Sliding doors, ‘blue billionaire bottlers’ and the Haaland-De Bruyne axis of pain

Special report: Fans at Premier League matches are being treated worse than ever – PSR could be to blame

Football fans increasingly feel like they are at the bottom of the priority list in the sport they love Shortly after 5pm on a Friday afternoon earlier this month, Chelsea published an urgent travel update on their website. With around 24 hours to go until kick-off of their match against Manchester City, the club was … Read more

Erik ten Hag bites back at Jamie Carragher – but admits his criticism of Man Utd is justified

Ten Hag prepares his team for a crucial FA Cup match on Wednesday evening – Manchester United/Ash Donelon Erik ten Hag has hit back at Jamie Carragher for his criticism of Manchester United’s performance against Fulham, accusing the former Liverpool defender of having an agenda against the club. Carragher provided a detailed analytical overview of … Read more

Eddie Howe is safe, but an FA Cup run would save Newcastle’s season

Eddie Howe has described Newcastle’s season as ‘challenging’ – PA/Bradley Collyer Newcastle United have always expected this season to be much more difficult than the last, but as we head into spring, Eddie Howe desperately needs another FA Cup win to avoid the season turning into regret and an anti-climax. Newcastle has been in danger … Read more

Inside the Lionesses talent factory: five players to watch

Aggie Beever-Jones is among England’s youngsters looking to impress – Getty Images/Naomi Baker England Under-23s have swapped St George’s Park for Spain’s Costa del Sol and a warm-weather camp where they will link up with the senior squad. On one side, pristine white villas and palm trees sit in peaceful silence atop a sheer cliff … Read more

Premier League and Carabao Cup final: 10 talking points from the weekend