Dimitar Berbatov wants to ‘smell the grass of English football again’ before hiscareer finally comes to an end.The former Tottenham and Manchester United striker is a free agent after leaving Greek side PAOK in June and believes he can, at 36-years-old, still perform at the top level.And the Bulgarian hopes examples of Premier League elder statesmen like Gareth Barry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can persuade a club to take him on, so he can soak up the sights, sounds and smells of English football again.He told : “I don’t think anyonerances record of Emilio Butragueno.He was in the starting line-up in the win over Villarreal which saw him reach 341 appearances, the same number made by Real Madrid’s current Director of Institutional Relations. They now sit joint sixteenth on the c said that (Ibrahimovic is too old) because he is a top player at the top level where he plays, he can play for another two years, maybe more.“He has football intelligence, then of course you have Gareth Barry at Everton. I tend to watch the older players to see how they are playing and I admire them both because, at this age in football, it is very difficult to maintain a high level of performance and for both those players to do this is worthy of admiration.”Berbatov played 102 times for Tottenanently with Stoke City.The striker, who has failed to make a lasting impression at Villa Park since his £12m switch from Brentford in 2017, joined Stoke on deadline day in a deal lasting until the end of the season.He scored his first goal for his ham and 149 times for Manchester United before moving to Fulham and then to France with Monaco, but he grew up a Newcastle fan, idolising Alan Shearer.When asked if he would like to play under Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park, Berbatov said: “Everything is possible, just to smell the grass one more time, especially in England.”
Arsene Wenger praised Arsenal’s consistency as victory in Ludogorets saw them reach the last 16 of the Champions Leagmer Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has taken a new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.Hoeness has been angered by Ter Stegen’s claims that he deserves Germany selection ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.He snapped: “I would have ue for a 17th successive season – but now he wants to go deeper into the competition. and assure themselves of a place in the knockout rounds along with Group A rivals Paris Saint-Germain.Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru struck for Ludogorets inside the opening 15 minutes before Arsenal turned it around thanks to Granit Xhaka, Olivier Giroud and a late winner from Mesut Ozil.The win means the Premier League club are through to the last 16 and continue their run of reaching at least that stage since 2000 – although in the past six seasons they have not managed to go any further.And while Wenger was pleased to once again navigate the group stage, he wants to finish top of Group A before making an impact in the latter rounds.“I believe that the most difficult thing in life is to be consistent at the top level,” he said.“So it shows we have been quite consistent there. That we could do it again this year… hopefully we can go further now.“We have a game at home where we can finish top of the group. Let’s maintain the quality of our results until the game against Paris Saint-Germain. We are in position to finish top of the group.”It was a slow start from Arsenal at the Vasil Levski National Stadium and Wenger admitted they were “caught cold” by Ludogorets – before waking up and striking back through Xhaka’s first Champions League goal and a header from Giroud on his return to the starting line-up, with Ozil adding the winner in style late on.Wenger has spoken plenty this season about a new maturityulled one back with ten minutes to go moments after Liverpool keeper Alisson had been shown a straight red for handling outside the area, but the hosts extended their lead at the top to 11 points thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s two first-half headers.Pot among his squad, which remains unbeaten since Liverpool triumphed at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the campaign.And, with a north London derby at home to Tottenham on Sunday, the Frenchman once again enthused about his players’ approach.“I give credit to the team spirit for that,” he said when asked if their character had been tested.“You get belief with positive results, and this shows a healthy mentality in the group. The two together come out in these kind of games.Ludogorets will now be fighting it out with Basle to finish third and qualify for the Europa League, with manager Georgi Dermendzhiev rocked by their defeat.“Of course, we are devastated,” he said.“We were so close to get a draw. I think we played a great game. Arsenal is an excellent side and they punish mistakes. We played equal to them and that is a great boost for us. We are disappointed, but also proud.”
