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  • Joshua Jones

    WELCOME MAT

    Paul Pogba's brother Mathias has joined his 12th club after being unveiled by NK Tabor Sezana.

    The Slovenian side announced the signing of the 30-year-old on their Twitter feed yesterday.

    Pogba posted on Instagram: "Another team, another mission. Thanks god for that opportunity you gave me."

    His transfer to Tabor Sezana makes it his 12th club in as many years.

    Mathias has also previously played for Wrexham, Crewe, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle.

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  • Joshua Jones

    JUDGE & JURY

    Bit more breaking news…

    Referee Darren Drysdale has apologised for his 'unprofessional manner' after he SQUARED UP to Ipswich Town star Alan Judge.

    We shared earlier the shocking incident after Judge was booked for diving inside the area on 90 minutes in his team's clash against Northampton.

    The Tractor Boys midfielder protested strongly, pointing at Drysdale – prompting him to push his HEAD into Judge’s face.

    Now in a statement released by the PGMOL, who represent the referees, Drysdale has issued a grovelling apology.

    The 49-year-old said: "I fully understand that it is important to maintain our composure throughout the game and always engage with players in a professional manner.

    "I'm sorry that I did not do that last night and I can only apologise to Alan and Ipswich Town."

    The FA have also confirmed they are investigating the incident.

  • Joshua Jones

    DIM VIEW

    Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester United are OUT of the title race – and fears they could even miss out on the top four.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are seven points behind league leaders Manchester City – who have a game in hand.

    The former Old Trafford star told Betfair: "You see what happens when you don't win games against the smaller teams?

    "Sheffield United and West Brom were two matches that United were expected to take all the points from, but they weren't concentrated enough and now there is no point talking about their title chances.

    "Sometimes people talk about records against the top four teams, but it is equally as important to beat the teams in the bottom four.

    "City are seven points ahead with a game in hand, and with the performances that thy have shown recently I think it will be impossible for them to lose it, and at this moment the title is theirs.

    "It just goes to show that it really pays when you are inconsistent."

  • Joshua Jones

    FERGIE'S FEAR

    Sir Alex Ferguson feared he would lose his memory after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

    The world of football held it's breath after the legendary former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

    But thankfully the procedure was a success, and after less than a month Fergie was back at home being nursed back to health by his loved ones.

    Speaking about an upcoming documentary about the Scot, Fergie said: “Losing my memory was my biggest fear when I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

    "In the making of this film I was able to revisit the most important moments of my life, good and bad.

    "Having my son Jason direct this film has ensured an honest and intimate account.”

  • Joshua Jones

    INFLUENCER

    Marcus Rashford features in TIME magazine for being one of the world's most influential people.

    The Manchester United striker has campaigned tirelessly to support the UK's children by forcing the Government into U-turns on the free school meals.

  • Joshua Jones

    'FEEL PERSONALLY LET DOWN'

    Gerrard continued: "We'll certainly move forward from it. I think we're at a real critical stage in terms of the games coming up and where we are as a club.

    "It won't affect us as a group. I've been absolutely delighted with the group in terms of their application.

    "I feel personally let down by recent events, but I'm trying to move forward and focus on the important things which is to prepare the team for a huge game against Antwerp.

    "I'm really excited, I'm looking forward to the game and so have the players. They've trained extremely well going into this game and it's important that we focus on the important things, which is the games that are in front of us."

    Asked if he could confirm the identity of the players, he said: "Yes. Bungani Zungu is involved. Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo [Mebude] – who is on loan at Queen of the South at the moment – and a young goalie who is an academy player but has spent some time around the first-team as well, Brian Kinnear."

  • Joshua Jones

    'REALLY DISAPPOINTED'

    Addressing the issue, Steven Gerrard told Rangers TV: "Well first and foremost we have to acknowledge that five of our players have been involved in a breach of the Covid regulations which, from the top to the bottom of the club, we are all really disappointed in.

