‘Solskjaer to be handed the Man Utd job permanently’

“We fought for our mates next to us, we put our heads on the line, we put our bodies on the line.

“It was a great defensive performance from within the box.”

The Foxes were unlucky not to steal a draw after some impressive passages of play.

Solskjaer was quick to praise goalkeeper David de Gea after another eye-catching performance from the Spain international.

“Leicester got in a few dangerous positions, David de Gea made a few great saves and blocks,” he added.

Fiji sail through Pacific pecking order with milestone triumphs

Building for a brighter future

The dream came to a crashing halt in the final as New Zealand routed Fiji to win through to France 2019 and the 2020 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament. The Melanesians, however, had already created history as the only current OFC member other than New Zealand or PNG to feature in the final in what was the 11th edition of the tournament.

“Coming out of the qualification stage we didn’t expect to come all this way,” Rodu said after the Women’s Nations Cup. “Our structure is still young, but to see these girls come out and prove themselves here in the region is quite amazing.”

“I was expecting we would reap the benefit of our work at [the 2019] Pacific Games.”

Fiji’s key personnel were acknowledged at the New Caledonia-based Women’s Nations Cup, headlined by Adi Tuwai who was named goalkeeper of the tournament.

Jet-heeled teenage striker Trina Davis was a breakout performer and was the tournament’s top-scorer across the two stages of competition. Luisa Tamanitoakula netted six goals in the Nations Women’s Cup – a figure bettered only by New Zealand’s Sarah Gregorius and PNG ace Meagen Gunemba – while Cema Nasau was a regular contributor in attack.

“We imagine that we can only improve football in Fiji, right now it is just only an infant,” said Rodu.

“Those are still baby steps and we expect that to grow with the result that we are bringing home, that should motivate people to work even harder.”

Now ranked 72, Fiji’s all-time high of 69 on the global pecking order is suddenly very much in sight.

Just what are Manchester United waiting for? Give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the permanent manager’s job!

Just what are Manchester United waiting for? Give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the permanent manager’s job!

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to prove he should get the job full-time 
  • He is unbeaten in first 10 matches after United won 1-0 at Leicester on Sunday 
  • Team display traits of Sir Alex Ferguson’s great teams – he gets the club’s DNA

Martin Keown for the Daily Mail

When they have not been at their best, this team have dug deep and found ways to get the job done. Indeed, the only time they have failed to win under Solskjaer was in midweek against Burnley, when they produced a stirring comeback from two goals down to draw.

This job clearly does not faze Solskjaer. He is oozing confidence and has a brilliant backroom team. Mike Phelan is another vital link with the glory days under Ferguson. I like how Solskjaer often consults Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna on the touchline.

This coaching team have proven they are up to the task. What are the club waiting for? They may still be holding out for Mauricio Pochettino, but I honestly do not believe that he is going to leave everything he has built at Tottenham when they are about to move into a wonderful new stadium.

Solskjaer deserves to be given a chance. He is an icon of this club’s past and can guide them to a successful future.

Solskjaer is unbeaten in his first 10 matches after United won 1-0 at Leicester on Sunday

Solskjaer is unbeaten in his first 10 matches after United won 1-0 at Leicester on Sunday



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Has any Premier League club ever done worse business than Everton?

Has any Premier League club ever done worse business than Everton? Marco Silva’s men continue to struggle with poor home defeat by Wolves

  • This was the worst in a series of wretched Saturday afternoons for Marco Silva 
  • £300m spent by Everton on their squad in recent seasons has been squandered 
  • In contrast, Wolves manager Nuno passionately celebrated victory at full-time 

Dominic King for the Daily Mail

Compare that with Everton. The stadium was three-quarters empty as Wolves reflected on their triumph, the suffering home fans having seen enough by the 66th minute when Leander Dendoncker scored the third goal for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.

The players made their way back to the dressing room in dribs and drabs, while Marco Silva, their embattled head coach, stood alone. He looked haunted, helpless almost. This, in many ways, had been the worst in a series of wretched Saturday afternoons.

‘It is clear for us to improve and not make these mistakes,’ said Silva, who recognises his position is under increasing scrutiny. ‘We have to realise what is required. I’m not here to be nice. If the truth is needed, if I have to blame (the players), I will do that.’

