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Ryan Giggs Revealed Luis Van Gaal Punched Him
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Ryan Giggs Revealed Luis Van Gaal Punched Him

Ryan Giggs has revealed that he was punched in the stomach by Louis van Gaal when he met the Dutchman for the first time. The Wales boss made the sensational revelation on Jamie Carragher’s Greatest Game podcast, where he was left not knowing what to do after meeting the newly-appointed Manchester United boss in 2014. Giggs went on to learn his trade as a coach under Van Gaal after previously taking caretaker charge of the club following David Moyes’ sacking. ‘He was different. He was very dominating,’ Giggs told Carragher. ‘The first time I met him he punched me in the stomach. ‘I’ve gone to meet him, we’ve got a list of the players that I think were good and the ones that were not so good. ‘I’ve gone to meet him at a hotel, he’s opened the door, looked at me up and down an...
Van De Beek Signing Is Absolutely Fantastic – Mark Bosnich
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Van De Beek Signing Is Absolutely Fantastic – Mark Bosnich

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has praised the signing of Van de Beek and claims the Netherland international is a fantastic signing for the Premier League side. Manchester United completed the signing of Van de Beek from Ajax last week and the Dutchman is tipped to add more magic to United midfield which already contains some quality players. Speaking with Sky Sports, Bosnich gave some key details about Van de Beek and also give reasons why he will be a fantastic signing for the Manchester side. “I know there are not many in, but it’s not through lack of trying,' Bosnich said “There are rumours flying about that they might get another centre-back in as well before the start of the season. “The Van de Beek signing is absolutely fantastic. He is truly a qual...
‘Van de Beek’s arrival doesn’t mean Pogba will go’ – Meulensteen
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‘Van de Beek’s arrival doesn’t mean Pogba will go’ – Meulensteen

The former Red Devils coach is not convinced that the signing of another attacking midfielder will spell the end for the World Cup winner The arrival of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United does not spell the end for Paul Pogba, says Rene Meulensteen, with there roles to be found for multiple playmakers at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the Netherlands international midfielder his first signing of the current transfer window. Some £35 million ($46m) has been invested in Van de Beek, with the 23-year-old Dutchman adding further creativity to the Red Devils’ engine room.
Ronaldo is the greatest of his generation – De Ligt
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Ronaldo is the greatest of his generation – De Ligt

The Dutchman has spoken on a series of subjects and has committed his future to the Bianconeri Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of his generation, according to Matthijs de Ligt. The Portuguese is in his second season in Turin, having made the leap to Juve from Real Madrid after a spell in which he established himself as a club legend by winning four Champions Leagues and scoring more goals for Los Blancos than anyone in history. At 35 years old, he has maintained his remarkable standard at Juventus Stadium, this season scoring 25 goals in 32 outings in all competitions, including a streak of 11 goals in 11 successive Serie A games – a run ended by Inter immediately before the coronavirus pandemic caused play to halt.
Van Persie: Arsenal pal Campbell key to transforming my game
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Van Persie: Arsenal pal Campbell key to transforming my game

Robin van Persie has revealed how a conversation with ex-Arsenal teammate Sol Campbell transformed his game. The Dutchman was disappointed after his first two campaigns at the Gunners and went in search of finding a solution. "Over the years I kept asking questions and I even wrote stuff down to myself,' Van Persie explained on Jake Humphrey's The High Performance podcast. "So at one point at Arsenal after two years I wasn't satisfied, I wasn't happy, it was going okay but not good enough. So I started to write a letter to myself: what are my positives and what are my negatives. And then I noticed I was lying to myself. I was making myself feel better. "The main thing I think for everyone who is listening is keep asking yourself even stupid questions and write letters to yourse...
‘Who doesn’t want to play for Manchester United?’ – Fosu-Mensah determined to prove his worth
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‘Who doesn’t want to play for Manchester United?’ – Fosu-Mensah determined to prove his worth