Rene Meulensteen has labelled Henrikh Mkhitaryan ‘a typical Manchester United player’ and revealed he having to play against Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.The Frenchman has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in the world.And Kante’s notorious defensive pressure has annoyed Gundogan.He told SportBible: “N’Golo Kante is someone who was on Sir Alex Ferguson’s radar when he was in charge at Old Trafford.Mkhitaryantook time to settle following his , but the playmaker has been in o prove himself undroppable.Batshuayi will start against FA Cup opponents Hull City today.“He starts tomorrow,” Lampard said of the Belgian. “Yes, this is a chance for him.”We have seen [Abraham’s] breakthrough and the consistency of his game, but outstanding form in recent months.And Meulensteen, Ferguson’s former first-team coach at Old Trafford, is pleased the see the 28-year-old making his mark for United under Jose Mourinho.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Dutchman said: “When he was much younger, before he joined Dortmund, we were actually looking at him. I remember the name very clearly!“We felt he was not ready but he is, in my opinion, a typical Man United player. He is quick, he is creative, he has got assists in him, he has got goals in him.“I am really, really pleased he has found his feet and is performing to his best.”
David Moyes has confirmed he WILL be in charge ofSunderland atthe start of next season.The Scot, appointed as Sam Allardyce’s successor last summer, had reportedly been considering his future after the club But he insists he will continue in the job after holding talks with chief executiveMartinBain and chairman Ellis Short.”I’ve got a four-year contract and I’ll be Sunderland manager next season,” he said on Friday, speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Hull.“I know what needs to be done to get back in the Premier League and I know what the requirements are to do that.“I met with Martin and Ellis this week and we had initial discussions about how we move forward. We will meet again in a few weeks.”Moyes was criticismmers missed the chance to go third when they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Fredericks said: “We are a confident bunch and have as good a squad as the top six. That is where we want to be, we have a lot of good players who are wayed for declaring he was in a survival battle upon his arrival at the Stadium of Light, potentially scaring off transfer targets or lowering expectations of those already at the club.Reminded of that ahead of Saturday’s trip to a Hull side who may yet join Sunderland in the Championship, the 54-year-old was unrepentant.“When I look back on it I was very honest, forthright, told people what I thought,” he said.“I came to a part of the country where, I was led to believe, that was the way people wanted speaking to. I told them exactly.“We’d been in a relegation battle the four previous seasons. You want managers to tell the truth and I do.”On the playing side, there is likely to be a significant turnover between now and next term.Several out of contract players can expect to depart, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and top-scorer Jermain Defoe, who both harbour World Cup ambitions, will look for top-flight suitors.“We can only lose the ones who are out of contract. Jordan Pickford is in contract so there’s nothingiendly with Lincoln City.Bruce is wanted by Newcastle United.Wednesday were midway into their friendly at Sincil Bank when the fan made his way onto the pitch and proceeded to walk down the touchline.Wearing a determined look, the man headed towards to say we’ll lose Jordan,” Moyes said.“Jermain Defore has a clause in his contract so that’s possible.”
Manchester City’sdefenders have no faith in either Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero and the club will bring in a new top-class goalkeeper in the summer.That’s the belief of former captain Richard Dunne, who was a specau have met with Al Sadd coach Xavi in Doha.RAC1’s Gerard Romero revealed the delegation travelled to Qatar from Saudi Arabia and they did so to speak with former Barca midfielder Xavi about the possibility of taking over at Camp Nou in the future. Tial guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday., City boss Pep Guardiola has used both Bravo and Caballero between the sticks this season.Guardiola has declared himself ‘so happy’ with his goalkeeping options, but Dunne believes they are largely to blame for the club’s defensive struggles this season, and fully expects a new number one at the Etihad next term.Dunne, who spent nine years at City and made352 appearances for the club, told talkSPORT: “Youhave to have confidence in your goalkeeper, otherwiseevery ball that comes in the box and bounces around the box, you are panicking, everyone is going for it, and that is where mistakes happen.&#lder admits he took a conscious decision at the beginning of the season to maintain their attacking approach.Wilder was speaking after watching a five match unbeaten run lift his team to fifth, only seven months after being promoted from the Champion8220;With Man City at the moment, the two centre-backs – whoever they may be – aretrying to win the ball far away from the goal because they don’t want anyone to shoot. They don’t have any faith in the goalkeepers.“I’m sure the scouts are out looking at replacements now and earmarking someone to bring in.“It is unfortunate with Joe Hart.I don’t think he will be the one to come back in, butI imaginethey will be around the top clubs in Europe trying to take a goalkeeper.“With the financial backing they have, they can probably go and choose whoever they want and spend a fortune on them if they want to.”
