Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs John Stones could decide Manchester United vs City

JACK GAUGHAN: He was busy dissecting a fairly wretched final year at Everton when John Stones suggested what is already changing for him under Pep Guardiola. 'I was doing things before and then afterwards I would think, "Why have I done that? Why haven't I just put it in row Z?" Already I can see a difference in my decision-making,' he said. 'We can all regroup from putting it in row Z sometimes. From last season to the start of this season I'm realising when to do it. That's where I believe I have come on quite a lot as a player.'

Slovakia defender Jan Durica claims England's World Cup qualifying win was fixed

Slovakia defender Jan Durica has made the astonishing claim that England's win in Trnava on Sunday was fixed. Sam Allardyce's side secured a dramatic win in their opening World Cup qualifying clash thanks to Adam Lallana's goal with virtually the last kick of the game. The Slovaks, however, were forced to play the final 33 minutes with 10 men after Martin Skrtel was sent off for two yellow cards for fouls on Harry Kane.

The moment has almost arrived. Forget Batman versus Superman - this is the highly anticipated blockbuster of the year: Pep Guardiola versus Jose Mourinho in the Manchester derby.

Formula One could face its biggest facelift in years with US-based Liberty Media in advanced talks to take control of the motor sport. We take a look at what the American giant would bring to the table.

Thiago Maia was discussed by Chelsea in late July prior to his participation in the Olympics with Brazil but his club Santos were reluctant to sell before the end of their season.

Gianni Infantino added he would be happy for several countries to share the hosting of the World Cup, describing it as much a 'social event for the whole world' as a global sporting competition.

Rooney, who earned his 116th cap in the World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia and is closing in on Shilton record of 125 appearances, plans to retire from the national fold in 2018.

PETE JENSON: With 11 European Cups and 32 La Liga titles to their name, no club in world football has matched the success of Real Madrid over the years.

'He clearly must have had options, but if Leicester had lost their best player after such a big achievement it would have been a shame', said Xavi in an interview with Shortlist.

Premier League managers 1992-93: George Graham, Ron Atkinson, Joe Royle and the rest

With the Premier League entering a new era of spending and international superstars, we look back at the men in charge of the founding 22 clubs of the Premier League, how they got on in their respective dugouts and where they are now.

John Terry posts picture of time Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him for Manchester United

It's the picture that only serves to remind Manchester United fans what might have been. A young John Terry, floppy haired and bright eyed, sits beside Sir Alex Ferguson during the Scot's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to lure the future England captain to Old Trafford. It's 1994-95. United are trying to defend the double and Ferguson - then just plain 'Alex' from Glasgow - is already looking to build his next generation of Red Devils stars. At the age of 14, Terry had already been identified as a possible option.

The appointment takes Guardiola's desire for everyone to be comfortable on the ball to a new level because Dr Eduardo Mauri is a former first division player with Espanyol in the 1980s.

Few players have responded as well to the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as Silva. He continued his fine start to the season by taking his club form with him on international duty.

MIKE KEEGAN: The rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, and the increased tension it may bring to the stands, are part of police planning for Saturday's derby.

Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho: Once close allies, now the best of enemies... what went

IAN LADYMAN: Jose Mourinho's desperate quest to break Pep Guardiola's grip on Spanish football underpins a deep and bitter rivalry between the two men that resumes at Old Trafford on Saturday in the colours of Manchester United and Manchester City. Those who know Guardiola say that the relentless Mourinho onslaught on and off the field during two unprecedented seasons of unpleasantness and intrigue in Spain was a major contributing factor to his decision to quit Barcelona for a sabbatical in the summer of 2012.

Marcus Rashford will make England U21 debut against Norway but how have others fared on

Marcus Rashford scored on his Manchester United, Premier League and England senior team debuts but can he replicate the feat for the Under 21s on Tuesday night? Here, Sportsmail takes a look at how the likes of Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Fowler performed on their first appearance in the aforementioned age category.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the honour of being the best rated Premier League star on Fifa 17, but not one of Leicester's title winning heroes have been named in the top 20.

MATT BARLOW: For Lucas Piazon, a fresh start has become an annual experience, as it has for many players in the loan crowd at Chelsea. This year Piazon has joined Fulham.

