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    Arsenal ratings: Dani Ceballos shines for Gunners but Nicolas Pepe struggles to make real impact in Sheffield United win

    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE scored twice as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United.The 29-year-old finished off a delightful Gunners move in the 33rd minute, tucking the ball away coolly after Bukayo Saka’s pass was flicked on wonderfully by the superb Dani Ceballos.
    Lacazette opened the scoring by finishing off a fine Arsenal moveCredit: Reuters
    It was the Frenchman’s 49th and 50th Premier League goals of his careerCredit: Reuters
    Martinelli made sure of the points in the second halfCredit: Getty
    Gabriel Martinelli then doubled the Gunners lead midway through the second half, pouncing on a rebound after Nicolas Pepe’s shot was parried away by Aaron Ramsdale.
    And Lacazette doubled his tally for the afternoon four minutes from time, sweeping home for his 50th Premier League goal.
    Victory sees Arsenal move up to ninth in the Premier League and gives them a boost ahead of their crucial Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
    Here’s what SunSport’s Dylan Terry thought of Arsenal’s individual performances.
    Bernd Leno – 6
    Had basically nothing to do all game, could have been a spectator for much of it.
    His biggest contributions came at set-pieces where he commanded his area well to punch the ball away.
    Leno was only called upon a couple of times in the whole game and did not have to make any major savesCredit: Ian Hodgson – Daily Mail
    Calum Chambers – 6
    Clearly identified by Mikel Arteta as a defensively resolute full-back.
    Looked solid enough and offered an option going forward too, although with very little end product.

    Rob Holding – 6
    Susceptible to playing hopeless long balls forward in the general direction of Lacazette – a frustrating habit to watch over and over again.
    Did not really put a foot wrong in defence and was largely untroubled by any of Sheffield United’s attackers.
    Pablo Mari – 7
    Swept up behind Holding in the first half, showing a real talent for making the right decision while under pressure.
    Probably Arsenal’s standout defender in a game where it was difficult for any of the Gunners back line to truly shine.
    Mari looked strong and composed in what was a routine display from the Arsenal defenceCredit: EPA
    Granit Xhaka – 6
    Clearly not a natural left-back but did enough to keep Sheffield United quiet for most of the match.
    Lazily allowed McGoldrick a sight of goal early on after failing to track his run into the box.
    His lack of pace and positional awareness could prove costly against better teams.
    Bukayo Saka – 7
    His pace is absolutely unplayable at times and his footballing brain is just as excellent.
    Saka taunted the Sheffield United defence early on with some jinking runs and darts in behind from the No10 role.
    He then linked up superbly with Ceballos for Arsenal’s opener as his push for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ramped up even more.
    But he did go off holding his thigh in the second half, something which will worry Gunners fans greatly ahead of the Slavia Prague game in midweek.
    Saka went off injured with what appeared to be a thigh problemCredit: EPA
    Thomas Partey – 6
    Really gives Ceballos and Saka the opportunity to motor forward and join the attacks.
    You rarely feel like he is doing anything, but watch closely and you will see he is often the key man in turning the ball over for Arsenal.
    Keeps things ticking over and is an essential part of how Arteta wants to play.
    Nicolas Pepe – 5
    Was probably the one Gunners forward who offered next to nothing in the opening 45 minutes.
    Only real impact came when his shot was saved in the lead up to Martinelli’s goal.
    Promises a lot with his pace and ability to face up to a defender one-on-one, but continually his end product is lacking.
    Also could have scored in injury time but tried to pass instead of simply sliding the ball into the corner.
    Pepe struggled all evening to make any real inroads into the gameCredit: Reuters
    Dani Ceballos – 8
    At the centre of a lot of Arsenal’s good work in the first half, most notably with a wonderfully audacious flick to set up Lacazette’s opener.
    Also played a delightful ball over the top for Chambers who could not make the most of it.
    Looks undoubtedly the most cultured midfielder at Arteta’s disposal, along with the unused duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.
    Ceballos was instrumental in everything Arsenal produced at Bramall LaneCredit: AP
    Gabriel Martinelli – 7
    Wasted a lovely move from Arsenal in the first half by drilling his shot into the side netting.
    But, for an injury-prone player, he rode a second half knock, stayed on the pitch and finished off a lovely move to get his first goal of the season.
    Alexandre Lacazette – 8
    Often gave up his own chance of scoring by dropping deep early on, before dispatching his one first half opening with aplomb.
    Missed a good chance ten minutes after the break, failing to keep his head over the ball when it was played to him on the edge of the area.
    But another supreme finish in front of goal four minutes from time made it two for the Frenchman – a top night’s work.
    Lacazette is now half way to 100 Premier League goalsCredit: Getty
    WILLIAN (FOR SAKA 69) – 6
    Did not really have much time to make a significant impact on the game.
    Would have like to have seen a bit more from him given his poor campaign up to this point.
    Only touched the ball a handful of times after coming on.
    Literally came on for a run around at the end and to give Lacazette a couple of minutes rest after a superb display.
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    Sheff Utd 0 Arsenal 3: Lacazette double and Martinelli’s first goal in over a year keep Gunners’ Euro dreams alive

