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Alan 12:14 Sun Apr 14
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be given a club-record £200m to spend during the summer transfer window. (Sunday Express)

French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, is set to be offered the Manchester United captaincy in a bid to put a stop to ongoing Real Madrid rumours. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United will rival Manchester City for Crystal Palace's £40m-rated English defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21. (Mail on Sunday)

The Old Trafford club will triple Christian Eriksen's wages if Tottenham's 27-year-old Danish midfielder joins them in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

They are also after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The 27-year-old Senegal player is valued at £110m. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, 26, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Inter Milan, with the Italian giants considering a huge summer spending spree.(Sunday Express)

Barcelona could make another move for Chelsea winger Willian. The La Liga side previously had a £55m bid for the Brazilian, 30, turned down. (Sunday Telegraph)

Tottenham are monitoring Celta Vigo's Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez. The 22-year-old, who has a £43.5m release clause in his contract, is keen to play for a club in European competition. (Mail on Sunday)

Juventus will sell Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, 25, to help fund a 100m euro (£86.4m) move for Benfica's Portuguese forward Joao Felix, 19. (Tuttosport via Football Italia)

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira rejected a 75m euro (£65m) bid for Felix from the Italian champions last week. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 30, is being linked with a £25m move away from Spurs - with Premier League rivals Arsenal interested in the Belgian international. (Sun on Sunday)

Inter Milan's Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, 26, can leave for 60m euros (£52m). (AS)

Chelsea have held "exploratory" talks with three potential buyers regarding a proposed £2.5bn sale, with US and Asian-based finance groups and Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe interested. (Mail on Sunday)

Monaco's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, suggested he left Chelsea in January because he believed the club's incoming boss Maurizio Sarri was favouring Jorginho, who he said was like a "son" to the Italian having both been at Napoli. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid and Barcelona will go head to head to sign FC Tokyo's Japanese midfielder Takefusa Kubo, 17. (Marca - in Spanish)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to reunite with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, and is prepared to bring the 29-year-old Englishman to King Power Stadium on a free transfer. (Sun on Sunday)

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio will leave the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season. (RMC Sport - in French)

Chelsea's American defender Matt Miazga, 23, says he will keep his options open after his loan spell at Reading ends. (Reading Chronicle)


Paul Pogba nets penalty double as Manchester United sink West Ham

Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford

This was a smash-and-grab victory that keeps Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish. They were hardly pretty but will not care given the business end of the season requires wins and wins only. Paul Pogba was the saviour as he scored two penalties, creating the latter with a ball into Anthony Martial, as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team secured all three points with only 10 minutes left.

Both United’s penalties were dubious, though, as was the decision to rule out a Felipe Anderson effort for offside when the game was scoreless.

With Luke Shaw and Ashley Young suspended and Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona in mind, changes for United were inevitable. Of the starters in Wednesday’s 1-0 first-leg defeat here, six survived as in came Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Martial and Jesse Lingard.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side had three changes from the XI that began Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, with Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Arthur Masuaku brought in. Marko Arnautovic was the most notable absentee, through illness.

There was an open start to a half that continued throughout. Felipe Anderson’s “illegal” goal came when he finished beyond David de Gea but the strike was ruled offside despite Diogo Dalot appearing to have kept him onside.

West Ham were enjoying space between the United defence and midfield and along the flanks. Still, there was the same freedom to play for the home side and, when Fred utilised this to move his team forward, Mata was dumped over by Snodgrass and the referee, Graham Scott, pointed to the spot despite the Spaniard perhaps being outside the area and contact possibly fair. Up trotted Pogba to hammer home a 15th goal of the season.

West Ham attempted an instant response but Manuel Lanzini’s free-kick went for a corner and, when a second followed, Anderson’s glancing header bounced wide.

The end-to-end stuff continued, Romelu Lukaku leading a charge to West Ham’s area that had Pogba, Martial and Mata following. This move eventually broke down due to offside. Dalot was next to threaten but the right-back’s shot went wide.

