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PSG draw against Lens to clinch a record-breaking 10th French Premier League title

Paris Saint-Germain clinched a record-breaking 10th French league title after a 1-1 draw with Lens on Saturday night. (Author: Gardener)

LensLionel Messi (right) scored Paris Saint-Germain's goal in the 1-1 draw with Lens after a Neymar pass (left). Lionel Messi (right) scored Paris Saint-Germain's goal in the 1-1 draw with Lens after a Neymar pass (left). Paris Saint-Germain clinched a record-breaking 10th French league title after a 1-1 draw with Lens on Saturday night. Paris Saint-Germain clinched a record-breaking 10th French league title after a 1-1 draw with Lens on Saturday night. Lionel Messi opened the scoring midway through the second half at Parc des Princes after Lens dropped to 10 men after Kevin Danso was sacked for a second bookable offence. Despite Corentin Jean leveling in the 88th minute, the draw was enough to take PSG to 77 points, 16 more than second-placed Marseille, who have five games left. "We didn't win LaLiga last season, it hurt us a lot," said PSG captain Marquinhos. The triumph - PSG's eighth in 10 years - puts them on par with Saint-Etienne, who last won the crown in 1981. "It's my eighth league title, I never dreamed of it as a kid," said PSG midfielder Marco Verratti. PSG's players left the field at half-time to boos from fans eager to see a goal fest for the coronation celebrations However, although PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino lined up his star troika of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, Lens refused to play the sacrificial lamb PSG supporters also refused to follow the traditional script, continuing their protests against the Club leadership continued by celebrating the win outside the Parc des Princes."We have some difficult moments in relationship with our fans," Pochettino said. "The staff and the players celebrated as they should. With PSG crowned, intrigue will fall on the race for places in next season's European competitions. On Sunday night, Marseille play Reims to restore a six-point lead." Monaco have moved up to third place on 59 points after a 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Saint-Etienne. However, Rennes will reclaim the spot - which too lead the play-offs for next season's Champions League group stage - if they win the Breton derby against Lorient.

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Messi miracle secures PSG Ligue 1 title, Bayern win 10th straight Bundesliga title

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MessiPSG's Lionel Messi (C) and Lens' Cheick Doucoure (L) fight for the ball during their Ligue 1 match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, April 23, 2022. PSG's Lionel Messi (C) and Cheick Lens' Doucoure (L) fights for the ball during their Ligue 1 match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, April 23, 2022. Paris Saint-Germain clinched a record-breaking 10th Ligue 1 title on Saturday after it was held to a 1-. 1 draw at home by 10-man lens. It was Lionel Messi who finally gave the game a memorable moment by curling a striking finish home from the edge of the box in the 68th minute, but Lens muted the already muted Parc des Princes title party through Corentin Jean with two minutes remaining. PSG's Lionel Messi (R) celebrates his goal with Neymar during their Ligue 1 match with Lens at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, April 23, 2022. PSG's Lionel Messi (R) celebrates his goal with Neymar during their Ligue 1 match with Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, April 23, 2022. PSG hold an unassailable 16-point lead over second-placed Marseille with four games remaining.Argentinian Messi has four goals in a disappointing first season in the Ligue 1 scores PSG since leaving Barcelona. Mauricio Pochettino's men reclaimed the crown from Lille, who were shock champions last season. FC Bayern Munich's players celebrate after their 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund to win the German Bundesliga title at the Allianz Arena in Munich April 23, 2022. FC Bayern Munich's players celebrate after their 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund after winning the Bundesliga title at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, April 23, 2022. In the Bundesliga, FC Bayern Munich edged out title rivals Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Saturday, securing in front of a sold-out home stadium and three 10th consecutive league title to go First-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before Emre Can reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 52nd minute. Jamal Musiala scored Bayern's third goal with seven minutes remaining. FC Bayern Munich fans cheer on their team during their Bundesliga match at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, April 23, 2022. FC Bayern Munich fans cheer on their team during the Bundesliga match at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, April 23, 2022. /CFP /CFP Bayern, 12 points ahead of second-placed Dortmund, have now won 31 Bundesliga titles and a total of 32 German league titles since the introduction of the top flight in 1963, while Thomas Muller became the first player to win 11 league titles for those moments... that's it Best,” Muller said. “We really wanted to win here. There was a lot of frustration in the past few days and we were able to play that out today.”

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PSG were crowned Ligue 1 champions after a draw with Lens

Paris Saint-Germain won the Ligue 1 title after beating Lens 1-1 on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

LensParis Saint-Germain won the Ligue 1 title after beating Lens 1-1 on Saturday. Lens equalized in the 87th minute but PSG handed a draw to reclaim the title from Lille, who were last season's surprise winners. PSG, who have now won their 10th domestic title, have dominated the 2021-22 competition to sit 16 points clear of second-placed Marseille with five games to go. They have lost just four league games and scored 76 goals in their domestic season. This title win is the first of Pochettino's career, with the 50-year-old's only other two honors also coming alongside PSG. Shortly after his appointment, he won the Trophee des Champions in 2020 and won the Coupe de France last season. However, outside of Ligue 1, PSG have endured a disappointing season. They left the Champions League in the round of 16 after collapsing in the second leg against Real Madrid, were knocked out of the Coupe de France on penalties by Nice at the same stage and lost the Trophe des Champions to Lille. Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino had been considered for the managerial post at Manchester United but the Old Trafford club have opted for Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag instead. Pochettino, who succeeded Thomas Tuchel at PSG in January 2021, signed a contract extension last summer that expires in June 2023. The 23-year-old's contract expires in June and he has long been the subject of a transfer saga with Real Madrid.