    APATHETIC Arsenal finally discovered some backbone in the steel city to keep their faint European hopes alive.The Gunners have been drifting along in no man’s land for so long that even a trip to rock-bottom Sheffield United appeared to be fraught with danger.
    Alexandre Lacazette finished off a brilliant team goalCredit: Getty
    Look at that passing 😍An absolutely brilliant goal from Arsenal!Alexandre Lacazette with the clinical finish for his 14th of the season.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2021

    A pre-match snowfall didn’t exactly augur well for Mikel  Arteta’s snowflakes either, particularly with half of their team missing through illness or injury.
    But against all expectations, the visitors were able to grind out the victory required to edge their way back into the top half of the table.
    They even managed to secure their first clean sheet in 15 games, even if it was against the Premier League’s lowest scoring team.
    But beggars can’t be choosers and Arteta will take any positives right now as he tries to keep Arsenal’s disappointing season alive.
    Two goals from stand-in skipper Alex Lacazette and another from Gabriel Martinelli were more than enough to cut the gap to sixth placed Liverpool to seven points.
    But with only seven Premier League fixtures remaining, it is still going to require a near perfect run-in for Arsenal to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe through their League position.
    Winning this season’s Europa League remains their best hope of securing European football for a 26th successive year.
    But they have it all to do in Thursday’s quarter-final return away to Slavia Prague after conceding a stoppage time equaliser at the Emirates last week.
    The Frenchman celebrates bagging a great team goalCredit: AP
    Gabriel Martinelli put the game to bed with Arsenal’s secondCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun
    Gabriel Martinelli doubles Arsenal’s lead 🙌The simplest of finishes for the Brazilian after Pepe’s saved shot fell to him!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2021

    Yet at least this win has bought them a bit of breathing space and they can take some heart from this long overdue return to form
    Arteta made five changes to the team which had fallen down right at the death against Slavia.
    Most notable among the absentees was captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had gone down with a nasty case of Ozilitis, the mystery virus which prevents Arsenal’s big-time stars from travelling to inhospitable grounds in the north of England.
    Aubameyang’s ‘misfortune’ meant a rare start for teenager Martinelli, the Brazilian forward so beloved by the Arsenal online community.
    Arteta has been reluctant to rush the 19-year-old back into action too soon following a serious knee injury which had sidelined him for more than six months.
    But he was finally unable to ignore the online clamour and his faith was rewarded by Martinelli’s first goal in 15 months to end any fears of another late collapse.
    Yet  even against a Sheffield United team resigned to relegation a long time ago Arsenal  still seemed fixated with scoring the perfect goal rather than simply cashing in on their opponents’ frailties.
    Bukayo Saka was just too high with an early sighter but it wasn’t until midway through the first-half that Blades keeper Aaron Ramsdale was called into action.

