Kevin De Bruyne knows what Man City are missing in Premier League battle with Liverpool

That’s according to City’s star man Kevin de Bruyne.

The Reds do have a mathematical advantage, as they’re currently five points clear at the top of the table.

But their experience is lacking, however, and De Bruyne believes that could end up helping his side’s title rivals.

“I don’t think knowing how to win the Premier League is an advantage, last season most of us didn’t know how to win a league but sometimes that makes you hungrier if you haven’t won it,” he told Sky Sports.

Man Utd fans are all absolutely fuming with what Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has said

“How can Sky sit there and allow Graeme Souness to continue his tirade against Paul Pogba?”

Although Souness did find fault in Pogba’s play before the goal, he went on to praise a player whom he has criticised regularly this season.

“Paul Pogba’s first touch isn’t great but his second touch is just a delight,” the 65-year-old told Sky Sports.

“This is not an easy technique, his first touch it sits up but that second one to get the direction and get the pace on it and see it finished with some style.”

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends warning to rivals after win over Leicester

United forward Rashford insists he is still looking to improve after finding a new lease of life under Solskjaer.

“We keep trying to improve,” Rashford explained.

“The last result [2-2 draw against Burnley] wasn’t what we wanted and we need to improve.

“It was a different game with difficult challenges so to get the win was very good.

“Time and time again Paul Pogba provides opportunities for the team. If we can get him free he’ll find you.

“I don’t think anyone grows up wanting to be just a striker nowadays.

“The game’s changed and you want to be able to play everywhere – left, right, number 10. My career so far has helped me in that.”

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez insists the new signings on Tyneside will help the club survive relegation.

“As I said before, to bring new faces, and the characteristics of these players, will be something that I think will be positive for the future,” Benitez said.

“We needed that, and hopefully we see what happens next. Almiron can help, like Antonio Barreca.

“When you have competition, it is always positive for the team.”

Man Utd player ratings vs Leicester: Rashford the difference as unsung heroes impress

CB: Eric Bailly – 8

Dealt comfortably with Vardy all afternoon, including winning a wrestling match on the touchline, and took a shot to the face from Demarai Gray.

An excellent return to form that may give United pause before investing in a centre-back this summer.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 8

In a rich vein of form and looked solid alongside Bailly.

Arguably United’s best defender in recent weeks and continued to show his worth with a superb display in the air and on the deck.

LB: Luke Shaw – 8

Brilliant all afternoon, offering United a ready outlet and driving forward at every opportunity.

Snappy in the tackle and stood out with his ball retention.

Captain Jason Holder to miss West Indies’ final Test against England after ICC suspension

Captain Jason Holder to miss West Indies’ final Test against England after ICC suspension for slow over rate

  • ICC suspended West Indies captain Jason Holder for final Test against England 
  • The all-rounder was held responsible for his team’s slow over rate in second Test 
  • Vice-captain and batsman Kraigg Brathwaite is likely to step up in his absence  
  • West Indies are 2-0 up in series after completing two comprehensive victories 

James Ayles For Mailonline

West Indies will miss their captain Jason Holder for their final Test against England after he was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his side’s slow over rate in the win in Antigua.

The hosts claimed a 10-wicket victory in that match to seal the series win, with Holder claiming seven wickets in England’s two innings, and contributing 22 runs. 

The first Test in Barbados was an equally convincing triumph by 381 runs inside four days, with Holder scoring an unbeaten 202 with the bat and taking two wickets.

Jason Holder was suspended by the ICC for the final Test against England for slow over rate

Jason Holder was suspended by the ICC for the final Test against England for slow over rate

Holder has been in fine form for both games, and is the leading run-scorer with 229 at an average of 114.50 as West Indies secured a first series win over England since 2009.

This is the second time Holder has been banned for slow over rate, having faced similar punishment and missing the second Test against New Zealand in 2017. 

Opening batsman and vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite is most likely to step in as Holder’s replacement for the match, which starts on Saturday in St Lucia. 

Holder has been in excellent form to help West Indies to a series win over England

Holder has been in excellent form to help West Indies to a series win over England


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Jamie Carragher hails Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford

‘He’ll take you to a title or a Champions League’: Jamie Carragher hails Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and backs him to fight off competition from Romelu Lukaku

  • The 21-year-old scored Manchester United’s opening goal against Leicester 
  • Marcus Rashford is thriving under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the moment
  • Rashford only scored three goals in the 17 games prior to his appointment

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Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford has an opportunity to make the striker role his own at Manchester United. 

The 21-year-old scored United’s opening goal against Leicester on Sunday and has scored six in his last eight league games for the Red Devils. 

Rashford appears to be thriving under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having only scored three goals in the 17 games prior to his appointment and Carragher thinks it is his time to shine.     

 The 21-year-old scored United's opening goal against Leicester on Sunday at the King Power

 The 21-year-old scored United’s opening goal against Leicester on Sunday at the King Power

Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford has an opportunity to make the striker role his own

Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford has an opportunity to make the striker role his own

Carragher said: ‘Between now and the end of the season, we’ve talked about an audition for Solskjaer.