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PSG win 10th title but angry fans leave prematurely

Paris St-Germain seal a record-breaking 10th French title with four games remaining as they beat 10-man Lens at Parc des Princes. (Author: Gardener)

10thLast Updated on .From European Football section Last Updated on .From European Football section Paris St-Germain confirmed a record-breaking 10th French title with four games remaining, despite being held by 10-man Lens - but fans went early to defeat to celebrate outside the stadium without the players. But despite Kevin Danso's sending off for a second booking, Corentin Jean equalized late on with a spirited Lens. It's Mauricio Pochettino's first league win as a coach. He said: "We are going through a difficult time with the fans and we hope it gets better. The club's Ultras, angered by the club's Champions League elimination at Real Madrid, began leaving the stadium more than 15 minutes before the final whistle to celebrate with the players. The ground was empty ten minutes after the end and the players didn't do a lap of honor after that. "The atmosphere is a shame," said PSG captain Marquinhos after the end of Canal+. Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Achraf Hakimi had every chance from close range in the first half as PSG bounced back from a poor start but the hosts were whistled after a goalless first half and Jonathan Clauss was denied by Keylor Navas who was growing confident Lens had the best chance Lens goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca had to be on the lookout for Mbappe's free-kick but it wasn't until Danso was sent off that PSG could really assert themselves, even then it took a moment's rest brilliant nce from Messi, the one frustrating first season in Paris with just their ninth goal of the season in all competitions. But Pochettino's side failed to extend their advantage and were forced to pay by a Lens side chasing a European spot when Jean converted a Deiver Machado cross. PSG have now won eight of their last ten Ligue 1 titles, with this latest triumph tying St-Etienne for most wins in the professional era. They finished a point behind Ligue 1 winners Lille last season, but this season they have sealed the 2021-22 title with a comfortable 16-point advantage over closest challengers Marseille. They did, however, hold their unbeaten home record in the league, which now stands at 15 wins in 17 games. Former Tottenham manager Pochettino, who replaced Thomas Tuchel as head coach in January 2021, won the French Cup and Trophy des Champions in his debut season. And despite that inevitable league triumph, the Argentine's future in Paris remains uncertain as he was linked with Manchester United until Erik ten Hag's appointment earlier this week. It remains to be seen what decisions chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi will make this summer as the elusive Champions League triumph that the club's Qatari ownership craves has not been delivered this season either.

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PSG secure 10th French title but celebrations are muted

Paris St Germain clinched a record-breaking 10th French Premier League title after a stuttering 1-1 draw against 10-men RC Lens, but celebrations were muted as frustrated fans headed to the Parc des Princes exit right after Saturday's final whistle went. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchSoccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v RC Lens - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - April 23, 2022 Fans celebrate with torches outside the stadium after Paris St Germain won Ligue 1 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v RC Lens – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – April 23, 2022 Fans celebrate with torches outside the stadium after Paris St Germain won Ligue 1 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PARIS, April 23 ( Reuters) - Paris St Germain have secured a record - clinching their 10th French Premier League title after a stuttering 1-1 draw against 10-men RC Lens, but celebrations were muted as frustrated fans watched right after the final whistle on Saturday went to the Parc des Princes exit. Lionel Messi's goal was equalized by Corentin Jean as PSG's 78 points left them 16 ahead of second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who will play their game in hand at the Stade de Reims on Sunday. PSG have now won eight of their last 10 Ligue 1 titles, having only been contested by Monaco in 2017 and Lille last year. PSG equaled St Etienne's record of winning ten league titles between 1957 and 1981. However, winning the Ligue 1 title was no cause for celebration for fans who were still irritated by the club's elimination from the Champions League in the last 16. PSG were eliminated after squandering a 2-0 aggregate lead against Real Madrid in 15 minutes. On Saturday the stadium was empty 10 minutes after the end of the game and the players skipped the traditional lap of honour. Some ultra fans had already left the Parc des Princes 15 minutes before the final whistle. In football you win, you lose. We're trying with all our hearts," said Marco Verratti, the only player to have won eight French Premier League titles. Fans from the stands of Boulogne and Auteuil again showed no support, despite their side having won their four previous games and scoring 16 goals in that run PSG were under pressure early on but came to life after 20 minutes as an exchange of blows between Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar almost bore fruit as the Brazilian narrowly missed a low shot from the box Achraf Hakimi saved Jean-Louis Leca and Mbappe missed two clear chances as the hosts upped the pace but Lens also threatened through Seko Fofana and Jonathan Clauss PSG were booed by the crowd at half-time Kevin Danso received a second yellow card for a rough tackle by Neymar in the 57th minute .minute The Argentina striker curled a perfect shot from 25 meters into the top corner in the 68th minute after Neymar vo Part of the crowd chanted Messi's name, but the Ultras from the Auteuil grandstand left the goal seven minutes later at the stadium, missing Lens' equalizer when Jean found a cross from Deiver Machado at the far post to save the visitors to get the deserved point. Lens, who had won their three previous games and are still hoping to finish in the top three, are seventh on 54 points, five behind Monaco, who beat St Etienne 4-1 earlier on Saturday. Olympique Lyonnais are eighth on 52 points after a spectacular 5-2 win over Montpellier.

