Manchester United top-four aspirations suffer setback as Wolves claim victory at Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers damaged 10-man Manchester United’s top-four aspirations with a 2-1 comeback victory at Molineux.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side were targeting third place in the table and were rewarded for early pressure when Fred’s pass enabled Scott McTominay to turn and arrow a long-range effort into the far-left corner after 13 minutes for his first PL goal.

But 12 minutes later, Wolves were level when a defensive error led to Raul Jimenez clipping in a pass for Diogo Jota, who struck past David De Gea.

Rui Patricio kept out McTominay’s close-range header before Man Utd’s Ashley Young was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

And Wolves claimed the three points with 13 minutes left to play when United defender Chris Smalling deflected the ball past De Gea, while Ivan Cavaleiro struck the crossbar late on.

Man Utd stay in fifth place on 61 points, two behind third-placed Arsenal having played an extra match. Wolves remain seventh on 47 points.


HT: Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona… Chukwueze hands the Yellow Submarine hope

A breathless start in the match between relegation strugglers Villarreal and Barcelona in Castellon, but the Catalans are ahead in the first 45 minutes with 2-1 scoreline.

Philippe Coutinho’s close range finish on 12 minutes and Malcom’s header four minutes later had looked to have put the away side in the clear ascendancy.

However the hosts hit back through the impressive Samuel Chukwueze, with the Nigerian international causing problems for the Catalan defence.


HT: Wolverhampton 1-1 Manchester United (Report)… Lukaku, Lingard waste superb chances

The first half of the match between Wolvehampton and Manchester United ended in 1-1 at Molineux after the Old Trafford club drew the first blood.

McTominay scored his first ever Manchester United goal from outside the area to put the visitors ahead. Jota took advantage of some sloppiness from United as they tried to play out from the back to score the equaliser in the 25th minute.

United could have been out of sight after 20 minutes, with Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard spurning superb chances either side of their opening goal.

Scott McTominay fired United in front from the edge of the box to score his first ever goal for the club.

However Wolves fought their way back into the game, largely thanks to an error from Fred in United’s midfielder.

The Brazilian miscontrolled at a crucial moment, allowing Raul Jimenez to steal in before finding Jota to slam the ball past de Gea.

The hosts then went on the offensive, penning United into their own half.

However it was Lukaku who had the best chance before the break, as he peeled into space before shooting inches past the post.


Juventus suffer transfer blow as Zidane rubbishes summer move for Real Madrid star

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has rubbished reports that Raphael Varane would sold this summer.

The gaffer insists he has no plans to sell the defender as reported by on Tuesday.

According to the report, Varane was ‘edging closer’ to Juve, amidst speculation the defender wanted out of Madrid, who in turn were said to be targeting Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as a replacement.

Calciomercato have said the Les Bleus international is the ‘number one priority’ of Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici this summer, while fresh reports in Spain have also cast doubt upon his future.

On La Sexta’s El Chiringuito TV in Spain, Jose Luis Sanchez reported on Monday that Madrid had been informed of Varane’s decision that he wanted to leave this summer.

However, Zidane said at a Press conference: “I don’t want to imagine a Madrid without Varane.

“He’s still young, he’s been here for many years, he’s doing well. There are many things that have gone out saying he’s annoyed, but it’s part of the lives of the players.

“I see him in a good way. He hasn’t told me anything. The important thing is what he tells me, that he’s at the best club in the world,

“He knows it, he’s won a lot and I see him in a good way. My desire is to keep him at the club.”

Manchester Utd, Chelsea, PSG contact agent of Barcelona’s star for summer move

Reports in Spain claim Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG are spoiling for a showdown over the acquisition of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.

The former Liverpool star has struggled to settle at the Nou Camp since joining 16 months ago, and is angling to leave Barcelona this summer.

The Spanish giants are reportedly ready to let him leave at the end of the season – at the right price.

According to Barcelona-based daily newspaper Sport , Manchester United , Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have all made enquiries.

Chelsea want Coutinho to link up with Eden Hazard, a player who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but will require UEFA to lift their transfer ban.

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Sarri reveals what Gonzalo Higuain told him about his inability to score goals for Chelsea

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed the reason Gonzalo Higuain is finding it difficult to score for Chelsea.

The gaffer signed Pipita on loan in January to strenghten the attack of the Stamford Bridge. But the striker has netted just three times in 10 appearances for Chelsea.

“[Higuain] said to me that it’s difficult, because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong,” Sarri was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“The referees here are really very different than in Italy, and so it’s another football for him, especially for a striker and a goalkeeper, it’s really very different.

“I think he needs time, but we have no time. So we need him at his top level in the last two months.”

The club’s transfer ban has also cast doubt over whether the Argentine will remain at Stamford Bridge next season…

“I don’t know,” admitted the former Napoli boss.

“I’d like to see him at the top in the last two months. At the moment only this is really very important.

“We need Gonzalo at the top. It’s not easy I think to get used to this championship.”

Ramsey, Lacazette shoot Arsenal to third place as Newcastle slump at Emirates

Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette scored in each half as Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-0 to move up to third place in the Premier League table.

Ramsey, made captain on the night in the absence of Laurent Koscielny, had an effort disallowed in the 13th minute but was able to celebrate on the half-hour after sweeping the ball home at the end of a flowing move.

Lacazette secured the Gunners’ 10th successive Premier League home victory with seven minutes left when he chipped Martin Dubravka from substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s headed pass.

Ki Sung-yeung had the Magpies’ best chance when he curled a shot wide.

The Gunners move two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the table, while Newcastle remain 14th, seven points above the bottom three.