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Manchester United are interested in 16-year-old Benfica forward Umaro Embalo, Press Association Sport understands.
Jose Mourinho's men secured a narrow 1-0 win against the Portuguese giants at the Estadio da Luz in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
Earlier in the day United went toe-to-toe with Benfica's Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League, with the feisty encounter ending 2-2 at the Caixa Futebol Campus.
Javier Ribalta, one of United's chief scouts, was among the interested observers in Seixal, where Embalo came on as a 65th-minute substitute.
While unable to make much
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of an impression on Wednesday afternoon, Press Association Sport understands the 16-year-old is being closely tracked by the Reds.
Embalo has caught the eye of United but Real Madrid are also reportedly keeping tabs on the Portuguese forward.
It is understood United have also been impressed by attacking midfielder Joao Felix. A slick player in the ilk of fellow Benfica product Rui Costa, he has impressed the Old Trafford club's Portuguese scouts.
In addition, Benfica Under-19s captain Joao Filipe previously spent a period on trial at United and is believed to be open to a move to Old Trafford one day.
However, the 18-year-old's immediate future appears to be in Lisbon having recently signed a deal until 2022.
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Man Utd made it three wins out of three in the Champions League fixture vs Benfica and here are the talking points from Lisbon.

Time to start Rashford AND Martial?

United supporters might have suspected Jose Mourinho told the players to shoot more at rookie goalkeeper Mile Svilar, judging by Marcus Rashford’s second-half enthusiasm. Rashford built up to his fortuitous winner with a few sighters as he stood out as one player who refused to accept just a point.

Rashford’s start was a given as the left wing pattern continued. Rashford and Martial have
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started every other game since Swansea away in mid-August and that run could continue at Huddersfield after Rashford limped off in Lisbon.

Should Rashford regain fitness then the prospect of him and Martial behind Romelu Lukakuappeals. Neither have performed on the right flank and their positioning there tends to blunt United’s attack, but the pair are better players than last season and it might be worth trialling them in the same side soon to give United a new attacking option.

Mkhitaryan might need a breather

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has progressed so much under Jose Mourinho he is kept on the pitch when he is playing badly due to his knack for game-changing moments while under-performing. He was only brought off in stoppage-time at the Estadio da Luz.

Mkhitaryan had an afternoon to forget at Liverpool and, apart from a few early flashes early on, there was little improvement on Wednesday night. Mourinho is clearly reluctant to drop Mkhitaryan after his auspicious start to the season and it would be premature to explicitly demote him on the back of a couple of subdued performances.

The Armenia international might be needed at Huddersfield this weekend but Swansea next Tuesday is a chance to give him a breather in preparation for Tottenham.

Lindelof proves his point

The irony of Mourinho signing Victor Lindelof to ‘play in midfield’ from a back three is the Swede prefers playing in a four-man defence. That was apparent during his understated but confident display on his former patch, where he showed adventure with a piercing pass early on and seemed more settled alongside Chris Smalling than he was two months ago in the Super Cup.

Lindelof’s downside is his inclusion in Lisbon all but confirms he will not line-up in Yorkshire this weekend. Lindelof is playing one game per week, though, and that is increasing his confidence as he prepares to make the step up to a Premier League defender.

Does Herrera need deprogramming?

The expectation was Paul Pogba’s and Marouane Fellaini’s absences would enable Ander Herrera to step up and fill the attacking midfield void. Herrera enriched United’s midfield in his first season and was instrumental during the win at CSKA Moscow last month yet against more testing opponents he has recently floundered.

Herrera was nominated as a man of the match contender by United’s in-house pundits and the irony was the defensive-minded Nemanja Matic did more to stimulate an attack which sleep-walked through the first-half. Herrera was nearly as rattled as he was at Anfield on Saturday, where his irascible mood saw United relinquish any measure of control they had quickly.



He has played as a defensive midfielder for the majority of his playing time under Mourinho and currently seems bereft of the attacking instincts which made him such a prudent buy in 2014.