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PSG secure their 10th Ligue 1 title in minimalist fashion with Lens draw

Messi on goal against 10-man visitors while Leonardo hints at Mbappe's future (Author: Gardener)

LensParis Saint-Germain are Ligue 1 champions for the 10th time after a draw against RC Lens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, confirming their most recent title. A hard-fought encounter ended 1-1 after Kevin Danso's second-half red card, a special from Lionel Messi and a late shot from Corentin Jean, in what was a fitting end to an overall memorable season in the capital. This season promised so much at the start with Messi and Sergio Ramos among the new faces in Mauricio Pochettino's squad as they sought previously elusive UEFA Champions League glory. Both were present for the game and it was Messi who roused the hosts from a mediocre performance against a determined Lens side desperate to keep their footing in the race for Europe. As has often been the case this season, individual brilliance masked significant cracks and the Argentine's second-half goal masked a so-so overall performance that was no more than a point deserved. A Ligue 1 title as significant as AS Saint-Etienne's long-standing record seems like the bare minimum this Paris team has been capable of this season - especially in such a disappointing way. "10 titles is great," sporting director Leonardo told Canal+. "We are the club with Saint-Etienne who have won the most trophies. It's an important number, a record and something to celebrate. It's been a very difficult season." "It hurts not to win a title," added captain Marquinhos to Canal+. We didn't win the last one and it hurt. Of course, the scars of the recent Champions League capitulation will remain for some time, while failing to reach the final of the Coupe de France should not be overlooked either. PSG happily lobbied for the signings of Messi, Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum last summer, so they can't expect fans to be happy if the team falls short of the ambitious goals of their leadership. The fact that this latest title comes at a time of massive tensions between the PSG ultras and the club is also significant as they showed little interest on Saturday and even ensured Lens supporters, despite Auteuil at the end of Parc The Princes were present by order of the local police. Simply put, a Ligue 1 title is not enough to solve the current woes of this team and club and fans will not simply accept further trophies earned in exchange for silence. PSG are the ones who set the high expectations by which this team is now judged and shouldn't feel badly. Their recent free goal form has been gratifying but ultimately counts for little in a season many will not fondly remember as the pressure was off by the time the performances were made. The fact that superstar Kylian Mbappe is keen to see sweeping changes at the club to extend his contract even beyond the end of this tenure also speaks to some of these players realizing they are not living up to their share of the bargain. "We have to look at things and think about it," Leonardo said. I think the future will be difficult with me and impossible without me. (PSG Chairman and CEO) Nasser (Al-Khelaifi) wasn't here today, but he couldn't. Kylian speaks to us and tells the truth. I think there's a chance he'll stay, but there's also a chance he'll go as he's still thinking about it. "Will this summer bring the changes needed to heal PSG and can they keep Mbappe? One thing is certain: there are no better circumstances for PSG to confirm their latest title than in such a dispirited way that the players celebrate in an emptying stadium while the fans celebrate outside.

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Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings

Arsenal defeated Manchester United in a thrilling clash as the Gunners boosted their top-four hopes and player ratings sparked fun. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedArsenal defeated Manchester United 3-1 in a thrilling clash at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners boosted their top-four hopes and player ratings sparked fun. Mikel Arteta's side were a bit shaky defensively but they had the extra quality in midfield and attack to seal a second big win in four days as they have now beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in back-to-back victories, scoring seven goals in the process the process. As for Manchester United, well it was better than the Liverpool defeat but Ralf Rangnick's side can pretty much say goodbye to their highest hopes for the season. Below we show our player ratings between Arsenal and Manchester United from a wild duel, with scores out of 10 and analysis for each player. Aaron Ramsdale: 6 - Some really sloppy moments with the ball at his feet but a great stop to deny Dalot in the second half. Cedric: 5 - Generally struggled to take down Sancho and Telles and was not good on the ball as he undercut several crosses. Ben White: 6 - Dragged around a bit by Ronaldo and caught in the cross for United's goal. He made an excellent block to deflect a Bruno Fernandes shot after a poor giveaway from Ramsdale. He scored his first goal for Arsenal but was hit hard by Elanga as he could have conceded a first-half penalty. He then conceded a penalty for a stupid handball but Fernandes missed it. Still very raw, especially defensively. Mohamed Elneny: 7 - Solid performance from the Egyptian midfielder. In Partey, he adds much-needed steel to this Arsenal midfield. Granit Xhaka: 7 - Stunning goal to make it 3-1 and just before that he had a stupid warning. Bukayo Saka: 8 – His shot led to Arsenal's opener and he was fouled for the second penalty and then scored it. Martin Odegaard: 8.5 – He oozes class in midfield and looks so confident as he joins Nketiah and Saka in the last third. Emile Smith Rowe: 5 - Never really participated in the game and was substituted in the second half. Eddie Nketiah: 6 - Missed a big chance and took his offside goal well. Worked his way out in attack and creates space for Saka and others to take advantage of. Gabriel Martinelli (64′ for Smith Rowe): 6 – Worked hard, especially defensively. Rob Holding (74′ for Saka): 6 – Helped settle things in the back. Takehiro Tomiyasu (90th for Cedric): N/A - Received a huge ovation on his return from injury. David de Gea: 7 – Made some good stops and is the only United player you can't have a pop on. Diogo Dalot: 6 - Disabled on Nuno Tavares' goal and not great defensively. Victor Lindelof: 6 - Did well but got caught by Nketiah's movement at times. Raphael Varane: 6 - Not sure how he missed the ball in Arsenal's first goal. Alex Telles: 5 – Like Varane, he missed the ball that led to Arsenal's opener. Saka gave him a hot time and he gave away a penalty that was maybe a bit harsh. Nemanja Matic: 6 – Keeps the ball rolling nicely and whips up a nice cross at Ronaldo's goal. Scott McTominay: 6 – Fought away as usual but couldn't influence the game and missed a big chance in the first half when he headed wide. Antony Elanga: 7 – His pace got him into some promising positions but failed to finish chances. Bruno Fernandes: 6 – Had a good performance in the first half, taking a wide deflection, played well in general but his penalty was the big moment and summed up his fall back this season. Jadon Sancho: 7 – Difficult as always and gave Cedric a rough time. Always wanted the ball and wanted to cut inside and connect with Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo: 8 – Scored his goal very well, assisted Elanga on several occasions and scored another goal that was just ruled offside. Marcus Rashford (77′ for Matic): 5 – Tried to meddle centrally but had little service. Jesse Lingard (77th for Elanga): 5 – Couldn't get on the ball at all in his brief cameo.

