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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:00 Thu Jul 23
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Arsenal are set to offer Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new contract worth about £250,000 a week plus bonuses as they try to convince the 31-year-old to stay. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Newcastle are planning to approach Real Madrid with a loan offer for 22-year-old Serbia forward Luka Jovic, with the club's scouts working under the assumption that the proposed Saudi Arabi-backed takeover will not happen. (Shields Gazette)

Alternatively, the Magpies will attempt to sign English forward Callum Wilson, 28, from Bournemouth if the Cherries are relegated. (Express)

Borussia Dortmund have looked at Werder Bremen's Kosovo winger Milot Rashica, 24, as a potential replacement for 20-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Leeds United, newly promoted to the Premier League, could move for 38-year-old Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has admitted he is unlikely to extend his deal with AC Milan. (Sun)

Manchester City are keen to sign AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer, but face competition from Paris St-Germain with the 22-year-old Algerian's fee set to exceed £45m. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian, 32, is close to agreeing a free transfer to Arsenal as his contract runs down at the Blues. (ESPN Brasil's Bruno Vicari on Twitter - in Portuguese)

English midfielder Adam Lallana, 32, could agree a deal to return to former club Southampton after his contract expired at Liverpool (Express)

Arsenal are considering a move for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, 22, but Manchester City could trigger a buy-back clause for the Brazil international. (90min)

Tottenham Hotspur are confident they will sign 24-year-old Southampton and Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, even though Everton have had a bid of £25m accepted. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, English defender Japhet Tanganga, 21, is close to signing a new contract with Spurs. (Evening Standard)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has turned down the chance to become Championship side Bristol City's next manager. (Bristol Post)

Valencia are planning moves for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, and Manchester City's 34-year-old midfielder and fellow Spaniard David Silva. (90min)

Leeds are targeting QPR's £20m-rated English forward Eberechi Eze, 22, as a signing to bolster their squad for the Premier League. (Sun)

Everton will try to move on DR Congo forward 31-year-old Yannick Bolasie, who is in the final 12 months of his contract, to free up money to pursue a new right winger. (Liverpool Echo)

Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane, 24, has urged Austria defender David Alaba, 28, to stay rather than move to the Germany international's former club Manchester City or La Liga giants Real Madrid. (Sport Bild, via Independent)

Bayer Leverkusen may pursue a loan deal for Real Madrid's Brazil Under-23 midfielder Reinier, 18, if Germany forward Kai Havertz, 21, leaves for Chelsea. (Goal)

Aston Villa have lined up Reading's John Swift, 25, as a replacement for 24-year-old fellow English midfielder Jack Grealish, who has been linked with an £80m move to Manchester United.Sheffield United are also interested in Swift. (Reading Chronicle)

Porto are preparing a £6.3m bid for Portugal defender Ruben Semedo, 26, from Olympiakos. (Sport 24 - in Greek)


Greenwood grabs point for Manchester United after Pogba's penalty blunder

Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford

Mason Greenwood’s 17th goal of the season places him alongside George Best, Wayne Rooney and Brian Kidd as Manchester United’s most prolific teenagers in a single campaign.

More important his second-half equaliser means Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side moved a point ahead of Leicester and need only draw at the King Power on Sunday to seal a top-four place and Champions League qualification: a demand the manager would have accepted during the dark days of winter.

The issue for Solskjær is how tired United look and how he must somehow rouse them for one last salvo to ensure the Foxes do not end their league season in deep disappointment.

“We’ve given ourselves a fantastic opportunity and a great starting point for Sunday,” he said. “We know we’re going to play against a very good team – they are very dangerous – we’ll be ready physically and mentally.”

Solskjær retained the error-prone David de Gea, while Timothy Fosu‑Mensah came in for Aaron Wan‑Bissaka at right-back. West Ham’s goal difference made them all but safe and David Moyes sent out an unchanged XI.

