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Man Utd: Paul Pogba should not have engaged with fans - Shearer

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba should not have engaged with fans following the 2-0 home defeat by relegated Cardiff City, says former England striker Alan Shearer. The French World Cup winner, 26, was applauding home fans when he was criticised by a supporter. United finished the season in sixth, 32 points behind champions Manchester City and five points off the top four. "After the season he's had, just go in," said Shearer. "You cannot argue." Pogba was United's top scorer this season with 16 goals and also registered 11 assists, but he failed to track back for one of Cardiff's goals on Sunday. He has scored just twice - two penalties in a 2-1 win against West Ham in April - in United's past 15 games and his performances in recent months have been widely criticised. Since beating Paris St-Germain 3-1 on 6 March, United have won just twice in 12 matches. Against Cardiff, Pogba failed to track Josh Murphy, who ran onto a throw-in and then squared for Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's second goal of the match. Speaking on Match of the Day about Pogba's lapse, Shearer said: "This is the problem at Old Trafford, it epitomises everything that is wrong with this football club and football team."

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2019-05-14 02:00:00

Chris Hughton: Brighton sack manager after 17th-placed finish in Premier League

Brighton have sacked manager Chris Hughton after they finished 17th in the Premier League. The Seagulls won just three of their last 23 league games and none of their final nine. Chairman Tony Bloom said that run "put our status at significant risk". Hughton, who joined Albion in December 2014, led the club to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, and they finished 15th in their first season back in the top flight. Swansea boss Graham Potter, 43, who joined the club from Swedish side Ostersunds in 2018, is the favourite with the bookmakers to replace Hughton, 60, who was contracted until 2021, also took the club to the FA Cup semi-final this season, where they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.Bloom said: "Our run of three wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant risk. It is with that in mind, and the performances during that period, that I now feel it's the right time for a change. "Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season." Hughton won 40.93% of his 215 games in charge and was named the Premier League's manager of the month in March 2018. He is the seventh Premier League manager to be sacked this season. Bloom praised Hughton for an "excellent job" in stabilising the club, achieving promotion and retaining their Premier League status. "Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club's finest and most respected managers," he added. Fan website wearebrighton.com said most would "feel pity for Hughton" and that the sacking represented a "huge gamble" for Bloom in the "cut-throat world of modern day football". "There are countless tales of woe of clubs getting rid of managers in favour of trying something new, only for it to end in tears," it added, citing departures such as that of Alan Curbishley from now-League One Charlton Athletic. But it said Hughton's record in the second half of the season meant there could only be one outcome: "There is no getting away from the fact that since Christmas, they have been nowhere near good enough - and not many clubs would stick with a manager who was delivering so little over the course of five months." Former player Kerry Mayo, who made more than 400 appearances for the club, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don't think it's a great surprise. He's a great manager and has done a fantastic job for Brighton with the resources he had, but results from Christmas tell a story. "Football is a results game and he hasn't been able to keep Brighton mid-table where they should be with that squad. They're still a Premier League club, which they would have taken that at the start of the season, but in the second part of the season they've gone from playing positively to trying to pick up the odd point to get them over the line." It is the third time the former Republic of Ireland defender has been sacked - he was dismissed by Newcastle in 2010 and Norwich in 2014. Brighton achieved Premier League safety with one game remaining when Cardiff, who finished two points behind them in 18th, were relegated on 4 May. The Seagulls lost 4-1 at home to Manchester City on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola's side retained the Premier League title. Brighton appointed Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth in the same role earlier this year and in Februa

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2019-05-14 02:00:00

Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez happy at Premier League champions

Manchester City's record signing Riyad Mahrez insists he is "very happy" at the club despite limited playing time. Mahrez, 28, scored City's third goal on Sunday as Pep Guardiola's side defeated Brighton 4-1 to become the first team to defend the Premier League title in a decade. But the Algeria international, a

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2019-05-14 02:00:00

Manchester City retained their Premier League title and finally ended Liverpool's magnificent challenge after surviving a scare to come from behind and outclass Brighton at the Amex.