In contrast, Wolves manager Nuno passionately celebrated victory with the fans at full-time

In contrast, Wolves manager Nuno passionately celebrated victory with the fans at full-time

A penny for Farhad Moshiri’s thoughts. When Everton’s major shareholder launched his pursuit of Silva, he had visions of a young Portuguese coach masterminding dominant, ruthless performances at Goodison Park. He didn’t expect to be on the receiving end.

Moshiri, certainly, has spent lavishly to try to make the dream become a reality — almost £300million — but the money has been invested badly. You could say the past four windows represent some of the worst business that a Premier League club has ever done.

Everton have bought and sold so many players that they have lost their identity. Silva and director of football Marcel Brands have come in for the tail-end and have an enormous mess to clean up. There will be no easy fix but you do wonder whether Moshiri will be patient.

The £300m spent by Everton on their squad in recent seasons has largely been squandered

The £300m spent by Everton on their squad in recent seasons has largely been squandered

Wolves, in the same four windows, have spent around £90m to land talents such as Ruben Neves, Jonny, Diogo Jota, Adama Traore and the peerless Joao Moutinho. Look at the evidence and see who got the best value.

‘It is a growing process,’ said Nuno. ‘It began more than 18 months ago; the same people and players, trying to find solutions and to improve. We still have a long way to go. If you have desire and hunger, you are always able to fight.’

Again those words amplified the differences. Desire, hunger and fight: those were virtues which once came guaranteed from Everton. If they studied Wolves closely, they would have seen everything they used to be.


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Footballer Emiliano Sala’s father tells of his pain as plane wreckage is found

The plane that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala has been found at the bottom of the English Channel following a crowd-funded sonar search two weeks after it vanished leaving the Argentine striker and his pilot missing feared dead. 

‘I cannot believe it …. this is a dream … a bad dream … I’m desperate,’ said the Argentine striker’s father Horacio speaking from his home in the town of Progreso.

There was no news this morning on whether the remains of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson had been found in the wreckage. 

Emiliano Sala (pictured) has been missing since after his plane went down over the English Channel on January 21

Emiliano Sala (pictured) has been missing since after his plane went down over the English Channel on January 21

Emiliano Sala's father Horacio, speaking after his son's disappearance. Yesterday he told how he was 'desperate' and in a 'bad dream' after the plane's wreckage was found on the sea bed

Emiliano Sala’s father Horacio, speaking after his son’s disappearance. Yesterday he told how he was ‘desperate’ and in a ‘bad dream’ after the plane’s wreckage was found on the sea bed

The specialist FPV Morven ship, pictured in Guernsey, was being used in a privately funded search for the plane of missing footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson

The specialist FPV Morven ship, pictured in Guernsey, was being used in a privately funded search for the plane of missing footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson

The specialist search for the missing plane began off the coast of Guernsey yesterday morning and located the wreckage on the seabed just hours later.

Sala and pilot Ibbotson left Nantes in France for Cardiff on January 21 –  after the star signed for the Welsh Premier League team, disappearing over the Channel.

The official search was called off after four days but Sala’s friends, family and fans clubbed together to pay for a private search to continue with renowned shipwreck hunter David Mearns.

On Sunday morning, their efforts paid off.  

Geo Ocean III left Ostend in Belgium at 9am and began combing the area. Within hours it was search vessel FPV Morven which picked up a sonar signal from the depths.

The wreckage of the Piper Malibu was formally identified by officials from the Air Accident Investigation Board.

The AAIB’s vessel deployed a remote-controlled submarine to examine the plane and tonight confirmed it was the craft carrying the striker.

Families of both men have been informed of the discovery. 

Sala’s father said last night he had not had any contact with the rest of his family – who are still in a hotel in Nantes – and found out about the plane’s discovery on TV.

‘I communicated with them every day, but since I do not have Whatsapp it’s hard to call them or call me. They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane,’ said Horacio. 

He said that the family are in the hotel along with ‘eight or nine’ friends who are believed to have received the news from Argentine embassies in France and England, at 9am. 

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) Geo Ocean III moved in to assist the Morven when it discovered wreckage. Geo sent an ROV to visually identify the wreck on the seabed 

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) Geo Ocean III moved in to assist the Morven when it discovered wreckage. Geo sent an ROV to visually identify the wreck on the seabed 

Both the AAIB’s Geo Ocean III vessel and a private boat, which includes a side-scan sonar, were used to try and find the aircraft. 

Teams from the AAIB have now moved into location at the site to recover the aircraft. 