    Gabriel Martinelli scored his first goal of the seasonCredit: Getty
    Alexandre Lacazette scored his second in the final five minutesCredit: PA
    Even then it was a save all of Ramsdale’s own making when he drilled an attempted clearance straight at Alex Lacazette before catching the ricochet off the startled Arsenal skipper.
    Martinelli hammered a decent opening wastefully into the side netting and Calum Chambers was denied by John Egan’s goal-line block as the visitors looked to step up the pace.
    But Arsenal finally forced the breakthrough their overwhelming dominance demanded in the 33rd minute, and it was a goal which was well worth waiting for.
    Thomas Partey, Lacazette and Saka exchanged possession in a blur of first-time passes before Dani Ceballos’ backheel set up Lacazette for his 14th goal of the season.
    It was far too good for the bewildered Blades, who are now so far adrift at the foot of the table that they now need snookers.
    They are now 18 points from safety with just seven games remaining. 
    And considering they have only managed 14 points from their first 31 games, it is safe to assume that their goose is pretty much cooked.
    In fact relegation will be confirmed as soon as this Saturday if Brighton and Newcastle both take a point and they lose at Wolves. 
    The win will ease the pressure on boss Mikel ArtetaCredit: Reuters
    Any hopes of taking anything from this game were destroyed by John Lundstram’s suicidal 73rd minute pass on the edge of his own area straight to Nicolas Pepe. 
    Ramsdale was able to parry the shot from Arsenal’s record signing but powerless to prevent Martinelli from cashing in on the follow-up.
    And their fate was finally sealed four minutes from the end when Lacazette was sent on  goal by Partey’s sliderule pass.
    The Frenchman had missed an identical opportunity against Slavia in midweek when he smashed his shot against the bar with only the keeper to beat.

    But he had learned his lesson well and made no mistake this time with a precise low shot into the far corner.
    But it wasn’t all good news and Arteta will not have been heartened by the sight of the influential Saka limping off midday through the second-half after taking an apparent knock to an ankle.
    Like Martinelli, Saka has become far more important to Arnal’s prospects than a player of his tender years should be.
    Arteta is going to need all hands to the deck in the coming weeks to keep their ship afloat.
    Sheffield United are already holed below the waterline. They will be throwing out the lifebelts any day soon.
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    Jose Mourinho lashes out at VAR after Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at home to Man Utd and admits top-four hopes are fading

    JOSE MOURINHO lashed out at VAR after Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.And the Special One also conceded: Our top four hopes are fading fast.
    Jose Mourinho was not happy with VAR as Spurs’ top four hopes took a hit with defeat to Man UtdCredit: PA
    Spurs came into Sunday’s crunch clash having seen fellow Champions League hopefuls West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool all pick up crucial wins this weekend.
    Things were looking great for the Londoners when Son Heung-Min fired the home side ahead.
    But a second-half capitulation saw the Red Devils score three to seal victory in the capital.
    And Spurs are now six points behind fourth-place West Ham with just seven games to play.
    Some feel Tottenham were also fortunate to get away with having a United goal in the first half disallowed by VAR.
    Scott McTominay was judged to have raised his hand into Son’s face in the build-up for an Edinson Cavani goal.
    VAR controversially ruled the strike out moments before Son then put Spurs ahead.
    But despite appearing to benefit from the video system, Mourinho lashed out at it for, in his eyes, failing to spot an apparent elbow by Paul Pogba on Serge Aurier.
    Man Utd had a goal disallowed after Scott McTominay put his hand in Son Heung Min’s faceMARK HALSEY’S VIEWEDINSON CAVANI should not have had a first-half goal disallowed at Tottenham.

