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Just days after shrouding his Chelsea future in doubt, Eden Hazard fired home the penalty to ensure Chelsea's season did not end trophyless with the 2018 FA Cup adding to their accolades.

José Mourinho tried to nullify the threat of Hazard with a tactic which had previously been successful: using Ander Herrera in a man marking role. However the Belgian Number 10 outsmarted his former boss by dragging Herrera further back the pitch, removing the Spaniard from the three man midfield which unlocks Paul Pogba. Perhaps that was the reason behind United's lack of drive in the first half. They failed to reply to Chelsea's penalty earnt and scored by the same player until after the interval. Sanchez thought he had levelled proceedings but his goal was correctly adjudged to have been offside thanks to VAR, whilst Courtois was equal to a Marcus Rashford effort. Pogba had United's best opportunity late on, but his free header failed to hit the target.
Source: BBC Sport
May 19 - 3:02 PM

David de Gea will start in this weekends FA Cup final because Sergio Romero is not fully match fit following his recent knee injury.

Jose Mourinho confirmed during Fridays press conference: "De Gea plays, because [Romero] was injured for a long, long time. He was injured for two and something months," he said, before adding: "It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." And despite the rumour mill going into overdrive, there is no reason to doubt his reasoning behind the decision. In 2016/17, Mourinho backed his Number Two throughout United’s Europa League campaign, he started every game, including the final, which was arguably a much bigger fixture and ultimately meant qualification to the Champions League competition. Elsewhere, Anthony Martial has been cleared after recovering from a minor knee injury but a decision on Romelu Lukaku, who missed the last three games of the season will be a late call. "I don't want to lie to you and say he doesn't play and then he plays, so we have to wait."
May 19 - 5:38 AM

Harry Winks has been scheduled for surgery in an attempt to cure a longstanding ankle injury.

The 22-year-old was stretchered off at Turf Moor 13 months ago and has been hampered ever since. It was hoped that a recent stint at the world-renowned Aspetar Clinic in Qatar would help, but a decision has now been taken for Winks to go under the knife with a view to him being ready for pre-season. Having recently signed a new long-term deal, Winks maintains he is "determined to go forward positively" following a stop-start season which saw the promising youngster make just 16 Premier League appearances, while the problem ended any hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup finals. "It’s easy to dwell on the negatives but all I can do really is to focus on the positives. The most important thing is to get myself fit, get my ankle right and hopefully I can have a long, injury-free campaign next year, contribute to a lot of games and we can go on and win a trophy."
May 19 - 5:07 AM

Yohan Cabaye will have to wait on Crystal Palace to see if his contract is renewed for another season this summer.

The Frenchman is out of a contract this summer after spending the last three seasons in south London. Since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2015, the midfielder has made 109 appearances for the Eagles. Palace are set to hold talks with Cabaye this month amid rumors of a move to French side Marseille. Said Cabaye: "I don’t know what the future holds. It was a hard, tough season so I will have a chat with my agent, the club and the chairman. I have no stress about my future, so I just wanted to enjoy today and then see what happens next. I’ve had three fantastic seasons here, I love the club and my life in London is perfect, so I will see."
May 18 - 5:56 AM

Everton officially announced the end of the Sam Allardyce era at Goodison Park as the club will begin searching for a new manager.

Allardyce arrived at the end of November after the club sacked Ronald Koeman for a poor start to the season. The former England national team manager was able to bring the club into eighth place, but his style of play frustrated supporters and the team's chairman acted immediately at the end of the season despite a year left on his contract. Said the club in a statement: "Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that. However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately."
May 18 - 5:47 AM

Sergio Aguero says his knee "feels like new" after struggling with a persistent problem since 2013.

Aguero took the decision to have surgery in April following Manchester City’s exit from the Champions League. "I spoke with the medical team earlier [in the season] and we agreed to wait. It didn’t improve," he told Argentine TV channel TyC Sports. "Pep [Guardiola] used me as a substitute a lot and told me to stay calm but after being knocked out, I told the doctors, I didn’t feel good. With the World Cup ahead, I preferred to do it because otherwise I could have missed out." Despite only making 22 Premier League starts, and completing 90 minutes on thirteen occasions, Aguero was still City’s top scorer with 21-goals which came at a rate of one in every 94 minutes played and defenders could be forgiven for fearing the worst ahead of the upcoming campaign. The Argentine has directly contributed to a goal in every 82 minutes since 2013/14 and facing a fully fit Aguero is a daunting prospect for any centre-back.
May 18 - 5:34 AM

Manchester City wasted no time in locking down manager Pep Guardiola to a new long-term contract through 2021.

After a worrisome first season in the Premier League, one of the first without a single trophy, Guardiola led the Sky Blues to the League Cup and Premier League titles at a record pace. The club became the first Premier League club to breach 100 points in a single season, set Premier League records for wins and goals along the way, and reached the quarterfinals of Champions League. Said Guardiola on his new deal: "I am so happy and excited...I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season."
May 18 - 5:18 AM

Barring injury, Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette will not feature at this summers World Cup in Russia.