James Rodriguez has ended the constant speculation surrounding his future by insisting he intends to STAY at Real Madrid.The 25-year-old Colombian has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United thought to be keen.Rodriguez’s opportunities at the Bernabeu have been limited this season under coach Zinedine Zidane, leading to rumours he could look to leave.He has started only four of Real’s 15 LaLiga matches so far this season with Zidane successfully rotating his side.But heooses to leave the Sky Blues this summer.Braaf has been linked with a move to Germany in recent weeks.But Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has also been tipped to consider a swoop for Braaf.Arteta has the final say on all incomings at the Emirates Stadium s seized his chance well with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Sevilla ia statement on Tuesday afternoon.”Newcastle United can confirm that Neil Redfearn has stepped down from his role as head coach of the club’s Under-23 side,” it read.”He officially took up the position in June 2019 and also assisted Ben Dawson during n the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening.And the forward was upbeat when he spoke to reporters after the match and repeatedly told them he was staying when pressed on his future.“Real Madrid is the club I dreamed about,” said the £70million-rated star.“And here I am living that dream. I’m where I always wanted to be.“Obviously, all of us want to always be in the team and always be playing; we all go through bad moments but this is the start of a new year and a new life.“All I want is to play well when I am given the opportunity, and to do good things like in tonight’s game and help the team with goals or passes.“I felt really good out there. The whole team played well and when that’s the case, everything falls into place for each one of us. Now we have to prepare ourselves for what will be a tough year.”The crowd at the Bernabeu chanted his name during the match, and Rodriguez said: “That was beautiful, I have always dreamed about being at this club and when the fans chant your name, it’s a unique feeling. It was like a dream.”Los Blancos’ win over Sevilla extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 38 matches.
Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev insists the club are under no pressure to sell Arsenal andManchester United target Kylian Mbappe.The 18-year-old forward has taken Europe by storm this season with his performances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, andhas attracted the prying eyes of top clubs.in their recent win over Manchester City, whileChelsea and Tottenham are also said to be interested.Monaco were forced into sellingprized asset Anthony Martial to Manchester United in 2015, butVasilyev was quick to dismiss that the French giants will be in a similar position with Mbappe.The vice presidenthas stressed that the club willdo everything in their power to keep the young striker at the Stade Louis II beyond the end of the summer, and feels that there is no rrs have agreed a record partnership for the club with ManBetX, which will see the online gambling company become the club’s new principal and shirt sponsor for the first-team, under-23 and disability sides, reports, /.Financial details of the deal haeason for Mbappe to leave.“Kylian is a child of the club and embodies the quality of our training,” he told L’Equipe.“He has very smart parents Bernardo Silva believes the club can cope with their current injury crisis.The Citizens are struggling to field a healthy centre-back partnership given injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.But Silva believes there is a lot of quality at City and they know very well about a career of a footballer.“We will do everything to keep him and it is very much possible that he will be here next season.“I don’t see why he would want to leave.”
Ian Holloway insists Scott Hogan will be a ‘fantastic signing’ for West Ham, should the Premier League side wrap up the signing of Brentford’s star forward.A deal to bring the 24-year-old striker to the London Stadium has been rumoured since the start of the January transfer window, and it seems Slaven Bc of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was delighted with the debut of Tottenham striker Troy Parrott in their 3-1 friendly defeat of New Zealand.The 17-year-old Tottenham frontman was thrown in at the deep end in the 3-1 friendly victory over New Zealand ailic’s men are close to finalising his capture.The Hammers have reportedly agreed to pay £9 million up front, and a further £3 million in the future, although Brentford want £15 million for Hogan – with both clubs continuing to disagree on his valuation.However the Bees appear resigned to losing the player who has scored 14 goals in just 25 matches this season, and it seems a deal for the forward will be complete, providing the Hammers with the goal threat that has so sorely been lacking from Bilic’s squad this season.And Holloway bnsists his commitment is total.Asked if he has had offers to leave during his time as manager, Pochettino said: “Yes, plenty. From everywhere. Daniel [Levy] knows.”He added: “Daniel knows very well our commitment to the club is massive. It is more thelieves Hogan will be a ‘fantastic signing’ for the East London club.Speaking to Kick Off on talkSPORT, the QPR manager said: “I think he’s exceptional when he gets through on goal.“He’s a threat over the top, he makes runs and runs and runs – not selfish ones for himself – he makes runs to disrupt the back four.“He works for his team, and I think it’s fantastic signing.”
