Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City: Fernandes and Rashford give Red Devils Comeback Victory, Grealish on target for the Cityzens

Manchester United earned the bragging rights in the 189th edition of the Manchester Derby, following a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick-off fixture.

It was a cagey affair in the opening period with City dominating possession, though the Red Devils had the better chances.

The deadlock was broken in the second half when substitute Jack Grealish headed Manchester City in front but the home side turned it around within the space of four minutes as Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford both found the back of the net in the 78th and 82nd minute respectively as Erik ten Hag’s side earned their eighth successive win on the trot.

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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

82′ MIN: What a turnaround! Marcus Rashford continues his red-hot form, converting from Alejandro Garnacho’s cross.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City (M. Rashford)

78′ MIN: The hosts are level as Bruno Fernandes tucks it away nicely past Ederson.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-1 Manchester City (B. Fernandes)

60′ MIN: A perfect lofted pass from Kevin De Bruyne finds Jack Grealish, who jumps highest and steers a close-range header into the roof of the net. His effort was both strong and precise, and David de Gea had no chance of stopping that.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 0-1 Manchester City (J. Grealish)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

The Cityzens have in their line-up Erling Haaland and Phil Foden – who both netted a hat-trick each in the reverse fixture last year. Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake are in defence while Riyad Mahrez will be in attack.

Injury to Diogo Dalot sees Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane on defensive duties in a back-four. Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Fred shall be in the middle, while Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will lead the frontline.

OFFICIAL: Manchester United Announce LOAN Signing of Wout Weghorst

Premier League giants Manchester United have confirmed that striker Wout Weghorst has joined the club on loan from Championship side Burnley until the end of the 2022/2023 season.

The Dutch hitman had been on loan at Turkish Super Lig outfit Besiktas this season, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 18 appearances. He will link up with manager Erik ten Hag and his fellow Red Devils teammates as they challenge for silverware and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Prior to now, he has made 414 club appearances in leagues across the Netherlands, Germany, England and Turkey, netting 172 goals.

He has also featured 19 times for the Dutch national team, scoring five goals, including two at the just-concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar last December.

Weghorst revealed: “I feel privileged to be joining Manchester United. I’ve played against the club in the past and it’s a fantastic feeling to now have the chance to pull on the famous red shirt. I’ve seen United’s progress under Erik ten Hag this season and can’t wait to start playing my part in pushing the team towards its aims. Whatever happens in the next few months, I can promise to give everything to the club for as long as I am here. I thank everyone who has played a part in getting me to this stage, and now I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting involved straight away.”

Manchester United football director, John Murtough revealed: ”Wout has a consistent goalscoring record across several European leagues, and his attributes will add a further dimension to our squad for the remainder of the season. We were also attracted by his strong personality and dedicated approach to football, which fits perfectly with the spirit that Erik is building within our squad. He has shown a huge desire to join Manchester United and be part of what we’re striving to achieve this season.”

Manchester United paid nearly €3 million euros as compensation to Besiktas, before his contract could be terminated.

Fulham 2-1 Chelsea: Willian scores against former club, Koulibaly nets for the Blues as Felix sees Red on Debut

Fulham registered their fourth consecutive Premier League win on the trot, after beating fellow London outfit Chelsea 2-1 at Craven Cottage to pile more misery on the visitors.

Former Blue Willian netted against his old employers, though Kalidou Koulibaly restored parity for Graham Potter’s men before Vinicius made the points safe with a header off Andreas Perreira’s corner in the 73rd minute.

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FULL-TIME AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 2-1 Chelsea

73′ MIN: Fulham retake the lead as Craven Cottage erupts! Carlos Vinicius leaps high to steer a header into the far corner from Andreas Pereira’s cross.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 2-1 Chelsea (Vinicius)

58′ MIN: New winter loan signing Joao Felix receives his marching orders, as his boot was deemed too high by the center referee following his foul on Tete.

