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BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco. Man City and Atletico Madrid walk away impressive winners against their respective UCL round of 16 opposition in leg one. Pep Guardiola gives all the credit to Monaco's attacking play style, and why Man City are by no means in the clear. Alejandro Moreno breaks down the defensive errors from Manchester City that lead to all three of Monaco's goals. ESPN FC's Craig Burley, Alejandro Moreno and Steve Nicol have a go at Pep Guardiola, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi. Here are the latest stories for Wednesday. MAN UNITED: Wayne Rooney is keen to remain at Manchester United until the end of the season and help the club pursue silverware on three fronts before considering a move to China, sources have told ESPN FC. - Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian have revealed they held transfer talks with Rooney but are more interested in signing Fiorentina's Nikola Kalinic. - Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of forcing Wayne...Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Feb 20:19
CHRIS WHEELER: Life without Wayne Rooney continues to go swimmingly for Manchester United. Five games played since their captain last appeared. Five wins, 11 goals.ESPN FC - Manchester United News 22 Feb 20:17
Jose Mourinho is pleased his side finished St Etienne off early, and is coy on the Wayne Rooney rumours.ESPN FC - Manchester United News 22 Feb 20:11
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's lone goal in the second leg secured Man United's passage to the Europa League round of 16. SAINT-ETIENNE, France -- Three quick thoughts from the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard as Man United cruised to a 1-0 victory (4-0 on aggregate) over Saint-Etienne in the Europa League round of 32. 1. Man United cruise, but lose Mkhitaryan Manchester United go into Friday's last-16 draw of the Europa League after a 1-0 victory in St Etienne's raucous Stade Geoffroy-Guichard sent Jose Mourinho's side through 4-0 on aggregate. Once the smoke from flares and the smell of sulphur had dissipated at the start...Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 22 Feb 20:06
Manchester United reach the Europa League last 16 despite seeing Eric Bailly sent off and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sustain an injury.Manchester United – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 20:04
In-form Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a huge doubt for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton after limping off against St Etienne.
Mkhitaryan flicked in Juan Mata’s cross for the opening goal on 16 minutes on Wednesday night, but just nine minutes later he limped off after apparently injuring his hamstring whilst stretching for another Mata pass.
The Armenian was selected in a strong XI put out by Jose Mourinho in France, but the 27-year-old is now likely to sit out the Wembley showpiece.
Marcus Rashford replaced him, but losing Mkhitarayan will be a hammer blow to Mourinho considering his recent form. The former Dortmund man has scored six and assisted five goals in his last 16 games.
United had a three-goal lead going into the clash, which they won 1-0 on the night, and Mourinho was expected to make changes and rest some of his first-teamers.
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Life without Wayne Rooney continues to go swimmingly for Manchester United. Five games played since their captain last appeared. Five wins, 11 goals scored, one conceded.Manchester United – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 19:56
Manchester United cruised into the Europa League Round of 16 after a 1-0 win on the night and a 4-0 aggregate victory over St Etienne, but suffered an injury to Henrikh Mkhitarayan.
Mkhitarayan fired United ahead at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in the 17th minute to end the two-legged tie as a contest with United already 3-0 ahead from last week’s Old Trafford meeting.
The Armenia star, who limped off after 25 minutes with a hamstring strain, is now likely to miss the EFL Cup Final on Sunday against Southampton.
Marcus Rashford replaced him, but losing Mkhitarayan will be a hammer blow to Jose Mourinho considering his recent form. The former Dortmund man has scored six and assisted five goals in his last 16 games.
And his latest goal for United came from the faintest of touches after Juan Mata swung in a low cross which Mkhitarayan flicked into the far corner.
Eric Bailly was given a second yellow card on 63 minutes but United still kept a clean sheet.
Jose Mourinho named a surprisingly-strong line-up considering they arrived in France boasting a 3-0 lead for the last-32 return leg – a bold decision that backfired somewhat.
