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Thomas Mallows

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  1. Get Involved

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    Greg:At least if sounds like Eric Bailly will be given a chance after Lindelof’s questionable performance against Palace

  2. BreakingTottenham awarded EFL Cup bye

    Tottenham have been awarded a bye into the next round of Carabao Cup after Leyton Orient’s failure to fulfil their third round tie.

    The game on Tuesday was postponed just hours before kick-off after a number of O’s players tested positive for coronavirus.

    Spurs will now host Chelsea in the fourth round next week.

    For all the latest on this breaking story,head over here.

  3. Egan suspended for Blades

    Sheffield United v Leeds (Sun, 12:00 BST)

    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United have close to a fully-fit squad for Sunday’s match against Yorkshire rivals Leeds, Blades boss Chris Wilder has confirmed.

    Lys Mousset is the only injury absentee with an ankle problem while John Egan is suspended after his red card in Monday’s defeat at Aston Villa.

    John Egan reacts after being shown a red card

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  4. Get Involved – when was your football pitch not quite right?

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    Faddiley FC:Back in 2015 ourselves Faddiley were playing Rising Sun and with the game at 2-2 the crossbar snapped at half time when a lad swung on it after missing a header. The game continued with rope as the bar & we won 4-3 with a 90th min goal.

    Picture of broken crossbar

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  5. Post update

    That’s all from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Plenty more Premier League news conferences to come today though including Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton.

  6. Bailly fit for Red Devils

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday’s game, with Phil Jones the only confirmed absentee.

    Eric Bailly is available after making his first appearance of the season in the midweek EFL Cup win at Luton

    “Eric is fit again, it’s a big bonus and plus for us,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “I’m looking forward to seeing him develop and play more games. We have been waiting for him to be fit and play more regularly.”

    A number of first-team players were rested for Luton game so they are likely to return.

    Solskjaer also confirmed young defender Axel Tuanzebe is close to a return to first-team training. The 22-year-old has been sidelined since December 2019 and suffered a setback in June that required surgery.

    Eric Bailly playing for Manchester United

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  7. Solskjaer ‘worried’ about future of lower league clubs

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also asked about the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect of games being played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future.

    “The situation we are in makes it so difficult to predict what is going to happen,” he said.

    “The rate is going up. I am worried for League One and League Two, of course we are, but all the Premier League teams are losing money.

    “Hopefully we don’t lose too many clubs. Locally we have seen clubs struggle. It is not a nice situation to be in.”

  8. Solskjaer not happy with Palace performance

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United’s Premier League campaign got off to a disappointing start with defeat at home to Crystal Palace last week and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is demanding improvements.

    “I wasn’t happy with the Palace game,” he said. “We weren’t ready to play at the level we needed. The game was very disappointing but I’m still confident we can break teams down.”

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the touchline

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  9. Chris Smalling’s future under a cloud

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sat, 12 30BST)

    The one player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did talk about was defender Chris Smalling.

    The former England man has been training on his own since returning from a successful loan spell at AS Roma.

    There had been talk Smalling could be re-integrated into the Manchester United squad but Solskjaer didn’t seem too certain about that.

    “Different things need to happen then,” said the United boss. “Let’s see if there is that change.
    Let’s see what happens to Chris when the transfer window closes.”

    Chris Smalling playing for Roma

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  10. Solskjaer skirts round transfer talk

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Not surprisingly, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t really want to talk about transfers this morning.

    “I am very confident in my players,” was his reply when I asked if United fans could expect to see some movement before the transfer window closes on 5 October.

    “In football can’t predict too
    much. My focus is solely on the game. We need three points on Saturday, then we
    can talk again.”

  11. Solskjaer news conference

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the media this morning. Here is what he had to say…

  12. Bayern a ‘relentless, hungry, winning machine’

    Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla (AET)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Bayern have the look of a relentless, hungry, winning machine and will once again represent a huge threat to their rivals as they prepare to defend the Champions League crown they won against Paris St-Germain.

    This victory makes it 32 games unbeaten in all competitions for the treble winners, while they ended Sevilla’s own 21-game unbeaten run.

    It was a game with atmosphere as fans returned to the big European occasion, albeit in vastly reduced numbers and also observing social distancing, wearing masks and undergoing temperature checks before the game.