Solskjær, whose side began the game in sixth, had said attaining a Champions League berth was a challenge and given how average United were throughout this first half it felt an understatement. After Lukaku’s shot was deflected for a corner Chris Smalling’s subsequent header was as misdirected as Rojo’s attempted clearance at the other end a few moments later.

United ended the period hanging on, with De Gea having to clear an Anderson effort off his line with a boot.

Declan Rice showed first after the break, West Ham’s holding player surging down the right, and he was about to help create an equaliser that began and ended with a De Gea error, four minutes into the second half.

The Spaniard’s loose throw was meant for Pogba but found only Rice. He passed to Snodgrass, who moved the ball to Lanzini. The No 10’s cross from the left went right across goal to Felipe Anderson and his close-range attempt was allowed to squeeze in at the near post, thanks to De Gea’s poor attempt at a save.

Manchester United were stunned and West Ham were in the ascendancy. Solskjær reacted quickly by replacing Mata with Marcus Rashford.

The reshuffle had Lukaku fanning out right and Rashford becoming centre-forward. There was nearly an instant dividend. Smalling played Rashford in along a right-hand channel and his shot was parried by Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham’s keeper.

This signalled an upturn in urgency and energy and Rashford really should have restored the home side’s lead with a close-ranger header seconds later. United were camped in West Ham’s defensive third but unable to dominate, with Rojo the chief culprit in a rearguard in disarray when the Hammers attacked.

Both managers made changes. With 14 minutes left Rojo and Lukaku made way for Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood. Yet it was Michail Antonio, introduced by Pellegrini just beforehand in place of Javier Hernández, who was soon crashing a shot off the bar before De Gea had to produce a fine save from his header.

But Ryan Fredericks, who had come on for Zabaleta, then brought down Martial and Pogba again did the business from the spot – Pellegrini later claimed Rashford, from an offside position, touched the through ball on but by then it was too late.


Manchester United were lucky, admits Solskjær after beating West Ham
• West Ham enjoy more possession and shots on target
• Hosts require two Paul Pogba penalties to earn win

Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjær admitted Manchester United “got away with it” after beating West Ham 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday to move into fifth place, two points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League position. The visitors were left feeling unlucky after a series of questionable officiating decisions.

First, replays suggested Felipe Anderson had a goal wrongly chalked off for offside – Diogo Dalot playing him on – at 0-0 before Paul Pogba gave United the lead in the 19th minute. That goal came from a penalty whose award was also questionable, as Juan Mata may have gone down outside the penalty area and Robert Snodgrass’s challenge on him may have been fair.

After Felipe Anderson equalised on 49 minutes, United’s winner came via Pogba’s second penalty 10 minutes from time, following the Frenchman’s pass into Anthony Martial. Yet Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s manager, suggested Marcus Rashford got a touch on the pass and was offside doing so. “The last goal from Man United was offside, the last pass,” he said.

“A few mistakes but the decisions went for United. Frustrated, of course, because I think we deserve more. Unfortunately for us there were some decisions, very difficult, so I am not complaining about him. With VAR, I am sure we would win the game 1-0. Felipe Anderson was onside. It was not a penalty from Robert.

“I am not complaining about the referee because they were not big mistakes, difficult mistakes, but with technology we have a different score. I always say I prefer to play not so well and win the game but it was a pleasure to see the team play.”

Pellegrini complained to the officials in the tunnel at half-time. “First I complain about the goal of Felipe Anderson because someone told me it was one metre onside but it [turned out later] it was not one metre but one centimetre,” he said. “I think if you stop the TV, you review the angle two or three times you can see it but the linesman has just seconds to decide. It is not a big, big mistake.”

Solskjær was relieved to win but downbeat. “We got away with it, to put it that way, and got three points. They deserved to get their goals but we’re allowed to have a good goalkeeper,” he said of David de Gea’s save from a late Michail Antonio header.”

The manager said that if United were as flat at Barcelona on Tuesday night they would have no chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League quarter-final. “With a performance like this we all know we will struggle in Barcelona, and we will have to improve. We got away with it, got three points, in a few years no one will remember how we played if we finish in the top four. They played better than us, it is fair to say, I don’t think anyone will disagree.”


