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  • Atletico agree to sign Argentina midfielder Kranevitter

    Atletico agree to sign Argentina midfielder Kranevitter

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    Atletico agree to sign Argentina midfielder Kranevitter

    Atletico Madrid's busy summer in the transfer market has continued with the La Liga club's signing of Argentina midfielder Matias Kranevitter from River Plate on a five-year contract. Kranevitter, 22, who was included in the latest Argentina squad, will not join coach and compatriot Diego Simeone and his new team mates until after December's Club World Cup, where River will compete as Copa Libertadores champions, Atletico said on their website (www.clubatleticodemadrid.com). "Once the …

  • Swansea provide yardstick as Van Gaal reaches half century

    Swansea provide yardstick as Van Gaal reaches half century

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    Swansea provide yardstick as Van Gaal reaches half century

    Louis van Gaal reaches his 50th match as Manchester United manager on Sunday and his team's performance at Swansea will provide the perfect opportunity to show how far they have progressed in his reign. Van Gaal's first competitive game in charge of United was a 2-1 home defeat to the Welsh club at the start of last season. Swansea then won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline in February to record their first ever double over United on the way to their highest Premier League finish of …

  • Misfiring Gunners won't fluster Wenger

    Misfiring Gunners won't fluster Wenger

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    Misfiring Gunners won't fluster Wenger

    Arsene Wenger refuses to panic about Arsenal's spluttering start even though the Gunners boss admits his side aren't firing on all cylinders. Wenger's men head to Newcastle on Saturday looking to win for just the second time in their first four Premier League matches. A goalless draw against Liverpool on Monday left the north Londoners already lagging five points behind leaders Manchester City after a worrying repeat of the slow opening that eventually doomed their title challenge last season. …

  • Two more milestones for Mourinho

    Two more milestones for Mourinho

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    Two more milestones for Mourinho

    It will be his 200th league match, of which he has lost only 20, and a 100th home league game with only one defeat -- by lowly Sunderland in April 2014. "I'm proud of the record but I don't think it has any influence in the future," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. "It's not normal, 99 matches in the most competitive league and a defeat could have happened in so many matches." In his first spell at the club, between 2004-07, Mourinho won two league titles, adding a third on his …

  • Van Gaal dismisses talk of 'easy' Champions League draw

    Van Gaal dismisses talk of 'easy' Champions League draw

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    Van Gaal dismisses talk of 'easy' Champions League draw

    Louis van Gaal has refused to accept that Manchester United have been fortunate in their Champions League draw and insisted he would take nothing for granted as he prepares for the club’s European return. The English giants, back in Europe’s top competition after a painful one-season absence, were drawn in the same Group B as PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. It was generally accepted to be one of the more favourable draw available to the four English clubs in this season’s knock-out …