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Jose Mourinho admits he never envisaged Manchester United being so far behind their Premier League rivals at this stage, saying “everyone improved except us”. The United boss warned supporters they were set for a tough campaign at the start of the season after the club failed to bring in his desired centre-back targets to build […]

A video assist centre (Videoassistcenter, VAR) in Cologne, western Germany. Photo: AFP Video assistant referees (VAR) will be used in the CAF Champions League final for the first time on Friday when Al Ahly of Egypt host Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg. The system allows off-field referees to assist match officials regarding goals, […]

Manchester United could face fresh UEFA sanctions after another late arrival at Old Trafford and three pitch invaders during their Champions League encounter against Juventus. Last week, United were fined 15,000 euros (£13,202) after arriving late for their home tie against Valencia in early October. UEFA regulations stipulate that teams must arrive at the stadium […]

Luke Shaw has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new long-term deal at Old Trafford, according to Sky sources. The 23-year-old was set to become a free agent next summer but the defender has now penned a deal which will see him remain with United. The former Southampton left-back, who joined the […]

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has said he considered retiring from the national team after the Russia 2018 World Cup following death threats to him and his family over his performance at the tournament. Ighalo endured a torrid tournament in Russia in June as the Super Eagles crashed out in the group stage of the competition […]

Odion Ighalo has said fans were overtaken by passion when he failed to score at the World Cup in Russia, while pledging to always give his best in a Super Eagles shirt. Fans, particularly on social media, were vociferous in their criticisms of the former Watford star at Russia 2018. “The fans love football, they […]

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday despite casting fresh doubt over his future in recent days. The 27-year-old was speaking at a press conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News. It was put to Hazard that to win […]

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt looks set to make his first start as a professional footballer Friday, a challenge he said could determine if he has a future in the sport of his boyhood dreams. Bolt said the coach of his Central Coast Mariners, Mike Mulvey, had indicated he would be in the starting line-up in […]

Senegal will host the next edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will be the first African nation to host the event. Four other African countries – Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – were in the running to host the event, but […]

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was left out as Germany coach Joachim Loew named a 23-man squad for upcoming Nations League matches against the Netherlands and France. Gundogan hobbled off clutching his hamstring in the 2-1 Champions League win at Hoffenheim in midweek. But club-mate Leroy Sane, sensationally left at home by Loew for the […]

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