    "That will be dealt with internally. The players will be fined and we are involved with the SFA and the government to find the solution in terms of those boys.

    "They've been removed from the club and the squad for a short time now while they isolate.

    "I'll sit down with all those boys face-to-face once the situation allows us to do so."

  • Joshua Jones

    BREAKING NEWS

    Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that five players have breached coronavirus protocols.

    The Liverpool legend named the Gers players involved in the alleged Covid party which was busted in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The players involved are Nathan Patterson, 19, Bongani Zungu, 28, Dapo Mebude, 19, Brian Kinnear, 20 and Calvin Bassey, 21.

    The Ibrox club are now in dialogue with SFA and Scottish Government over the next steps involved regarding the rule breaches.

    Cops raced to reports of an illegal bash in Glasgow’s West End on Sunday at around 1.10am.

    Police Scotland confirmed they’d dished out fines to those they caught up in the lockdown breach party at the gaff in the city’s trendy Hyndland area.

  • Joshua Jones

    STAT ATTACK

    Manchester City will be aiming for victory No17 in a row when they head to Goodison Park – a game Carlo Ancelotti admitted his side have very little chance of winning.

    Our friends at Opta have compiled these stats ahead of the match…

    • Everton have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games against Manchester City (D4 L9), winning 4-0 in January 2017 at Goodison Park.
    • Manchester City have won each of their last five Premier League games against Everton, netting at least twice each time. It’s their longest ever winning run against the Toffees in the top-flight.
    • Everton have lost their last two home Premier League games, last losing three in a row back in March 2016 under Roberto Martinez, while manager Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t lost three home league games in a row since November 2006 when he was AC Milan boss.
    • Manchester City have won their nine Premier League matches in 2021 – they could become the first team in top-flight history to win their opening 10 matches in a calendar year, breaking the record of nine wins set previously by Bolton Wanderers in 1906 and Manchester United in 2009.
    • Among the 137 teams Carlo Ancelotti has faced more than once in the league in his managerial career, his worst losing percentage is in games against Man City, losing four of his five games against them (80%).

    • Joshua Jones

      WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

      It's going to take something special to match last night's drama with the live action later on…

      But there is plenty to look forward to.

      In the Champions League, Porto host Juventus and Sevilla take on Borussia Dortmund (both 8pm).

      It is Burnley vs Fulham (6pm) and Everton vs Manchester City (8.15pm) in the Premier League.

      Elsewhere, the top two in the Championship – Norwich and Brentford – both face away games, two of six matches.

      Sunderland face Lincoln in the EFL Trophy semi-final and Levante host leaders Atletico Madrid in LaLiga.

      The pick of the remaining three EFL ties sees League One promotion hopefuls Hull go to strugglers Wigan, the Tigers desperate to get back on track after no goals and two defeats in their last three.

    • Joshua Jones

      GUNNERS OR GONERS

      We brought you news earlier of Arsenal's summer transfer plans.

      The clear-out could see Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz, Lucas Torreira andMatteo Guendouzi all shipped out.

      Mat Ryan, Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard, however, may make their loan moves permanent.

      So here are a couple of possible starting XIs Mikel Arteta could use next season…

    • Joshua Jones

      LONG WAY OFF

      Mbappe, who now has 16 goals in all competitions this season for Mauricio Pochettino's side, still has some way to match their overall records though.

      Ronaldo has an incredible 134 goals in the competition – which he has won five times – and will be looking to add to that when Juventus play Porto tonight.

      Messi is slightly behind his Portuguese rival on both goals and trophies, scoring 119 times and having a mere four Champions League winner's medals to his name.

    • Joshua Jones

      BAPPE IN TIME

      Kylian Mbappe is far better than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were at the same age, his breathtaking Champions League record suggests.

      His treble against Barca last night took his overall tally in the competition to 24 goals in just 41 appearances, to go with his 16 assists.

