Manchester United vs Chelsea: Team news

Ahead of this weekend's Premier League action, Sportsmail will be providing you with all you need to know about every fixture, with team news, provisional squads, betting odds and Opta stats.
Daily Mail - 23.02.2018 17:17

Defender Baines could return to Everton squad for Watford trip

Everton defender Leighton Baines could return to the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford after fully recovering from a calf injury that has kept him out of action for nearly three months, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday. Left back Baines has not played for the club since their 4-1 league defeat by Southampton in November. The 33-year-old's availability is a boost for Allardyce with Eliaquim Mangala (knee) out injured and Seamus Coleman (thigh strain) doubtful for the weekend.
Yahoo - 23.02.2018 13:19

Arsene Wenger hits back at Roy Keane's criticism of 'overrated' Jack Wilshere

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger hit back at Roy Keane's comments that Jack Wilshere is "probably the most overrated player on the planet." Keane didn't hold back in his criticism of Arsenal after they lost 2-1 to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, a result that still saw them go through 4-2 on aggregate. Wilshere was captain for that game but was part of a lacklustre performance from Arsenal, who trailed 2-0 at halftime. "You look for your senior players to lead by example, Keane, the former Manchester United midfielder, said on ITV after the game. "When Wilshere is your captain ... to me, he is probably the most overrated player on the planet." When told of the comments at his news conference
Yahoo - 23.02.2018 11:47

Valencia want to keep Goncalo Guedes, must wait for PSG decision

Goncalo Guedes joined Valencia on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in September. Valencia will have to wait to find out if Goncalo Guedes' loan move from Paris Saint-Germain will become permanent next summer. Guedes has scored four goals and set up six more in 19 La Liga appearances. No buy-out option was included in the deal but Valencia are keen to keep Guedes beyond next summer. "It doesn't depend on us," Valencia general director Mateo Alemany said at a news conference when asked about Guedes' future. "There's nothing new. The player is on loan until June 30 and at the end...
ESPN - 23.02.2018 07:05

Marco Reus' health is Borussia Dortmund's top priority - Peter Stoger

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger explains what it means to finally be able to see Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle link up with one another. Protecting Marco Reus is Borussia Dortmund's highest priority, Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger said on Friday. "He must stay healthy," Stoger said of his playmaker at a news conference on Friday. Having returned from an eight-month injury lay-off earlier in February, Reus did not start in Dortmund's 1-1 Europa League draw at Atalanta on Thursday. However, after winning the first leg 3-2 at home, Dortmund needed to cancel out the Italian's early lead, and the 28-year-old came off the bench...
ESPN - 23.02.2018 06:38

Robert Lewandowski will stay at Bayern after agent change - Heynckes

Robert Lewandowski insists Bayern Munich are not Champions League favourites despite thrashing Besiktas 5-0 in the first leg of last-16 tie. Jupp Heynckes applauds Thomas Muller's ability to score goals out of nothing after his two-goal effort in Bayern's 5-0 Champions League win over Besiktas. MUNICH -- Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes dismissed suggestions that Robert Lewandowski's split from an agent means a move away from the German champions has moved a step nearer. Lewandowski, 29, has parted company with Cezary Kucharski, his agent of 10 years, sources close to the player confirmed to ESPN FC. Earlier this month, Marca reported the agent had "offered" the player to Real Madrid and Kucharski was spotted in the VIP area of the Champions League holders in December. The striker is...
ESPN - 23.02.2018 05:38

Jose Mourinho: Man United players must earn trust after Paul Pogba demotion

The ESPN FC panel question if Jose Mourinho's tactics will result in Alexis Sanchez not fulfilling his potential at Manchester United. The FC crew are tempering their expectations following Man United's uninspiring performance in their UCL first leg against Sevilla. MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho has sent a warning to his Manchester United players that they must earn his trust in the wake of Paul Pogba's demotion against Sevilla. Pogba was left out of the starting XI for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 in Spain -- a decision to which Mourinho insists the midfielder has responded well. But the United manager has also reminded his players they must all earn his trust if they want to play and pointed to 21-year-old Scott McTominay, who...
ESPN - 23.02.2018 05:30

Former FIFA boss Blatter says Morocco should host 2026 World Cup over U.S.

