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How Ashley Young stayed young at Manchester United

NEW Ashley Young (celebrating last night, left) is back in the headlines after two stunning goals for Manchester United in their victory at his old club Watford. He has emerged as a key player under Jose Mourinho after United struggled to replace his former team-mate Patrice Evra (top right). Young is keeping Luke Shaw (bottom right) out of the team.

New Arsenal transfer blunder revealed: Antoine Griezmann

That same window saw Arsenal fail to land Luis Suarez with the infamous £40million and £1 bid and could only stand by as Gonzalo Higuain opted for Juventus over the Emirates. Griezmann has revealed himself to be another potential Arsenal striker who saw his move to the Emirates collapse and as a result he has ruled out ever moving to the club.

NEW Neymar's buyout clause in his first season is £177million, it rises to £195m in his second year and £221m thereafter and Los Blancos would need to sell four players to bankroll a deal.

NEW PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: Tuesday night felt like the beginning of Gareth Bale's season, after the false start in September ruined by injuries but the speculation over his future will continue.

Hundreds of Everton fans have expressed their anger and frustration after hearing the news that Liverpool legend Sammy Lee will move to the club alongside Sam Allardyce.

NEW Lionel Messi has named the four teams he believes will push Barcelona the hardest in the Champions League, leaving out Jose Mourinho's Manchester United and last season's finalists Juventus.

Arsenal's new hierarchy: Meet men alongside Arsene Wenger

NEW Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis warned that Arsene Wenger had to become a 'catalyst for change' to stay on as boss - and now it finally seems to be burning away. The Gunners have moved to moderise, pulling in a world-class team of business and performance experts around the manager to change the way things work. Raul Sanllehi is in from Barcelona, Sven Mislintat has been dragged from Borussia Dortmund and Huss Fahmy and Darren Burgess are also new faces in the setup. Here, Sportsmail looks at how things will work under the new staffing system at the Emirates Stadium and just what it means for Wenger.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been forced to go under the knife again after suffering 'discomfort' in the achilles tendon that has kept him out of action for over a year.

Tiger Woods may be 'loving life again' ahead of his latest comeback to tournament golf in the Bahamas this week, but a glance at golf's world rankings shows just how far he's fallen.

Alfa Romeo will return to Formula One for the first time in 30 years in a new multi-year partnership with Sauber. Sauber struggled in 2017, finishing last in the constructors' championship.

My English friends have earmarked Adelaide as the Test that gives them the best chance of success. If they lose there then my prediction of 5-0 looks well on the way to being right.

Floyd Mayweather denies claims of returning to the ring

Floyd Mayweather totally refuted claims he is coming out of retirement as he continues his trip to China.?The boxing legend said: 'I'm happily retired. I'm not fighting no more, no matter what the price is,' adding that reports to the contrary are 'Fake! All lies.' Having retired as the wealthiest pugilist of all time with a perfect 50-0 record, Mayweather boasted he is being paid for the current tour of China.?The 40-year-old posted a number of photos of himself on the Great Wall, explaining the motivation behind his trip in the caption.

Mourinho: Lukaku form down to having no boot sponsor

KIERAN GILL AT VICARAGE ROAD: Jose Mourinho joked that the reason Romelu Lukaku cannot score is because the Manchester United striker is not currently contracted to any brand for his boots. Lukaku wore black boots against Watford on Tuesday night, with photographs seemingly showing that the Belgian had coloured in the white Nike tick with a marker.? Not wanting to give the swoosh any free publicity during the televised Premier League tie at Vicarage Road, which United won 4-2, Lukaku is in the market for a new sponsor.

5 events you missed from Premier League on Tuesday

Manchester United closed the gap on league leaders and rivals Manchester City with a 4-2 victory over Watford on another dramatic night of Premier League action. Leicester also picked up three points thanks to a 2-1 win over Tottenham, while there were draws at West Brom and Brighton. If you were too busy to catch all of the action, fear not. Sportsmail kept an eye over the proceedings and found a few things you may have missed...?

IAN LADYMAN AT VICARAGE ROAD: There is more than one way to extinguish a fightback. One is to defend for your lives and hope for the best and another is to do what Jesse Lingard did.