      At the same age of 22 years and 58 days, Messi had only managed 17 goals and seven assists from his 33 Champions League appearances for Barca.

      As for Ronaldo, he was still waiting to get off the mark in Europe's premier club competition after making 26 appearances for Manchester United.

    • Joshua Jones

      MIDDLE GROUND

      Arsene Wenger reckons Liverpool lack midfield aggression with Thiago in the team.

      And the former Gunners boss reckons signing the 'technical' Spanish star has created a problem for Jurgen Klopp.

      Wenger said: "Thiago Alcantara, for me, shows a problem for a manager.

      "Liverpool were very hungry and aggressive in midfield, when you're a manager you think you want to make the team better and you take a technical player.

      "When you take a technical player, you lose the aggression in midfield and you destroy a little bit the strength in midfield that Liverpool had before.

      "They have certainly less capacity today to win the ball back and they suffer a little bit more. Sometimes when you want to improve the team, you take something away from it."

    • Joshua Jones

      DAN AND DUSTED

      Arsenal are hoping to sign Dani Ceballos and Mat Ryan on permanent deals in the summer, SunSport's Mark Irwin can reveal.

      The pair are on loan deals until the end of the season – Ceballos from Real Madrid and Ryan from Brighton.

      But we understand Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to tie them down long-term.

      Technical director Edu will now have to work on the finer details to get agreements from their respective clubs.

      And Arsenal may seek to agree a fee with Real Madrid for Martin Odegaard, who is also at the Emirates temporarily.

    • Joshua Jones

      JUVE GOTTA BE KIDDING

      Cristiano Ronaldo stunned former Juventus youngster Dany Mota by researching him and giving him tips in training.

      The 22-year-old was taken aback by the interest from Ronnie and told him they were going to play together one day.

      Mota was only at Juventus between August 2019 and July 2020 before leaving for Serie B side Monza.

      The Portugal Under-21 international told O Jogo: "The dream of playing alongside Ronaldo remains very present.

      "We all know his quality and the history he made and what he does in football.

      "When I started training at Juventus, he already knew who I was. That surprised me.

      "He gave me advice for me to work and to be a professional on and off the field."

    • Joshua Jones

      JUVE GOTTA BE KIDDING

      Cristiano Ronaldo stunned former Juventus youngster Dany Mota by researching him and giving him tips in training.

      The 22-year-old was taken aback by the interest from Ronnie and told him they were going to play together one day.

      Mota was only at Juventus between August 2019 and July 2020 before leaving for Serie B side Monza.

      The Portugal Under-21 international told O Jogo: "The dream of playing alongside Ronaldo remains very present.

      "We all know his quality and the history he made and what he does in football.

      "When I started training at Juventus, he already knew who I was. That surprised me.

      "He gave me advice for me to work and to be a professional on and off the field."

    • Joshua Jones

      NINE TOO BAD

      The infamous player ratings from L'Equipe are in…

      And Kylian Mbappe gets a nine!

      The respected French outlet are notoriously hard to please when it comes to player ratings.

      But the forward's Nou Camp masterclass almost earned him top marks.

      Only 12 times in L'Equipe's history have they given out a perfect ten, with the most recent being to Serge Gnabry for Bayern Munich in their 7-2 win at Tottenham in 2019.

      PSG's players averaged 6.9 in their L'Equipe ratings while Barcelona's beaten stars scored just 3.5 – Sergino Dest getting a paltry two.

    • Joshua Jones

      'REMARKABLE'

      Marcus Rashford has taken an incredibly brave stand against social media abuse, former Manchester United star Gary Neville believes.

      The England international has led the fight against players, managers and referees receiving abuse over the last few weeks, calling for social media platforms to deactivate accounts used by perpetrators.

      Rashford has also been the victim of abuse, with the striker being targeted by sick trolls after United's goalless draw with Arsenal in January.

      And Neville reckons the 23-year-old's decision to place himself in the firing line is an incredibly noble one, telling Sky Sports: "If you look at what is going on right now, a player 20 years ago wouldn't have done this.

      "It would have been seen as a distraction, by senior players as arrogant and something you shouldn't do – certainly by managers.

      "What you see now in Marcus Rashford and young players they want to go above and beyond.

      "I have to say the bravery Marcus Rashford and some young players are showing is quite remarkable and amazing to watch."

    • Joshua Jones

      START HIM OR LOSE HIM

      One said: "Can Tuchel start using Kante again as a starter. Kante doesn’t seem too happy after the full time against Newcastle.

      "If Kante doesn’t start and keep getting bench he will push to leave during the summer."

      Another said: "Kante is quiet but don't take him for granted, benched him and he would push for the exit door from Chelsea.

      "He knows how to exit, he did it easily at Leicester. So I advice Tuchel to start using him we lose him."

      One added: "Na this is sad. He's sad. Kante wants to play more than 15 mins here and there."

    • Joshua Jones

      N'GOLO GONNA GO?

      Chelsea fans fear N'Golo Kante could be on his way after being left on the sidelines by Thomas Tuchel.

      The midfielder is yet to start in the league under his new boss, having missed the whole of January through injury.

      After footage emerged of Tuchel congratulating Kante after he was subbed on against Newcastle, some supporters online suggested the 29-year-old appeared unhappy.

    • Joshua Jones

      PART OF THE PROBLEM

      Thomas Partey's continuous injury problems could be because he is trying too hard to impress, according to a top doctor.

      Arsenal's £45million signing from Atletico Madrid missed the 4-2 win against Leeds at the weekend and is set for two weeks on the sidelines.

      Partey, 27, missed just six games in his five years with Atletico through injury, but this season he has already sat out of NINE games with niggles.

      And Dr Rajpal Brar believes a combination of an 'unprecedented' hectic schedule and the player's desire to get off to a flier in North London have contributed to his injury.

      Credit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail
    • Joshua Jones

      MOMENT OF MADNESS

      In case you missed it…

      EFL referee Darren Drysdale lost his cool in the 90th minute of Ipswich's clash with Northampton last night – as he SQUARED UP to Alan Judge.

      The game descended into a farce at Portman Road after Judge was booked for diving inside the area.

      The Tractor Boys midfielder protested strongly, pointing at Drysdale – prompting him to push his HEAD into Judge’s face.

      Ipswich aces were forced to separate the heated fracas and hold the 49-year-old referee back.

      Former Premier League ref Mark Halsey told SunSport that the men in the middle 'should NEVER put themselves in that position'.

      He added: "I'm sure the PGMOL will conduct an investigation into what happened and it will be interesting to see if Ipswich now make a complaint to the EFL."

      He is due to to referee Southend vs Bolton on Saturday.

      Here is the incredible incident…

      Ipswich vs Northampton ref Darren Drysdale squares up to Town ace Alan Judge in heated clash

    • Joshua Jones

      BARNES GUTTED

      In-form Leicester and England winger Harvey Barnes says it will be a 'big miss' not linking up with Justin down the Foxes left.

      Barnes said: “He can play anywhere but has most recently been on the left-hand side with me, and we’ve had some great link-up, so it’s a big miss for us.

      “He’s gutted at the minute, as soon as it settles in, he will get on with his recovery, and he knows the whole squad is behind him.

      "He’s been brilliant this year which is a credit to him.”

      Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    • Joshua Jones

      JJ JOURNEY BEGINS

      Staying with Leicester and full-back James Justin will undergo reconstructive surgery on Thursday after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Brighton last week.

      Boss Brendan Rodgers also confirmed Ayoze Perez is also out for the Foxes for a few weeks with a knee injury.

      Ricardo Pereira will not travel for the first leg of the Europa League last-32 tie with Slavia Prague in order to rest for Aston Villa on Sunday while Timothy Castagne should be fit to return at the weekend.

      Wesley Fofana remains a few weeks away from a return.

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