1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Paul Pogba rejected a £62m move to Chelsea despite Juventus agreeing to sell the 22-year-old France midfielder. (Gazzetta Dello Sport) Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club turned down a “sensational” bid from Manchester United for 25-year-old German attacking midfielder Thomas Muller. (The Sun) France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, says he almost left Tottenham for Manchester United during the transfer window. (Daily Mail) England winger Andros Townsend, 24, believes he may have to leave Tottenham in the January transfer window for regular football and to secure his Euro 2016 place. (Mirror) England striker Wayne Rooney, 29, admits he does not know much about new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial, but thinks the 19-year-old France forward will be a good addition at Old Trafford.(Daily Mail) Italy and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is on loan at AC Milan, is 3kg overweight according to Rossoneri manager Sinisa Mihajlovic. (Gazzetta Dello Sport) Victor Valdes, 33, is not being given a second chance by Manchester United despite the goalkeeper being named in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League squad. (Manchester Evening News) Everton had a loan move for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev, 24, turned down before the transfer window shut. (Daily Star) Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, says he is pleased to see Belgium team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, 24, back in the Premier League despite him signing for rivals Manchester City during the summer window. (Daily Express) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Reports: Ashley Cole rejected deadline day move to Newcastle but will leave Roma in JanuaryTransfer rumours: Arsenal target happy to stay at Juventus, insists agentReports: Jose Mourinho hoped to persuade Paul Pogba to join Chelsea in pleading phone callMan United’s ‘lack of experience’ to blame for botched David De Gea transfer, claims Real Madrid presidentBayern Munich received ‘huge bid’ for Thomas Muller this summer, but president coy over who from Transfer rumours and paper review
Anthony Martial 1 Anthony Martial will make his full debut for Manchester United tonight after he was included in an attacking starting line-up to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. The French teenager scored on his first apperance for the Red Devils against Liverpool on Saturday and United fans seem pretty excited to get another glimpse of their new star.
Luke Shaw 1 Manchester United have confirmed Luke Shaw had surgery on his broken leg on Tuesday night.The defender went under the knife in an Eindhoven hospital after suffering a horrific double fracture of his right leg in United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV at the Philips Stadion.He will remain in Holland for the early stages of his recovery before returning to Manchester to continue his rehabilitation and is expected to be out of action for at least six months.United’s statement read: “Luke Shaw underwent surgery on his injury on Tuesday night and will remain in hospital in Eindhoven to continue his early recovery.“Manchester United are grateful for the excellent care he is receiving and would like to thank everyone who has sent messages of support.“A further update will be provided in due course.”United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward visited Shaw at the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on Wednesday morning ahead of the squad’s flight home.Hector Moreno, who made the challenge on Shaw, has issued an apology to the United full-back.
Steve McClaren 1 Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has penned an open letter to the club’s fans calling for unity after their dire start to the season.The Magpies are winless from their first six Premier League games and were dumped out of the Capital One Cup in midweek by an understrength Sheffield Wednesday outfit.As a result, pressure has increased on Toon manager Steve McClaren, who was only appointed in the summer, but Charnley has issued a rallying cry demanding ‘collective responsibility’ as they look to end the malaise.The open letter read:“We made a pledge to communicate more effectively with you and when we did so, we were aware this must be the case through thick and thin, in the bad times as well as the good.“There is no hiding from the fact that this has been a very disappointing start to our Premier League campaign, and a painful early exit from a cup competition that we were determined to give everything in this year. We apologise to you for this.“After six league games the truth is we have not achieved the points that any of us had hoped and expected we would do.“None of us can, or will, shirk the responsibility for this situation. Now is the time for collective action, and for us to find solutions to the problems rather than allow ourselves to be consumed by them.“It is important to state that we bear collective responsibility for our position in the table. Identifying the problems in order to find the solutions is crucial, but we are not in the business of apportioning blame. We are a team, from the boardroom to the boot room, and we will respond like one.“So we have sat down as a collective – myself with Steve and his coaching team, and Steve with his players – to discuss the concerns and to look for the solutions together.“Whilst we are all unhappy, we must not panic or make rash decisions. We should not forget we are still relatively early into the season with lots of games to go and points to play for. Whilst you may be tired of hearing this, I believe, as we have said from the start, all of this rebuilding and reshaping isn’t something that can happen overnight; it will take time to see the benefit of the changes we made during the summer.“We recognise that you will be frustrated and of course, as people who invest heavily – financially and emotionally – in this club, you have the right to express your dissatisfaction at the results, as you have done on recent matchdays. We deserved that criticism and reaction. But you can also play a huge part in helping the players to fight their way out of our current predicament.“We regularly talk about the importance of confidence and the momentum that a single victory can bear in turning around the fortunes of a team. To turn things around our players need to be brave – brave on the ball, demand the ball, and attack with courage and conviction, without fear. I hope those of you attending on Saturday, and at future games, home or away, will really get behind the team and help give them the confidence to play and express themselves the way we know they can.“We don’t have the time nor the inclination to feel sorry for ourselves. That would not serve us well. We are all in this together and we will get out of it together as a team. We view you, our supporters, as an important part of that team. Now is the time to show determination, resilience and fight and together, over the coming weeks, change the course of this season for the better.”
