- David Moyes will face a charge over comments made after Sunderland's fixture with Burnley on March 18, the FA has confirmed. Herrera is as good as Kante The former Manchester United boss was caught on film telling BBC report Vicki Sparks that he might "slap" her if she asked qu...David Moyes will face a charge over comments made after Sunderland's fixture with Burnley on March 18, the FA has confirmed. Herrera is as good as Kante The former Manchester United boss was caught on film telling BBC report Vicki Sparks that he might "slap" her if she asked questions he deemed to be too probing in their next interview. In a statement, the FA said: "David Moyes has been charged in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March 2017. "It is alleged the Sunderland manager’s remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1). "He has until 6pm on 3 May 2017 to reply to the charge." Speaking to Sparks after her interview concluded following the scoreless draw, Moyes said: "It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap, even though you're a woman. "Careful the next time you come in." Once the statement was made public, the Scotsman was quick to retract his quotes, explaining at his next press conference: "It was in the heat of the moment. "I deeply regret the comments I made. It's certainly not the person I am and I accept it was a mistake. "I've spoken to the BBC reporter who accepted my apology and hopefully we can now move on." Wenger: Alexis won't make PL move The FA charge is just the latest headache for the Sunderland boss, whose side appear destined for the Championship next season as they lie 12 points short of safety with only six matches remaining. The Stadium of Light outfit have not won a league fixture since February 4 and have picked up maximum points on only five occasions this term. Last weekend, they drew 2-2 with West Ham and on Wednesday they visit Middlesbrough for a derby fixture that they have to win to keep their survival chances alive.
- Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed why the club rejected a €55 million (£47m) bid from Chelsea for defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international joined Napoli from Belgian side Genk in 2014 for a fee of around £6.5m, but has seen his asking price increas...Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed why the club rejected a €55 million (£47m) bid from Chelsea for defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international joined Napoli from Belgian side Genk in 2014 for a fee of around £6.5m, but has seen his asking price increase dramatically after a string of impressive performance under manager Maurizio Sarri. Deadly Diego back to kill Spurs's dreams Koulibaly's form had attracted the attentions of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but Napoli were unwilling to sell the 25-year-old to the Premier League club without first having adequate replacements at the back. "Chelsea had offered €55m, but I told Conte that I could not give him up without first having a worthy substitute," De Laurentiis told beIN Sports. "[I will not sell him] unless Sarri tells me: 'I have Tom, Dick and Harry who are reliable: you give up who you want'." Koulibaly is contracted to Napoli until 2021, but the player's agent indicated earlier this month that a transfer to Chelsea could still be on the cards. “Chelsea were interested but then they signed David Luiz and you also have John Terry and Gary Cahill at the club so there is a lot of competition there,” Bruno Satin told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “So we will see what happens. A lot of the improvements that Koulibaly has made in his game have been down to the coaching of Maurizio Sarri. Man Utd master Herrera as good as Kante “Whatever happens in the future will depend on the president and whether or not he decides to evaluate any offers that may come in.”
- Former Liverpool star Terry McDermott has dismissed the idea that Alex Ferguson's 'mind games' were the catalyst for Newcastle's Premier League unravelling in 1996. McDermott, who won five league titles and three European Cups with the Reds during his playing career, was assista...Former Liverpool star Terry McDermott has dismissed the idea that Alex Ferguson's 'mind games' were the catalyst for Newcastle's Premier League unravelling in 1996. McDermott, who won five league titles and three European Cups with the Reds during his playing career, was assistant to Kevin Keegan during the 1995-96 campaign which saw the Magpies blow a 12-point lead over United to miss out on Premier League glory. Man United star Herrera as good as Kante The Red Devils eventually gained ground on Newcastle and won the league by four points. One of the defining moments of that particular season, which is still referenced over 20 years later, was the rant delivered by Keegan after a win over Leeds United, taking aim at Ferguson, who he said had "gone down in [his] estimation". However, McDermott insists that too much is made of the impassioned broadside, in which the Newcastle boss uttered the infamous line "I will love it if we beat them!" "We were laughing about it. He knew what he was doing, Kevin. He’s no one’s fool, believe me," the former Magpies coach told RTE about Keegan's attack on Ferguson. "He did have a pop and he was a little bit riled but he came on the coach and he was fine. "People make it a lot more than what it was. Fergie mind games? That’s a load of crap." Newcastle finished the season without a trophy and Keegan resigned mid-way through the next campaign, though his side secured a second consecutive runners-up finish that season.
