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Fantasy football scout tips gameweek 34+: Mason Greenwood, Heung-Min Son, Michail Antonio and more

Mason Greenwood Retaining his place from in our gameweek 33+ tips, there really is no reason not to have Greenwood by this point. The Manchester United teenager has three goals in his last two appearances. What’s more, Greenwood has started each of United’s last three games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have settled on a first-choice starting line-up. Next up it’s Aston → Read More

Liverpool’s Premier League champions have no more worlds to conquer – and that’s just fine

As Sid Waddell once nearly said: “When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer… Andy Robertson’s only 26.” → Read More

Premier League top four run-in: Who has the best and worst fixtures? Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester or Wolves?

With six games remaining, the contest for a place in next season’s Champions League could hardly be closer and hardly more complex. Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions means that, as it stands, fifth place will be enough for a seat at the top table of European football. But not even third-place Leicester City can be certain of qualifying yet. → Read More

Fantasy football scout tips for gameweek 33+: Bruno Fernandes, Sadio Mane, Phil Foden and more

Bruno Fernandes Somehow still owned by less than a quarter of managers, even after Wednesday’s brace down at Brighton, Bruno Fernandes is bordering on an essential pick as free-falling Bournemouth visit in-form Manchester United this Saturday. Whether Fernandes can maintain the form which has produced five goals and three assists in his first eight Premier League appearances → Read More

Leroy Sane transfer only makes Man City's re-build more difficult and expensive

The last time Manchester City welcomed Liverpool to the Etihad, Leroy Sane scored the goal which decided not only the game but ultimately the title race. More than 18 months later, ahead of this season’s corresponding fixture on Thursday night, the circumstances could hardly be more different. → Read More

Jadon Sancho transfer news: Dortmund winger will not return to Man City, insists Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of re-signing Jadon Sancho as part of any Manchester City squad re-build. City are set to enter the market when the transfer window re-opens following their failure to defend the Premier League title, with Guardiola’s side welcoming champions Liverpool to the Etihad on Thursday night. → Read More

Bruno Fernandes is teaching Manchester United how to take risks again

“I’ve got more than one game-changer,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at the Amex on Tuesday night and given the style and verve of the victory he had just witnessed that may well be the case. Only one player has changed Manchester United’s season though, practically turning it on its head. → Read More

Brighton vs Manchester United result: Brilliant Bruno Fernandes leads swaggering Reds to victory

Are Manchester United good again? This 3-0 victory away to Brighton and Hove Albion was certainly another near-faultless display by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, following on from last week’s authoritative win over Sheffield United by the same scoreline, and extended their unbeaten run to 15 games across all competitions. → Read More

Brighton vs Manchester United: We’re about to learn how far Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have come

As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ran the rule over Manchester United’s run-in, beginning with Tuesday night’s long trip to play Brighton and Hove Albion, he pointed out that it might not be as straightforward as it seems. → Read More

Manchester United: Jesse Lingard has a lot to offer, but perhaps not to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils

The first question put to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s last-gasp FA Cup quarter-final win over Norwich City was not about Harry Maguire’s late winner or Odion Ighalo’s growing cult hero status but a player who had started for the first time since lockdown, put in a muted performance and had been substituted after little more than an hour. → Read More

Have you ever seen Liverpool win the league? The fans born since 1990 who can finally celebrate

“It's kind of mad to think I woke up this morning thinking today could be the day,” says Leanne Prescott. “That's kind of mad to think.” It was the morning after a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. → Read More

Liverpool won the Premier League title and Manchester City have lessons to learn

This was a Premier League title won by Liverpool - emphatically so - but also one lost by Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s champions have been relentless in their pursuit to end the club’s 30-year wait. They may yet prove to be the best top-flight title-winning side ever seen in English football. Only a handful of others throughout the game’s history could possibly compete with → Read More

Anthony Martial scores hat-trick as Manchester United again offer glimpse of a bright future

Anthony Martial’s first senior hat-trick may have been the first scored by a Manchester United player in the Premier League during the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, but this 3-0 victory over a depleted Sheffield United side offered a glimpse of a bright future rather than a reminder of recent shortcomings. → Read More

Manchester United vs Sheffield United: How to watch Premier League fixture for free tonight

Manchester United host Sheffield United in the Premier League tonight. Bruno Fernandes was United’s hero once again on Friday with his late penalty earning a share of the points at Tottenham Hotspur. Paul Pogba returned in the second-half in north London and could get his first start of Project Restart this evening. → Read More

Manchester United vs Sheffield United prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?

Manchester United host Sheffield United in the Premier League tonight. Bruno Fernandes was United’s hero once again on Friday with his late penalty earning a share of the points at Tottenham Hotspur. Paul Pogba returned in the second-half in north London and could get his first start of Project Restart this evening. → Read More

Manchester City: Ilkay Gundogan could replace injured Sergio Aguero up front, says Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes Ilkay Gundogan is one of Manchester City’s alternatives to replace Sergio Aguero after the striker suffered a potentially serious knee injury. Aguero is set to undergo surgery on his left knee in Barcelona amid fears he could miss the remainder of City’s Premier League campaign and the resumption of the Champions League in August. → Read More

Manchester United vs Sheffield United predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

Manchester United host Sheffield United in the Premier League tonight. Bruno Fernandes was United’s hero once again on Friday with his late penalty earning a share of the points at Tottenham Hotspur. Paul Pogba returned in the second-half in north London and could get his first start of Project Restart this evening. → Read More

Manchester United vs Sheffield United live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight

Manchester United host Sheffield United in the Premier League tonight. Bruno Fernandes was United’s hero once again on Friday with his late penalty earning a share of the points at Tottenham Hotspur. Paul Pogba returned in the second-half in north London and could get his first start of Project Restart this evening. → Read More

Phil Foden: Man City prodigy ready to take next step in what could be a wonderful career

Is this the end of the beginning to a wonderful career? For the first time since his Manchester City debut two-and-a-half years ago, Phil Foden is finally starting to look like an established member of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad. Even better, among the considerable talents of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez, he does not look out of place. → Read More

Dominant Man City victory against Burnley overshadowed by shameful reminder of football’s long road to tackling racism

What on another day would be remembered as an authoritative Manchester City win over Burnley was instead overshadowed by a shameful reminder that, despite all the Premier League’s positive work regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, English football’s fight against racism is far from won. → Read More