1 Martial Manchester United have completed the signing of Monaco starlet Anthony Martial.The Premier League side have splashed out a mammoth £36million, plus numerous add-ons, for the 19-year-old.The staggering deal sees Martial surpass Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura as the costliest teenager in football history.Martial was given permission to leave France’s training camp on Monday to travel to Manchester and finalise his switch after United had their offer accepted by Monaco over the weekend.He underwent a successful medical on Tuesday before penning a four-year contract, with an option of a fifth, with Louis van Gaal’s side ahead of the 6pm deadline.Martial, who has made just 29 starts in his senior career, becomes United’s third most expensive signing of all-time – with only Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata costing the club more.Likened to Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry, the youngster can operate as a striker or out wide.
Wayne Rooney has denied ever handing in a transfer request at Manchester United.The striker had a much-publicised fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of his reign at Old Trafford.He was left out of Ferguson’s final game in charge in 2013 after the Scot suggested that Rooney had requested a move away from the club.But Rooney, who penned a new long-term contract with United following Ferguson’s departure, insists that was never the case.“I went in to see him [Alex Ferguson] and just said, ‘If you are not going to play me, it might be better for me to move on’,” Rooney reveals, in the BBC documentary Wayne Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals.“Then, all of a sudden, it was all over the press that I had put a transfer request in, which I never did.“I don’t know what happened and why that came out that way.”While Rooney admits he did not always see eye to eye with Ferguson, he hails the Scot as “the best manager of all time” and says he was the reason behind his move from Everton to Manchester United in 2004.The 29-year-old opens up about the 2006 World Cup in the film, conceding that he was not fit enough after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his right foot six weeks before the tournament.“Before the World Cup in Germany I broke my foot at Chelsea,” Rooney says.“You could feel the excitement building around the World Cup and it was touch and go as to whether I would be fit. And then Sven (-Goran Eriksson) put me in the squad.“Looking back, if I could have gone back in time, then I probably would have sat out the World Cup. It was a big ask to get fit after six weeks out; I was never going to have that match sharpness.” 1 Wayne Rooney
1 Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as manager of Liverpool and Thierry Henry can’t quite believe it.Liverpool announced the news in a statement which was read live as the former Arsenal striker and Jamie Carragher were on air. See Henry’s hilarious reaction below.
Watford captain Troy Deeney has revealed Everton defender John Stones is the best player he’s played against so far this season.The Hornets have enjoyed a steady start to their Premier League campaign, currently sitting 12th in the table after a run of just one defeat in their last four games.Deeney, who is yet to register in the league thus far, has come up against runaway leaders Manchester City, but was most impressed by Stones when they faced the Toffees on the opening day of the season.When asked who the best player he has faced so far was, Deeney told Drivetime: “John Stones.“For his age, the way he read the game, his athleticism and he can play as well.“Considering all the stuff that was surrounding him, with all the national press and attention, and to make only a couple of mistakes in the game – I thought he was top draw.”
1 Arsenal players celebrate Olivier Giroud’s goal against Swansea in last month’s 3-0 win Is this the team that could see Arsenal sustain their Premier League title challenge?Though Arsene Wenger looks to have avoided an injury crisis, with recent casualties Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin back in contention for selection at West Brom on Saturday, Arsenal still have Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky out for extended periods of time.Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, is carrying a calf problem following international duty with Chile, meaning Wenger will be hoping that injuries don’t derail what looks like being a promising Premier League season for Arsenal.The Gunners manager has been forced to field former outcast Joel Campbell in recent games against Tottenham and Bayern Munich, and knows how crucial fitness issues could be if his team are to sustain a title challenge.With a clean bill of health, are these Arsenal starting XIs good enough to win the Premier League? Take a look at three possible Gunners line ups… 1 1 1
2. Sam Byram (Leeds United): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – Byram is another player out of contract in the summer and Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has told the media the Elland Road club are looking to sell their academy product this month. The 22-year-old right sider is highly rated by Whites fans and Liverpool, Everton, Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and many more clubs are meant to be monitoring his situation, with the Yorkshireman reportedly rejecting new contract offers in recent months. 8. Ademola Lookman (Charlton): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The 18-year-old striker was playing Sunday League football just over a year ago and has made rapid strides since being snapped up by Charlton. He has gone on to hit three goals in nine games. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are also monitoring Lookman’s progress but Spurs hope to win the race for his signature. 9 9 9 5. Ross McCormack (Fulham): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The Cottagers forked out more than £11million for the forward from Leeds and they could recoup that money if they opt to sell him. Championship big spenders Derby and Middlesbrough are thought to be interested, but Bournemouth have also been linked and the Scottish striker has shown he knows where the goal is. McCormack, 28, has 15 goals in 28 appearances this term. 3. Moussa Dembele (Fulham): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – ‘There’s only two Dembeles’ could be the new chant from Spurs fans if they continue to pursue Fulham’s young French forward. He is reportedly interesting Ligue 1 side Monaco, but Spurs, Manchester United and Crystal Palace are said to be among a number of interested suitors after impressive performances. 