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Paul Pogba left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012

Manchester United target Paul Pogba will return to Juventus training on Monday, says boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The France international has been on holiday in the USA following Euro 2016.

Pogba, 23, has been widely linked with a world record £100m move to Old Trafford this summer, with Jose Mourinho suggesting a deal was close.

“It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player,” said Allegri.

United begin their season in the Community Shield against Leicester City on Sunday, and Mourinho says the club are trying “everything to close the market as quickly as possible” before next weekend’s Premier League kick-off.

Juventus’ Serie A season begins a week later on 20 August, with the Italian champions due to face West Ham in a friendly at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

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“I’ve summoned Pogba together with (Patrice) Evra tomorrow night,” added Allegri. “So that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday.”

Pogba left Old Trafford in 2012 as a 19-year-old, with the Italian side paying a tribunal fee of just £800,000.

Mourinho said United had identified “four targets” this summer – they have so far signed three of them, defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund and former Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Rangers held on top-flight return

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Aug 062016
 
Ali Crawford (third right) gave Hamilton a first half lead

Rangers needed a Martyn Waghorn goal to secure a draw on their return to the Scottish Premiership against an impressive Hamilton side.

The sense of anticipation at Ibrox was evident, but Ali Crawford’s crisply executed strike altered expectations.

Substitute Harry Forrester’s arrival enlivened the hosts, and he created the equaliser with a glorious pass with the outside of his foot for Waghorn.

Rangers’ frustration was exacerbated by Waghorn suffering a hamstring injury.

The striker pulled up clutching his right leg and departed in evident discomfort, leaving his side to play the last eight minutes with 10 men, having already used their three substitutes.

Hamilton though were rewarded for being typically robust and well-organised.

The Championship flag was unfurled before kick-off and Rangers’ line-up only contained three new signings – Clint Hill, Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar – as they looked to build on last season.

They started as though there was four years’ worth of energy providing them with momentum. The attacking intent was evident as they sought to pin Hamilton back.

Elements of the play were familiar; the ball travelling through the thirds before the wide men moved infield to open up passing corridors around the 18-yard box.

The arrivals of Barton and Kranjcar provided an alternative route, though, and the latter swept a pass upfield to Waghorn, but his fierce strike was pushed away by Hamilton goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

Continuity has been a strength of the visitors – like Rangers, they started with only three new signings, while 10 of the squad were youth academy graduates – and they trusted their game plan. Having endured the opening spell, they began to establish their own ambition.

Crawford nutmegged Barton before seeing his shot deflected wide. It wasn’t an isolated moment of skill, and when Hill’s clearance landed at his feet, he turned Kranjcar and clipped a left-foot shot into the top corner.

Rangers played the final 10 minutes a man down after Martyn Waghorn limped off

With Rangers’ play lacking crispness and high tempo, Hamilton settled into a sense of command. There was aggression to their play, too, and three of the back four were booked before half-time. It was the home side who needed to think about the vigour of their play, though.

Rangers were more dynamic after the break, with Waghorn curling a good chance wide and Hamilton defending desperately on occasion. It took the introduction of Forrester to deliver the necessary deftness of touch to break the visitors down.

The midfielder was only off the bench for a minute when he sculpted a brilliant ball behind and across the Hamilton defence with the outside of his right foot, and Waghorn coolly converted from close range.

Hamilton were not wholly subdued, and Donati’s header from Crawford’s free-kick demanded a diving save from Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Forrester, though, was an elusive and increasingly influential figure. After a swaying run, he drilled a low shot just wide, then from another of his crosses, the ball was cleared to Barton, whose shot was pushed away by Matthews.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton told Sky Sports: “It was the type of game we’re used to. They were hard working and hard to break down. We knew they would be well-organised and frustrate us.

“There were positives in terms of dominating the football. Possession for possession’s sake is pointless, we’ve got to use it to penetrate and we never really did that in the first half. We lacked a bit of real quality and commitment in the final third.”