NEW Jose Mourinho revealed Nemanja Matic suffered a 'muscular' injury against Watford and fears that it is 'important'. He was substituted after just 54 minutes in Tuesday's 4-2 win at Vicarage Road.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored just one goal in his last 11 for Manchester United appearances after he failed to find the net during their 4-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

KIERAN GILL AT VICARAGE ROAD: Goals from Ashley Young and Anthony Martial gave United a 3-0 lead at half time before Troy Deeney and Abdoulaye Doucoure set up the nervy finish.

Manchester United held off a Watford fightback record a 4-2 victory at Vicarage Road on Tuesday. Here are five things we learned from the entertaining encounter.

Leicester  2-1 Tottenham: Vardy and Mahrez down Spurs

LEICESTER 2-1 TOTTENHAM - MATT BARLOW AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: First law of the jungle, aggravate Jamie Vardy at your peril. Second, watch your back and do not under any circumstances invite Riyad Mahrez to take aim with his left foot. Tottenham failed to obey either and so unleashed one of those hyperactive performances from Leicester which took the nation by storm two years ago. Vardy proved a persistent menace up front and Mahrez was silky smooth out wide and Spurs were two down by half-time and still refused to give up.

Two stewards were taken to hospital after droves of Crystal Palace supporters were denied entry into the derby clash at Brighton on Tuesday. A statement claimed ‘several’ stewards suffered minor injuries.

Antonio Conte is waiting for Roman Abramovich to ask what players Chelsea need to catch Manchester City and United. The champions want to remain relevant in the Premier League title race.

Paris Saint-Germain shattered the transfer record to bring in the Brazilian for an eye-watering £198million this summer. But reports have emerged that Real are interested in the striker.

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Florentino Perez to strengthen the Real Madrid squad with new signings in January?— and has even given the club's president his three-man transfer wishlist.

Ben Stokes greeted by mum and dad in New Zealand

Ben Stokes received a warm embrace from his mother, Deborah, as he landed in New Zealand on Wednesday morning ahead of making his return to competitive action. The England all-rounder was pictured at Heathrow Airport on Monday night as he prepared to fly out to Christchurch?

MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER IN BRISBANE: Ken McClure is an unremarkable batsman for Canterbury in New Zealand, who is about to get his 15 minutes of fame.

COMMENT: Did England really believe they could take the first steps towards slipping Ben Stokes back into the Ashes while everyone was looking the other way?

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon lays down gauntlet

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon threw down the gauntlet to England's batsmen on Wednesday, challenging them to hit him out of the attack at Adelaide Oval in the second Ashes test. The 30-year-old has returned to his former home ground in top form ahead of the test, which starts on Saturday, after taking five wickets in Australia's easy win at the Gabba. Lyon took on a big workload in the series-opener but bowled with impressive economy, conceding less than 2.5 runs an over to stifle the tourists' scoring.

LAWRENCE BOOTH IN ADELAIDE: England would welcome back Stokes 'with open arms', according to all-rounder Woakes as one of cricket's greatest will-he-won't-he sagas rumbled on.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has warned England to expect more hostility from the home pace attack as they switch from Brisbane to Adelaide for the second Test.

West Brom 2-2 Newcastle

WEST BROM 2-2 NEWCASTLE - LAURIE WHITWELL AT HAWTHORNS:?Gary Megson nearly provided incoming Alan Pardew with a parting gift of three points but Newcastle staged a late comeback to avoid defeat for the first time in five matches. West Brom appeared to have the game won at 2-0 but just as against Watford in September gave up victory through their own bad decisions. James McClean arrived as a substitute and promptly gave away a foolish foul on DeAndre Yeadlin by the box with seven minutes to go.

Anthony Joshua celebrates SPOTY nomination with Henry

Anthony Joshua was announced as part of the 12 British athletes shortlisted for the awards – with the winner to be named on December 17 at Liverpool's Echo Arena – along with the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Harry Kane, Sir Mo Farah and Johanna Konta. And as Joshua looks ahead to more potential glory, the Brit took some time away from the ring to hang out with two-time Premier League winner Henry - before offering Frenchman a Christmas invitation.