2. Spending £35m on Andy Carroll (January 2011) – In what was FSGs first real statement of intent at the club, they had already sanctioned a £22m deal for Luis Suarez before they decided to go back into the market. With an eye-watering £50m profited from the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, the Reds owners contrived to spend £35m on Andy Carroll a player who had scored just 14 top-flight goals in his career. The move proved an unmitigated disaster, with the hefty price tag seen as a benchmark and a catalyst to inflated prices for English players ever since. He was shipped off to West Ham in August 2012 after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. 7 7. Blackpool completing the league double over Liverpool (2010/11 season) – Liverpools league performances in the 2010/11 season left a lot to be desired after the dreadful and short lived Roy Hodgson era. Promoted side Blackpool, despite going straight back down, earned a pair of 2-1 league wins over the Reds, including at Bloomfield Road (pictured) in January 2011. 7 7 5. Luis Suarez racially abusing Patrice Evra (October 2011) – An unsavoury incident that would linger and ultimately undermine the brilliance of Luis Suarez, with his naïve choice of language in October 2011 costing Liverpool his services for eight games. Their vociferous support for the Uruguayan following the incident further tainted the clubs image. 7 7 Today marks the fifth anniversary of Fenway Sports Group’s takeover of Liverpool.In 2010, the American owners arrived with a vision and ambition to restore the Reds to their place amongst the elite of European football after a spell of instability under previous incumbents Tom Hicks and George Gillett.Liverpool have experienced some intense highs and some devastating lows – something so synonymous with being a follower of the Merseyside club – in that five-year period.The Baseball tycoons have, after last week’s appointment of Jurgen Klopp, worked closely with four managers, with Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers all shown the Anfield exit.talkSPORT has collated seven of the lowest moments at Liverpool under FSG’s ownership – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our list… 6. FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa (April 2015) – The Reds wholly underwhelming 2014/15 season hinged on appeasing the fans with some cup success, so an FA Cup semi-final against a beleaguered Aston Villa side offered a great opportunity to reach a major final. They were convincingly beaten at Wembley, though, as Brendan Rodgers became only the second manager in Liverpools illustrious history not to win a trophy during his managerial reign. 7 7 4. Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool (May 2014) – Liverpool then crumbled at Crystal Palace 3. Replacing Luis Suarez with Mario Balotelli (August 2014) – Liverpools transfer activity in the summer of 2014 has come under extreme scrutiny after the £75m sale of Luis Suarez, with more than £100m reimbursed on supposedly establishing a squad capable of building on their second-place finish the season before. After missing out on prime target Alexis Sanchez, the Reds infamous transfer committee plumped for the even more infamous Mario Balotelli as an alternative. One year and one Premier League goal later, Balotelli was on his way out of Anfield on loan. 1. Stoke 6-1 Liverpool (May 2015) – A dismal end to a forgettable season, Mays 6-1 humiliation at the Britannia Stadium was the first time the Reds had conceded six goals in a league game in over 50 years. What was supposed to be a fond farewell to arguably the clubs greatest ever player, Steven Gerrard endured a swansong to forget as the Reds conceded five first-half goals for the first time in the Premier League era. It came as a major surprise that Brendan Rodgers wasnt relieved of his duties by FSG immediately afterwards.
