United launch shock £36m bid for the 'new Henry': Van Gaal moves for teenage Monaco striker Martial as Hernandez joins Leverkusen

Manchester United offer £36m for Monaco teen Anthony Martial as they look to boost forward

SIMON JONES: Manchester United have opened talks with Monaco over a £36m deal for teenage striker Anthony Martial. The move comes as Javier Hernandez leaves United for Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal. Monaco have yet to accept United's offer for the highly-rated Martial as they do not wish to sell but talks are expected to continue today.

Sort this mess out! Former star Neville launches scathing attack after Swansea defeat... but Van Gaal insists beaten United were the better team

Manchester United need a new goalkeeper, defender and striker, insists Gary Neville

Gary Neville delivered a scathing assessment of the Manchester United squad on Sunday night, claiming Louis van Gaal needs a new goalkeeper, defender and striker after they lost at Swansea. Van Gaal made the dubious claim that United 'dominated 85 minutes' of the match, which they led through Juan Mata before Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis inflicted their first Premier League defeat of the season.

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Forget De Bruyne, offering Pellegrini a new deal was Man City's best summer signing

With Kevin De Bruyne joining on Sunday, Manchester City have now spent more than £150million this summer. But their best deal by far has been giving Manuel Pellegrini a new contract.

Don't blame my keeper! Van Gaal stands by shaky Romero despite Argentine costing United at Swansea

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refused to blame Sergio Romero for his side's 2-1 defeat at Swansea despite the keeper being at fault for Bafetimbi Gomis' winner in South Wales.

Resurgent Shelvey lands England recall for crunch Euro 2016 qualifiers

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NEIL ASHTON: Jonjo Shelvey can play his way into England's Euro 2016 plans after earning a recall to Roy Hodgson's squad for the qualifying games against San Marino and Switzerland.

FA SUSPEND ticket sales for England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland due to proposed London tube strike

The Football Association has suspended ticket sales for the European Championships qualifier with Switzerland because of a proposed tube strike.

Fergie told me to get £6m Evans: West Brom boss Pulis thanks United legend

WALSALL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  West Bromwich Albion unveil new signing Jonny Evans from Manchester Untied at West Bromwich Albion Training Ground on August 28, 2015 in Walsall, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Tony Pulis has revealed that he sought a recommendation from Sir Alex Ferguson before going ahead with the £6million signing of Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans.

Red cards galore, penalty chaos and a diving storm... GRAHAM POLL reviews what was a manic weekend of shockers for refs

Red cards galore, penalty chaos and a diving storm on manic weekend for referees

GRAHAM POLL: This weekend was full of controversy with six red cards in ten games, penalty storms and a diving incident. Here, the former referee and Sportsmail columnist gives his verdict on all the major talking points.

De Bruyne is a game changer: Kompany warns title rivals as £52m man finally completes his move to Manchester City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany hails 'game-changer' Kevin De Bruyne and insists

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has hailed his Belgian international team-mate Kevin De Bruyne as a 'game-changer' and insists the winger is a far stronger character than when he left Chelsea after nine games. Kompany was consulted before City decided to sanction a club-record transfer for the 24-year-old, who completed his move to the Etihad on Sunday.

Sunderland make £8m bid for former loan hero Borini but face competition for Liverpool flop from Inter Milan

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Sunderland have revived their bid to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini after making an £8million offer. Inter Milan are also keen on the 24-year-old but he is not their first option.

Martinez: Stones is a true Evertonian... he will captain England one day

As 'money can't buy you Stones' and '£40m? You're having a laugh' rang out simultaneously at White Hart Lane, the country's most coveted defender quietly got on with his business.

Have faith in Mo: Lord Coe backs Farah after double gold in Beijing


Lord Coe has inherited a sport in crisis but he does not believe that mistrust should extend to Mo Farah, after he became the most successful distance runner in World Championships history.

Beware the Swansea bogeymen! United woe as goal machine Gomis takes advantage of Romero to inspire incredible comeback

Swansea 2-1 Manchester United: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis help Swans come from behind

SWANSEA 2-1 MAN UNITED - MATT BARLOW AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM: Louis van Gaal's 50th game in charge of Manchester United proved to be much like his first. Much like his 31st, too, for that matter, as Van Gaal watched his team lost 2-1 against Swansea for the third time in little more than a year. Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis scored the goals which turned the game after Juan Mata had fired the visitors ahead, early in the second half.

