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Manchester United under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to keep Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United’s hierarchy are under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to do everything within their power to keep Marouane Fellaini. United are still in talks with Fellaini and his representatives over a new deal, with Mourinho desperate to avoid losing the Belgium midfielder when his existing contract expires at the end of the season. Mourinho has made it clear to Fellaini how highly he values him and has urged the player to extend his stay at Old Trafford. United will not countenance Fellaini’s sale this month, despite the prospect of losing him for nothing in the summer, but Mourinho hopes the board can still do enough to persuade the 30 year-old to remain at the club. Fellaini rejected United’s opening contract offer last September but discussions have continued to take place since then. Marouane Fellaini is a regular under Jose Mourinho Credit: GETTY IMAGES It is understood that Fellaini has yet to make a final decision over his future, even though United face a battle to keep him. He has been linked with a move to Besiktas in Turkey while several clubs domestically and in Europe are monitoring his situation. Fellaini has recently returned to the first team fold after injury problems limited him to just 148 minutes of football for United in the final three months of last year. The Belgian endured a difficult first few seasons at Old Trafford following his £27.5 million move from Everton in 2013 but he has become an increasingly influential figure under Mourinho, who regards him as a key member of his squad. Marouane Fellaini in action Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Michael Carrick considering retiring at the end of the season when the 36-year-old midfielder’s contract expires, Mourinho does not want to be left in a situation where he has to replace two experienced central midfielders at the same time. Carrick has played just one game for United this season, against Burton Albion in the League Cup in September, since when he underwent a cardiac ablation – a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm. However, Carrick has been training normally again and is in line to return soon.

Manchester United under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to keep Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United’s hierarchy are under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to do everything within their power to keep Marouane Fellaini. United are still in talks with Fellaini and his representatives over a new deal, with Mourinho desperate to avoid losing the Belgium midfielder when his existing contract expires at the end of the season. Mourinho has made it clear to Fellaini how highly he values him and has urged the player to extend his stay at Old Trafford. United will not countenance Fellaini’s sale this month, despite the prospect of losing him for nothing in the summer, but Mourinho hopes the board can still do enough to persuade the 30 year-old to remain at the club. Fellaini rejected United’s opening contract offer last September but discussions have continued to take place since then. Marouane Fellaini is a regular under Jose Mourinho Credit: GETTY IMAGES It is understood that Fellaini has yet to make a final decision over his future, even though United face a battle to keep him. He has been linked with a move to Besiktas in Turkey while several clubs domestically and in Europe are monitoring his situation. Fellaini has recently returned to the first team fold after injury problems limited him to just 148 minutes of football for United in the final three months of last year. The Belgian endured a difficult first few seasons at Old Trafford following his £27.5 million move from Everton in 2013 but he has become an increasingly influential figure under Mourinho, who regards him as a key member of his squad. Marouane Fellaini in action Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Michael Carrick considering retiring at the end of the season when the 36-year-old midfielder’s contract expires, Mourinho does not want to be left in a situation where he has to replace two experienced central midfielders at the same time. Carrick has played just one game for United this season, against Burton Albion in the League Cup in September, since when he underwent a cardiac ablation – a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm. However, Carrick has been training normally again and is in line to return soon.

Manchester United under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to keep Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United’s hierarchy are under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to do everything within their power to keep Marouane Fellaini. United are still in talks with Fellaini and his representatives over a new deal, with Mourinho desperate to avoid losing the Belgium midfielder when his existing contract expires at the end of the season. Mourinho has made it clear to Fellaini how highly he values him and has urged the player to extend his stay at Old Trafford. United will not countenance Fellaini’s sale this month, despite the prospect of losing him for nothing in the summer, but Mourinho hopes the board can still do enough to persuade the 30 year-old to remain at the club. Fellaini rejected United’s opening contract offer last September but discussions have continued to take place since then. Marouane Fellaini is a regular under Jose Mourinho Credit: GETTY IMAGES It is understood that Fellaini has yet to make a final decision over his future, even though United face a battle to keep him. He has been linked with a move to Besiktas in Turkey while several clubs domestically and in Europe are monitoring his situation. Fellaini has recently returned to the first team fold after injury problems limited him to just 148 minutes of football for United in the final three months of last year. The Belgian endured a difficult first few seasons at Old Trafford following his £27.5 million move from Everton in 2013 but he has become an increasingly influential figure under Mourinho, who regards him as a key member of his squad. Marouane Fellaini in action Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Michael Carrick considering retiring at the end of the season when the 36-year-old midfielder’s contract expires, Mourinho does not want to be left in a situation where he has to replace two experienced central midfielders at the same time. Carrick has played just one game for United this season, against Burton Albion in the League Cup in September, since when he underwent a cardiac ablation – a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm. However, Carrick has been training normally again and is in line to return soon.

Gary Rowett emerges as serious contender to replace Mark Hughes with Stoke hopeful of making appointment this week

