GUARDIAN – Premier League 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Season to begin on 8 August 2015 and will conclude on 15 May 2016Liverpool face daunting run of early away fixtures8 August 2015: Arsenal v West Ham United, Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Chelsea v Swansea City, Everton v Watford, Leicester City v Sunderland Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United v Southampton, Norwich City v Crystal Palace, Stoke City v Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City. Continue reading…

ESPN – Memphis Depay could be great for Man United but fans must give him time

Memphis Depay completed his move to Man United on Friday, but fans need to give him time to settle in. Memphis Depay was unveiled as a Manchester United player on Friday afternoon after signing for the club last month. At the time, Louis van Gaal claimed he wasn't a fan of doing transfer business before the season had finished but with PSG and Liverpool making their move, United were forced to act. Brendan Rodgers claimed that Liverpool had never been interested in Depay, a bid to save face, but PSV's technical director, Marcel Brands, confirmed that Liverpool had approached the player and been…

ESPN – Man United to start £200 million summer spend with Gundogan, Lloris

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik and Steve Nicol weigh in on Ilkay Gundogan's decision not to sign a new deal with Borussia Dortmund and contend that he'll end up in Manchester. After Barcelona's spectacular Champions League final win over Juventus on Saturday, teams all over Europe are focused on the summer transfer window. TRANSFER LATEST – Juve star Pirlo set to join NYCFC – sources – Zlatan not leaving PSG this summer – agent – Liverpool to sign Ings subject to medical – United target Lloris wants UCL football – Barcelona confirm interest in Pogba – Transfer Talk: Daily roundup of news, rumours – ESPN FC Transfer Centre: All the done deals Gundogan a no-go for busy Barca It's been a busy Sunday for Barcelona — one day after completing a historic second Treble in Berlin, the Blaugrana moved to confirm their interest in signing Manchester United/everybody else's target Paul Pogba. Luis Enrique's side also announced Sevilla's right wing-back Aleix Vidal will sign for the club on Monday,…

ESPN – Man United in Karim Benzema’s future, Marco Verratti to stay at PSG

The ESPN FC panel discuss the latest transfer rumour concerning Marco Verratti's link to Real Madrid. FIFA scandal? Pah! Champions League final? Who cares? Let's talk transfers… TRANSFERS BY LEAGUE All transfers English Premier League Spanish La Liga Italian Serie A German Bundesliga Major League Soccer Benzema on Man United's list Louis van Gaal is gearing up for another big summer to make a run at the Premier League title and find success in Europe. Yesterday, Transfer Talk reported that, 50 years of history aside, the Dutch boss was still after Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. Today, it's Frenchman Karim Benzema that's in Van Gaal's crosshairs, accoring to the Manchester Evening News. The Real Madrid forward was a…

GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling considering Manchester United move

• Sterling keen to work under Louis van Gaal at United• No Liverpool player has gone to United since 1938Raheem Sterling is open to a move to Manchester United, although the player is concerned how the transfer would be received given the fierce rivalry between the clubs.The Liverpool winger is aware of United’s interest and would be keen to explore joining and working under Louis van Gaal. Although relations between Liverpool and United are cordial the competition between English football’s two most successful clubs and the enmity between their supporters mean no footballer has moved between them since 1964. Then, Phil Chisnall was transferred from Old Trafford to Anfield. Seventy-seven years have passed since a player has gone the other way, Allenby Chilton joining United from Liverpool in 1938. Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – I worry about my sons supporting Manchester United – not whether they’ll run off to join Isis

Zia Chaudhry, who grew up in Liverpool, says his children will face all kinds of difficulties as Muslims in 21st-century Britain – in a way he never didRight now I’m not worried about my sons joining Isis. Although there seems to be an increasing risk of them being persuaded that their loyalties should lie with a bunch of medieval thugs a few thousand miles away, to be perfectly honest I’m more concerned about their occasional interest in Manchester United.At the moment, the persuasive skills of my in-laws are more worrying than those of any radical preachers on the internet because they seem to be achieving some intermittent success in distancing the Chaudhry offspring from their father’s beloved Liverpool Football Club. So, despite the constant reminders about the dangers of Muslim youngsters being attracted to the war zones of the Middle East, I think that, for now, my vigilance is better directed towards Old Trafford, seeing as my boys are only nine and seven.I want my children to appreciate the beauty of life, a near impossible task if all that is emphasised is ugliness Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid to beat the clock for Javier Hernández?

Today’s rumours are to be renamed in a £30m sponsorship deal with EmiratesThe Mill is too tired for much tension this morning but sometimes we must bow to the good lord narrative and take our medicine. There’s nothing much like an urgently ticking clock to sharpen the senses, and in Manchester somebody – let’s say Ed Woodward, because we haven’t heard of any other United suits – has just thwacked one of those old-fashioned alarm clocks down on the table, twisted the knob, pursed his lips and sat back significantly, rapping his fingers on the table with impatience. A bit early for such machismo, you might think, but here’s the thing: Real Madrid now have under 48 hours to decide whether they want to buy Javier Hernández, and if they don’t then … well … heaven only knows.Real’s first dibs on the player expire at the end of Thursday, and what had appeared to be a cut-and-dried case has been given a little extra intrigue by the fact that the striker has started scoring. Four in as many games now for the Mexican, who definitely has never borne a resemblance to Natalie Portman, including the winner against Atlético in last week’s Champions League drudgefest. That followed a five-and-a-half month drought, granted, but might Real just be tempted to get in there before Woodward’s timer wakes the dead? Probably not, in truth, but his value might at least hold up a bit now and those below the Champions League places will be queuing up. £10m? West Ham? Southampton? Or upwardly-mobile Lazio, if you like a bit of that. But only if Real don’t dramatically beat the clock. Continue reading…

ESPN – Man United’s confidence once again takes a battering at Goodison Park

ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Everton's convincing 3-0 win at home against Manchester United. Goodison Park has become a nest of savage reality checks for Manchester United. A year ago, a 2-0 defeat hastened the exit of David Moyes. This time, in gleefully winning 3-0, Everton staged an exposure of problems that Moyes' replacement and more than £150 million have not yet managed to solve. A failure to reach the Champions League is not yet a likely outcome, but by the time United play West Brom next Saturday tea-time, Liverpool, who play Hull and QPR in the interim, could be just a…