9 4. Andre Gray (Burnley): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – Gray only moved to Turf Moor in the summer, smashing the Clarets’ transfer record as they broke the bank to bring him to Lancashire from Brentford for an estimated £9million fee. He has continued to show his scoring ability, most recently netting a hat-trick against Bristol City and his current tally for the season is 15 goals (two of those for the Bees). 9 9 9 6. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The speedy winger has proved himself in the top flight and he has been an asset in Hull’s bid to make an instant return to the Premier League. Clubs are said to be interested in the Egyptian, with Steve Bruce admitting the speculation was affecting his player. 7. Benik Afobe (Wolves): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The former Arsenal man left the Gunners to make a permanent move to Molineux last January and he was linked with big-money moves to the Premier League in the summer. Afobe has ten goals this season and Wolves know keeping him will be key to their play-off hopes. Most Championship clubs will dread the opening of a transfer window when they have an in-form player. A short goalscoring run or string of impressive performances will usually be enough for Premier League clubs to register their interest and this month is no different. It can be a good opportunity for a struggling club to find a man to rescue them from relegation or to secure the services of a future international.Click the yellow arrow, above, to see who could be set for a move to the Premier League this month. 9. Matt Phillips (QPR): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – Phillips has regularly been linked to Premier League moves ever since he impressed during Blackpool’s spell in the top flight. The speedy winger would cost a lot for the Hoops to part with the 24-year-old. 1. Charlie Austin (QPR): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move in January – Austin is out of contract in the summer and if QPR want to make any money on the 26-year-old, they will have to act this month. He has already shown his scoring ability at Premier League level and he has ten goals in 16 games for the Hoops so far this year. If he has any faint hopes of making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016, this would be his last chance. 9 9
Louis van Gaal’s men continue to struggle with injuries Manchester United will host FC Midtjylland with a depleted squad as they look to salvage their Europa League campaign. The Danish side will take a 2-1 lead back to Old Trafford after the shock victory last week and Louis Van Gaal’s men continue to be without a number of key men. The Red Devils go into the match after a comfortable victory over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, but it is a match they approach without a string of first-team players.Questions remain over the fitness of Chris Smalling [after he collided with an advertising hoarding at Shrewsbury], while David de Gea will again be missing in between the sticks.The Spain goalkeeper is absent with a knee injury sustained in the warm-up ahead of the first leg in Denmark.Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane are other doubts after sustaining knocks on Monday, while Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Adnan Januzaj (cup-tied) trained with the squad on the eve of the game but will miss out.Donald Love comes back into contention and the returning Marcos Rojo could play 20 minutes, but Wayne Rooney (knee), Marouane Fellaini (muscle injury) and Matteo Darmian (shoulder) are out, as are Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Bastian Schweinsteiger.“I was hoping for (De Gea to be available) but he shall not be involved,” Van Gaal said.“That is already certain.“(Antonio) Valencia not available for selection, neither Januzaj.“(Marcelo) Rojo can only come in for 20 minutes, maybe, so it is possible but that depends on the other injuries. He has trained already with the second team.”Provisional squad: Romero, J Pereira, Love, Riley, Rojo, Varela, Blind, Smalling, Poole, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Carrick, Lingard, Januzaj, Rashford, A Pereira, Mata, Depay, Martial, Keane. 1
The 18-year-old scored twice on his Red Devils debut Marcus Rashford announced himself as a Manchester United player in the best possible fashion last night with two goals against Midtjylland at Old Trafford.The 18-year-old was a late inclusion in the starting line up after Anthony Martial pulled out in the warm up with a tight hamstring.Next up for the Red Devils at Old Trafford is Arsenal on Sunday, a place the Gunners haven’t won at since 2006.And Manchester United fans are calling for Rashford to start the game, which is live on talkSPORT, citing his pace as something that will leave Per Mertesacker quaking in his boots.See below to see the best tweets about Thursday night’s two-goal hero starting against Arsenal on Sunday. 1
Barcelona are the latest club credited with an interest in signing Jose Gimenez.The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising defenders in world football since joining Atletico Madrid from Danubio in his native Uruguay in 2013.He has already racked up 47 La Liga appearances for Atletico, and has attracted the interest of both Chelsea and Manchester City.Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid – who were linked with a staggering £51m bid – are also keeping close tabs on his situation.And now Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has revealed that yet another European heavyweight – Barca – are ready to show their hand and could lodge a formal bid this summer.Gimenez still has two years left on his current contract and Atletico, who paid just £750,000 to land him, will only let him leave should they receive a mega-money offer. Jose Gimenez [right] in action for Atletico Madrid 1
Is Falcao back to his best? The former Manchester United and Chelsea loanee scored another goal in pre-season on Tuesday, in Monaco’s 3-1 defeat to Russian side Zenit.The 30-year-old, who concedes his time in England was ‘difficult’, has been on form ahead of the new campaign, following up his weekend brace with a header on Tuesday. It may not be the most glamorous of goals, but it is a sign the Colombian may well be back after a frustrating couple of seasons which followed a nasty injury which ruled him out of the World Cup in 2014.After the friendly, he told the Ligue 1 club’s website: “My experience in England was difficult but it served me well as a footballer and as a person. “I hope what I’ve learned will serve me now, here in Monaco. I’m very happy to be back in Monaco to play.“It’s interesting to see how the team progresses game after game. The sensations are good, I feel good. The only thing I need is to accumulate games and playing time. With the games, my body will quickly adapt to the rhythm of the competition.”See Falcao’s goal, below:RELATED: VIDEO: Radamel Falcao assists and scores against Lugano earlier in pre-season 1 Is Falcao back to his best?