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Premier League live stream, tv channel, watch online, starting XI, start time

The battle for the Top 4 continues at Emirates Stadium (Author: Gardener)

the Top 4It may not be the battle for supremacy in English football it was 20 years ago, but the stakes are high as Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium with both sides looking to remain in the top four. A surprise 4-2 win at Chelsea on Wednesday put the Gunners level on points with Tottenham, with the North London derby on the horizon; until then, they'll have to keep up with Spurs. United appear underdogs to finish fourth and need to improve significantly from their atrocious first half at Anfield, a 4-0 loss to Liverpool that was a hammer blow to the club's self-esteem, even prompting the appointment of Erik ten meant Hag can't relax ahead of next season. Still, the Red Devils have proven more than capable of following disaster to triumph and vice versa this season and Arsenal will be well aware of how dangerous this wounded beast can be. Here's how to watch the game and what you need to know: Venue: Emirates Stadium – London Odds: Arsenal +105; Draw +250; Manchester United +250 (via Caesars Sportsbook) Arsenal: After looking like they might slip out of the top four, a shock win at Stamford Bridge has reignited faltering hopes. Both players may be in their final games with the Gunners as their contracts expire at the end of the season. The same goes for Alexandre Lacazette, who should play a bigger role after battling COVID-19. Want even more coverage of the game of the world? A daily CBS soccer podcast where we take you off the field and around the globe for commentary, previews, recaps and more. Manchester United: The long-awaited announcement from Ten Hag arrived on Thursday and one could not help but wonder if it should wake the players from the slumber into which they slipped under Ralf Rangnick. "We only trained yesterday because the day after the game was rest," said Rangnick. “Yesterday we practiced some game-related issues but the only real practice session we will have is now in an hour. [The players] were just as disappointed as all of us, so it's now up to the players and us to show a reaction on the pitch tomorrow." With Fred out through injury, United's midfield look a little weaker than their opponents. PICK: Arsenal 2, Manchester United 1

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Premier League result, final standings and reaction after Granit Xhaka's goal

Follow live updates as Arsenal host Manchester United in the race for the Premier League top 4 (Author: Gardener)

