Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace: Fernandes & Rashford on target as Casemiro Sees Red, Wolves 3-0 Liverpool: Dawson Debut Goal & Neves Sink Reds

Manchester United moved up to third on the Premier League standings, following a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes put the hosts in front via the penalty spot, while Marcus Rashford netted his 19th goal of the season as the Red Devils grabbed all three points on offer. The win was overshadowed by a Casemiro red card for violent conduct while Jeffrey Schlupp scored a consolation for Palace.

Elsewhere, a Joel Matip own goal coupled with efforts from debut boy Craig Dawson and skipper Ruben Neves helped Wolverhampton Wanderers to a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Liverpool as Julen Lopetegui piled more misery on the Reds.

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FULL-TIME AT THE MOLINEUX: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Liverpool

FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace

76′ MIN: The ball falls to him at the back-post and his flicked effort ends up in the back of the net.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace (J. Schlupp)

71′ MIN: It’s a third for Wolves with Ruben Neves coolly finishing past Alisson!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Liverpool (R. Neves)

70′ MIN: Man Utd’s Casemiro is sent off for violent conduct after referee Andre Marriner visited the Referee Review Area.

RED CARD!!! To Casemiro (Manchester United)

62′ MIN: A marvellous Man Utd goal as Luke Shaw’s low cross is turned home by… You guessed it, Marcus Rashford!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace (M. Rashford)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE MOLINEUX: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Liverpool

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace

HALF-TIME AT THE MOLINEUX: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace

12′ MIN: A debut goal for Craig Dawson who fires past Alisson, doubling Wolves’ lead.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Liverpool (C. Dawson)

5′ MIN: The hosts take an early lead as Hwang Hee-chan’s cutback is turned into Liverpool’s net by Joel Matip.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Liverpool (Own Goal, J. Matip)

7′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes converts calmly from the spot to give the home side the lead.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace (B. Fernandes)

5′ MIN: After consulting with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Andre Marriner points to the spot after Will Hughes was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

PENALTY!!! To Manchester United

KICK-OFF AT THE MOLINEUX: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Liverpool

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea 0-0 Fulham: London Derby Ends in Stalemate, Enzo makes debut as James & Chilwell also make Appearances

Chelsea played out a frustrating goalless draw with Fulham in their London derby encounter at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.

The Blues had record signing Enzo Fernandez making his debut for the club, while the likes of Reese James, Ben Chilwell both featured as they made returns from injury.

There was nothing to separate both sides, though the Blues struck the post in the first half while David Fofana also had a fine opportunity in the second period but Fulham held firm to ensure they left Stamford Bridge with a share of the spoils.

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FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham

HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham

KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang OMITTED from Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League Squad

Chelsea striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will play no part in the club’s sojourn in the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League campaign, after he was omitted for the knockout stages of the competition.

The former Arsenal and FC Barcelona hitman who arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer, has not started a match for the West London outfit since November following an underwhelming season thus far and Blues boss Graham Potter has axed the Gabon star.

Instead, new buy and record-breaking signing Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix have been included. Also, winter acquisition Benoit Badiashile is not listed on Chelsea’s UEFA squad page after joining in a £35m deal last month.

Chelsea were only allowed to register a maximum of three new players for the knockout stages of the Champions League, before taking on Borussia Dortmund in the Round-Of-16 on February 15th.

All clubs are limited to a 25-man squad and Chelsea used 24 players in the group stage, with only one of them – Jorginho – leaving the club in the January transfer window. Clubs had to inform UEFA of their desired squad changes by 11pm on Thursday, February 2.

Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League Squad in Full:

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Edouard Mendy.

Defenders: Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana.

Midfielders: Enzo Fernandez, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Denis Zakaria, Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher, Carney Chukwuemeka, Charlie Webster, Lewis Hall.

Forwards: Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Armando Broja*, Kai Havertz.

  • Denotes B list player.

BREAKING: Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has all charges dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service more than a year after his arrest, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed

All charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive control against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood have been dropped.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against the 21-year-old.

The England international was arrested in January of 2021 and was due to stand trial for attempted rape, assault and coercive control in November.

Greenwood appeared in court in November, where a trial date was set for November 23 of 2023, before the charges were dropped.

Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s Head of Public Protection, said: “The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any updates of note, and so understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage, and that this decision has not been taken lightly.

“Despite the media and public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.

“I would, however, like to use this opportunity to reiterate GMP’s commitment to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls and supporting those affected, regardless of their circumstances, throughout what can be a hard and upsetting time for them.”

JUST IN: France defender Raphael Varane RETIRES from International Football

France and Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from international football.

The 29 year-old made the revelation on Thursday, as he intends to now focus fully on club commitments with Premier League giants Manchester United.

