Man Utd beat Real Madrid on penalties in Santa Clara after Victor Lindelof error

Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties after their pre-season game finished 1-1 in Santa Clara.

Anthony Martial created Jesse Lingard’s first-half opener for United with a brilliant piece of skill on the left.

Casemiro levelled for Real from the penalty spot after United’s new £31m defender Victor Lindelof brought down Theo Hernandez with a rash challenge.

Seven out of 10 penalties were missed in the shootout, with Casemiro’s wild effort ensuring United edged it 2-1.

It was not a great night for Lindelof, who compounded his error during the game with a miss from the spot.

Another negative for United was Ander Herrera lasting only six minutes before going off with a hip injury.

They have now won all four of their matches in the United States and meet Barcelona in their final tour game in Washington on Wednesday.

Wales forward Gareth Bale started for Real in their first pre-season game.

They play Manchester City in Los Angeles on Wednesday before meeting Barcelona in Miami on Saturday.


Chelsea transfer rumors and gossip

Manager Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea is in doubt because the Italian is furious at the club’s summer transfer failings.

However, Chelsea are expected to step up their interest in Romelu Lukaku, 24, despite Manchester United agreeing a £75m fee with Everton for the striker.

The Blues could face a striker crisis after Diego Costa, 28, started to say his goodbyes to his Chelsea team-mates, having been told he is not part of Conte’s plans for next season.

The Premier League champions have turned their attention to Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, 32, after missing out on a loan move for the Spaniard in January.

Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez nearing Manchester United move

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez is reportedly nearing a move to Manchester United.

The Red Devils have courted the Colombia star for several years, though snubbed chances to sign him in 2010 and 2013.

However, Spanish outlet Diario Gol claims there is a high possibility of a move happening this transfer window.

Talks between Rodriguez and United have gone well and all that remains is for the Jose Mourinho’s side to meet Real’s asking price.

Yet the La Liga winners are reluctant to let him go cheaply and the report says United may need to cough up as much as £70m to snap him up.

Ex-Chelsea Captain John Terry Joins Aston Villa

Aston Villa have signed former Chelsea and England captain John Terry.

The 36-year-old defender, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expired on 30 June, has signed a one-year deal with the Championship club.

Terry said he turned down offers to carry on playing in the Premier League for more money because he did not want to play against Chelsea.

He won 78 caps for England, played 717 games for the Blues and won his fifth Premier League title in May.

Villa finished 13th in the Championship last season but Steve Bruce’s side are among the favourites to win automatic promotion to the top flight in 2017-18.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp said in June that his club had made an offer to Terry, who announced in April that he would be leaving Chelsea.

Terry has played for only two other English clubs – Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, with whom he had a short loan spell in 2000.

Liverpool sign Roma’s winger Mohamed Salah for £34m

Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp.

At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player.

Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Salah has “the perfect mix of experience and potential”, adding: “This is a really exciting signing for us.

“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.

“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.”

Salah will wear the number 11 shirt, with Roberto Firmino moving to number nine.

After only six Premier League starts following his £11m move, Salah had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter in a permanent move for about £15m last summer.

He was a key figure as Roma finished second in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.

Liverpool have already signed Chelsea’s 19-year-old striker Dominic Solanke, who was top scorer as England won the Under-20 World Cup and will join on 1 July.

That fee will be decided by a tribunal after he rejected a new contract at Stamford Bridge, with the fee expected to be about £3m.

Premier League Manager Sackings 53% less Last Season

There were 53% fewer Premier League managerial sackings compared to last season, according to figures released by the League Managers Association show.

Seven bosses got the boot in the 2016-17 season, a a far cry from last season’s 15 and the second lowest number over the past five years.

The total dismissals in the top four English leagues was 44, down from 58.

Those who were sacked averaged a tenure of 1.16 years.

There were four fewer casualties in the Championship (15) and League One (10) compared with the previous season.

And there were 12 dismissals in League Two – one down on the previous year.

Arsene Wenger, 67, is the longest-serving manager in English football as he approaches 21 years as Arsenal boss.

Dismissals year-on-year since 2011-12
Premier League Championship League One League Two Total
2016-17 7 15 10 12 44
2015-16 12 19 14 13 58
2014-15 5 20 12 10 47
2013-14 12 10 8 7 37
2012-13 8 13 11 11 43
2011-12 6 9 8 10 33

Barcelona agrees terms with Hector Bellerin

Barcelona have struck a deal with Arsenal star Hector Bellerin according to reports.

The Blaugrana allowed Dani Alves to leave in 2016 and were made to regret the decision after the Brazilian’s incredible form for Juventus on the way to the Champions League final.

A graduate from La Masia, Bellerin has long been speculated to return to Barcelona and is now seen as a priority signing for new manager Ernesto Valverde. Valverde left his former club to replace Luis Enrique, who left Camp Nuo at the end of the campaign.

Bellerin will have talks to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger next week about a potential return to Barcelona six years after arriving at the Emirates as a youth prospect.