Mourinho’s stark statistic

The highlight of United’s evening was saved for the end of Mourinho’s press conference. “Twelve games, 10 wins, two draws, nine clean sheets,” Mourinho reminded the media. He conveniently omitted the Super Cup but that is a record Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte would trade for two months into the season.

 




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Tokyo Fashion Week: Meiko Ban displays collection for 2018 Spring/Summer Collection
Models display creations Japanese designer Meiko Ban during the 2018 Spring/Summer Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Tuesday,
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Strategic partnership will see the club help Saudi Arabia’s
General Sports Authority to create a sustainable and thriving football
sectorMANCHESTER, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Manchester United and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia have
today agreed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will see the 20-time
English League champions help the GSA develop its football industry, as
part of its 2030 Vision.


The new strategic partnership will involve United lending its business
and sporting expertise to clubs, sporting authori
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ties and individuals in
Saudi Arabia.


The partnership forms part of Saudi Vision 2030; the plan to diversify
the Saudi economy and to develop its public sectors, announced last year
by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.


Group managing Director, Richard Arnold, said:


“The club has a long standing relationship with Saudi Arabia and has
over 5 million passionate fans in the region. Our partnership with Saudi
Telecom is the longest running of all our commercial partners. Having
the chance to help shape the football industry in the Kingdom is a great
honour and it is something where we believe we can make a big difference.


“I hope that this strategic alliance will benefit generations of Saudi
footballers, supporters and young professionals looking to work in
football well beyond Saudi Vision 2030.”


Turki Al-Shikh Chairman of the GSA said:


“This relationship is part of an exciting programme we are undertaking
to transform sport in Saudi Arabia.


“Manchester United has a phenomenal reputation for delivery in these
areas. We believe their knowledge and experience will be invaluable in
making this project successful.”

Ends
About Manchester United

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams
in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth.
Through our 139-year heritage we have won 66 trophies, enabling us to
develop the world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659
million followers. Our large, passionate community provides Manchester
United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from
multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product
licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and match day.

About the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia

The General Sport Authority (GSA) is a government body that is
responsible for the development of sports activities in the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1974 and its major tasks are to
organise and develop the sports sector and to encourage and increase the
base of sport participation in the kingdom.


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Nemanja Matic has explained how he is already settled in Manchester and United have even reserved a place for his son in their youth set-up.
The 29-year-old midfielder moved to Manchester with his wife and two children after completing his £35million transfer from Chelsea, where he spent three-and-a-half years and won two Premier League titles. Jose Mourinho coaxed Matic to reunite with him at United and the Serbian has quickly settled in the north-west.
Matic stayed in The Lowry Hotel for less than two weeks before he moved out to a home with his wife, son Filip and daughter Tea. The
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former Benfica player impressed again during United's win at his former club in Lisbon on Wednesday night and is enjoying life outside of London.
"The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football," Matic told Air Serbia's in-flight magazine Elevate. "I really like it in Manchester, and the family has got used to the city.
"London is bigger than Manchester, but I needed very little to make me happy in my new environment - just to be together with my wife Aleksandra, my six-year-old son Filip and three-year-old daughter Tea. The children have a good school in Manchester, and I'm particularly glad that my son started football training. He has a place reserved in United's junior ranks."
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Matic also admitted his compatriot and namesake Nemanja Vidic is an inspiration for him to succeed at United.
"Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester," Matic added. "He was a fantastic player, one of those I looked up to. When I debuted for Serbia, he was one of the captains; he was a real leader, one of the greats.
"Nemanja left an indelible mark at United. Just imagine how hard it is to be a foreigner and the captain of a team like the one at this famous English club. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. I do not want them to ask me someday 'what are you even doing here?!'
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"I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed. I am also honoured to be using the same dressing room where he spent the golden years of his fantastic career."
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MARKO ARNAUTOVIC has explained how he chose football over jail - to become a poacher of goals rather than a robber of homes.

West Ham's £20million record signing says  he "didn't give a f***" as clubs threw him out during a troubled childhood running with gangs in Vienna.

