Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane openly courts Man United’s Paul Pogba

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Could Paul Pogba leave Man United to join Real Madrid this summer?

Rumours surrounding Pogba’s Old Trafford future have got louder in recent weeks.

The French World Cup winner has fanned the flames himself as Pogba recent described playing for Real Madrid as a “dream”.

Pogba still has two years to run down on his contract.

Zinedine Zidane openly courts Paul Pogba

Real Madrid are in La Liga action on Sunday when they host Huesca.

On Saturday Zinedine Zidane faced the press before this weekend’s fixture.

During his Q&A, the Madrid manager spoke about the potential of Pogba leaving Man United to join Los Blancos:

I like Pogba a lot and it’s not new. I know him personally. He is different. He contributes what few can do. He knows how to attack and defend. He knows how to do everything on the pitch.

He’s not part of my squad, he plays at United and what he’s said about Real Madrid and his desire to come here if one day he gets the chance when he wants to leave United…

If when he finishes his experience at United he wants to come here, why shouldn’t he come to Real Madrid? But especially Madrid, more than Zidane.

Of course, Real Madrid would have a hard job trying to sign Pogba from Man United.

The Red Devils spent 100 million euros on the midfielder, meaning Real would have to stump up significant cash to try and convince United to sell.

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Man United blow: Solskjaer confirms Anthony Martial injury

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this evening confirmed that Anthony Martial picked up an injury problem versus Watford.

United host Watford

The Red Devils welcomed Javi Gracia’s men to Old Trafford earlier today, for a Premier League clash.

Ahead of their latest outing, United sat just outside the English top-flight’s top-4, having been ousted from their Champions League qualifying berth by Arsenal ahead of the international break.

Following their historic Champions League last-16 2nd-leg triumph over French giants PSG at the beginning of the month, though, the Manchester giants had since fallen to consecutive defeats, first in a league meeting with Arsenal, and then in the FA Cup versus Wolves.

As such, on the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the club’s permanent manager being made official, United no doubt headed into proceedings this afternoon keen to get their campaign back on track.

Rashford & Martial the difference

And, when all was said and done in Manchester, this was precisely what the Red Devils managed.

Despite a largely sub-par showing, hosts United eventually emerged with a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Marcus Rashford opened the game’s scoring with 28 minutes gone, slotting a deft finish home over the onrushing Ben Foster after Luke Shaw’s defence-splitting through-ball.

Anthony Martial then went on to make it 2-0 in scrappy fashion twenty minutes from time, unleashing a collective sigh of relief around Old Trafford.

Abdoulaye Doucoure did manage to pull one back for Watford on the stroke of full-time, capping a fine individual performance, though the Frenchman’s strike eventually proved little more than a consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

Martial crocked

However, on an otherwise positive day for United, during which the Old Trafford outfit reclaimed their spot, at least temporarily, in the Premier League’s top-4, it has since been confirmed that they were also dealt a blow on the injury-front.

The player to have picked up the problem was Anthony Martial.

Speaking in a post-match interview this evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the Frenchman suffered ‘a bad knock’, before his substitution 15 minutes from time.

As such, Martial is now in doubt to feature versus Wolves on Tuesday night:

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Marko Arnautovic caught telling fans to ‘shut the f**k up’

Footage has emerged online this evening of West Ham star Marko Arnautovic lashing out following his substitution versus Everton.

West Ham vs Everton

Manuel Pellegrini’s men welcomed Everton to London earlier today, for a Premier League matchup.

The hosts headed into proceedings on a largely-mixed run of form, having picked up 3 wins and a pair of defeats across their last 5 outings ahead of the international break.

The Irons’ last fixture, meanwhile, saw them overturn a 2-goal deficit to eventually emerge with an incredible last-gasp 4-3 victory versus Premier League basement-dwellers Huddersfield.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Javier Hernandez of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at London Stadium on March 16, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Everton dominate

But, when all was said and done at the London Stadium this evening, West Ham’s inconsistencies proved telling once more, as a dismal showing eventually saw the capital outfit fall to a deserved 2-0 defeat.

Kurt Zouma and Bernard bagged the goals for Everton during a superb first-half display, with Marco Silva’s men having essentially dominated their hosts in every aspect of the game over the course of the 90 minutes.

Arnautovic bites back

As outlined above, though, as impressive as the Toffees were, their opponents were equally abysmal.

West Ham’s attacking stars proved particularly disappointing, with Marko Arnautovic having been widely-targeted by the home fans following his 67th-minute substitution.

And, in footage doing the rounds on social media in the aftermath of West Ham’s defeat, it has since come to light that Austrian attacker Arnautovic didn’t take at all well to the abuse aimed in his direction.

After taking his seat on the Irons’ bench, the 29-year-old could clearly be seen shouting ‘shut the f**k up’, seemingly in the direction of one or more fans behind him:

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Why Felipe Anderson missed West Ham’s clash with Everton

West Ham United this evening provided an explanation for Felipe Anderson’s absence from the club’s squad to take on Everton.

