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Paul Futcher dies, aged 60

Former Barnsley, Grimsby, Luton and Manchester City defender Paul Futcher has died at the age of 60. Futcher, who had cancer, enjoyed a long career that started with his hometown club Chester in 1972 and saw him finally retire in 2000 aged 44. He was one half of footballing twins …

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5 reasons why Arsenal will thrash Manchester United

The Gunners haven’t won at Old Trafford in a decade and Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho in the league – but as should be clear by now, post-truth 2016 doesn’t care about logic. Thierry Henry has said le professeur recording a league victory was something “everyone wants to …

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Mourinho: I don’t get respect

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger receives more respect Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims he is not afforded the same level of respect as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The two managers are preparing to face each other in the league on Saturday as Wenger’s side …

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his boyhood idol

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that the great Brazil striker Ronaldo was his boyhood idol. Ronaldo won the World Cup twice – in 1994 and 2002 – scoring 62 goals in 98 internationals for Brazil. He began his career with Cruzeiro in his homeland before moving to Europe where he …

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Suarez backs Barca team-mate Messi to play for Argentina again

Luis Suarez believes Barcelona team-mate and Argentina forward Lionel Messi will reconsider his decision to retire from international football. The 29-year-old, five-time Ballon d’Or winner made the shock announcement after missing a penalty in the shoot-out of his country’s defeat by Chile in the Copa America final in New Jersey …

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Ryan Giggs leaving after 29 years at club

Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club. United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days. Giggs, 42, had a year remaining on his contract as assistant manager but new boss Jose Mourinho intends to …

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