Alvaro Morata has sent a warning to Diego Costa by insisting he is ready to battle the Chelsea man for Spain's main striker berth but insists they have a healthy relationship.

Day of varying Tour of Britain madness for Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins is clearly taking his final road event in a light-hearted manner as he was pictured pushing his bike up the 'The Struggle' one of the tough climbs on the Lake District stage route. The 36-year-old joked afterwards that he had overdone his celebrations after winning his fifth Olympic gold medal in Rio. Wiggins, who had to put on weight not suitable for road racing as he chased Olympic track success, eventually finished 22 minutes and 51 seconds behind Belgian Julien Vermote, who took the leader's jersey.

UFC star Conor McGregor sunbathes in £300k Royals Royce Phantom

UFC superstar Conor McGregor has continued the celebrations following his rematch victory over Nate Diaz, this time by lapping up the Los Angeles sun and sunbathing in his £300k Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead. McGregor overcame his rival Diaz to take the UFC 202 rematch on a points decision in August and the Irish fighter, known for his lavish lifestyle, has been frequently keeping his Instagram followers up to date with his daily activities following the contest.

The Catalan giants recently paid £12million to bring in former Ajax No 1 Jasper Cillessen as a replacement for Claudio Bravo, the Chilean keeper who has moved to Manchester City.

Ancelotti, a manager for more than 20 years, simply doesn't talk to players' representatives. He was in charge at Real Madrid when Gareth Bale's agent went directly to president Florentino Perez.

Gareth Southgate has admitted he was not ready to take over from Roy Hodgson as England boss earlier this summer and backed Sam Allardyce as the right man to lead the Three Lions forward.

Brazil vs Colombia: Neymar and Co put through their paces ahead of World Cup qualifier

Neymar was once again the centre of attention during Brazil training as the national team gear up for their crunch World Cup 2018 qualifier with Colombia.  The Selecao are currently fifth in their qualifying group, occupying the play-off spot, but know a win on Wednesday would see them leapfrog their opponents. Ahead of the crunch home clash at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Barcelona superstar Neymar and Co were in high spirits. 

Carragher hits the pads after Ibiza holiday as Liverpool legend works out alongside former British featherweight champion Smith

Jamie Carragher adopted a typically singular approach to blowing away the cobwebs following a four-day break in Ibiza. The former Liverpool defender laced up his boxing gloves for a session on the pads alongside Stephen Smith, the former British featherweight and super-featherweight champion. Sportsmail columnist Carragher revealed in 2013 how he had replaced the enormous chasm left by his retirement from football with regular workouts at the Rotunda ABC gym in his home city.

Lionel Messi's injury issues are almost entirely relegated from the Spanish sports press front pages as the new-look La Roja stole the headlines with their 8-0 win over Liechtenstein.

The 30-year-old free agent can play anywhere down the left side, as a full back, wing back or winger. He has 16 caps for Holland and is in line to figure against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The anti-discrimination organisation's annual report shows a 2.5 per cent increase in incidents reported to the group during the 2015/16 season compared to the previous equivalent period.



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Andy Murray clocks his fastest ever serve as he blasts past Grigor Dimitrov at US Open

The speed gun on Arthur Ashe recorded the World No 2 serving at 141mph against his Bulgarian opponent, Murray's quickest ever effort. Aggressive serving is a notable facet that coach Ivan Lendl encourages in Murray's game. The recently returned coach especially keen to see his charge be less tentative with his second serve especially.

MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Andy Murray produced a stunning masterclass to ease his way into the last eight of the US Open in imperious fashion when he destroyed Grigor Dimitrov.

The 18-year-old, who won the 2013 US Open juniors title, lost her first service game but did not yield serve again in an overpowering performance that belied her world ranking of 92.

STUART FRASER IN NEW YORK: Williams made light work of her last 16 clash with Yaroslava Shvedova - taking just 68 minutes to ease into the quarter-finals at the US Open in New York.

Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein: Diego Costa and David Silva both score twice as new boss Julen

SPAIN 8-0 LIECHTENSTEIN: Former World and European champions Spain began their qualification campaign for World Cup 2018 with a thumping 8-0 victory over Liechtenstein in new coach Julen Lopetegui's competitive debut.

