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Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘sure’ Alex Sanchez form will improve - BBC Sport
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United will see the best of forward Alexis Sanchez by the end of the season.

Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace in FA Cup fifth round - BBC Sport
Crystal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp says the Eagles are “in a good position to get to Wembley” after he helps them beat Doncaster in the FA Cup.

The triumph and tragedy of Hughie Gallacher, the troubled hero who took Newcastle to the title
A footballer well ahead of his time, utilising a short frame to weave between opponents, Hughie Gallacher’s life was a triumphant as it was tragic.

Houghton inspires Manchester City Women to FA Cup win over Tottenham | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City cruised through to the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 over Tottenham Ladies.

Chelsea charged after fan runs on pitch and hugs Eden Hazard - BBC Sport
Uefa charges Chelsea after a fan runs on to the pitch and hugs forward Eden Hazard during their 2-1 win at Malmo.

Ryan Mason: Children should be banned from heading footballs - BBC Sport
A ban on children heading regulation footballs should be introduced, says former Tottenham, Hull and England midfielder Ryan Mason.

Eric Harrison, the man to whom the Class of ‘92 owe it all | Football | The Guardian
The Manchester United youth coach turned talented youngsters such as David Beckham into household names and ‘good human beings’.

Gordon Banks missed out on knighthood ‘after Whitehall officials lost papers’ - Mirror Online
The much-loved England goalkeeper who died this week was being considered for the summer - but it can’t be awarded posthumously

Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and his staff | Football | The Guardian
The fired coaches received a £19.6m payoff following the Portuguese’s sacking at Old Trafford.


Pro Piacenza beaten 20-0 after naming team of just seven teenagers | Football | The Guardian
Serie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza faced ejection from the league if they had forfeited the match against Cuneo but rustled up the minimum seven players.

Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona | Football | The Guardian
Real Madrid’s resurgent La Liga run skidded to a halt as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home by struggling Girona.

Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic: Scott Brown scores then is sent off - BBC Sport
Scott Brown’s last-minute goal gives Celtic all three points as both sides finish with 10-men in a fascinating contest at Rugby Park.

Robben picks Anfield as his ‘worst stadium’ ahead of Champions League return
Robben has some unhappy memories of Anfield, having suffered elimination from the Champions League twice with Chelsea and also with Real Madrid.

Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubs | Football | The Guardian
Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are striking.

Real Madrid’s Bale could face ban for Atletico celebration
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could receive a La Liga ban after being reported for ‘a gesture of possible obscene and derogatory meaning.’

Scottish Premiership players ‘unanimous’ in call for artificial surface ban - PFA Scotland - BBC Sport
Because playing on a mud bog in February is so much more authentic.


MLS commissioner Don Garber renews contract 5 more years | Pro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will stay on as the league’s top executive until 2023 after signing a five-year extension.

It sure looks like the Galaxy are trying to play 2019 with a de facto fourth designated player, or DFDP – The Athletic ($)
MLS executives still have time to stop themselves from lighting the league’s own rulebook on fire.


Soccer Walks NYC launches for football fans visiting the Big Apple | Football | Islington Gazette
Our own Jocelyn is getting some love from the London media for her soccer tour!

What’s it like to control Match of the Day? FourFourTwo finds out... | FourFourTwo
Paul Armstrong edited British sport’s most beloved TV show for 16 years.