West Ham vs Everton

The Hammers welcomed Marco Silva’s men to the London Stadium a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.

The outing marked both sides’ first following the fortnight-long international break.

Ahead of kick-off, hosts West Ham sat two points ahead of Everton in the English top-flight table, with the Londoners and Merseysiders having occupied 11th and 12th respectively.

Zouma and Bernard on target

However, when all was said and done in the English capital, visitors Everton leapfrogged West Ham in the Premier League table, courtesy of a thoroughly-deserved 2-0 win.

The Toffees came out of the blocks firmly on the front foot, quickly pushing their hosts back with constant pressing and incisive passing.

And the visitors’ excellence saw them rewarded with just 5 minutes on the clock, as Kurt Zouma got on the end of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner to nod his side in front.

Everton continued to dominate as the opening 45 minutes wore on, eventually leading to Bernard putting the finishing touch on a flowing move to double their advantage just past the half-hour mark.

And this was how things remained for the closing hour, as a dismal West Ham showing saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men deservedly put to the sword.

Anderson misses out

While the performances of those who took to the pitch for the Hammers tonight obviously left a lot to be desired, the absence of one of the capital outfit’s key attackers was also sorely felt this evening.

The individual to have missed out was Felipe Anderson.

Felipe Anderson celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United. Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images,

The Brazilian attacker was a surprise omission not only from West Ham’s starting XI, but the club’s squad altogether.

As such, the Irons have since provided an explanation for Anderson’s missing out, confirming that the former Lazio man has picked up an ankle problem:

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Kyle Walker issues warning to Liverpool after Fulham

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has this evening assured that his side are back ‘in the driving seat’ in the Premier League title race, following the Citizens’ victory over Fulham.

Fulham 0-2 Man City

Pep Guardiola’s men travelled to Craven Cottage earlier today, for the first of the weekend’s English top-flight fixtures.

Visitors City headed into proceedings having embarked on a staggering run of form ahead of the international break, which saw the Manchester giants’ pick up 11 straight victories.

As such, the Citizens were well aware that another 3-point haul this afternoon would see them leapfrog Liverpool to reclaim the Premier League’s top spot.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

And, when all was said and done at Craven Cottage, pick up all 3 points what exactly what City managed, by means of a 2-0 win.

Bernardo Silva opened the game’s scoring with just 5 minutes on the clock, capitalizing on a mistake from Timothy Fosu-Mensah to rifle home from the edge of the Fulham box.

And the Sky Blues went on to double their advantage shortly before the half-hour mark, when another needless mistake at the back from the home side eventually allowed Bernardo Silva to slip Sergio Aguero through for a typically-classy finish.

‘In the driving seat’

As such, the top of the Premier League table now reads as follows, with City holding a 1-point advantage over Liverpool, ahead of the Reds’ crunch meeting with Tottenham tomorrow evening:

And one individual who feels as though the champions regaining the lead in the English top-flight means that the destiny of the title is now firmly in their hands is City defender Kyle Walker.

Speaking to beIN Sports following his side’s victory in London today, Walker revealed his opinion that the Sky Blues’ latest win means that the Premier League crown is theirs ‘to lose’:

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Fulham 0-Manchester City 2

Manchester City travelled to Fulham in Saturday’s early kick-off.

City would return to the top of the Premier League with a win at Craven Cottage as Liverpool do not play till Sunday.

The game got off to a perfect start for the Citizens as Bernardo Silva put them 1-0 up inside five minutes.

Sergio Aguero would then double their lead in the 27th minute.

Man City couldn’t manage a third against Fulham and didn’t really look to get out of second gear.

However, they still came away with all three points and all the pressure is now on Liverpool who host Tottenham this game week.

Sergio Aguero

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 30: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on March 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Aguero injury update

Despite returning to the summit of the Premier League table, City did look to have one bit of bad news on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero was brought off in the 57th minute vs Fulham and looked to be limping.

With City still fighting in three competitions, it would have been a huge blow to lose their top scorer.

However, speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola does not seem too convinced that the Argentine has suffered a major knock:

“Aguero said he felt something – not an injury. We will know tomorrow. We can’t complain about injuries. We are in good shape.

“Now is the last part of the season. We have seven games left in the Premier League. If we win every game, we will be champions.”

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Everton want to sign Kurt Zouma on permanent basis

Zouma’s time at Everton

Everton are keen to sign Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis this summer, according to the Times.

Zouma joined Everton on loan from Chelsea in August of 2018 with his loan fee said to be somewhere in the region of £7.11m.

The Frenchman has gone on to make 29 appearances across all competitions for the Toffees, scoring one and assisting two.

 

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As per the report from the Times, Zouma could cost Everton upwards of £30m.

This means if Everton sign both Zouma and Andre Gomes permanently, they could be spending in excess of £60m in the summer.

