Man Utd transfer news: Juventus hatch Pogba plan despite Solskjaer success

The Old Lady will make a midfielder their top priority in the summer and it remains the one area of their team that needs improving.

Emre Can has not been up to it since arriving from Liverpool while Sami Khedira has struggled with injuries.

Since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Massimiliano Allegri believes his side are on the brink of something special.

They have twice failed at the final hurdle of the Champions League, losing twice in the final to Barcelona (2015) and Real Madrid (2017).

Tottenham eyeing £50m David Brooks bid to fend off Man Utd

United will be looking to make more signings in the summer and have also had their eye on PSV youngster Steven Bergwijn. 

Brooks, though, has impressed massively in his first season in the Premier League. 

He scored a brilliant goal against Chelsea on Wednesday evening to bring his tally to six. 

He’s also assisted four times this season for the Cherries.

Man Utd boss Solskjaer SPOTTED in France at match hours after Leicester win… this is why

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his Manchester United side win for the ninth time in 10 games in Leicester this afternoon, but was spotted just hours later in Lyon.

Solskjaer, and his assistant boss Mike Phelan were there to watch Manchester United’s Champions League opponents Paris-Saint Germain.

United host PSG in the Champions League round of 16 on February 12, before making the trip to Paris on March 6.

Earlier in the day, Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as United bounced back from a disappointing home draw with Burnley in the week.

Rickie Fowler overcomes rogue triple bogey to win Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler overcomes rogue triple bogey to win Phoenix Open after carding birdies on final two holes

  • Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes to win the Phoenix Open 
  • A bizarre triple bogey set the 30-year-old back and placed doubt on his position
  • Fowler recovered however and finished strongly to receive a standing ovation 

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Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes and overcame a bizarre triple bogey on the 11th hole at TPC Scottsdale to win the Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Leading by five, Fowler took a 7 on the par-4 11th after a chip shot skipped across the green and into the water and a second ball rolled into the water on its own.

Fowler led overnight and had extended his lead to five despite being one over for the final round after 10 holes, but disaster struck as he lost two balls in the water. 

Rickie Fowler recovered on the final holes to record two birdies and win the Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler recovered on the final holes to record two birdies and win the Phoenix Open

Misfortune appeared to be mounting for Fowler, who took his penalty drop and placed his ball on the slope close to the hazard line.

Walking away however, to inspect the green and judge distance, his ball toppled back into the water in the most unusual circumstance to further reduce his score. 

Branden Grace took the lead with consecutive birdies, but hit his tee shot into the water on the drivable par-4 17th for a bogey.

The 30-year-old had to cope with a minor setback after a bizarre triple bogey caused concern

The 30-year-old had to cope with a minor setback after a bizarre triple bogey caused concern

Fowler had two-putt birdies on Nos. 15 and 17, then got up-and-down on the 18th for par.

He shot 3-over 74 to finish at 17-under 267 for his fifth PGA Tour victory and second in seven tries with a 54-hole lead. Grace closed with a 69 to finish two shots back.

The Californian currently ranks 14th on the PGA Tour leaderboard 


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Footballer Emiliano Sala’s missing plane 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. 

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

Search vessel FPV Morven, brought in after the official hunt was called off, picked up a sonar signal and the wreckage 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 Sala and pilot David Ibbotson from Nantes in France to Cardiff, the Premier League team the star had just signed for.

Families of both men have been informed of the discovery.  

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 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 9 am, that the discovery was made. 

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 

AAIB tweeted yesterday that the Geo Ocean III left Ostend in Belgium at 9am and was due to arrive at the search area at 9am today. 

David Mearns, leading the search, told reporters that the wreckage was found at around 9am today, meaning that it could have taken less than an hour to discover the remnants of the Piper Malibu. 

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'

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

‘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 Tom Parmenter of Sky News that ‘at least we were able to bring some sort of answer to the families.’ 

The scientist tweeted that it was the Morven vessel that located the wreckage and added: ‘As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala.’

He added in a separate tweet that both families were notified by police and that a statement is expected tomorrow from AAIB. 

