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.

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.

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.

Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad: Reigning Champions FALTER at the Bernabeu, TRAIL Leaders Barca by Five Points

Defending La Liga champions Real Madrid were held to a frustrating goalless draw by visiting Real Sociedad at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, as their title charge suffered a blip.

Nothing could separate both sides after 90 minutes of action, though Vinicius Jr’s close effort in the first half went narrowly wide. Los Blancos still sit second on the standings but are now five points behind table-toppers FC Barcelona, while Real Sociedad remain in third position.

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FULL-TIME AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

HALF-TIME AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

KICK-OFF AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

Brighton 2-1 Liverpool: Holders KNOCKED OUT of the FA Cup as Seagulls earn Comeback Win, Elliott’s Strike Wiped Out by Dunk & Mitoma

Defending champions Liverpool have been bundled out of the English FA Cup, following a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in their fourth-round encounter which went down at the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Harvey Elliott’s strike in the 30th minute gave Liverpool the lead albeit for a short while, as Tariq Lamptey’s effort deflected off Lewis Dunk to hand the hosts a deserved equalizer.

Kaoru Mitoma then struck late on to give Brighton a deserved victory and a place in the fifth round of the competition.

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FULL-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 2-1 Liverpool (K. Mitoma)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

39′ MIN: The Seagulls are level as Tariq Lamptey’s shot deflects off of Lewis Dunk and finds the net!

GOOOAAALLL: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool (L. Dunk)

30′ MIN: Naby Keita plays the ball to Mo Salah, who finds Harvey inside the area and places the ball past Steele.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (H. Elliott)

KICK-OFF AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool