Rooney: I chose Everton return because I wanted the pressure

Media playback is not supported on this device Wayne Rooney chose to return to Everton rather than move to a country such as China because he wanted the “pressure” of being back at his boyhood club. The former Manchester United striker rejoined the Toffees on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee last summer. The…

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Mourinho concerned by Herrera injury but pleased with Pogba

Ander Herrera could have a “bad injury”, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the midfielder was substituted in Wednesday’s Champions League goalless draw at Sevilla. The Spaniard picked up a muscle injury 17 minutes into the last-16 first-leg tie and was replaced by Paul Pogba. Herrera had returned from injury after missing games earlier…

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De Gea helps Man Utd earn creditable draw in first leg at Sevilla

David de Gea’s stunning first-half save helped Manchester United claim a creditable draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The Spain keeper had kept out efforts from Joaquin Correa and Steven N’Zonzi before showing quick reflexes to produce a one-handed save on the stroke of half-time and deny Luis…

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Firmino will not face FA punishment over clash with Holgate

Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association after his clash with Everton’s Mason Holgate in the FA Cup tie at Anfield in January. Holgate had alleged Firmino used a “discriminatory term”. Following an investigation, the FA concluded the evidence was “not…

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'He's like a vacuum, he sucks people in' – what makes Dembele so special?

As a former midfielder, whenever I analyse players in my old position I think about why I would and wouldn’t like to play against them. With Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele, there is a long list of reasons why he is an opponent I would hate to face. In the past few weeks he has come up…

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Chelsea can do 'something incredible' against Barcelona in second leg

Chelsea will “try to do something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, said manager Antonio Conte after a drawn first leg. Willian put the Blues ahead at Stamford Bridge, but Lionel Messi capitalised on an error to ensure the match finished 1-1 by netting 15 minutes from time. Barcelona, who are seven…

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Bayern Munich equal record-winning run by thrashing Besiktas

Bayern Munich put five past 10-man Besiktas to equal their longest winning run and take a convincing lead in their Champions League last-16 tie. The hosts won their 14th consecutive game after a dominant second half against Besiktas, who had Domagoj Vida sent off after 16 minutes. Thomas Muller converted from close range in both…

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Mistake allows Messi to salvage draw for Barca at Chelsea

Lionel Messi’s first goal in nine Champions League games against Chelsea gave Barcelona a vital away goal as they rode their luck to earn a draw in this last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had subdued Messi and Willian had struck the woodwork twice in the first half before a fine low finish from the…

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Aguero avoids FA punishment over altercation with fan

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not be punished by the Football Association following a post-match confrontation with a fan after Monday’s FA Cup defeat by Wigan. Television footage appeared to show Aguero pushing a supporter and he later claimed he was spat and sworn at. Both…

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'When I saw the Man City line-up, I did not give Wigan a chance'

Media playback is not supported on this device Wigan’s win over Manchester City was an amazing game to witness and it has to go down as one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all time. When the Latics beat City in the 2013 final it was a big enough upset, but that was when…

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