Wales 4-0 Moldova: Sam Vokes, Joe Allen and Gareth Bale strike to give Chris Coleman

LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE CARDIFF CITY STADIUM:After the Lord Mayor's show of Euro 2016, Wales provided an emphatic performance to indicate more good times on the big stage lie ahead. Concerns about a comedown against awkward opponents were unfounded, instead came evidence that the hunger for more remains.

Manchester United club badge adds £50 to cost of 'official outdoor apparel' jacket

In January, Columbia Sportswear became the club's first 'Official Outdoor Apparel Partner' following the likes of Abengoa (Official Sustainable Technology Partner), Nissin (Official Global Noodle Partner) and HCL (Official Digital Transformation Partner). The deal, which was signed for an undisclosed fee, allows the American manufacturer to plant the United badge on their products, which is exactly what they appear to have done here.

CRAIG HOPE IN BELGRADE: After 21 caps without a goal, the idea of Martin O'Neill throwing on Daryl Murphy in the hope of salvaging a point against Serbia was somewhat fanciful.

The World Cup qualifier was England's first return to action since their Euro 2016 exit

MATT LAWTON: Sam Allardyce sensed that crippling fear returning ahead of the contest in Trnava and he suggested that anxiety had been a key factor in that stuttering first-half display.

Gareth Bale was singled out for some rough treatment on Monday night as Wales opened their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Moldova in Cardiff.

What a lovely day out it was on Saturday going to Wales to visit Newport County. I was stood in that technical area, listening to the passion and the singing, it reminded me of the Euros.

MailOnline has teamed up with Betsafe to give away two tickets to the City vs Borussia Monchengladbach Champions League game on Tuesday, September 13 at the Etihad Stadium.

Scoring twice against Group G minnows Liechtenstein will not solve all of his problems but the encouragement from Lopetegui should help. The Spain boss was effusive in praise of Costa.

Inside Wing's: the Chinese restaurant that's a favourite haunt for Premier League stars

MIKE KEEGAN: It is the Manchester restaurant that footballers love. Former United boss Louis van Gaal swore by it, Mario Balotelli used to get food delivered to his Liverpool home from it and new City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo became the latest of dozens to be pictured outside its now-famous dark windows ahead of his £17m move from Barcelona. So what is it about Wing's?

Ozil gets hounded during kickabout with his pet dog

Mesut Ozil may be used to running rings around Premier League defenders but the Arsenal playmaker couldn't keep the ball during a kickaround... with his pet dog! The Germany international shared an Instagram video of the pair playing around in what is believed to be his back garden. The black pug, named Balbao, manages to achieve what many players have struggled to do over the last year and steal the ball from Ozil, prompting the caption: 'Fun with Balboa. Turns out that my dog has a pretty good technique! #London #NewStar #football'.

Arsenal legends pose for group photo following 4-2 friendly victory over Milan

The passage of time can often be cruel to former footballers, with Diego Maradona, Ronaldo and Adriano all examples of players who've piled on the pounds once retirement came calling. However, Arsenal's legendary 'Invincibles' team appears to have bucked that trend in a squad photo released following their fundraising match against Milan at the weekend.

A heavy defeat for the Salvadorans in the match in Vancouver could prevent Honduras from progressing to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Scholes, the highly decorated former midfielder who won 66 caps for his country, believes the calibre of English football has significantly declined in recent years.

Blind is under intense pressure. The Dutch failed to qualify for Euro 2016, despite its expanded format, and their attempt to rebuild some good will fell flat last week with a 2-1 home defeat to Greece.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's chances of playing in the Manchester derby appear increasingly remote as the Armenian continues his recovery from a thigh injury sustained while he was on international duty.

DOMINIC KING: The Young Lions can take a huge step towards qualifying for Euro 2017 as Rashford aims to keep up a sequence of scoring on his first appearance for a new manager.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The FA are to re-consider their extravagant use of two hotels on away trips, a facility brought in after the 2014 World Cup shambles.