The 22-year-old has been sent on loan spells and endured injury struggles, but his contract has been extended and he believes opportunities will come Timothy Fosu-Mensah has seen his contract extended at Old Trafford and remains determined to prove his worth, with the 22-year-old Dutchman saying: “Who doesn’t want to play for Manchester United?” A product of the academy system at Old Trafford has made a number of senior appearances for the Red Devils. Competition for places, loan spells and injury struggles have, however, restricted him to just 21 games. United believe the versatile defender is still capable of making a positive impact on their books, with a clause in his deal triggered as a result, but the coronavirus lockdown has only added to the sense of frustration being suffer...
Man Utd Treble winner Stam on way to FC Cincinnati
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Man Utd Treble winner Stam on way to FC Cincinnati

Manchester United Treble winner Jaap Stam has struck personal terms with MLS outfit FC Cincinnati. TMW says the Dutchman has agreed a deal with Cincinnati to take charge once the MLS season resumes. The former Reading and Feyenoord coach will succeed countryman Ron Janes, who was fired before the coronavirus suspension. Stam began his managerial career at Reading in 2016 where he came within a playoff final penalty shootout of promotion to the Premier League. After then managing PEC Zwolle, his spell at Feyonoord was less successful only winning three out of his eleven games in charge.
Arsenal hero Lauren doesn’t regret infamous Man Utd bust-up
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Arsenal hero Lauren doesn’t regret infamous Man Utd bust-up

Arsenal hero Lauren insists he harbours no regrets about the infamous bust-up with Manchester United in 2003. Ruud van Nistlerooy arguably got Patrick Vieira sent off with a second yellow card, with Arsenal players then confronting the Dutchman after he missed a penalty in the 0-0 draw. "People have asked me many times, "Would you do that again?." I always say 120 per cent I will do it,' he told the Handbrake Off podcast. "I don't mind about the ban, the £40,000 fine. I don't care, as long as I protect the people I care for, the people I share the dressing room with, the people I love. "Because I always said when I came to Arsenal, I feel like they are my family. We had a very great batch of people. "We cared about each other on the pitch and outside of the pitch so I ca...
Van Dijk Warned he Would Never Win Ballon d’Or Award
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Van Dijk Warned he Would Never Win Ballon d’Or Award

Former Holland ace, Ruud Gullit, has warned Virgil van Dijk that he would never win the Ballon d’Or prize. Van Dijk narrowly lost out to Lionel Messi in 2019, finishing in second place. The Liverpool defender was considered one of the favourites to win it, after helping the Premier League side win the Champions League and finish second in the league. However, the Dutchman had to settle for the runner-up spot as Messi claimed the prize for a record sixth time. Although the 28-year-old is enjoying yet another impressive campaign, which is expected to see Jurgen Klopp’s side win a first league title in 30 years, Gullit doesn’t think his compatriot will have a better chance to take home the Golden Ball. “The message of the Ballon d’Or was, he’s never going to win it again,” ...
If Messi Wins Ballon D’or, There Are No Losers -Van Dijk
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If Messi Wins Ballon D’or, There Are No Losers -Van Dijk

A leaked document shows the gong going to the Argentine for a record sixth time, but the Dutchman isn't bothered Virgil van Dijk may lose out on the Ballon d’Or to Barcelona's Lionel Messi, but the Liverpool man insists there are no losers amongst the nominees. The Netherlands international was immense in leading Liverpool to last season’s Champions League and could become the first defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006. A leaked document shows Messi winning the award for a record sixth time, pipping Van Dijk and Anfield team-mate Mohamed Salah. However the Dutch centre-half won’t be upset if the document proves accurate, as he believes everyone in the room when the award is announced will be a winner.  
Is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to follow in Robin van Persie’s footsteps?
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Is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to follow in Robin van Persie’s footsteps?

The Arsenal striker's unlikely transfer to the Red Devils has been likened to the Dutchman's move in 2012, but that couldn’t be further from the truth The transfer window is often riddled with flimsy rumours, which explains the often repeated ‘silly season’ tag. Recently, news spread that Arsenal’s top forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way to Manchester United before the close of the summer transfer window in England on August 8. The gossip has prompted parallels with the summer of 2012, when the North London club sold Robin van Persie to their long-standing Manchester rivals. In what was a blow to Arsene Wenger’s side, they lost their captain and talisman to the Red Devils as they could no longer match his ambition to win things. While the Gunners’ profile had b...
Leeds winger Anita set for MLS over Panathinaikos
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Leeds winger Anita set for MLS over Panathinaikos