Paul Pogba doubles up from the spot as Manchester United toil to overcome unlucky West Ham

James Ducker, Northern Football Correspondent, at Old Trafford

They are limping towards the finish line this Manchester United. If they keep playing like this, they can probably forget about a top four finish, let alone overhauling Barcelona on Tuesday. Play like this at the Nou Camp and it may be a case of how many Lionel Messi and company score, not whether United can overturn a 1-0 deficit in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Two penalties in either half from Paul Pogba were enough to salvage a precious, if contentious, win against a West Ham side who were the better team for long periods.

The upside for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday is that United will be away from home. The days of Old Trafford being a fortress opponents feared feel a long time ago and the worry for the United manager, bearing in mind he still has three home matches to navigate – Manchester City and Chelsea included – is how cowed his players look in M16.

West Ham have managed one point on the road since the turn of the year but you would not have known it.

“We were lucky to get away with three points and even a draw I would have taken at one point,” Solskjaer said. “Luckily it wasn’t Barcelona on the other side today. I feel good for Tuesday because we can’t play worse than we did today.

“We got away with it but it’s three points and in a few years no one will remember how we played if we finished in the top four.”

Luck shone on United here and it was a good job because they were distinctly off the pace, with and without the ball, and largely indistinguishable from the side that was slowly imploding under Jose Mourinho.

Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager, was unhappy Felipe Anderson’s 10th minute goal was wrongly ruled out for offside, with Diogo Dalot playing him on from Javier Hernandez’s knock down, despite acknowledging it was a marginal decision. “With VAR, maybe today we are having a different score,” Pellegrini said.

David De Gea also needed to make a stupendous reflex save to keep out Michail Antonio’s header moments after the West Ham substitute had crashed a shot against the crossbar, the United goalkeeper atoning for a mistake in the lead up to Anderson’s goal early in the second half. “That save was unbelievable and he won us the game because at 2-1 down we would have struggled to create enough,” Solskjaer said.

He was right because, from it, United went down the other end to score, the otherwise lamentable Anthony Martial getting in behind West Ham’s defence for the first time after Pogba’s pass had ricocheted through and Ryan Fredericks hacked him down.

Pogba kept his cool from the spot, as he had in the first half after Robert Snodgrass scythed through Juan Mata.

In both cases, Pogba abandoned that stuttering run up of his in favour of racing to the ball and belting it. “I like that way of running up to the ball and smashing it in,” Solskjaer said.

It was about as much composure as United showcased all game. At one point in the first half, Pogba had nothing but red statues in front of him, no one looking to make a run or showing for the ball, and the Frenchman ended up getting hounded out of possession.

None of United’s lifeless forwards were as bad as Martial, who delivered another masterclass in indifference.

West Ham’s right back, Pablo Zabaleta, is 34, his mobility greatly reduced these days. But neither his team-mates nor Martial made an attempt to isolate him, Zabaleta enjoying a stress free day and Pellegrini perhaps rueing his decision to substitute the Argentine in favour of Fredericks late on given what transpired.

West Ham’s goal had been no less than they deserved. De Gea’s poor throw eluded Pogba, who ended up lunging at Declan Rice. Rice fed Snodgrass, who in turn played the ball wide to Manuel Lanzini on the left.

Dalot did not close down the cross and Marcos Rojo was guilty of ball watching as Anderson stole in at the back post to score.

West Ham then had two great chances in as many minutes to lead. First Antonio rifled a shot against the bar after Rice – excellent throughout – dispossessed Fred and then must have thought he had scored when he headed Grady Diangana’s cross downwards only for De Gea – at full stretch down to his right – to claw the ball away. United can’t continue playing this poorly and expect to keep getting away with it.

Football London

Dodgy decisions, Masuaku's comeback & away problems remain - West Ham talking points

Here are some key takeaways from West Ham's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday

By Sam Inkersole

The need for VAR is closer to home than ever

West Ham have been on the end of some dire decisions this season, the one that sticks out most is the offside "goal" Liverpool scored at the London Stadium earlier this season.

That was a glaring error as James Milner was about two yards offside and right in front of the lineman to rub it in but at Old Trafford, the decisions were not as clear cut. Yet, they still arguably cost West Ham an away win they richly deserved.