Stoke are hopeful of appointing a new manager this week after the dismissal of Mark Hughes, with Derby’s Gary Rowett emerging as a serious contender for the Premier League strugglers. Rowett and Martin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, are both understood to be high on Stoke’s list of potential targets as they search for only their third manager since 2006. Hughes was sacked on Saturday night, barely three hours after the abysmal 2-1 defeat at League Two club Coventry, with the Stoke board reluctantly bringing the Welshman’s four-and-a-half year reign to an end. Stoke were intent on giving Hughes until the end of the season before reviewing his position in the summer but eight defeats in 11 games forced them into taking action. He was given the news by chief executive Tony Scholes and is said to have accepted the decision with dignity. Peter Coates, the chairman, and his son John, the vice-chairman, plus Scholes will lead the search for a successor and Rowett is thought to be a leading contender. Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager following a shock FA Cup defeat to Coventry  Credit: Getty Images  Rowett, 43, has guided Derby to second place in the Championship and established an excellent reputation after spells with Birmingham and Burton Albion. O’Neill is also a target as he has proven Premier League experience and could be tempted into a return to club football, despite a new contract with the Ireland team being on the table. Ronald Koeman, the former Everton manager, has been considered but a move is unlikely, while Ostersunds’ Graham Potter – a former Stoke player – is a rank outsider. Stoke want a new manager installed before the trip to Manchester United on Monday week, with funds to be made available for the January transfer window. Hughes leaves after a torrid 18 months with fans demanding his dismissal at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.  He was appointed in May 2013, replacing Tony Pulis, and guided the club to three successive ninth-placed finishes. But defeat against Liverpool in the league cup semi-final in January 2016 triggered a downspiral in fortunes and the pressure has been building for months. It is understood the decision was reached after the damaging 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on New Year’s Day, but Hughes earned a stay of execution due to the lack of options available.  Martin O'Neill is also high on Stoke's list of potential replacements   Credit: Action Images  His 200th game in charge proved his final outing as manager, as Stoke lost to a fourth-tier club for the first time since 1938. Hughes’ dismissal took away some of the focus from Coventry’s deserved triumph, masterminded by his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Robins. Photographs of their famous FA Cup win over Tottenham in 1987 are impossible to miss at the Ricoh Arena and this was a highlight in their troubled recent history. With Coventry still in the grip of the detested Sisu regime, and sharing the stadium with rugby club Wasps, the problems will not be removed with this victory. But this was a day to remember for their long-suffering supporters. Jack Grimmer, the young Scottish defender who scored the winner, said: “This was definitely for the fans. They travel away from home in their numbers.  Jack Grimmer celebrates scoring Coventry's second goal in a 2-1 win over Stoke  Credit: Action Images  “It has been well documented the club has had its issues, and where they find themselves now. This was a day to give back to the fans. “I’d love Manchester United in the next round. I’ve played them before with Shrewsbury and it would be nice to get another go and this time land a punch on them. With this squad if we got them again it could be a closer match.” Coventry took the lead through Jordan Willis’ close-range header as Stoke lumbered on a quagmire pitch, undoubtedly a huge asset for the home team. Stoke did equalise through Charlie Adam’s penalty but Grimmer secured the upset with a strike from 20 yards in the 68thminute. Robins said:  “I think if we can get another good draw away from home then that helps financially because it gets more interest in it, more supporters will show interest and it’s huge for the transfer market.  “For me to be able to compete in the transfer market it’s vital I get that revenue and to get that the grounds need to be bigger. We’re desperate to go up, we’re desperate to do the city of Coventry proud.”

Gary Rowett emerges as serious contender to replace Mark Hughes with Stoke hopeful of making appointment this week

Stoke are hopeful of appointing a new manager this week after the dismissal of Mark Hughes, with Derby’s Gary Rowett emerging as a serious contender for the Premier League strugglers. Rowett and Martin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, are both understood to be high on Stoke’s list of potential targets as they search for only their third manager since 2006. Hughes was sacked on Saturday night, barely three hours after the abysmal 2-1 defeat at League Two club Coventry, with the Stoke board reluctantly bringing the Welshman’s four-and-a-half year reign to an end. Stoke were intent on giving Hughes until the end of the season before reviewing his position in the summer but eight defeats in 11 games forced them into taking action. He was given the news by chief executive Tony Scholes and is said to have accepted the decision with dignity. Peter Coates, the chairman, and his son John, the vice-chairman, plus Scholes will lead the search for a successor and Rowett is thought to be a leading contender. Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager following a shock FA Cup defeat to Coventry  Credit: Getty Images  Rowett, 43, has guided Derby to second place in the Championship and established an excellent reputation after spells with Birmingham and Burton Albion. O’Neill is also a target as he has proven Premier League experience and could be tempted into a return to club football, despite a new contract with the Ireland team being on the table. Ronald Koeman, the former Everton manager, has been considered but a move is unlikely, while Ostersunds’ Graham Potter – a former Stoke player – is a rank outsider. Stoke want a new manager installed before the trip to Manchester United on Monday week, with funds to be made available for the January transfer window. Hughes leaves after a torrid 18 months with fans demanding his dismissal at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.  He was appointed in May 2013, replacing Tony Pulis, and guided the club to three successive ninth-placed finishes. But defeat against Liverpool in the league cup semi-final in January 2016 triggered a downspiral in fortunes and the pressure has been building for months. It is understood the decision was reached after the damaging 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on New Year’s Day, but Hughes earned a stay of execution due to the lack of options available.  Martin O'Neill is also high on Stoke's list of potential replacements   Credit: Action Images  His 200th game in charge proved his final outing as manager, as Stoke lost to a fourth-tier club for the first time since 1938. Hughes’ dismissal took away some of the focus from Coventry’s deserved triumph, masterminded by his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Robins. Photographs of their famous FA Cup win over Tottenham in 1987 are impossible to miss at the Ricoh Arena and this was a highlight in their troubled recent history. With Coventry still in the grip of the detested Sisu regime, and sharing the stadium with rugby club Wasps, the problems will not be removed with this victory. But this was a day to remember for their long-suffering supporters. Jack Grimmer, the young Scottish defender who scored the winner, said: “This was definitely for the fans. They travel away from home in their numbers.  Jack Grimmer celebrates scoring Coventry's second goal in a 2-1 win over Stoke  Credit: Action Images  “It has been well documented the club has had its issues, and where they find themselves now. This was a day to give back to the fans. “I’d love Manchester United in the next round. I’ve played them before with Shrewsbury and it would be nice to get another go and this time land a punch on them. With this squad if we got them again it could be a closer match.” Coventry took the lead through Jordan Willis’ close-range header as Stoke lumbered on a quagmire pitch, undoubtedly a huge asset for the home team. Stoke did equalise through Charlie Adam’s penalty but Grimmer secured the upset with a strike from 20 yards in the 68thminute. Robins said:  “I think if we can get another good draw away from home then that helps financially because it gets more interest in it, more supporters will show interest and it’s huge for the transfer market.  “For me to be able to compete in the transfer market it’s vital I get that revenue and to get that the grounds need to be bigger. We’re desperate to go up, we’re desperate to do the city of Coventry proud.”