Michael Carrick may also have sustained a calf complaint before departing in the second half, moments before Bailly saw red after picking up two yellow cards in 185 seconds.
United responded manfully to the sending off and held firm to keep a fourth successive clean sheet in European competition and secure their place in Friday’s Europa League last-16 draw.
Pre-match odds as long as 40-1 on St Etienne going through highlighted what an uphill task the hosts faced, yet their fans turned out in their droves at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
A remarkable din greeted the team for the warm-up, never mind the match itself, although UEFA will again take a dim view to the use of flares that led to disciplinary action after the first leg at Old Trafford.
Les Verts’ intensity and endeavour had proved problematic last week, but this time Mourinho’s men did not attack with the same numbers that saw them caught out last time.
But when United first threatened, they left St Etienne with a bloody nose and all-but settled the tie.
Mata sent in a superb, low cross from the left flank and Mkhitaryan provided a deft touch, having burst in-between the home side’s centre-backs to the edge of the six-yard box.
St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier prevented matters quickly being compounded by an own goal, although United’s comfort was tempered by Mkhitaryan pulling up injured.
The 28-year-old’s game was over inside 25 minutes yet the setback did not disrupt United too much as Ashley Young threatened and Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired over before half-time.
Loic Perrin’s header at Sergio Romero’s goal was the closest St Etienne came in the first half and the hosts failed to create any clear-cut chances despite returning from the break brightly.
Marouane Fellaini smashed into the side-netting and Ruffier got down to stop a Paul Pogba strike as United threatened a second, before Carrick went off with what looked like a calf problem.
That change was squeezed in-between Bailly bookings in the 60th and 63rd minute for fouls on Romain Hamouma, leaving Mourinho understandably frustrated.
Florentin Pogba fired wide before younger brother Paul glanced a corner just off target at the other end.
Substitute Marcus Rashford and Ibrahimovic, jeered all night by the home fans, failed with late efforts, while Jorginho stung the palms of Romero in stoppage time as the home fans continued to roar on their team.
The post Mkhitarayan blow taints Man United’s St Etienne cruise appeared first on teamtalk.com.ESPN FC - Manchester United News 22 Feb 19:54
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's lone goal in the second leg secured Man United's passage to the Europa League round of 16. Manchester United wrapped up a commanding 4-0 aggregate Europa League victory over St Etienne, winning 1-0 in the away leg thanks to an early Henrikh Mkhitaryan goal and easing into the round of 16. After a scrappy start, United scored the goal that put the tie beyond any doubt after 16 minutes as the home side gave Juan Mata far too much time and space down the left and he crossed for Mkhitaryan to steer a neat finish inside the far post. Mkhitaryan limped off soon afterwards with what appeared...Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Feb 19:53
Michael Carrick is four years older than Wayne Rooney but on a noisy European evening in France he was the player trusted to guide his Manchester United team-mates into the next round.ESPN FC - Manchester United News 22 Feb 19:51
St Etienne Manchester United 0 1 FT Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 4 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats BT Sport highlight: Henrikh Mkhitaryan's lone goal in the second leg secured Man United's passage to the Europa League round of 16. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's lone goal in the second leg secured Man United's passage to the Europa League round of 16. Manchester United wrapped up a commanding 4-0 aggregate Europa League victory over St Etienne, winning 1-0 in the away leg thanks to an early Henrikh Mkhitaryan goal and easing into the round of 16. After a scrappy start, United scored the goal that put the tie beyond any doubt after 16 minutes as the home side gave Juan Mata far too much time and space down the left. Mata curled an inviting ball into the penalty area where Mkhitaryan had ghosted into space to steer a neat finish inside the far...SkySports | Manchester United 22 Feb 19:50
Manchester United will be in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, and they could be joined by Tottenham.SkySports | Manchester United 22 Feb 19:50
Manchester United secured a comfortable 1-0 victory (4-0 on aggregate) at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to cruise past French side St Etienne and book their place in the Europa League last 16.Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Feb 19:44
With so much uncertainty over Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United, two former team-mates weighed in with their views on where the striker could end up.Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Feb 19:43
His success at United is undoubted - and in many ways it is sad to see someone of Wayne Rooney's ilk peter out into the background after being a Premier League stalwart for so many years.SkySports | Manchester United 22 Feb 19:02
Manchester United may be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick for Sunday's EFL Cup final.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 22 Feb 16:21
Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is unlikely to leave Old Trafford for the Chinese Super League this month.SkySports | Manchester United 22 Feb 15:40
St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier insists his side can overcome a 3-0 deficit in their Europa League decider with Manchester United - and reckons Zlatan Ibrahimovic got lucky in the first leg.Manchester United – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 15:30
Manchester United are on the longest run without a penalty of any Premier League club, in contrast to their historical reputation.