Leeds United outcast Vurnon Anita is hoping to seal a move to America. The defender is pursuing a move to Major League Soccer this summer. The Dutchman had hoped to join Panathinaikos in Greece. But Sdna in Greece believe the club cannot afford his wages. Leeds Livesays the most likely move is one to MLS, especially if Leeds grant him a free transfer this summer. Anita does have a year left on his contract, but Leeds would be happy to get his salary off their wage bill. The 30-year-old has yet to receive a formal approach for his services from any MLS club.  
De Ligt As A Child Posing With Luis Suarez While At Ajax (Throwback Photo)
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De Ligt As A Child Posing With Luis Suarez While At Ajax (Throwback Photo)

This an incredible picture of Matthijs de Ligt and Luis Suarez during the latter's Ajax times. How the time flies! The Uruguayan has managed to conquer the Premier League, the La Liga and the Champions League while the Dutchman has grown to be the hottest prospect in the world's football and close to the Barcelona move. There is a 12-year gap between the two, however, they share the same roots. There is still a chance that Ajax and Barcelona face each other in the Champions League final which is set to take place at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on 1 June. However, they need to overcome Tottenham and Liverpool first. Still, the possibility of the Johan Cruyff-inspired final at the biggest European stage is a real dream. Moreover, according to ESPN and other top sou...
‘Someone must have gone past him’ – Moura doubts Van Dijk dribble stat
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‘Someone must have gone past him’ – Moura doubts Van Dijk dribble stat

The Tottenham forward thinks the Liverpool man is one of the best players in the world, but questions the claim nobody has dribbled past him Tottenham forward Lucas Moura says he thinks Virgil van Dijk was one of the top three players in the world last season, but questioned the infamous stat about the Dutchman being impossible to dribble past. The Dutchman’s monumental performances for club and country this season have seen him thrust into the conversation for the Ballon d’Or, alongside Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Alisson. It has been claimed that the only player to successfully complete a dribble past Van Dijk last season was Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, on international duty with Germany in November – but Moura isn’t so sure.
Van Dijk vows ‘more to come’ after justifying £75m fee Liverpool paid for him
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Van Dijk vows ‘more to come’ after justifying £75m fee Liverpool paid for him

The Netherlands international defender has starred for the Reds since signing in the winter of 2018, but he believes he can get even better Virgil van Dijk says there is “still more to come” from him despite being a stunning success story at Liverpool on the back of a £75 million ($95m) transfer. Eyebrows were raised when the Reds made the Dutchman the most expensive defender in world football. A big-money deal took him to Anfield from Southampton during the winter transfer window of 2018.
Van Dijk could have played for Brighton, reveals former manager Poyet
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Van Dijk could have played for Brighton, reveals former manager Poyet

The Dutchman, who was named PFA Player of the Year last month, has enjoyed a fine season with Liverpool but almost ended up with another English club Brighton & Hove Albion looked into the possibility of buying Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk for a bargain price at one time, according to former manager Gus Poyet. However, the Seagulls were unable to match the €3 million (£2.6m/$3.4m) transfer fee that would have been required to seal the Netherlands international's services. Van Dijk, who began his career with Groningen in his home country before a spell with Celtic brought him to the Premier League with Southampton, has enjoyed a stunning sophomore season with the Reds. Having transferred to Anfield from St Mary’s Stadium for a reported fee of £75m ($98m) – a world record f...
‘I Was Trying To Be Nice’ Says Furious Verstappen
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‘I Was Trying To Be Nice’ Says Furious Verstappen

Raging Max Verstappen launched a foul-mouthed tirade against his rivals after a testy qualifying session on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Dutchman will start Formula One’s 1,000 race fifth in his Red Bull, but made clear he felt he could have challenged for third on the grid. At the conclusion of qualifying in Shanghai, Verstappen voiced his anger after at least three cars overtook him, meaning he failed to get one last, flying lap in. He swore several times over the team radio and was still seething afterwards, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel one of those to pass him. Vettel qualified third, behind Valtteri Bottas in pole and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second. “On the final run in Q3 (last part of qualifying) I followed the Ferrari in fr...
Wenger, Mourinho Out of Top 10 As France Football Names 50 Greatest Managers Ever
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Wenger, Mourinho Out of Top 10 As France Football Names 50 Greatest Managers Ever