United’s intent was shown when Bruno Fernandes slid Anthony Martial in along the right. The centre-forward dipped a shoulder and forced a sharp save from Lukasz Fabianski. Greenwood did precisely the same moments later and United’s tempo was already higher than Sunday’s soporific pace when they were being knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.

Fosu-Mensah, Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Martial and Marcus Rashford were next to probe. Yet United’s rearguard had a scare when Aaron Cresswell swung a free-kick over from the left and the ball bounced straight across De Gea’s goal.

United’s forte is attack: a dipping Rashford pass that found Fernandes in the clear was illustrative though the latter’s touch let him down. After a too-high Martial shot, Michail Antonio forced a corner that Fernandes inadvertently flicked on and Harry Maguire had to clear.

West Ham were dangerous but only when allowed to be. A Rashford dash down the left channel turned a clutch of visiting defenders the wrong way and showed that when United hit higher gear they were a class above.

Next came a patient attack that went from wing-to-wing that ended with Fernandes pulling the trigger from long range – a sign of how robust West Ham were proving.

Then, Brandon Williams got the wrong side of Jarrod Bowen, Matic intervened and West Ham had a corner. This was taken short to the excellent Bowen and Angelo Ogbonna had a free header but he failed to work De Gea.

The latest in a catalogue of first-half shots from United was fired at Fabianski by Rashford and the goalkeeper had to beat this one away. What United lacked was incision – when Williams did get in behind West Ham and his cross found Fosu-Mensah, he volleyed weakly.

Disaster struck for United from a free-kick. Declan Rice struck his shot at the wall, Pogba raised his arms to protect his face, the ball hit a hand and VAR awarded a penalty. Michail Antonio made no mistake from the spot.

While Pogba reportedly apologised to his teammates, Solskjær said: “Paul’s held his hand up – he knows he should have taken it in the mush.”

Despite his error, Pogba tried to claim the ball struck him in the face... although it didn't - as evidenced by this photo

Michail Antonio stepped up and coolly slotted the penalty past De Gea before half-time to put the visitors in front

The makeshift striker celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after giving them the lead just before half-time

At the interval a sharp word – or three – was required from Solskjær, who replaced Fosu-Mensah with Wan-Bissaka. Now, finally, United clicked: Pogba fed Greenwood who fed Martial, who returned the ball. A second one-two between the pair ended with Greenwood in, and the 18-year-old smashed home for his 10th league goal.

Solskjær said of the scorer: “He’s bailed us out a few times, he’s done it again and he’s been top class.”

United had wrested momentum. Suddenly Williams was surging into the area and Bowen pushed him over but VAR was not interested. De Gea had to be: a Bowen snap-shot that hit Williams had the keeper making a fine fingertip save in what was another West Ham warning. “David showed why we keep him in that goal with that great save,” said Solskjær.

This had become about United maintaining control and ensuring their unbeaten league run stretched to 13 games. The best method was to operate in the opposition half, yet West Ham had their moments. A Mark Noble free-kick that Rashford jumped out of way of summed United’s jitters up but they hung on.

Moyes said of his side: “They deserved a point,” and it confirmed survival. For United it is all about Leicester on Sunday.


Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 6.5; Fosu-Mensah 5 (Wan-Bissaka 46, 6) Lindelof 6, Maguire 6.5, Williams 7; Matic 6.5, Pogba 6; Greenwood 7, Fernandes 5, Rashford 5.5 (Ighalo 85); Martial 6.5.

Subs not used: Mata, Lingard, Fred, Dalot, James, Romero, McTominay.

Goal: Greenwood 51

Booked: Fosu-Mensah, Rashford, Fernandes

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 6

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 6.5; Johnson 5.5, Diop 6, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 6 (Masuaku 75, 6); Rice 8, Soucek 6; Bowen 6.5 (Yarmolenko 90+1), Noble 7, Fornals 6; Antonio 7 (Haller 78, 6).

Subs not used: Balbuena, Felipe Anderson, Lanzini, Wilshere, Randolph, Coventry.