Gary Rowett emerges as serious contender to replace Mark Hughes with Stoke hopeful of making appointment this week

Stoke are hopeful of appointing a new manager this week after the dismissal of Mark Hughes, with Derby’s Gary Rowett emerging as a serious contender for the Premier League strugglers. Rowett and Martin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, are both understood to be high on Stoke’s list of potential targets as they search for only their third manager since 2006. Hughes was sacked on Saturday night, barely three hours after the abysmal 2-1 defeat at League Two club Coventry, with the Stoke board reluctantly bringing the Welshman’s four-and-a-half year reign to an end. Stoke were intent on giving Hughes until the end of the season before reviewing his position in the summer but eight defeats in 11 games forced them into taking action. He was given the news by chief executive Tony Scholes and is said to have accepted the decision with dignity. Peter Coates, the chairman, and his son John, the vice-chairman, plus Scholes will lead the search for a successor and Rowett is thought to be a leading contender. Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager following a shock FA Cup defeat to Coventry  Credit: Getty Images  Rowett, 43, has guided Derby to second place in the Championship and established an excellent reputation after spells with Birmingham and Burton Albion. O’Neill is also a target as he has proven Premier League experience and could be tempted into a return to club football, despite a new contract with the Ireland team being on the table. Ronald Koeman, the former Everton manager, has been considered but a move is unlikely, while Ostersunds’ Graham Potter – a former Stoke player – is a rank outsider. Stoke want a new manager installed before the trip to Manchester United on Monday week, with funds to be made available for the January transfer window. Hughes leaves after a torrid 18 months with fans demanding his dismissal at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.  He was appointed in May 2013, replacing Tony Pulis, and guided the club to three successive ninth-placed finishes. But defeat against Liverpool in the league cup semi-final in January 2016 triggered a downspiral in fortunes and the pressure has been building for months. It is understood the decision was reached after the damaging 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on New Year’s Day, but Hughes earned a stay of execution due to the lack of options available.  Martin O'Neill is also high on Stoke's list of potential replacements   Credit: Action Images  His 200th game in charge proved his final outing as manager, as Stoke lost to a fourth-tier club for the first time since 1938. Hughes’ dismissal took away some of the focus from Coventry’s deserved triumph, masterminded by his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Robins. Photographs of their famous FA Cup win over Tottenham in 1987 are impossible to miss at the Ricoh Arena and this was a highlight in their troubled recent history. With Coventry still in the grip of the detested Sisu regime, and sharing the stadium with rugby club Wasps, the problems will not be removed with this victory. But this was a day to remember for their long-suffering supporters. Jack Grimmer, the young Scottish defender who scored the winner, said: “This was definitely for the fans. They travel away from home in their numbers.  Jack Grimmer celebrates scoring Coventry's second goal in a 2-1 win over Stoke  Credit: Action Images  “It has been well documented the club has had its issues, and where they find themselves now. This was a day to give back to the fans. “I’d love Manchester United in the next round. I’ve played them before with Shrewsbury and it would be nice to get another go and this time land a punch on them. With this squad if we got them again it could be a closer match.” Coventry took the lead through Jordan Willis’ close-range header as Stoke lumbered on a quagmire pitch, undoubtedly a huge asset for the home team. Stoke did equalise through Charlie Adam’s penalty but Grimmer secured the upset with a strike from 20 yards in the 68thminute. Robins said:  “I think if we can get another good draw away from home then that helps financially because it gets more interest in it, more supporters will show interest and it’s huge for the transfer market.  “For me to be able to compete in the transfer market it’s vital I get that revenue and to get that the grounds need to be bigger. We’re desperate to go up, we’re desperate to do the city of Coventry proud.”

Gary Rowett emerges as serious contender to replace Mark Hughes with Stoke hopeful of making appointment this week

