Paul Pogba praised after brilliant performance against Bournemouth


– Paul Pogba has been challenged to show his current form in the bigger games

– Sky pundits Jamie Redknapp and Craig Bellamy want him to show consistency

– Pogba has scored back-to-back braces in United’s last two league matches

– He was the star man in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford

Paul Pogba excelled again for Manchester United in their devastating 4-1 win over Bournemouth but he has been warned he needs to show similar form in the big matches.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Craig Bellamy hailed the performance of the Frenchman after he grabbed a brace and an assist for Marcus Rashford on Sunday.

But with high-flying Tottenham on the horizon and Paris Saint-Germain to come in the Champions League, Pogba has been challenged to dominate matches against the elite sides in Europe.

‘His critics will say he’s done it at Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth,’ Redknapp said.

‘He’s got to go and do it against Tottenham now at Wembley, that’s the benchmark. He was criticised and blamed for the manager going but it proves it wasn’t just him there were a number of players who were letting themselves and the club down but now that’s gone so it will be interesting to see where they can go now.’

Pogba was maligned under former manager Jose Mourinho, particularly near the end of the Portuguese’s reign when he was labelled ‘a virus’ having fallen out with his boss.

But since interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken charge, Pogba looks a new player, free of distraction and fall-out.


Boot-iful stuff! Neymar, Coutinho and De Bruyne star in Nike’s new stunning advert

– Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Kevin De Bruyne feature in Nike’s new advert

– The video is to promote the manufacture’s new PhantomVSN football boots

– The promotional video shows the three stars using powers to go past defenders

Nike have released the latest in a long line of brilliant footballing adverts to promote their PhantomVSN boots.

Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Kevin De Bryune all star in the manufacture’s new promotional video, along with a host of other footballing stars.

The two-minute long clip, entitled ‘Awaken the Phantom’, is based around the boots giving players special powers to make defender’s lives a living hell.

Neymar was shown dribbling the ball and making it vanish, while Coutinho had eight legs like an octopus as he ran towards the goal in the video.

It was the sort of stuff of legends and people all over the world from the streets of France, to the hussle and bussle of a London tube were all discussing who the player’s real identity was.

One person said they heard it was De Bruyne, while a girl claimed they were wrong and it was in fact USA star Mallory Pugh.

The video finishes with a hybrid of all the players, represented by a a silhouette of black mist, using their special powers to go past a defender and strike into the goal.


Big-money Premier League deadline day deals for players you’ve probably never heard of

– £128m was spent by Premier League clubs on a busy transfer deadline day

– Everton and Fulham were among the busiest teams as 25 new players arrived

– Sportsmail take you through deals for players you may not have seen before

It was a busy transfer deadline day on Thursday for Premier League clubs as they sought to conclude their business in earnest before the start of the new season.

£128m was spent with 25 players arriving in England, with the likes of Fulham and Leicester leading the way with big-money moves.

While 10 years ago £30m may have bought Dimitar Berbatov and Robinho, this summer the same outlay hasn’t quite delivered the same household names.

Here Sportsmail take you through some of the deals for players you may never have come across before…

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – Marseille £30m – Fulham

Caglar Soyuncu – Freiburg £19m – Leicester

Filip Benkovic – Dinamo Zagreb £13.5m – Leicester

Martin Montoya – Valencia £6.5m – Brighton

Luciano Vietto – Atletico Madrid loan – Fulham

Isaac Mbenza – Montpellier loan – Huddersfield


EIGHT THINGS YOU MISSED from Man United 2-1 Leicester

– Manchester United started the Premier League season by beating Leicester 2-1

– Paul Pogba scored first with a penalty after pulling rank over Alexis Sanchez

– Gary Neville got soaked by a sprinkler during Sky Sports’ pre-match coverage

– The pre-game team lineup graphics saw Harry Maguire strike an amusing pose

Manchester United beat Leicester City on Friday night to get the 2018-19 Premier league season underway.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring with a third-minute penalty and Luke Shaw bagged his first goal for the Reds, before Jamie Vardy nodded in a late consolation strike.

There was plenty going on at Old Trafford so Sportsmail’s ROBERT SUMMERSCALES has rounded up some things that you may have missed.

