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Alan 1:11 Sat Oct 6
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Senior Manchester United sources have indicated manager Jose Mourinho will be sacked this weekend, regardless of their result against Newcastle on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain's Brazil playmaker Neymar has approached Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to sound him out over a potential move to the Ligue 1 champions as speculation continues over the 25-year-old France international's future. (Goal)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the Eagles would be interested in signing Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had a loan spell with them last season, if the 22-year-old becomes available. (Talksport)

Arsenal will sign Atlanta United's 24-year-old Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, according to the MLS club's president Darren Eales. (Fox Deportes USA, in Spanish)

Chelsea and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, hopes to be offered a new deal by the Blues as his contract expires in the summer. (Guardian)

Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill, 32, has hinted he is prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season, having previously indicated he was looking to leave in January. (Evening Standard)

Southampton are interested in a move for Cahill, whose contract is up next summer. (Mirror)

Southampton are also hoping to fend off interest from Marseille and Lille in 17-year-old French winger Enzo Robise. (Sun)

Manchester City and Manchester United are being asked to pay a transfer tariff, making players more expensive than they would be to other clubs. (Times - subscription required)

James Rodriguez, 27, is angry at being left out of the Bayern Munich team and has threatened to leave. The Colombia forward is on loan at the German side from Real Madrid. (Bild - in German)

But Bayern manager Niko Kovac has denied there is a rift between himself and Rodriguez. (AS)

Brentford manager Dean Smith says he has "no plans" to leave the club, after being linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, the club he supported as a boy.(Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle board members, including managing director Lee Charnley, insist the club is still up for sale and remain focused on keeping manager Rafael Benitez. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Meanwhile, former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan wants owner Mike Ashley to sell the club "to somebody who cares". (Talksport)

Everton boss Marco Silva says he will not consider making signings in January until he has been able to assess each member of his squad. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal's Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi says the squad are united in their desire for Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, to stay despite the collapse in contract talks between the club and the player. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, says the Premier League champions will not face a tougher game this season than Sunday's trip to Liverpool. (ESPN)

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold will face a test of a different kind on Monday - a chess match against world champion Magnus Carlsen. (Liverpool Echo)

Musician Noel Gallagher - a Manchester City fan - has quipped that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is doing a "great job". (Talksport)

While travelling to sign for Manchester City, midfielder Bernardo Silva, 24, was told by a Manchester United fan he was making the right move in coming to Old Trafford - having been linked with the Red Devils. (Sun)


Brighton’s Glenn Murray fires winner to end West Ham’s resurgence

Ed Aarons at the Amex Stadium

West Ham supporters must be sick of the sight of Glenn Murray. The veteran striker has now found the net six times against them in the Premier League and took his tally for the calendar year to 12 as Brighton secured their fourth top-flight victory at home over the east London side in as many attempts.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are the only English players to outscore the 35-year-old in 2018 and there is no doubting his value to Brighton, with Chris Hughton’s side not having won since beating Manchester United in their second match of the season. But even though Marko Arnautovic wasted a great chance to snatch a point at the death following Murray’s 25th-minute effort – his 99th in total for the club – it was a relatively comfortable night for a team who had looked in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle before the match.
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“It’s what he does best,” Hughton acknowledged of Murray. “Glenn has always had the knack of being in the right place at the right time – he’s a player who has looked after himself really well and that enables him not only to get the goals but to have an impact in the game.”

Asked if Murray should be considered for an England call-up, Hughton added: “All I can speak about is what Glenn gives us. For somebody at this stage of the season to have scored five goals in the Premier League for this club is a big achievement.”

Brighton had previously failed to record a clean sheet this campaign – a statistic that would have troubled Hughton given last season’s success was built on defensive solidity. As if to underline his confidence in central defenders Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, the news that they had both signed new five-year contracts was announced hours before kick-off, while the recall of the club captain, Bruno – now 38 – was also designed to strengthen a backline that has already conceded 13 goals this season.

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk and [Gaëtan] Bong may sound like a psychedelic 60s band but, as a defensive unit, have served Brighton well in gaining promotion and achieving 10 clean sheets last season. They were certainly expecting a test from a resurgent visiting side, with the attacking trio of Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko part of an unchanged side from last Saturday’s victory over Manchester United.

One unfamiliar name on the Brighton team sheet was Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who was handed his first Premier League start after his arrival for a club record £17m in the summer. The Iran forward showed some bright touches but struggled to make an impression in a congested midfield area in the opening exchanges, although Anthony Knockaert did manage to produce a shot on target in Brighton’s only real chance of note until Murray’s opener.

Yarmolenko was slow to react to pressure from Beram Kayal and the Israeli’s brilliant cross left Murray with a simple tap-in.

