Marcus Rashford hopes a prolific goalscoring season can help him become the “ultimate striker” and bring silverware to Manchester United, who face Leicester today. The 18-year-old has come a long way since his debut against Midtjylland seven months ago, embarking on a meteoric journey from near obscurity to the forefront of the first team at Old Trafford. Having scored eight goals in his stunning breakthrough season, he has already found the net three times this term, most recently in United’s EFL Cup victory at Northampton.
Mamadou Sakho has vented his frustrations at Liverpool on Snapchat after being frozen out of the first-team this season. The 26-year-old France international, who was sent home early from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States before rejecting a move to Stoke, has not played for the Reds this season. Speaking ahead of today’s visit by Hull, Klopp revealed the centre-back was close to a return to full fitness, but added that it wasn’t “how the player feels, it’s about how I feel”.
Pep Guardiola says he did not enjoy dropping Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, but insists he is the “chief” at Manchester City. Hart was demoted from his first-choice goalkeeper role and loaned out to Serie A side Torino this summer. Guardiola has also refused to play Toure until the player’s agent apologises for public criticism of him. Other big-money players in Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala have also been loaned out, but Guardiola, who has won all nine of his competitive games in charge of City, maintains he has made all decisions for the club, not for himself.
Yaya Toure’s father has begged Pep Guardiola to forgive his son and give him another chance. The Ivorian midfielder, 33, has been exiled at Manchester City after an on-going row with agent Dimitri Seluk. But dad Mory said: “I’m worried about him. It’s a problem. We ask Guardiola to come down to earth. He’s the boss. I ask him for forgiveness, to let my son do his work.” Toure has just one year left on his contract at City and is regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever players. But boss Guardiola says he will not play for the club again until Seluk apologises for comments made when the midfielder was left out of City’s Champions League squad.
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has postponed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for a second time because he is “medically unfit”. Promoters did not disclose details but said “the condition is too severe to allow him to participate”. Fury, 28, beat Ukraine’s Klitschko on points in the first bout between the pair in November last year. The original rematch, scheduled for 9 July at Manchester Arena, was postponed in June after Fury injured his ankle. The rearranged rematch – with the WBA and WBO belts on the line – had been scheduled for 29 October.