Pogba pulls rank

Alexis Sanchez won the penalty for United when his first-half shot defected off the arm of Daniel Amartey, via Wes Morgan.

The former Arsenal playmaker appeared keen to take the spot-kick himself but captain Pogba pulled ranked after a serious discussion.

500 up for Jose

Pogba’s converted penalty was the 500th Premier League goal scored by a Jose Mourinho team.

Just 124 of Mourinho’s 501 PL goals have been scored by United, with the other 377 coming during his time at former club Chelsea.

Slo-mo spot kick

Pogba took an age to score from the spot as he performed one of the slowest run-ups the Premier League has ever seen.

When he finally arrived at the ball, his shot was hammered emphatically into the top corner, but that did not spare him from getting the meme treatment on Twitter.

pogba slo mo
Pogba and Luke

Neville gets soaked

Former United captain Gary Neville returned to Old Trafford as part of Sky’s punditry team on Friday night.

Neville was showered with applause by his United’s fans.

Southgate scouts

England manager Gareth Southgate was in the stands at Old Trafford to cast his eye over some potential picks ahead of next month’s international break.

Southgate, who sat next to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, will have enjoyed seeing left back Shaw score his first goal for United.

Foxes concede first Premier League goal for third season running

For a third straight year, Leicester were involved in the Premier League’s annual curtain-raiser.

Not only have they lost all three of those season-openers, they have always conceded first.

Leicester lost 4-3 to Arsenal last August, after suffering a 2-1 defeat by Hull 12 months earlier.

Mourinho starts strong again

Unlike Leicester, United boss Mourinho has a habit of starting seasons well.

This was the 10th time he has been in charge of a side’s opening Premier League fixture and he has never lost one — winning nine.

Lineup photo fun

With the start of a new season comes newly-shot lineup poses.

Leicester ace Harry Maguire was seen rubbing his hands together in the moving pre-match graphic, which used footage recently taken in front of a green screen.

One Twitter user joked that the defender looked like he was offering to make a round of tea.

Wilfred Ndidi looked like he had an itchy elbow, while Pogba wore a smug smirk — as if he knew he was going to be the main man against Leicester.


Tottenham vs Manchester City: Football Fans Give Their Predictions (AUDIO)

After a long week of crazy Champions League football matches, the madness now shifts to league football.

In the premier league there lies a couple of tantalizing fixtures but the big focus this weekend will be on Tottenham vs Manchester City, a big match which has two vital targets.

Manchester City are just a single game away from clinching the title while a Tottenham win will just but seccure their top four spot ahead of Chelsea.

City are on an awful run after being bundled out of the Champions League by Liverpool a predicament which sandwiched their loss to United in their Manchester derby last week.

Tottenham on the other hand have been brilliant especially at home and will be looking to add more misery to a deflated Pep Guardiola’s side.

We caught up with a couple of football fans who aired their views on whom will carry the day come Saturday night.

Below are some of their views.

Manchester City A Step Closer To EPL Title After 2-0 Win Over Stoke

Manchester City edged closer to winning the English Premier League title with a two nil win over Stoke City.

David Silva scored City’s goals in each half to restore their sixteen point lead at the top of the summit. The win means City can all but seal their title with a win over Manchester United at Etihad when the two sides meet next month.

However this will happen if City beat Everton. Skipper Vincent Kompany says it’s once in a lifetime opportunity they are looking forward to.


Wahome Gakuru And Eye Witness Challenge Among The Top Kenyan Searches

Google has released the top trending searches in Kenya for the week of 5th – 12th November 2017.

Top on the list of trending searches was the late Nyeri Governor, Dr.Wahome Gakuru who passed on last week on Tuesday in a grisly road crash. Following the accident, Kenyans searched about the family and wife of the late governor.

Football was the second trending search item. Matches in the EPL, Serie A and World Cup Qualifiers topped this category: Arsenal Vs Mancity, Lazio vs Udinese and Ivory Coast Vs Morocco respectively.

The burial of the late Bishop Cornelius Kipngeno Korir was the third trending item on Google Search. The late Bishop of Eldoret Diocese who had passed away on October 30 was buried on Saturday. In a ceremony attended by the Government and Religious leaders, the late clergyman was eulogised as a peacemaker – having played a pivotal role in quelling tensions in Eldoret and the larger Rift Valley.