Mauricio Pochettino has demanded improvement after another laboured start saw his Tottenham team slip to defeat at Leicester. Pochettino was left to rue the cost of an early goal at the weekend.

In his second full season, Moyes had secured safety by April but Everton ended the campaign without a win in six games, losing the final four which culminated in a 5-1 defeat by Manchester City.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: Gay fans attending the World Cup in Russia have been warned not to hold hands in some of the cities staging matches during the tournament.

Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace: Derby fails to catch fire

BRIGHTON 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE AMEX:?No shower of coffee on the Brighton manager, no nasty surprises on the Crystal Palace dressing room floor. And for all the hype and historic stories of the weirdest rivalry in the Premier League, there were no goals, either. Just a flurry of smoke bombs at regular intervals from the away end that did plenty to irritate the natives and little to conceal a desperately disappointing game.

MATT BARLOW: Each year, on January 6, a red-and-white floral tribute is lovingly placed on a gravestone at St Mary's Church in Hendon, north London, by a member of Arsenal's community staff.

Being in the Bahamas will generally promote a sense of wellbeing but few could have felt quite so chipper on Tuesday as the world’s 1,199th-ranked golfer, Tiger Woods. ‘I’m loving life now,’ he said.

The Gunners have made two major backroom signings in the past week with Sven Mislintat, appointed head of recruitment, now joined by Raul Sanllehi in the role of head of football relations.

The 32-year-old, who has been at the Gunners since his £10million move back in 2010, has become a stalwart in Arsene Wenger's side for his performances in defence.

Real Madrid 2-2 Fuenlabrada: Bale makes impact on return

REAL MADRID 2-2 FUENLABRADA (4-2 AGG) - PETE JENSON AT THE SANTIAGO BERNABEU: The Real boss?opted for an extremely inexperienced team selection, and was almost made to pay for underestimating their?Fuenlabrada opponents as Luis Milla allowed the visitors to dream of a shock as he fired past Keylor Navas on 25 minutes. With Gareth Bale, who was ready for a return to the Real side after a recovering from a calf injury, sitting in wait on Zidane's bench, the home crowd would have been confident on a comeback, which was provided by Mayoral, whose second was assisted by Bale.

MATT LAWTON AND DOMINIC KING EXCLUSIVE: Talks were continuing on Tuesday night after representatives of Allardyce met Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri in London.

David Luiz has dropped down the pecking order under Antonio Conte after falling out with the Italian following Chelsea's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Roma in October.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said racism will not be tolerated at next year's World Cup in Russia. He added that referees will have the power to stop or even abandon matches.

Arsene Wenger revealed the 35-year-old goalkeeper has lost around half a stone as he attempts to extend his playing time for as long as possible.

Manchester City stars enjoy training with a twist

Manchester City looked to enjoy their training session on the eve of their Premier League clash against Southampton.?? The Blues are already eight points clear of their nearest competitor at the top of the league and will look to extend their superior form on Wednesday.? Pep Guardiola's side looked confident as the incorporated an unusual prop for their session at the Football Academy.

David Haye 'slow and steady' recovery from bicep surgery

David Haye has revealed his rehabilitation from bicep surgery is "well under way" and the heavyweight promised to keep in shape over Christmas. The injury-prone 37-year-old withdrew from a proposed rematch with Tony Bellew, scheduled for December 17, last week after tearing his bicep during training.

Pep Guardiola expects David Silva to extend his £160,000-a-week contract at Manchester City. It is understood City and Silva, 32 in January, are close to agreeing a one-year deal extension until 2020.

Spanish club Sevilla have confirmed head coach Eduardo 'Toto' Berizzo successfully underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer on Tuesday.

Raul Sanllehi has been officially announced as Arsenal's new head of football relations with the club playing up his 'extensive contacts across the football world.'