‘Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,’ he concluded. 

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

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, will lead the private search in the four mile square area

Marine scientist David Mearns, 60, will 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.’ 

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: Sergio Aguero hattrick sees Pep Guardiola’s side bounce back

It was sort of the perfect hat-trick: a header, one with the right foot, one with the left, er, elbow. Still, that is not what will be concerning football’s historians in the years to come. This was the 14th hat-trick of Sergio Aguero’s Manchester City career, and his tenth in the Premier League – bringing him one short of Alan Shearer’s modern era record of 11.

How impressive is that? Well, consider the context. As of Monday morning Aguero has scored as many league hat-tricks as Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Mo Salah, Eden Hazard, Dennis Bergkamp and Eric Cantona – combined. Take Drogba out and put Steven Gerrard in, and he’s got more. 

This is a phenomenal, match-winning, title-winning goalscorer, one of the greatest English football has seen. Will he win the title again this year? If not, it won’t be for want of trying. 

Sergio Aguero slid in at the crucial moment in the second half to bundle the ball over for 3-1, though it did touch his arm

Sergio Aguero slid in at the crucial moment in the second half to bundle the ball over for 3-1, though it did touch his arm

The striker watched on as the ball flicked off his elbow and made its way into the bottom corner for his and City's third goal

The striker watched on as the ball flicked off his elbow and made its way into the bottom corner for his and City’s third goal

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno tried desperately to claw the ball back, but it had already gone well over the goal-line

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno tried desperately to claw the ball back, but it had already gone well over the goal-line

Arsenal players immediately protested for handball as Aguero raced away in celebration and the Etihad began to cheer

Arsenal players immediately protested for handball as Aguero raced away in celebration and the Etihad began to cheer

The prolific forward soaked up the adoration of the home crown after completing his hat-trick in the crucial league fixture

The prolific forward soaked up the adoration of the home crown after completing his hat-trick in the crucial league fixture

The Gunners surrounding referee Martin Atkinson - but their protests for handball were ignored by the referee

The Gunners surrounding referee Martin Atkinson – but their protests for handball were ignored by the referee

PLAYER RATINGS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson 7, Walker 7, Otamendi 7, Laporte 7.5, Fernandinho 8, Gundogan 7, Bernardo Silva 7, De Bruyne 8 (Mahrez 88′), Silva 7, Sterling 8.5, Aguero 9 (Gabriel Jesus 81′)

SUBS UNUSED: Danilo, Stones, Delph, Sane, Muric

BOOKED: Gundogan

GOALS: Aguero 1, 43, 60

MANAGER: Pep Guardiola 7

ARSENAL (4-4-2): Leno 7, Mustafi 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 6, Lichtsteiner 5.5, Torreira 7, Guendouzi 6, Kolasinac 5 (Denis Suarez 66′ 5), Iwobi 5 (Ramsey 66′ 6), Aubameyang 5.5, Lacazette 6.5

SUBS UNUSED: Cech, Elneny, Ozil, Mavropanos, Nketiah

BOOKED: Torreira

GOAL: Koscielny 10 

MANAGER: Unai Emery 6.5

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson 5

ATT: 54,483

MOTM: Aguero

Player ratings by Jack Gaughan 

CLICK HERE to view Sportsmail's Match Zone - including the move for Sergio Aguero to break the deadlock inside just one minute

CLICK HERE to view Sportsmail’s Match Zone – including the move for Sergio Aguero to break the deadlock inside just one minute

Aguero’s hat-trick on Sunday wasn’t spectacular but it was the striker’s art encapsulated – yes, even the one that shouldn’t have been allowed. All three were from close range, the result of an innate understanding of where the ball would arrive. That sort of talent is instinctive. 

‘I turned up and the ball turned up,’ Jimmy Greaves once recalled. ‘I didn’t know what made me go there.’ That is what happened to Aguero. He turned up and the ball turned up: three times, the sum total of his scoring attempts. Each time he found a way to get it across the line – by fair means or foul. If that makes him sound duplicitous, rest assured the foul play was unintended. 