Jordanne Whiley is the straight-talking Paralympic gold-medal favourite who once thought

MARTHA KELNER IN RIO: Jordanne Whiley is shovelling forkfuls of jacket potato and baked beans into her mouth with the same eagerness that she recounts her rise from a fragile child who broke 26 bones before the age of 12 to a Paralympic gold-medal favourite. 'Growing up was pretty tough,' she says. 'I was in and out of the hospital every couple of months. I couldn't really walk and didn't have many friends, I was bullied quite badly so my school years were filled with a lot of pain. 'We live in a society where if you're not considered the norm, you're weird,' she adds. 'Kids are mean sometimes, they pick on you because you've got glasses or red hair so I was a goner in a wheelchair. But every Monday night I used to play tennis with my dad who had taken it up as a hobby after going to the Paralympics in 1984 as a sprinter.

Rory McIlroy cards brilliant final round 65 to beat Paul Casey by two shots and win

DEREK LAWRENSON - WORLD OF GOLF: It wasn't the gathering remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine that blew third round leader Paul Casey off course at The Deutsche Bank championship when it breezed into Boston during the final round. No, it was the force of nature known as Rory McIlroy - remember that wondrous phenomenon? - that took care of the Englishman's hopes of winning his first event on the PGA Tour for seven long years.

BECKY JAMES: Rio 2016 was amazing, but now it's time to watch Great British Bake Off and

I cannot begin to describe how happy I was when I was standing with the medal round my neck. All the hard work had paid off after a long four year cycle, supported by the National Lottery funding, having missed out on London 2012, winning two gold and two bronze in the World Championships in 2013, and then getting injured. It was everything I had always dreamed of.

Leaning back on a leather chair on the mezzanine level of a £2,500-per-night London Hotel, it is easy to see how far Gennady Golovkin has come from Kazakhstan's 'Black City' of Karaganda.

Moores, who has worked as a consultant at Trent Bridge since July 2015, will take on the newly-created position on a three-year deal from October 1.

The world No 2, who sat out the quarter-final in Serbia in July following his Wimbledon triumph, was named in a five-man team alongside Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.

The Springboks suffered only their second ever defeat to Argentina in their last match in the competition two weeks ago and will be desperate to make amends in Brisbane.

Former England captain Jamie Peacock is to come out of retirement in a bid to help keep Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League. The club are struggling with a late-season injury crisis.

The 27-year-old dual-code international was given a one-match ban after pleading guilty to a tripping offence in South Sydney's final NRL game of the season against Canterbury Bulldogs.

Champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls has handed over a £2,000 cheque to racing correspondent Marcus Townend after he completed his challenge of riding in a thoroughbred horse race.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Tuesday's meetings at Leicester, Redcar, Perth and Worcester.

The Daily Mail Schools Trophy is entering its fourth season... who can stop Wellington

Rugby is on a high after the Great Britain Sevens team gained a silver medal in the Olympics. Now you can take inspiration from that success as the Daily Mail Schools Trophy enters its fourth season.  The big question is, who can stop Wellington College collecting their third title?

Olympic rugby sevens hero Dan Bibby will be returning home this season to support Kirkham in the Daily Mail Schools Trophy which starts this weekend.

Holidays in France, including trips to watch mighty Toulouse, gave schoolboy international Charlie Gowling the inspiration to pursue a full-time career in the Top 14.

Not long ago I was asked to speak to a 1st XV team before a big traditional match - but first I listened to the captain's talk. He ranted about how much he 'hated' this particular opposition.

Real Madrid's 50 greatest players... Sportsmail picks numbers 50-41

There are few clubs in world football that inspire the same awe as Real Madrid, a side that established their dominance over world football early on and never looked back. Last week we looked at the greatest players to play for Real's fierce rivals Barcelona, but who features in the top 50 players to pull on the gleaming white shirt of Real?

It is always the head coach who must deliver the message and ethos to his team. He must always be the man who sets the tone and pulls the strings.

ON ENGLAND'S ATTACK: Sam Allardyce said after Sunday's game he can't tell Wayne Rooney where to play. Allardyce needs to get a grip and tell him to player high up the field.

A hardy perennial, Richard Scudamore calls it. Celtic and Rangers to join the English league. One can imagine where they aim to end up. Put it like this: not Burton or Barnsley.