‘Rashford can make himself Manchester United’s centre-forward – they don’t need to go and buy anyone else, he’s your centre-forward that can take you to a title or a Champions League.

‘The form hes in at the moment if he continues that then they don’t need to go and buy anyone else in or bring [Romelu] Lukaku back, he can be that man.’ 

Romelu Lukaku was a firm favourite under the previous regime under Jose Mourinho but he has only started one league game since Solskjaer took over in December. 

Rashford’s goal guided United to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea after defeating Leicester. 

The England international will be hoping to prove himself on the European stage when his side face PSG in the last-16 on February 12. 

Romelu Lukaku was a firm favourite under the previous regime under Jose Mourinho

Romelu Lukaku was a firm favourite under the previous regime under Jose Mourinho



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Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba’s relationship is the highlight of Solskjaer’s Manchester United

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba’s blossoming relationship is the real highlight of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United spell… the striker is the main man and has a partner to suit him

  • Manchester United survived late pressure to beat Leicester City 1-0
  • Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game after eight minutes
  • Paul Pogba provided the assist for Rashford with a perfect chipped pass
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now won nine of his first 10 games in charge of United

Laurie Whitwell for MailOnline

Amid all the renewal of Manchester United generated by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, the most pleasing detail has to be the profound enhancement of the partnership between Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.

For the third time since Solksjaer took charge, the pair combined to score in style at Leicester. Twice Pogba has assisted Rashford, and once the other way round. Only David Brooks and Josh King have linked up on more goals in the same period.

The image of Pogba sat on the bench at Anfield, hood up and nonplussed as United surrendered so meekly to Liverpool, feels a long time ago indeed. Deemed inadequate or uncooperative by Jose Mourinho, his reintegration under Solskjaer has benefited Rashford particularly.

Marcus Rashford celebrates after firing Manchester United into a 1-0 lead against Leicester

Marcus Rashford celebrates after firing Manchester United into a 1-0 lead against Leicester

This latest goal was joyful. An errant pass by Ricardo Pereira provided United with attacking impetus but there was a whole lot to do before the ball was in the back of the net. Pogba’s pass to Rashford had the perfect weight and arc, and the cushioned touch and finish was evidence of a centre-forward completely at ease in himself.

It was a goal that told us of the work being done on the training ground and of the restored confidence of both players. Pogba knew Rashford would be making a run behind Leicester’s backline and felt emboldened to try to find him immediately. Under Mourinho you suspect he would have paused, had he even been on the pitch.

United fans will not welcome the comparison but it brought to mind the almost telepathic connection Steven Gerrard shared with Fernando Torres when the Liverpool captain would flight long assists on a weekly basis.

Paul Pogba showed his class at the King Power Stadium, providing the perfect pass for Rashford

Paul Pogba showed his class at the King Power Stadium, providing the perfect pass for Rashford

The specific delight from a United perspective is that Pogba and Rashford both came through the club’s academy and represent an attractive future. Of fast, quality football. At 25 and 21 respectively there are potentially many seasons ahead together and manifold glorious combinations.

Rashford’s goal at Tottenham is the standout of their increased productivity so far, the sweeping ball by Pogba to turn defence into attack and the assured finish imbued with extra importance due to the occasion.

But Pogba’s goal against Bournemouth had just as much flair, with Rashford twisting Nathan Ake and Diego Rico apart through mesmeric nimbleness and flashing a cross that required a simple tap-in.

Rashford found the bottom corner just eight minutes into the Premier League fixture

Rashford found the bottom corner just eight minutes into the Premier League fixture

Rashford’s goal on this occasion was all the more impressive for the fact he had badly missed a straightforward chance minutes earlier. He was unaffected and that is the sign of a player unshackled by doubt.

It was certainly a fine way to mark his 100th Premier League appearance.

Rashford’s form – this was a sixth goal in eight Premier League games since Solksjaer’s appointment – is set in relief against Alex Sanchez’s struggles.

The 21-year-old striker scored his 10th United goal of the season 

The 21-year-old striker scored his 10th United goal of the season 

This was another disappointing afternoon for the Chilean, who seems to be unsure of his actions on the field. There is hesitation where once there was ruthlessness.

An instructive moment came on the stroke of half-time, with Pogba striding from midfield and passing to Sanchez out wide. He had only Pereira to beat but rather than ran at the right-back and attempt to get himself into the Leicester box he checked back, tried to pass to a teammate, but only managed to hand possession to the home side. When Anthony Martial came on United had purpose on the left wing.

Rashford is the main man now, though, that much is clear. And he has a partner in Pogba.