Aguero was trying to complete his hat-trick legitimately when fortune intervened. What should have been deemed handball went unnoticed, and Aguero took the game beyond Arsenal’s reach. To be fair, he also had what looked a justified penalty appeal denied, and City would probably have won anyway. 

Arsenal did not have a shot on target in the second-half, despite trailing 2-1. It was their most toothless 45 minutes since a first half against Manchester United in May 2015. Make no mistake, City were very much worth the three points.

It was a sign of their comfort that when, after 66 minutes, Arsenal coach Unai Emery decided to introduce new loan signing Denis Suarez, late of Barcelona, Pep Guardiola took four steps sideways to pat his countryman on the back and wish him well. A manager doesn’t do that if he feels greatly worried about what is going to happen next. City were where they had hoped to be by then – two points off Liverpool, who have a game in hand at West Ham tonight. Just imagine. Had they won at Newcastle, City would be leading the league by now. 

Aguero answered Man City's call on the cusp of half-time and popped up at the back post to slot home and restore the lead

Aguero answered Man City’s call on the cusp of half-time and popped up at the back post to slot home and restore the lead

The Argentine remained focused to latch onto Raheem Sterling's squared ball across to score his and City's second goal

The Argentine remained focused to latch onto Raheem Sterling’s squared ball across to score his and City’s second goal

New boy Denis Suarez entered the action late in the second half to make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt

New boy Denis Suarez entered the action late in the second half to make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt

Unai Emery remained animated on the touchline and continually attempted to conduct his men into action at the Etihad

Unai Emery remained animated on the touchline and continually attempted to conduct his men into action at the Etihad

German defender Shkodran Mustafi required some treatment after going down painfully during the physical encounter

German defender Shkodran Mustafi required some treatment after going down painfully during the physical encounter

And for a while, there must have been a fear of history repeating. As at Newcastle, City took the lead inside the first minute and, for a spell, failed to capitalise on it. Maybe it’s because their standards are so impossibly high, but it really is quite mystifying that Guardiola’s players can hit such a giddying height and then, just as suddenly, go to sleep. 

City could have been three up inside five minutes, but were level after ten, and only restored their advantage just before half-time. Maybe it is simply impossible to maintain such a high level of technical excellence, just as Liverpool cannot always sustain the exhausting intensity of gegenpressing.

It is hard to uphold City’s explosion from the traps for 90 minutes, either. Of all the goals scored in the first minute since the inception of the Premier League, 1.4 per cent of them have been the work of Aguero in the last six days. A 50-second opener here to go with the 24-second goal he scored in Newcastle on Tuesday, the two fastest goals of the season so far; City certainly know how to hit the ground running, even if they are not always capable of continuing at such a ferocious pace.

So, as at Newcastle, Aguero got City off to a flyer and what followed was something of a puzzle. City are becoming quite the enigma. Periods of drift, punctuated by explosions of white hot genius. Aguero’s first was a lightning strike, his second was forged by one of the finest passages of play of the season; but Guardiola looked quite perturbed by the bit in between. He knows he has the players to be substantially better than Arsenal; as that second half proved. 

Laurent Koscielny planted his head on the ball and sent it past Ederson to equalise before the goalkeeper even had a chance

Laurent Koscielny planted his head on the ball and sent it past Ederson to equalise before the goalkeeper even had a chance

The Frenchman stooped low to connect his header and fire the ball past a helpless Ederson at close quarters in the first half

The Frenchman stooped low to connect his header and fire the ball past a helpless Ederson at close quarters in the first half

The Brazilian flung his arms up in vain, but the ball had already rocketed past him and bulged in the back of the netting

The Brazilian flung his arms up in vain, but the ball had already rocketed past him and bulged in the back of the netting

The Gunners skipper wheeled away with arms outstretched after cancelling out City's early goal and pulling his side level

The Gunners skipper wheeled away with arms outstretched after cancelling out City’s early goal and pulling his side level

