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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba admitted he had “small issues” with manager Jose Mourinho last season. The 25-year-old briefly lost his place in the starting lineup between January and February, which raised doubt over his long-term future at Old Trafford, but Pogba says such experiences “helps you to grow”.
“It was a better season than the previous one,” he said to reporters ahead of France’s final World Cup group game. “It was an experience. There were some small issues with (Mourinho), but they were nothing in the end. Being a substitute, …

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 in their second group game of the 2018 World Cup, taking his tally to four goals from two games. The 25-year-old is joint-top in the scoring charts with Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal & Real Madrid), with Denis Cheryshev (Russia & Villarreal) and Diego Costa (Spain & Atletico Madrid) in joint-second place with three goals each.
Lukaku has been a terrific servant for Belgium, scoring an impressive 40 goals in 71 appearances. At the same age, Ronaldo only had 22 goals in 69 games …

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann ended months of speculation after committing his future to the Rojiblancos in a video published on Twitter. Barcelona and Manchester United were previously keen on the French international but made little progress in agreeing a deal this summer which raised suggestions that he might indeed stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But after reports that Griezmann had made two different videos, one containing a statement saying he’ll stay at Atleti and one saying the opposite, he’s come under a lot of criticism. The 27-year-old should be preparing …

The 2018/19 Premier League fixtures have been released and we’ve listed all 380 games that will be played by Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bournemouth v Cardiff
Arsenal v Man City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham
Man United v Leicester
Newcastle v Tottenham
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Wolves v Everton

Saturday, August 18

Brighton v Man United
Burnley v Watford
Cardiff v …

The Guardian have released the financial figures of every Premier League club for 2016/17, detailing their turnover, wages and profit. The information came from most recently published annual reports at Companies House.
Arsenal (Accounts for the year to 31 May 2017)

Turnover: £427m (3rd highest in the league)
Wages: £199m (5th highest, 47% of turnover)
Profit before tax: £45m (up from £3m in 2016)

Bournemouth (Accounts for the 11 months to 30 June 2017)

Turnover £139m (11th highest in league)
Wages £72m (16th highest, 52% of turnover)
Profit before tax £15m (up from £3m in 2016)

Burnley (Accounts for …

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini looks set to leave the club this summer after rejecting the Red Devils’ latest offer, but why has this saga been allowed to go on and on?
The Belgian international spent the majority of last season on the periphery and has no long-term future at Old Trafford given the stiff competition in midfield, but manager Jose Mourinho just wouldn’t let Fellaini go.
While a useful player from the bench at times, the 30-year-old’s impact has been considerably oversold and United are ultimately better off without him. Fellaini …

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed he will be building his squad on tried and trusted players, rather than rough diamonds, hinting that a youth policy will be scraped for more experienced heads.
This could be bad news for the likes of Jesse Lingard who has struggled for form in 2018 and might not see much playing time next season if new signings are brought in.
The 25-year-old has been given a lot of playing time, but he’s never nailed down one specific position, instead being moved around at the will of …

In a shocking turn of events, yesterday Romelu Lukaku has completed a move to Manchester United after months of speculation that he was on the verge of a move back to Chelsea. The Belgian comes to Old Trafford for £75m with £15m in add ons signing a 5 year deal, which has to make him as the main striker for the club going forward. He completed his medical over the weekend and then the deal was officially confirmed by the club a short while later. Chelsea matched the offer and …

Having had such a monstrously poor run to Christmas with defending champions Chelsea last season, it alternatively presented itself as a handy benchmark to judge just how badly Mourinho ended his last job, and compare it to just how much he could improve his work with a brand new one. Surely after such a pathetic title defence in the first half of the 15/16 season, the spiky Portuguese would not need to exert a whole of energy to re-establish himself and prove to everyone that he is anything but a …

Mourinho has long been a curse Wenger has failed to shake. Even when the Portuguese was sacked last December after a dismal first couple of months with champions Chelsea, the Blues travelled to the Emirates that following January and managed a 1-0 win.
Even though it was Guus Hiddink standing in the Chelsea technical area, it still felt to me that as the final whistle blew, signalling a brilliant victory over an Arsenal side who had been in very good form, that the ghost of Mourinho somehow remained, spooking Wenger, aiming …