RATINGS: Memphis goes missing as Ayew shines again to help Swansea bring down Man United

Swansea 2-1 Manchester United PLAYER RATINGS: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis star in win

Bafetimbi Gomis was the hero for Swansea as he scored the winner against Manchester United. Louis van Gaal's men had looked to be on their way to victory when Juan Mata slotted home, but Andre Ayew equalised just after the hour mark before Gomis was able to secure the points. RIATH AL-SAMARRAI assesses the performances of the players from both sides.

United looked unbalanced and confused... Swansea's Ayew had everything they were missing

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The match-winning pass was delightfully absurd, a mixture of spin and vision and timing. How fitting that it was used to dismantle a club that was once the epitome of footballing adventure.

Arsenal ace Ramsey: We'll be in the title race come May... just wait and see

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is held back by Vurnon Anita of Newcastle during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal on August 29, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsey and his Arsenal team-mates are refusing to rise to those critics who have already written them off as Premier League challengers, insisting they will be in the title reckoning come May.

Chelsea midfielder Chalobah set to join Serie A side Napoli on loan 

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Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground on 21st August 2015 in Cobham, England.

Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is set to join Serie A side Napoli on loan. The midfielder was in Naples on Sunday night ahead of joining the Italian outfit.

Heartache, broken promises and the hidden transfer request in his jacket pocket on the eve of European Cup final... Liverpool icon Fairclough lifts lid on his 'Supersub' legacy

Bob Paisley was a genius but his broken promises hurt me, says Liverpool ‘Supersub’ David

IAN LADYMAN - EXCLUSIVE: It says much about David Fairclough's Liverpool career that he arrived for one of the biggest nights of his life with a transfer request hidden in his jacket pocket. The 1977-78 season had been relatively kind to Fairclough. Anfield's eternal substitute had actually played 29 league games for Bob Paisley's team, scoring 10 goals. Ahead of the club's European Cup final against Bruges at Wembley, he was fancied to play.

Best game of FIFA ever? Man pictured watching Arsenal's win over Newcastle with Xbox controller!

Xbox controller mystery at Newcastle and Arsenal clash is solved as man is revealed to be

The mystery of the man holding an Xbox controller at the Premier League match between Newcastle and Arsenal at St James' Park has been solved.

Shelvey praised by Hodgson midfielder earns England recall for qualifiers

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 30:  Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger (l) is challenged by Jonjo Shelvey during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United on August 30, 2015 in Swansea, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Roy Hodgson praised Jonjo Shelvey's start to the season after recalling the Swansea midfielder into his England squad. The 23-year-old picked up his one and only cap to date against in 2012.

Chelsea enquiry for Marquinhos dismissed as Mourinho desperately searches for a new central defender 

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 21: Marquinhos of PSG in action during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Camp Nou stadium on April 21, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain have dismissed an enquiry from Chelsea for Brazilian defender Marquinhos.  Nasser Al Khelaifi is understood to have told Chelsea 'not to bother' with an offer.

Napoli midfielder De Guzman set to join Bournemouth on season-long loan

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 01:  Jonathan De Guzman of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between Torino FC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on March 1, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman will join Bournemouth on loan for the season on Monday. The 27-year-old Holland international rejected the chance to join Sunderland.

Besiktas pull plug on Valdes deal as Spanish goalkeeper's Manchester United nightmare continues

Victor Valdes' proposed move to Besiktas is off after the club's manager Senol Gunes decided to pull the plug on the deal. Talks had been ongoing since last week with a deal looking likely.

Wanyama told to follow Schneiderlin's lead and focus on his job as Spurs ready bid of £18m plus Lamela on loan

Victor Wanyama of Southampton   during the Barclays Premier League match Watford and Southampton   played at Vicarage Road Stadium , Watford

Ronald Koeman has advised Victor Wanyama to heed advice from former team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin and stop trying to force a move away from Southampton.