- Jamie Vardy's form for Leicester City has shown that he made the right decision to snub Arsenal, manager Craig Shakespeare has said. Herrera is as good as Kante The England international was a target for Arsene Wenger last year, with the Gunners reportedly happy to activate h...Jamie Vardy's form for Leicester City has shown that he made the right decision to snub Arsenal, manager Craig Shakespeare has said. Herrera is as good as Kante The England international was a target for Arsene Wenger last year, with the Gunners reportedly happy to activate his £20million release clause, but he chose to stay with the Premier League champions. Vardy only scored five times in his first 22 league games this season but has recaptured something like his top form since the departure of former boss Claudio Ranieri, having hit six in his last seven appearances in the top flight. Although Shakespeare feels Vardy has yet to get back to his very best, he feels that he has justified his decision not to move to north London. "Thankfully, he chose us," said Shakespeare ahead of Leicester's trip to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. "All players will go through peaks and troughs, they just have to stay mentally tough, which Jamie did. "Players can't think: 'If I have one bad game, maybe I made the wrong decision'. It's about rolling your sleeves up and making sure you turn those indifferent performances into good performances. "The Jamie we're seeing out there at the moment is full of confidence and a goal threat as well. He's banging in the goals and we need that to continue to the end of the season. "I am reluctant to say he is back to his best, as I want more from him, but his goalscoring of late has been very good. Martial triggers €10m Monaco clause "Strikers go through purple patches. Then there are the dark times when whatever they hit doesn't go in. "At the moment, you see a player full of confidence and full of running. We need that to continue because we need a Jamie Vardy threatening defenders, getting on their shoulders and being a goal threat as well."
- Manchester United star Marcus Rashford says the benefits of playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be seen for years to come, describing his attacking team-mate as "irreplaceable'. Herrera is as good as Kante The 35-year-old will play no further part for Jose Mourinho's sid...
'You'll see the benefits in years to come' - Rashford reveals Ibrahimovic's huge impact as his mentorManchester United star Marcus Rashford says the benefits of playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be seen for years to come, describing his attacking team-mate as "irreplaceable'. Herrera is as good as Kante The 35-year-old will play no further part for Jose Mourinho's side this season having sustained a knee injury in United's Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht, and will see his current deal at Old Trafford expire in the summer. Speculation surrounding Ibrahimovic's future has linked the striker, who has scored 28 goals this season for United, with a move to MLS, though Rashford believes it will be impossible to replace the Swede. “You will see the benefits in years to come,” he told The Telegraph. “What I have learnt from him is irreplaceable.” “His influence on the younger players, especially, is fantastic. We want that to continue because he is making us into better players. "Now, when I go to the left or right, I see it differently to how I pictured it last season. They are things I didn’t have naturally inside me. I didn’t feel uncomfortable in the wide role, but when something is different it takes a while to get used to it. For me, the development has been going great all the way through. "Next season I think I will have come across most situations that are going to occur.” Rashford, who suffered somewhat of a mini-drought in front of goal until a strike against Sunderland sparked a run of three in five, believes that his role in a wider position will allow him to follow in the footsteps of some of the best in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar have all transformed from the wing to centre-forward in recent years, and 19-year-old Rashford is looking to implement what he has learned to lead United to silverware in future. Martial triggers €10m Monaco clause “You look at all the strikers in the world now, I can only think of two, three who are No 9s – Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez,” Rashford said. “Sergio Aguero? You could play him deeper as a No 10. "The qualities a striker needs now are different to what they used to be. When you look in the first team here and there are players who have won 15, 20 trophies, you want to try and live up to that and even exceed what they have done.”