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Marko Arnautovic has struggled early in his West Ham career - but that is nothing compared to to his traumatic childhoodThe Austria striker took to street-fighting and saw friends end up in prison after they turned to stealing and burgling.

But the former Stoke star told the Mail how
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he finally calmed down when he realised his angry young lifestyle threatened his footballing dream.

Arnautovic, 28, who had five clubs between the ages of six and 16, said: "I didn't give a f*** about what I did.

"I didn't care about anyone or listen to nobody, only my father or mother.

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Former Stoke favourite Marko Arnautovic says childhood friends ended up in jail"I would fight my coaches and say: 'Who are you to scream or shout at me? Are you my dad? Talk to me normally'.

"Everywhere I went, Rapid Vienna or Austria Vienna, there was always a problem. I just wanted a coach who said: 'Just go out and win us the game'."


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Arnautovic, who has a Serbian dad and an Austrian mum, revealed his youthful life away from football clubs was just as fiery and far more dangerous.

He said: "My parents tried but I chose the other way, to be on the street.

"I wasn't a gangster or anything but two friends went to jail.

"Nobody was killed but it was fights on the street and things.


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"When you are on the street, if someone walks towards you it's better to look down.

"But we were always looking at people in the eye to try to provoke something. So we would fight."

"Then some of them started robbing. I was telling my friends: 'Don't go in that house to rob or that shop as you will end up in jail'.

"I told them to go and work and have a good life."

But the ex-Twente and Werder Bremen powerhouse admitted he had to change his life to save his career.

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He said: "Let's not exaggerate, most of the time we were just in the park playing football. Football was everything.

"If I had continued to be that person I was then, I wouldn't be here now.

"I was scared a career in football would never happen if I carried on.

"I knew I had to go away and see some different things and calm down."

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The Premier League has opted against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve.
December 24 falls on a Sunday this year and there had been speculation matches could be played on that date. However, in announcing the broadcast selections for the Christmas period, the Premier League said there would be no games on December 24.
UK broadcast selections for #PL matches until 28 December have been announced ?? https://t.co/Vt9BKgtfTy pic.twitter.com/BOsotWEZnf
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 19, 2017
A Premier League statement read: “There will be no Premier League fixtures on Sunday,
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December 24. Four matches have been selected for live UK coverage that weekend, with three to be televised on Saturday, December 23.”
Arsenal’s match with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium will take place on Friday, December 22. Everton v Chelsea, Burnley v Tottenham and Leicester against Manchester United will all be televised on Saturday, December 23, the latter with a 1945GMT kick-off.
The Premier League matches selected for broadcast by Sky Sports and BT Sport announced on Thursday were for the period from December 2 to 28, covering six rounds of matches. Twenty four fixtures were selected for live coverage in the UK.
? | #OnThisDay in 2002… ????????????@WayneRooney introduced himself to the world 15 years ago.
On Sunday, it's #EFC v @Arsenal all over again… pic.twitter.com/QvHzdqyBlG
— Everton (@Everton) October 19, 2017
The Premier League insisted supporters’ feelings on festive fixtures were taken into account to reduce travel times for traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Day games.
Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: “We appreciate this is the peak time for supporters attending and watching the Premier League. With matches scheduled on Christmas weekend for the first time in 11 years, the process of selecting games for live broadcast has been a more complex one than usual and I would like to thank our broadcast partners and clubs for their co-operation and flexibility.
“When selecting matches, the broadcasters are using the rights that we the Premier League and the clubs have sold them, and they should therefore not be criticised for doing so.”
Four fixture changes for #LFC in December: https://t.co/J0CfRWyfXk pic.twitter.com/IweiElHRHx
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 19, 2017
Two matches were selected for live broadcast on Boxing Day: Tottenham v Southampton at 1230GMT and Liverpool v Swansea at 1730GMT. All other games that day kick-off at 1500GMT, while Newcastle v Manchester City has been switched to 1945GMT on December 27 and Crystal Palace v Arsenal to 2000GMT on December 28.
The broadcast selections for the final round of December fixtures and the month of January will be announced “no later” than October 27, the Premier League said.
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