The vessel that made the discovery was lead by marine scientist David Mearns, who confirmed the identity and location of the plane. 

He confirmed that it was in the early stages of this morning’s search, around 9am, the discovery was made. 

‘But tonight they have heard devastating news and in respect of the families I won’t comment any further about what has happened.’

The recovery vessel picked up something on the sonar 24 miles off Guernsey and made further passes over the area to pinpoint the location before going through various stages of identification. 

David Mearns called the news ‘devastating’ but told Sky News that ‘at least we were able to bring some sort of answer to the families.’    

A track of the FPV Morven shows it returning to shore after the wreckage was discovered 

A track of the FPV Morven shows it returning to shore after the wreckage was discovered 

Mr Mearns told Sky News: 'This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families'

Mr Mearns told Sky News: ‘This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families’

The discovery came just two days after cushions from a plane were found on a beach near Surtainville in Normandy, France, directly east of Guernsey where the plane disappeared from radar. 

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared when their plane vanished as it passed near Alderney on 21 January during a flight from Nantes to Cardiff.

The AAIB said its search was expected to last three days, while the private search will continue ‘until the plane is located’, reported the BBC.

A four mile square area, based on the flight path before the plane lost contact, was covered. 

The official search after the plane’s disappearance was called off after three days as officials didn’t believe there was much chance of anyone having survived. 

An online petition was then started which raised more than £300,000 to put on a privately-funded search using a specialist survey vessel. 

More than 3,500 people had responded to the appeal for funds and the target was broken with the help of a £26,000 donation from French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.  

The boat, operated by global marine cable installation firm A-2-Sea, is equipped with the latest technology.

It includes a multi-beam echosounder and side-scan sonar, which can detect anomalies on the seabed.

The Piper Malibu carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff vanished over Alderney on January 21 and is feared to have plunged into one of the Channel's most perilous areas, known as Hurd's Deep

The Piper Malibu carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff vanished over Alderney on January 21 and is feared to have plunged into one of the Channel’s most perilous areas, known as Hurd’s Deep

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson (pictured) disappeared when their plane vanished as it passed near Alderney on 21 January

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson (pictured) disappeared when their plane vanished as it passed near Alderney on 21 January

Marine scientist David Mearns, 60, lead the private search in the four mile square area

Marine scientist David Mearns, 60, lead the private search in the four mile square area

David Mearns, who claims to have found 24 major shipwrecks, led the group during the search.

He said that the boat, called Morven, was brought from Southampton to Guernsey six hours earlier than scheduled to take advantage of a break in the weather. 

Mr Mearns said both vessels would divide the search area looking for ‘wreckage’ and a ‘debris field’ in a depth of 60-120m (196-390ft).  

Members of Mr Sala’s family and friends arrived in Guernsey last Saturday and several members of the group were later taken to the small island of Burhou.

Emiliano Sala's mother and sister arrived at Guernsey Airport following a flight out to the search area west of Alderney on January 28

Emiliano Sala’s mother and sister arrived at Guernsey Airport following a flight out to the search area west of Alderney on January 28

The islet was the focus of social media attention on the night of the disappearance after members of the public shared a picture which appeared to show flares coming from the island.

However, John Fitzgerald, the director of Channel Islands Air Search, said the island and its surrounding area had been searched many times.

He added: ‘It is really a puffin reserve. It is tiny but you can land on it,’ he said. ‘The plane and helicopters have been over many times since [the night the plane vanished], but they haven’t seen anything in that area.

‘It is only a few hundred metres long and it has been saturated by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

‘The flares I have seen pictures of are most likely aircraft trails.’ 

New England Patriots 13-3 Los Angeles Rams: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl wins continue

It wasn’t pretty, but neither Bill Belichick nor Tom Brady will care.

The New England Patriots sealed a sixth Super Bowl title with an attritional 13-6 win over a strangely subdued Los Angeles Rams.

Brady threw for 262 yards and sealed the game thanks to a two-yard touchdown from Sony Michel, while an overawed Jared Goff was a shadow of the player who lit up the regular season. He passed for 173 yards, was sacked four times and was intercepted as the Rams struggled to do little more than but punt. 