Granit Xhaka'sFollow Arsenal v Manchester United live updates below: * Bukayo Saka scores from the penalty spot after a foul. As things stand Arsenal are fourth with the win but Tottenham will later play Brentford where they will try to get back into the Champions League qualifying spot. Ronaldo is still at the heart of United as he's almost at the end of a good cross, but he's just flagged for offside. More cards rain down on this match when Lindelof is booked for a challenge against Nketiah. Odegaard, who had a great game, gets in a great position to line the box but United choke the ball. The visitors make yet another change as Fernandes folds in for Mata. Matic fouls Nketiah and Arsenal have a goal kick and cameras pan to the touchline as United try to make changes. Lingard and Rashford will come into play in the next break. Before they come, Fernandes is booked for a challenge on Tavares. VAR checks the tackle, it's a late one from the United player but he stays on the pitch. The England internationals are called into action as Matic and Elanga drop out. McTominay goes down and Elneny gets a yellow card for the foul. VAR checks if Nketiah blocked De Gea's eye line ahead of Xhaka's strike. The check is over and the goal is there, it was such a great goal! He was dropped for Holding, hopefully Saka's injury doesn't keep him out of action for the rest of the season. If United don't win here, it would be their fourth away defeat, which hasn't happened since the 80/81 season. A nice ball from Saka sees him thread the ball through two United defenders but nobody is in the box to collect it. But the ball comes out again and Xhaka hits. It slides through the United defense like butter. United are screaming for an equalizer and their frustration at being held is evident in a scuffle between McTominay and Gabriel in the box. There was a yellow card for Xhaka for hitting the ball in the stands, a stupid card to give away. This is his 50th yellow card for Arsenal, a huge stat. The BT Sport cameras pick up United supporters on the mic with shouts of 'pick him up'. The VAR has confirmed the shot was offside, it was a lot closer than I initially thought but his right leg went offside. Ronaldo is injured but luckily is back on his feet. Cedric is sidelined and so United are back on track. Ronaldo puts the ball down to Dalot, who has a huge chance! The visitors are getting closer to equalizing but Arsenal are doing well to keep their lead. The confidence the team gave him to choose Fernandes over Ronaldo and then he thinks and tries to be too smart! Elanga has a shot just after the miss, but Ramsdale does enough to thwart it. The ball pings around and finally Tavares manages to get it away. United still have the ball and Ronaldo looked like he had scored but he was ruled offside. United are hungry to equalize here. VAR will check but he's offside so that goal is unlikely to stand. Surprisingly, Fernandes takes on Ronaldo. He hits it softly and it hits the post, Ronaldo goes over to comfort his teammate. Nketiah has a good opportunity for Tavares, but the ball deflects wide of the target. The first chance of the half goes nowhere. McTominay fouls Xhaka and Arsenal take a free kick. Xhaka rolls the ball in but Telles heads away, it comes back to Saka who misses his chance. The England international hit a boot to clear the ball but chased the pain away. McTominay is in trouble again when he fouls Gabriel in his own half. Another long Arsenal press ends at De Gea's feet. Now United have a free kick when White fouls Sancho. The ball is peed around and ends in a United corner. Fernandes steps out and misses a penalty as Tavares holds the ball! It was a slow start to the second half but Arsenal had the lion's share of possession. A long streak with the ball ends with the Gunners running the ball out of play for a goal kick. United now want to build up but in the action Fernandes went down injured. Can Arsenal stop United? Some people say it's soft, but Telles makes contact with Saka in the box. Tavares got the goal going with an early goal but United didn't let up after conceding. They created chances but it was Arsenal who doubled their lead with a Saka penalty. But Ronaldo didn't want the Gunners to have the only word as he put United back in the game with a one-touch finish. It was also the star's 100th goal in the Premier League. Ödegaard whips the ball in, but finds no teammate. The Gunners see this half in style, having the majority of possession and chances. Ramsdale feels the pressure from Ronaldo as Cedric plays back to the keeper whose release is sloppy. Telles gets a great shot away and Ramsdale makes a good save. Cedric then kicks it out of play for a corner. Fernandes gets a shot away but Arsenal block and they counter. Ödegaard shoots away, De Gea has to parry! Elneny's skillful touch is enough to worry De Gea, who shoves him wide for the corner. Cedric takes the kick and the ball flips around the box. Saka hits it, but it's blocked by Elanga. Sancho has a good game and is a big nuisance down the left. He won a corner for the visitors with Fernandes scoring. Ramsdale has his eyes on the ball and he's collecting. Odegaard was hit in the head in the exchange, but the star stays put. Ronaldo has been everywhere for United and it's fitting that he's the one to bring them back into this game. There is a break in play as Telles is down with an injury. As play gets back on track, Ramsdale makes another howling error with a short pass. United almost pounce, what a moment that would have been! Saka wins a throw-in from Arsenal but United forces her back to half. Fernandes whips the ball in and Ronaldo makes a one touch finish. A nice penalty from Saka, the team jumps over him! I'm speechless this came after Nketiah had an earlier chance which De Gea saved well. Saka gets knocked out in the box and all the United players just stopped playing. VAR have ruled it offside but they are now checking if there is a penalty with that Saka challenge from Telles. It's a punishment! What a terrible first half for United. Oh my god United stopped because they thought it was a foul but Nketiah took his shot. De Gea did not try to save it and it was given. VAR is checking if he's flagged for offside but it looks fine. McTominary hits the deck after being fouled and they get a free kick midway. Ronaldo gets the ball in his way again to take an opportunity but the jump isn't friendly. United don't sleep as Sancho comes into the box and then he and Ronaldo request a handball. It will be checked by VAR and a penalty will not be awarded, experts are convinced it was a handball. Cedric gives the ball away, Sancho jumps. It's threaded through the players and Diallo hits a stunning ball that hits the woodwork. Fernandes wants to put it in the box but his touch has too much on it. His dancing feet bring so much menace that Elanga fouls him to win a free kick just outside the box. Odegaard takes it but it sails over the bar as United look to create something from their own half. Ronaldo gets a shot away if he scores today he will concede his 100th Premier League goal. The striker has been involved in all United's good work to date and is impeccable in midfield. Arsenal keep the ball but they can't get the finishing touches to take chances. United try to build from deep but De Gea's kick lands at Ramsdale's feet. Varane tries to clear but Nketiah intercepts and is almost through. But just as Arsenal miss a chance, United run away with a fantastic Ronaldo pass that feeds Elanga. VAR are considering if United should have a penalty if Tavares brings him down in the box but it's not given. The Gunners have so much space in midfield but United grab the ball back. Ronaldo brings the ball to Fernandes, who feeds Elanga. Ramsdales make a great save to prevent an equalizer and concede a corner. The ball sails in, McTominay gets his head but he sends it wide. United haven't fallen apart since conceding but that's all Arsenal at the moment. After seven minutes there is a break from the game for Ronaldo, who unfortunately recently lost his son, and both fans applaud the striker. Arsenal supporters may have their hearts in their mouths as Saka is down injured and appears to be in a lot of pain. And as play gets back on track, Ramsdale makes a big mistake on a clearing kick but Fernandes is unable to control the ball. United's defense broke up there, and back passes missed their target Varane. A shot came in but De Gea saved. Incredible start for Arsenal and a great moment for Tavares who scores his first Gunners goal. United are in possession now to try and get a foothold in this game. Oh no United, the defense had a howler and Tavares jumps after De Gea is forced to save. Who will improve their chances of qualifying for the Champions League? We'll find out soon as players get started in the Emirates. Ralf Rangnick said: "We owe it to ourselves and our fans to show the best of us today. “We [Rangnick and Ronaldo] spoke the day he returned to training. He said everything is fine, I can play and train again. "United is our focus and we can play in front of our people." It's a battle for the Top 4 with the Gunners just three points ahead of the Red Devils. But it's Arsenal who will go into the game with more confidence. They beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this week while United lost 4-0 to Liverpool. Arsenal could temporarily move up to fourth with a win over United as Tottenham play at 5.30pm. It will put pressure on their rivals if they pick up three points as Spurs would then need to beat Brentford to reclaim the Champions League spot. Everything takes place in the Emirates in 20 minutes. Ralf Rangnick will remain in charge of United for the remainder of the season as they look to usurp Arsenal in the battle to qualify for the Champions League. Asked directly about Ten Hag's appointment, Arteta added: "I think he was really good at what he did in the Champions League a couple of years ago, especially the way his teams play. It's a Man United decision, there's nothing more to say. "For us there is no impact (on Saturday's game), for them I don't know what's going to happen, but for us nothing changes." Pogba is one of several players set to leave in a summer of change overseen by newly appointed manager Ten Hag. Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are others out of contract while Nemanja Matic has already confirmed he is leaving. The defender appears to be United's fifth-choice centre-back and apparently suggested on Instagram that he should play alongside Raphael Varane instead of Harry Maguire in Saturday's Premier League game at Arsenal. "Listen, I'm not talking about the fact that my players don't know what happened in the press conference. "If what you just told me is really true, then I don't think it's the right sign. That shouldn't happen in a football team, no matter what the league." Ralf Rangnick believes Paul Pogba played his last game for Manchester United. The 29-year-old came through Old Trafford's youth ranks and returned to the club in 2016 for a then-world-record fee after a successful stint at Juventus. But Pogba's return hasn't worked out as both parties would like and the world champion is expected to leave United this summer when his contract expires. There is little sign of him agreeing to a new deal, meaning the 10 minutes he managed before limping away with a calf injury in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool will likely be his last for the will be club. Rangnick says Pogba will be on the sidelines for at least four weeks, which would bring a fitting conclusion to what has not exactly been an overwhelming time. "It doesn't make sense (to talk about his characterization as a player) at the moment," said the interim boss when asked if the midfielder was an enigma. He is a player who won the World Cup with France. He's such a good player that he's been a regular starter for a side like France. "We all know what potential he has and what a good player he can be. "But like some other players, he struggled to consistently perform at his best on the pitch for a team like Manchester United. In the Arsenal line-up, Cedric comes in for Rob Holding in the only change since Wednesday's win against Chelsea. Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting XI for United with one of five substitutions up front. Harry Maguire is on the bench as Raphael Varane joins the back four alongside Alex Telles. Jadon Sancho starts on the right, Marcus Rashford is out. Team news coming soon. Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane will return for United. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has warned Manchester United will face “open-heart surgery” if they want to continue under Erik ten Hag. The highly-rated Germany manager, who was temporarily deployed following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, has struggled to coax a consistent tune from the Red Devils' stuttering stars. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has warned Manchester United will face "open-heart surgery" if they are to start under Erik ten Hag. The highly-rated Germany manager, who was temporarily deployed following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, has struggled to coax a consistent tune from the Red Devils' stuttering stars. That time in the Old Trafford dugout has revealed a number of issues for Rangnick, who knows a thing or two about building success having overseen the rise of RB Leipzig and sister club Red Bull Salzburg. Rangnick's short-term focus goes hand in hand with a long-term assessment of what's needed for United, who may have made a "good choice" in appointing Ajax boss Ten Hag as permanent manager, but have much more to do. Rangnick's short-term focus goes hand in hand with a long-term assessment of what's needed for United, who may have made a "good choice" in appointing Ajax boss Ten Hag as permanent manager, but have much more to do. "I'm pretty sure he's the best possible coach you can get right now," said the interim manager. "I'm pretty sure he's the best possible coach you can get right now," said the interim manager. "All the other things, as sad as it is and as frustrating as it feels for everyone involved right now - and believe me, for me it's extremely, terribly frustrating because in the last 10 years, if not 15 years, we've only experienced success, myself also as a sports director and as a football manager. "But the good thing about what happened, one of the few good things, is that it's crystal clear. The Gunners host Manchester United today, with the visitors announcing Erik ten Hag as their new manager on Thursday. Arteta was next through the door, the former Arsenal captain who won the FA Cup in his first season, but he said a small part of him was still unsure if he would follow in Wenger's footsteps. "But it was tiny compared to the excitement and the opportunity I saw of joining this club and trying to do what we all wanted, which was to get him back to where Arsene had him at the highest level and obviously too." That desire was far greater than the fear of failure.” Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette could return for Manchester United's Premier League visit tonight. The striker is back in full training after testing positive for the coronavirus but could find himself on the bench after his substitute Eddie Nketiah scored a brace in the 4-2 win at Chelsea. Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane will return to the Emirates as United without a number of other key players. The pair missed out on the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool and Scott McTominay is fit after only being used as an emergency substitute at Anfield, where Paul Pogba picked up a calf injury that will rule him out for the rest of the season. Follow live updates as Arsenal take on Manchester United in what could prove crucial in the race for the Premier League top four. Follow live updates as Arsenal take on Manchester United in what could prove crucial in the race for the Premier League top four. The Gunners are three points and a place above old rivals United in the table and will look to skip Tottenham Hotspur and reach the Champions League with a win at the Emirates. The Gunners are three points and a place above old rivals United in the table and will look to skip Tottenham Hotspur and reach the Champions League with a win at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta's side breathed new life into their season with a 4-2 away win at Chelsea on Wednesday after a run of three defeats dashed their hopes. Mikel Arteta's side breathed new life into their season with a 4-2 away win at Chelsea on Wednesday after a run of three defeats dashed their hopes. United are now aiming for a similar result after their humiliating 4-0 defeat by Liverpool midweek and three points would put Ralf Rangnick's side back in contention. United are now aiming for a similar result after their humiliating 4-0 defeat by Liverpool midweek and three points would put Ralf Rangnick's side back in contention. United this week announced that Erik ten Hag would become the club's next permanent manager at the end of the season and securing Champions League qualification would boost the Dutchman's project at Old Trafford. United this week announced that Erik ten Hag would become the club's next permanent manager at the end of the season and securing Champions League qualification would boost the Dutchman's project at Old Trafford. The magnitude of the task facing Ten Hag was illustrated by United's performance at Anfield and there will be a number of players in Rangnick's squad who could now be fighting for their own future at the club. The magnitude of the task facing Ten Hag was illustrated by United's performance at Anfield and there will be a number of players in Rangnick's squad who could now be fighting for their own future at the club. Both teams have struggled for consistency in recent weeks and a draw would do little for either side as Tottenham take on Brentford in the later game tonight. Both teams have struggled for consistency in recent weeks and a draw would do little for either side as Tottenham take on Brentford in the later game tonight.