After losing their first four games of the season, West Ham had seemed to have found their feet under Manuel Pellegrini but lacked the intensity on display during the wins over Everton and United. Despite dominating possession in the second half, Arnautovic, who came into the game carrying a knee injury, was the only real attacking threat of note and he sailed close to the wind after arguing with referee Kevin Friend over his booking for a studs-up challenge on Kayal.

It was the Austrian’s prompting that saw Fabián Balbuena’s effort deflected wide for a corner, only for the defender to then waste a golden chance having freed himself from the attentions of Murray at the back post.

Brighton’s talisman will have been disappointed not to have hit the target with a free header 20 minutes from time, while another effort looped agonisingly over Lucasz Fabianksi’s bar. He did put the ball in the net in stoppage time but saw his effort correctly ruled out for offside, with Arnautovic then blasting over from close range on an evening that Pellegrini will want to forget.

“It was frustrating because we knew we were playing a difficult team who are very strong at home but we created three good chances to draw so I cannot be happy,” he said.

“Maybe in the first 45 minutes they played with more intensity but in the second half we had the pace and played some good football. But you have to score.”


Brighton's evergreen Glenn Murray decides matters to stall West Ham's revival

Nick Szczepanik , at the Amex Stadium

Brighton must wish they could play West Ham every week – and West Ham probably feel that if they never face Brighton again it will be too soon. Manuel Pellegrini’s side dominated Friday night’s match but could not score as Brighton maintained their 100 per cent record against the Londoners since winning promotion in 2017.

It was only Brighton’s second victory of the season and their third in their past 17 league matches. They achieved it thanks to a goal after 25 minutes from Glenn Murray, his fifth of the season, followed by a backs-to-the-wall defensive display that delivered a first clean sheet of the campaign.

“We were up against a really good West Ham side and you can see them scoring a lot of goals this season,” Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager, said. “We did the defensive things well and had to ride our luck a bit but the clean sheet was very pleasing.

“Glenn has always had the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He’s a player who has looked after himself really well and that enables him not only to get the goals but to have an impact in the game.”

Could Murray, at 35, still be in the England conversation? “All I can speak about is what Glenn gives us,” Hughton said. “Gareth [Southgate] has done a wonderful job for England and will make the decisions, but for somebody at this stage of the season to have scored five goals in the Premier League for this club is a big achievement.”

For West Ham, it was a setback after an unbeaten run of three games, including a draw with Chelsea and a victory over Manchester United, but they could not be faulted for effort – just finishing. They had 65 per cent of the possession and 17 shots to Brighton’s nine, but only four were on target.

“I’m frustrated that we lost after creating three very clear chances, at least, to score,” Pellegrini said. “Maybe in the first 45 minutes they played with more intensity in the way they recovered the ball. But the last 45 minutes we had the pace, we had the football. They didn’t have one chance.”

Murray struck after Beram Kayal, the Israel midfield player, won possession from Andriy Yarmolenko and attacked a wide-open space on the left wing. He followed that with a low cross that any winger would have been proud of, the ball finding Murray unmarked to score from six yards.

But Marko Arnautovic had already signalled West Ham’s attacking intent with a spectacular 25-yard volley from a free-kick taken by Felipe Anderson, the shot blocked by Murray as Brighton summoned all hands to the pump. Pedro Obiang had a shot blocked on the line and then volleyed into the turf and over the bar.

The second half was almost one-way traffic towards the Brighton goal, across it, everywhere except into it. Lewis Dunk, given a new five-year contract before the match along with defensive partner Shane Duffy, blocked a shot from Yarmolenko and Arnautovic was unfortunate to be booked when he had been the victim of a foul by Kayal, whose studs caught the Austrian’s leg.

The Brighton defence was constantly at full stretch, forced to defend a series of corners and free-kicks, and they were relieved when Fabian Balbuena headed wide under pressure from Murray just short of the hour mark. West Ham were pinning the hosts back, probing for an opening, with defenders very happy indeed to hack the ball clear whenever possible. But a combination of wastefulness and determined defending kept them out.

Arnautovic curled a free-kick over the crossbar and blasted a cut-back from substitute Lucas Perez far too high. It would only have distorted the score even further if a raised flag had not denied Jurgen Locadia a second goal after Lukasz Fabianski could only parry a shot from fellow substitute Jose Izquierdo.

“It was not only Marko who had clear chances, but Balbuena inside the six-yard box,” Pellegrini said. “Lucas had another. They had one in the first half, they scored, and they defended after that. Before this game I said it was not a turning point that we beat Manchester United. Every game in the Premier League is different; is difficult. We wanted (something) here, we didn’t get it. We must keep working but the way we played in that second 45 minutes was very encouraging.”

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