The week also saw Kenyans go online in search of the eyewitness challenge. The meme, became fourth trending item, after a man – who identified himself as Dennis Muigai Ngengi – claimed to have witnessed two high profile accidents in less than three weeks.  Dennis was interviewed on the scene of the Lake Nakuru plane crash and the accident of the late Nyeri Governor where he gave detailed accounts.

The fifth trending search was the texas church shooting. This is after a gunman (On November 5, 2017) opened fire on parishioners of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas – leading to the loss of lives for 25 people and an unborn child. The church has since been turned into a memorial.

On the entertainment scene, American Rapper Meek Mill, also drew search interest among Kenyans. Sixth on the list of trending searches, Meek Mill’s was last week sentenced to 2-4 years jail term following multiple probation violations. His arrest sparked outrage and rally protests by his supporters.

The week also saw Kenyans go online searching about  Don Moenand for his songs. Don, an American singer-songwriter, pastor, and producer of Christian worship music arrived in the country for a worship concert at CITAM, Karen. He became the seventh trending search for the week.

Following his appearance as a witness in two consecutive accidents, and his subsequent arrest, Dennis Muigai Ngengi, was the eighth trending search. Dennis was arrested last week on Thursday. After carrying out fingerprint forensic analysis, the police said Mr. Ngengi has eight previous criminal records.

The ninth trending search was on Britain’s overseas aid ministerPriti Patel who quit on Wednesday over unauthorised meetings in Israel.

Closing the list of top 10 trending searches was the ex-Kilome MP,Harun Mwau. The former Assistant Minister had last week filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the October 26th Presidential Elections.

Here are results for the most popular searches by Kenyans in the past week in descending order:

  1. Dr. Wahome Gakuru
  2. Football: EPL, Serie A and World Cup Qualifiers
  3. Bishop Cornelius Korir
  4. Eyewitness Challenge
  5. Texas Church Shooting
  6. Dennis Ngengi Muigai
  7. Meek Mill
  8. Don Moen
  9. Priti Patel
  10. Harun Mwau

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REVEALED: Here Are The Top 6 Targets EPL Clubs Plan On Swooping Before Transfer Deadline

Transfer deadline arrives at 1pm on Thursday and the Premier League’s biggest clubs are still looking to flex some serious financial muscle.

Even though they have spent close to £700million between them already, it is not a case of business done for any of the traditional top six sides.

Here Sportsmail looks at what each club has bought already and who they might yet get in the closing hours…


The pursuits of Naby Keita, Thomas Lemar, and Virgil Van Dijk could really send reverberations around Europe.

Manchester City

Guardiola has been committing pound coins as if they were coupons with a use-by-date, and has finally launched his expected late attempt to prise Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal with a sensational offer of cash plus Raheem Sterling.


Striking a £35m deal with Arsenal for Oxlade-Chamberlain would represent a neat bit of business for a player who is likely to gain fresh impetus from leaving the Emirates, while deals for Danny Drinkwater (£40m), Ross Barkley (£25m) and Fernando Llorente (£20m) are also in the works as Conte looks to build on his debut season success.

Leicester are driving a hard bargain for Drinkwater, who is open to the move, while Tottenham will rival the bid for Barkley. Chelsea could still move for Danny Rose too, with Juventus driving a high price for Alex Sandro.


Wenger seems to have given up on Monaco’s Lemar, but may be tempted to try again given Liverpool’s interest and the doubt about his current attack, which has gone two games without scoring and failed to register a shot on target at Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, with a year left on his contract, will be allowed to leave for either Chelsea or Liverpool and now City have come strong for Sanchez. At least nobody is launching a bid for Mesut Ozil, the other player entering his final 12 months, but then again after his listless displays so far maybe that is a shame.

Shkodran Mustafi is another on the verge of departing with discussions at an advanced stage with Inter and it promises to be a defining few days for a club that might be on the brink of drastic personnel change.


Everton’s Barkley has been high on the radar all summer and Liverpool’s Origi has been linked as a possibility to supplement the attack. Paulo Gazzaniga has arrived as third choice goalkeeper.