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Man United pursue Barca's Frenkie de Jong

Erik ten Hag could try to bring Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United to bolster their midfield. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest. (Author: Gardener)

UnitedThe summer transfer window is fast approaching and there are plenty of rumors about who is going where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Manchester United could reunite Erik ten Hag with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong during the summer transfer window, Diario Sport report. The two were together at Ajax and with Ten Hag looking to overtake the Red Devils squad when he moves to Old Trafford at the end of the season, de Jong has become one of United's priorities. However, Barcelona don't want the Netherlands international to leave as they feel he can be a key player for the club looking to progress under Xavi Hernandez's management. The Spanish outlet add that De Jong doesn't want to leave the Camp Nou but the emergence of ten Hag and United's financial strength could change that. Even if the economic aspect means Barca could let the midfielder go due to their own problems, they will still aim to keep De Jong as he feels comfortable at Barcelona and believes the club's project can grow on the pitch. Ten Hag has criticized the role Barcelona have given de Jong in the past and could see his former talisman as the main man in his new midfield as Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic leave United. 18.39 BST: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has been linked with a move to DC United when his contract at the Bernabeu expires this summer. 17.04 BST: Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has expressed doubts he will stay at the club for next season when Erik ten Hag takes over as permanent boss. Rangnick has an agreement with the club to take on a two-year advisory role from the summer. Details of what that might look like have been largely kept under wraps by the club and although the 63-year-old German says he would like to remain at Old Trafford in some capacity, says it will be up to Ten Hag to decide what kind of support, if any, he needs. "We agree on the role, but in the end it's not about what's on paper or what's agreed, it's about what will happen on a day-to-day basis and in day-to-day business," said Rangnick before the 3-1 defeat at the Arsenal FC on Saturday . "That is the question and it is also important how Erik ten Hag sees it. - Olley: Wilde's game showed why Top 4 is so important for both clubs. 16.10 BST: Erling Haaland "waits for Real Madrid", reports Diario AS The Borussia Dortmund striker's entourage assured the newspaper that he is yet to sign a contract with Manchester City, with multiple reports in the British press this week suggesting that Haaland has finally made a decision on his next club and City ahead of Madrid had selected but AS quote "sources very close to the player" he said he wanted to "keep the door open until the end of the season" Salzburg's Karim Adeyemi to replace him Haaland's future depends on Kylian Mbappe according to AS , with the Norwegian only ready to sign City if he hears Mbappe's move to Madrid has been confirmed 15.23 BST: Xavi Hernandez has told Barcelona 'Ha we have to be patient' in the 'Po st Messi era” and point to Manchester United as an example of a great club that has struggled to maintain its former success in recent years. Barca will look to tighten their grip on second place in LaLiga on Sunday when they host Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou (Stream LIVE at 15:00 ET on ESPN+ in the US) in the game they play against the top four have in hand rivals Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. Xavi's appointment as manager in November sparked a revival after the club fell to ninth place under former manager Ronald Koeman and seriously threatened Champions League qualification. This is the post-[Lionel] Messi era, that's difficult in itself," Xavi told a press conference on Saturday when asked to reflect on Barcelona's rollercoaster season. ESPN has reported that Barcelona are already signing Franck Kessie from AC Milan Andreas Christensen will join Chelsea on a free transfer this summer to boost the squad for next season. Xavi warned that new signings will depend on others leaving as the club's spending limit in LaLiga is set at -€144m." We are planning for next year but it depends on the club's financial situation," he said. 2.31pm BST: Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is in advanced talks with Arsenal, according to Brazilian transfer specialist Jorge Nicola. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both seem likely to leave the Gunners in the summer, having already left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Having lost to Barcelona in January, Mikel Arteta could look to rebuild his frontline in the summer sus has been linked with a move from City lately due to frustrations over a lack of playing time after starting 16 Premier League games this season had. 13.43 BT: Talks between Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser al Khelaifi and Kylian Mbappe's representatives in Doha are heading in a positive direction, ESPN sources Julien Laurens and Rodrigo Faez have said. The Ligue 1 giants are doing everything in their power to keep Mbappe at the club and the recent talks could mark a major turning point in the battle between PSG and Real Madrid to secure the services of the 2018 world champions next season . Mbappe's mother Fayza Lamari, who is in charge of her son's contract situation, traveled to the Middle East this week with her youngest son Ethan to take a holiday and continue negotiations with PSG. Al-Khelaifi is there full-time this month and sources say Mbappe's mother could also meet the Emir of Qatar, who owns PSG. Sources have told ESPN that after her stay in Doha, Lamari plans to travel to Madrid to meet with representatives from Real's front office. Meanwhile, Marca report that Real Madrid 'doesn't flinch' and 'stay calm' in pursuit of Mbappe. According to Marca, Madrid believe "their job is done and close to completion" and the club are unaware of reports that the player's team are asking for an additional €100m signing fee as part of a move to the Bernabeu. 