Nacho Monreal had initially jumped highest to meet the corner ball and make a flicked assist for Koscielny to head it home

Nacho Monreal had initially jumped highest to meet the corner ball and make a flicked assist for Koscielny to head it home

Pep Guardiola looked concerned on the touchline as his side surrendered their early lead at the Etihad on Sunday evening

Pep Guardiola looked concerned on the touchline as his side surrendered their early lead at the Etihad on Sunday evening

Anyway, start at the beginning – and what a beginning it was. Alex Iwobi dawdled on the ball, as Arsenal repelled an attack and was caught in possession by Aymeric Laporte. He crossed and Aguero finished with a diving header – an all-too-rare means of conversion in the modern game. Within five minutes, City could have had two more.

They were short-changed by referee Martin Atkinson when Shkodran Mustafi undoubtedly tugged at Aguero as he attempted to get in behind to receive a pass from Kevin De Bruyne. It should have been a penalty, but Atkinson waved it away. 

A superb save from Bernd Leno kept out a 30-yard effort from Raheem Sterling out with merely five minutes gone but in that short time City looked capable of anything. And then, somehow, Arsenal ended up back in the game.

Kyle Walker conceded a corner, much against the run of play, which was whipped in by Lucas Torreira, as City’s marking twice let them down. Nacho Monreal won the first header, at the near post, Laurent Koscielny converted it, stooping, inside the six-yard box. Half of the goals City have let in this season have been from set pieces – the poorest ratio of any team in the Premier League. 

Defender Aymeric Laporte thought he had made it 2-0 to City early on, but his headed goal was ruled offside from a free-kick

Defender Aymeric Laporte thought he had made it 2-0 to City early on, but his headed goal was ruled offside from a free-kick

Monreal took a tumble as Unai Emery rushed to the touchline to bark commands at his Arsenal players

Monreal took a tumble as Unai Emery rushed to the touchline to bark commands at his Arsenal players

Aguero launched himself at full stretch to get his head onto the ball and break the deadlock after just a minute of play

Aguero launched himself at full stretch to get his head onto the ball and break the deadlock after just a minute of play

Aguero beat Monreal to the ball and used his striker's instinct to finish clinically and take first blood for champions City

Aguero beat Monreal to the ball and used his striker’s instinct to finish clinically and take first blood for champions City

The Argentine hit the turf after making connection and kept his eyes on the ball as it made its way towards the far corner

The Argentine hit the turf after making connection and kept his eyes on the ball as it made its way towards the far corner

Goalkeeper Leno could only look back and watch as the ball careered past him and nestled into the far corner of the net

Goalkeeper Leno could only look back and watch as the ball careered past him and nestled into the far corner of the net

Aguero peeled away in celebration after putting City into the lead and adding to his goal haul for the season

Aguero peeled away in celebration after putting City into the lead and adding to his goal haul for the season

The big screens at the Etihad beamed the image of the Argentine hitman as the home supporters made lots of noise

The big screens at the Etihad beamed the image of the Argentine hitman as the home supporters made lots of noise

Just as well they are occasionally touched by angels, then. Having offered little bar the odd pot shot after, City burst into life and back into the lead on 43 minutes, with a goal of exquisite beauty and clinical execution. Fernandinho played a crossfield pass to Sterling on the left, the England man cutting it back on the diagonal for Bernardo Silva. 

What followed constituted a one-two, but of a type few teams can conceive, let alone play. Silva returned the ball to Sterling, now slightly inside, with the deftest chip taking Arsenal’s back line by surprise and enabling him to pick out Aguero once again, at the far post. It lacked the show favoured by the highlights reels, but was no less of a goal for that.

The same combination brought City’s third, after 61 minutes. Sterling cut the ball back, Bernd Leno pushed it – he should have gathered it, have no doubt, and the top strata of goalkeepers certainly would – and Aguero bundled it over the line. It touched the top of one leg, his flank, maybe his chest, and most crucially an elbow, but Atkinson let it stand. It was an accident, but it was most definitely handball. 