Fabregas, Matic, Ivanovic and Hazard are Chelsea faltering four... and unhappy Jose has warned he's ready to AXE his big stars

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas in firing line as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho warns he isn't

Jose Mourinho holds Eden Hazard among those responsible for Chelsea's stuttering start and promised to not think twice about wielding the axe following their shock home defeat by Crystal Palace. Hazard, who made the clean sweep of the Player of the Year awards last season, was accused of underperforming after Palace became only the second team to beat Mourinho's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League.

£22m Abdennour joins Valencia from Monaco, despite signing papers saying that he would prefer Chelsea move

Aymen Abdennour joins Valencia from Monaco despite defender signing papers saying he would

NEIL ASHTON: Chelsea's hopes of signing Aymen Abdennour from Monaco were dashed at the last moment even though the defender had signed papers saying he wanted to play for Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea are struggling to cope with being champions, admits Zouma

29 August 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Chelsea v Crystal Palace - Kurt Zouma of Chelsea - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Kurt Zouma has suggested it is taking Chelsea time to adjust to being the defending Barclays Premier League champions after being beaten at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lanzini has been compared to David Silva by West Ham boss Bilic... but who is the man they call 'The Jewel'?

August 29th 2015 - Liverpool, UK - LIVERPOOL V WEST HAM -
 West Ham Lansini scores against Liverpool
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West Ham signed Manuel Lanzini in the summer and he was outstanding as they beat Liverpool on Saturday.  But who is the youngster manager Slaven Bilic has compared to David Silva?

Lovren determined to bounce back after nightmare in Liverpool defeat

Dejan Lovren during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United played at Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has vowed to bounce back again after his renaissance as the Reds' first-choice centre-back took a hammering.

Watch out for Wilson: Boss Howe tips Bournemouth hitman to emulate Ings

Eddie Howe believes Callum Wilson can follow in the footsteps of the strikers who stepped up from the Championship last season and scored a combined 34 league goals.

Celtic plot last-minute swoops for Simunovic and Sunderland's Fletcher

Celtic are trying to push through last-minute deals for Steven Fletcher and Jozo Simunovic before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

Instant impact: United flop Di Maria shines on debut in France as PSG down Monaco

Monaco 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain: Edinson Cavani strikes twice while Angel di Maria makes an

Angel di Maria impressed on debut for Paris Saint-Germain after coming on for the closing 25 minutes of their comfortable win over their apparent Ligue 1 rivals. PSG were forced to be patient but their deserved rewards eventually came with Edinson Cavani heading in a Blaise Matuidi cross on 57 minutes before doubling the lead in the 73rd courtesy of a slick pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned from injury.

Martinez scores first goal for new club as Simeone's Atletico cruise to victory against sorry Sevilla

Sevilla 0-3 Atletico Madrid: Jackson Martinez scores first goal for his new club as Diego

Jackson Martinez came off the bench to score his first Atletico Madrid goal in a 3-0 win over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The 28-year-old Colombian forward moved to the Spanish capital over the summer after a prolific spell in Portugal with Porto and the South American opened his account with Atleti to cap off a comfortable win for Diego Simeone's men.

Markovic completes season-long loan move to Fenerbahce from Liverpool just a year after signing for £20m


Lazar Markovic has completed his season-long loan move to Fenerbahce from Liverpool. The Premier League club confirmed the deal on their Twitter account.

Juventus wonderkid Coman signs two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have signed 19-year-old talented attacking midfielder Kingsley Coman on a two-year loan deal from Juventus, with the deal for the Frenchman announced on Sunday.

Former Fulham and Scotland striker Graham Leggat dies, aged 81  

Graham Leggat, the former Aberdeen and Scotland striker who played at the 1958 World Cup, has died at the age of 81. Leggat, who later worked as a journalist, passed away in Canada.

'The big difference at this World Cup is that we can escape': Youngs looks forward to playing happy families at home (and farming) as scrum half plots England glory

Ben Youngs reveals how rugby helped him tackle dyslexia as England's scrum half prepares

JONATHAN MCEVOY - INTERVIEW: Next to the hoardings for crop fertilisers and Norfolk ale, there will always be someone ready to bend your ear about a tiny seven-year-old side-stepping his way towards the try line, ball under one arm, waving to his mother with the other. That boy at Holt RFC was Ben Youngs, who is inked in at scrum-half when England open their World Cup campaign against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18.

