Manchester United landed back in England in the early hours of this morning following their 2-1 Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid in Macedonia. There were some bleary eyes among the playing staff as they were seen at Manchester airport shortly before 4am, with the mood no doubt dampened by not having a piece of silverware with them. Their next assignment is their opening Premier League match against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday.
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea make £25m move to sign Arsenal star Oxlade-Chamberlain as Conte lines him up for wing-back role with just a year left on contract
Chelsea have launched a £25million swoop for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Sportsmail understands Chelsea have stepped up their interest in the England international over the past week. Arsenal are aware of Chelsea’s interest and have rebuffed initial overtures.
Real Madrid win Super Cup with dominant display against Manchester United in Macedonia as Lukaku nets consolation
CHRIS WHEELER AT THE FILIP II ARENA: This is what Jose Mourinho means when he talks about the difference between the Champions League and the Europa League. The difference between the best club on the continent and teams aspiring to play at that level. The difference, right now, between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Mourinho's old club deservedly became the first to win back-to-back UEFA Super Cups in 27 years on a sweltering night in Skopje, just as they have successfully defended the European Cup under Zinedine Zidane.
Marouane Fellaini is renowned for his toughness and the Manchester United midfielder proved it again during Tuesday's defeat to Real Madrid. The Belgian replaced Ander Herrera in the 56th minute and was quickly thrown into the fire when he was struck full pelt in the face by the ball.
Lukaku's brain fade, Gerrard not impressed with Pogba... and was Casemiro offside for opener? Eight things you may have missed
Real Madrid picked up the first trophy of the new European season with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Super Cup. Goals from Casemiro and Isco helped Zinedine Zidane's side to victory on Tuesday, despite Romelu Lukaku's first competitive goal for United mid-way through the second half. If you were too busy to keep an eagle-eye on proceedings in Skopje, fear not. Sportsmail's DANIEL MATTHEWS was on hand to tell you about somethings you may have missed.
'I even took the physio on my stag do!': West Ham star Antonio on the sacrifices he's made to get fit for the new season
INTERVIEW - ADAM CRAFTON: Michail Antonio is picking up the pace. '5000/1!,' he grins. 'Leicester City won the league, so anything can happen.' As we enter the month of August, optimism is building at West Ham. After a sometimes traumatic first season at the London Stadium, combined with the toxic departure of Dimitri Payet in January, this is a club that feels ready for progress once more. High-quality summer signings have arrived in the form of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, while Antonio - the club's top goalscorer last season - signed terms on a new long-term deal in May.
Southampton have completed the £18million signing of Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina after fending off competition from Stoke City and West Ham. Juventus confirmed in a statement on their official website the deal was worth €17m (£15.6m), which could increase by a further €3m (£2.77m). The 23-year-old, who won Serie A twice with Juve, has agreed a five year deal and said: 'It was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind. I am really happy to be here.
After being told to stay away from his club's preparations for the upcoming season Costa remains in Brazil where he has been filling his time with a variety of activities. His latest - a visit to a circus - is now surely the most bizarre, especially after he decided to join in with a clown routine.
Van Niekerk completes first half of potential World Championship double with 400m gold in controversial circumstances
MATT LAWTON AT THE LONDON STADIUM: For Lord Coe and his IAAF council, these World Championships just seem to be growing more uncomfortable by the day. First they see a drug cheat win the 100 metres, then a woman they are trying to force take potentially debilitating medication courageously takes a medal ahead of a crowd favourite. And on Tuesday night they were confronted by a situation where one of the leading contenders for the 400m was turned away from the stadium crying ‘sabotage’, having contracted a highly contagious illness.
Mayweather has not lost in an astonishing 21 years heading into McGregor bout... so, what happened in 1996 when he was beaten at the Atlanta Olympics?
To say Floyd Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite in his Las Vegas showdown with Conor McGregor is an understatement. One of boxing's greats comes up against a man who's never stepped foot inside the ring for a professional bout. Regardless, it cannot be classed as a foregone conclusion because anything can happen on the night. One wrong move, and the impossible becomes possible.
Behrami unveils leg tattoo depicting his upbringing in Kosovo... with harrowing images of fighter aircraft and gun cartridges
Watford midfielder has unveiled a tattoo on his leg that gives huge insight into his troubled upbringing in war-torn Kosovo. Behrami was raised in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, before the political and economic situation there hit crisis point before seeking asylum. At that stage in the late 1980s, Kosovo was in rapid decline with tensions rising between Serbs and Albanians, creating a hostile atmosphere which preceded a particularly violent period.
BIRMINGHAM CITY 5-1 CRAWLEY TOWN - LAURIE WHITWELL AT ST ANDREWS: Che Adams scored a brilliant hat-trick as Birmingham demolished Crawley to book their place in the second round of the League Cup, now named the Carabao Cup. The English midfielder opened the scoring with a crisp finish from 20 yards before David Davis doubled the lead with a sublime solo effort. Adams made it three with a tap in before Robert Tesche sent a fine header past goalkeeper Morris.
Waterlogged pitch causes Grimsby vs Derby to be abandoned 19 minutes into Carabao Cup first-round tie
Derby County's Carabao Cup first-round tie with Grimsby Town last just 19 minutes as a waterlogged pitch at Blundell Park forced the match to be abandoned.