We take a look at the penalty records of all the Premier League teams with Man City and Tottenham leading the way this season.
Press Association Sport data also shows that after Wigan (scored) and Huddersfield (missed) were finally awarded penalties on Tuesday night, Rotherham are the only remaining club in England’s top four divisions without a spot-kick in the league this season.
Here, we look at some of the key facts.
- United have had only one league penalty all season and have now waited 23 games for another to come around. That contrasts sharply with the previous decade – they averaged seven per season in the last seven years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, had five in 2013-14 and eight in two seasons under Louis van Gaal.
- By contrast, United’s rivals Manchester City lead the way alongside Tottenham – both teams have had seven league penalties this season and scored five.
- Liverpool are just one behind and have scored all six. Arsenal have also been awarded six.
- Aside from United, West Brom are the only other top-flight club with just one spot-kick to their name.
- The average Premier League club has been awarded 3.9 penalties this season, scoring 3.2. Stoke and West Ham fit that pattern most closely, each scoring three from four.
Penalties awarded this season/games since last penalty:
(Data correct as of February 22)
Arsenal – 6 penalties/0 games since last penalty
Bournemouth – 5/4
Burnley – 4/1
Chelsea – 3/2
Crystal Palace – 5/7
Everton – 3/5
Hull – 2/10
Leicester – 5/12
Liverpool – 6/4
Manchester City – 7/2
Manchester Utd – 1/23
Middlesbrough – 2/2
Southampton – 3/3
Stoke – 4/8
Sunderland – 5/5
Swansea – 3/10
Tottenham – 7/1
Watford – 2/7
West Brom – 1/20
West Ham – 4/8
Charlie Nicholas provides us with his Champions League and Europa League predictions.Manchester United – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 14:29
Wayne Rooney is no longer one of the first names on Manchester United’s team-sheet, having started just eight Premier League games this season.
At 31 years old, the striker may be forced to consider if his future lies away from Old Trafford, particularly if he wants to remain England captain.
And this week, United boss Jose Mourinho said he could not guarantee that Rooney will end the season with the Red Devils, amid reports the club’s record goalscorer is ready to head to the Chinese Super League.
But what are the possible options for the United captain?
With a reported £52million deal on the table, Rooney would be the most high-profile recruit yet to join the Chinese Super League, which has already snared the likes of Carlos Tevez and Oscar in the past year. While the move would surely end his England career, there would be significant compensation in the form of a bumper wage packet. Clubs in China – where the transfer window closes on Tuesday – may be the only ones the world willing to match or even increase his Old Trafford salary. And he would be a significant coup for the league, in the same way David Beckham was for Major League Soccer.
Rooney’s former England team-mates Beckham, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have all lived the American dream in recent years, though only Beckham had any significant impact and managed to continue his international career while Stateside. The lifestyle may appeal to Rooney and his young family, but at his age a move across the Atlantic would, like China, probably spell the end of his England days.
A romantic return to his boyhood club has always been mooted, and, when Rooney wore blue again last summer for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial, he was greeted warmly by those who he first enraptured as a 16-year-old in 2002. However, with a new manager and new owners now in place at Goodison Park, would Everton be interested in a Rooney reunion?