Next year, if rule changes are passed and with VAR introduced, it almost certainly wouldn’t stand. This year, it cooked Arsenal’s goose, and placed a little more weight on Liverpool’s shoulders. 

With City due to visit Everton on Wednesday, if Liverpool fail to win at the London Stadium on Monday night, they could be in second place by the middle of the week. Aguerooo, indeed.

Cristiano Ronaldo watches from the stands as former club Sporting lose to Benfica

Cristiano Ronaldo watches from the stands as former club Sporting lose to Benfica in the Lisbon derby

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend attended Sporting’s clash with Benfica
  • The ‘Derby de Lisboa’ is one of the most highly-anticipated games in the country
  • Ronaldo began his career at Sporting before joining Manchester United  

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Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his native Portugal on Sunday to watch his old club Sporting take on fierce rivals Benfica.

The Juventus forward was joined by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.

The game, known as the Derby de Lisboa, is one of the most highly-anticipated in the country.

Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez watched Sporting take on Benfica

Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez watched Sporting take on Benfica

The visiting side took home the three points at the end of a highly entertaining clash

The visiting side took home the three points at the end of a highly entertaining clash

Ronaldo, who began his career at Sporting, watched on as his old club were beaten 4-2 in a thriller.

The Portugal captain had been involved in a thriller of his own on Saturday, scoring twice as Juventus drew 3-3 with Parma.

The Italian champions have hit somewhat of a blip in what has been a brilliant campaign, having also been knocked out of the Italian Cup on Wednesday. 

‘I’m happy about the goals but not the result. This is football,’ Ronaldo told DAZN following the game.

The 33-year-old will have been disappointed to see his former club lose the match 

The 33-year-old will have been disappointed to see his former club lose the match 

‘We dropped back in the final few minutes and Parma capitalised on our mistakes.

‘I don’t think the last few results are because of our heavy workload. We’re relaxed and not worried.

‘We’re confident in the ability of this team and its technical quality, as well as the coach and the staff.’

Juve remain on course to win an eighth straight Serie A title, sitting nine points clear at the top of the table. 

The Portuguese forward scored two goals as Juvntus drew 3-3 with Parma on Saturday

The Portuguese forward scored two goals as Juvntus drew 3-3 with Parma on Saturday


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Super Bowl 2019, LIVE score – Los Angeles Rams vs New England Patriots: Latest updates from Atlanta PLUS halftime show and more

  • Super Bowl LIII starts at 3:30pm (PT)/6:30pm (ET) and 11:30pm (GMT) in UK
  • Super Bowl clash Rams vs Patriots takes place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • New England Patriots are favourites to win against Los Angeles Rams  

The 53rd Super Bowl between Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots is upon us!

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback legend Tom Brady look for their sixth Super Bowl win with the NFL franchise. 

Both 66-year-old Belichick and 41-year-old Brady could become the oldest coach and player respectively to win the Super Bowl, overtaking Tom McLoughlin (65) and Peyton Manning (39).  

On the other end… Rams coach Sean McVay could become the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl at the age of 33.

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46 yards… and it’s NO GOOD. The normally reliable Gostkowski pulls it left and the score remains at 0-0

Halfway through the first quarter with no score yet, and the Patriots take their first timeout of the half.

Whatever they dialed up worked, as Brady hits Gronkowski for a gain of 17

Brady’s interception goes unpunished, and the Patriots are back on the attack. This time starting from the 12 yard line.

The Rams defensive line is showing they mean business early on, with a big tackle for a loss. They take it a little too far though, getting a penalty for a hit on a defenseless player on the next play. 

Here come the Rams, even earlier than they expected.

However, a few plays get broken up and they don’t get very far. They’re punting it back to Brady.

Tom Brady decides to throw for the first time in the game, and it’s INTERCEPTED!

It didn’t come out of his hand great, it popped up off the defender and was intercepted by Littleton.

What looked like a great start from the Patriots is now coming back the other way

A big return for the Patriots, who’ll be starting off from the 38 yard line.

Tom Brady looks calm and collected.