RED CARD!!! To Chelsea

47′ MIN: Kalidou Koulibaly scores the rebound from Mason Mount’s free-kick.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 1-1 Chelsea (K. Koulibaly)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

HALF-TIME AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

25′ MIN: Fulham open the scoring through former Chelsea winger Willian. The Brazilian cuts inside from the left, and his shot flies into the bottom corner via a deflection off Trevoh Chalobah.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 1-0 Chelsea (Willian)

KICK-OFF AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham vs Chelsea

Real Betis (2) 2-2 (4) FC Barcelona: Catalans require penalties to set up Classico Final in the Spanish Super Cup, Lewandowski & Fati on Song

FC Barcelona powered to the Final of the Spanish Super Cup, after defeating Real Betis 4-2 via penalties at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

Robert Lewandowski and Ansu Fati scored for the Catalans but they were pegged back each time by Real Betis through Nabir Fekir and Loren Moron both in regulation time and in extra time.

Like Real Madrid, Barcelona also needed the lottery of spot-kicks to scale through and will face their arch rivals in a scintillating Final on Sunday

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FULL-TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 2-2 FC Barcelona

118′ MIN: Carlos Del Cerro blows his whistle and Andres Guardado (Betis) is shown a second yellow card for his foul. His manager will not be pleased. He has lot of time to think about it as he walks off.

RED CARD!!! To Real Betis

SECOND HALF IN EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 2-2 Chelsea

HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 2-2 FC Barcelona

101′ MIN: Loren Moron latches onto the ball inside the box and scores a fantastic back-heel goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 2-2 FC Barcelona (L. Moron)

93′ MIN: Ansu Fati gets to the ball on the edge of the box and fires in a first-time shot without any hesitation. The strike is excellent and goes straight into the bottom right corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 1-2 FC Barcelona (A. Fati)

FIRST HALF EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM

END OF REGULATION TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 1-1 FC Barcelona

77′ MIN: Nabil Fekir levels for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Fekir receives a precise pass inside the box from Luiz Henrique and he beats the goalkeeper with a neat finish into the bottom right corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 1-1 FC Barcelona (N. Fekir)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 0-1 FC Barcelona

HALF-TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 0-1 FC Barcelona

40′ MIN: Robert Lewandowski fires the rebound inside the right post after the ball breaks to him in the box.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 0-1 FC Barcelona (R. Lewandowski)

KICK-OFF AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 0-0 FC Barcelona

Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic: Antony and Rashford secure Red Devils Qualification into the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup

Manchester United are through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup/League Cup (Carabao Cup), after defeating Charlton Athletic 3-0 in their Quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.

As expected, United dominated proceedings and duly took the lead when Antony curled his effort outside of the box for his fifth goal of the campaign in all competitions.

Manager Erik ten Hag later subbed in some of his big players in the second half and that paid off as Marcus Rashford netted a brace in the 90th and 93rd minutes to see out the resistance of the visitors.

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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic

90+3′ MIN: Marcus Rashford nets again to put gloss on the scoreline.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic (M. Rashford)

90′ MIN: A lightning counter attack sees Marcus Rashford finish off a sweet through pass from Pellistri.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-0 Charlton Athletic (M. Rashford)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic

21′ MIN: Antony cuts inside and curls into the top-left corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic (Antony)

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Charlton Athletic

The Addicks Starting XI set to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Red Devils gaffer Erik ten Hag has made several changes to his line-up, different from the side that defeated Everton in the FA Cup last time out. Argentina defender and World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez starts his first game of the year, skipper Harry Maguire is in the XI. Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Elanga and Antony will lead the frontline while youngster Mainoo is set to make his debut for the club.

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Reach Verbal AGREEMENT to Sign Joao Felix on Loan from Atletico Madrid (Multiple Reports)

West London giants Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement to sign Portugal international Joao Felix on loan from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

A deal has not been signed yet but the Premier League side are expected to pay a fee of around €11m (£9.68m) for the 23 year-old, which is below what the Rojiblancos initially wanted.

There have been interest from Premier League sides such as Manchester United and Arsenal, but Felix has opted for Chelsea, as he been attracted and impressed by their project.

Felix will become the latest recruit to come in at Stamford Bridge, reports have it that more winter signings are set to come in through the door.

BREAKING: Gareth Bale RETIRES from Professional Football

Former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspurs attacker Gareth Bale has confirmed his retirement from professional football, as he bids farewell to the sport.

The 33 Welshman who led his country to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar for the first time in 64 years, had said he would continue to play for Wales for “as long as I’m wanted” but the 3-0 defeat at the hands of England in their last group match which sealed their World Cup elimination, means he has played his final game for his country.