Marcus Rashford’s rise from unknown youth player to one of the best strikers in the Premier League has been one of the stories of 2016.So it is only right that we celebrate his 19th birthday with a video of one of his best goals for Manchester United.Playing in the FA Cup last season, the starlet scored this peach against West Ham, netting the first goal of a 2-1 win in the quarter-finals.It continued his incredible rise to the top of the game, and iser caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson on Sunday.United have moved to just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, reviving hopes that they could claim a Champions League place that was beginning to look beyond them.Solskjaer said, “I know Everton, t well worth questioned their move for Benfica whiz Joao Felix.Atletico are prepared to meet Felix’s €120m buyout clause to bring the midfielder to Spain.But Simao says, “Honestly, I think that Joao Félix does not fit into Atletico Madrid and the way of playina second viewing.So, sit back and enjoy the video above… and Happy Birthday Marcus Rashford!
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is convinced Lionel Messi will sign a new contract and end his career with the LaLiga champions.The Argentina international, whose current deal expires in the summerkids in defeat to Europa League opponents Astana last night.Fullback Ethan Laird and midfielders James Garner and Dylan Levitt won praise from the Old Trafford hero.He said, “Yeah, I was impressed with some of the lads.“I think the two lads in cent of 2018, has yet to agree new terms, sparking speculation he could leave the Catalan club.Bartomeu, however, is confident the 29-year-old will remain at the Nou Camp.Speaking at the announcement of a lucrative four-year sponsorship deal with Japanese technology company Rakuten, Bartomeu said: “I believe we’ve got a team with incredible players, all of them.“There is nonetheless a leader of course, Leo Messi, he is well known and popular all over the world.“We’re all convinced, we’re all positive Leo Messi will end his sporting career in Barca.“All the members of Barca believe this is how it has to be, because he icoba isn’t convinced by the current squad.Recoba insists Inter’s squad is no match compared with Juventus.“The Inter squad can’t be compared to Juventus’ right now. Two competitions will tire the Nerazzurri more with the squad they have now,” he sas the player that in the last few years has brought us sporting success.”The new sponsorship agreement will see Rakuten replace Qatar Airways on the front of Barca’s shirts from the start of next season and, according to fcbarcelona.com, will earn the club 55 million euros [£47m]a year.Bartomeu revealed Barca defender Gerard Pique and his popstar wife Shakira helped the club negotiate the deal with Rakuten chief executive Hiroshi Mikitani.“Gerard Pique and his wife Shakira are very close friends with Mr Mikitani,” Bartomeu said.“It was in the summer of 2015, Gerard organised a dinner in San Francisco during our summer tour.“At that dinner we met Mr Mikitani, who was, for us, an incredible person.“We talked about the future, about his interest in FC Barcelona and we started at that moment conversations and Gerard Pique helped us a lot to meet Mr Mikitani, so we are very grateful to him.”