Chris Eubank and George Groves begin to prepare for war

Tickets for the first big fight of 2018 sold out before a word was spoken in anger and there was no trash talking after that seven-minute blitz at the Manchester Arena box office. Rather it was honourable preparation for war as George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr discussed their strengths and weaknesses prior to their February 17 showdown. Each predicted the other 'will not see the 12th round' in their Battle of Britain for the WBA world super middleweight title and a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys family time with daughter Eva

On the football field Cristiano Ronaldo is an icon of the sport and arguably the best player on the planet - but off it he has the responsibilities of fatherhood too. The Real Madrid winger posed for a picture on Instagram with his baby daughter Eva, one of his four children.? The post was captioned simply with a heart emoji, as the 32-year-old looked relaxed and happy with his little girl.

Tyson Fury has tipped Joseph Parker to end Anthony Joshua's unbeaten streak if they meet in a heavyweight showdown sometime next year.?

AC Milan have held talks with members of Antonio Conte 's entourage as they plot a summer move for the Chelsea manager, according to reports. Milan sacked Vincenzo Montella on Monday.

The Belgian striker joined on a season-long loan from the Anfield club in the summer with Jurgen Klopp struggling to guarantee him game time.

The Uruguayan was furious at the official's decision in the 1-1 draw against top-of-the table rivals Valencia, and pictures later showed that Messi's goal should have stood.

Fans gather at Chapecoense's stadium to pay tribute

Fans gathered at the stadium of Brazilian club Chapecoense on Tuesday night, paying their respects and praying for the victims of a plane crash that killed 19 of the team's players a year ago A vigil will be held in the early hours of Wednesday at the Arena Conda stadium, where photos are being displayed of all 71 people killed in the crash. A Roman Catholic mass will follow later at the main church in the city of Chapeco. Chapecoense's plane went down en route to the club's first ever South American tournament final in Colombia, after it ran out of fuel near Medellin, Colombia. It crashed late at night on November 28 local time, though it was already November 29 in Brazil, which is marking the anniversary Wednesday.

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England Women take step towards 2019 World Cup

ENGLAND 5-0 KAZAKHSTAN - OLIVER TODD AT THE WESTON COMMUNITY HOMES STADIUM: England's Women signed off on a tumultuous 2017 by taking another step towards the 2019 World Cup in a hammering of amateur minnows Kazakhstan. The Lionesses laboured for an hour with only Melissa Lawley’s goal to show for 84 per cent of possession in a display that looked like doing caretaker boss Mo Marley few favours if she wants the top job. But substitute Fran Kirby’s penalty on 64 minutes with her first touch sparked a goal rush to give England a record of played three, won three, scored 15, with none conceded at the top of their qualifying group.

Ian Holloway says sorry for criticising QPR supporters

Thousands of Rangers supporters missed Ian Holloway's side hit back from 2-0 down in stoppage time against their local rivals with last-gasp goals from Matt Smith and Luke Freeman. Loftus Road was half empty when Freeman bundled home his equaliser, prompting Holloway to take a swipe at those who chose to leave early in his post-match interview.

Portuguese club Benfica and former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar have ended his contract by mutual consent. The club released a video Tuesday with the 38-year-old bidding farewell.

Almost 200 people faced not getting back to Euston Station until as late as 6.30am when Chelsea’s train from Liverpool South Parkway left for London despite leaving behind two shuttle buses of fans.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was content to pick up a point in a 0-0 draw at bitter rivals Brighton but feels his struggling side have more to offer.

Shanghai Shenhua may yet extend the contract of Carlos Tevez despite the £650,000-a-week Argentine flopping in the Chinese Super League.

Manchester City and Manchester United have checked on Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet. Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona are also understood to have made enquiries.

Ahead of the midweek matches in the?Premier League,?Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso rallies troops in unveiling

New AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso wants his players to replicate the gritty spirit he showed during his previous 13-year spell at the San Siro.? The former combative midfielder, who won two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies at AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, has taken over the reins from Vincenzo Montella.? And Gattuso has warned his stars he expects them to give 100 per cent while he is in charge of the sleeping Italian giants, who have won just six of their 14 league games.

