – report

Manchester United could miss out on Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to Milan in January. 

St Mirren defender Broadfoot tells strikers to follow Boyd’s example

Kirk Broadfoot believes St Mirren’s strikers should adopt Kris Boyd’s attitude to scoring to get on the goal trail.

Robertson wary of Manchester United threat and insists form is irrelevant

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson knows Manchester United would love to kick-start their season by ending their arch-rivals’ 17-match winning run in the league.

West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton’s struggles

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini admits he did not expect to see Everton struggle this season.

Poch rules out January transfer activity

Mauricio Pochettino does not believe there will be any Tottenham transfer activity in January as he has belief in his squad, despite their poor form.

Max Allegri responds to Manchester United rumours: “I’m learning English...”

Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he is learning English amid speculation that he’s in the running for the Manchester United job.

Man Utd vs Liverpool: Ways to watch

One of the biggest fixtures of the season takes place this weekend - Manchester United vs Liverpool - and you can follow every minute live on Sky Sports.

Paul Gascoigne cleared of sex assault but jury still considering beating charge

Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexual assault after kissing a woman on a train but the jury is still considering an alternative charge of assault by beating.

Hasenhuttl confident Wilson’s departure will not affect January transfer plans

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits the departure of director of football operations Ross Wilson to Rangers is a “big loss” – but remains confident it will not derail January transfer plans.

Hasenhuttl: Break helped Saints refocus

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes the international break has helped him to refocus a side that lost three consecutive Premier League matches.

Gascoigne not guilty of sexual assault

Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of sexual assault of a woman on a train last year.

Rivaldo remembers “perfect” Barcelona bicycle kick in all-time great hat-trick

Rivaldo has reflected on scoring one of the greatest hat-tricks football has ever seen, 18 years on from his remarkable feat for Barcelona.

How Atlanta United conquered America

The MLS side that has become one of the world’s best-supported clubs - and the lessons English football can learn.

Mesut Ozil says he will stay at Arsenal until 2021

Mesut Ozil has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal despite his peripheral role under Unai Emery.

Kilmarnock sign striker Jackson on short-term deal

Simeon Jackson has signed a deal with Kilmarnock until January, the Rugby Park club have announced.

"Maybe people don’t like that I have a good contract?" – Mesut Ozil defends himself on Arsenal's big-game struggles

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has hit back at the suggestion that he is lazy and fails to turn up in big games, saying he has become a scapegoat for his team’s failures.

Euro Papers: Man Utd want Kroos

Manchester United will look to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid in January, plus more from Thursday's European press.

Sunderland hire Phil Parkinson as new manager

Sunderland have handed Phil Parkinson the task of dragging the club out of League One as he targets the fourth promotion of his managerial career.

Ben Mansford to take up Blackpool chief executive role

Former Leeds and Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford will take up the same role with Blackpool from November 1, the League One club have announced.

Lacazette could face Sheff Utd

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has returned to full training following an ankle injury and could face Sheffield United on Monday, the club has confirmed.

Arsenal midfielder Ozil opens up about terrifying carjacking ordeal

Mesut Ozil has spoken for the first time about being at the centre of an attempted carjacking alongside his wife Amine and Arsenal team-mate Sead Kolasinac.

Ozil: I'm staying at Arsenal until 2021

Mesut Ozil says he will be staying at Arsenal until the conclusion of his contract in the summer of 2021.

Parkinson confirmed as Sunderland boss

Former Bradford and Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has been confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland.

Inter Milan eye Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud as stand-in for injured Alexis Sanchez

Inter Milan are considering a January move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud after losing on-loan Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez to injury, say reports in Italy.

“Everyone was taking the p***” – Sadio Mané reveals more about Mohamed Salah clash at Burnley

Sadio Mané has shed further light on his clash with Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Burnley in August.

Manchester United plan spending spree as six players targeted for next two windows

James Maddison, Saul Niguez and Moussa Dembele are among six first-team players Manchester United reportedly hope to sign over the next two transfer windows.

Clive Allen believes Harry Kane can break his Tottenham goalscoring record

Clive Allen has a firm grip on his place in Tottenham’s history books, but admits Harry Kane is making him nervous about losing it.

Manchester United plan spending spree as six players are targeted for next two windows

James Maddison, Saul Niguez and Moussa Dembele are among six first-team players Manchester United reportedly hope to sign over the next two transfer windows.

Leeds owner plays down new investment talk

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has moved to clarify recent comments he made about possible major new investment in the club.

Manchester United have recruitment plan to improve squad in January – Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “100 per cent sure” that the club has the correct structure in place and that money is available to strengthen his struggling squad.

Leeds owner Radrizzani clarifies investment comments

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has moved to clarify recent comments he made about possible major new investment in the club.

Football rumours from the media

What the papers sayOle Gunnar Solskjaer could face the sack within two weeks, with Manchester United to replace him with Massimiliano Allegri, according to Italian reports. Tuttosport says ex-Juventus boss Allegri is close to signing a deal, and wants to be on his way to Old Trafford within the next fortnight, to give him as much time as possible to turn United’s season around. Reports say Solskjaer will be sacked if United lose to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Allegri would be keen on signing Juve’s Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic if he joins United, Tuttosport says.

Man Utd's vital fortnight

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's next five games could shape Manchester United's season - and his future.

Boyd previews Premiership return

Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd looks ahead to the return of the Scottish Premiership as Rangers face another test of their title credentials at Tynecastle.

How it happened: Bent's beach ball goal

How Darren Bent scored one of the most bizarre goals in the history of football 10 years ago this Thursday - with the help of a beach ball.

Solskjaer: I don't need assurances

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Gary Neville he does not need assurances about his future from the Man Utd board and has long-term plans at Old Trafford.

A blueprint to beat Man City?

Do Manchester City's recent defeats to teams outside the big six reveal a blueprint for beating them?

Liverpool's vital fortnight

A crucial couple of weeks are coming up for Liverpool in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup...

Stevens keen to secure Euro 2020 place for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman

Enda Stevens has challenged the Republic of Ireland to keep skipper Seamus Coleman’s Euro 2020 dream alive in his absence when they face Denmark in a winner-takes-all shoot-out next month.

Women's Champions League: Man City held

Charlyn Corral netted a late away goal as Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Women's Champions League last-16 tie.

Parkinson set for Sunderland

Phil Parkinson is set to be named Sunderland’s new manager for Saturday’s trip to Wycombe.

Bulgarian FA president resigns over racist abuse

Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov has resigned following the racist abuse directed against England players on Monday.

Bulgaria coach apologises to England players

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to the England team for the racist abuse they were subjected to on Monday.

Bury suffering ‘death by a thousand cuts’

A Bury supporters’ group says the club is suffering “death by a thousand cuts” after a winding-up petition against the Shakers was adjourned.

Bulgaria's racism row: The aftermath

Bulgarian football journalist Metodi Shumanov explains the aftermath of the racist abuse suffered by England players in Sofia.

Pogba, De Gea ruled out of Liverpool clash

Paul Pogba and David de Gea will miss Manchester United's Super Sunday clash against Liverpool through injury.

Paul Pogba out of Liverpool clash and David De Gea doubtful

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool while goalkeeper David De Gea faces a scan and is a major injury doubt.

Bulgaria's racism row: The aftermath

Bulgarian football journalist Metodi Shumanov explains the aftermath of the racist abuse suffered by England players in Sofia.

‘Just put your head on it’: Non-league footballer scores header from own half

A non-league footballer scored a header from his own half after the opposition goalkeeper had a moment to forget.

Premier League given assurances over Champions League places

The Premier League has received assurances that there are no current proposals to cut the number of Champions League group stage places for English clubs.

Pogba, De Gea ruled out of Liverpool clash

Paul Pogba and David de Gea will miss Manchester United's Super Sunday clash against Liverpool through injury.

Carl Fletcher named new Leyton Orient head coach

Leyton Orient have appointed former Wales midfielder Carl Fletcher as head coach.

Fletcher named new Orient boss

Leyton Orient have appointed Carl Fletcher as their new head coach on a deal until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Lascelles: Longstaff exactly what we need

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff's breakthrough into the first team is exactly what the club needed.

Real Madrid determined to land N'Golo Kante - and could even offer attacker in exchange

Real Madrid are weighing up a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and could include James Rodriguez as part of the deal.

Everton's Gbamin out for three months

Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin will be out for around three months after thigh surgery.

More EFL games live on Sky

Sky Sports have announced three more EFL games to be shown live in December.

England Women sell out Wembley for Germany friendly

England Women’s friendly clash with Germany at Wembley next month has sold out.

Sanchez out for three months after ankle op

Inter forward Alexis Sanchez has undergone surgery to his left ankle and will be out for the next three months, according to Sky in Italy.

Bulgarian police make six arrests over racist abuse of England players in Sofia

Bulgarian authorities have identified 15 people and made six arrests so far in relation to the racist abuse of England players on Monday night.

