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Carabao Cup: Jose Mourinho says clubs would be fresher without competition

Manchester United gave captain Michael Carrick his first appearance of the season against Burton Albion English clubs in Europe could benefit by not playing in the Carabao Cup, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager made nine changes but still fielded a strong side as the holders beat Championship side Burton 4-1 on Wednesday night. Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 live: “If you ask me ‘could English football survive or be even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. “Maybe we would be fresher for European competition.” United beat…

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Manchester United 4-1 Burton Albion

Marcus Rashford has scored five goals in his last five Manchester United games Marcus Rashford scored twice as holders Manchester United overpowered Burton Albion at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Championship Burton made nine changes and were 1-0 down when Rashford dinked the ball over keeper Connor Ripley. England forward Rashford made it 2-0 with a 20-yard finish before Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot found the net. Anthony Martial added the fourth from a Rashford assist, Lloyd Dyer scoring a stoppage time consolation. Reaction from…

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Souare’s last appearance for Crystal Palace was in August 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth Manager Roy Hodgson said there would be no quick fix at Crystal Palace, after his side beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Bakary Sako headed the only goal to give Hodgson the first win of his tenure, in his second match in charge. However, Palace remain without a win or a goal from five Premier League games. “The players will understand, like the fans do, that you don’t…

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Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool – BBC Sport

Okazaki has now scored four goals in his last seven appearances for Leicester Islam Slimani’s superb strike helped Leicester see off a wasteful Liverpool at the King Power Stadium to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. The Algeria striker fired left-footed into the top corner after substitute Shinji Okazaki had put the Foxes ahead. That came after Liverpool had dominated a first half in which Philippe Coutinho shone before being replaced. Okazaki’s arrival sparked the Foxes into life and he latched on to Vicente Iborra’s knock down for…

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North Korea: Bengaluru FC’s Erik Paartalu on missile launches, lost baggage and Kim Jong-un memes

Erik Paartalu (left) has played for Gretna, Melbourne City and Australia in his 14-year career A trip to the world’s most secretive state while it is in the midst of a tense stand off with a world superpower featuring the rhetoric of nuclear war – well, it’s not a footballer’s average away day. Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC travelled to North Korea last week to play Pyongyang’s 4.25 SC in the AFC Cup, Asia’s version of the Europa League. Aside from the game, they had to contend with lost…

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Transfer gossip: Costa, Alli, Hazard, Jesus, Fellaini, Ferdinand, Shaw

For completed deals, check our transfers page. Atletico Madrid have given Chelsea a final “take it or leave it” offer worth £57m for 28-year-old striker Diego Costa. (Marca via Talksport) Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, is not in negotiations with the club over a new contract, according to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Express) Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 29, is yet to accept a new contract offer as his advisers hold out for an improved deal. (Daily Mail) Sunderland have said the £30m sale of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 23,…

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager saying odd things – Chris Sutton

Jurgen Klopp is seeking his first major trophy since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is “clutching at straws” by suggesting the club’s history is affecting his players, says ex-striker Chris Sutton. The Reds have not won in three games, including a 5-0 loss at Manchester City and draws with Burnley and Sevilla. “If you look at the 125 years of Liverpool, then you can see the problem,” said Klopp on Monday. But Sutton, a Premier League winner, said: “He’s said a few odd things….

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Wayne Rooney banned after admitting drink-driving

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWayne Rooney arrives in court on drink-drive charge Former England captain Wayne Rooney has appeared in court and admitted drink-driving. He was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the early hours on 1 September. The 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. Rooney was also ordered to pay £170 when he appeared at Stockport Magistrates’ Court. ‘Unforgivable’ The court heard Rooney…

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Transfer gossip: De Bruyne, Sanchez, Gray, Llorente, Coutinho

For completed deals, check our transfers page. Manchester City will open talks with Kevin de Bruyne, 26, over a new contract and the Belgium midfielder could double his existing £6m-a-year wages. (Daily Telegraph) Real Madrid have started talks with Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, over a move in January – but senior players at the Spanish club don’t want the Chilean to join. (Don Balon via Daily Express) Leicester rejected bids from both Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth for 21-year-old winger Demarai Gray this summer. (Mirror) Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente,…

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