Pep Guardiola's side started the day knowing victory would ensure they would be the first team to retain the crown since Manchester United 10 years ago - but any slip-up could let in their relentless pursuers Liverpool, who were hosting Wolves at Anfield. And when Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls the lead with a glancing header from a corner after 27 minutes, anxiety rose in Sussex and hopes rose at Anfield that Liverpool might win their first title in 29 years. Manchester City's response was instant, emphatic and ruthless as they swept Brighton aside to end the campaign with a record 14 successive league victories, making it 32 in all, which equals the record they set last season. Sergio Aguero pounced in the area to equalise inside 83 seconds and Aymeric Laporte arrived unmarked on the end of a corner to put City ahead before half-time. Brighton had no way back and City completed the formalities in spectacular style as Riyad Mahrez fired high past Mat Ryan just after the hour and Ilkay Gundogan's spectacular 72nd minute free-kick sparked wild celebrations. City may not have repeated the 100 points that won the title last season but this was arguably an even sweeter success given the season-long battle with Liverpool. They will now aim to complete a unique domestic treble when they face Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley on 18 May.

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2019-05-14 02:00:00

Man City overtake Man Utd as the most valuable Premier League club

Manchester City have overtaken Manchester United as the most valuable Premier League club, according to a new football finance study. City are valued at

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2019-05-04 02:00:00

David de Gea: Man Utd goalkeeper to start against Huddersfield

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says goalkeeper David de Gea will keep his place for Sunday's trip to Huddersfield. Spaniard De Gea has been the subject of intense debate following a series of high profile mistakes, the latest against Chelsea in Sunday's 1-1 draw. Number two Sergio Romero has been ruled out by a knee injury suffered in training on Thursday. "David's been training well this week and he will play," said Solskjaer. In 123 games, De Gea, Manchester United's player of the year for four seasons out of five, made three mistakes that led directly to goals - but the 28-year-old has matched that number in his last four matches. They occurred against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg, against Manchester City in a 2-0 defeat and then against Chelsea. "David has been fantastic this season," Solskjaer added. "Towards the end he's been in headlines for the wrong reasons but he has to deal with that. The goalkeeping department has experienced better times than just now but David is ready for Sunday. "David's confident and looking forward to the next two games, he wants to prove how good a goalkeeper he is. The performances over the years, David's got all my confidence." United have won two out of their past eight Premier League games, leaving them in sixth, three points off the top four, with two games remaining. Solskjaer said United's long-term plans include potential targets should they qualify for next season's Champions League, and also if they do not. He said: "In long-term planning we have to think about being in the Champions League next year and the fact we might not be. "You would be surprised how many players' agents have been telling us their players would love to be a part of Manchester United in the future. That is the lure and the potential and size of the club and we will get back to the good days."

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2019-05-04 02:00:00

Everton beat Burnley to keep their Europa League hopes alive.