However, Chelsea may be somewhat reluctant to let go of the 25-year-old due to their impending transfer ban.

Everton vs West Ham

Zouma had to miss Everton’s last game as it was against his parent club Chelsea, who Everton beat 2-0.

But he has returned to the starting eleven in Saturday’s late kick-off as Everton host West Ham.

Everton will be looking to build on that Chelsea win and could climb as high as 8th with a win over the Hammers.

West Ham head into this game 9th in the league, two spots above Everton.

Should Manuel Pellegrini’s side come away with all three points at Goodison Park, they could move into 7th spot.

Neither side is in particularly impressive form but West Ham do have the slight edge, winning three and losing two of their last five league outings.

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Fears for Sergio Aguero as Man City star limps off vs Fulham

Premier League title-chasers Manchester City have this afternoon been dealt a potential blow, after star hitman Sergio Aguero appeared to limp off during the Citizens’ clash with Fulham.

Fulham vs Man City

Pep Guardiola’s men travelled to Craven Cottage a short time ago, for a Premier League matchup.

The visitors headed into proceedings having embarked on an absolutely scintillating run of form ahead of the international break.

A run of 11 consecutive victories across all competitions saw City secure the League Cup title, their place in both the semi-finals of the FA Cup and quarter-finals of the Champions League, and reemerge as favourites to clinch the Premier League title.

Fulham, on the other hand, had fallen to 7 straight defeats, leaving the Cottagers languishing in 19th-place in the English top-flight.

City cruise to 3 points

As such, it came as little surprise when City went on to make short work of their hosts this afternoon.

The Citizens took just 5 minutes to open the game’s scoring, as a needless giveaway on the part of Timothy Fosu-Mensah eventually led to Bernardo Silva rifling home from the edge of the area.

And it was 2-0 shortly before the half-hour mark, as another Fulham mistake saw Bernardo Silva this time turn provider, slipping Sergio Aguero in for a typically-sumptuous finish.

Aguero concern

Surprisingly, this was how the scoreline remained for the closing hour of the clash, as City cruised back to the summit of the Premier League table.

However, on an otherwise positive day for the travelling side, one source of concern came in the form of what appeared to be an injury problem picked up by Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine striker signalled to Pep Guardiola with 55 minutes on the clock that he was in discomfort, before gingerly making his way to the sideline to be replaced by Gabriel Jesus.

As such, City now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Aguero’s issue, ahead of their next outing versus Cardiff on Wednesday night.

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Fulham vs Man City

The worst defence and best attack in the Premier League went head-to-head on Saturday.

Manchester City would go back top of the Premier League with a win over Fulham as Liverpool don’t play till Sunday.

As for Fulham, they started the day 19th in the league, 13 points from safety.

Fulham were also without several key players vs Man City including Aleksandar Mitrovic due to injury.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Sergio Aguero impresses

Given the obvious gulf in class between the two sides, it was no surprise that Man City took the lead vs Fulham.

Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a superb finish from the edge of the box.

Sergio Aguero would then double the Citizens lead in the 27th minute.

After scoring and assisting vs Fulham, Aguero has now been involved in 26 Premier League goals this season for City.

Aguero is also now on 19 league goals for the season and is leading the race for the golden boot.

Also, since the 2011/12 season, Aguero has scored 29 and assisted seven against newly-promoted sides, more goal contributions than any other player in the same period.

While there are plenty of impressive Aguero stats coming to light after the Fulham game, Scott Parker’s side have set a rather unwanted record vs City.

They have become the first top-flight side to conceded at least two goals in 12 consecutive league games.

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Pochettino on racist abuse in football

England faced Montenegro earlier this week and would come away 5-1 winners.

However, their win was tarnished by reports of alleged racist abuse directed at some England players.

The players that were said to have been targeted are Danny Rose, Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sterling posted this message in response to the Montenegro game.

UEFA have since opened an investigation into the incidents.

Now, speaking in his most recent press conference, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to walk his players off the pitch if he hears any abuse:

“If I feel the abuse and I hear it, then out. Stop. Stop.

 “There is nothing more important than to stop that. A game you can win or you can lose. You can win the three points or lose the three points. I don’t know. But we cannot be hypocrites with that.

“There is nothing more important in this life to protect the values and principles and no-one can abuse.  No one deserves to be abused.

“When this type of situation happens, football is not important, you know. If that happens and I am conscious about that, I am the first to say: ‘Stop, we are not going to play. Come on inside. Go off.’ Because football is not important.”As quoted by the Evening Standard.

Mauricio Pochettino during Tottenham vs Barcelona

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tottenham looking to get back on track

On a slightly more positive note, Tottenham will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend.

Spurs have gone four league games without a win and are in danger of slipping out of the top four.

They are now just three points behind 5th place Manchester United.

Tottenham will, however, face a very difficult task on Sunday as they travel to Liverpool.

 

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