    I felt Scott McTominay did not commit a foul on Son Heung-Min in the build-up to Cavani’s strike.
    It was a slight hand-off by the Manchester United midfielder, the sort you see in every football match and nowhere near enough contact to force the Spurs forward to go down in the matter he did.
    The incident wasn’t a clear and obvious error by referee Chris Kavanagh and a subjective decision to allow play to continue.
    It was fine for VAR to check Cavani’s resulting goal but official Craig Pawson at Stockley Park should not have recommended a review.
    VAR have re-refereed the incident because as soon as Kavanagh went to the monitor he was under huge pressure to overturn his original decision.
    Kavanagh should have mentally tough enough to stick with his initial call as he was in an excellent position.
    The PGMOL explanation of this incident was nonsense and showed a major lack of understanding of football. Contact in football is not always a foul.
    If the officials deemed McTominay was a foul then why wasn’t Paul Pogba punished for a worse action on Serge Aurier earlier in the half?
    This is where the inconsistency drives everyone in the game mad and it is no surprise both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said afterwards they don’t understand the decision making anymore.

    And as a result of losing their tenth Premier League match this season, Mourinho also feels a top four finish may now be out of reach for his struggling Spurs side.
    The Portuguese tactician told Sky Sports after the final whistle: “My opinion it was a good game but we didn’t deserve this result at all.
    “We were unlucky because maybe Pogba should get a red card for an elbow on Serge Aurier.
    “I don’t know anything anymore [about VAR]. I watched Fulham vs Wolves, I don’t understand anything anymore.
    🔴 “I don’t understand anything anymore!”🔴 “Maybe Pogba should get a red card for an elbow.”🗣️🍿 Jose Mourinho gives his opinion on VAR after Spurs lose to Man Utd.📺 #TOTMUN reaction now on Sky Sports PL— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2021

    “Sometimes you get, sometimes you don’t get, I don’t know how to comment. You don’t celebrate a goal because you are afraid.
    “It is difficult for everybody. For us, the players, the referees.
    “Lots of contradictions and decision you don’t understand very well. That’s not my problem, I cannot fix this.
    “[Top four?] You look to the table and see the distance to them.
    “You know it’s difficult but it is mathematically possible.”
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    Watch Arsenal score goal ‘straight from the Arsene Wenger textbook’ as Alexandre Lacazette nets perfect team effort

    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE capped off a brilliant Arsenal move to fire his side ahead against Sheffield United.The Frenchman slotted past Aaron Ramsdale after the Gunners carved open the Blades’ defence with some scintillating build-up play.
    Look at that passing 😍An absolutely brilliant goal from Arsenal!Alexandre Lacazette with the clinical finish for his 14th of the season.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2021

    Alexandre Lacazette capped off a brilliant Arsenal move to put the Gunners aheadCredit: AP
    Thomas Partey found Lacazette who played it first time into the path of Bukayo Saka.
    He fed Dani Ceballos whose delightful backheel landed into Lacazette’s path and he made no mistake from 12-yards.
    It was his 14th of the season and arguably one of his best.
    The BT Sport commentators were left in awe of the passing move and suggested it was a throwback to the football played in the glory days under Arsene Wenger.
    Commentator Darren Fletcher said: “That’s a fantastic goal, absolutely brilliant.
    “Incisive short passing football and a clinical finish by Alexandre Lacazette.
    “It’s the kind of goal that would make Arsene Wenger raise a glass on Sunday evening if he’s seen it because that was straight from the Wenger textbook.

    “It was a super, super goal from Lacazette.”
    Co-commentator Steve McManaman added: “It was a lovely slick one-touch passing move. Ceballos flick, and a great touch by Lacazette.
    “Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”
    Gabriel Martinelli fired the Gunners two ahead in the 2nd half before Lacazette pounced for his second, and 50th in the Premier League, to seal the route.
    Speaking after the 3-0 win, boss Mikel Arteta said: “I’m really happy with the performance.
    “We scored some really nice goals and controlled the game the way we wanted. We played at a high level I think.”
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    PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino ‘personally calls Harry Kane to enquire about summer transfer from Tottenham’