While unable to guarantee Rooney would remain at United, Mourinho also said this week that he was happy for the player to stay and that he would never try to push “a legend of this club” out of the door. Rooney is United’s all-time record goalscorer, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally last month with his 250th strike against Stoke, and is contracted to the club until 2019. Staying put would be the easiest option, but he would have to be content with being a bit-part player.
A move to one of Europe’s big clubs could be another possibility, with Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and AC Milan all boasting glamorous locations which may appeal to Rooney and wife Coleen. Beckham had spells with all three after leaving Old Trafford in 2003, so again Rooney could end up following in his former international captain’s footsteps.
The uproar surrounding ‘pie-gate’ continues, while Liverpool fans discuss their momentum and City purr over a wonderful attacking display.
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The fix is on
I believe, based on media coverage of the incident and an in-depth analysis of the various photos that this was indeed a pasty rather than a pie. Surely he would have plausible deniability now over the “betting fix” allegation? If the bookies (who let’s be honest staged the whole thing for relatively free publicity) paid out incorrectly then that’s their loss.
I still play a fair amount of football and personally I would not pollute my body with such muck whilst in the recovery phase. Typically go straight to the boozer for a couple of low fat beers to rehydrate before the inevitable phone call from the Mrs, enquiring when Fergie time will be over.
Shaw’s first excuse for eating the pie was that he was light headed. If that we’re the case and if it were me, I’d be sat at the back of the dug out eating and would’ve been eating something with sugar in it to get my sugar levels up (like a Mars bar or a cup of tea with sugar in it). The problem I have is that it was so blatant that it’s obvious that he planned it and made sure he was caught on camera. So personally I’d go down the lines that he’s more than likely had a huge bet on it with his mates and so broke the rules.
Like someone has already said, if it were meant as a light hearted gesture wait until the end of game.
He’s taken the limelight away from this players. Players who played well and gave a good account of themselves, like Deacon or Collins. It’s shocking behaviour from a coach and if I were the manager or chairman of Sutton I’d be peed off. Completely unprofessional in the club’s biggest game ever.
I’ve heard that there was a limit of £5 on the bet. If true he has been forced to resign over his mates making £40 from The Sun.
I can see what people are saying about it overshadowing Sutton’s cup run but he wasn’t the one who put himself all over social media because of his weight and position in the team. The Sun just jumped on the bandwagon to gain publicity.
Shouldn’t we not be questioning the morals of The Sun (again) for poking fun at a guy’s weight?
Thriller at the Etihad
What a game. Had to watch on TV. Exhausted!
How good was the attack? How bad the defence?
Otemendi’s rating? 2/10 for me.
Aguero will get so much confidence from that, whew…
– Ottomendi absolutely rubbish, a walking liability and an expensive more hairy Richard Dunne (one step forward, one step back)
– Fernandinho – whilst I love him as a player, is no left-back, Monaco knew this an exploited him to the hilt… please learn Pep
– Aguero – like a man possessed. Unplayable at times!
– Sane – is turning into a real top player (ditto for Sterling)
– Ref, not watched the game back on TV yet but their were several contentious calls which friends (who I respect) at home were having differing opinions. The quicker we have video 4th officials the better (that said the feeling of injustice, led to a better atmosphere, which raised the team!)
– Stones – was lambasted on the radio home, I thought he made one mistake (Falcaos second goal) and as above Ottomendi was a far worse culprit
– Finally, I have rarely clapped an opposition goal at City (Zoltan Gera a few years a go being the last one) however I applauded Falcao’s 2nd strike tonight – what a great finish
Thanks for the memories
If we can get Rooney off the wage bill and make a decent amount of money in the process – we should bite anyone’s hand off. He is not playing and, quite frankly, should not play again given his abysmal performances in recent years, plus his wages can be given to not one but TWO high-calibre players!
