Here are the latest stories for Monday.
MAN UNITED: Manchester United will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge without a recognised forward on Monday after Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were all ruled out by manager Jose Mourinho.
– With Marouane Fellaini likely to be deployed as an emergency centre-forward, Musa Okwonga looks at what the Belgian midfielder can bring to United’s attack.
– Mourinho has spoken of the “position of privilege” enjoyed by Antonio Conte during his first season at Chelsea as the Manchester United manager prepares to face his table-topping former club in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
CHELSEA: Antonio Conte believes the Football Association have shown “great respect” to Manchester United by arranging their FA Cup quarterfinal against Chelsea for Monday evening, and has hinted that he will pick his strongest team for the match.
– Conte says he wants to emulate the success of his Chelsea predecessor, Manchester United boss Mourinho.
– It was all about Jose when Mourinho returned to Chelsea as Man United manager in October, but Conte is now undeniably the main man at Stamford Bridge ,writes Mark Ogden.
TOTTENHAM: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane’s injury is similar to the one he suffered in September, and he believes it will be difficult for the striker to play against Southampton next weekend.
– The Football Association (FA) is aware of alleged racist chanting by Millwall supporters in Sunday’s 6-0 defeat at Tottenham in the FA Cup quarterfinal, but it will wait for information from the match officials, police and both clubs before deciding on any action.
– Klopp says captain Jordan Henderson will miss the club’s next game against Manchester City and is unavailable for England selection later this month due to injury.
– Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said he is unsure whether Emre Can’s long-term future lies at Anfield.
– Petr Cech has leapt to the defence of under-fire teammate Alexis Sanchez and insists any claims that the player was laughing at Arsenal’s plight during their 5-1 thrashing to Bayern Munich are “disrespectful.”
– Arsenal have been monitoring Besiktas midfielder and former Gunner Oguzhan Ozyakup, with scout Jurgen Kost saying: “Ozyakup is a player of the highest standard, we have been closely tracking his progress and when we do our next search for players in his position he could return to Arsenal.”
– Jack Wilshere has said he will think about whether his future lies at Arsenal in the summer.
BARCELONA: Luis Enrique refused to make excuses for his Barcelona side as their 19-game unbeaten run in La Liga was ended by Deportivo La Coruna just four days after they produced a remarkable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Atletico Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz to become the only active player to have scored the most headed goals in the La Liga.
– Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his goalkeeper Keylor Navas had “saved the three points” with a vital last minute stop in Sunday evening’s 2-1 La Liga win at home to Real Betis.
EVERTON: Ross Barkley has been tipped to become “one of the greatest players in England” by his Everton colleague Morgan Schneiderlin.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: Guangzhou R&F boss Dragan Stojkovic rounded on the growing number of Chinese Super League coaches choosing to lessen the impact of regulations governing the fielding of players under the age of 23 after seeing his side defeat Changchun Yatai 1-0 to join Shanghai SIPG and Shandong Luneng at the top of the early standings.
– David Villa scored two goals and New York City FC newcomers Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez added one each in a 4-0 victory that overshadowed the MLS debut of 2016 Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes for D.C. United on Sunday.
LIGA MX: There has been no resolution to the Liga MX referees’ strike that caused the cancellation of round 10 of matches in the 2017 Clausura this past weekend, although the Mexican football federation (FMF) and Liga MX confirmed on Sunday they will review the decisions that led to the work stoppage.
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