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Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out for two weeks after suffering an abdominal strain in training on Sunday

Manchester United return after Super Cup defeat

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.

Chelsea make £25m move to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The move being discussed by station chiefs would see their iconic presenter moved to weekends and Sky's Jeff Stelling taking the hot seat.

Reds legend Gerrard, who currently serves as an academy coach at the club, believes the Brazilian will have to make things ugly if he wants to force through an exit.

JACK GAUGHAN AT THE PHILIP II ARENA: Goals from Casemiro and Isco downed United as the Champions League winners became the first club in 27 years to bag consecutive Super Cups.

MATT LAWTON AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Michael Johnson claimed athletics chiefs blocked Wayde van Niekerk's rival in the 400m final as they wanted the South African superstar to win.

Rory McIlroy believes Jordan Spieth has a priceless ability to dig himself out of seemingly hopeless situations as the pair prepare to do battle for the US PGA Championship.

Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United: Super Cup RESULT

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's face gets twisted into bizarre shape

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.

After his side went up to collect their runners up medals, the United manager handed his to a kid in the stands in Macedonia, a kind gesture he has made a habit of in recent years.

Isco revealed the news after being named man of the match in Tuesday's Super Cup final having scored Real Madrid's second goal against Manchester United in Skopje.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out selling Gareth Bale this summer despite Jose Mourinho going public with his interest in the Welshman earlier this week.

Real Madrid 2-1 Man United: What 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. 

JACK GAUGHAN IN SKOPJE: Eagerness was engulfing Romelu Lukaku. Two big moments during a final Manchester United were mere bystanders in came and went on his watch.

JACK GAUGHAN AT FILIP II ARENA: Luka Modric starred for Real Madrid as goals from Casemiro and Isco took them to a comfortable UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United.

West Ham star Michail Antonio on the sacrifices he's made 

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 make club record £18m signing of Mario Lemina

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.

Having already seen one full-back sold to a Premier League rival in Kyle Walker's £50million move to Manchester City, Tottenham have no intention of losing another in the same manner.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says he is preparing for a relegation battle — and insists even good managers will lose matches if their team are not up to scratch.

As a former captain I take great pride in watching England win but I don’t think I have ever been so proud as when I watched them after their fourth Test success.

Costa clowns around in Brazil on eve of new season as he waits for Chelsea exit

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.

Manchester City supporters are free to boo the Champions League anthem without landing the club in trouble after it emerged UEFA have amended their rules on the matter.

The FAI has refused to comment on reports that Roy Keane has emerged as a shock target to become the new Israel manager.

Team Sky's Luke Rowe faces a lengthy absence after suffering a broken leg while white-water rafting on his brother's stag do.

How should you line your players up? What works best? An old school, Mike Bassett-inspired 4-4-2? A Barcelona-style 4-3-3? Or the 3-4-3 popularised by champions Chelsea last season?

Wayde van Niekerk runs into a storm

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.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Kyle Langford came agonisingly close to a bronze medal as the Brit produced a valiant effort but finished fourth in the men's 800m final.

Britain were set a target of six medals by UK Sport but have so far collected just one, from Mo Farah’s brilliant run in the 10,000metres. Sportsmail looks at the best of their remaining opportunities…

Sir Mo Farah's 10,000 metres gold on Saturday remains the hosts' only podium finish at the London Stadium after five days of competition. Langford finished 0.04 seconds off the top three.

Caster Semenya has hyperandrogenism, a medical condition characterised by excessive levels of male sex hormones.

Mayweather's last loss - what happened at 1996 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.

Walker's win at Baltusrol marked his first major championship but he had little time to celebrate before being overcome with fatigue, a symptom of the disease transmitted through tick bites.

The most capped English player of all time is set to win her 125th cap from the bench against Spain on Wednesday afternoon as the Red Roses play their opening rugby World Cup pool B fixture.

Paulie Malignaggi decided to quite Conor McGregor's training camp in Las Vegas after pictures emerged on social media appearing to show the UFC dominating him during a sparring session.

Former England lock Mouritz Botha has retired from rugby at age 35 on medical advice. The Newcastle Falcons player failed to recover from a concussion injury suffered in 2016-17 season

Celtic 5-0 Kilmarnock: Tierney's thunderbolt floors Killie

CELTIC 5-0 KILMARNOCK: Leigh Griffiths scored twice and Kieran Tierney lashed in a stunning long-range shot as Celtic kicked off their defence of the Scottish League Cup with a thumping victory.

