Friday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho was not happy with Sergio Aguero’s behaviour in a head-butting incident that resulted in the sending off of Marouane Fellaini near the end of his team’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Thursday.
– ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden says Fellaini’s red card could be hugely damaging to United’s top-four hopes.
– Mourinho has again claimed that Liverpool have an unfair advantage in the battle for a Premier League top-four place because of United’s busier fixture schedule. WATCH.
MAN CITY: In the other dugout, Pep Guardiola admitted he didn’t see the incident well enough to comment, while adding that it didn’t matter as anything more than a point was out of reach for United by then.
– The fit and seemingly reborn Vincent Kompany said after the match that at no point did Mourinho’s team pose any threat to the City defence. United managed only three shots to City’s 19 in the draw.
ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger has denied that there is a power shift in North London, despite Tottenham being set to finish above Arsenal for the first time in his 21-year reign as manager.
– Arsenal have played down reports in France that they exploited a loophole in transfer dealings to secure the signing of two promising youngsters from Lens two years ago.
– Wenger has suggested that Arsenal would be unable to afford Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff will see police trial the use facial recognition on fans, the British government has announced in a statement online.
BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has extended his contract at the club until 2021, the Bundesliga champions have announced.
– Bayern have announced they have triggered an option to sign Kingsley Coman from Juventus permanently.
– ESPN FC writer Raf Honigstein believes the Bavarians’ 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday is further proof that Carlo Ancelotti has a total rebuilding job on his hands.
LIVERPOOL: Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool that reportedly runs until 2021.
– The club’s new under-18 boss, Steven Gerrard, said one thing that won’t be tolerated with his academy teams is showboating. “Too many try to model themselves on players like Ronaldo,” the club legend said.
CHELSEA: With uncertainty surrounding the future of Eden Hazard — including rumours he could join Real Madrid — the FC TV team debate whether or not the Belgium international is even good enough to play for Los Blancos.
– Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that he misses Italy and hinted at a return to managing in his homeland in the future.
TOTTENHAM: Tottenham have been locked in talks over the transfer of Galatasaray winger Bruma since January, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC, with a deal thought to be close to completion.
HAMBURG: U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena is set to visit Hamburg next week to discuss Bobby Wood’s future at the club amid reports linking the American forward with a switch away from the Volksparkstadion.
WEST HAM: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is on the radar of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. England international Sturridge has been linked with a move this summer having fallen out of favour under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Sam Allardyce has backed Mamadou Sakho to deal with a potentially serious knee injury and admits he remains hopeful the defender could even play for Crystal Palace again this season.
BARCELONA: Neymar has reportedly told friends that Manchester United are set to push for a move for his services this summer. That and more in our Transfer Talk blog.
– Barcelona have confirmed they will take a complaint to Spain’s Anti-Violence Committee for Sport about Malaga president Abdullah Al-Thani after he tweeted “Catalan scum will not get a whiff of the title.”
ARGENTINA: Jorge Sampaoli is the only candidate for the vacant Argentina coaching position, Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has said.
EUROPA LEAGUE: Celta Vigo have told ESPN FC that Manchester United have not made all of their allocated tickets for their Europa League semifinal return leg at Old Trafford available to them and will ask UEFA to take action.
MLS: Tigres’ French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is hoping to finish his career in Liga MX and isn’t interested in any potential move to MLS.
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