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  • Inside Football: Danny Webber on why tonight might be his last-ever match

    Now 34 and the top scorer at Salford City, the former Manchester United, Watford and Sheffield United striker contemplates his future ahead of a possible final ever game tonight.

    Now 34 and the top scorer at Salford City, the former Man Utd, Watford and Sheffield United striker contemplates his future ahead of a possible final ever game tonight.

    After 17 years earning a living as a footballer with Manchester United, Port Vale, Watford, Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Leeds, Accrington Stanley and Salford City, plus representing England up to under 20 level, tonight could be my final game.

     I’m playing for Salford against Ashton United in the play-off to get promotion to the Conference North. It’s a single game between the teams who finished third and fourth in the

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  • Football: FA Cup success should not protect Van Gaal from the sack

    Alex Netherton watched a joyless post-match reaction from a Manchester United boss who seems to know his days at the club are numbered - as well they should be

    With Roberto Martinez now, as far as Everton are concerned, a dead man walking, it would be tempting to think that Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory means anything for the future of Louis van Gaal. In his eyes, too, he seemed to finally have lost the belligerent outlook in the face of questions about his future. He had just taken United as close to silverware as they had been since Alex Ferguson’s departure, and all Van Gaal could do was rail against meaningless refereeing decisions.

    Perhaps he had finally realised that however many games he won, he would not win around supporters who were

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  • Hot Football Manager Gossip: Blanc to Man Utd, Moyes to Everton

    The Boss of Goss Kevin Darling says David Moyes and the Manchester United manager’s job dominate today’s gossip pages, but is the Scotsman returning to Goodison Park?...

    David Moyes and the Manchester United manager’s job dominate today’s gossip pages. But before Red Devils fans have an angry meltdown and throw their smart devices at innocent passers-by, we should clarify that they do not appear in the same story.

    Rather, the United hotseat is being linked with another Old Trafford old boy in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc (in fact not just in the shape of him - it actually is him). The Sun reports that the bespectacled Frenchman is a “shock late contender” to snatch the job from Jose Mourinho, who the last we heard was definitely 100

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  • Euro Bites: La Liga - Suarez is King, Bale leads Real but late slip-ups hurt relegation fighters

    This weekend in Spain saw everything change, albeit briefly, before reverting back to normal. Real Madrid and Atletico both enjoyed a stay as the top dogs before Barcelona batted away Sporting Gijon to reclaim their slender lead. Celta Vigo and Athletic Club secured Europa League football for next season while it remains tight down at the bottom with several teams in the thick of the relegation battle.

    This weekend in Spain saw everything change, albeit briefly, before reverting back to normal by the end.  Real Madrid and Atletico both enjoyed a stay as the top dogs before Barcelona batted away Sporting Gijon to reclaim their slender lead. Celta Vigo and Athletic Club secured Europa League football for next season while it remains tight down at the bottom as five, maybe six are still in the thick of the relegation battle.

    THE WINNERS

    Top goalscorer Luis Suarez is more ruthless than Joffrey Baratheon

    This time last weekend and the footballing world has begun to question the invincibility of this

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  • Premier League HOT or NOT: Ulloa, Hazard, Joselu, Walcott

    Kevin Darling on what’s sexy, and what isn’t, in football this week…

    What’s sexy, and what isn’t, in football this week…

    HOT

    Leonardo Ulloa
    The Argentinian striker could not have failed to notice the implication in the widespread concern that Leicester’s championship challenge would be derailed by the absence of Jamie Vardy for a match or two. Namely, that Vardy’s replacement was such an underwhelming footballer he could single-handedly nullify the Foxes’ attacking threat. But as Claudio Ranieri insisted before the crucial match against Swansea - as he has done all season - this Leicester side exists as a glorious unit rather than a collection of individuals, so

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  • Social Chatter: Eden Hazard - He scores when he wants

    James Matthews finds social media at it’s funniest after Eden Hazard finally scored a Premier League goal.

    James Matthews finds social media at it’s funniest after Eden Hazard finally scored a Premier League goal.

    Eden Hazard: He scores when he wants. That was the verdict after the Chelsea star finally found the back of the net in the Premier League.

    Almost an entire calendar year (356 days) since last finding the net in the top flight, Hazard remembered how to do it on Saturday.

    The Belgian scored twice as Chelsea won 4-1 at Bournemouth…much to the delight of the travelling Blues fans who saw the humour of it all.

    Most social media users also saw the funny side too.

    One important stat was reeled off

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  • European Paper Review

    Bale blitzes Bees, Suarez stings Sporting, Hummels on his future and Juve about to be champions.

    Spain’s leading three all won at the weekend to stay within a point of each other with four games to play. Barça beat Sporting 6-0, with Luis Suarez scoring four, several of them dubiously awarded goals.

     Atletico cracked Malaga, with Diego Simeone sent off to the stands after a ball was kicked onto the field from his area. They’ll play Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League on Wednesday.

     Madrid is where it’s all happening at the moment and the weekend’s biggest drama was in Vallecas where

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: United 'to give Mourinho £300m war chest' for players that will cost twice that

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darling on how the not-yet-appointed Manchester United boss might struggle to tick off his apparent wish list with nowhere near enough cash

    One thing Manchester United have learned in the past two years is that you can’t make up for the loss of sir Alex Ferguson simply by appointing an experienced, defensive manager and just giving him unlimited sums of money to throw at players.

    But it appears they are choosing to ignore that lesson and doing exactly the same thing again - namely replacing Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho and giving him an astronomical transfer war chest.  

    The figure available is £300m to be precise, according to the Daily Star, which says that United’s transfer guru Ed Woodward wants Mourinho “to create a side

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  • MLS round-up: Red Bulls end their losing streak as Toronto FC continue to impress

    Kristan Heneage rounds up week eight of Major League Soccer action

    Follow Kristan Heneage on Twitter: @Kheneage

    Lift off! BWP & the Red Bulls find success after difficult run of form
    After 3 minutes at Red Bull Arena that sinking feeling returned to the home support. Orlando City’s Cyle Larin had scored, and the hosts were down a goal again.

    At least able to name a back line containing four defenders, the Red Bulls have mystified statisticians with their run this season that had seen just one win prior to Sunday night’s game. Every piece of conventional wisdom suggested the team should be scoring more goals and finding more success, but they simply haven’t.

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  • Premier League Review: Leicester City find joy in playing without Vardy

    Alex Netherton asseses the weekend action and how FA Cup results could affect the winners and losers with regards to their Premier League futures

    Leicester City celebrating not stumbling towards the title

    It is easy to make predictions in football. It is almost as easy to be wrong. If you predict a win, then, well, there are two other possible results that will make you wrong. Similarly, you can judge how a side have played all season and suggest that without one player, for a couple of games they’ll be fine. And it can turn out that actually, it’s not just the goals of the player that are decisive, but how he interacts with the side in other ways.

    There was plenty of concern that Jamie Vardy’s absence from the Leicester team would be a

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