Stoke are hopeful of appointing a new manager this week after the dismissal of Mark Hughes, with Derby’s Gary Rowett emerging as a serious contender for the Premier League strugglers. Rowett and Martin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, are both understood to be high on Stoke’s list of potential targets as they search for only their third manager since 2006. Hughes was sacked on Saturday night, barely three hours after the abysmal 2-1 defeat at League Two club Coventry, with the Stoke board reluctantly bringing the Welshman’s four-and-a-half year reign to an end. Stoke were intent on giving Hughes until the end of the season before reviewing his position in the summer but eight defeats in 11 games forced them into taking action. He was given the news by chief executive Tony Scholes and is said to have accepted the decision with dignity. Peter Coates, the chairman, and his son John, the vice-chairman, plus Scholes will lead the search for a successor and Rowett is thought to be a leading contender. Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager following a shock FA Cup defeat to Coventry  Credit: Getty Images  Rowett, 43, has guided Derby to second place in the Championship and established an excellent reputation after spells with Birmingham and Burton Albion. O’Neill is also a target as he has proven Premier League experience and could be tempted into a return to club football, despite a new contract with the Ireland team being on the table. Ronald Koeman, the former Everton manager, has been considered but a move is unlikely, while Ostersunds’ Graham Potter – a former Stoke player – is a rank outsider. Stoke want a new manager installed before the trip to Manchester United on Monday week, with funds to be made available for the January transfer window. Hughes leaves after a torrid 18 months with fans demanding his dismissal at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.  He was appointed in May 2013, replacing Tony Pulis, and guided the club to three successive ninth-placed finishes. But defeat against Liverpool in the league cup semi-final in January 2016 triggered a downspiral in fortunes and the pressure has been building for months. It is understood the decision was reached after the damaging 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on New Year’s Day, but Hughes earned a stay of execution due to the lack of options available.  Martin O'Neill is also high on Stoke's list of potential replacements   Credit: Action Images  His 200th game in charge proved his final outing as manager, as Stoke lost to a fourth-tier club for the first time since 1938. Hughes’ dismissal took away some of the focus from Coventry’s deserved triumph, masterminded by his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Robins. Photographs of their famous FA Cup win over Tottenham in 1987 are impossible to miss at the Ricoh Arena and this was a highlight in their troubled recent history. With Coventry still in the grip of the detested Sisu regime, and sharing the stadium with rugby club Wasps, the problems will not be removed with this victory. But this was a day to remember for their long-suffering supporters. Jack Grimmer, the young Scottish defender who scored the winner, said: “This was definitely for the fans. They travel away from home in their numbers.  Jack Grimmer celebrates scoring Coventry's second goal in a 2-1 win over Stoke  Credit: Action Images  “It has been well documented the club has had its issues, and where they find themselves now. This was a day to give back to the fans. “I’d love Manchester United in the next round. I’ve played them before with Shrewsbury and it would be nice to get another go and this time land a punch on them. With this squad if we got them again it could be a closer match.” Coventry took the lead through Jordan Willis’ close-range header as Stoke lumbered on a quagmire pitch, undoubtedly a huge asset for the home team. Stoke did equalise through Charlie Adam’s penalty but Grimmer secured the upset with a strike from 20 yards in the 68thminute. Robins said:  “I think if we can get another good draw away from home then that helps financially because it gets more interest in it, more supporters will show interest and it’s huge for the transfer market.  “For me to be able to compete in the transfer market it’s vital I get that revenue and to get that the grounds need to be bigger. We’re desperate to go up, we’re desperate to do the city of Coventry proud.”

FA Cup Roundup: Stoke City Crashes Out as Man City, Huddersfield, Saints Safely Progress

In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup's much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world's most famous cup competition.

Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition.

The early kick-off saw League one outfit Fleetwood earn a replay against Premier League side Leicester City as they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.

In the days other early game Middlesbrough eased passed Championship strugglers Sunderland with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the Burnley led at the break against Manchester City after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as City came out firing in the second period and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.

One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side Peterborough scored three late goals against Championship outfit Aston Villa to win 3-1.

In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders Wigan Athletic. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.

The biggest upset of the day came as League two side Coventry City beat Premier League side Stoke City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as Yeovil Town beat League one side Bradford 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

Struggling Rochdale surprised everyone by defeating Doncaster 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, Preston thrashed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.

Sheffield United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline Birmingham City defeated Burton Albion at St.Andrew's.

There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as Newcaslte United eased passed League two side Luton Town with a 3-1 victory, Watford defeated Bristol City 3-0, Southampton won 1-0 away at Fulham and Huddersfield beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at Exeter City. In an all Championship affair, Millwall convincingly beat Barnsley 4-1.

League One side MK Dons beat Championship strugglers QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit Notts County won 1-0 away at Brentford. There was no shock at Ewood Park as Hull City won 1-0 against League one side Blackburn Rovers.

Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage, Carlisle United held on to a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Swansea in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side.

Cardiff City, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

FA Cup Roundup: Stoke City Crashes Out as Man City, Huddersfield, Saints Safely Progress

In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup's much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world's most famous cup competition.

Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition.

The early kick-off saw League one outfit Fleetwood earn a replay against Premier League side Leicester City as they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.

In the days other early game Middlesbrough eased passed Championship strugglers Sunderland with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the Burnley led at the break against Manchester City after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as City came out firing in the second period and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.

One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side Peterborough scored three late goals against Championship outfit Aston Villa to win 3-1.

In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders Wigan Athletic. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.

The biggest upset of the day came as League two side Coventry City beat Premier League side Stoke City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as Yeovil Town beat League one side Bradford 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

Struggling Rochdale surprised everyone by defeating Doncaster 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, Preston thrashed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.

Sheffield United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline Birmingham City defeated Burton Albion at St.Andrew's.

There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as Newcaslte United eased passed League two side Luton Town with a 3-1 victory, Watford defeated Bristol City 3-0, Southampton won 1-0 away at Fulham and Huddersfield beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at Exeter City. In an all Championship affair, Millwall convincingly beat Barnsley 4-1.

League One side MK Dons beat Championship strugglers QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit Notts County won 1-0 away at Brentford. There was no shock at Ewood Park as Hull City won 1-0 against League one side Blackburn Rovers.

Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage, Carlisle United held on to a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Swansea in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side.

Cardiff City, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

Gary Rowett hoping FA Cup tie with Manchester United acts as dress rehearsal as Derby County eye promotion to Premier League

