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'Spectre': the Latest Film to Spoil Itself With a Bloated Trailer

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:12 AM

The synopsis to Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, reads: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind...

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Mats Hummels To Arsenal - Transfer Talk

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:51 AM

"We are a bit short defensively," Arsène Wenger said at his Thursday press conference, with a straight face. Arsenal's defence is almost as depleted - and dodgy - as Manchester United's, so their supporters should be heartened by a "£20 million war chest" promised for the January transfer...

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Pep Guardiola Book: His 'Biggest F**k-Up' And The Best Quotes

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:56 AM

Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau was granted enviable access to Pep Guardiola during his first year in charge of Bayern Munich and the result is a fascinating study of one of modern football's greatest coaches.

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Pep Guardiola Dreams Of Managing Manchester United

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:27 AM

Pep Guardiola has revealed he envisages managing Manchester United in the near future in a new book documenting his first year managing Bayern Munich.

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Petr Čech To Real Madrid - Transfer Talk

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:34 AM

Iker Casillas was back on the bench for Spain on Sunday night and Petr Čech could find himself in the same spot when Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace this weekend.

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Luis Suárez Denies Racially Abusing Patrice Evra Again

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:02 AM

Luis Suárez has once again denied racially abusing Patrice Evra almost three years to the day since one of English football's most infamous incidents.

Suárez was fined £40,000 and received an eight-match ban from the Football Association for racially abusing Evra during Liverpool and Manchester United's Premier League...

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Wayne Rooney: Striker's 43 England Goals (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:06 AM

It was another forgettable and worrying performance from Wayne Rooney in Estonia however his knack for scoring whilst playing poorly continued.

Rooney has now hit six goals in...

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Mesut Özil To Bayern Munich - Transfer Talk

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 3:22 AM

Mesut Özil's miserable year has all but ended with a knee injury but there could be a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel being shone by Bayern Munich.

No, we can't believe it either, but the Monday rumour is Arsenal are prepared to take a...

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Louis Van Gaal Praises David De Gea For 'Saving' Manchester United

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Louis van Gaal lauded Manchester United matchwinner David de Gea for "saving" his side during a slender 2-1 win over Everton.

De Gea became the first goalkeeper to save a Leighton Baines...

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Manchester United 2-1 Everton: Ángel Di María And Leighton Baines Make Wingers In-Vogue Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 6:11 AM

Tony Hibbert was in deep conversation with Muhamed Bešić as early as the sixth minute. Bešić, maybe not the only one baffled by a Scouse accent this week, trotted over to Roberto Martínez 18 minutes later for clarification. How to deal with Luke Shaw and Ángel di María? They had...

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Danny Welbeck And The English Champions League Hat-Trick Heroes

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 4:13 AM

Danny Welbeck became the fifth English striker to score a hat-trick in the Champions League nearly 19 years on from the first.

Mike Newell's inconsequential treble for Blackburn was the first in the new group stage format, before...

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Sami Khedira To Liverpool - Transfer Talk

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:07 AM

Sami Khedira's August injury was a cruel kind of karma for not leaving Real Madrid and the German midfielder's absence has reignited rumours of a Premier League transfer.

Liverpool and Arsenal - again - are the two teams linked with the 27-year-old, who looked set to leave Real...

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Cristiano Ronaldo To Manchester United 'In 2016' - Transfer Talk

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:58 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo is winning the closed-window rumour mill hands down, with the latest report regarding his possible to return to Manchester United claiming he will re-join the Reds in 2016.

Ronaldo will be 31, then, which won't exactly suit United or Louis van Gaal (providing he's...

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Juan Mata To Valencia - Transfer Talk

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:21 AM

Juan Mata could be set for an upturn in fortunes after Wayne Rooney's red card but the Manchester United attacker continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

United's interest in Kevin Strootman has seen Mata mooted as a makeweight in a possible deal but...

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Louis Van Gaal Says Wayne Rooney's Foul Was 'Too Unfriendly'

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Louis van Gaal praised Manchester United's resilience as they held on for 36 nail-biting minutes against a dogged West Ham United side to claim a 2-1 victory.

Reduced to 10 men...

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Manchester United 2-1 West Ham: Wayne Rooney The Villain, Rather Than The Victim

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 8:29 AM

Captaincy choices can be polarising and don't expect to see Alex Song don the armband for West Ham again. He was booked after 131 seconds and culpable for Manchester United's second goal. Wayne Rooney thought he had ended a chastening week with United's opener and, initially,...

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Manchester United: Louis Van Gaal Often Takes Chances With His Defences

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 7:45 AM

Top-heavy and as porous as a sieve, Louis van Gaal's team always invited opponents but had an abundance of options in attack. No, that is not a description of Manchester United's defeat at Leicester last week but an accurate summary of the Dutchman's Bayern...

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FIFA 15: EA Sports' Flagship Game Reviewed

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:40 AM

Fifa games are like modern Hollywood blockbusters. The trailer's look fantastic and persuade you to part with your money but the real thing leaves you satisfied and wanting more.

It's all about the authenticity when it comes to Fifa. Every Premier League ground is included in this year's edition but...

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Manchester City 5-1 Manchester United: Derby Wins Against Sir Alex Ferguson's Reds

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:31 AM

Twenty-five years ago today, Alex Ferguson wanted to put his head in the oven. Nearly three years into a trophyless reign at Manchester United, he had just watched his expensively-assembled side be dismantled by Mel Machin's underwhelming Manchester City. In Manchester, it is still...

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Ryder Cup 2014: Sir Alex Ferguson To Give Team Europe Team Talk

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 7:09 AM

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has confirmed Sir Alex Ferguson will give the players a team talk this evening.

Former Manchester United manager Ferguson, 72, remains a keen golfer and was expected to be in attendance at Gleneagles this week, although he could return to Manchester for...

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