The French Football Federation announced their 23-man squad on Thursday, a group which did not include the likes of Lacazette or Martial, although both have been added to the standby list. However, given the wealth of attacking talent at Didier Deschamps disposal - Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud – the decision should not come as a great surprise given that the pair have been fairly mediocre over the course of 2017/18. Lacazette had surgery to remedy a niggling knee complaint in February and was hoping to finish the season strongly, but the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the run-in meant he often played second fiddle to the £56 million January arrival. Martial on the other hand has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford and despite a decent first half of the season, faded badly and did not register another Premier League goal following his winner at Burnley back in January.
Source: Reuters UK
May 18 - 4:56 AM

Adam Lallana was a notable omission from the England World Cup squad when it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The attacking midfielder has endured an injury-ravaged campaign but following his brief 16-minute cameo against Brighton on the final day, many believed Gareth Southgate would take a punt on the 30-year old. Lallana is said to be devastated by the decision, but he has been added to the standby list despite only playing 235 minutes in the Premier League which includes a single start. There is no doubting his ability, but fitness concerns ultimately have cost him his place in Russia. That said, the Three Lions still have friendly internationals against Nigeria and Costa Rica to come and rarely do they pass without problems. Lallana is joined by midfielders Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore, and Burnley duo Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski, on the back-up list: "All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity," said Southgate following confirmation of his 23-man squad.
Source: The Mirror
May 17 - 9:41 AM

Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial look to be winning their race to be fit for this weekends FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku has just returned from a stint of rehab in Belgium after missing the final three games of the campaign with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, concerns over the fitness of Martial have been quashed after he picked a knee problem in training last Friday. Both players were pictured as part of the group travelling to London as they boarded the train at Stockport Station. Marouane Fellaini is also in contention after recovering from a slight muscular strain which forced him off during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Sergio Romero is over his recent knee injury and he will provide back-up for David de Gea after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Watford on the final day. There were no notable absentees from the squad and it should mean that Jose Mourinho has a full complement of players to choose from against Chelsea.
Source: The Metro
May 17 - 9:15 AM

West Ham United have officially announced that manager David Moyes has left the club following the expiration of his short-term contract.

The former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss took charge at West Ham after the dismissal of Slaven Bilic in November, with the lone objective of avoiding relegation. Moyes accomplished what he was brought in to do, as he secured safety with two matches remaining and led the Hammers to a 13th-place finish. However, despite guiding the Hammers to survival, the club decided the 55-year-old Scotsman won't be handed a new deal. Said Joint-Chairman David Sullivan in a statement: "When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future. Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction."
May 16 - 1:00 PM

Heung-min Son plays down concerns of a serious injury after admitting he has been taking painkillers since April to help manage a minor ankle problem.

The Tottenham attacker was speaking in Seoul after joining his international teammates for a pre-World Cup training camp. Son has enjoyed another fantastic domestic season [12-goals + six assists] and coach Shin Tae-yong will be hoping he can continue that form heading into the World Cup finals despite a niggling ankle issue. "I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience," Son said. "I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren't footballers who are free from injury. I'll take some rest this week, and I'll be fine." South Korea face Mexico, Sweden and holders Germany in Group F and Son will have little time to rest up with friendlies against Honduras, Bosnia, Bolivia and Senegal prior to their opening game in Russia on June 18.
May 16 - 11:25 AM

David Silva confirms he can finally take his son, Mateo, home for the first time having spent five long months in hospital.

Mateo Silva was born prematurely in December 2017 which resulted in the Spanish play maker missing 4 of Manchester City’s five Premier League fixtures over the festive period due to ‘personal reasons’. Speaking at the time, Silva revealed his son was "fighting day by day" and City have given him special dispensation throughout the second half of the campaign to return home to at his sons bedside. Silva missed the final two games of the season after flying back to Valencia, but he offered an update on Tuesday confirming his good news via Instagram: "We’re finally going home!" he wrote alongside a picture of the staff who helped care for his son. "We will be eternally grateful for the amazing paediatric team and ICU units of the Hospital Casa de Salud for their professionalism and human treatment that they have shown us these 5 long months. Just thank you!"
May 16 - 10:01 AM

Emre Can has been omitted from Germany’s provisional 27-man World Cup squad.

The Liverpool midfielder has been hampered by a persistent back complaint since March. It was initially thought that the problem was only minor, but Can was withdrawn from the international friendlies against Spain and Brazil after breaking down in training. In April, Jurgen Klopp mused that Can was "not in the best place" in terms of his injury, although there was hope that his recovery "will be a little bit quicker than maybe we thought." But, ahead of the Premier League clash with Chelsea on May 06, Klopp announced that "next Monday" was pivotal, as a decision would be made on whether he could return to full training. However, scan results proved inconclusive which ended his chances of being ready for the Champions League final and left Can in Germany undergoing further treatment. The setback is likely to mean that he has played his last game for the club with a move to Serie A winners Juventus in the offing.
May 15 - 6:19 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be lucky to play again this year after successfully undergoing knee surgery.

There was some suggestion that he could be ready for the start of 2018/19, but that timeline has already been pushed back to November, although I’d suggest that a year could be nearer the mark in terms of his recovery. The club have not provided an official update at this point, although the procedure was to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, which in itself is around nine months out. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain also suffered damage to the surrounding structures, and even when he does return to the training pitches after extensive rehab, he will need time to regain match-fitness. The injury, which occurred during the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, ensures that he will miss the final on May 26 and ends his hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup in Russia. Speaking earlier this month, Jurgen Klopp said: "I've told him already that we will wait for him like a good wife when a man is in prison."
May 15 - 5:40 PM

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