Manchester United

The move for Inter winger Ivan Perisic has proved problematic and while Mourinho would ideally like another option out wide of strength and speed, the good starts made by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford suggest it is not essential.


Wayne Rooney Becomes Second Player To Score 200 Goals In EPL History

Everton forward, Wayne Rooney became only the second player in Premier League History to score 200 league goals after Alan Shearer, when he opened the scoring against Manchester City yesterday as the two teams settled for a one all draw.

Everton 1-0 Stoke: Wayne Rooney completes fairytale return to Goodison Park as he heads the winner for boyhood club to earn opening-day victory

City had to wait until 82nd minute to get an equalizer through Raheem Sterling. Both sides were forced to finish the math with ten men after City’s Kyle Walker and Eveton’s Morgan Schneiderlin were sent off for receiving two yellow cards.

With eight minutes to go, Rooney’s triumph was denied by an equaliser from Raheem Sterling. Still, it was better than all but the most diehard Evertonian would have expected. This was supposed to be a comfortable three points for City, who last dropped points in the opening home game of the season in 2006. Instead, they were made to fight all the way.

AUDIO: Ghost Mulee Asimulia Jinsi Shabiki Aliyemkumbatia Rooney Alivyopanga Matukio Yote

Ultimately, intense pressure — even with 10 men — told. Danilo crossed, Mason Holgate’s headed clearance fell short, Sterling finally beat the excellent Jordan Pickford with his shot. Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a foul on Sergio Aguero, his second yellow card offence, but it was too late for City to take full advantage. The locals had to content themselves with jeering Rooney as he was withdrawn during Ronald Koeman’s reorganisation. He’ll take that all night — particularly from them.

Rooney linked, he slowed the game, he calmed it all down. Somehow, he also found the energy to run farther than any Everton player: 10.7km.

And Everton hung on for a point. Against the odds, a team built largely on youth, with eight English starting players — the most the club has sent out since 1996 — held on against the might of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.


Thrilling start to EPL as Arsenal beats Leicester 4-3

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side’s favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Giroud proves his worth after deciding to stay

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.

Arsenal rally to avoid another opening defeat

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

In the build-up to Friday’s game Wenger repeatedly stressed the importance of beginning with a positive result against Leicester – and the Gunners appeared to have listened to their manager as they made the dream start.

Lacazette was perfectly placed to take advantage of Wes Morgan misjudging Mohamed Elneny’s cross, flicking in a low header to become the fastest-scoring debutant in Premier League history.

The joy did not last long, however. Leicester exploited sloppiness by the Gunners to go ahead, leading to murmurings of discontent among the home crowd.

Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years last season, not to mention the criticism Wenger has received from some sections of the Gunners support, meant the Frenchman could ill-afford to begin with a defeat.

And the mood ebbed and flowed inside the Emirates – with some of the familiar grumblings of discontent evident.

The atmosphere turned dark among the home fans after Vardy’s first, the audible frustration subsiding when Welbeck calmly rolled in Saed Kolasinac’s cut-back, only to return again when Vardy restored the Foxes lead.

Wenger looked on anxiously from the dugout, eventually appearing on the touchline when he introduced Ramsey and Giroud after 67 minutes.

Within 20 minutes both players had scored – and the mood completely changed – as Arsenal avoided losing their opening fixture for the fourth time in five years.

Leicester show glimpses of their title-winning form

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare talked in his pre-match interview about the Foxes knowing their counter-attacking strengths and trying to use them to good effect against Arsenal’s “fashionable” back three.

That is exactly what they did.

The visitors found joy down the flanks, exposing the Gunners’ familiar defensive failings through Vardy’s sharp movement and quick balls forward.

Their rapid breaks were reminiscent of their title-winning side of two seasons ago, as was their clinical finishing: the Foxes scored with each of their three efforts on target.

Unfortunately for the 2015-16 champions, it was their own lapses of concentration which could not keep Arsenal out at the other end.

Led by captain Wes Morgan and new signing Harry Maguire, Leicester remained resolute in the second half until the pressure from Arsenal – who had 27 attempts at goal – eventually told.

“Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we’ll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out,” said Vardy, who turned down a move to the Gunners last summer.

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