Henrikh Mkhitaryan cut a lonely figure this morning as Manchester United's stars were put through their paces during training before they travel to Switzerland for their Champions League encounter withn Basel. Mkhitaryan, who is struggling to convince Mourinho that he merits a first-team spot, sat on the bench looking miserable, while team-mates such as Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (inset), Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku (right) were in buoyant mood.
He's the £22m star NOT allowed to play, who has wowed staff in training and even flown his brother in as personal trainer... inside the curious case of Adrien Silva
The only game Adrien Silva has played in a Leicester shirt so far came on the morning Craig Shakespeare was sacked. A practice match featuring squad players against a Nottingham Forest Under-23 side was arranged primarily with Silva in mind. Shakespeare watched from the sidelines at Leicester’s Belvoir Drive training ground, excited at the prospect of one day picking the Portugal international in a contest of consequence.
The return of Dortmund's bad boy: Aubameyang winds up his club just as much as defenders... now he's back from his latest ban and ready to shoot down Spurs in the Champions League
KIT HOLDEN: The last time Borussia Dortmund suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he scored four goals on his return to action. How they would love for him to repeat the feat against Tottenham. Suspended for 'disciplinary reasons' at the end of last week, Aubameyang could only watch on as Dortmund lost 2-1 to Stuttgart last Friday. The club have now lifted the ban, and can only hope that their star striker is firing on all cylinders when they host Spurs on Tuesday evening.
Courtois takes a tumble as Chelsea get to work in Azerbaijan ahead of Champions League showdown with minnows Qarabag
Chelsea have put the finishing touches on their preparations for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag. The Blues completed the gruelling 2,456-mile trip from London to Azerbaijan on Monday but showed no signs of tiredness at they got to work in the Bakcell Arena in Baku on Tuesday morning. Any lingering cobwebs from the journey were blown away when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois took an embarrassing fall as he attempted to jump over a bag of footballs, leaving the team in hysterics.
England have 'genuine confidence' of beating Australia at the Gabba for first time in 31 years, insists Ali... but star takes tumble during game of football at ground
Moeen Ali believes England can end Australia's long unbeaten run at the Gabba by defeating their hosts there for the first time in three decades. Seven Ashes tours have come and gone since England last Test win in Brisbane, Mike Gatting's team prevailing by seven wickets after a century from man-of-the-match Ian Botham.
Australia handed scare after Warner hurts neck during training... but opening batsman insists he'll be fit to face England in opener
David Warner gave the Australia camp a scare ahead of Thursday's opening Ashes Test by hurting his neck during a fielding drill but the opening batsman is confident he will be fit to face England at the Gabba. Australia's vice-captain felt a twinge in his neck as he ran back to take a catch on Tuesday and immediately left the field to receive treatment. 'My neck is quite stiff,' Warner told reporters afterwards.
PAUL NEWMAN IN BRISBANE: It is easy to forget England have won four of the last five Ashes and are the holders of the urn. Easy, also, to forget the sensational summer of 2015 and Stuart Broad’s incredible eight for 15 at Trent Bridge. It is as if everyone here only remembers what happened the last time England played in Australia. England certainly remember their recent Ashes record - Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook all quietly slipped it into their media conferences yesterday - and Broad has a reminder of his successes in the form of a package of all his wickets against Australia put together for him to watch here by the team analyst.
Brighton twice come from behind to earn point against Stoke as Izquierdo strikes last in entertaining draw on the south coast
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 2-2 STOKE CITY - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Mark Hughes spent much of this match in his seat, no doubt quite pleased with what he was watching. But then, with Jose Izquierdo’s little prod on the hour for 2-2, it maybe felt a touch warmer and up he got. There isn’t an overwhelming level of discomfort for the Welshman right now, but as this game batted back and forth, the sacking of Tony Pulis might just have crossed his mind. Not so much on the grounds of shared nationality, nor because he is under any immediate or obvious threat. But West Brom’s decision means four of the five clubs beneath Stoke have booted their bosses this season and football managers tend to go like dominoes once the silliness begins. So for that reason, this might feel like a game in which two points got away, given Stoke twice led and twice were pegged back.