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger and former Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, missed out on top 10 places, as France Football announced their 50 greatest managers ever on Tuesday. The top spot went to legendary Dutchman, Rinus Michels, who is credited with creating ‘Total Football’. Michels, who died in 2005, took the crown following a 32-year managerial career that saw him win the European Cup with Ajax, La Liga with Barcelona and the European Championship with Holland in 1988. Ex-United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, came in second. The Scot won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, five League Cups and two Champions League titles during his time at Old Trafford. But it was Wenger’s exemption from the top 30 that caused the bi...
“I was fuming”: Jaap Stam lifts the lid on Shock Manchester United Exit
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“I was fuming”: Jaap Stam lifts the lid on Shock Manchester United Exit

Jaap Stam has recalled his anger and confusion at Manchester United’s sudden decision to sell him to Lazio at the peak of his playing career The Dutchman helped the Old Trafford club to win three Premier League titles, the Champions League and an FA Cup between 1998 and 2001, before being sent to Italy out of the blue. Sir Alex Ferguson later admitted that selling the Dutchman was the biggest mistake of his career, but Stam revealed that the Scot didn’t need much time to break the news. "It wasn't long, maybe 10 minutes," Stam said to the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast. "Like in the first meeting to the last, I didn't have a lot of stuff to say. Of course my status and personality was different and he knew that as well. "I was fuming, of course, but tha...
Westerhof: I Still Have Dreams for African Football
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Westerhof: I Still Have Dreams for African Football

Clemens Westerhof Former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof, has said that his age is no barrier to his desire to keep working in African football as he considers new opportunities in Zimbabwe. The 78 year-old Dutchman coached Zimbabwe between 1998 and 2000, and worked in the Zimbabwean top flight at Dynamos in Harare. Although Westerhof has a long and impressive career behind him, he still has dreams and ambitions to improve African football. “I’m still young. In my body and soul, I’m still young. But I know, at this moment, I must do everything one step slower,” Westerhof hinted. “I will not go in front with football shoes on and kick balls left and right – no, no, no. But I will tell them how to do it. “And I will choose those coaches to work with me, ...
Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake: Transfer interest is positive
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Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake: Transfer interest is positive

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake insists he's ignoring transfer talk ahead of the January market. The Dutchman is being linked with Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United. But Ake said: “I am enjoying my time at Bournemouth. It is so good. “I am playing, the manager is helping me a lot and the fans are good as well. They are always behind us so no, don't be worried. “It is speculation. It is papers. If something is true it is praise that you are doing something right but just keep doing the same, trying to play well for Bournemouth and see what happens."  
Jaap Stam Dreams Of Man Utd Return
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Jaap Stam Dreams Of Man Utd Return

Manchester United Treble winner Jaap Stam admits he'd welcome the chance to manage the club. Stam's last managerial role was at Reading. He told Voetbal Primeur: "I hope to work sometime for an absolute top club. It should be no surprise that Manchester United are a dream club for me. "That was the situation during my playing career, and it is still the case." The Dutchman played 127 times for the Red Devils between 1998 and 2001, winning the Premier League in each of his three seasons at the club.
Ex-Celtic Boss Deila: Van Dijk Needed To Change Attitude To Get Liverpool Move
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Ex-Celtic Boss Deila: Van Dijk Needed To Change Attitude To Get Liverpool Move

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes Virgil van Dijk won his move to Liverpool after changing his attitude towards fitness training. The Dutchman played under the Norwegian at Celtic Park for a year, winning the Scottish Premiership in 2014/15. "I think he was not fit enough to be at the highest level," Deila told theA Celtic State of Mind podcast when referring to Van Dijk's early days at Celtic. "He has unbelievable skills and potential but he needed to be better to train everyday, take care of himself better and I think he progressed a lot in that year to be more conscious about how he lives his life after football and also how he trains. "He was so good after this period."
Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix To Increase Title Lead
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Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix To Increase Title Lead

Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday in dominant fashion to increase his Formula One championship lead over Sebastian Vettel to 40 points with just six races remaining.   Lewis Hamilton The Mercedes driver led from pole to chequered flag, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen more than eight seconds behind and Ferrari’s Vettel a distant third. “Great job everyone, what a weekend,” said Hamilton on team radio immediately after winning at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the second year running. “Keep pushing — we’ve got this guys.” A unique set of challenges makes the steamy track in the heat and humidity of Singapore’s tropical climate the toughest physical test of the season. READ ALSO: Ronaldo gets off the mark for Juventus The duration of the race, with each ...
‘I Couldn’t Handle Him Anymore’ – Rafael Lays Into Van Gaal Over Bitter Man United Exit
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‘I Couldn’t Handle Him Anymore’ – Rafael Lays Into Van Gaal Over Bitter Man United Exit

Rafael da Silva revealed he was told he could leave Manchester United following a one-minute meeting with former manager Louis van Gaal as the Lyon full-back said he could not handle the Dutchman anymore. A three-time Premier League winner under legendary manager Alex Ferguson at United, Rafael was sold to the Ligue 1 outfit Lyon by Van Gaal in 2015, a year after his appointment at Old Trafford. Almost three years on from his departure, Brazilian Rafael lifted the lid on his brief relationship with Van Gaal in Manchester. "When it was announced that Van Gaal was taking over, four or five people, including players, called me to say that he doesn't like Brazilian players," Rafael told ESPN. "They pointed out what had happened with Rivaldo [who clashed with Van Gaal] at Barcelona, bu...
‘Van Dijk Is A Leader And A Warrior’ – Klopp Sees £75m Fee Justified By Liverpool Star
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‘Van Dijk Is A Leader And A Warrior’ – Klopp Sees £75m Fee Justified By Liverpool Star

Virgil van Dijk has been hailed by Jurgen Klopp as a Liverpool “leader” and “warrior”, with the Dutchman already justifying a £75 million transfer fee. The Netherlands international became the most expensive defender in world football when completing a move to Anfield from Southampton during the January window. Liverpool had been looking to tie up a deal for some time, with Van Dijk having been quickly identified as the man to shore up a leaky defensive line. The 26-year-old has slotted seamlessly into the Reds fold and, with full match sharpness returned following past injury problems, is looking like the talismanic presence Klopp always believed he could be. “He’s just a good lad, to be honest. That’s the most important thing,” the Liverpool manager told the club’s official website. ...
‘Van Dijk Will Take Liverpool To The Next Level’ – Redknapp Predicts 2018-19 Title Bid
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‘Van Dijk Will Take Liverpool To The Next Level’ – Redknapp Predicts 2018-19 Title Bid

Virgil van Dijk can take Liverpool to “the next level”, says Jamie Redknapp, with a Premier League title bid on the cards in 2018-19. The Reds have failed to put themselves in contention for the English top-flight crown this term, with defensive frailties holding them back early on. A top-four challenge is now the best that they can hope for, but they have sought to bolt the back door with the record-breaking £75 million addition of Van Dijk. Redknapp expects the Dutchman to become a talismanic presence at Anfield, with a new goalkeeper in the summer potentially being the final piece in Jurgen Klopp’s jigsaw. The former Reds midfielder told Sky Sports on events at Liverpool: “They sold [Philippe] Coutinho to Barcelona for a huge fee, £146m, and have brought in Virgil van Dijk for £75m ...
Kevin Mirallas Calls On Everton To Show ‘Passion’ From Chelsea Carabao Cup Defeat
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Kevin Mirallas Calls On Everton To Show ‘Passion’ From Chelsea Carabao Cup Defeat

Everton, playing their first game under caretaker manager David Unsworth following the sacking of Dutchman Ronald Koeman, delivered an improved performance on Wednesday but it was not enough to stop the London club from making the quarter finals. Mirallas, who started the game against Chelsea, said he was happy with the desire shown by his team mates and urged them to replicate that in upcoming games as they look to move out of the relegation zone. 'We lost but in the second half we played with more confidence. If we play every game like that we will win a lot of points this season,' Mirallas told the club's website. 'In the second half we had a lot of chances and when you see the players playing like that, with a lot of passion ... I am very happy. 'We need that, because when you see ...
Phil Neville ‘Interested In Vacant Everton Job’
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Phil Neville ‘Interested In Vacant Everton Job’