Watford star Valon Behrami's tattoo of Kosovo upbringing

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.

Brendan Rodgers has hailed Kieran Tierney as a permanent Celtic captain in the making after the defender marked his first competitive game wearing the armband with a goal of the season contender.

LAURIE WHITWELL: He pops a lozenge into his mouth and is ready to elaborate on how he has ended up back at West Bromwich Albion 13 years after leaving and just what he has been doing since.

DEREK LAWRENSON AT QUAIL HOLLOW: The scene is McIlroy's favourite major in terms of set-up, the venue one of only two courses where he has won twice as a professional.

The 40-year-old, who retired as the WBA and IBF champion and once held the WBC title, also believes the competition can significantly advance Groves' and his rivals' careers.

Birmingham 5-1 Crawley: Che Adams fires a hat-trick

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

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.

TOM FARMERY AT KENILWORTH ROAD: David McGoldrick fired Ipswich Town through to the second round of the Carabao Cup as they beat Luton Town 2-0 at Kenilworth Road.

Billy Kee's last-minute strike saw League Two Accrington Stanley dump Championship Preston North End out of the Carabao Cup with a dramatic 3-2 win at the Wham Stadium.

Chelsea are continuing to discuss a move for Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The 27-year-old is keen to speak with the Premier League champions over a potential move.

'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. 

Brighton are eager to make their Premier League debut against Manchester City and while the newcomers will enjoy the occasion there will be no party atmosphere, said captain Bruno.

Neymar needs La Liga to send his International Transfer Certificate to the French League but according to Le Parisien , they have still not complied.

Barcelona's pursuit of Philippe Coutinho was stepped up on Tuesday morning when club directors arrived in England in an attempt to close a deal for the Liverpool midfielder.

Richarlison's £11.2m move to Watford on Tuesday tipped the balance and confirmed the milestone figure, which is rising by the day as the summer transfer window hots up.

Premier League managers attend yearly meeting in London

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.

Chelsea stars pose for photo shoot ahead of new season

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.

Marco Silva's Watford have fended off strong competition from a host of sides to acquire the services of Brazilian attacker Richarlison.

Chelsea star Eni Aluko insists she has been silenced by the Football Association over her bullying and harassment complaint against women’s England manager Mark Sampson.

Ben Woodburn has impressed on Liverpool's pre-season and the Bundesliga side are showing interest in the Wales Under 19 international plus his team-mate Ryan Kent.

Mario Balotelli caught speeding at 125mph in his Ferrari

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.

Ronaldo scarcely avoids dangerous fall as he slips up while walking off Real Madrid's bus

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.

Liverpool will travel to Vicarage Road having beaten the home side their just three months ago but despite Klopp's impatience, he says he is 'excited' for the season to begin.

Bernardo Silva completed a £43million switch from Monaco to Manchester City in late May and made his debut as a substitute in last week's 3-0 friendly win over West Ham.

The Huddersfield skipper signed a three-year deal with the Yorkshire club in April 2016 but his exact role in David Wagner's coaching set-up is yet to be defined.

A contest that has seemed close to happening on a number of occasions over the years has now finally been scheduled, with the pair set to do battle at lightweight at Manchester Arena.

Helen Chamberlain leaves Soccer AM after 20 years

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.

Burnley pursuit of marginal gains at Turf Moor even extend to tampering with conditions inside the away dressing room. Visiting teams are greeted by basic facilities, reveals Jack Cork.

Paris Saint-Germain want another marquee signing to partner world-record arrival Neymar, with Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho their top targets.

Riyad Mahrez could still quit Leicester City for Roma this summer, according to the Italian side's sporting director Monchi.

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Old Trafford this summer but talk of a transfer away from the San Siro has quietened down recently.



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Zlatan Ibrahimovic unveils new 'Zlatan Legends' game

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be without a club currently but judging from his latest business venture that hasn't dented his confidence. Ibrahimovic has announced a new mobile game, entitled 'Zlatan Legends' with a dramatic advert featuring an animated version of himself wearing a robot suit.

Leicester sign Coventry youngster George Thomas

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.