'When you bomb a 2-on-1': Saracens stars try a passing drill with a twist during warm weather training camp in Bermuda
Elite sportsmen and women are no strangers to training at altitude to improve their performance. But Saracens put a new spin on the traditional training method on Tuesday by practising their passing while jumping off swimming pool diving boards. The Premiership outfit are currently enjoying a warm weather camp on the island of Bermuda as they continue their preparations for the new season.
Sharp suits, aviator sunglasses... and Klopp and Conte in trainers! Premier League bosses dress up for new season summit
Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger were among the big names at Premier League headquarters this afternoon as the top-flight's managers attended their annual meeting. With Arsenal kicking off the new season in just three days against Leicester, Wenger took time out from his preparations to link up with his peers near Marylebone. The Frenchman, who came dressed in a grey suit, was joined by Klopp, who is busy dealing with Barcelona's pursuit of star man Philippe Coutinho.
It is fair to say Chelsea's close season has not gone entirely to plan, but the Premier League champions were in good spirits as they posed for a photo shoot on the eve of the new season.
Balotelli caught speeding at up to 125mph in his Ferrari after Nice star raced against his pal's Lamborghini in Italy
Mario Balotelli has been caught speeding in his Ferrari, according to police as media reports claimed the striker had been caught doing 105-125mph in a race with a friend's Lamborghini. The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker, now at French club Nice, was stopped by a highway patrol on the A4 highway near the northern Italian town of Vicenza on Saturday. Media reports claimed Balotelli had been doing up to 125mph but had escaped with a fine and five penalty points because he had only been registered at 105mph.
Cristiano Ronaldo showed great reflexes to save himself from a bad fall on Tuesday, as he managed to stay upright despite slipping on a towel as he walked off Real Madrid's team bus. The Madrid superstar was videoed leaving Madrid's coach in Skopje ahead of the European Super Cup, but he momentarily lost his balance as he slipped on a stray towel placed on the steps of the team bus.
End of an era: Fans' favourite Helen Chamberlain to leave Soccer AM after 20 years as Sky show shakes up with Bullard
Helen Chamberlain will leave Soccer AM following 20 years of service on the popular match-day television show. Chamberlain, who became synonymous with the show during its early inception along with former co-host Tim Lovejoy, will move on ahead of the new season. Soccer AM have revealed they will be revamping their coverage, which has changed several times throughout the years.
Leicester have completed a move for highly rated youngster George Thomas from Coventry on a three-year deal. The Leicester-born 20-year-old, who can play either as a striker or in midfield, came through the ranks at the Ricoh Arena.
Tottenham stars are put through their paces as Kane, Alli and Co train ahead of their Premier League opener against Newcastle
The north London club claimed their highest spot in the table in a Premier League season last year, finishing second having been pipped to the title by Chelsea. And Mauricio Pochettino's men have been hard at work behind the scenes this summer as they bid to go one better this term. That challenge starts against newly promoted Newcastle this Sunday. And while Pochettino attended the league headquarters on Tuesday afternoon for the manager's annual meeting, his players took to the training ground.
New signing Sneijder meets up with his Nice team-mate Balotelli as Ligue 1 outfit put in the hard yards on the training ground
The Ligue 1 outfit will hope that the playmaker can form a formidable attacking force with the enigmatic Italian this season. Nice suffered an opening day defeat by St Etienne last weekend, but with both Sneijder and Balotelli at Allianz Riviera this season, they will hope to kick on to better things and improve on their third-placed finish last term.
If transfer windows have taught us anything in the last few years, it's that flashing the cash doesn't necessarily translate to success on the pitch. It goes a long way though so once again we can expect Premier League clubs to throw around money this summer in pursuit of the league title, a European place or just being able to stay in the top flight. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League, as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.
Rory McIlroy has made a career out of making the improbable distinctly possible with a golf club in his hand. The four-time Major champion sometimes appears superhuman on a golf course, but his latest effort in a sponsor event for Omega could well top the lot. Fully kitted out in a space suit, McIlroy lets rip and still sends the ball racing over 300 yards away, a feat any golfing enthusiast dressed in normal attire would be proud of.
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: It was just too much. Laura Muir bobbed and pushed and hassled the strongest field in these Championships but she fell painfully short of her aim of a medal on Monday night, beaten into fourth in the final metre of 1500. Who knows if the difference, just seven hundredths of a second behind Caster Semenya, was caused by the foot fracture that kept her out for a month earlier in the summer, but more likely it was just the absurd strength of the opposition and the brilliant madness of their race.
Ripped Mayweather shows training for McGregor mega-fight is well on track as he flaunts his ripped physique at beach club
The boxing bout against the UFC superstar will take place at the 20,000-seater T-Mobile Arena in Sin City on August 26. And after recent rumblings coming out of the McGregor camp, most notably that he 'whimpers like a girl' when he is punched in the body, it appears Money's side of things are going more smoothly.
As the Premier League celebrates its 25th anniversary, what happened next to the players picked to feature in THAT promo photo for the first season on Sky Sports?
The start of the coming Premier League season marks the 25th anniversary of the first campaign for the then-breakaway league. It was marketed as a whole new ball game, and comparing football now and then explains why. Leeds United were champions - not a Championship side - and at that point the record breaking transfer was Jean-Pierre Papin's £10million move to AC Milan. As part of the promotion for that season, new broadcasters Sky Sports gathered 22 players for a promotional photo. Sportsmail has taken a look at what happened next for each player and club.