Varane said: “Representing our great country for a decade has been one of the greatest honours of my life. Every time I wore this very special blue jersey, I felt immense pride. The duty to give it all, play my heart out and win every time we put on the field.”

“I’ve been contemplating this for several months and deciding it’s the right time for me to retire internationally. As a child, I remember following France 98, this team, these players who made us experience indescribable emotions,” said Varane.”

“I dreamed of being our heroes and 20 years later I lived one of the best experiences of my life, one that made me really proud. We brought home the Cup!

“I will never forget it. I still feel every single one of the emotions felt on that day, July 15, 2018. That was one of the most amazing and memorable moments of my life.”

Varane, who signed for the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2021, is the latest player to retire from the national team set-up after the World Cup, following Tottenham goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris – who stepped down three weeks after the final in January. Varane had been expected to take over the French captaincy from Hugo Lloris.

Varane made a total of 93 appearances for Les Blues and scored five goals, with his debut coming way back in 2013. He won the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018. His last appearance was in the Final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where France lost to Argentina via penalties.

Manchester United 2-0 Nottingham Forest: Red Devils to play Newcastle United in Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, Martial & Fred on Target

Manchester United will square up against Newcastle United in the Final of the 2022/2023 EFL Cup (Carabao Cup), following a 2-0 win in their semi-final second leg clash against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Two quick-fire goals in the space of three second half minutes through Anthony Martial (73rd minute) and Fred (76th minute) saw the Red Devils earn a 5-0 aggregate victory over the visitors.

The game saw both French striker Anthony Martial and England forward Jadon Sancho make their return, following a spell on the sidelines.

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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-0 Nottingham Forest (Agg. 5-0)

76′ MIN: Brazilian midfielder Fred doubles the Red Devils advantage.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Fred Agg. 5-0)

73′ MIN: The Red Devils take the lead against the run of play, through substitute Anthony Martial.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Nottingham Forest (A. Martial Agg. 4-0)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Nottingham Forest (Agg 3-0)

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Nottingham Forest (Agg. 3-0)

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Nottingham Forest (Agg. 3-0)

OFFICIAL: Hakim Ziyech’s Loan Move from Chelsea to PSG Falls Through

Hakim Ziyech’s loan move to French Ligue 1 outfit PSG will no longer happen, following Chelsea’s wrong paperwork and documentation surrounding the deal.

The Moroccan international had appeared to have secured a deadline day move from West London to the French capital, but the move hit a major problem last night after key paperwork was sent off late. Reports in France suggested that Chelsea sent the wrong documentation on several occasions.

PSG then lodged an appeal to the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), which was subsequently rejected by the governing body.

The situation left Ziyech in Paris – unable to sign for the Ligue 1 champions – and now, after PSG launched an appeal to France’s governing body, the winger will have to prepare himself for another six months in the English capital.

The development is also a huge blow Christophe Galtier’s side, had been searching for a winger all throughout the window. PSG were left infuriated with Chelsea after the club sent the wrong documentation for Hakim Ziyech’s move three times, describing the situation as a ‘class A circus’ following the deal’s collapse.

Ziyech who moved to Stamford Bridge in a £35.5m pounds deal from Ajax in 2020, has endured a turbulent spell in West London in the last two years. He has made 10 Premier League appearances this season for Graham Potter’s side, failing to find the back of the net and has only registered one assist.

Ziyech’s loan move would have seen him link up with fellow countryman Achraf Hakimi at PSG. Both men starred for Morocco in their run to the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

A poor first half of the season coupled with the Blues acquisition of the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix (on loan) and Noni Madueke in the January transfer window, led to the attacker seeking a move elsewhere as it was apparent he would be on the periphery of the Chelsea squad at Stamford Bridge.

FINALLY: Chelsea SMASH British Transfer Record as Enzo Fernandez Seals Move from Benfica

Chelsea Football Club have acquired Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Benfica for a British record sum.

The Blues have managed to come to an agreement with Benfica over payment terms, and will stump out the release clause of around €120m Euros.

The fee is a new British record transfer sum a club has ever paid for a player, eclipsing the €100m Euros Manchester City paid Aston Villa for the services of Jack Grealish.

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Nottingham Forest Snap Keylor Navas from PSG on Loan

Premier League campaigners Nottingham Forest have finalized the signing of Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a six-month loan deal from French side Paris Saint Germain.

The three-time UEFA Champions League winner has not played a single minute in Ligue 1 this season, but will be bringing his wealth of experience to the City Ground as they battle to survive the drop and maintain their Premier League status.

Manchester United Reach Agreement with Bayern Munich for the Loan Signing of Marcel Sabitzer

English Premier League giants Manchester United have made a breakthrough in the January transfer window, as they have reached an agreement with German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer.

Following the injury sustained by Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen during the Red Devils victory over Reading in the FA Cup last time out and his unavailability until late April, Erik ten Hag has made a move by snapping up Sabitzer as a replacement.