    The decision did not win unanimous approval, with opposition from some local officials in Budapest to the game being staged with fans.

    It did add atmosphere as fans of both clubs were in attendance despite the rise in coronavirus cases around Europe, with Bayern fans even indulging in some of the traditional baiting in an attempt to Ocampos off as he prepared to take his penalty.

    One thing remained unchanged – Bayern Munich ended up lifting the silverware.

    General view of the Puskas Arena showing fans socially distanced

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  13. Bayern win Super Cup

    Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla (AET)

    Bayern Munich picked up where they left off last month by adding another trophy to their collection withvictory over Sevilla in the Super Cup.

    Lucas Ocampos scored an outrageous “no look” penalty to give Sevilla an early lead but Leon Goretzka levelled before the break.

    There were no more goals in the regulation 90 minutes, meaning the game went to extra-time.

    Bayern, who last lost in December 2019, clinched victory with substitute Javi Martinez’s 104th-minute header after Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou could only push out Alaba’s shot.

    The game was watched by 15,180 supporters inside the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena, the first major European match to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic forced the game into lockdown.

    Bayern Munich celebrating with the Super Cup

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  14. What will Solskjaer have to say?

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30BST)

    It was a pretty poor start to the Premier League season for Manchester United last Saturday.

    There were few positives to emerge from a 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace and United can ill afford any more slip ups when they visit Brighton tomorrow.

    With just over a week left before the transfer window opens, it will be interesting to see whether there is a fresh move being prepared for Jadon Sancho. Not that I am expecting Solskjaer to tell us if there is.

  15. Samatta leaves Villa for Fenerbahce

    Turkish side Fenerbahce have announced the signing of striker Mbwana Samatta from Aston Villa.

    Samatta only joined Villa from Genk in January and leaves having made 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.

  16. Delap’s different

    Man City 2-1 Bournemouth

    Liam Delap made a very encouraging first-team debut for Manchester City last night.

    Delap, son of former Stoke defender Rory, is a striker and despite being only 17, produced a brilliant finish to put City ahead against Bournemouth after running onto a pass from Phil Foden, virtually an elder statesman at the age of 20.

    “He’s only 17, so we are calm and we are working with him but we are very happy with his performance,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.

    “He is a different striker than the others we have in terms of
    physicality and we see in training what a good finisher he is. He played really

  17. ‘Clubs’ bailout ultimatum’

    The back pages

    Premier League clubs are ready to help out the EFL, but want various guarantees before doing so, according to the back pages.

    The 20 top-flight sides want the government to allow fans to return to grounds before the end of the season. They also want Championship clubs to agree to no relegation should the season be curtailed, as well as pushing for a salary cap in the second tier.

    Times back page

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    Express back page

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  18. Get Involved – when was your football pitch not quite right?

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    SMS Message: Our Under 14 team visited Glasgow in 1971 and played on a training ground at Celtic FC. The surface was black gravel, but in my position of left back it was just lumps of coal/coke. Needless to say we lost heavily. The opposition was on fire, obviously! from Chris – Wallasey (Merseyside)

    Our Under 14 team visited Glasgow in 1971 and played on a training ground at Celtic FC. The surface was black gravel, but in my position of left back it was just lumps of coal/coke. Needless to say we lost heavily. The opposition was on fire, obviously!

  19. ‘The loan arrangers’

    The back pages

    Let’s take a look at some of the back pages, with most leading on reports Premier League clubs are preparing a rescue package for their EFL counterparts, with many facing mounting financial pressure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Star back page

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    Guardian back page

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  20. ‘No excuses’ for Man City boss Guardiola

    Man City v Leicester (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    No pre-match press conference for Pep Guardiola today as he covered Sunday’s game against Premier League leaders Leicester after last night’s EFL Cup win against Bournemouth.

    The Manchester City boss delivered some fairly grim news as well as he considers what team to pick.

    “We have 13 (first-team) players available for Sunday,” said Guardiola.

    “The sentence I love is ‘it is what it is’.

    “I would prefer to have more situations but I like to convince these
    players and this club, excuses don’t exist – we have 13 players and have to win
    the game.”