Jose Mourinho has already suffered an upset this season against one of the Championship’s emerging crop of English managers. And on Friday night it will be Gary Rowett who has the opportunity to enhance his own reputation by following in the footsteps of Bristol City’s Lee Johnson. It was Johnson who stunned United last month, with that dramatic 2-1 victory, and Rowett takes Derby to Old Trafford fearing that shock might have made this FA Cup tie infinitely more difficult. “I sent Lee a text message after they beat United to say what a magnificent achievement it was, but it’s not done us much good,” says Rowett, sitting in an office at Pride Park on Wednesday. “That defeat has probably made it harder for us because United will be mindful of it. I’m sure there will be more pressure on them to make sure losing to another Championship club doesn’t happen again. “Bristol City proved it can be done, though obviously playing at their ground was a big advantage. We’re going there determined to show no fear but let’s face it, whatever team Jose puts out will be far from a weakened team.” Rowett will make changes himself, for he has guided Derby to second place in the Championship after seven wins from 10 games. It is nearly a decade since Derby nosedived out of the Premier League amid acute embarrassment, yet optimism is building that this could be a memorable year, after so many false dawns. Rowett returned to Derby County in March, 19 years after playing for the club as a defender Credit: Getty Images  Rowett’s return to Derby in March has delivered the anticipated impact and the 43-year-old is renowned as one of the most forward-thinking, progressive managers operating outside the top tier. A reliable defender as a player, making his name at Derby, Leicester and Birmingham, he retired at the age of 30 after a serious knee injury. Yet it seemed inevitable he would become a manager. “Finishing my career so early, there was a huge motivation and challenge to prove I’m a better manager than a player,” he says. “I’ve always felt I would be more successful as a manager – people who saw me play will probably say I’ve already surpassed that! “I feel I’ve got more potential as a manager, I feel I can affect more things. “I was an ok player, not unbelievable, so I don’t think I know everything. I have a little bit of humility. I played in just about every position so that unselfishness has always helped me focus just on the team, more than myself. “I look towards managers like Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe for that inspiration. I’m not on a par with those two because they’ve been promoted out of this league and won games in the Premier League.” I understand the club, it’s easier for me to get it, I’ve played at the Baseball Ground, played in the team which got promoted. For the last 22 years, on and off, I've been here Rowett’s ultimate ambition is to manage there with Derby. Yet it is perhaps indicative of the fear that grips Premier League clubs that he is not mentioned when vacancies arise. Johnson and Brentford’s Dean Smith are arguably in the same bracket but were barely discussed when Swansea, for example, searched for a new manager towards the end of December. “Do I think I could handle the Premier League as a manager? Of course I do. I’ve got complete belief in the way me and my staff do things. But I’m open-minded enough to know how it works,” he said. “If your club gets £180m for staying up then owners will go with someone with experience. Does it grate on me? Not really, because I’m more focused on Derby. “I fully understand and appreciate managers coming in from different countries because it’s a global game. It’s what makes it great but we also have a duty of care to build young English players and coaches at St. George’s Park. “If we’re educating people and they never get higher than League One then we’re not doing our job as a football association. We have to create opportunities for the best young coaches.” Rowett's son feared getting stick from his mates who are Derby fans and begged him not to take the job Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Rowett, who completed his pro-license last year, has already amassed an impressive list of achievements as a manager. At his first club, Burton Albion, he managed a play-off final and semi-final before reviving Birmingham in a two-year spell. After inheriting a club second bottom, he turned Birmingham around into a top-ten club before that controversial sacking, in December 2016, that continues to bewilder. He left with the club seventh in the Championship. “I was at home and got a call asking to meet the new owners [Trillion Trophy Asia]. They really wanted to meet me, apparently, but when I got there they weren’t there. The two directors I already knew gave me the news and that was that. I’m thankful they did it because at least they were fair. “Once I got handed the papers, that’s it. If someone chooses to sack you and there’s no legal challenge, you’ve just got to move on and focus on the next one. “The thing that bothers me is how people have said I wanted to leave anyway. If I felt like that, I’d have left, there’s no two ways about it. The people at Birmingham know I was committed long-term.” Modern heroes: Who has done most for your club in the last 20 years? Rowett could not feel more at home with Derby. He lives in nearby Duffield, his home of the past 12 years, and has a close affinity with the club and supporters. “My son, Alfie, begged me not to take the job because all his mates are Derby fans. He thought it would be a nightmare for him. He didn’t want that pressure and getting loads of stick when I lose games. “But I understand the last 20 years of this club. It’s easier for me to get it, I’ve played at the Baseball Ground, played in the team which got promoted. I feel I’ve got a connection with Derby. For the last 22 years, on and off, I've been here. “We’ve got 5,500 fans going up on Friday night and we want to make them proud, whatever the result.”

Gary Rowett hoping FA Cup tie with Manchester United acts as dress rehearsal as Derby County eye promotion to Premier League

