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Hazard Set For ‘False Nine’ Role Again For Striker-Less Chelsea

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is contemplating deploying Eden Hazard as a “false nine” for a third straight Premier League game to set him “free”. The Blues, fourth in the Premier League, play Leicester on Saturday, after beating champions Manchester City and then Brighton without fielding a recognised striker in the starting line-up. Olivier Giroud played the full game as Chelsea …

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Roy Keane: ‘Weak’ Man United Players “Get Away With Murder”

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Roy Keane has launched another scathing attack on the players of Manchester United, accusing them of hiding from criticism and throwing Jose Mourinho under the bus. After months of poor performances and rumours of a divided dressing room, Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday, to be replaced, temporarily, by United legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, former …

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Solskjaer Would ‘Love’ To Be Full-Time Man United Boss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his first official press conference as Manchester United’s caretaker manager that he would relish the opportunity to be the permanent boss. The 45-year-old Norwegian, a legendary former player at Old Trafford, has been appointed interim boss until the end of the season, replacing Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Tuesday. Solskjaer, on loan from Norway’s Molde, …

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FAI Confident Declan Rice Will Pledge Future To Ireland

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The FAI are confident that Declan Rice will commit his international future to the Republic of Ireland after the West Ham midfielder reportedly sat down with new manager Mick McCarthy this week. Rice stunned Irish fans the world over in September when he informed the previous manager Martin O’Neill that he would be unavailable for the UEFA Nations League campaign. …

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Kevin De Bruyne Upbeat As He Bids To Put Injuries Behind Him

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The return of Kevin De Bruyne to action for Manchester City is a major boost for Pep Guardiola as his team brace for a punishing programme over the festive period. The Belgium international, who has been limited to just 96 minutes of league football so far this season, started the midweek League Cup quarter-final against Leicester, which City won on …

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The FPL Fairy Outlines The Key Picks For Christmas

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The Fantasy Premier League Fairy is back with his top picks for the Christmas period (Gameweeks 18-21). ­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____ As there are one, two and three days between four gameweeks over the Christmas, I have decided to merge my picks into a summary of selections for each position. The player picks were made to include premium, mid-priced and budget assets as …

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Darren Randolph Full Of Praise For “Ridiculous” Caoimhin Kelleher

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has spoken of his admiration for Liverpool’s young stopper Caoimhin Kelleher as the 19-year old looks to begin his international career under new manager Mick McCarthy. Kelleher was called up to the Irish squad by then manager Martin O’Neill for Ireland’s games against Northern Ireland and Wales in November although didn’t feature in either …

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An Insight Into Norway’s Reaction To Solskjaer’s United Appointment

Pundit Arena spoke with Norwegian football writer Thore Haugstad to get an insight into how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager has been viewed back in his home country of Norway. ___ Pundit Arena: Thore, firstly great to speak with you, what has been the Norwegian general public’s reaction to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager? …

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Bolton Confirm Cancellation Of Stephen Ireland’s Contract

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Championship club, Bolton Wanderers today confirmed that they have terminated Stephen Ireland’s contract via mutual consent.  The 32-year-old only joined the club two months ago on a short-term deal back in October, however, both parties have agreed to bring the relationship to an end, without making a single appearance for the Championship strugglers. The former Man City player left Stoke …

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Spurs Official Shuts Down Reporter Over Poch To United Question

On Tuesday morning Manchester United announced that they would be parting company with manager Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese’s two and a half years at Old Trafford. Mourinho had a difficult final season at the Manchester club, with United slipping 19 points off the top of the table following what has been their worst start to a campaign in 28 …

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Ireland End Difficult Year Outside Top 30 In Fifa World Rankings

After a difficult year which saw them win just one game in 12 months, Ireland will end 2018 in 33rd spot in the official FIFA World Rankings which were released on Thursday. The Boys in Green finished bottom of their inaugural UEFA Nations League group and struggled for much of the year eventually parting company with manager Martin O’Neill and …

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Arrives At Carrington To Begin Caretaker Role

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at Manchester United’s training ground on Thursday to begin his role as caretaker manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho. United called time on Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years at the club on Tuesday, with the club languishing sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool. Solskjaer will be at the helm at Old Trafford until …

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Dejan Lovren Believes Liverpool Can Emulate Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says the Premier League leaders can go through the whole season unbeaten, matching the achievement of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2003/04. Jurgen Klopp’s side are one point clear of defending champions Manchester City after 14 wins and three draws from 17 games. “Hopefully we can be unbeaten until the end of the season,” said Lovren, buoyed by …

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Mike Phelan Promises A-League Committment Despite United Appointment

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Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man Mike Phelan Thursday said he remained committed to Australia’s Central Coast Mariners despite being appointed first-team coach at Old Trafford alongside caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Phelan is sporting director of the A-League side — the club that handed an unsuccessful trial to sprint king Usain Bolt — and vowed to be back “as soon …

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Watch: Gareth Bale Hits 11 Minute Hat-Trick In Club World Cup

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Gareth Bale hit an 11-minute hat-trick on Wednesday as Real Madrid strolled into the Club World Cup final by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1 in Abu Dhabi. Bale scored in the 44th, 53rd and 55th minutes at the Zayed Sports City Stadium to put Madrid within touching distance of a record fourth success in this competition, and their third triumph in …

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