Hamilton Accies player-manager Martin Canning told Sky Sports: “We scored a great goal through Ali Crawford and we were reasonably comfortable.

“The shape of the team was excellent, the boys worked hard and did everything we set out to do. We had to sit in at times an defend properly, but we tried to take all three points.”

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Match ends, Rangers 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ronan Hughes replaces Greg Docherty.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Michael O’Halloran (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Joey Barton (Rangers).

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Rob Kiernan (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

Attempt missed. Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Jordan Rossiter (Rangers).

Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Remi Matthews.

Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Georgios Sarris.

Substitution, Rangers. Jordan Rossiter replaces Andy Halliday.

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

Attempt blocked. Michael O’Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darren Lyon replaces Massimo Donati.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Georgios Sarris.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Joey Barton (Rangers).

Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal! Rangers 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Forrester.

Substitution, Rangers. Harry Forrester replaces Niko Kranjcar.

Substitution, Rangers. Michael O’Halloran replaces Kenny Miller.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Joey Barton.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Papy Djilobodji made one substitute appearance for Chelsea in the League Cup

Sunderland have signed defender Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea for £8m.

The 27-year-old Senegal international becomes new manager David Moyes’ first signing, agreeing a four-year-deal at the Stadium of Light.

Djilobodji joined Chelsea last summer for £4m, but only made one appearance before spending the second half of last season on loan at Werder Bremen.

The centre-back, who has won 12 caps for his country, spent five years with Nantes before his move to England.

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Matt Smith scored only two goals in 21 appearances for Fulham last season

Championship title favourites Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in the opening match of the 2016-17 season.

Matt Smith headed in Tom Cairney’s corner just before half-time to condemn the Magpies, relegated from the Premier League last season, to defeat.

The visitors had strong claims for a penalty before Smith’s goal but Ryan Tunnicliffe’s handball went unpunished.

Fulham goalkeeper David Button saved twice from Matt Ritchie, one of five Newcastle debutants at Craven Cottage.

Manager Rafael Benitez has spent close to £45m on eight summer signings but winger Ritchie and £10m striker Dwight Gayle were largely stifled by a Fulham side which finished 20th in the Championship last term.

England international Jonjo Shelvey was among the substitutes thrown on by Benitez in an attempt to get something from the game, but the hosts held firm.

Fulham offered a threat going forward, despite the departures of prolific strike partners Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele during the summer, with new arrivals Sone Aluko and Floyd Ayite linking up well with Smith in attack.

Aluko’s appeals for a penalty after a possible push by Grant Hanley were ignored by referee Simon Hooper, while left-back Scott Malone fired just off target as Fulham chased a second goal.

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Radio London: “My players were very organised, we stuck to the plan, we suffered together during the game and we deserve the good result.

“My job is here, and there are many big names like Newcastle, we’re a big name too. It’s an important competition with many clubs of big histories and both fans were really good tonight.

“This is only the start but we have to be ready for what comes next.”

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez told BBC Newcastle: “At the beginning we were nervous, in the second half we made the wrong decisions.

“It’s a wake-up call. We will have games more difficult than this one.

“If we play for something more important than the first game of the season maybe the anxiety will be even higher, we need to make sure we can manage that and play better.”

Ex-Newcastle and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas told BBC Radio 5 live: “Fulham thoroughly deserved it.

“They marshalled the game as they wanted it to go, they picked their opportunities to attack and Matt Smith was the match-winner.

“For Newcastle, it’s back to the drawing board. It just didn’t go their way.”

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Match ends, Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0.

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0.

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight Gayle.

Attempt missed. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Denis Odoi.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Rolando Aarons is caught offside.

Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Scott Malone.

Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Isaac Hayden.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United).

Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Adam Armstrong replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Matt Smith.

Grant Hanley (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dangerous play by Grant Hanley (Newcastle United).

David Button (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Rolando Aarons replaces Jack Colback.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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