The position opened up on Monday afternoon when Ronald Koeman was sacked by the club for a string of poor results. The Dutchman, who left Southampton to take charge of the Toffees in 2016, had recorded just two wins in nine Premier League games, with the final straw being Sunday's 5-2 defeat to Arsenal. Under-23s coach David Unsworth has been put in temporary charge, but according to BBC Sport, Neville wants to be considered for the full-time position. The 40-year-old, who came through the ranks at Manchester United, spent eight years at the Merseyside outfit, making more than 250 appearances. Neville has experience coaching at assistant level having had spells at United and Valencia, where at one point he acted as his brother Gary's right-hand man.
Chelsea Vs Everton Betting: Hosts To Cruise Through To EFL Cup Quarter Finals
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Chelsea Vs Everton Betting: Hosts To Cruise Through To EFL Cup Quarter Finals

Chelsea can crank up the pressure on Everton when they play host to the men from Merseyside in the last 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday night. The Toffees called time on Ronald Koeman's reign as manager on Monday in the wake of a humiliating 5-2 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday and the men from Merseyside will hope that the Dutchman's departure leads to an immediate upturn in fortunes; Chelsea, though, will provide stiff opposition in this tie. Antonio Conte’s team showed character as they came from 2-1 down to claim a vital 4-2 victory against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and the side from Stamford Bridge will be determined to maintain momentum when they take on the Toffees. Chelsea have scored 10 goals without reply in their last three matches against Everton,...
Everton Confirm David Unsworth Will Take Temporary Charge Of The First Team
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Everton Confirm David Unsworth Will Take Temporary Charge Of The First Team

In a statement, a club spokesman said: "Everton Football Club can confirm that David Unsworth will take temporary charge of the Everton first team, commencing with tomorrow night's Carabou Cup tie at Stamford Bridge." But the Mirror understands Unsworth will be asked to remain in charge at least until the international break, which comes in two weeks. And that will see him take control for the crucial Premier League games against Leicester and Watford, along with a Europa League visit to Lyon that could prove season defining. Unsworth will make clear that he would like a chance to prove he is worthy of the role full time, and there is a genuine feeling from Chairman Bill Kenwright and principle owner Farhad Moshiri that the long serving Everton stalwart deserves an opportunity. They wi...
David Moyes Lined Up For Sensational Return To Everton
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David Moyes Lined Up For Sensational Return To Everton

The Scot is one of the names in the frame to ­replace struggling Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park. Moyes enjoyed an 11-year stint at the Toffees before leaving to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013. Despite his unsuccessful time at United and further unproductive spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland, the 54-year-old is still highly regarded at Everton. He is also being targeted by the Scottish FA as a replacement for Gordon Strachan. But Moyes still has unfinished business at club level and a return to Everton looks a good fit. Koeman goes into today’s clash with Arsenal with just two wins in 12 games. The Dutchman is under huge pressure to revive Everton’s fortunes after having £140million to spend in the summer. And if results fail to improve then Everton...
Crouch Nudges Stoke Past Struggling Southampton
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Crouch Nudges Stoke Past Struggling Southampton

Stoke City held off a frantic late onslaught as Peter Crouch scored the winner to edge Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday. But Mark Hughes’s team only earnt their second win of the campaign after Saints forward Manolo Gabbiadini spurned two late chances to steal a draw. Mame Diouf put Stoke in front with a first half header only for Japan’s Maya Yoshida to level with a stunning volley on 79 minutes. But Crouch tapped in five minutes from time in a dramatic finale to snatch the win, before Italian Gabbiadini’s misses. The result left the sides level on eight points from seven games in mid-table, but Southampton had much to regret after dominating possession. Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino gave wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk his first start of the se...
Virgil van Dijk Had Revealed That Barcelona Are His Go-To Team On FIFA
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Virgil van Dijk Had Revealed That Barcelona Are His Go-To Team On FIFA