Georginio Wijnaldum netted his third career hat-trick 1 Georginio Wijnaldum scored four times as Newcastle won their first Premier League game of the season, beating Norwich 6-2 in an eight-goal thriller.A defensive horror show by both sides meant it was 3-2 at the break, with Wijnaldum netting a first-half brace, along with Ayoze Perez’s strike, while Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond were on target for City.Mitrovic increased his side’s advantage in the second half before Wijnaldum added two more to his tally, to give Steve McClaren’s side a much-needed win to kick-start their season.Newcastle were without goalkeeper Tim Krul, who is out for the season and manager McClaren says his loss is worth “18-20 points”, as the inexperienced Rob Elliot deputised. The home side took the lead after 14 minutes, following good work by Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko, with the latter sliding the ball through to summer signing Wijnaldum to slide home his fourth goal for the Magpies.The Canaries were soon level as Martin Olsson had plenty of time and space on the left, sending in a curling cross for Mbokani to stab across goal past Elliot. It looked like Norwich may have taken the momentum and they appeared most likely to grab a second as Mbokani was lively and he nearly broke free on the left. The direction of the game was flipped as Sissoko was the provider for the Dutchman again, crossing to the centre spot for Wijnaldum to head downwards towards Ruddy, who poorly let the ball pass underneath his hands for Newcastle’s second. Jonny Howson was left incensed as referee Anthony Taylor waved away his penalty claims. The midfielder was set to nod home at the far post before he was pulled back by right-back Daryl Janmaat. Shortly after the half-hour mark, Newcastle made it three following a speedy attack, the City midfield were slow to get back, and Perez found space on the right of the box to coolly slide a shot across goal and into the bottom corner. It took Norwich less than a minute to respond, as Olsson was in acres of space on the left yet again. The Swede floated a pinpoint cross to the far post, where Redmond was there to cushion a side-footed volley past Elliot. Mitrovic continued to show he has more in his skill-set than his five bookings this season (including for his country, Serbia) along with one sending off. The 21-year-old excited home fans with glimpses of why the Magpies paid a reported £12m for his services.Norwich started the second half brightly, with Wijnaldum performing his defensive duties, clearing Sebastian Bassong’s header off the line after a curling corner. The visitors had a dangerously-positioned free-kick on the left but Redmond wasted the opportunity, blazing over the bar before dragging a low shot wide moments later.Newcastle overcame a period of pressure to net a fourth in the 64th minute, Mitrovic completing another quick counter when he controlled Sissoko’s ball before thrashing it home on the half volley from the edge of the 18-yard box.It took Newcastle a further two minutes to add a fifth, on the counter again, as £14.5million star Wijnaldum netted his third career hat-trick, heading past Ruddy after Janmaat’s cross. Norwich continued to search for a third as Redmond struck the post with his shot across goal and stopper Elliot made good saves to deny Mbokani and Robbie Brady’s efforts. But then Wijnaldum all-but confirmed Newcastle’s first Premier League win at St James’ Park since the final day of last season, when his long-range shot deflected past Ruddy to make it six for United.
4 Daniele Rugani: Juventus youngster ready to prove himself – Rugani is highly-rated at Juventus where he has been unable to nail down a regular first team place. The 21-year-old’s all round game has been widely praised, but his club will not sanction a January move unless the player demands one read a scout report here. John Stones: His list of admirers continues to grow – Stones was on the brink of joining Chelsea in the summer, but his club refused to entertain the idea of him leaving. Arsenal will have a tough convincing Everton to sell in January, as the 21-year-old stopper continues to get better and he has been linked to Barcelona as a result. Diego Godin: A leader at the back – Godin rejected the chance to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer with Man City reportedly keen and his club will be hugely grateful. This season in the Liga, Atleti have conceded just six times and find themselves two points off leaders Barcelona. While this excellent record is not down to one man, the 29-year-old Uruguay captain still appears to be hugely underrated. Could Arsenal persuade Godin leave the Spanish capital? Arsenal dragged themselves to the Champions League, their final stop in the competition thanks to a 3-0 win against Olympiakos.Their form has pleased their many fans and former manager George Graham joined in the praise when talkSPORT phoned him for a chat.The only thing to concern the Scot was the injury problems and the hole Francis Coquelin leaves in the middle of the park as well as the Arsenal defence.“I’d like to see them get another outstanding centre-half,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, adding that he believe current boss Arsene Wenger knows the area he wants to strengthen.“It’s a matter of where are the players of quality and can he get them.”Here, talkSPORT looks at four players of absolute quality but we’ll have to wait until the January transfer window opens to discover if the Gunners will add to their squad. 4 Mats Hummels: Classy centre-back to leave Dortmund? Click the arrow to see more ‘outstanding centre-halves’ Arsenal could sign – Arsenal’s title winning manager George Graham knows a thing or two about defenders. He was in charge of a hugely successful back line during nine years in charge of the club and he told talkSPORT he’d like to see an outstanding centre-half join the club. With the January transfer window around the corner, talkSPORT looks at a selection of players who fall into this category beginning with Hummels. The Dortmund centre back has been heavily tipped to reunite with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, so if he is up for grabs, the Gunners could do a lot worse than adding another World Cup winner to their ranks. 4 4