Hamilton takes time out from title quest to pose alongside glamorous friend at showbiz party in LA

Lewis Hamilton takes time out from World Championship quest to pose alongside good friend

Lewis Hamilton took to Instagram on Sunday as he joined Gigi Hadid for a night of fun and frolics at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. The F1 driver has enjoyed his weekend off racing duty, with the season resuming next Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix.

Robshaw ready to turn it on against Ireland as England's final World Cup squad enjoy brief moment of respite

CHRIS FOY: After a week of tension and frustration in the England camp, Chris Robshaw was going to make the most of 'the last weekend off we're going to get in a while'.

Wales leapfrog England in rankings... but what they really want is their Rugby World Cup scalp, says Jenkins

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 15:  Wales player Gethin Jenkins in action during the International match between Wales and Fiji at Millennium Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

NIK SIMON: Gethin Jenkins overtook England legend Jason Leonard to become the world's most capped prop on Saturday but now the Welshman is targeting an even bigger Red Rose scalp.

It's Jason's Day again: Flawless final round of 62 sees PGA champion beat Stenson by six shots to win Barclays

EDISON, NJ - AUGUST 30:  Jason Day of Australia kisses the winner's trophy on the 18th green after his six-stroke victory at The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club on August 30, 2015 in Edison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Australian Jason Day has claimed his fourth title of the year, beating Henrik Stenson by six strokes at The Barclays after a blemish-free fourth round 62 that included eight birdies.

Nadal denies claims he refused to play with Krgios at McEnroe charity event  

Rafael Nadal angrily denied claims he refused to play doubles at a New York charity event with under-fire Australian Nick Kyrgios, stating that he never intended to play a doubles match.

Sharapova withdraws from US Open on the eve of round one with leg injury

World No 3 Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open on the eve of the tournament due to a leg injury. It's the second time in three years the 2006 winner will miss the year's last Grand Slam.

'Money Can't Buy Me Stones': Everton fans taunt Chelsea with Beatles adaptation

Everton fans taunt Chelsea over failed bids for John Stones with adapted version of

Everton fans took great pleasure in their club's stance over John Stones on Saturday with a chant towards Chelsea over their failed pursuit for the defender. Chelsea have had four bids rejected by the Toffees this summer - whose attempts to prise the 21-year-old away from Goodison Park having fallen on deaf ears.

Bale jets back to Wales on private jet hours after starring in Real Madrid win

Gareth Bale jets back to Wales on a private plane hours after starring with a double as

There was no rest for Gareth Bale on Saturday night after his starring role for Real Madrid as they thrashed Real Betis 5-0. The forward struck inside two minutes at the Bernabeu, before netting again in the 89th minute after a brace from James Rodriguez either side of a Karim Benzema header. But with the international break looming, Bale was straight off to Wales after the game as he prepared for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Wolfsburg join Juventus in race to sign Schalke playmaker Draxler after selling De Bruyne to Manchester City

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22:  Julian Draxler of Schalke celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 held at Veltins-Arena on August 22, 2015 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Julian Draxler's expected departure from Schalke has taken a twist with Wolfsburg emerging as a possible destination for the Germany international.

West Ham's demolition job at Anfield was 'logical': Bilic delivers damning verdict on Liverpool after historic win

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DOMINIC KING: Slaven Bilic says West Ham's win over Liverpool was not due to ingenious tactics. He simply set up his side to attack their vulnerable areas and pounce when the opportunities arose.

Coutinho's red card against West Ham was 'very harsh', blasts Rodgers with star now suspended for United clash

Brendan Rodgers was left incensed by the red card to Philippe Coutinho that will rule Liverpool's most important player out of their trip to Old Trafford.

England end 14-year hockey hoodoo... and star player celebrates by BREAKING trophy!

England's women win UniBet EuroHockey Championships for first time in 14 years... but

England's women won the UniBet EuroHockey Championships for the first time in 14 years as they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 on penalties to triumph on home soil - only for Georgie Twigg to break the trophy.

Legendary singer Rod Stewart announced as warm-up act to Fury's world title fight against Klitschko  

Rod Stewart is to set the stage for Tyson Fury's world title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko with a spectacular performance in the hour before the fight on October 24.

