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Here are the latest stories for Friday.

MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho has challenged Wayne Rooney to score more goals for Manchester United after saying only Zlatan Ibrahimovic is living up to expectations with his strike-rate this season.

– Mourinho praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s determination to prove himself at Manchester United after the Armenian midfielder scored a stunning solo goal in the Europa League win over Zorya Luhansk.

– Mourinho will “always be the Special One,” according to Mauricio Pochettino, who thinks the Manchester United manager will be remembered as one of football’s greats.

– Patrick Vieira says his former Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho’s inability to bridge the generation gap could be the reason behind Manchester United’s problems this season.

EUROPA LEAGUE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for Manchester United to secure their spot in the Europa League knockout stage with a 2-0 win at Zorya Luhansk on Thursday. But Southampton crashed out of Group K after drawing 1-1 at home against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. FULL REVIEW

REAL MADRID: Barcelona forward Neymar has warned Real Madrid not to get too comfortable at the top of the La Liga table.

– Cristiano Ronaldo’s management company on Thursday published financial records showing that the Real Madrid star declared an income of €227.3 million in 2015.

– Zinedine Zidane has urged his Real Madrid players to maintain their focus despite holding a six-point advantage at the top of the La Liga standings.

NICE: Mario Balotelli says it is possible he could challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or if he can have an injury-free season, and suggested he would be open to joining Manchester City or Arsenal in the future.

FIFA:  Executives are considering using penalty shootouts to decide any group game that ends in a draw in the proposals for a 48-team World Cup, according to a report in The Times.

– Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused his replacement Gianni Infantino of disrespecting him.

CHAPECOENSE: A Bolivian judge has ordered that the head of the ill-fated chartered airline whose plane carried Brazilian football team Chapecoense be arrested.

BARCELONA: Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar was planning to pay tribute to Chapecoense had he scored against Real Madrid during last Saturday’s Clasico at the Camp Nou.

MAN CITY: Yaya Toure remains part of Pep Guardiola’s immediate plans despite the Manchester City having a drink-driving charge hanging over him.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp has been reassured by defender Joel Matip that he will not be competing at the upcoming African Nations Cup.

CHELSEA: Antonio Conte says he is relishing the difficulty of picking Chelsea’s starting XI for Sunday’s match against West Bromwich Albion after Cesc Fabregas and Willian both made a significant impact during last weekend’s 3-1 win at Manchester City.

ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will offer Santi Cazorla a new contract but insists Arsenal’s future doesn’t depend on whether Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez decide to stay, saying the club “is bigger than that.”

TOTTENHAM: Spurs will not be drawn into any mind games with “colourful character” Jose Mourinho ahead of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford, according to Jan Vertonghen.

ATLETICO MADRID: The club’s new stadium will officially be called the “Wanda Metropolitano.”

WEST HAM: The Hammers are weighing up a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson to bolster their strikeforce in January, sources close to London club have told ESPN FC.

SWANSEA: Boss Bob Bradley has accused those who criticise him because he has an American accent of taking “cheap shots.”

MLS: Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said a recent Deloitte Sports Business Group study touting the benefits of a promotion/relegation system in North America has not swayed his position.

– MLS commissioner Don Garber said he believes in successful lower divisions in the U.S. and Canada.

– MLS will consider changing its playoff format in 2017, with regular season record serving as the first tiebreaker in the conference semis and finals among the possible tweaks, the league’s Vice President of Competition told ESPN FC on Thursday.

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