Barcelona endured a difficult summer with Neymar leaving against their wishes to join PSG, while they were also hammered 5-1 by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. However, Ernesto Valverde has managed to turn things around with Barcelona well ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga and leading their group in the Champions League. When asked about his favourite team on FIFA, Virgil van Dijk, speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 18, said: “Always Barcelona. I am, obviously, a big fan of Barcelona on the game and back in the day the way they play, and the players they had, and still have. I think it’s an amazing team to watch. “And I think also when you play against friends it’s always going to be Barca-Real anyway because most of the time those are the two strongest teams on...
No Bad Vibes With Van Dijk At Southampton, Says Bertrand
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No Bad Vibes With Van Dijk At Southampton, Says Bertrand

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand insisted there are "no bad vibes" with team-mate Virgil van Dijk after the Dutchman failed to engineer a move away from the Premier League club. Van Dijk handed in a transfer request to try and force a departure amid interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, but a switch did not materialise. The 26-year-old centre-back – who has not featured for Southampton's first team since January due to an ankle injury – is back in the fold following his outing for the reserves on Monday. "It is nice to keep hold of players," Bertrand told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday's trip to lowly Crystal Palace. "There were no bad vibes in the dressing room. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and what they want to do in their lives, but we just get on w...
Crystal Palace Part Company With De Boer
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Crystal Palace Part Company With De Boer

"We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the Club. A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future. There will be no further comment at this time," the official statement said. Palace have endured the worst-ever start to a Premier League season — losing their opening four games and failing to score a goal so far — which left the club's top brass with little option but to axe the Dutchman. De Boer was appointed on June 26 and his ill-fated reign at the helm will be brought to an abrupt end on September 11
Crystal Palace To Sack Frank de Boer After Just 77 Days… But Where Does It Rank Among The Shortest Reigns In PL
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Crystal Palace To Sack Frank de Boer After Just 77 Days… But Where Does It Rank Among The Shortest Reigns In PL

Palace have endured the worst-ever start to a Premier League season — losing their opening four games and failing to score a goal so far — which left the club's top brass with little option but to axe the Dutchman. De Boer was appointed on June 26 and his ill-fated reign at the helm will be brought to an abrupt end on September 11, but where does that rank among the shortest managerial reigns in Premier League history? Here, Sportsmail compiles a list of managers who were at the helm for the fewest days in Premier League history.   10. Neil Warnock (Crystal Palace 2014) — 122 days Neil Warnock returned to Selhurst Park in 2014 for his second stint in charge after taking the reins between 2007-2010. On August 27, 2014 he was appointed following the departure of Tony P...
Louis van Gaal Claims Manchester United Put His ‘Head In A Noose’
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Louis van Gaal Claims Manchester United Put His ‘Head In A Noose’

The Dutchman was in charge at Old Trafford for two seasons, winning the FA Cup in his final match, but it ended badly when the hierarchy eyed up Jose Mourinho as their next manager. In an explosive interview with Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Van Gaal said: 'The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back. I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January. 'I do understand that choice of United to get Mourinho. Suddenly, Mourinho was out after one-and-a-half years of my contract and I knew United wanted him one day.' Just over one year on, Van Gaal appears to still hold some ill feeling towards his former club, and he admits he has tried to get every penny he can from them. 'They to...
Liverpool Have An Array Of Options With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arrival
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Liverpool Have An Array Of Options With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arrival

The England midfielder has  acknowledged that he has work to do before he becomes synonymous with a specific position at Anfield. 'I've spoken about this for about six years - my whole career - where I'm going to be playing or where I'd like to play,' Oxlade-Chamberlain said. 'I just say I'd like to be an attacking midfielder. I've spoke to the manager about this, there's going to be a lot of positions (available) in this team: up-front, because the wingers play a bit more inside, or the midfield.' Liverpool have seven matches in 24 games until the next international break, so rotation will be key to maintaining the high-octane pressing game Klopp oversees. With that in mind, Sportsmail assesses where Oxlade-Chamberlain can break into Liverpool's squad. OPTION 1: 4-3-3 In the five g...
Virgil van Dijk Returns To Southampton First Team Training
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Virgil van Dijk Returns To Southampton First Team Training