‘Corporate Arsene Wenger is NEVER going to change’ – Piers Morgan rants at Arsenal boss after Southampton draw
Piers Morgan joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast live in the studio on Wednesday.The TV host was in a rage about his beloved Arsenal after they slipped further behind in the title race with a goalless draw against Southampton.Having started 2016 sitting top of the Premier League, the Gunners are now down to fourth, five points adrift of leaders Leicester.For Morgan, Arsenal’s failure to produce when it really matters – they have had numerous near-misses since last winning the title in 2003/04 – is once again down to Arsene Wenger and his refusal to spend big in the transfer market.Hear’s what he had to say about the Frenchman: “Wenger had £200million in the bank and he bought a £7million little-known, lightweight Egyptian midfielder who I believe is already injured. This is Kim Kallstrom all over again where Asenal have been top of the league in January, we have a chance of winning the league and we blow it yet again.“For seven years I have been saying this: Wenger is NEVER going to change. He is never going to do what it takes. He is not ruthless anymore. He used to be but the moment he sold Van Persie to Man United we saw a different Wenger. A corporate Wenger prepared to put money and bank accounts and stadiums ahead of winning titles and, I’m sorry, it is not good enough.”Arsenal are without a win in four games following their Saints stalemate and Morgan fears they could even miss out on a Champions League spot this season.“Arsenal no longer intimidate teams,” he continued. “All round that pitch last night I just saw physically weak people.“People think I hate Wenger. I love him as a man, I love what he did for Arsenal but for eleven years now we have come third or fourth in the Premier League, for the last five years we have been knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage and we are now playing Barcelona. I dread to think on the performance of the last three home games what they are going to do to us.“Suarez, Neymar and Messi bearing down on Mertesacker is going to be like David and Goliath without the bloody catapult. It is going to be a complete disaster. “So we are going to be out of the Champions League and I think we are going to be very lucky to get into the top four of the league at this rate.”
1 Paul Scholes Louis van Gaal has urged Paul Scholes to tone down his continual criticism of his Manchester United side.Scholes has regularly blasted United’s style of play under Van Gaal, describing it as ‘boring’ and ‘too defensive’.But the Dutchman is urging the Red Devils legend to be more positive, suggesting his comments are damaging to his position.Van Gaal said in the Independent: “What Scholes is thinking, he has to think it. Every human being can give his opinion. I don’t bother about that – I think it is good.“But my problem is when you create an atmosphere, a very negative atmosphere for somebody, so maybe he should be more positive.”United lie fifth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the top four, but their performances have led to speculation former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been lined up for the Old Trafford hotseat.But Van Gaal is confident if that was the case, he would have been informed.“I can only say that I have spoken with (United’s executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that they (Woodward and Mourinho) have spoken with each other,” the former Holland coach said.“I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that. But I think that, if they want to change, they have to prepare themselves. That is also a professional attitude, in my opinion.”He continued: “If they are thinking that they want to replace me, they have to prepare and they have to enquire – that is what I think.“But if it is like that, they have to say it to me. And I believe they will tell me if it is like that. I not only have a strong relationship with Ed, but also with (club owners) the Glazers. I have a good feeling with the Glazers also.“And that is why I am annoyed with all the publicity. I have been ‘sacked’ three times and now it is about negotiations starting with Jose Mourinho. The next time, it will be another (manager).”Van Gaal said he would be willing to give his input if asked by the club about who should succeed him, however – whenever that may be.“It is also very important for the board of Manchester United to look at the profile of the new manager,” he said. “If they ask (for a recommendation as manager), I shall give my opinion and after that, they can do what they wish.“But I never reign beyond my grave and, when I am gone, I cannot influence or contribute.”
The French Football Federation president insists Didier Deschamps has no intention of becoming Chelsea boss – joking he cannot even spell the club’s name.France manager Deschamps has been suggested as a potential candidate for the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge, with interim boss Guus Hiddink to leave in the summer.But FFF chief Noel Le Graet says there is little chance of the 47-year-old jumping ship to take charge of the Blues, whom he spent a season with as a player.Le Graet told L’Equipe: “I have talked to him about it and he doesn’t know how to spell Chelsea.“But seriously, I extended his contract to avoid speculation on his future ahead of the competition.“Afterwards, it will be his choice. I hope he stays until 2018, and even beyond.“He has a contract. We will not throw him out of the window. I would like him to lead us at a second World Cup.” 1 Noel Le Graet with France manager Didier Deschamps