Instant impact from Michel from the running back position, picking up the Patriots’ first down, getting them rolling into Rams territory with the first play of the game.

Winning the coin toss has been a bad omen in recent times…

We do have another Atlanta native for the national anthem though: multi-award winning artist Gladys Knight.

Of course, complete with fighter jet flyover, visible through the roof of the stadium, which will be closed for the actual game.

Sung in tandem by Atlanta natives Chloe x Halle.

There was some talk when Atlanta was announced as the host city for the Super Bowl about the possibility of highlighting some of the local musical artists in the half time show. But we got Maroon 5 instead.


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – FEBRUARY 03: Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle perform America the Beautiful prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Can someone help Ronaldo? The Brazilian footballing legend is confused about the name of the sport about to be played at the Super Bowl.

‘…it’s not a ball and you don’t play it with your foot?’

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Although a lot of people love to hate them, it definitely seems like there are a lot of Patriots fans attending the Super Bowl.

We know who Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof is supporting too, as he posted on Twitter earlier today praying for a United and Patriots win.

The first part of his wish came true after Marcus Rashford fired a winner past Leicester, and we’ll find out later tonight what’ll happen at the Super Bowl.

Pete Carline says: 

After walking around Atlanta earlier, it was difficult to ignore the preponderance of Patriots jerseys on show. After last year’s humiliation in Minneapolis when Eagles fans outnumbered New England, the Patriots Nation are here in force. That point was rammed home when hyperactive RedZone host Scott Hanson asked to hear from the fans of each team. The Pats won by a landslide.

The stars are out in force at the Super Bowl, as they always are.

MMA’s Conor McGregor and comedian Kevin Hart have been spotted in Atlanta, and we know Tottenham’s Harry Kane is going to be at the game too. 

We’ve also got the likes of Gareth Southgate, Roberto Martinez, David Moyes, and more in a big famous selfie outside the stadium.

Pete: Spectacular is the word being bandied around about Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Having wandered approximately three miles in the past two hours, it is an apt description. Writing from the back row of the fourth tier of the 75,000-seat stadium, it is breathtaking where you look down. Wandering around the perimeter, the vistas are superb.

There are more bars than I can count – with 1,262 beer taps, apparently – many with views of the field. It is a three-dimensional stadium, using space in ways I hadn’t imagined possible. Labyrinthine is a good word to describe it. And having had a sneak preview, the boxes are superb, with wonderful food.

Speaking of grub, the food is cheap and diverse. A colleague is about to buy a pizza, nachos and a hot dog for $23. Normally you would be hard-pushed to buy a cone of chips for that at a Super Bowl. Of course, there is rampant commercialism everywhere you look. Shops selling SBLIII merchandise are ten to the penny. $40 for a T-shirt, $25 for mini-footballs. And then you look up.

The 360 degree circular video board – it has just been described as a halo, which I quite like – is the largest video board in the world. And then there’s the roof. Apparently it has been fixed now as it used to leak, but it won’t be open for tonight’s game. It will be for the flyover, however.

Greetings from Atlanta. What a stadium. What an event. Will we have the youngerst head coach to win a Super Bowl? Or the youngest? Will Rob Gronkowski retire? What is going on with Todd Gurley? Will Giselle take a hideous video of herself immediately after the New England Patriots celebrate another title? Either way, we’re in for a cracker.

Bill Belichick can nullify anyone, just ask Tyreek Hill, but does he have his work cut out with human bowling ball CJ Anderson? Will Brady be sacked for the first time in the postseason? So many questions. Hold on tight and some of them may be answered in four hours.

Tom Brady already has four Super Bowl MVP awards under his tight-fitting belt. A few outsiders for you: Ndamukong Suh, Robert Woods, James Develin, Cordarrelle Patterson and of course James White.

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Super Bowl 53 between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.

Follow it all live here with me, MATT PORTER, as we watch all the action from the two best teams in the NFL. 

We’ve also got our man on the ground in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz stadium, PETE CARLINE.

Strap yourself in for an exciting ride!

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