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter isn't cool with the idea of the United States, Mexico and Canada co-hosting the 2026 World Cup, instead favoring a return to Africa with Morocco being his pick.  Blatter, banned from FIFA for corruption in 2015 after a U.S.-led FBI probe led to his ouster, tweeted on Thursday that because FIFA rejected co-bids up until 2018, that Morocco is now the logical choice. After the 2002 World Cup, which was the only jointly hosted Cup in South Korea and Japan, FIFA went back to single bids, but the 2026 World Cup is much different. Considering there will be 48 different teams, 16 more than normal, co-hosting bids make more sense than ever with more matches
Yahoo - 23.02.2018 04:53

Arsenal vs. AC Milan in Europa League round of 16; Dortmund vs. Salzburg

Arsene Wenger defends Arsenal after they were beaten at home 1-2 by Ostersunds but reached Europa League last 16 through 4-2 on aggregate. Get caught up on the biggest story lines to emerge from the Europa League round of 32. Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16. The Gunners suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Full...
ESPN - 23.02.2018 04:18

Claudio Bravo deserves Carabao Cup final chance at redemption for City

Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner joins Mark Donaldson to project his starting XIs ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City. When Manchester City headed to Wembley for the League Cup final in 2016, the fans feared the worst. Manager Manuel Pellegrini had already said in the build-up that second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero would start the match and, up to that point in his career at the Etihad, the Argentine had flattered to deceive. In fact, his stock was rock bottom. Seven days earlier, he had been part of a heavily-rotated City team that were battered 5-1 in the FA Cup at Chelsea. Pellegrini threw his lambs to...
ESPN - 23.02.2018 03:24


UPDATE 2-WTA Premier, Dubai Women's Singles Final Rounds and Seeds Progress

Feb 23 (OPTA) - Final Rounds and Seeds Progress from the WTA Premier, Dubai Women's Singles matches on Thursday .. Final Rounds .. Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score 1 Elina Svitolina (UKR) qtr won Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6-2 6-4 2nd won Qiang Wang (CHN) 6-1 5-7 6-2 1st won (Bye) - Naomi Osaka (JPN) qtr lost 1-Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-2 6-4 2
Reuters - 23.02.2018 01:15

Help! The Ball Is Stuck In My Racquet!

It was a case of the stuck ball. At 7-5, 4-0, Stefan Kozlov and Taylor Fritz were trying to rally their way into their first-round match against Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan at the Delray Beach Open. Then the ball became stuck. Kozlov had tried to hit the ball back to the Bryans but the ball wedged itself perfectly into the neck of his racquet. [ALSO LIKE] Instead of getting upset, though, Kozlov had to laugh. He tossed his racquet to Mike Bryan, who tried to loosen the trapped ball and then threw the racquet back before play continued. The Bryan brothers, four-time Delray Beach Open champions (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015), will next meet compatriots Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow.
ATP - 22.02.2018 20:51

#NextGenATP Opelka Stuns Top Seed To Reach Delray QF

Reilly Opelka is on a compatriot-slaying run at the Delray Beach Open after ousting top seed and defending champion Jack Sock on Wednesday night. The 6’11” #NextGenATP American, who contested his first ATP World Tour event of the season, brought down his more fancied countryman 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Opelka, the World No. 228 in the ATP Rankings, thumped 17 aces to Sock’s four in the pair’s first meeting. He had already downed fellow American Ryan Harrison in the opening round and could have met another of his countrymen, No. 6 seed John Isner in the quarter-finals. Isner – a three-time Delray Beach Open semi-finalist – narrowly fell, though, to German Peter Gojowczyk 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 7-6(5). It is Gojowczyk’s third quarter-final of 2018 having already reached the last eight in Doha and Auckland. For Opelka, taking down Sock was the biggest win of his young career. It was a match he admitted to having few nerves having practised with his top-ranked com...
ATP - 22.02.2018 00:10