Jose Mourinho has already suffered an upset this season against one of the Championship’s emerging crop of English managers. And on Friday night it will be Gary Rowett who has the opportunity to enhance his own reputation by following in the footsteps of Bristol City’s Lee Johnson. It was Johnson who stunned United last month, with that dramatic 2-1 victory, and Rowett takes Derby to Old Trafford fearing that shock might have made this FA Cup tie infinitely more difficult. “I sent Lee a text message after they beat United to say what a magnificent achievement it was, but it’s not done us much good,” says Rowett, sitting in an office at Pride Park on Wednesday. “That defeat has probably made it harder for us because United will be mindful of it. I’m sure there will be more pressure on them to make sure losing to another Championship club doesn’t happen again. “Bristol City proved it can be done, though obviously playing at their ground was a big advantage. We’re going there determined to show no fear but let’s face it, whatever team Jose puts out will be far from a weakened team.” Rowett will make changes himself, for he has guided Derby to second place in the Championship after seven wins from 10 games. It is nearly a decade since Derby nosedived out of the Premier League amid acute embarrassment, yet optimism is building that this could be a memorable year, after so many false dawns. Rowett returned to Derby County in March, 19 years after playing for the club as a defender Credit: Getty Images  Rowett’s return to Derby in March has delivered the anticipated impact and the 43-year-old is renowned as one of the most forward-thinking, progressive managers operating outside the top tier. A reliable defender as a player, making his name at Derby, Leicester and Birmingham, he retired at the age of 30 after a serious knee injury. Yet it seemed inevitable he would become a manager. “Finishing my career so early, there was a huge motivation and challenge to prove I’m a better manager than a player,” he says. “I’ve always felt I would be more successful as a manager – people who saw me play will probably say I’ve already surpassed that! “I feel I’ve got more potential as a manager, I feel I can affect more things. “I was an ok player, not unbelievable, so I don’t think I know everything. I have a little bit of humility. I played in just about every position so that unselfishness has always helped me focus just on the team, more than myself. “I look towards managers like Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe for that inspiration. I’m not on a par with those two because they’ve been promoted out of this league and won games in the Premier League.” I understand the club, it’s easier for me to get it, I’ve played at the Baseball Ground, played in the team which got promoted. For the last 22 years, on and off, I've been here Rowett’s ultimate ambition is to manage there with Derby. Yet it is perhaps indicative of the fear that grips Premier League clubs that he is not mentioned when vacancies arise. Johnson and Brentford’s Dean Smith are arguably in the same bracket but were barely discussed when Swansea, for example, searched for a new manager towards the end of December. “Do I think I could handle the Premier League as a manager? Of course I do. I’ve got complete belief in the way me and my staff do things. But I’m open-minded enough to know how it works,” he said. “If your club gets £180m for staying up then owners will go with someone with experience. Does it grate on me? Not really, because I’m more focused on Derby. “I fully understand and appreciate managers coming in from different countries because it’s a global game. It’s what makes it great but we also have a duty of care to build young English players and coaches at St. George’s Park. “If we’re educating people and they never get higher than League One then we’re not doing our job as a football association. We have to create opportunities for the best young coaches.” Rowett's son feared getting stick from his mates who are Derby fans and begged him not to take the job Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Rowett, who completed his pro-license last year, has already amassed an impressive list of achievements as a manager. At his first club, Burton Albion, he managed a play-off final and semi-final before reviving Birmingham in a two-year spell. After inheriting a club second bottom, he turned Birmingham around into a top-ten club before that controversial sacking, in December 2016, that continues to bewilder. He left with the club seventh in the Championship. “I was at home and got a call asking to meet the new owners [Trillion Trophy Asia]. They really wanted to meet me, apparently, but when I got there they weren’t there. The two directors I already knew gave me the news and that was that. I’m thankful they did it because at least they were fair. “Once I got handed the papers, that’s it. If someone chooses to sack you and there’s no legal challenge, you’ve just got to move on and focus on the next one. “The thing that bothers me is how people have said I wanted to leave anyway. If I felt like that, I’d have left, there’s no two ways about it. The people at Birmingham know I was committed long-term.” Modern heroes: Who has done most for your club in the last 20 years? Rowett could not feel more at home with Derby. He lives in nearby Duffield, his home of the past 12 years, and has a close affinity with the club and supporters. “My son, Alfie, begged me not to take the job because all his mates are Derby fans. He thought it would be a nightmare for him. He didn’t want that pressure and getting loads of stick when I lose games. “But I understand the last 20 years of this club. It’s easier for me to get it, I’ve played at the Baseball Ground, played in the team which got promoted. I feel I’ve got a connection with Derby. For the last 22 years, on and off, I've been here. “We’ve got 5,500 fans going up on Friday night and we want to make them proud, whatever the result.”

Gary Rowett hoping FA Cup tie with Manchester United acts as dress rehearsal as Derby County eye promotion to Premier League

Jose Mourinho has already suffered an upset this season against one of the Championship’s emerging crop of English managers. And on Friday night it will be Gary Rowett who has the opportunity to enhance his own reputation by following in the footsteps of Bristol City’s Lee Johnson. It was Johnson who stunned United last month, with that dramatic 2-1 victory, and Rowett takes Derby to Old Trafford fearing that shock might have made this FA Cup tie infinitely more difficult. “I sent Lee a text message after they beat United to say what a magnificent achievement it was, but it’s not done us much good,” says Rowett, sitting in an office at Pride Park on Wednesday. “That defeat has probably made it harder for us because United will be mindful of it. I’m sure there will be more pressure on them to make sure losing to another Championship club doesn’t happen again. “Bristol City proved it can be done, though obviously playing at their ground was a big advantage. We’re going there determined to show no fear but let’s face it, whatever team Jose puts out will be far from a weakened team.” Rowett will make changes himself, for he has guided Derby to second place in the Championship after seven wins from 10 games. It is nearly a decade since Derby nosedived out of the Premier League amid acute embarrassment, yet optimism is building that this could be a memorable year, after so many false dawns. Rowett returned to Derby County in March, 19 years after playing for the club as a defender Credit: Getty Images  Rowett’s return to Derby in March has delivered the anticipated impact and the 43-year-old is renowned as one of the most forward-thinking, progressive managers operating outside the top tier. A reliable defender as a player, making his name at Derby, Leicester and Birmingham, he retired at the age of 30 after a serious knee injury. Yet it seemed inevitable he would become a manager. “Finishing my career so early, there was a huge motivation and challenge to prove I’m a better manager than a player,” he says. “I’ve always felt I would be more successful as a manager – people who saw me play will probably say I’ve already surpassed that! “I feel I’ve got more potential as a manager, I feel I can affect more things. “I was an ok player, not unbelievable, so I don’t think I know everything. I have a little bit of humility. I played in just about every position so that unselfishness has always helped me focus just on the team, more than myself. “I look towards managers like Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe for that inspiration. I’m not on a par with those two because they’ve been promoted out of this league and won games in the Premier League.” I understand the club, it’s easier for me to get it, I’ve played at the Baseball Ground, played in the team which got promoted. For the last 22 years, on and off, I've been here Rowett’s ultimate ambition is to manage there with Derby. Yet it is perhaps indicative of the fear that grips Premier League clubs that he is not mentioned when vacancies arise. Johnson and Brentford’s Dean Smith are arguably in the same bracket but were barely discussed when Swansea, for example, searched for a new manager towards the end of December. “Do I think I could handle the Premier League as a manager? Of course I do. I’ve got complete belief in the way me and my staff do things. But I’m open-minded enough to know how it works,” he said. “If your club gets £180m for staying up then owners will go with someone with experience. Does it grate on me? Not really, because I’m more focused on Derby. “I fully understand and appreciate managers coming in from different countries because it’s a global game. It’s what makes it great but we also have a duty of care to build young English players and coaches at St. George’s Park. “If we’re educating people and they never get higher than League One then we’re not doing our job as a football association. We have to create opportunities for the best young coaches.” Rowett's son feared getting stick from his mates who are Derby fans and begged him not to take the job Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Rowett, who completed his pro-license last year, has already amassed an impressive list of achievements as a manager. At his first club, Burton Albion, he managed a play-off final and semi-final before reviving Birmingham in a two-year spell. After inheriting a club second bottom, he turned Birmingham around into a top-ten club before that controversial sacking, in December 2016, that continues to bewilder. He left with the club seventh in the Championship. “I was at home and got a call asking to meet the new owners [Trillion Trophy Asia]. They really wanted to meet me, apparently, but when I got there they weren’t there. The two directors I already knew gave me the news and that was that. I’m thankful they did it because at least they were fair. “Once I got handed the papers, that’s it. If someone chooses to sack you and there’s no legal challenge, you’ve just got to move on and focus on the next one. “The thing that bothers me is how people have said I wanted to leave anyway. If I felt like that, I’d have left, there’s no two ways about it. The people at Birmingham know I was committed long-term.” Modern heroes: Who has done most for your club in the last 20 years? Rowett could not feel more at home with Derby. He lives in nearby Duffield, his home of the past 12 years, and has a close affinity with the club and supporters. “My son, Alfie, begged me not to take the job because all his mates are Derby fans. He thought it would be a nightmare for him. He didn’t want that pressure and getting loads of stick when I lose games. “But I understand the last 20 years of this club. It’s easier for me to get it, I’ve played at the Baseball Ground, played in the team which got promoted. I feel I’ve got a connection with Derby. For the last 22 years, on and off, I've been here. “We’ve got 5,500 fans going up on Friday night and we want to make them proud, whatever the result.”