Wilshere just needs to concentrate on being fit: Wenger

Jack Wilshere's current focus at Arsenal has to be 'just about being fit' rather than worrying about his long-term future, says Arsene Wenger.? Wilshere and the rest of the Arsenal squad were busy in training on Tuesday, with the midfielder aiming for a starting spot against Huddersfield Town. He is yet to start a league game this season, and has played just 48 minutes of action across three substitute appearances.??

Roma captain Daniele De Rossi has been handed a two-match suspension for slapping striker Gianluca Lapadula in the Serie A draw with Genoa at the weekend.

Sean Dyche has swatted aside Rafa Benitez's claim that Newcastle cannot compete with Burnley in the transfer market. Benitez is thought to be unhappy with the financial backing.

Klopp felt the players who came in did well in the 1-1 draw with the champions at Anfield, but said Mane and Firmino were benched as part of squad rotation and not because they were tired.

We've all lost our temper when things haven't gone our way. Whether that is a last-minute penalty conceded on FIFA or seeing a seven turned over just when you need an ace in a game of cards.

The Russian Football Union has asked UEFA to pick St Petersburg as host for the opening match of the continent-wide 2020 European Championship. Glasgow's Hampden Park is another option.

Now that all 32 places at the 2018 World Cup have been filled, fans can start getting excited for a busy summer of football in Russia.?All eyes will be on the group-stage draw, set to take place on Friday.

McLaren test out mini-wing on F1 'halo' ahead

McLaren have begun their preparations for the 2018 Formula One season by testing out a mini front wing on the controversial cockpit safety device known as 'the halo'. The concept will be introduced next year and, following the conclusion of the 2017 campaign in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, teams have already started to get their cars ready for the new regulations.? At tyre testing at the?Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday morning, McLaren played around with the?aesthetics of the device by using an added aerodynamic element.

Tiger Woods reveals shocking extent of pain he suffered

Tiger Woods admitted he is 'winging it' in his latest comeback from serious injury as he still doesn't know whether his body can cope with the rigours of professional golf, but insisted he has 'come out the other side' of his addiction to painkilling drugs. Woods tees it up at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this week, his first tournament since February, when he limped out of the Dubai Desert Classic and was forced to have fusion surgery on his spine.

Premiership clubs have a policy that prevents the release of non-English players outside the agreed three-week international window. But Faletau has been allowed to train with Wales

Heighington played in England's opening two matches of the World Cup against Australia and Lebanon but sat out the last group game against France as well as the two knock-out games so far.

Kepu was shown a red card after his badly mistimed challenge ended with Watson being struck in the side of the head. His ban will be held over until the start of next year.

Plans have been drawn up to stage an historic women-only motor racing championship which could be launched in 2019.

JEFF POWELL: The WBO world middleweight champion has taken down the offensive message from his official Twitter account but that is unlikely to spare him further punishment.

A biography of Tom Simpson has won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award - beating off competition from six other titles.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Wednesday's meetings at Kempton, Wolverhampton, Wetherby and Hereford.

Cue Card, winner of the King George VI Chase in 2015 and twice runner-up including to stablemate Thistlecrack last year, is set to sidestep this year's Boxing Day race at Kempton.

Russia unveil retro-style poster for World Cup 2018

Russia have paid homage to their footballing icon Lev Yashin with a retro-style poster for next summer's World Cup, which was unveiled on Tuesday with the help of?deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko. With the group stage draw being held in Moscow later this week, the hosts continued the countdown to the 2018 World Cup with the unveiling of their official poster, which has been traditional since the tournament's inception in 1930. As Russia go into next summer's tournament as the lowest-ranked side in the entire contest, it made sense for them to highlight their glorious past and few legacies are greater than that of Yashin, who lead the Soviet Union to the European Championship title in 1960.

Sam Allardyce will complete a magnificent seven when his appointment as Everton's next manager is confirmed - so how has he fared at the likes of Palace and Sunderland?

'One of the best in the business at what he does' is how top agents tend to describe former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi. Sportsmail looks at what Arsenal will get from their new man.

KIT HOLDEN: After over a month without a league goal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had scored one and set up two to put Dortmund 4-0 up at half-time against arch rivals Schalke last Saturday.

 

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