All chips on red: Why Mourinho's Europa League gamble has to pay off

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Jose Mourinho is a master of deflecting attention from his side’s failings. With each limp home draw this season, the Portuguese tore into match officials, at those who assemble the fixture list, or Luke Shaw, shifting the spotlight from what was a squad assembled at great expense, but to little avail on the domestic scene. But if Manchester More...

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Look: Gabriel Jesus strolls past oblivious Celta fans in Manchester

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is a star, but he obviously has some work to do on the pitch if he wants to become a household name. Yet, one would assume that football supporters, especially, would be More...

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3 reasons Celta Vigo can beat Manchester United

Through an impressive extra-time defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk, a slightly more straight-forward dismissal of Krasnodar, and a squeeze past dangerous Belgian outfit Genk, Celta Vigo has earned a two-legged semi-final More...

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How Berlusconi changed football as AC Milan's colourful president

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Rashford's persistence pays off as United edges out Anderlecht

Marcus Rashford missed several chances before scoring the big one in extra time. Other teenagers may have let the occasion get to them, but not this 19-year-old, who has looked every bit like the present and More...

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By sportsnews On Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
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Lyon, Ajax through to Europa League semi-finals

Olympique Lyonnais and AFC Ajax are into the Europa League’s last four. On Thursday, Lyon and Ajax became the last two clubs to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, defeating Besiktas JK on penalty More...

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How could United's injury-plagued defence shape up vs. Celta Vigo?

With Manchester United running out of time to crash the Premier League’s top-four party, Jose Mourinho’s only route to Champions League football next season could be via victory at the Swedish national More...

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Scouting studs: 6 emerging stars on display in Ajax-Lyon Europa tie

Lyon visits Ajax Wednesday in a Europa League semi-final first-leg clash that amounts to a centerpiece for scouts eyeing tomorrow's talents. Two former domestic heavyweights who have since fallen on comparatively More...

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United's Pogba, Bailly return to training ahead of Celta Vigo encounter

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could have the luxury of selecting Paul Pogba when his side takes on Celta Vigo on Thursday after the French midfielder took part in training Wednesday. Pogba – who More...

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Roma legend Francesco Totti playing final season for club

Francesco Totti, an icon as synonymous with Roma as its colours of imperial purple and golden yellow, is playing his final season for the club, new sporting director Monchi confirmed Wednesday. “I already More...

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