Morgan ready and raring to go ahead of England's ODI series against Australia after month away from cricket

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PAUL NEWMAN: Eoin Morgan returns after a month's absence from cricket on Monday to lead England's attempt to add gloss to what has been a near perfect summer.


Season at a glance

  • Premier League
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga




Saints kickstart their season with a 3-0 win over 10-man Norwich as Tadic scores twice

Southampton 3-0 Norwich: Graziano Pelle's first-half goal and a brace from Dusan Tadic

SOUTHAMPTON 3-0 NORWICH - SAM CUNNINGHAM AT ST MARY'S: Southampton's response to get over their midweek Europa League exit was a swift one as they swept past 10-man Norwich City.

Moss gets himself in a muddle as referee sends off Whittaker with his notebook rather than his card

Jonathan Moss sends off Steven Whittaker with his notebook as Southampton make ten-man

Referee Jonathan Moss was left red-faced when he accidentally mistook his notebook for a red card as he gestured to send off Steven Whittaker during Norwich's defeat at St Mary's. Moss over-zealously flashed just about everything he had in his pocket at the defender.

Who needs Klopp? New boss Tuchel remains unbeaten as Dortmund breeze past Hertha Berlin to go above Bayern

Dortmund 3-1 Hertha Berlin: Hosts move above Bayern Munich at top of Bundesliga

Japan international Shinji Kagawa helped set up two goals as Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 to go back top of the Bundesliga on goal difference - ahead of champions Bayern Munich. Kagawa, who looks to have rediscovered his form this season, charged through in the 27th minute and sailed a perfect cross to the far post for Mats Hummels to head in.

Mourinho has reason to worry about dreadful defence after Chelsea fail to earn first clean sheet of the season

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace and Gary Cahill of Chelsea compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on August 29, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

KIERAN GILL: This was begging for Chelsea's defence to show Jose Mourinho why he does not need to make a panic purchase before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.

McClaren blames Match of the Day for Mitrovic's bad-boy image after red card

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Aleksandar Mitrovic (C) of Newcastle United walks off the pitch after being shown a red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on August 29, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

CRAIG HOPE: Newcastle boss Steve McClaren fears Aleksandar Mitrovic has already become a target for referees who are taking too much notice of Match of the Day.

Villa boss Sherwood frustrated by 'penalty' decision in Sunderland draw

Tim Sherwood remains convinced that Aston Villa were denied the victory they deserved against Sunderland because of an incorrect penalty decision as Villa drew 2-2 with the Black Cats on Saturday.

Walcott confident goals will come after rusty first start of the season in narrow win over 10-man Newcastle

England striker Theo Walcott is convinced he will rediscover his touch in front of goal as he attempts to help Arsenal mount a bid for honours this season. Walcott looked rusty against Newcastle.

Man United fear Real will move for De Gea before the transfer window shuts

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SAMI MOKBEL: Manchester United are bracing themselves for a last minute offer from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David de Gea. But the the Spaniard will not force a move to La Liga.

Fulham reject £10m offer from Sheffield Wednesday for McCormack 

Ross McCormack during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Fulham played at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham, on August 29th 2015

Fulham have rejected a £10million bid from Sheffield Wednesday for striker Ross McCormack. The Championship outfit acted to secure the 29-year-old's future a fortnight ago.

Juve's shocking Serie A start continues as Dzeko and Pjanic pile on pain in Roma win

Roma 2-1 Juventus: Superb Miralem Pjanic free-kick and Edin Dzeko header consigns

ROMA 2-1 JUVENTUS: Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko heaped more pressure on Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri as the Italian champions were beaten 2-1 by Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Bosnian Pjanic struck the opener after 61 minutes, curling his free-kick into the top corner past a static Gianluigi Buffon.

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED... in the Football League (including how Hasselbaink is the real deal for Burton)

Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the real deal - Five things we learned in the

FOOTBALL LEAGUE COLUMN: With the fifth round of games in the Football League done and dusted, Sportsmail's Joe Ridge takes a look a the five most important things we've learned from the Championship, League One and League Two.  Jimmy's enjoying life   Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is cementing a reputation as one of the best managers in the Football League.

Five-star Rangers make it eight wins in a row as Warburton enters record books

Queen of the South 1-5 Rangers: Mark Warburton enters the record books as winning streak

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1-5 RANGERS: Rangers moved two points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship as they beat Queen of the South 5-1 at Palmerston.