If we get an offer of 20m+ we should take it without a shadow of a doubt.
Greatest goal scorer in our history mate…and a big part in some of the finest moments in my memory. We’ve a lot to thank him for and even though he let himself down with the transfer request, he only said what many of us were thinking at the time about the Glazers.
Should have either given up the beer, wine and fags when Fergie left or joined Chelsea, as the dark lord had been planning.
Anyway, we’re a sentimental club and I would rather remember the Rooney of Old than the old slugger trying to land one lucky last punch these days. He’s a legend for me.
The winds of change
We often hear the old “careful what you wish for” line about getting rid of Wenger and we all know that’s b*****ks, because we know exactly what we’re wishing for. However, when it comes to the board, I would be a bit more cautious.
My one and only gripe with Kroenke and Co is their failure to get rid of the manager. What I like and always have liked about Kroenke is that he let’s the manager get on with it. Our problem is who that manager is but with the right man, that’s exactly how I’d want Stan to act.
The main job of the board, of any club, is to run the business side and we can’t argue that our board are doing badly on that front. That, in turn, provides cash the manager needs to compete, which, in our case, is where it all falls down, because we have a manager who is reluctant to spend and when he does, it’s far too often on players we either don’t need or he just doesn’t know how to fit into his system.
The reason I would urge caution, as far as the board goes, is that there are very few fans, from any club (at least in the top two tiers) who will sing the praises of their boards. City maybe – an ambitious owner, with unlimited funds, who does seem to strike the right balance between letting the manager get on with it, but only for as long as he’s doing a good job and while the way Pellegrini was treated was a bit shameful, it was in order to get Pep and you can’t knock that ambition.
Chelski fans will obviously always love Roman, because he’s turned them from a sh*t club with no history into an above average club (with no history), but my Chav mates have had their issues with him in the past, despite all that.
I know, to many Gooners, that Usmanov seems like the perfect owner – our very own Abramovic – but I’ve always been a bit wary about the guy. There’s something very untrustworthy about him and I can’t help feeling that we’d ultimately regret it if he took over.
But there are a lot of examples of new management taking over even some of the biggest clubs, with loads of fanfare, before it all goes pear-shaped very quickly.
Don’t get me wrong, our current board need to stop sitting in their comfort zone with Wenger, but all I want to see from them is to get rid of him and show some ambition with the replacement. After that, I’d be happy to see them crawl back to the shadows because that’s how the people running football clubs should be – a side story and not the main show.
What next for Liverpool?
Time will tell, it usually always does. I just don’t think it’s as simple as a defensive strategy can stop us winning. Watford and Sunderland are two notables at home, particularly Sunderland. They didn’t come to play, they came for a point. Sean- have a look back at that Sunderland game and tell me they played anything but defence!
Personally, I’m not taking the Tottenham result as the reason for us pushing on or the reason for the positivity. We just haven’t had a rested squad and we’ve had too many key players out during the period when the results went against us. The results appear to back that up. I’m also not looking at it in hindsight, I had real concerns before those games that we weren’t equipped to deliver.
I had faith in Origi and still do (longer term) but after a bright start he went backwards. I had no faith in Sturridge to fill the gap though and Klopp started to move players around i.e. Firmino to the left and pushed Lallana further forward. One player out (Coutinho) started the dip in performances and when a couple more joined in, we fell apart. When you take 2/3 player out of a squad that really only has 11 top players in their correct positions (or close to them), it’s too big an ask. I genuinely thought we could win the title if we kept them fit and still believe if we had, we could have!
We’re now back to where we were, a break between games and the squad fit again. Time to deliver my predicted 2nd spot (admittedly just a couple of weeks ago before we lost to Sunderland). We can now concentrate on the league and win our games, just as we should have earlier in the season.
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has not ruled out captain Wayne Rooney leaving the club this month.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 20 Feb 22:50
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Ryan Giggs does not believe fellow Welshman Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid to return to the Premier League in the near future.