Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss at least a month of action, including three hugely important games in the Premier League title race, after suffering a hamstring injury during Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday. [ MORE: Transfer news: Arsenal, Odegaard in advanced talks ] The 29-year-old midfield superstar is expected to miss pivotal clashes Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal — three successive fixtures between Feb. 7 and Feb. 21. Having played one game fewer than current Premier League leaders Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s side sits second, just two points back of the Red Devils. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games (8W-2D-0L) and have surged back into the title race following a poor start to the season, thanks in large part to the continued brilliance of De Bruyne, who has amassed three goals and 10 assists thus far. Guardiola confirmed the injury and spoke of De Bruyne’s influence on Friday — quotes from . . .
A roundup of the weekend’s results in the Women’s Super League (WSL), where Chelsea beat Manchester United to go top of the table, Arsenal unexpectedly dropped points as they fell to third place, and fourth-place Manchester City fired off a warning shot to the rest of the league… [ MORE: Player ratings: Liverpool – Manchester United ] Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United There’s a new leader in the clubhouse after Chelsea battled to a 2-1 victory over top-of-the-table Manchester United on Sunday, making the top spot their own in the process. Pernille Harder opened the scoring and gave the Blues the lead right on the half-hour mark, but Lauren James hit back for the Red Devils in the 61st minute. The 1-1 scoreline lasted just four minutes, though, as Fran Kirby, fresh off her four goals last weekend , raced in behind and hammered home the winner in the 65th. The victory sends Chelsea, who also have a game in hand, above Manchester United on goal differential. Reading 1-1 . . .
Tobin Heath will spend an extended period of time on the sidelines, as the USWNT and Manchester United star has suffered an ankle injury. [ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ] Heath, 32, has been a revelation since joining Manchester United in the FA Women’s Super League, and along with USWNT teammate Christen Press, they’ve been a huge reason for the Red Devils being top of the league for most of the 2020-21 season. However, Manchester United have confirmed the injury news after a scan showed significant damage and here’s the latest update on Heath from her manager Casey Stoney. “Unfortunately the results have come back for Tobin, she’s hurt her ankle and she’s going to be out for 10-12 weeks,” Stoney said. “A longer one. She’s a big loss for us. She’s still been great in the environment and with all injuries it gives somebody else a window of opportunity.” Stoney then talked about the importance of United’s staff and players being there for Heath, especially with the . . .
Getty Images For the second summer in a row Jadon Sancho finds himself at the heart of the dreaded "transfer saga". Manchester United want him and this year they may find it easier to get a deal done with Borussia Dortmund. In 2020 the German side set a deadline by which the nine figure deal had to be completed. United failed to do so and so the England international spent another year in the Bundesliga. This summer the lure of a return is strong for Sancho whilst a deal looks to be closer then it ever has been before. It will cost Manchester United a great deal but on past form the 21-year-old may be worth it. The latest Jadon Sancho transfer news June 23, 2021: Leading German publication Bild report that an agreement between United and Dortmund for Sancho's transfer will be complete in the coming days. Personal terms were already agreed between the player and the Red Devils last summer. June 10, 2021: Dortmund reject an opening bid of $93 million from United. . . .