The Toffees, who move to within one point of seventh-placed Wolves, started brightly and led when Richarlison's 25-yard shot deflected in off Ben Mee. Seamus Coleman headed in a second goal after Tom Heaton parried Lucas Digne's swerving shot. Burnley struggled in front of goal, but should probably have had a second-half penalty when Michael Keane shoved substitute Matej Vydra. Sean Dyche's side have already secured their Premier League place for next season and looked far short of their battling best. Everton's top-seven bid will come to an end if Wolves beat Fulham on Saturday. Everton continue decent form The Toffees have found a good run of results in the closing stages of the season, with a fifth win in seven games. Boss Marco Silva said his side have "finished the season in the right way" and that "we have to put our targets high" for next year. But this season is not over yet. They can qualify for Europe, but it remains a long shot. They need to finish seventh, which means they cannot afford Wolves to win either of their final games. And they also need Manchester City to beat Watford in the FA Cup final to ensure the seventh-placed team get a Europa League place. Everton blew Burnley away with a quick start at Goodison Park. They had five shots in the opening 10 minutes and 12 efforts in the first half. Richarlison had an effort blocked and fired another over before his shot helped give them the lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson picked out the Brazilian and his long-range strike flew past Heaton - but it was registered as a Mee own goal as the shot took a deflection off the Burnley defender. Everton continued their push for goals and Digne's effort from outside the box was saved with Coleman stooping in to head in his 20th Premier League goal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin had several chances for Everton but failed to test Heaton. The Toffees lost Richarlison to a not-too-serious-looking injury early in the second half. Their chances dried up after the break - until a wonderful Ademola Lookman shot from outside the box late on which clipped the top of the crossbar. BBC Sport's European qualification explainer "The players have been doing well," said Silva. "The last 10 games we have had eight clean sheets and have been playing offensive football. The players have been enjoying what they are doing and we have achieved three points again. "We were always in control. We deserved those two goals in that moment. I didn't really like the second half. We were in control but gave some chances to them. We could do better."

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2019-05-04 02:00:00

Dean Hoyle to step down as Huddersfield chairman and will sell club to Phil Hodgkinson

Dean Hoyle is to stand down as Huddersfield chairman after 10 years in the post and is set to sell the club to lifelong Terriers fan Phil Hodgkinson. Sunday's game against Manchester United will be 52-year-old Hoyle's final home fixture in charge of the club. During his tenure, he guided Huddersfield from League One to the Premier League - the club's most successful period in 40 years. "My heart doesn't want me to sell the club," said Hoyle. "I believe the Manchester United game will probably be the most emotional day of my life. "However, my head is telling me that, after 10 years of total dedication and my recent ill health, I need to do what is right for myself, my family and Huddersfield Town and that is pass the reins to a new chairman who can take our club to a new chapter in its history." Hoyle, who suffered with pancreatitis earlier this year, will retain a minority stake in the club - who have been relegated from the Premier League - but a commercial agreement is in place to sell the club to Hodgkinson, who will take a 75% controlling ownership. Hodgkinson, the CEO and founder of the PURE Business Group, will step down from his role as an owner and director at National League North side Southport. "Huddersfield Town is in my blood and has always been one of my greatest passions," he said. "I'm so excited to have the opportunity to take this club forward. "My number one priority is to give every support I can to Jan Siewert in order to make us as good as we can be on the pitch. Our aim is to get back to winning football matches and to put smiles back on the faces of our supporters after a tough season."

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2019-05-04 02:00:00

Gonzalo Higuain: On-loan Chelsea striker intends to be at Stamford Bridge next season

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain says it is his "intention" to be at Stamford Bridge next season. The Argentina international, 31, joined the Blues on loan until the end of the season from Italian giants Juventus in January. Last week, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said Higuain - who has scored three goals in eight Premier League appearances - needs "time to improve". "I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season," Higuain said. "I came here and I wanted to stay. It's a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself - so my intention is to stay here." 'If Eden wants another experience it's very difficult to keep him' - Sarri on Hazard future Higuain scored twice on his home debut against Huddersfield in February, but has not netted since the Blues' 2-1 win over Fulham in March. Chelsea have the option to buy him for 36m euros (

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2019-04-09 02:00:00

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals of the Premier League season as Chelsea beat West Ham

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals of the Premier League season as Chelsea beat West Ham to climb above Tottenham and Arsenal into third spot in the race for a Champions League place. Hazard, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, evaded five players during a stunning run, before the Belgium forward calmly beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski. He added a late second goal to cap a magnificent individual performance in an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge. Gonzalo Higuain hit a post, while Hazard was denied a penalty after what looked like a foul by Marko Arnautovic, with Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini going closest for West Ham with a shot which was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea, who can still qualify for next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League, are three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal - who have a game in hand - after a third successive league win. The Hammers remain 11th after a third defeat in four league games.

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2019-04-09 02:00:00
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