This is why I can't play Aguero and Jesus together: Guardiola explains that Mendy's injury absence is reason hotshots can't be paired up in City's tactical headache
Pep Guardiola claimed Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus cannot play alongside each other until Benjamin Mendy returns from injury. The Manchester City manager insisted the choice between the pair is now his hardest decision, with one set to miss out each week. Mendy is not back from a ACL injury until April and Guardiola revealed the left back's ability going forward dictated that his star strikers could line-up together.
Pochettino says Rose could return to first team for Champions League clash with Dortmund as his side train in Germany
Danny Rose is in contention to return to the Tottenham team for Tuesday night's Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund. Rose was left out of Mauricio Pochettino's squad for Saturday's north London derby defeat to Arsenal and the manager was afterwards forced to deny a rift with the player. The England international, who Pochettino said was left out at the Emirates for fitness reasons, is back in the squad for the Group H meeting at Signal Iduna Park.
Mohamed Salah is in dangerous form right now and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can only imagine how self-assured he might become should he prosper at Sevilla on Tuesday. The Egyptian winger scored twice in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Southampton, bringing his tally to 14 goals in all competitions since he joined the Reds from Roma in the summer.
Eliaquim Mangala is ready to take his chance should he be needed to fill in at centre back for Manchester City when they take on Feyenoord in the Champions League this week. City take on the Dutch side on Tuesday and the first team squad were out in full force at training on Monday afternoon. They may have to face the Eredivisie champions without defender John Stones however, who suffered a hamstring injury in the weekend Premier League win over Leicester City.
Leonardo Bonucci shared a photo on Instagram of a huge AC Milan night out as 32 team-mates enjoyed a meal together. The former Juventus defender lauded the bonding session in writing the caption: 'Strength through unity'. The room was bursting at the seams as the Italian squad crowded around the long dining table for a picture. It seems unity is just what AC Milan need right now having faltered to an unconvincing campaign so far.
English MMA fighter Flint becomes internet hit with spinning head kick KO... but timekeeping error robs him of victory on amateur debut
An English MMA fighter has become an internet hit after producing a stunning KO. Ollie Flint caught opponent Aaron Gray with a vicious spinning head kick at Shock N Awe 26 in Portsmouth. But the 29-year-old was denied a stunning victory on his amateur debut despite initially being awarded the win by the referee.
Listen up, Lionel... there's new bosses in town! Barcelona celebrate World Children's Day by letting kids lead stars in training
Barcelona showed their backing of World Children's Day by coming up with a lovely gesture to temporarily dethrone boss Ernesto Valverde and let local youngsters take over for the day. The European giants found themselves manned, for one day only, by a group of children who were able to take the reins and dictate training. Lionel Messi and the rest of the Barca superstars went under infant rule as the children packed into their famous training ground, before later meeting manager Valverde himself.
Hamilton left 'very emotional' after Mercedes team surprise him with guard of honour ahead of Abu Dhabi
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was 'very emotional' after being given a guard of honour by Mercedes' UK-based team. Hamilton will formally lay hands on his fourth drivers' title after the calendar wraps up in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with the marque also celebrating its fourth constructors' championship. The 32-year-old returned to England on Monday to celebrate with team-mates in Brixworth and Brackley, with Mercedes staff at the latter honouring him with a hero's welcome to their headquarters.
Coleman adamant he choose right club in Sunderland ahead of first game in charge against Aston Villa: 'I am thrilled to be here'
Chris Coleman did not realise at the time, but just as he was settling into his seat to be unveiled as the new manager of Sunderland, Tony Pulis was being sacked at West Brom. ‘Oh, right,’ said Coleman, somewhat hesitantly, when he was informed moments later. He hadn’t changed his mind about joining the Championship’s bottom club already, had he?
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Golden boys gunning for the Golden Boot: With Salah (9) ahead of the chasing pack (8), how do the Premier League hotshots compare in this goal-heavy season?