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick claimed their sixth Super Bowl title together as the New England Patriots beat the LA Rams

Brady was lost for words as he was mobbed by the international media on the pitch immediately after the game had finished

Brady was lost for words as he was mobbed by the international media on the pitch immediately after the game had finished

Brady finally got his hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy alongside daughter Vivian Lake who joined him in the ceremony

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is doused with Gatorade by his players after his team had seen off the LA Rams in Atlanta

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is doused with Gatorade by his players after his team had seen off the LA Rams in Atlanta

Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) lays in the confetti as he celebrated winning at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) lays in the confetti as he celebrated winning at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The game's first and only touchdown came in the fourth quarter as Sony Michel dived over to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead

The game’s first and only touchdown came in the fourth quarter as Sony Michel dived over to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead

Michel (26) could not be stopped as he rushed for a 2-yard touchdown for the Patriots in the fourth quarter against the Rams

Michel (26) could not be stopped as he rushed for a 2-yard touchdown for the Patriots in the fourth quarter against the Rams

Michel was mobbed by his Patriots team-mates as he stood up after scoring as they edged closer to another Super Bowl title

Michel was mobbed by his Patriots team-mates as he stood up after scoring as they edged closer to another Super Bowl title

Rams boss Sean McVay cut a frustrated figure on the sideline after seeing his first Super Bowl as head coach end in defeat

Rams boss Sean McVay cut a frustrated figure on the sideline after seeing his first Super Bowl as head coach end in defeat

The large screen inside the stadium declares the Patriots champions as they celebrate as a team on the field of play

The large screen inside the stadium declares the Patriots champions as they celebrate as a team on the field of play

On the plus side, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman was superb. Always moving, constantly getting separation, his 141 receiving yards continued his astonishing run in the postseason.

It was Edelman’s sixth 100-yard game and the quarterback-receiver combo extended their record to 1,412 yards and 115 receptions in the playoffs. No duo comes close.

Defenses dominated – the Rams were limited to 291 yards of total offense and Brady threw for his third-lowest total in his nine Super Bowls.

Astonishingly, it was the Patriots’ biggest win in a Super Bowl and the victory brings them level with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Todd Gurley did his best impression of the Invisible Man, following his career-low game in the NFC Championship game with 34 yards from 10 carries. 

The New England Patriots run out at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and are greeted by fire cannons and a raucous atmosphere

The New England Patriots run out at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and are greeted by fire cannons and a raucous atmosphere

KhaDarel Hodge (11) of the Los Angeles Rams and a number of his team-mates kneel in the end-zone before the game started

KhaDarel Hodge (11) of the Los Angeles Rams and a number of his team-mates kneel in the end-zone before the game started

Gladys Knight, a seven-time Grammy Award-winner performs the national anthem before the match in Atlanta

Gladys Knight, a seven-time Grammy Award-winner performs the national anthem before the match in Atlanta

The USA flag is displayed on the field as the USA Force Thunderbirds fly over the stadium prior the start of the Super Bowl LIII

The USA flag is displayed on the field as the USA Force Thunderbirds fly over the stadium prior the start of the Super Bowl LIII

Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams and Arsenal, made his way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch before kick-off

Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams and Arsenal, made his way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch before kick-off

The Rams won the toss and handed possession to their opponents first, giving Tom Brady his first chance to shine

The Rams won the toss and handed possession to their opponents first, giving Tom Brady his first chance to shine

Last year, when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Patriots in a classic shootout, offensive records galore fell by the wayside.

Most points, both team combined for the most first downs (42), while the Patriots produced 613 yards, the most total yards in a game. There was also a record low for punts, with just one.

That was not the case here as Atlanta played host to the ultimate game for special teams enthusiasts. It went: Interception, punt, missed field goal, punt, punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt, punt, downs, punt, end of half.

Following the warblings of Maroon 5, it continued: Punt, punt, punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt, touchdown, interception, field goal, missed field goal, end of game.

It was an odd, often tense spectacle and by half-time, the Patriots were dominating everything but the scoreboard. 

Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams intercepts the ball as the Patriots made their first drive up field of the game

Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams intercepts the ball as the Patriots made their first drive up field of the game

New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski (3) misses a field goal as the score remained level at 0-0 during the early stages

New England Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski (3) misses a field goal as the score remained level at 0-0 during the early stages

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams strong safety John Johnson (43)

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams strong safety John Johnson (43)

Brady cuts a frustrated figure as he walks off the pitch having failed to have any impact on the scoreline in the first quarter

Brady cuts a frustrated figure as he walks off the pitch having failed to have any impact on the scoreline in the first quarter

Gostkowski made amends for his earlier miss by scoring the first points of the game with a field goal in the second quarter

Gostkowski made amends for his earlier miss by scoring the first points of the game with a field goal in the second quarter

Gostkowski (3) celebrates with defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (93) after kicking a 42-yard field goal to take the lead

Gostkowski (3) celebrates with defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (93) after kicking a 42-yard field goal to take the lead

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick issues some instructions to his staff and players through his headset during the game

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick issues some instructions to his staff and players through his headset during the game

But despite all that, the Patriots only led by three points, Gostkowski making amends for his miss from 45 yards with a 42-yarder in the second quarter. Defenses were on top.