Balotelli is first at training and last to leave, reveals AC Milan chief... 'I'm thinking about giving him the keys!'

MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 29:  Mario Balotelli of AC Milan looks on before the Serie A match between AC Milan and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 29, 2015 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has praised Mario Baloteli's attitude since his return from Liverpool. The striker arrived on a season-long loan at Milan last week, after a poor debut campaign.

Agbonlahor told he can be one of Sherwood's dressing-room lieutenants

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Tim Sherwood Manager of Aston Villa celebrates a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on August 29, 2015 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood has told Gabby Agbonlahor he has an important part to play for Aston Villa this season - but that may be as one of his dressing-room lieutenants.

Pato insists he is happy in Sao Paulo despite interest from Tottenham

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 26: Alexandre Pato of Sao Paulo in action during the match between Sao Paulo and Cruzeiro for the Brazilian Series A 2015 at Morumbi stadium on July 26, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Alexandre Pato insists he wants to stay at Sao Paulo despite being linked with a move to Tottenham in the final stages of the transfer window.  The 25-year-old previously played for AC Milan.

Blackett can fill Van Dijk void, says Janko as United defender arrives at Celtic with view to £4m move

Saidy Janko has told Celtic that Tyler Blackett is ready to step into Virgil van Dijk's boots if the Dutchman clinches a move to the Barclays Premier League.

Rondon delights Pulis after new West Brom star scores winner at Stoke

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis was full of praise for record signing Salomon Rondon after the striker notched his first Albion goal in Saturday's 1-0 win at Stoke.

Leeds target move for Congo winger Bokata from Dutch side Excelsior

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 08:  Jordan Bokata of Excelsior reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and SC Excelsior Rotterdam held at Amsterdam Arena on March 8, 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Leeds have launched a move for Excelsior winger Jordan Botaka ahead of the transfer deadline. The Championship side have opened talks with the Dutch club over a proposed switch.

JONAH LOMU EXCLUSIVE: I know the reality, there are no guarantees... but I just want to stay alive to see my kids make 21

JONAH LOMU: I just want to stay alive to see my kids make 21... Rugby's first superstar is

OLIVER HOLT: The long battle with illness has not withered Jonah Lomu, either in size or in spirit, but it has left him with only one remaining ambition. Some might think it bleak. Some might think it merely realistic. Few could deny it carries considerable poignancy.

Wales flanker Lydiate shows off his war wounds from hard fought win in Ireland 

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate shows off his war wounds from hard-fought win over Ireland 

Wales' 16-10 win over Ireland may have been a warm-up for their more important World Cup campaign but it lacked nothing in intensity and war wounds, as Dan Lydiate can attest.

Habana: Meyer's choice is not racist... now it's time for the Springboks to unite South Africa again

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is not a racist, says Springbok wing Bryan Habana  

JOE RIDGE: If England head coach Stuart Lancaster thought the scrutiny surrounding the selection of his World Cup squad was intense, he should try stepping into the shoes of his South African counterpart Heyneke Meyer. Earlier this month, Meyer was accused of making 'racist choices' in his starting XV against Argentina by South Africa's leading trade union.

Is Lancaster just a naive coach taking another high-risk gamble? No, we should cheer his search for X-factor

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 22:  Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the International match between France and England at Stade de France on August 22, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

OLIVER HOLT: In a sporting era where pragmatism so often rules over principle and caution so often triumphs over boldness, it is hard not to like the guy's style.

Burgess suffers World Cup blow with Barritt in line to start against Ireland 

Sam Burgess' hopes of starting England's opening World Cup pool match against Fiji have been dealt a blow after Stuart Lancaster revealed his preferred starting midfield combination this week.

Scotland coach Cotter still tight-lipped over final 31-man World Cup squad  

When Vern Cotter retires from rugby, a career as a poker player beckons for the Scotland head coach. He is yet to reveal who will be in his final 31-man squad for the World Cup.

Naholo named in New Zealand's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad after miracle recovery from broken leg 

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 30: Waisake Naholo of the All Blacks during the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby World Cup team announcement at Parliament House on August 30, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Winger Waisake Naholo was unexpectedly named in the All Blacks World Cup squad on Sunday after having been initially ruled out of contention when he suffered a broken leg on his debut.