The race for the Premier League Golden Boot is shaping up into one of the most exciting for many years, with many of the division's leading strikers quickly into their groove. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah currently leads the way with nine goals, assuming top spot after scoring twice in Saturday's 3-0 win over Southampton. Behind him, we have Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku, Tottenham's Harry Kane and the Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus all bunched together on eight league goals. We take a detailed look at each of those six and break down their Premier League performances in the campaign so far.
Terry shares latest gym workout as he continues injury rehab in bid to return for Aston Villa promotion push
John Terry admits he hates being injured, but the veteran Aston Villa defender looks to be taking a proactive outlook on his recovery as he hit the gym for a big Monday session. The 36-year-old is expected to be out for the rest of the year after suffering a fracture to his fifth metatarsal during Aston Villa's 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month. But following a brief break in Dubai, Terry was back at work as he completed the latest stint of his rehabilitation, and shared an inspiring gym montage that wouldn't look out of place in a Rocky film.
Zinedine Zidane lead his Real Madrid players through a training session in Cyprus on Monday night as they look to kick-start their Champions League campaign against Apoel Nicosia. Cristiano Ronaldo trained alongside team-mates Karim Benzema and Luka Modric among others ahead of Tuesday's encounter, which represents a first chance to seal a place in the knockout stages. But earning a spot in the round of 32 is not the only reason why they are aiming for a big win against Apoel, with Zidane admitting he wants to reassert their dominance after a poor start to the season, which included a 0-0 draw with rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga last weekend.
Guardiola wears yellow ribbon at Manchester City press conference as former Barcelona boss shows support for imprisoned Catalan politicians
City manager Guardiola wore a yellow ribbon on his jumper during Monday's Champions League press conference. Guardiola told reporters that he had donned the small badge as a gesture of support for imprisoned politicians Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, who remain incarcerated amid the row over Catalan independence. Cuixart and Sanchez — presidents of political groups Omnium and ANC — were locked up last month accused of sedition, rebellion and embezzlement.
Grigor Dimitrov earned what could prove to be a major breakthrough victory in his career by defeating David Goffin to earn the ATP Finals trophy. The final was not the Roger Federer-Rafa Nadal showstopper hoped for by the organisers, with Nadal having withdrawn injured and Federer stunned by Goffin in the semi-final. However the two less heralded names served up a competitive and entertaining denouement - all the more impressive considering neither has reached a Grand Slam final before.
Ahead of the ferocity of an Ashes series on Australian soil, the England players kicked back and relaxed by a pool at the Gabba. The tourists posed on a scorching day in Brisbane with the famous old ground behind them, lapping up the rays before the real heat is turned up on Thursday when the first Test begins. James Vince, Jake Ball and Dawid Malan splashed about and stuck on their swimming shorts for a visit to the Pooldeck where a few lucky fans will watch the action from.
From paintball to golf ball! Broad shows off latest bruise and pokes fun at critics (as Root tunes up for the Ashes)
England suffered an unlikely injury scare on Monday when Stuart Broad was hit while playing golf in Brisbane ahead of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. The man who the local Courier-Mail newspaper declared war on the last time England were here for the Ashes was on the putting green enjoying a round during England's day off when an unknown assailant over hit his drive and struck Broad on the lower back.
'He is in charge... and that's enough leadership': Nolito on his flop spell at Manchester City under 'wizard' Guardiola as he prepares to face Liverpool with Sevilla
INTERVIEW BY PETE JENSON: Nolito doesn't want to see Pep Guardiola again. Not for a while anyway. It's not because he sidelined him for three months and sold him last season: 'I scored six goals at the start and then, suddenly, he clipped my wings,' he says. It's because he has seen how City have in his words: 'gone off like a rocket' this season and that Guardiola, having learned from the mistakes of his first year, will perhaps not be stopped this time. Nolito scored the winner for Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday and he'll start for them on Tuesday night as they try to beat Liverpool and increase their chances of topping the group and avoiding City, and therefore Pep, in the next round.