Pogba's driving runs helped relieve the pressure on United as Leicester chased a late leveller

Pogba’s driving runs helped relieve the pressure on United as Leicester chased a late leveller



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Barnet chairman SLAMS Brentford for ticket allocation for FA Cup replay due to health and safety 

‘I do not feel comfortable to attend at all’: Barnet chairman set to snub FA Cup replay at Brentford after slamming Championship side for ticket allocation

  • Barnet chairman Anthony Kleanthous has criticised Brentford over the ticket allocation for away fans at Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Griffin Park
  • Non-league club have been given 1,500 tickets for the game in west London
  • Kleanthous issued a statement on Sunday saying they should have had more
  • FA Cup rules state away clubs are entitled to 15 per cent of available tickets
  • That would entitle Barnet to 1,941 tickets but Griffin Park away end holds 1,600
  • Brentford say they have special dispensation from the Football Association for their away allocation to be 13.23 per cent and this has been the case since 2014 

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He said: ‘As for myself, I do not feel comfortable to attend at all and will try and organise a stream of the match from Legends Bar or on iBarnet, which the FA have kindly agreed to.’ 

Kleanthous claims Brentford have ‘tried to circumnavigate the Cup rules’, which state away fans can ‘claim up to 15 per cent of all accommodation for which tickets are issued providing these tickets are in a fully segregated area.’ 

Given that Griffin Park has a capacity of 12,763, that would technically entitle Barnet to 1,914 tickets.

But the Brook Road Stand, which houses away supporters, holds only 1,600 spectators. The overall away allocation, including disabled supporters and players’ complimentary tickets, is 1,660.

Kleanthous believes, given the demand for tickets from Barnet supporters, that a section of one of the usual home stands should be given over to visiting fans and properly segregated.

Kleanthous claims Brentford ‘cited health and safety as a reason for their breach’ of the FA Cup regulations after he lobbied the club’s chairman Cliff Crown.

Kleanthous claims that Barnet fans, pictured at the original game, are entitled to more tickets

Kleanthous claims that Barnet fans, pictured at the original game, are entitled to more tickets

Barnet's 1,500 tickets for the replay at Brentford for the fourth-round replay sold out quickly

Barnet’s 1,500 tickets for the replay at Brentford for the fourth-round replay sold out quickly

WHAT THE RULES SAY

FA Cup regulation 21 (a) states: 

‘In all matches preceding the Semi-Finals, the Visiting Club shall have the right to claim up to 15% of all accommodation for which tickets are issued providing these tickets are in a fully segregated area.’

The Barnet chairman went on to have a pop at Brentford selling hospitality tickets for £59 to both sets of fans, saying ‘it seems they are able to steward safely when food is included with the ticket.’ 

Brentford say they have special dispensation from the Football Association for their away allocation to be 13.23 per cent to fit in their away stand and this has been the case since 2014.

The first match at The Hive finished 3-3 and anticipation has been growing ahead of Tuesday night’s replay in west London.

In the statement, Kleanthous said: ‘Success brings its own new set of problems and I am very frustrated by the way our opponents are now trying to circumnavigate the Cup rules.

‘Thus far, despite strong representation to the club, we have been unable to secure for our fans the full ticket allocation from Brentford for Tuesday’s Fourth Round FA Cup replay at Griffin Park.

‘I personally tried to reach a compromise with the Brentford Chairman, who is also Chairman of the FA Cup Committee, and whom I have known for many years, but there was no movement.

‘The FA have been informed of the situation and we now await their final decision with our London neighbours citing Health and Safety as a reason for their breach.

‘It is now a matter for the authorities to determine why they have not invested in making their facilities and operation safe but we simply do not accept this position.

Barnet celebrate scoring one of their goals during the 3-3 draw in the original tie at The Hive

Barnet celebrate scoring one of their goals during the 3-3 draw in the original tie at The Hive

‘The rules are clear and we are not aware of any dispensation given before they entered the tournament.’ 

Kleanthous also cited two contentious decisions from the original match. Charlee Adams missed the game through suspension having picked up two yellow cards earlier in the competition – a new FA rule brought in this year.

He also says the FA should have retrospectively suspended Brentford’s Ollie Watkins for ‘diving’ to win a penalty during the first match.

Kleanthous added: ‘This latest issue comes hot on the heels of the debacle over Charlee Adams’ yellow card suspension and the FA’s refusal to suspend Ollie Watkins for the dive which earned Brentford this draw and replay in the first place.

Kleanthous claimed that Brentford's Ollie Watkins dived to win a penalty in the original game

Kleanthous claimed that Brentford’s Ollie Watkins dived to win a penalty in the original game

‘It is my and the club’s policy not to usually comment publicly on these matters but this is the third blow in a row and our fans need to know what’s been going on behind the scenes.’

He goes on to say that Barnet officials have given their boardroom tickets for Tuesday night’s replay to the players’ families ‘in order to show solidarity with our fans who will now miss out on this very special occasion.’ 

In the penultimate paragraph of his statement, Kleanthous takes a dig at Brentford: ‘It should be noted that Brentford FC have been selling Hospitality Tickets for £59 to both sets of fans. It seems they are able to steward safely when food is included with the ticket.’

Barnet sold their allocation of tickets for the replay quickly, with fans queuing outside The Hive to buy them. Supporters were allowed to buy up to six tickets at a time when they were released. 

 


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