    MAURICIO POCHETTINO has been in contact with Tottenham superstar Harry Kane over a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. The striker’s future at the North London club has been thrown into doubt with Spurs looking likely miss out on Champions League football once again.
    Pochettino has reportedly been in contact with Spurs striker Harry KaneCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Multiple news outlets have claimed Kane will ask to leave his boyhood club if they miss out on Europe’s most prestigious competition.
    Although SunSport understands the 27-year-old will stay in north London unless a European club stump up £175million.
    And, according to French outlet TF1, Kane’s old boss Pochettino has called him to get an idea of his summer plans.
    The Spurs icon, now in charge of PSG, is reported to be keen on a reunion with the England captain if he fails to keep star men Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the French capital.
    Both players are out of contract in 2022 and this summer could be the last chance to cash in, or risk losing them for nothing.
    Kane helped fire Spurs to the Champions League final under Pochettino just months before the Argentine’s shock sacking in November 2019.
    SunSport exclusively revealed Tottenham will not do business with ANY Premier League club over Kane.
    They will also not be bullied into letting their biggest star leave just because his head may be turned by other options elsewhere.
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    Barcelona and Real Madrid have shown an interest but their finances have been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.
    Kane still has three years left on his contract with Spurs meaning the club are in no rush to cash in.
    Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday leaves them six points adrift in the race for a top four finish.
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    Tottenham 1 Man Utd 3 LIVE REACTION: Red Devils secure vital three points in thriller with Spurs – latest updates

    EDINSON CAVANI’S header and Mason Greenwood’s late goal secured Manchester United a vital three points as they beat Tottenham 3-1 in London.Heung-min Son put Spurs 1-0 ahead before Fred equalised and Cavani completed the turnaround for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
    Mason Greenwood then added a third in stoppage time.

    RESULT: Tottenham 1 Man Utd 3
    Tottenham XI: 1 Lloris (c); 24 Aurier, 14 Rodon, 15 Dier, 3 Reguilon; 28 Ndombele, 5 Hojbjerg; 18 Lo Celso, 27 Lucas, 7 Son; 10 Kane.
    Man Utd XI: 26 Henderson; 29 Wan-Bissaka, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire (c), 23 Shaw; 17 Fred, 39 McTominay; 18 Fernandes, 10 Rashford, 6 Pogba; 7 Cavani.

    Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…


    What time does Tottenham vs Man Utd kick-off?

    Kick-off today is at 4.30pm BST.
    The game will take place in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    What TV channel is it on and can I live stream?

    Tottenham’s clash with Man Utd will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
    You can live stream the action from the Sky Go or NOW TV app, both of which are available for live streaming from your mobile or tablet device.

    That’s all from me and the coverage of the game between Tottenham and Man Utd!
    But fear not, there’s another Premier League game underway between Sheffield and Arsenal, and luckily we’re covering it here at SunSport!
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    Have a good one!
    JUSTICE for Edinson Cavani, revenge for Manchester United and a near-fatal blow to Tottenham’s hope of Champions League qualification. 
    United had been seething with rage ever since a Cavani ‘opener’ had been ruled out because of a supposed foul by Scott McTominay on a theatrical Son Heung-Min.
    Their rage was only worsened when Son stroked Spurs into the lead soon after – but a second-half fight-back earned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men a fourth straight Premier League win.
    Fred equalised and Cavani netted with a diving header from a gorgeous Mason Greenwood cross as United avenged their 6-1 defeat by Spurs back in October.  
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    ED IT IN
    Five of Edinson Cavani’s seven Premier League goals for Manchester United have been headed; indeed, only Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored more headed goals in this season’s competition (six) than the Uruguayan.
    Scott McTominay told Sky Sports: “It’s a brilliant win.
    “We were frustrated at half-time but the message was clear from the manager: keep calm. That’s what he kept saying to the players, that there’s no need to panic.
    “We’ve been here before, we know we have good characters in the team and good players who want to take the ball against a really difficult team. 
    “We have to start getting better in the first 30 minutes of games. By our standards that wasn’t good enough, but there were nothing but positives in the first half.
    “The referees have to make decisions – personally I’m not a fan of VAR, but it’s part and parcel of the games.
    “It was obviously a goal, the referee made a mistake, but it happens: everyone makes mistakes in life.”
    Credit: GETTY IMAGES

    Spurs drop more points from a winning position!