Diogo Dalot was playing Felipe Anderson onside when he slammed home what should have been the opening goal in the first half. The flag went up from the assistant and you can understand why as there was inches in it. But, that is something that VAR would have cleared up.

Robert Snodgrass's daft challenge on Juan Mata not long after handed United the lead when Paul Pogba lashed home the spot kick, but was it a penalty? Graham Scott had no hesitation pointing to the spot but replays should it could well have been a free kick and there was some suggestion that Mata tripped over his own feet.

Then for Pogba's second winner, Anthony Martial looked offside when he was put clean through. There is no doubt Ryan Fredericks' challenge warranted a penalty, but should it have got that far?

VAR is eventually coming in the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini is a big advocate for it and once again re-iterated that stance post-match on Saturday night. The manager chose not to slam the officials after the game but he had a few choice words for Scott and his assistants at half time and emerging onto the pitch for the second half.

He would have been pig sick, much like the fans, after seeing his side put in their best away performance of 2019, only to go home as losers after decisions went against them. Some might say "that's football" but if we have the technology, maybe it is time to properly use it.

Arthur Masuaku raised eyebrows but enjoyed an excellent return

When the teams were announced prior to kick-off and Arthur Masuaku was included at the expense of Aaron Cresswell, the reaction wasn't favourable among Hammers fans.

But within 20 seconds of kick off, the DR Congo man was playing like he had a point to prove. He robbed Pogba of the ball high in the United half and lashed a shot over the bar into the Stretford End. It didn't trouble David De Gea but his intent was there.

From then on, Masuaku barely put foot wrong. As an attacking force he was lethal - one backheel made an absolute mug out of Dalot in the second half who had no idea what he was doing - but defensively he did some great work.

A point levelled at the left back is that is is so unaware defensively but that wasn't the case at Old Trafford. He was in the right place at the right time and one counter attack when he came across, outpaced Jesse Lingard and then kept the ball to launch another attack was a class piece of play.

We know Masuaku struggles in a back four and he is not the long-term solution for Pellegrini in that spot. Cresswell is the number one and if he was fit, he would have played. Masuaku though did give a gentle reminder of what he can bring to the team if - and it's a big if - he stays beyond this summer.

Same old story on the road

Yes, this was much better. It was the Hammers best away performance of 2019 and it's not even close. The visitors had 18 attempts on goal, forced 11 corners, enjoyed 58% possession and complete their 417 passes at an accuracy of 18 per cent.

Yet, they lost.

Michail Antonio came as close as anyone to giving West Ham a deserved lead when he absolutely battered the crossbar from just outside the box then saw David De Gea produce a world class save to claw away a goalbound header. It's harsh to class them as misses because he was denied by the woodwork or outstanding goalkeeping.

The winless away run is now standing at eight games since December 27 last year and the 2-1 victory down on the south coast at Southampton and it's still just the one point away from home in 2019.

The team did manage to score from open play though when Anderson equalised by prodding home at the back stick past De Gea, just the second time they have done that this year.

But it's the same old story that the Hammers just aren't picking up what they need away from home. It's the polar opposite to the first half of the season where they were better away than they were at the London Stadium, now it is vice versa.

They have two more away games remaining this season, at Spurs the weekend after next and then at Watford on the final day. They'll need to replicate their performance at Old Trafford to get something out of them but probably the most annoying thing about it all is that we know West Ham can play like they did in the north west.

They just don't do it enough.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

arsene york-hunt 3:34 Mon Apr 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Man Utd weren't lucky and West Ham weren't unlucky. We were fucking robbed

Texas Iron 4:49 Sun Apr 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Daylight Robbery at OT...Again...

Mex Martillo 1:48 Sun Apr 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 12:52 Sun Apr 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Pogba kept his cool from the spot, as he had in the first half after Robert Snodgrass scythed through Juan Mata" did the telegraph reporter even watch the game?

Thanks Alan 12:51 Sun Apr 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 12:44 Sun Apr 14

Mad Dog 12:44 Sun Apr 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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