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Ibrahimovic heads Man Utd winner

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner as Manchester United won their first silverware under Jose Mourinho after beating Leicester in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki headed against the bar before Jesse Lingard fired United ahead after a fine run.

United controlled possession before Marouane Fellaini’s error allowed Jamie Vardy to equalise after half-time.

Summer signing Ibrahimovic headed home Antonio Valencia’s cross to win it.

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Match ends, Leicester City 1, Manchester United 2.

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Manchester United 2.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution, Manchester United. Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaces Juan Mata because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Eric Bailly.

Offside, Manchester United. David de Gea tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Robert Huth.

Substitution, Manchester United. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Wayne Rooney.

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Demarai Gray (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Goal! Leicester City 1, Manchester United 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Robert Huth with a headed pass.

Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Christian Fuchs.

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Demarai Gray.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

Demarai Gray (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Luis Hernández (Leicester City) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left.

Eric Bailly (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Anthony Martial.

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo replaces Luke Shaw.

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Jesse Lingard because of an injury.

Substitution, Leicester City. Luis Hernández replaces Danny Simpson.

Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Andy King.

Delay in match Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Substitution, Manchester United. Ander Herrera replaces Michael Carrick.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

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Aug 072016

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Pogba scores for France at Euros

Manchester United are on the brink of re-signing Paul Pogba from Juventus in a deal worth over £100m ($131m).

United will pay a world record £89m (105m euros) transfer fee, with other costs such as agents fees to be added.

Pogba will have a medical in the next few days with the deal due to be completed in midweek.

The 23-year-old, who left United for £1.5m in 2012, is set to return for a fee that surpasses Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013.

The Old Trafford club still have to agree personal terms with the France midfielder, although that is expected to be a formality.

United boss Jose Mourinho said on Friday he wanted the deal to be done by the time his side play their opening Premier League game at Bournemouth on 14 August.

In four seasons in Turin Pogba, who helped France reach the Euro 2016 final, won four league titles.

He is Jose Mourinho’s fourth signing at United, after Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It is the first time in 20 years an English club will have paid a world record fee.

Newcastle United were the last to do so when they spent £15m signing England striker Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers.

Pogba joined United from French club Le Havre in 2009 as a 16-year-old, but made just a handful of appearances before his contract expired in July 2012.

Pogba has made 178 appearances for Juventus, scoring 34 goals, and helped the club reach the 2015 Champions League final. The Serie A side had offered him a new contract, while Real Madrid were also interested in signing him.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, also represents striker Ibrahimovic, who signed for United on a free transfer from Paris St-Germain, and midfielder Mkhitaryan, who joined from Borussia Dortmund.

Why did Pogba leave Man Utd?

Pogba made just seven first-team appearances during his time at Old Trafford without scoring a single goal

In August 2011, then United manager Six Alex Ferguson described Pogba as a “young boy” who was “showing great promise”.

He said: “If we hold Pogba back, what’s going to happen? He’s going to leave. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first team and he’s got great ability, plus he’s got the physique and athleticism.”

However, later that year, with Paul Scholes retired, Owen Hargreaves leaving and Darren Fletcher injured, Brazilian full-back Rafael was preferred to Pogba in midfield, a decision the Frenchman later said “disgusted” him.

Scholes came out of retirement aged 37 in January 2012, and Pogba said: “I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there.

“I was frustrated because he spoke to me a few times and said I was nearly there. When I saw Scholes come back, part of me was really happy as he’s a legend, but I knew it was the end of me.”

Pogba left United when his contract expired, with the Red Devils receiving a £1.5m fee as compensation.

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Archive: Man Utd disrespected me – Pogba speaking 2014

In his second autobiography, Ferguson said he “distrusted” Pogba’s agent, Raiola, describing their first meeting as a “fiasco”.

“He and I were like oil and water,” said the Scot. “From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”

Juventus full-back Patrice Evra, who was at United with Pogba, said the club initially “underestimated” his France team-mate.

Speaking in 2014, he said: “I went to talk to him and spent two hours with his parents and his brothers to discuss his future, even though I’m just a player.

“I said, ‘Here in Manchester you will become a legend. Be patient’. I tried to tie him up. I even tried to put him in padlocks. But, no, he’d already made his choice.”

How good is Pogba?

  • Former France striker Thierry Henry believes he can go on to become “one of the best in history” while fellow World Cup winner Patrick Vieira described him as an “extraordinary player” and said it was a “mistake” for Manchester City not to sign him from United
  • Ex-United captain Bryan Robson said Pogba reminds him of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure because “he is very good going forward and scores spectacular goals”
  • United legend Ryan Giggs said Pogba “has got everything”
  • France legend Zinedine Zidane thinks Pogba is a “complete player”
  • Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said in May 2015 that Pogba “needs to stop showboating in midfield” and that he makes “avoidable” mistakes
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Pogba is in a “maturing period” and will not find his best form until the age of 26
  • Former England striker Gary Lineker asked during Euro 2016 if he was “the world’s most overrated player”
  • Ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes had questioned Pogba’s reported £86m valuation, saying he was “nowhere worth that kind of money yet”
Pogba made the joint most assists (12) in Serie A last season


  • Under-20 World Cup winner and player of the tournament (2013)
  • 4 Serie A titles (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
  • 2 Coppa Italia (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • 2 Supercoppa Italiana (2013-14, 2014-15)

Most recent five times the world transfer record was broken

  • 2013 – Gareth Bale £86m (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid)
  • 2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo £80m (Manchester United to Real Madrid)
  • 2009 – Kaka £56m (AC Milan to Real Madrid)
  • 2001 – Zinedine Zidane £46m (Juventus to Real Madrid)
  • 2000 – Luis Figo £37m (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale takes on Pogba in the Champions League – Pogba’s Juventus lost to Barcelona 3-1 in the 2015 final

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Aug 072016
Scott Sinclair arrived in Glasgow on Saturday morning

Celtic have completed the signing of Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair on a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old had a medical on Saturday and could go straight into the squad for the champions’ Scottish Premiership opener at Hearts on Sunday.

Sinclair previously worked with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, where he says “I played my best football”.

“It feels amazing to have joined Celtic,” the winger said. “It’s a massive club and I’m happy to be here.”

After Sunday’s opener at Hearts, Celtic have a League Cup meeting with Motherwell on Wednesday, a friendly against Inter Milan in Ireland next Saturday, followed by the first leg of their Champions League play-off round against Israel’s Hapoel Beer Sheva on Wednesday, 17 August.

With Patrick Roberts facing up to three weeks out with a hamstring problem and fellow winger Gary Mackay-Steven still recovering from an ankle operation, Sinclair is likely to be involved straightaway.

“I can’t wait to get on the pitch. When I went back to Aston Villa for pre-season, I heard Celtic were interested and I just knew I had to come here,” he told the Celtic website.