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  • Uneven Man United look for winning balance

    Uneven Man United look for winning balance

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    Uneven Man United look for winning balance

    After returning to the Premier League's top four, Manchester United have once again recruited extensively, but there are concerns about the balance of their squad ahead of the new season. Manager Louis van Gaal has spent around £77 million ($120 million, 110 million euros), notably bolstering his midfield with the additions of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, to take his spending since succeeding David Moyes last year to around £230 million. With Robin van Persie and Radamel …

  • Five youngsters eyeing Premier League stardom

    Five youngsters eyeing Premier League stardom

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    Five youngsters eyeing Premier League stardom

    From Ryan Giggs to Harry Kane via Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Premier League has proved a breeding ground for some of European football's biggest stars. Brendan Galloway (19, Everton) Everton supporters got their first glimpse of Galloway at the back end of last season when he started their final two league matches. Born in Zimbabwe, he moved to England at the age of six and joined Everton in 2014 following a spell with Milton Keynes Dons, for whom he made his debut …

  • New boys Bournemouth enjoy rags-to-riches rise

    New boys Bournemouth enjoy rags-to-riches rise

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    New boys Bournemouth enjoy rags-to-riches rise

    Just seven years after coming within hours of going out of business, Bournemouth will complete a remarkable rags-to-riches rise when they kick off their first Premier League campaign this weekend. For decades, genteel Bournemouth was known primarily as one of the most popular retirement spots on England's south coast and the lethargic efforts of the local football team were in keeping with that sedentary image. The malaise was so profound that Bournemouth came close to going into liquidation …

  • Argentina's Di Maria has medical ahead of PSG move

    Argentina's Di Maria has medical ahead of PSG move

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    Argentina's Di Maria has medical ahead of PSG move

    (Reuters) - Angel Di Maria has undergone a medical ahead of his move from Manchester United to Paris St Germain, according to the hospital where he is having the tests. The former Real Madrid wide midfielder, whose £59.7 million pounds ($93.28 million) transfer a year ago set a British record, is preparing to join the French champions for a considerably lower fee, according to media reports. "I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain," Di Maria told beIN Sports. …

  • Former Cardiff boss Solskjaer in talks with Toronto - agent

    Former Cardiff boss Solskjaer in talks with Toronto - agent

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    Former Cardiff boss Solskjaer in talks with Toronto - agent

    OSLO (Reuters) - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in talks to become the manager of Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC, the agent of the former Cardiff City boss has said. Asked by newspaper Dagbladet if Solskjaer was talking to the Canadian club, Jim Solbakken replied: "Yes." He did not go into any further details about the negotiations. The 42-year-old former Manchester United striker was sacked by Cardiff in September last year following relegation from the Premier League in 2014 and a poor start …