    Former Man City and Aston Villa defender Micah Richards shares his thoughts on Cavani’s goal being disallowed.

    Fred got Man Utd back on level terms, tapping home the rebound from Cavani’s saved effort.
    Cavani got in on the act with ten minutes left to go, meeting Greenwood’s cross and planting a diving header past Lloris.
    And Greenwood finished the game off, wrong-footing Reguilon and finishing well.
    Man Utd move within 11 points of league leaders Man City, and Tottenham drop six behind 4th place West Ham!
    90+5. Fred and Cavani combine to release Pogba in the middle of the pitch.
    The Frenchman turns and plays the ball across to the opposite flank where Greenwood was waiting.
    The Man Utd youngster sells Reguilon a hotdog before blasting the ball past Lloris!
    Game over!
    GAME OVER!!!
    90+4. Stupid, clumsy challenge from Aurier on Luke Shaw – he’s nowhere near the ball!
    And it give Man Utd some time to run the clock down with as little as two minutes to play.
    90+2. YELLOW CARD!
    Sissoko receives a booking with four minutes to go.
    90. Six additional minutes to be added on at the end of the second half – identical to the West Ham game earlier.
    Can Man Utd hold onto their lead? Or will Tottenham grab a late equaliser?
    Solskjaer makes another change, and it’s an attacker off for a defence-minded player.
    Matic replaces Fernandes.
    87. Not long left to go and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have the lead and are showing no signs of letting the lead go!
    Spurs, as it stands, will be six, yes six, points behind 4th place West Ham – the top four race is one to watch!
    83. OFF THE POST!
    A Tottenham corner is flicked on towards the far post – Cavani gets up well and flicks the ball onto the post!
    So close to an equaliser – Kane and Sissoko were lurking at the back post and in some respects, Cavani has saved a certain goal.
    ED IT IN!
    Edinson Cavani scored an emphatic diving header to hand Man Utd the lead!
    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
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    Lucas makes way for Bale.
    78. Fernandes nut-megs his nearest marker to tee up Greenwood on the right-hand side.
    The Man Utd youngster swings a first-time cross into Tottenham’s penalty area.
    Cavani loses his marker and plants a DIVING HEADER past Lloris to hand Man Utd the lead!
    Is that the winner?
    WHAT A GOAL!!!!
    Jose Mourinho makes another change and Lamela is coming on for Ndombele.
    Will we see a winning goal?
    75. Just over 15 minutes to go and its all square at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
    72. CHANCE!
    Tottenham work the ball across the edge of Man Utd’s penalty area to Son.
    The winger then slips the ball down the line to Kane, who cuts inside onto his right foot with his first touch.
    Kane gets a low shot off at the near post, but Henderson saves again!
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    PSG ‘make contact with Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah ahead of summer transfer to replace Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe’

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have reportedly made contact with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.The Ligue 1 champions are believed to have identified the 28-year-old as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe – should he leave this summer.
    PSG are said to have identified Salah, 28, as a potential replacement for Mbappe, 22Credit: EPA
    According to French television show Telefoot, Salah is PSG’s first choice replacement for Mbappe.
    The 22-year-old’s contract expires next summer and reports are suggesting he won’t sign a new deal.
    There are many clubs believed to be interested in Mbappe – including Liverpool – but Real Madrid are the rumoured favourites for his signature.
    PSG are also said to be keen on Harry Kane, with manager Mauricio Pochettino reportedly asking the player what he plans to do if Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League.
    A deal for Kane could be difficult, though, with Spurs set to demand a £175million transfer fee.
    And the French side have been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo, with reports claiming Juventus will accept around £25million for the Portuguese superstar.