Goal: Antonio pen 45+2

Booked: Masuaku

Manager: David Moyes 7

Referee: Paul Tierney 6

MOTM: Rice 8


Paul Pogba gives away inexplicable penalty as Manchester United labour to draw with West Ham

James Ducker

Languishing in fourteenth place back in late October, it has been a long, hard slog back into the top four for Manchester United, a position they had last occupied in the opening weeks of the campaign. But Mason Greenwood’s 17th goal of a quite extraordinary debut season means a point at Leicester City on Sunday will now be enough to spare United the prospect of a second successive season without Champions League football. If they can also win the Europa League next month, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have plenty of reasons to be optimistic going into next season but there is first a huge task at hand at the King Power Stadium before anyone of a United persuasion can turn their thoughts to Europe.

“We’ve given ourselves a fantastic opportunity for Sunday,” Solskjaer said. “We have gone out in two [cup] semi finals this season so now we’ve got a final and we have to embrace it. Leicester are a good team, very dangerous but we’ll be ready physically and mentally.”

As for this game, well nobody will have been as grateful to witness Greenwood’s latest flourish as Paul Pogba. United were trailing after a moment of bizarre indiscipline from their record signing but then up popped their teenage wonder to reprieve Pogba for his inexplicable decision to handle Declan Rice’s shot and concede a penalty from which Michail Antonio put West Ham in front on the cusp of half-time.

The spotlight was on David De Gea coming into this but it had shifted firmly to Pogba by the interval. Really, what was he thinking? Gary Neville, the former United captain, called it “rubbish”, “embarrassing”, and an “appalling lack of discipline”. Sure, Rice’s shot, from a short free-kick by Mark Noble, was coming at him at considerable pace but this is where any self-respecting professional should put his head where it hurts. Sticking your hands in the air to shield yourself and then falling to the ground pretending you have been whacked in the face is the sort of thing you might expect from a young kid playing in an amateur junior side somewhere; but not from an £89 million footballer. It’s called taking one for the team, Paul, although Harry Maguire revealed that Pogba had apologised in the dressing room.

“Should he do it? He should probably take one in the face,” the United captain said. “He’s apologised in there. Held his hands up.” “It was a natural reaction,” said Solskjaer. “Paul held his hands up knowing he should have taken it in the mush.”

For some reason, it took Peter Bankes, the VAR, an age to establish a blatant handball was indeed just that but the needless delay did little to unsettle Antonio, who coolly dispatched his penalty for an eight goal in his past six outings. A point ensured West Ham are now mathematically safe and few have done as much as Antonio to help his club beat the drop.

So Pogba and United needed to rescue themselves in the second period. United had shaded the first half up until Antonio’s penalty, with Lukasz Fabianski making saves from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford and the impressive Angelo Ogbonna charging down a goal-bound shot from Greenwood, but there was still a lethargy to the home side’s play. It has taken a big effort to reach this point, with Solskjaer mostly using the same players, and when the United manager again needed someone to step up it was the youngest player in his side who obliged. Much credit should also go to Martial for helping to fashion the space from which Greenwood drilled a low, left-footed shot past Fabianski.

There was little room in which to work, and a huddle of five or six West Ham bodies appeared to have Greenwood and Martial well marshalled just outside the penalty area. But a couple of brisk, incisive one-twos between the pair later and Greenwood was in and, well, we all know what he does when he has sight of goal. The goal saw him join elite company, too. The only other teenagers to have hit such a total for United in a single campaign are George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney. “He’s bailed us out a few times and he’s done it again,” Solskjaer said. “He’s going from strength to strength. You know when he’s had a good sleep and when he’s stayed up late playing Playstation - he’s done that today time and again in training. You’re not surprised when that hits the back of the net and you run out of superlatives.”