City midfielder Gundogan is close to full fitness after recovering from a long-term injury with manager Guardiola hoping to include him in the squad for next week's friendly against Girona.

Kelechi Iheanacho, who joined from Manchester City in a £25million deal, came off the bench to set up Jamie Vardy's second goal during his debut against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Jones was hit with a two-match suspension for verbally abusing a doping control officer after United's Europa League final win over Ajax in Stockholm in May.

The France international moved to the north London side in the summer for a fee of £52m and is expected to lead the line for Arsenal as they aim to return to a Champions League place.

Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott insists the squad is feeling positive ahead of the new season and is confident they can silence their critics by improving on last season's fifth-placed finish.

'Ultra groups are being formed across the country and we will need to find answers,' Cologne sports director Jorg Schmadtke said in a round table discussion in Dusseldorf on Monday.

Tottenham train ahead of season 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.

Wesley Sneijder meets with Nice team-mate Mario Balotelli

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.

Paul Robinson, who served as their second-choice stopper last term, retired over the summer so the Clarets were keen to add a third goalkeeper to be a deputy for Tom Heaton and Nick Pope.

32-year-old Sebastian Larsson has been offered a one-year contract with the option of another year by the Championship club after deciding against staying at Sunderland.

The San Siro club have splashed out this summer following a takeover by a Chinese consortium, bringing in the likes of Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci and Franck Kessie.

Mexican star Carlos Vela has reached a deal to join Los Angeles, the expansion MLS franchise due to begin play in March.

Arda Turan, who made his professional debut for Galatasaray in 2004 and played for the club until joining Atletico Madrid in 2011, was an unused substitute in Barcelona's 5-0 friendly on Monday.

Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad before the market closes and the Premier League champions are confident of landing four more signings.

Premier League transfer window: All the 2017 summer moves

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.

Stay up-to-date with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2017-18 Premier League campaign as Sportsmail takes a look at the brand new strips your team will be wearing.

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The waiting is over and MailOnline Fantasy Football has finally returned, meaning it's time to get picking and assemble the strongest squad possible ahead of the new campaign.

Rory McIlroy crunches a drive while wearing a space suit

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.

Laura Muir finishes fourth in 1500m final

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.

Moeen Ali may have taken 25 wickets in a brilliant Test series triumph over South Africa but the Englishman insists that spin bowling is still his second suit.

Chris Eubank Jnr's first fight of the World Boxing Super Series against Turkish fighter Avni Yildirim has been confirmed for October 7 at Stuttgart's Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle.

Michal Kwiatkowski was described as Sky's 'man of the match' in France by team principal Sir Dave Brailsford after excelling himself in the mountains, helping Froome to a fourth Tour de France crown.

Contador, who announced on Monday that this year's Vuelta would be his last professional race, will be bidding for a fourth title after his triumphs in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Bristol No 8 Sarah Hunter will win her 94th cap at the UCD Bowl in Dublin in the Pool B fixture alongside no less than 12 players who are set to make their World Cup bows against Spain.

DEREK LAWRENSON - WORLD OF GOLF: For 12 months Willett has acted with commendable grace when asked variations on the same question: what has happened to last year's Masters champion?

Floyd Mayweather flaunts ripped physique in Las Vegas

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.

Floyd Mayweather's highly anticipated showdown with Conor McGregor is less than 20 days away but the undercard is still yet to be officially confirmed. 

The American is angry pictures of him on the canvas during a sparring session, having apparently been knocked down by McGregor, were a misrepresentation and he was actually pushed.

Mayweather, an undefeated former five-weight world champion, takes on the Irish MMA star at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena in what is expected to be one of the richest fights in history.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Wednesday's meetings at Brighton, Pontefract, Bath and Yarmouth.

Jockey PJ McDonald believes Havana Grey can establish himself as a true Group One performer, beginning in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville later this month.

What happened next to stars of first Premier League season

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. 

On the eve of a new campaign it is the norm to debate the respective merits of each side's strongest starting XI, but what about those in reserve? Sportsmail analyses their options.

England wrapped up the Test series against South Africa on Monday, beating the tourists 3-1 in the four match battle. They made several changes in the series with some players making their debuts.

The sport of athletics got what it deserved after casting Usain Bolt as its saviour and Justin Gatlin as some kind of pantomime villain. Perhaps it is what it needed too.