Hull forward Shaun Maloney has been omitted from the Scotland squad for their opening World Cup qualifier against Malta.Ross McCormack is also absent from the squad, announced by the Scottish Football Association on Monday, with Steven Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths, Steven Naismith and Chris Martin the selected strikers.Barrie McKay is included but there is no place for his Rangers team-mate Lee Wallace.Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald and Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton are the two uncapped players in the squad for the away game on September 4.Maloney, one of the most impressive performers in Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, came off the bench to score in Hull’s Premier Leaguventus.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda suggests Ronaldo could leave Juve by mutual agreement shold they fail to win the Champions League this season.Ultimately, Ronaldo will seek a club capabue win at Swansea on Saturday but manager Gordon Strachan does not feel he is properly match-fit.“I spoke to Shaun after the France game and said we really need to get more games in this squad,” he said.“There are a couple of guys who have not played many games. Shaun has not had many games over the last period, and I also said to him that the players in your area at the moment there are people playing regular and playing very well. So he understands that.“But don’t take that as finished, that’s for sure. He has a great fitness level, but I think to see his young team improve on their concentration and focus in order to overcome Valencia on Wednesday.The Blues were beaten on home soil by the Spanish club in their first Champions League meeting this season.And in order to exact revenge at thesome people need games.”As well as McKay, Strachan has picked three other players who have one cap after recently being promoted from the Scotland under-age teams – Kieran Tierney, Callum Paterson and John McGinn.“Now is the time,” he said. “They have proved to us on and off the pitch that we can rely on them, trust them, and we hope over the next year or so they will progress at their clubs, and that will help us out.”McCormack was the most in-demand player in the Championship this summer after scoring 42 goals in two seasons for Fulham, with Aston Villa beating Norwich to his £12million signing.The 30-year-old missed his own stag do in Las Vegas to accept a late call-up for the post-season friendlies against France and Italy.Strachan watched McCormack as Villa drew 0-0 with Derby on Saturday but it was County striker Martin who made the squad.When asked whether McCormack just missed out, Strachan said: “There could be about 10-12 players, but you have to have a variation of players when you’re picking your squad so you can change the game, change the way you want to play attimes.“With the strikers, you have to have more rounded. I wish we could have everything but guys have their different strengths.“I watched Ross on Saturday, I saw two games with 11 Scotsmen. It was good.But I have got to think what is best for the whole group.”Strachan has made no announcement on a new captain to replace Scott Brown, who retired from international football last week.When asked whether it would revert to Darren Fletcher, who was skipper before illness interrupted his career, Strachan said: “We have let Darren and the rest of the lads get on with it.“I have only spoken to guys to ask about their playing time and their fitness,” he said. “I have not really spoken to Darren. So, when that comes round, I will speak to Darren about it.”Gordon (Celtic), Hamilton (Hearts), Marshall (Cardiff); Berra (Ipswich), Greer (Blackburn), Hanley (Newcastle), Hutton (Aston Villa), R Martin (Norwich), Paterson (Hearts), Robertson (Hull), Tierney (Celtic); Anya (Watford), Bannan (Sheff Wed), Burke (Nottingham Forest), D Fletcher (West Brom), Forrest (Celtic), McArthur (Crystal Palace), McDonald (Fulham), McGinn (Hibernian), McKay (Rangers), Morrison (West Brom), Ritchie (Newcastle), Snodgrass (Hull); S Fletcher (Sheff Wed), Griffiths (Celtic), C Martin (Derby), Naismith (Norwich).
Christian Benteke showed his former employers what they were missing as he scored twice in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Liverpool.The Belgian failed to impress in his solitary season at Anfield, scoring ten times in 42 appearances for the Reds. He was sold to Palace for £30m in the summer and took his tally for the season to 16 goals after helping Sam Allardyce’s side come from behind.Anfield has been a happy hunting ground for the big front man, who has now scored seven times in eight matches against the Reds and has one more goal at the home of the Merseysiders as an opposition player [five] then he managed during the 12 months he played for them there last season.His performance overshadowed that of Philippe Coutinho, whose brilliant free-kick had given Liverpool the lead, and virtually ensured Palace’s top-flight status for another season having reached 38 points in a remarkable turnaround under Sam Allardyce.The defeat leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side in third, three points clear of Man United in fifth – but the Merseysiders have played two more games than the teams around them.Coutinho took a while to warm up but when he did it was worth waiting for. Felled by Luka Milivojevic he picked himself up to curl a inch-perfect free-kick over the wall and just inside Wayne Hennesey’s right post.It was the Brazil international’s 10th Premier League