Gatland prepares to make 'tough calls' as Wales boss ponders final squad

Wales' George North (left) and Justin Tipuric battle for the ball with Ireland's Dave Kearney during the World Cup Warm Up Match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 29, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland admits that he has some 'tough calls' ahead as he applies the finishing touches to his 31-man World Cup squad, which he will name in Cardiff on Monday.

Ireland head coach Schmidt will take forensic approach to picking squad 

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14:  Ireland coach Joe Schmidt raises a smile before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Joe Schmidt is closing in on settling the 31-man group that will carry Irish hopes into next month's tournament. Pundits expect Ireland to achieve a minimum semi-final target.

Murray shrugs off fatigue talk as British No 1 insists he can't wait for blockbuster first round clash against Aussie bad boy Kyrgios

Andy Murray shrugs off fatigue talk as star insists he's fighting fit ahead of US Open

Andy Murray put the finishing touches to his preparations for the US Open as he played a practice session in the Flushing Meadows neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York. The 28-year-old World No 3, who won the Grand Slam on American soil back in 2012, starts this year's campaign against  Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

Watson still cut up about loss to Serena at Wimbledon but Brit looks to put pain behind at US Open

Heather Watson still cut up about loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon as British No1

Heather Watson still finds it hard to reflect on the sensational Wimbledon upset that never quite happened. The British No 1 begins her US Open campaign knowing she has come closer than anyone to stopping history being made by the player who is the centre of everyone's attention, Serena Williams.

YOUNG GUNS TO WATCH: Tomic is a rising star who can shine in New York

MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK - The US Open starts on Monday with the usual suspects expected to battle it out. Mike Dickson looks at those who will be worth tracking in New York this fortnight.

Halep admits she wants Serena Williams to win US Open if she doesn't 

World No 2 Simona Halep admits even she is rooting for Serena Williams to win the US Open and complete an historic calendar grand slam.

US OPEN GUIDE: All you need to know about the final Slam of the season

Serena Williams (centre) pictured with Martina Navratilova (left) and Chris Evert after the 2014 final

The final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, gets under way in New York on Monday. Here are some brilliant stats and facts covering the last 134 years at Flushing Meadows.

Over to you, London: Beijing bring an end to the World Athletics Championships in spectacular style as Kenya top medals table

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CLOSING CEREMONY: Beijing passes event to London in spectacular send

The World Championships came to end on Sunday in spectacular fashion as Beijing passed the event onto London with a stunning send off.  The Beijing National Stadium was a sea of vibrant colour as the Championships drew to a close following the final action of Sunday as Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500 metres gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships.

Great Britain end Worlds with double relay bronze in the men's and women's 4x400m in Beijing

Great Britain close World Championships with double relay bronze in the men's and women's

Great Britain's women and men's teams claimed 4x400 metres bronze on the final night of the World Championships in Beijing. Christine Ohuruogu, Anyika Onuora, Eilidh Child and Seren Bundy-Davies produced a solid performance in the penultimate track event at the Bird's Nest to cross the line in third, just like two years ago in Moscow.

Ace! Harman hits TWO hole-in-ones in the same round at The Barclays

Golfer Brian Harman hits TWO hole-in-ones in the same round at The Barclays 

Brian Harman hit two hole-in-ones during his final round at The Barclays on Sunday. The American, who is way off contention at Plainfield Country Club, kicked off his final round with successive bogeys but things soon got a lot better. Harman sunk an ace on the third and then repeated the feat on the 14th before being inches away from doing it for a third time on the 17th.

Former British No1 Henman in line for consultancy role to choose LTA chief

Tim Henman is to be brought in by the Lawn Tennis Association as a consultant to help make the key appointment designed to improve Britain's fortunes on the game's world stage.

Pendleton receives vote of confidence for potential Cheltenham Festival bow

File photo dated 25-06-2015 of Victoria Pendleton pictured at Lawney Hill's yard in Oxfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 26, 2015. Former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton has been granted an amateur riders' licence by the British Horseracing Authority and is set to be in action at Ripon on Monday. See PA story RACING Pendleton.  Photo credit should read Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Victoria Pendleton has received a massive vote of confidence in her quest to ride at next year's Cheltenham Festival from the man entrusted with helping her switch from bicycle to horseback.