12.55 BST: Ralf Rangnick has said that Paul Pogba, who is missing from the squad for Saturday's trip against Arsenal through injury, may have played his last game for Manchester United. The France midfielder limped away in the first half of Tuesday's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool and is likely to be out for four weeks, according to Rangnick. With just five games left this season, it means Pogba is unlikely to feature again this season. He will leave Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer with his contract expiring in June. "Scott McTominay will be back and fit, he trained with us and the same goes for Raphael Varane," Rangnick said at a press conference on Friday. "Everyone else is still injured and Paul with the scan, it's very likely he won't be playing again until the end of the season." The doctor told me it will take at least four weeks for him to recover and that last game is at the end of May. I don't think it's very likely he'll play again The 29-year-old Argentina international is expected to join Leverkusen in the summer after five years - in that time he has scored 40 goals in 123 Bundesliga games - and could be available for a fee of just £6 €.5m is a goal for both Brazilian giants Palmeiras and former club River Plate in his home country, but he wants to remain in one of Europe's top leagues next season This summer, according to The Times, Eriksen signed a fixed-term contract with Brentford Eriksen in late January, returning to football just seven months after suffering cardiac arrest while representing Denmark at Euro 2020. The Denmark international made an immediate impression, with Brentford winning five of his six games for the club and moving eleven points from the relegation zone. His contract expires at the end of the season and Spurs, who face Brentford in the Premier League later on Saturday, are considering re-signing the 30-year-old should he become available. Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who signed Eriksen from Spurs in January 2020, ending his six-and-a-half-year tenure at the club, said ahead of Saturday's game: "I see at Brentford they sometimes play 3-5-2 or 3-4- 3 and 3-5-2 he does the same things as Inter by being their playmaker. "When you have a player with great availability to improve and put himself at the service of the team, it's easier for a manager. 10.34 BST: According to Diario AS, seven of the biggest European clubs are chasing Benfica striker Darwin Nunez. The 22-year-old Nunez has scored 25 league goals in Portugal this season and scored six goals on the club's road to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, including in both games against Liverpool AS reports that Manchester United are leading the race, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are keen and Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are also hopeful.Uruguayan striker Nunez is set to leave Benfica this summer and new United manager Erik Ten Hag has asked for his signing, while City see him as a possible replacement if they Erling Halaand not signing Atletico Madrid want Nunez to replace international teammate Luis Suarez, and Barca sees him as an alternative to Robert Lewandowski, although the club's finances would make a move difficult. 09.47 BST: Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has said signing a new deal at Anfield is not just about "the money" as he admits he doesn't know if a deal will be found. In an interview with Four Four Two magazine, Salah - whose current contract expires in June 2023 - said he was confident he would stay at the club next season regardless of how negotiations go. "I don't know, I've got a year left. I think the fans know what I want, but the contract isn't just about the money at all. I still have a year and the fans know what I want,” says Salah called. The 29-year-old has played a pivotal role for Liverpool this season, leading the side in terms of goals as they continue their quest for an historic quadruple. The season isn't over yet, so let's finish it in the best possible way - that's the most important thing. 09.00CET: Erik ten Hag says he would not have taken the job had Manchester United not given him "control" over transfers. The Dutchman will take over Old Trafford in the summer and says negotiations with the club were only finalized when he was given more influence over player recruitment, although he insists he doesn't want to be 'sole ruler'. "I have set requirements in advance for how I want to work," he told Dutch outlet Trouw. I don't want to be the sole ruler, I stand for cooperation, but control of transfers is a requirement for me." Interim manager Ralf Rangnick said on Friday that he thinks Ten Hag is the "best" manager for United at the moment "I'm quite convinced that he's the best possible coach you can get at the moment," Rangnick said at a press conference on Friday. It's not enough for me to make a few minor changes, a few small issues here and there and small cosmetic things." Hamilton: Ten Hag, the 'tactically brilliant' coach who became a winner at Ajax - Sky Sports Deutschland reports that RB Salzburg's Karim Adeyemi will play for Borussia Dortmund next season. The outlet says the striker's signature is all that is missing to complete a deal with a base fee of €30m and a potential €6m in surcharges, while Adeyemi will earn €6.5 million per season - Barcelona monitor RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo but are aware a transfer would be difficult, Ekrem Konur reports. This is due to the club's current financial situation, but with the dynamic Olmo ready to return to the club that gave him his academic education, Barca still give hope. - Declan Rice has turned down West Ham United's recent offer for a contract extension and is ready to leave the London Stadium in the summer. However, with his contract not ending until 2024, Sky Sports have suggested the Hammers insist their talisman doesn't leave this summer. They would be ready to let him go in 2023 if he hasn't signed another contract by then, the report adds. - Despite recent reports elsewhere, Mundo Deportivo suggest Barcelona won't switch for Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes. The Gunners would want at least €40m for the Brazilian - which the Blaugrana wouldn't be willing to spend on a defender - so they're more likely to opt for Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta. - Tottenham Hotspur have their eye on Aston Villa left-back Travis Patterson, according to Football Insider. The 16-year-old is yet to represent Steven Gerrard's senior side but is seen as one of the latest exciting talents to emerge from Villa's academy and has caught the eye of Spurs scouts with his recent performances at Under-23 level .

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