Manchester United have announced Scotland forward Jane Ross is to leave the club this month when her contract ends. The 31-year-old joined United in the summer of 2019 following a season with West Ham and went on to make 34 appearances, scoring seven goals. Former Glasgow City and Manchester City player Ross has scored 62 times in 136 matches for Scotland. The news of her departure comes two days after United, currently without a manager after Casey Stoney stepped down last month, revealed striker Jess Sigsworth was also leaving. Sigsworth is leaving upon the expiry of her contract after three years with the club, during which she scored 26 times in 66 appearances. Trending Euro 2020 last 16: Who has qualified? Euro 2020 fixtures, schedule, who has qualified for last 16? England notebook: Pragmatic Southgate won't change now Man Utd in advanced talks for Sancho England to play Germany in last 16; Wales face Denmark . . .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has sensed a positive shift in mentality among his Manchester United squad ahead of the visit of high-flying Aston Villa on Friday. United will enter 2021 second in the Premier League after their 1-0 victory over Wolves on Tuesday, and are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run. Solskjaer's side have emerged as challengers to table-toppers and reigning champions Liverpool, and the manager credits a combination of new signings and experienced "winners" with instilling a more resilient attitude in the United dressing room. Asked if he had witnessed a change in mentality, Solskjaer said: "Yes, definitely. One, they're two years older than when I came. Two, the strong personalities we've brought in, they've really been a good influence. Man Utd vs Aston Villa live on Sky Sports Marcus Rashford's last-gasp winner sees off Wolves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Edinson Cavani could extend Man Utd stay "I think we have competition for places, . . .
Manchester United need just a point at Burnley on Tuesday to move clear at the top of the Premier League - a remarkable achievement, given some of their struggles earlier this season. A run of eight wins in 10 games has propelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's level with Liverpool at the summit and now they have the opportunity to take the outright lead with their game in hand at Turf Moor, live on Sky Sports . They will then go to Liverpool on Sunday - again, live on Sky Sports - for a pivotal game at Anfield. Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper follows the twists and turns at the club closely and gave his verdict on where they stand on the latest Pitch to Post Preview Podcast . Trending Euro 2020 last 16: Who has qualified? Euro 2020 fixtures, schedule, who has qualified for last 16? England notebook: Pragmatic Southgate won't change now Man Utd in advanced talks for Sancho England to play Germany in last 16; Wales . . .
Gary Neville says Manchester United's "game-changers" have propelled the club back up the league and, while performance consistency remains elusive, confidence is building among Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad. Two months on from a demoralising defeat at home to Arsenal, which left them in 15th, United moved level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool on Friday with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. The victory was United's eighth in their past 10 league games since that loss to the Gunners and Sky Sports pundit Neville has put the remarkable turn around down to the individual qualities of players at the club. However, while the team still struggle in their play at times, Neville says "something is growing" in the camp and there is exciting progress being made, with United's mouth-watering trip to Liverpool on January 17, live on Sky Sports , looming. Trending Euro 2020 last 16: Who has qualified? Euro 2020 fixtures, schedule, who has . . .
Gary Neville has refused to rule out Manchester United winning the Premier League after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side went top and encouraged United fans to "get carried away" ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool. United's deserved 1-0 victory over Burnley has propelled them three points clear of champions Liverpool and top of the Premier League at the 17-game mark for the first time since their 2012/13 title-winning season under Sir Alex Ferguson. It represents an astonishing turnaround for United since losing at home to Arsenal in early November and Sky Sports pundit Neville is relishing the situation - and the utterly unexpected sight of United above Liverpool in the league table. "I don't think anyone is saying Manchester United will win the league but the fact that they are in a title fight…wow. I never would have imagined it," said Neville. "It's a strange season. Why shouldn't Manchester United fans believe? Why shouldn't this side believe? Look at the front . . .
Two of the City figures who led an attempt to prise Manchester United from the Glazer family's control a decade ago have urged them to loosen their grip in the wake of this week's European Super League debacle. Sky News can reveal that Lord O'Neill - the architect of the Red Knights campaign in 2010 - and the hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall have written to Joel Glazer, the Manchester United co-chairman, to demand a string of immediate corporate governance reforms. In the letter, which was sent on Friday morning and has been seen by Sky News, the pair told Mr Glazer that his family should scrap the New York-listed club's dual-class share structure and introduce a single class of voting stock. The Glazers should also, according to the letter, commit to reducing their combined stake from the current level - which stands at roughly 75 per cent - to a maximum of 49.9 per cent. These moves would, Lord O'Neill and Sir Paul argue, "encourage a broader group of investors . . .