At the Denver Broncos, Wade Phillips plotted the Patriots’ downfall in the AFC Championship three years ago, and inflicted Brady’s first sack this postseason. But there were glimmers of hope for New England, with Edelman and Gronkowski making decent gains. But while the Rams bent, they did not break. 

It wasn’t the lowest scoring Super Bowl at half-time, but it was close.

Super Bowl IX holds that accolade, when the Pittsburgh Steelers went in 2-0 up against the Minnesota Vikings at half-time. They would win 16-6 for their first of six titles, which the Patriots echoed here.

It was more of the same after the half. The lesser spotted Gurley made an appearance, almost trebling his first-half output with a 19 yard gain. 

Jason McCourty (30) of the New England Patriots defends a pass against Josh Reynolds (83) as the Rams try to respond

Jason McCourty (30) of the New England Patriots defends a pass against Josh Reynolds (83) as the Rams try to respond

LA Rams head coach Sean McVay patrols the sideline as he looks to orchestrate a way back into the match for his team

LA Rams head coach Sean McVay patrols the sideline as he looks to orchestrate a way back into the match for his team

Brady hands the ball of to James White as the Patriots took a three-point lead into the half-time break in Atlanta

Brady hands the ball of to James White as the Patriots took a three-point lead into the half-time break in Atlanta

Maroon 5 were the headline act during the half-time show as Adam Levine performed a number of the band's hit songs

Maroon 5 were the headline act during the half-time show as Adam Levine performed a number of the band’s hit songs

Fire cannons blast flames into the air around the star as hundreds of fans were allowed onto the pitch to witness the show

Fire cannons blast flames into the air around the star as hundreds of fans were allowed onto the pitch to witness the show

An aerial view of the pitch as the band's gigantic 'M' fills a large part of the pitch during the colourful half-time show

An aerial view of the pitch as the band’s gigantic ‘M’ fills a large part of the pitch during the colourful half-time show

Fireworks explode inside the closed stadium as players refueled inside the dressing rooms before the second-half started 

Fireworks explode inside the closed stadium as players refueled inside the dressing rooms before the second-half started 

On the next possession he carried for and crunched into Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who suffered a suspected fractured arm.

More possessions, more points. Last year, offensive records galore were shattered. This time the LA Rams became the first team in NFL history to punt on eight consecutive possessions.

At one point, Johnny Hekker had as many touches as Gurley. Just as Goff looked to be finding his mojo – the quarterback moved the Rams into Patriots territory after a 19-yard gain from Woods – the Patriots took the wind out of his sails.

In scenes similar to those in Houston, Dont’a Hightower burst through the offensive line and sacked Goff for a loss of nine yards.  

Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise (91) looks on as strong safety Patrick Chung (23) lays on the field injured after a collision

Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise (91) looks on as strong safety Patrick Chung (23) lays on the field injured after a collision

Rams quarterback Jared Goff attempts to evade the Patriots defence as he struggled to have any major impact in the contest

Rams quarterback Jared Goff attempts to evade the Patriots defence as he struggled to have any major impact in the contest

Patriots' Julian Edelman runs away from a trio of Rams defenders as he continued to pose a threat throughout the game

Patriots’ Julian Edelman runs away from a trio of Rams defenders as he continued to pose a threat throughout the game

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicks a 53-yard field goal to level the score against the Patriots during the second half of action

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicks a 53-yard field goal to level the score against the Patriots during the second half of action

The Rams cheerleaders perform during the third quarter after watching their team level the score in the Super Bowl

The Rams cheerleaders perform during the third quarter after watching their team level the score in the Super Bowl

But, just as he did in the NFC Championship game, Greg Zuerlein held his nerve with a 53-yard kick to level at 3-3.

More punts took the tally to before the ball was back with Brady. Sensing their moment, the crowd began to chant. 