The Dutchman trained away from the Saints' first team for the duration of the summer, and refused to go on pre-season tour with the side.Instead Van Dijk remained in England, training with the Under-23 squad and working alone on his fitness with club staff.Van Dijk found himself at the centre of one of the biggest transfer dramas of the summer, with his heart seemingly set on a move to Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp had met with the defender at the end of the 2016-17 season, in a meeting which later led to Liverpool issuing a public apology to Southampton and 'dropping all interest' in the player.The Dutchman later handed in a transfer request in order to push through a move, in which he issued a long statement citing his desire to play European football and test himself at the highest level.'I am...
Rooney returns To Everton Training And Talks With Boss Koeman
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Rooney returns To Everton Training And Talks With Boss Koeman

The Everton forward was pictured driving into the club's Finch Farm training base on Merseyside as he prepares for talks with boss Ronald Koeman following last weekend's events.The Toffees boss also reported to the training ground on Tuesday morning as the pair prepare for the Premier League's return this weekend.Rooney has started well for Everton, scoring twice on his return from Manchester United, but is likely to face the wrath of the Dutchman following Friday's drink-drive charge.The Blues talisman will be reintegrated into the squad following Koeman's failure to sign the centre forward he wanted during the transfer window.Rooney was warned by the manager before returning to Goodison Park that there would be 'no exceptions' to the disciplined lifestyle Koeman expects from his players....
South African Held Hostage By Al-Qaeda Regains Freedom
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South African Held Hostage By Al-Qaeda Regains Freedom

A South African man snatched from his hotel and held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been freed, his country’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Stephen McGown, 42, was grabbed from his accommodation in the historic trading city of Timbuktu in Mali’s north along with Swede Johan Gustafsson and Dutchman Sjaak Rijke, both of whom were both subsequently released. McGown has returned to South Africa and has been reunited with his family, deputy director-general of diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry Clayson Monyela told AFP. Gustafsson was released in June while Rijke was freed in April 2015 by French special forces. Rijke’s wife managed to escape during the jihadist assault on the popular tourist hotel, but a German who tried to resist the abduction was killed. Al-Qae...
Lukaku Will Shine At Man United – Van Nistelrooy
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Lukaku Will Shine At Man United – Van Nistelrooy

Manchester United great Ruud van Nistelrooy thinks his old club have signed Romelu Lukaku at the “perfect time”. And Van Nistelrooy thinks the Belgian international striker will “fit in really well” at Old Trafford. Van Nistelrooy was one of United’s most prolific strikers of the Premier League era, banging in 150 goals in 219 games between 2001-06. And, speaking ahead of an appearance for the United legends against Barcelona at the start of September, the Dutchman told the United website that he thinks Lukaku will enjoy a successful spell with the club. Lukaku has been acquired from Everton on a five-year deal and Van Nistelrooy said: “He’s proven himself at Everton. His challenge now is to make another step up and to prove himself at his new club as well. “It’s different p...
Ajax Youngster Nouri Suffers Permanent Brain Damage
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Ajax Youngster Nouri Suffers Permanent Brain Damage

Ajax have announced that their midfielder Abdelhak Appie Nouri has suffered permanent brain damage following an incident during a match last week. Brain damage is described as an injury that causes the destruction or deterioration of brain cells. Nouri, 20, collapsed during a friendly against Werder Bremen on Saturday and had to be revived on the pitch and taken straight to the hospital in a helicopter. “Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage,” Ajax tweeted on Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time. #StayStrongAppie.” Dutchman Nouri played 41 games for Ajax in all competitions last season, scoring 11 goals.
Fenerbahce Set To Bid For Ahmed Musa
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Fenerbahce Set To Bid For Ahmed Musa

Turkish giants Fenerbahce is to make an offer for Ahmed Musa and his Leicester City teammate Jamie Vardy their primary transfer targets. According to Turkish news platform – DHA, Fenerbahce are looking to boost their attacking ranks, with Dutchman Robin van Persie set to leave the club in the European summer. West African strikers, Emmanuel Emenike and Moussa Sow are also expected to depart. DHA claims that the Turkish club has made the Foxes pair their primary target and hope that the promise of European Champions league is enough to attract them to Istanbul. Musa, 24, signed for Leicester last season but struggled to make a major impact at the King Power Stadium. The Nigerian scored four goals in 32 appearances across all competitions.