The legendary Welsh forward, who won five Champions League titles with Real Madrid, announced via social media his immediate retirement: “After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football,”

Bale’s sudden retirement means he will not return for international duty when the Cymru begin Euro 2024 qualifying campaign in March.

OFFICIAL: Portugal Confirm Appointment of Roberto Martinez as new Head Coach

Portugal have announced the appointment of Roberto Martinez as their new national team manager, following the departure of Fernando Santos.

The former Wigan, Everton and Belgium gaffer will succeed Fernando Santos, who left the role after eight years in charge after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last month.

A tweet from the Portuguese Football Federation read: “A new leader at the service of Portugal – welcome Mr Roberto Martinez.”

Speaking at a press conference, Martinez said: “I am very excited to be here. I am very happy to represent one of the national teams with the best talent in the world. From the first time I spoke with the president of the federation I knew this was a sporting project that would excite me. I understand there are great expectations and big objectives, but there is a great team of people at the federation and I have great excitement that together we can achieve those objectives.”

Martinez won the English FA Cup winner with Wigan Athletic in 2013, he spent six years with Belgium – leading them to the summit of the FIFA world rankings, a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. However, they under-performed in Qatar and exited at the group stage after winning just one of their three matches.

Martinez became available after his spell with Belgium ended following the Red Devils ouster in the group stages in Qatar. He inherits a Portugal side that reached the quarter-finals but suffered a shock loss to Morocco after a campaign overshadowed by issues concerning veteran star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona: Dembele’s first-half effort wins it for the Catalans

FC Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga table, following a slim 1-0 over Atletico Madrid away at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday night.

Frenchman Ousmane Dembele netted the only goal of the encounter in the 22nd minute of the first half, which was enough to see the Catalans scoop all maximum points on the night.

The tie was marred by a flurry of red cards to Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid and Ronald Araujo of Barcelona, following a melee late on.

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FULL-TIME AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO: Atletico Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona

92′ MIN: Stefan Savic can have an early bath after being sent off by the referee for a tackle that simply has no place in football!

RED CARD!!! To Atletico Madrid

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO: Atletico Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona

HALF-TIME AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO: Atletico Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona

22′ MIN: Ousmane Dembele scores in back-to-back fixtures as he puts the Catalans ahead. Dembele receives a delightful pass inside the box and smashes a precise shot inside the left post.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Atletico Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona (O. Dembele)

KICK-OFF AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO: Atletico Madrid 0-0 FC Barcelona

Manchester City 4-0 Chelsea; Cityzens pile misery on the Blues to reach FA Cup 4th Round, Mahrez, Alvarez & Foden on Song

Manchester City progressed to the fourth round of the English FA Cup, after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Chelsea in their third-round clash which went down at the Etihad Stadium.

Three first half goals from Riyad Mahrez who scored via a free-kick, a Julian Alvarez penalty and Phil Foden set Pep Guardiola’s side on the way to the fourth round.

The Cityzens brought more damage on the Blues as Mahrez converted a late penalty to add gloss to the scoreline, with Chelsea having lost all three matches against their illustrious opponents this season without scoring a single goal. New recruit David Datro Fofana made his debut for Chelsea.

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FULL-TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 4-0 Chelsea

85′ MIN: Riyad Mahrez finds the back of the net via the spot to register his second goal of the evening.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 4-0 Chelsea (R. Mahrez)

84′ MIN: The referee points to the spot in favour of Manchester City, after Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea) had fouled in the area.

PENALTY!!! To Manchester City

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea

HALF-TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea

38′ MIN: Kyle Walker pulls the ball into the box and its tucked away by Phil Foden.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea (P. Foden)

30′ MIN: The Argentine hitman converts from the spot, beating Kepa Arrizabalaga.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea (J. Alvarez)

28′ MIN: A spot-kick has been awarded to the Cityzens.

PENALTY!!! To Manchester City

24′ MIN: Riyad Mahrez fires the Cityzens in front via a delightful free-kick.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

KICK-OFF AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

The Blues have a decent starting line-up that boasts the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kalidou Koulibaly and Matteo Kovacic. Kai Havertz leads the attack lines for the Blues.

City boss Pep Guardiola has tweaked his line-up as he calls upon Argentina hitman and World Cup winner Julian Alvarez in place of Erling Haaland. Ortega Moreno is in goal ahead of Ederson, while Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are in the XI as well.