The secret life of a Premier League ref

What do Premier League referees do off the field? One has taken a career turn very different to his weekend whistle-blowing.

Sanchez to have surgery, out three months

Inter forward Alexis Sanchez will undergo an operation to his left ankle and will be out for the next three months, according to Sky in Italy.

Bristol City sign former Spain Under-21 striker Rodri on short-term deal

Bristol City have signed Spanish striker Rodrigo Rios Lozano on a short-term contract until January.

Messi thanks team-mates after picking up record sixth Golden Shoe in Barcelona

Lionel Messi was quick to recognise the contribution of his Barcelona team-mates after picking up a record sixth Golden Shoe award on Wednesday afternoon.

Alexander-Arnold enters Guinness Book of World Records

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attacking proficiency has earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mendes: Ronaldo will outscore Pele

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes claims the forward will surpass Pele as the "best scorer in football history" while at Juventus.

Manchester United considered summer move for Neymar – but pulled out for this key reason

Manchester United considered signing Neymar this summer but ended their interest due to concerns over his lifestyle, according to reports.

Charlton boss Bowyer ‘surprised and disappointed’ by three-match touchline ban

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer says he is “surprised and disappointed” to have been given a three-match touchline ban and a fine by the Football Association after admitting a misconduct charge over comments he made to a referee.

Man City’s Sergio Aguero unhurt after minor car crash

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was unhurt after being involved in a minor car accident on Wednesday, the PA news agency understands.

Boyd praises Wilson appointment

Sky Sports Scotland pundit Kris Boyd reflects on Rangers' appointment of Ross Wilson as sporting director and examines what it means for the club going forward.

Nick Hammond appointed head of football operations at Celtic

Celtic have appointed Nick Hammond as their new head of football operations.

Aguero unhurt following car collision

Sergio Aguero is unhurt after being involved in a small car collision on Wednesday morning.

Bowyer banned for three matches

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has been given a three-match touchline ban after admitting a charge of improper conduct against Swansea.

The boss taking Burnley spirit to Cheltenham

Michael Duff discusses his Burnley influence, Cheltenham Town's rise and the influence of Sean Dyche on his managerial career.

Sheffield United trio handed late fitness tests ahead of Arsenal clash

Injured trio John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of Sheffield United’s home game against Arsenal.

Bulgaria manager (finally) and captain condemn racist abuse of England players

Bulgaria's manager and captain have hit out at the supporters who racially abused several England players on Monday night.

La Liga asks for El Clasico to be moved

La Liga have requested to the Spanish Football Federation to move this month's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid to Madrid.

England fan named after Sofia death

An England fan who died in Bulgaria ahead of Monday's European Qualifier has been named as West Brom fan Rob Spray.

Former England winger Dave Thomas: Guide dog has given me my independence back

Former QPR, Everton and Burnley winger Dave Thomas has spoken of how his life changed the day he received a letter from the DVLA informing him he was no longer eligible to drive.

Celtic striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo willing to wait for first-team chances

Vakoun Issouf Bayo will exercise patience and positivity in his bid for a regular start at Celtic.

Wilder: We fancy our chances against Arsenal

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United will maintain their "bullish" approach to Premier League matches when they host high-flying Arsenal on Monday.

Man Utd-Liverpool 'still the biggest game'

Manchester United versus Liverpool remains "is still the biggest game" of the season, says Jose Enrique.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in the Guinness Book of Records

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has earned a place in the 2020 Guinness Book of Records.

Bury given two-week reprieve

A judge has adjourned a bid to wind up Bury Football Club.

Arsenal could have signed Antoine Griezmann in 2017 – but this crucial factor proved costly

Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League in 2016/17 cost them the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

Judge adjourns bid to wind up Bury

A judge has adjourned a bid to wind up Bury.

Eddie Nketiah hoping hat-trick for England U21s helps earn Leeds starting spot

Eddie Nketiah says his hat-trick for England Under-21s shows he deserves to be starting for Leeds.

How things stand in the battle for Euro 2020 qualification

Qualification for Euro 2020 is heading towards its conclusion, with places in next summer’s tournament still up for grabs.

Brian Rice hoping home comforts help as Hamilton host Hibernian

Brian Rice insists home comforts give his Hamilton side confidence heading into Saturday’s clash with Hibernian.

Manchester United identify six January transfer targets – but club insist they won’t overspend

Manchester United have drawn up a shortlist of six players they will target in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Tottenham 'have contacted' Jose Mourinho as potential replacement for Mauricio Pochettino - report

Tottenham have reached out to Jose Mourinho as they prepare for the possibility of Mauricio Pochettino leaving the club, according to a French report.

Man Utd vs Liverpool: Who's fresher?

Manchester United host Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League this Sunday, but which team is fresher after international duties?

FIFA 'closely monitoring' Bulgarian FA

FIFA is "closely monitoring" the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), after their president resigned following racist abuse during their defeat by England on Monday.

Watford captain Troy Deeney closing in on comeback

Watford captain Troy Deeney has admitted to becoming frustrated during his recovery from a knee operation, but knows the medical staff are holding him back for the right reasons.

Republic of Ireland have moved on from heavy Denmark defeat – Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy is confident the Republic of Ireland have put their World Cup nightmare at the hands of Denmark firmly behind them as they prepare to meet again with Euro 2020 qualification at stake.

UEFA investigating Turkey over salute

UEFA is investigating a military-style salute performed by Turkey’s players during a friendly against Albania and in their draw with France in a European Qualifier.

Bulgaria coach apologises to England players

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to the England team for the racist abuse they were subjected to on Monday.

Grujic: I still have a Liverpool future

Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic retains confidence he has a future at the club despite a second consecutive season away from Anfield at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

Euro Papers: Rakitic considers Man Utd, Juve

Out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is considering moving to Man Utd or Juventus, plus more from Wednesday's European press.

Why Barcelona won't go back in for Neymar in January

Barcelona may call off their pursuit of PSG's Neymar to prioritise elsewhere and focus on the development of Ansu Fati. 

Four arrests made after racist abuse in Sofia

Bulgarian police have arrested four people in connection with the racist abuse of England players during Monday's European Qualifier in Sofia.

Bulgarian stewards ditched hi-vis to join fans

Bulgarian stewards working at the European Qualifier against England took off their hi-vis vests so that they could go into the crowd to watch the game.

Partial stadium closure for Lazio vs Celtic

Celtic's Europa League match against Lazio in Rome will be subject to a partial stadium closure after the Italian club were charged with racist behaviour by UEFA.

Lazio hit with partial stadium closure for Celtic match following racism charge

Celtic’s Europa League match against Lazio in Rome will be subject to a partial stadium closure after the Italian club were charged with racist behaviour by UEFA.

Nketiah: I don't just want to be a Leeds sub

Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah admits he is frustrated by his role as a Leeds substitute after he scored a hat-trick for the England U21s.

Football rumours from the media

What the papers sayTottenham have contacted Jose Mourinho over potentially becoming their new manager amid speculation Mauricio Pochettino could head to Manchester United, the Daily Express reports. The paper says United have been keen on Pochettino for several years and considered approaching him in 2014 before appointing Louis Van Gaal. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side struggling, Pochettino is said to be the club’s main target should they decide to look for a new boss, with Spurs looking at Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by United last December.

Why Wilder was destined for the top

The qualities that set Chris Wilder apart on his rise from Sunday League to Premier League.

'Rashford can kick-start season vs Liverpool'

Marcus Rashford can kick-start his Manchester United season with a match-winning performance against Liverpool on Sunday, according to Darren Fletcher.

Bulgaria captain 'embarrassed' by racism

England players were subjected to racist abuse in Sofia on Monday and Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov is "embarrassed" by his fans' actions.

Four years of Klopp: 'He transformed LFC'

How Jurgen Klopp has overhauled Liverpool's squad and turned them into one of Europe's top teams since taking charge four years ago.

FIFA president Infantino calls for life bans for fans guilty of racist abuse

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to see worldwide life bans imposed on fans found guilty of racist abuse.

Connolly eyeing “cup final” qualification for Ireland

Aaron Connolly is targeting a “cup final” victory over Denmark to see the Republic of Ireland through to Euro 2020.

McCarthy happy Republic have another chance despite loss to Switzerland

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was refusing to be downhearted as he contemplated a winner-takes-all clash with Denmark with a trip to the Euro 2020 finals at stake.

David De Gea aggravated injury during draw in Sweden – Spain boss Moreno

David De Gea received treatment for an injury at half-time during Spain’s 1-1 draw in Sweden before aggravating the problem and withdrawing in the second half, according to Spain boss Robert Moreno.

'Czech win shows NI play-off credentials'

Jonny Evans believes Northern Ireland are equipped for the Euro 2020 play-offs after their win over the Czech Republic

Boothroyd hopes to see more of rising star Hudson-Odoi

England Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd hopes that he gets to see more of Callum Hudson-Odoi, even if it might be wishful thinking.

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