    It is not the first time Salah has been rumoured with PSG as reports emerged three years ago, shortly after his stunning debut season at Anfield.
    There has been little talk of a move to Paris since, although the player continues to be linked with both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
    Salah failed to rule out a move to Spain in a recent interview, admitting he may play in LaLiga ‘one day’.

    Reports also claim the Anfield dressing room is becoming increasingly concerned that the Egyptian wants to leave.
    Salah has been one Liverpool’s best players since he joined the club from Roma in 2017.
    He’s scored 92 goals in 138 Premier League games, inspiring them to a first league title in 30 years last season and to victory in the 2019 Champions League final.
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    Man Utd verdict: Luke Shaw makes Jose Mourinho eat his words as resurgent star shines again in victory over Tottenham

    IT is a wonder Luke Shaw managed to play so well, given Jose Mourinho was on the opposite touchline for the first 45 minutes.It was, of course, no shock to regular Manchester United watchers that the left-back produced another assured display in the 3-1 win over Tottenham.
    Shaw was one of Man Utd’s standout performers against SpursCredit: Getty
    He has been the Red Devils’ most consistent and best player for weeks now.
    The only surprise was Tottenham boss Mourinho did not try to claim the credit for the defender’s latest super show – just like he did when he was in charge at Old Trafford.
    Shaw reminded the Special One that not every player responds to being hung out to dry in public.
    Mourinho slated the former Southampton starlet as much as anybody during his United tenure – even though he had endured much-publicised problems with confidence and injuries, and was just about old enough to have the key of the door.
    Managers have every right to criticise their players when they are not playing well.
    But at times Shaw was slammed by his former manager even when he was producing the goods.
    In 2017 Mourinho took credit for Shaw’s decent display in a draw with Everton by claiming: “He had a good performance but it was his body with my brain. I had to make decisions for him.”
    This suggested Shaw could not operate without a coach telling him what to do from the touchline. Damming for any pro.

    Mourinho later publicly questioned Shaw’s personality after subbing him at half-time of an FA Cup tie against Brighton.
    Many believed Shaw would not recover, but he showed against Spurs he has.
    The confidence sucked out of him by Mourinho has been pumped back into him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and was there for all to see.
    Mourinho must have thought Shaw was the weak link as he instructed Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura to double up on him.
    And it nearly worked as Shaw’s poor positioning let in Moura whose cross was on course to present Harry Kane with an easy opener before Victor Lindelof nipped in to nod behind.
    It was Shaw’s only error in the entire contest in which he again demonstrated why he is back in the England squad after two-and-a-half years.
    His rejuvenation is down to himself and his current gaffer. Do not be fooled by any talk from Mourinho of tough love.
    The way Shaw is playing now is not because of the Portuguese, it is in spite of him.
    But he is not the only Three Lions hopeful to have been welcomed back into the United fold by Solskjaer.
    Yesterday was D-Day in the battle for the goalkeeper’s slot – with the D standing for Dean as Ole opted to recall Henderson after David de Gea had played in Thursday’s Europa League win in Granada.
    Shaw showed his ability in both defensive and attacking areas on SundayCredit: Getty
    It was the Spaniard’s first start since February after he hot-footed it back to his homeland for the birth of his first child last month.
    On his return he found himself on the bench for a few matches as Solskjaer kept faith with Hendo, who in the seven matches he had deputised in his rival’s absence, registered four clean sheets and tasted defeat just once.
    Speculation on the pair’s future has been rife, with both stoppers making it abundantly clear they are not prepared to settle for second choice next term.
    It is believed the Old Trafford hierarchy were not particularly enamoured by De Gea’s decision to take an impromptu international paternity leave at such a crucial stage of the season.
    And with Henderson having proved he is up to the job, it could be the perfect opportunity to get their expensive No1 – who earns three times more than his understudy – off the wage bill.
    But following De Gea’s return on Thursday all eyes were on Solskjaer to see which keeper he would select here.
    Well, having made his choice here it now looks certain Henderson will be United’s top goalkeeper next term.
    And he will be delighted to have someone like Shaw playing in front of him.
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