The deal would see Sabitzer arrive at Old Trafford on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Milan Skriniar to Join PSG from Inter Milan in the Summer on a Free Transfer

Heartbreak for fans of Inter Milan as defender Milan Skriniar will leave the capital outfit for French Ligue 1 champions PSG on a free transfer in the summer.

The Nerazzurri had the opportunity to get a huge fee for the Slovakia international last summer, but after failing to tie center-back to a new deal, Skriniar will now depart San Siro on a free.

Tottenham Hotspurs Complete Pedro Porro Transfer

Finally, Tottenham Hotspurs have sealed the signing of full-back Pedro Porro from Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Sporting CP Lisbon.

Porro has penned a five-and-a-half year contract, which will see him remain at North London until the summer of 2028.

Hector Bellerin Swaps Barcelona for Sporting CP Lisbon

Following Pedro Porro’s move to Tottenham Hotspurs, the domino effect has seen Spaniard Hector Bellerin join Sporting CP Lisbon on a permanent deal.

Thorgan Hazard Joins PSV Eindhoven on Loan

Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven have announced the loan signing of Belgium international Thorgan Hazard (the younger brother of Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard) from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.

Arsenal agree deal to sign Jorginho from Chelsea for £12m

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is on his way to North London after Arsenal and their local rivals reached an agreement for a £12m deal. The Italian midfield maestro had only 6 months left in his Chelsea contract and a move to Arsenal would see him stay in England until 2024.

The Gunners moved for Jorginho after it was made clear to them that they could not sign Moisés Caicedo from Brighton this January.

Lokonga expected to join Palace on loan

 Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to complete his loan move to Crystal Palace before the deadline, reports The Daily Mail. The loan includes will reportedly include an option to buy. 

Man United make Sabitzer progress

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer. According to Sky Germany, the Bayern Munich player is at the airport in Germany and ready to fly to Manchester, with the Premier League side in pole position to land the Austrian.

With Christian Eriksen expected to be out for three months, United have acted quickly to try and land a midfielder.

Chelsea prepare Fernandez medical

Chelsea appear to be making progress in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, and are preparing for the midfielder to have his medical in Portugal.

It’s believed discussions between the Blues and Benfica are ongoing, but Sky Sports report that plans are now being made for a medical to take place in the coming hours.

The British record deal is very much on!

Lyon in Bakayoko talks, yes that Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s proposed loan move to Cremonense has been held up as a result of disagreements over the finances involved.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Lyon have now opened talks to sign the midfielder, in news that will be very welcome to Chelsea fans.

With Bakayoko not playing for AC Milan – another appearance would force them to pay £12m for him – a permament move elsewhere would seemingly be the best outcome for all parties.

Chelsea not interested in Sabitzer… yet

Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich, with Chelsea not yet expressing an interest.

Chelsea could take an interest in signing the 28-year-old but remained focused on securing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

The Blues are keen to make the 22-year-old midfielder their club-record signing for £115million and have a make-or-break meeting later on deadline day.

Porro undergoing Spurs medical

Pedro Porro is currently in the final stages of his Tottenham medical ahead of joining the club on a five-and-a-half year deal, albeit initially on loan, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Matt Doherty’s impending departure to Atletico Madrid has freed up the No.2 shirt, although Porro wore No.24 at Sporting Lisbon – which has also just become available with Djed Spence set to join French club Rennes until the summer.

Porro and Arnaut Danjuma will be added to Spurs’ Champions League squad as non-homegrown players, taking the spots previously filled by Doherty and Bryan Gil, and ensuring Spurs will not have to omit anyone for the knockouts.

Done deal! Spurs sign Chelsea striker

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Jude Soonsup-Bell from Chelsea.

The teenage striker has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will join the academy, becoming just the fourth player to move directly from Chelsea to Tottenham in the Premier League era.

Newcastle sign Ashby

Newcastle have completed the signing of West Ham full-back Harrison Ashby in a deal worth an initial £2million, reports Malik Ouzia.

Ashby had been keen to join Newcastle last summer, with the Toon club looking for back-up to England right-back Kieran Trippier. The 21-year-old was then into the final year of his West Ham deal but the club held firm in the hope that he could be convinced to sign a new contract this season.

That has not been the case, however, and with less than six months left on his contract, the two clubs have now come to an agreement. Ashby would have been a free agent at the end of his contract in the summer but West Ham would have still been entitled to a compensation settlement from Newcastle, with the exact amount to be decided by tribunal.

The fee could rise further with add-ons, while West Ham also have a sell-on clause inserted as part of the deal, which would see them entitled to a percentage of any future transfer fee.

Matt Doherty on loan to Atletico Madrid from Spurs

Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty is set to join Atletico Madrid on loan. It will be an straight loan with no obligation to buy.