England sevens star Sam Stanley becomes first English rugby union player to come out as gay

BARNET, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Sam Stanley of Saracens poses for a portrait at the photocall held at Allianz Park on August 6, 2013 in Barnet, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England sevens star Sam Stanley has become the first English professional rugby union player to come out as gay. The 23-year-old has kept his five-year relationship with partner Laurence a secret.

John Daly released from hospital after suffering suspected collapsed lung

John Daly is out of the hospital and recovering from what his agent describes as a collapsed lung. The two-time major champion was taken to Baptist Medical Center on Saturday.

Carter beats Murphy in Furth to take first title since overcoming lung cancer

Ali Carter claimed his first title since overcoming lung cancer as he beat Shaun Murphy to win the Paul Hunter Classic on Sunday. Essex cueman Carter triumphed 4-3 at the European Tour event .

Briscoe sets up Rhinos treble bid as chief Hetherington says current crop are best ever to represent club 

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has hailed his side as the best ever to represent the club after their record 50-0 Challenge Cup demolition of Hull KR at Wembley.

Asher-Smith would have won us a medal if she was on last leg, says Kilty

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29:  Chijindu Ujah of Great Britain, James Ellington of Great Britain, Richard Kilty of Great Britain and Daniel Talbot of Great Britain react after failing to finish in the Men's 4x100 Metres Relay final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The post-race analysis of another failed Great Britain men's 4x100m relay was uglier than the final botched handover as a fractured team furiously blamed each other and the coaching system.

Dumoulin wins stage nine from Froome to take Vuelta a Espana lead

Giant-Alpecin's Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin crosses the finish line to win the nineth stage of the 2015 Vuelta Espana cycling tour, a 168.3km stage between Torrevieja and Cumbre del Sol, municipality of Benitatxell, on August 26, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin won the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana, prevailing over Chris Froome in a punishing uphill finish to claim the overall leader's red jersey on Sunday.

Pieters makes history as youngest Belgian to win European Tour title

Belgium's Thomas Pieters, 23, made history as he claimed his maiden European Tour title, clinching the Czech Masters in Prague with a three-shot victory on Sunday.

SAM TURNER'S RACING TIPS: All the best bets for Monday, August 31

Tasleet ridden by Paul Hanagan (C) wins the 1.55  Premier Yearling Stakes

Horse Racing - York Ebor Festival - York Racecourse - 20/8/15
  Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith

Daily Mail racing expert Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner) brings his hottest selections for Monday's meetings at Ripon, Epsom, Newmarket, Cartmel, Chepstow and Huntingdon.

Tashweeq opens Newmarket account for Gosden with victory by length and a quarter in Nutrition Maden Stakes 

John Gosden showed the depth of two-year-old talent in his stable when Tashweeq opened his account at Newmarket on Friday.

Pogba to Chelsea? Bale to Man United?
The 10 deals that could still happen before the transfer window closes on Tuesday

Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Gareth Bale and Fabio Borini: 10 big deals that could make a

As the summer window draws to a close at 6pm on Tuesday, Premier League clubs are making their final plays. SIMON JONES highlights some of the transfers that could smash last year's record. Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Victor Wanyama and Andriy Yarmolenko are among those who could make late big-money moves.

GRAHAM HUNTER: Sevilla are making history... famous club is stirring again

BRUGGE, BELGIUM - AUGUST 26: Ander Herrera of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off Second Leg between Club Brugge and Manchester United on August 26, 2015 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

It's Hot or Not time again as Ian Ladyman reveals what's been making him feel warm and what's been leaving him cold inside. This week Ander Herrera and Thierry Henry draw very different views.

PROFILES: Your guide to the 31 Englishmen tasked with bid for the cup

England's Sam Burgess during the training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 26, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

England have named their 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. So, with the waiting finally over, Sportsmail runs you through the 31 men who will be representing England.

VERDICT: Lancaster will ultimately be judged on Burgess and Cipriani

England's Danny Cipriani during the training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 26, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

CHRIS FOY: Stuart Lancaster will be judged on the success or failure of two high-profile selection decisions - the inclusion of Sam Burgess and omission of Danny Cipriani.