It was simple, but effective. ‘Brady, Brady’. On it went. He rewarded them with a glorious pass to Gronkowski, the touch lifting the ball over Samson Ebukam.

Another completion, this time to Edelman and the Patriots looked like the Patriots. After finding Burkhead for a gain of seven it was Gronkowski’s turn again, the giant tight end for 29 yards, the biggest gain of the day.

Perched on the two-yard line, there was no stopping Michel, who trampled over.

Gostkowski converted the PAT and there was daylight between the teams. It felt like a chasm. 

After a good passage of play from Brady, the quarterback handed the ball to Michel who ran up the middle and dived over

After a good passage of play from Brady, the quarterback handed the ball to Michel who ran up the middle and dived over

Patriots' David Andrews (60) picks up quarterback Brady (12) after they had just moved into the lead in the closing stages

Patriots’ David Andrews (60) picks up quarterback Brady (12) after they had just moved into the lead in the closing stages

As the Rams attempted to mount a comeback, Stephon Gilmore (24) intercepted a pass intended for Brandin Cooks

As the Rams attempted to mount a comeback, Stephon Gilmore (24) intercepted a pass intended for Brandin Cooks

Rams quarterback Goff (16) reacts after seeing his pass intercepted as the clock ran down on any potential comeback

Rams quarterback Goff (16) reacts after seeing his pass intercepted as the clock ran down on any potential comeback

Brady roars with delight after he claimed yet another Super Bowl title and cementing his legacy as one of the game's greats 

Brady roars with delight after he claimed yet another Super Bowl title and cementing his legacy as one of the game’s greats 

Brady celebrates with Super Bowl MVP Edelman after the two were pivotal in scoring the touchdown that won the game

Brady celebrates with Super Bowl MVP Edelman after the two were pivotal in scoring the touchdown that won the game

Brady kisses wife Gisele Bundchen as his family joined him on the pitch for celebrations after securing the title

Brady kisses wife Gisele Bundchen as his family joined him on the pitch for celebrations after securing the title

Confetti falls from the top of the stadium as the celebrations spilled over onto the pitch at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Confetti falls from the top of the stadium as the celebrations spilled over onto the pitch at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mysteriously energised, Goff took the Rams upfield but could only find Gilmore with a misplaced throw.

All the Patriots had to do was control the clock and Michel helped the cause with a 26-yard dart through the middle.

Burkhead continued the theme with another 26-yard run to put the Patriots on the Rams 33. Gostkowski split the posts to put the Patriots out of reach.

Zuerlein missed with a field goal to sum up the Rams evening, and the game, which will not be remembered long in the annals, goes down as the lowest-scoring Super Bowl, beating Super Bowl VII, when the Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14-7.

But that won’t matter in Boston. They will celebrate this long and hard. 

Harry Kane, Usain Bolt and Conor McGregor among stars at Super Bowl

Despite his ankle injury, Harry Kane looks to be having a fine weekend – he was in Atlanta for the Super Bowl after his Tottenham team mates claimed a crucial win over Newcastle. 

The England captain, who is recovering from a knock which will keep him out until March, has used his time off to travel across the Atlantic for the biggest game in the American football calendar.

Kane attended the game along with his fiancee Katie Goodland, while he also posed for a picture with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. 

Harry Kane and his fiancee Katie Goodland were in Atlanta on Sunday for the Superbowl

Harry Kane and his fiancee Katie Goodland were in Atlanta on Sunday for the Superbowl

Kane, in a Tom Brady jersey, posed for a picture with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Kane, in a Tom Brady jersey, posed for a picture with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

American Football fan Kane arrived in Atlanta for the Super Bowl this weekend

American Football fan Kane arrived in Atlanta for the Super Bowl this weekend

Kane was pictured taking to football stars turned pundits Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell

Kane was pictured taking to football stars turned pundits Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell

The England captain is recovering from an ankle knock which will keep him out until March

The England captain is recovering from an ankle knock which will keep him out until March

The striker made his allegiances very clear by wearing a Patriots jersey emblazoned with the No 12, as worn by star quarterback Tom Brady. 

He had a front row seat for the celebrations once the Patriots had claimed a 13-3 victory in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all-time. 

Earlier, Kane was pictured taking to former football stars Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, who along with Mark Chapman fronted the BBC’s coverage of the event. 