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsene Wenger could be open to selling Alexis Sanchez this month'  

As Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coastline, there is a rising tide of transfer speculation to keep us sated before Arsenal's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.  Once again, Alexis Sanchez is centre stage with The Mirror reporting Arsene Wenger is softening his stance over the Chilean's future and could be open to a January sale.  That would depend on Arsenal procuring a replacement of remotely comparable quality, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar the player they lined up last summer.  Wenger said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus. “Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June. Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal might have to react in the January window Credit: PA “It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it."  Manchester City is Sanchez's preferred destination though Arsenal would rather sell to a foreign club such as Paris Saint-Germain - but they have lost control of the situation with only six months left on his contract.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Sanchez as 'one of the best in the world', while John Aldridge used his column in the Irish Independent to urge former club Liverpool to make a 'cheeky' £40 million bid. Perhaps £40 million and one pound would do the trick.  Speaking of Liverpool, they too could be preparing for a major departure with The Times reporting Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool.  Chris Bascombe reported earlier this week that the Anfield club will only sell for an astronomical fee, and it could take an offer in excess of £130 million to make Liverpool budge.  David Luiz's future is in his own hands Credit: Getty Images Our own Matt Law reports that Chelsea could be willing to let David Luiz and Michyi Batsuayi leave this month, but only if they have a strong desire to leave Stamford Bridge.  Luiz has been demoted in favour of Andreas Christensen, while Michy Batshuayi has never quite gained his trust despite scoring the odd crucial goal from the bench.  The Mirror say Chelsea are keen to push through £50 million move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who was their first choice left wing-back target throughout last summer. Completing a move of that stature in January could prove difficult though.  Everton's move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is already threatening to drag on, but The Guardian report they hope to wrap up a deal at a meeting on Wednesday.   Elsewhere, West Ham retain their interest in Stoke midfielder Joe Allen according to Sky Sports while Spanish newspaper AS report that West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid's Nicolas Gaitan.  January 2018 transfer window In the Midlands, Championship leaders Wolves could be about to sign Real Madrid target and Valencia forward Rafa Mir according to the Express and Star, while Grzegorz Krychowiak could be free to leave West Brom - so say TalkSPORT.  And the rest... Ahead of schedule Jose Mourinho was not supposed to reach this stage until mid-way through next season, but the Daily Mail report that he is walking a fine line with the Manchester United hierarchy after saying their investment in the transfer market was 'not enough.  Round of applause for  The Burton Albion supporter who gave CPR to one of his fellow fans during their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and saved his life. Derek Wainwright started a Twitter search for the hero, and 5,000 retweets later he was identified as Rob Wakelin. Bravo, that man.  We are looking for a Burton fan that was at Hillsborough yesterday, they did CPR on one of our fans helping to save his life, is it possible to spread the word as the guys family are trying to trace the fan that helped? Any #bafc know who this was? Cheers— Derek Wainwright (@DerekWainwright) January 2, 2018 Blast from the past  Man United and PSG have made contact with free agent Lassana Diarra, according to various sources. The former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder was released by UAE side Al Jazira, and reportedly favours a move to Paris. Is it 2018 or 2008?

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsene Wenger could be open to selling Alexis Sanchez this month'  

As Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coastline, there is a rising tide of transfer speculation to keep us sated before Arsenal's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.  Once again, Alexis Sanchez is centre stage with The Mirror reporting Arsene Wenger is softening his stance over the Chilean's future and could be open to a January sale.  That would depend on Arsenal procuring a replacement of remotely comparable quality, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar the player they lined up last summer.  Wenger said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus. “Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June. Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal might have to react in the January window Credit: PA “It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it."  Manchester City is Sanchez's preferred destination though Arsenal would rather sell to a foreign club such as Paris Saint-Germain - but they have lost control of the situation with only six months left on his contract.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Sanchez as 'one of the best in the world', while John Aldridge used his column in the Irish Independent to urge former club Liverpool to make a 'cheeky' £40 million bid. Perhaps £40 million and one pound would do the trick.  Speaking of Liverpool, they too could be preparing for a major departure with The Times reporting Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool.  Chris Bascombe reported earlier this week that the Anfield club will only sell for an astronomical fee, and it could take an offer in excess of £130 million to make Liverpool budge.  David Luiz's future is in his own hands Credit: Getty Images Our own Matt Law reports that Chelsea could be willing to let David Luiz and Michyi Batsuayi leave this month, but only if they have a strong desire to leave Stamford Bridge.  Luiz has been demoted in favour of Andreas Christensen, while Michy Batshuayi has never quite gained his trust despite scoring the odd crucial goal from the bench.  The Mirror say Chelsea are keen to push through £50 million move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who was their first choice left wing-back target throughout last summer. Completing a move of that stature in January could prove difficult though.  Everton's move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is already threatening to drag on, but The Guardian report they hope to wrap up a deal at a meeting on Wednesday.   Elsewhere, West Ham retain their interest in Stoke midfielder Joe Allen according to Sky Sports while Spanish newspaper AS report that West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid's Nicolas Gaitan.  January 2018 transfer window In the Midlands, Championship leaders Wolves could be about to sign Real Madrid target and Valencia forward Rafa Mir according to the Express and Star, while Grzegorz Krychowiak could be free to leave West Brom - so say TalkSPORT.  And the rest... Ahead of schedule Jose Mourinho was not supposed to reach this stage until mid-way through next season, but the Daily Mail report that he is walking a fine line with the Manchester United hierarchy after saying their investment in the transfer market was 'not enough.  Round of applause for  The Burton Albion supporter who gave CPR to one of his fellow fans during their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and saved his life. Derek Wainwright started a Twitter search for the hero, and 5,000 retweets later he was identified as Rob Wakelin. Bravo, that man.  We are looking for a Burton fan that was at Hillsborough yesterday, they did CPR on one of our fans helping to save his life, is it possible to spread the word as the guys family are trying to trace the fan that helped? Any #bafc know who this was? Cheers— Derek Wainwright (@DerekWainwright) January 2, 2018 Blast from the past  Man United and PSG have made contact with free agent Lassana Diarra, according to various sources. The former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder was released by UAE side Al Jazira, and reportedly favours a move to Paris. Is it 2018 or 2008?

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsene Wenger could be open to selling Alexis Sanchez this month'  

As Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coastline, there is a rising tide of transfer speculation to keep us sated before Arsenal's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.  Once again, Alexis Sanchez is centre stage with The Mirror reporting Arsene Wenger is softening his stance over the Chilean's future and could be open to a January sale.  That would depend on Arsenal procuring a replacement of remotely comparable quality, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar the player they lined up last summer.  Wenger said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus. “Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June. Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal might have to react in the January window Credit: PA “It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it."  Manchester City is Sanchez's preferred destination though Arsenal would rather sell to a foreign club such as Paris Saint-Germain - but they have lost control of the situation with only six months left on his contract.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Sanchez as 'one of the best in the world', while John Aldridge used his column in the Irish Independent to urge former club Liverpool to make a 'cheeky' £40 million bid. Perhaps £40 million and one pound would do the trick.  Speaking of Liverpool, they too could be preparing for a major departure with The Times reporting Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool.  Chris Bascombe reported earlier this week that the Anfield club will only sell for an astronomical fee, and it could take an offer in excess of £130 million to make Liverpool budge.  David Luiz's future is in his own hands Credit: Getty Images Our own Matt Law reports that Chelsea could be willing to let David Luiz and Michyi Batsuayi leave this month, but only if they have a strong desire to leave Stamford Bridge.  Luiz has been demoted in favour of Andreas Christensen, while Michy Batshuayi has never quite gained his trust despite scoring the odd crucial goal from the bench.  The Mirror say Chelsea are keen to push through £50 million move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who was their first choice left wing-back target throughout last summer. Completing a move of that stature in January could prove difficult though.  Everton's move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is already threatening to drag on, but The Guardian report they hope to wrap up a deal at a meeting on Wednesday.   Elsewhere, West Ham retain their interest in Stoke midfielder Joe Allen according to Sky Sports while Spanish newspaper AS report that West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid's Nicolas Gaitan.  January 2018 transfer window In the Midlands, Championship leaders Wolves could be about to sign Real Madrid target and Valencia forward Rafa Mir according to the Express and Star, while Grzegorz Krychowiak could be free to leave West Brom - so say TalkSPORT.  And the rest... Ahead of schedule Jose Mourinho was not supposed to reach this stage until mid-way through next season, but the Daily Mail report that he is walking a fine line with the Manchester United hierarchy after saying their investment in the transfer market was 'not enough.  Round of applause for  The Burton Albion supporter who gave CPR to one of his fellow fans during their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and saved his life. Derek Wainwright started a Twitter search for the hero, and 5,000 retweets later he was identified as Rob Wakelin. Bravo, that man.  We are looking for a Burton fan that was at Hillsborough yesterday, they did CPR on one of our fans helping to save his life, is it possible to spread the word as the guys family are trying to trace the fan that helped? Any #bafc know who this was? Cheers— Derek Wainwright (@DerekWainwright) January 2, 2018 Blast from the past  Man United and PSG have made contact with free agent Lassana Diarra, according to various sources. The former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder was released by UAE side Al Jazira, and reportedly favours a move to Paris. Is it 2018 or 2008?

Carabao Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Burton Albion

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Championship Review: Wolves delight as rivals stumble in unison

Burton Albion's 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday was the result of the day as Wolves' rivals all stumbled in the Championship.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United's Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Burton Albion's Tom Naylor fouls Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Burton Albion's Tom Naylor fouls Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Burton Albion's Tom Naylor celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Burton Albion's Tom Naylor celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Burton Albion's Tom Naylor celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United's Pawel Cibicki and Burton Albion's Tom Flanagan in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - December 26, 2017 Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez and Burton Albion's Tom Flanagan in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Burton Albion vs Leeds United

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