The goal did not cow West Ham. Much like Southampton in United’s previous outing, they were bold and dogged and it took a superb finger tip save from De Gea - responding well to his error-strewn display in Sunday's 3-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea - to deny the lively Jarrod Bowen, who was proved a real asset. United were flat but if a second goal was going to come, it felt likely that Greenwood would be involved in some capacity and he set up one inviting chance for substitute Odion Ighalo, who fired wide.

So it was not convincing but Pogba was spared real humiliation and opportunity now beckons for United. Given where they were in that gloomy autumn, they will gladly take this position.


‘Please stay’, ‘Kidnap him now’ – Many West Brom fans react to Grady Diangana’s message in wake of promotion

After last night's game, Grady Diangana – who played an influential role in Albion’s promotion following his loan move from West Ham – sent a joyous message to fans in wake of their promotion to the Premier League.

Plenty of Albion fans have since reacted to Diangana’s post, urging him to put pen to paper on a permanent move to the Hawthorns…

Pammy McFly {She-Hawk}
I hope u stay long term w the baggies @GradyDiang ur goal & assist last night was captain fantastico stuff of legend.
Boingy biongy all the way to FA cup victory & a top ten premiership season & beating wolves twice & Man U !



Christopher Pace
Please join us on a permanent deal and great goal

Chris Upton
Thank you Grady. You truly are a special player, you are on a level with @MatheusPereira, you can see that you guys are on same page. I hope we can sign you permanently. You work rate, guile, flair and heart.... Please become a permanent Baggie! Not possible without you...

Join us permanently Grady, you are loved so much by us Baggies.

Baggie Fans
Could never have done it without you Grady THANK YOU
9:54 PM · Jul 22, 2020

Black Country Baggie
Grady, come on Lad! Let's see you in the Blue and White in the Premier League now my bro

Matthew Cromwell
Well done @GradyDiang thank you to you and the rest of the team. You've been a joy to watch this season and we'd love to have you at the Hawthorns as your new home permanently


leigh southall
Hope u don't think ur going back to west ham grady
anyone outside the ground kidnap him now
in all serious what ever the future holds thanks for taking us back to the promised land


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SDKFZ 222 8:15 Thu Jul 23
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Solskjær said: “Paul’s held his hand up – he knows he should have taken it in the mush.”

The irony!

Mex Martillo 6:47 Thu Jul 23
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ted fenton 3:57 Thu Jul 23

jimbo2. 4:48 Thu Jul 23
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Bowen was worth way more than 6.5 & the Guardian report in particular was rubbish!
Thanks Al!

Texas Iron 4:33 Thu Jul 23
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Psycho4Spuds0 4:14 Thu Jul 23
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Williams (7) terrorised by Bowen (6.5) all night by the Guardian - was there another MU/WHU match on we all missed?

the exile 4:12 Thu Jul 23
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Love that picture of 4 Man U defenders all trying to get out of the way of Declan's shot.

ted fenton 3:57 Thu Jul 23
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Thanks Alan 1:33 Thu Jul 23

TonkaToy 1:58 Thu Jul 23
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The Guardian one's a hoot..
Starting 11 for MU: 67.5, for WHU 71.5.
MoM Rice with 8, but didn't get a mention other than hitting the shot that lead to the 'Hands Up' fiasco by PP.

I assume the writer was a bit sheepish when he posted it on the Guardians website.

With Kind Regards 1:47 Thu Jul 23
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Sven Roeder 1.41

Sven Roeder 1:41 Thu Jul 23
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Thanks Alan

You’d never know we were on the pitch with those reports.

‘Paul held his hands up’

Thanks Alan 1:33 Thu Jul 23
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blueeyed.handsomeman 1:07 Thu Jul 23

Alan 1:20 Thu Jul 23
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Pub Bigot 1:09 Thu Jul 23

I was going to post the same thought.
It never changes does it.

Pub Bigot 1:09 Thu Jul 23
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Did we play yesterday? Those papers might as well be Man United's official fucking programs.

bill green 1:09 Thu Jul 23
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Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:07 Thu Jul 23
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THankYou Alan

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