Europa League

  • 'Who knows what could happen' - Smalling...

    Chris Smalling believes Manchester United are capable of maintaining trophy challenges on multiple fronts this season. The Red Devils enjoyed a welcome return to form over the festive period, with victory over Tottenham on December 8 sparking a run of six successive Premier Leag...

    'Who knows what could happen' - Smalling seeking to maintain Man Utd challenge on four fronts

    Chris Smalling believes Manchester United are capable of maintaining trophy challenges on multiple fronts this season. The Red Devils enjoyed a welcome return to form over the festive period, with victory over Tottenham on December 8 sparking a run of six successive Premier League victories. Prior to that, United had seen off Zorya in the Europa League, en route to the last 32 of that competition, and eased past Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. They are now readying themselves for an EFL Cup semi-final clash with Hull City on Tuesday, with the first leg of that contest due to be staged at Old Trafford. A positive result against the Tigers will edge Jose Mourinho’s side towards major silverware, before attention switches back to the league and a meeting with Liverpool that could bring United even closer to the top four. Smalling sees no reason why they cannot continue to compete in four events, with momentum and belief surging through the squad. He said: “The onus is on us to make sure that we stay in all those four races. “I think the more games the better and I am always one that would rather play than train. “We are looking forward to it and obviously the last eight or nine weeks we have been getting that consistency. We can’t get ahead of ourselves but if we keep up the form like this, then who knows.” Smalling is also delighted to be back playing his part in United’s quest for honours, having worked his way back to full fitness after suffering a broken toe in a Europa League fixture with Fenerbahce in October. The England international missed almost two months of action with the ailment, but has been a regular again over recent weeks and feels he is close to recapturing his best form. He added: “It is good to be back. I have been training for over a week now, I am feeling very good and I am looking forward to getting into a rhythm. “I think there is an opportunity there and, hopefully, I think it’s just a case of who can grab it and get that consistency to stay in that line-up.”

  • Genk braced to lose Manchester United ta...

    Genk technical director Dimitri de Conde has admitted that he is already looking to replace Leon Bailey and Wilfred Ndidi, who are wanted by Premier League sides Manchester United and Leicester respectively. PSG closing in on Draxler and Rodriguez The champions appear close to ...

    Genk braced to lose Manchester United target Bailey

    Genk technical director Dimitri de Conde has admitted that he is already looking to replace Leon Bailey and Wilfred Ndidi, who are wanted by Premier League sides Manchester United and Leicester respectively. PSG closing in on Draxler and Rodriguez The champions appear close to signing the 20-year-old Nigerian midfielder, but the Red Devils have also been credited with an interest in the 19-year-old Jamaican attacker, who could also be on the move come January. “We'll fight to keep them here until the end of this season, but that is no easy task,” De Conde told HLN. “If mega bids - by Belgian standards - are made, they we cannot reject it, and if the boys also feel ready for a step up then it will be very difficult to keep them in Genk. “I must be ready with alternatives.” The English clubs will not be allowed to sign the pair cheaply, though. “In the category of players 20 or under, then these boys are absolutely top talents, so I think a fee of between €20-€25 million is certainly warranted,” he continued. “The ideal scenario would be that we reach a deal in January with the interested clubs but the guys say here for the rest of the season. I’ll do that if I can.”  Yaya: I want City to be bigger than United Ndidi is already a Nigeria international, having been capped on six occasions. He has been a regular for Genk in the heart of their midfield, where he has turned out 33 times already in 2016-17, scoring two goals, and is considered as a potential replacement for N’Golo Kante at Leicester.  Bailey, meanwhile, has featured on 31 occasions this season, proving his quality in front of goal by scoring eight times for his club, including seven in the Europa League. Moreover, the once-capped Jamaica international has provided nine assists for his team-mates from his favoured position out in the wide areas of the attack. The teenager is already well travelled, having played football in Jamaica, Austria, Slovakia and Belgium, so a move to England would be unlikely to give him any fears.

  • Pogba brothers' mum wants two draws in E...

    Manchester United's Europa League last-32 clash with Saint-Etienne has put Paul and Florentin Pogba's mother in the impossible position of wanting neither of her sons to lose. Paul, the younger sibling and the world's most expensive player, will welcome his brother to Old Traffo...

