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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid to sign Liverpools Raheem Sterling?

Todays rumours have eaten too much ice creamIn every class in every school, theres a kid who can swim like a torpedo, run like a cheetah and love like Shabba Ranks. Usually, he its almost always a he will also have the strength of 10 men, a family of famous relatives, and an exchequer to shame an oil emirate. Except that he doesnt. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester United told Mats Hummels will remain at Borussia Dortmund

Hummels made captain by Jürgen Klopp to ward off suitors Klopp: He is going nowhere. He is staying with usJrgen Klopp has told Manchester United there is no prospect of his new Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels moving to Old Trafford this summer.The World Cup-winning central defender has been linked with a 25m transfer to United as Louis van Gaal looks to rebuild a back-line that lost veterans Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at the end of last season. Hummels, a cornerstone of Dortmunds success under Klopp since arriving from Bayern Munich in 2008, has attracted widespread interest following his starring role in Germanys triumph in Brazil, with Arsenal also reportedly keen on the 25-year-old. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League 2014-15 preview: 11 things to look out for this season

From 5-3-2 tactics and touchline doctors to the battle of the pundits, the sack race and some choice new third kitsThis seasons must-have tactical look involves three cultured centre-backs, a packed midfield and a nifty playmaker. Its an effective set-up, if the players get it, and if the wing-backs are tireless. Pioneered by Carlos Bilardos 1986 Argentina, it was tried by Liverpool and Hull last season, and is set to be rolled out at a string of clubs this season, including Louis van Gaals Manchester United, Ronald Koemans Southampton, Alan Irvines West Brom and Harry Redknapps QPR. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Daley Blind to Manchester United?

Todays piffle is having to divert at the last minuteGoing Dutch is the in thing at the moment. Whether its paying for your own food and drink at some wildly overpriced summer pop-up restaurant, or paying for somebody else to give Wayne and co a kick up the arse and implement a fluid 3-5-2 system on a previously mojo-less set of Manchester-based footballers, everybody seems to be doing it. And Ryan Babel, Winston Bogarde and Marco Boogers aside, when the English go Dutch it seems to work out pretty well. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool | International Champions Cup match report

Manchester United 3-1 LiverpoolRead Alan Evanss minute-by-minute reportThis was a friendly only in name yet at the end of an entertaining, sweat soaked 90 minutes, it was Louis van Gaal who emerged victorious, enthused yet left with a few conundrums to solve after securing his first victory over a Premier League rival.A second-half revival sparked by their captain for the evening, Wayne Rooney, was enough for United to win the International Champions Cup but as Van Gaal and his new charges departed for home, he was left with plenty to ponder. Continue reading…

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