Spurs fans will be very keen to have their talisman back in action as soon as possible however, and will be happy to hear Kane say he is ‘positive’ about his recovery and is planning to step up his training in the coming days. 

Kane told Sky Sports: ‘I went away for some warm weather training. I’m stepping it up, next week we will see how we go, get the ball out and see how the ankle reacts. We have just got to take our time with it. 

‘I don’t like to put a time on any of my injuries, I just go on how it feels. At the moment it feels good, as long as the swelling stays away.’

Kane looked to be in good spirits, chatting and laughing with Bell and Umenyiora

Kane looked to be in good spirits, chatting and laughing with Bell and Umenyiora

His mood will have been boosted by Tottenham earning a  1-0 win at home to Newcastle

His mood will have been boosted by Tottenham earning a 1-0 win at home to Newcastle

Kane looked to be in good spirits, chatting and laughing with Bell and Umenyiora, and enjoying his time stateside. 

His mood will have been boosted by Tottenham earning a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Newcastle, thanks to Son Heung-Min’s late winner.

Tottenham looked to lack an attacking edge for much of the game, in Kane’s absence, however the three points keep them in touch with Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race.  

Earlier, Kane shared a video of his journey to the Super Bowl with his 7.8 million Instagram followers. The video shows the 25-year-old make himself comfortable on the lavish jet while flicking through a magazine.

The forward is a big fan of the NFL, and an avid supporter of the Patriots, who defeated the Rams in the showpiece.

Sprint legend Usain Bolt posted a picture from pitch side at the Merdeces-Benz Arena

Sprint legend Usain Bolt posted a picture from pitch side at the Merdeces-Benz Arena

Bolt also got the opportunity to demonstrate his quarterback skills before the big game

Bolt also got the opportunity to demonstrate his quarterback skills before the big game

Like Kane, Bolt paid a visit to the television pundits ahead of the evening's action

Like Kane, Bolt paid a visit to the television pundits ahead of the evening’s action

Kane is far from the only sports star to make the pilgrimage to Atlanta, with sprint legend Usain Bolt posting a picture from pitch side at the Merdeces-Benz Arena. 

Bolt also got an opportunity to show off his quarterback skills by throwing a ball on the pitch, before he, like Kane, paid a visit to television pundits to give his views ahead of the big game. 

The Jamaican sprinter has been in the city all weekend, and on Saturday equalled the combine record for a 40-yard dash.

UFC star Conor McGregor was also allowed on the pitch pre-match, along with his baby son

UFC star Conor McGregor was also allowed on the pitch pre-match, along with his baby son

The mixed martial artist has clearly passed his extrovert dress sense onto his child

The mixed martial artist has clearly passed his extrovert dress sense onto his child

The McGregor boys wore matching purple suits as they played with a ball on the field

The McGregor boys wore matching purple suits as they played with a ball on the field

At a fan event, the multiple Olympic medallist set a time of 4.22 seconds, matching the time set by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross at the 2017 NFL combine, where potential draft picks are put through a number of drills.

UFC star Conor McGregor was also allowed on the pitch pre-match, along with his baby son, Conor jr.

The mixed martial artist has passed his extrovert dress sense onto his child, as they wore matching purple suits as they played with a ball on the field.

As well as Kane, Brazilian former Ballon D’Or winner Kaka was present pitch side to take in the action in Atlanta.

One NFL fan who couldn’t make it however was Paul Pogba, who earlier on Sunday claimed an assist as Manchester United won 1-0 at Leicester in the Premier League.

Pogba revealed he would be staying up to watch the game however, with a picture posted to Instagram showing a monogrammed ‘do not disturb’ door tag, also featuring an American football. 

Brazilian football star Kaka was another major sporting name to take in the Atlanta action

Brazilian football star Kaka was another major sporting name to take in the Atlanta action

Paul Pogba revealed he will be watching the Super Bowl with this picture on Instagram

Paul Pogba revealed he will be watching the Super Bowl with this picture on Instagram

Liverpool fans FUME after Man City star Sergio Aguero makes funny handball admission

Aguero said: “It was important to win. The other day I scored early and we lost, today I am very happy.”

When asked about his third goal that hit his hand, the Argentine added: “I think it came off my chest, but now I see on TV it was a handball.”

Aguero’s City team-mate Fernandinho quickly jumped to his defence, saying: “It was a goal. It doesn’t matter.”

However, Liverpool fans have taken to social media to slam Aguero, claiming the goal should have been ruled out.