Arsenal plan Jorginho medical

Chelsea’s Jorginho is expected at London Colney today to complete a £12m move to Arsenal.

He will sign a one-and-a-half-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

Caicedo not for sale as Brighton target European football

“A lot has happened over the last few days, but one thing has remained the same – Brighton’s stance when it has come to Moisés Caicedo. The player is not for sale regardless of any bids that come in, and we understand that that stance is not going to chance on deadline day.

“That’s after rejecting two bids from Arsenal, the last one of Sunday for £70m.Caicedo’s been told to stay away from the training ground until the deadline passes. 

“We expect him to be back here with the first team, they’re enjoying a couple of days off after that victory over Liverpool, so he’s expected to be back tomorrow.

“Brighton are currently sixth in the table and owner Tony Bloom really thinks they could sustain this challenge and compete for European places, something that Brighton have never done in their history – competed in European competition. “

Arsenal close in on Jorginho

Arsenal have accepted that Brighton’s position on Caicedo is not a bluff – the player is not for sale. Arsenal now actively working towards agreeing a deal for Jorginho. Arteta a key voice in decision.

Marquinhos loan exit confirmed

Marquinhos loan to Norwich has been confirmed by Arsenal. The forward joins on a straight loan deal with no buy option. Loan manager Ben Knapper is now understood to be looking at some other temporary deals for academy players before the window shuts.

Spurs close in on Soonsup-Bell signing

Talking of Spurs and Chelsea, the former are this morning waiting for the final paperwork from the latter before announcing the capture of Jude Soonsup-Bell from their London rivals.

The teenager, who had entered the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, has joined Spurs on a free transfer, although Chelsea will retain a sell-on fee for the striker, who joined their academy from Swindon aged nine.

Soonsup-Bell has signed a deal with Spurs until 2025, completing a medical yesterday, and will bolster their struggling Under-21 side for the remainder of the season before likely being sent out on loan in the summer.

Once considered one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, the 19-year-old made his first-team debut under Thomas Tuchel in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Brentford a little over a year ago but has struggled for minutes for the Blues’ U-21 side this term.

Why is Enzo so expensive?

One key factor in the Enzo Fernandez transfer fee that Benfica are demanding is former club River Plate’s sell-on clause. The Argentine outfit will pocket 25 per cent of his deal, which could total £28million should Chelsea cough up £115million.

Not bad considering they sold him for about £8m in total last summer. No wonder Benfica are holding out for as much as possible.

OFFICIAL: Bayern Munich Reach Agreement with Manchester City for the Loan Signing of Joao Cancelo

German Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich have snapped up full-back Joao Cancelo on a six-month loan deal from Premier League champions Manchester City.

The 28 year-old Portugal international had fallen out of favour under City manager Pep Guardiola and subsequently failed to start in any of their last three matches in all competitions. Bayern have now capitalized on the situation and made a swoop

Cancelo’s loan deal will include a buy option clause of around €70m, with the German champions long-term admirers of the fleet-footed defender.

The long-term injury to Frenchman Lucas Hernandez during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar had created a gap in the left-back role, which Joao Cancelo will expectedly fill upon his arrival. The Bavarians had initially signed Daley Blind, following the termination of his contract by Dutch Eredivisie side AFC Ajax Amsterdam.

The deal between both clubs has been swift, though Cancelo’s move has to be completed before the transfer window closes at midnight on Tuesday 31st January to Wednesday 1st February.

BREAKING: Everton Appoint Sean Dyche as New Manager On a Two-and-a-Half Year Deal

Merseyside outfit Everton Football Club have announced the appointment of Sean Dyche on a two-and-a-half year deal, which will see the Englishman remain at Goodison Park until the summer of 2025.

The 51 year-old will take over from former gaffer Frank Lampard, who was sacked after just 12 wins from 44 matches and will take charge for the first time for the Blues’ Premier League clash against table-toppers Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday 4th February.

Dyche expressed his excitement by saying: “It’s an honour to become Everton manager. My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track. We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time. There is quality in this squad. But we have to make them shine. That’s the job of me and my staff. We want to change the shape of this club going forward, remodel it in our style, but in a way that we can win. That’s the task in front of us – make sure we’re building, tactically and technically, giving players organisation, allow them the freedom to play, to go and enjoy their football because it’s brilliant when the team’s playing with a smile, but we’ve got to win.”

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “Kevin and I spent some valuable time with Sean over the past few days and he quickly convinced me that he has exactly the right attributes to make himself a great Everton manager – and a man who could inspire our fanbase. And Farhad felt the same when he met him, too.”

Dyche will be joined by former Nottingham Forest winger Ian Woan as Assistant Manager, ex-England international Steve Stone as First-Team Coach, and Mark Howard, who will support the provision of sports science. All three members of staff previously worked with Dyche at Burnley.