goal of the season, the first time he has reached double figures since arriving in England and – since his Premier League debut in February 2013 – only Yaya Toure (14) has scored more goals from outside the penalty area than his 13.But, for all the plaudits heading Coutinho’s way, the sub-plot involved Benteke, a man who now has six more goals for Palace this season than the 10 he managed in his solitary year at Anfield.Having signalled an early warning by rolling one shot just wide of the post and then being booked for diving in the penalty area, his inevitable goal arrived two minutes before the break.Full-back Joel Ward’s ball down Palace’s right flank capitalised on the space left by James Milner and centre-back Dejan Lovren got caught the wrong side of Yohan Cabaye, allowing the Frenchman to cross first-time for Benteke to blast home from close range.The striker’s celebration with another Reds misfit Mamadou Sakho, ineligible against his parent club but sat among the substitutes, did little for any remaining goodwill Anfield may have had for either.Coutinho appeared to take the equaliser as a personal affront and in the second half set about trying to res expiring on June 30 should the season go past that date.Liverpool’s Adam Lallana, Chelsea’s Willian and Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen are among all of those players whose contracts run out on June 30 – by which time this current campaign may not be comtore Liverpool’s lead with a darting run past several Palace players, only ending when James Tomkins threw himself in the way of a shot destined for the back of the net.The rarest of things, a Coutinho header, was inadvertently deflected into the arms of Hennessey by Divock Origi while Roberto Firmino just failed to get a touch to divert Lucas Leiva’s through-ball past the goalkeeper from their next attack.Entering the final 20 minutes the game became scrappy, exactly the way Palace like it, and from one scramble in the penalty area Yohan Cabaye blazed over.Benteke spared his blushes, and embarrassed his former employers, by stooping to head in a corner – needlessly conceded when Lovren gave away possession on halfway – five yards out with 16 minutes to go.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had few game-changing options – he named 17-year-old Rhian Brewster, born in April 2000 on the bench because of injuolskjaer remains convinced Manchester United are on the right path. Solskjaer thinks his side have performed well despite not getting positive results. The Red Devils are in tenth with nine points from seven games following the 1-1 draw with Arsenal ry to Daniel Sturridge – and Liverpool failed to threaten in what was left of the game.
Coral’s Simon Cla to join the senior coaching staff at Chelsea.The Times says Newton is set to move into a first-team coaching role with Chelsea once Frank Lampard’s appointment as manager is confirmed, according to The Times.The former midfielder, 47, made 165 leagurejoins theAlan Brazil Sports Breakfastto round up the latest sporting odds. and N’Golo Kante is the huge favourite to take the prize.The Chelsea midfielder is 1/10,teammate Eden Hazard is 6/1, while Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is next in the betting at 25/1.Dele Alli, meanwhile, is the the big favourite to an be good for Manchester United. As could be Jack Grealish. But neither player can be thrown into the Eric Cantona class – as they have this past week.Neil Warnock, the former Cardiff City manager, prefaced his claims by admitting he didn’t want thetake the PFA Young Player of the Year accolade, with the Tottenham star 1/10.
Now 20 years have passed since David Beckham’s ascent into full blown celebrity began with thatlob against Wimbledon, talkSPORT wanted to know what your favourite goal is.So we put it out there on and got a variety of responses, which you can see below.Beckham’s goal came at tr Ruben Neves was happy with their 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.Neves felt they were worth the point.He told Sport TV: “Itkwater.Drinkwater, 29, was subbed early in all four games — averaging 65 minutes on the pitch.Smith said: “His fitness is OK, he’s working really hard and he’s getting to where we want him to be.“The only way you can work on your fitness is by is always difficult to play at Old Trafford against a team like Manchester United, who need to win too and really he start of the 1996/97 season on 17 August in the 3-0 win at Selhurst Park and was soon making his England debut against Moldova before embarking on what was a trophy-laden career at United, Real Madrid, Milan, PSG and LA Galaxy.
Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s best XI players from the weekend’s Premier League action.There were two standout team performances – Chelsea thrashing Everton and Liverpool’s destruction of Watford – and a nufifth round of the FA Cup is a huge boon for the club.The Premier League side survived a huge scare in Tuesday’s fourth-round replay against League One Oxford United, who came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and take the game to extra time.Neithmber of other impressive showings from a bunch ofplayers.The weekend ended with the Reds atop the league table, one point clear of the Blues in wh Glasgow Rangers – James Tavernier and Glen Kamara.According to TEAMtalk, the new Brighton manager Graham Potter is a huge fan of both players.He wants to make big signings this summer to ensure the team play an expansive style of football and still at is shaping up to be an excellent title race.