    Pogba brothers' mum wants two draws in Europa League

    Manchester United's Europa League last-32 clash with Saint-Etienne has put Paul and Florentin Pogba's mother in the impossible position of wanting neither of her sons to lose. Paul, the younger sibling and the world's most expensive player, will welcome his brother to Old Trafford for the first leg in February, before the two meet again in France a week later. Mourinho reluctant to rotate While their mum, Yeo Moriba, has a vested interest in the fortunes of both clubs, she does not want either to win – or, moreover, cannot bare the thought of either of her boys suffering defeat. "Me, I want two draws between my children. I do not want either to lose," she told AFP. "But I know that unfortunately one of them will be eliminated. I will see both matches on February 16 in Manchester and 22 February in Saint-Etienne.  "My sons are very happy to meet on the field, they promised to exchange their jerseys ." France international Paul – three years Florentin's junior – is certainly relishing the showdown, if one of his latest Instagram posts is anything to go by. Never one to shy away from the limelight, he took to the social media platform to post a video of him and his brother squaring off as characters in the iconic closing scene of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western classic, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

  • VIDEO: Pogba sets up showdown with broth...

    Paul Pogba is clearly excited about facing his brother in the Europa League last 32. The two Pogba's will face off in February as Manchester United and Saint-Etienne were paired together in Monday's draw in Nyon. Jose Mourinho's side finished second in Group A, behind Fenerba...

    VIDEO: Pogba sets up showdown with brother with hilarious cowboy standoff clip

    Paul Pogba is clearly excited about facing his brother in the Europa League last 32. The two Pogba's will face off in February as Manchester United and Saint-Etienne were paired together in Monday's draw in Nyon. Jose Mourinho's side finished second in Group A, behind Fenerbahce, while Ligue 1 side ASSE were Group C winners. And the tie is clearly a special one for the Pogba family, with world-record United signing Paul meeting his brother Florentin, who plays as a defender for Saint-Etienne. Mourinho admitted that both players were "laughing" after learning their fate immediately after the draw, with United's Pogba having now gone a step further to build-up the anticipation.   A video posted by Paul Labile Pogba (@paulpogba) on Dec 12, 2016 at 2:38pm PST In a hilarious bobble-head style video promo posted on Instagram, the 23-year-old faces up to his brother in the famous stand-off clip from the Western 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'. Check out the video in the post above!

  • 'Tottenham was our wet dream' - Gent dir...

    Gent managing director Michel Louwagie had a bizarre reaction to being drawn against Tottenham in the Europa League Round of 32, claiming it was the club's 'wet dream'. After finishing second in Group H ahead of Portuguese side Braga, Louwagie was anxious ahead of the draw for t...

    'Tottenham was our wet dream' - Gent director's outrageous claim after Europa League draw

    Gent managing director Michel Louwagie had a bizarre reaction to being drawn against Tottenham in the Europa League Round of 32, claiming it was the club's 'wet dream'. After finishing second in Group H ahead of Portuguese side Braga, Louwagie was anxious ahead of the draw for the knockout stage. The Gent director hoped his side would get a glamorous tie, and was not disappointed when they were drawn against the Premeir League club. 'Ronaldo and Messi are monsters!' However, his reaction to drawing Spurs left little to the imagination! "We feared we would draw a Turkish opponent," Louwagie told Sporza. "It was the wet dream of mine and the president to get either Roma or Tottenham. "This is like a Champions League game. We will play at Wembley, which is fantastic. Every game in that stadium is an epic. Now we can play there, and that is something you want to experience once in your career." Having only won the Belgian league title once, Louwagie knows that Gent are not at the same level as Tottenham or many of Europe's other big clubs. Despite that, he is looking forward to the challenge of Gent proving themselves against Mauricio Pochettino's side. "We have not been one of the top clubs for long, so this is all relatively new for us. We are extra excited," the 60-year-old admitted.  "The coach always wants a challenge. Last year he was disappointed we did not get an English club. Tottenham are obviously stronger [than Gent], but Gent has also put in performances in Europe that nobody expected. "Who knows, maybe they will underestimate us? Tottenham is a big name, and we will go there with a lot of respect."

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