Man Utd: Anthony Martial to return to training before Liverpool match

Anthony Martial to return to Manchester United training
Anthony Martial scored in Manchester United’s opening Premier League game of the season against Chelsea, adding another the following week in the draw at Wolves

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial will return to training this week, raising hopes he could be fit to face rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Martial has missed eight games with a hamstring injury after scoring twice in the opening three games of the season.

Providing the 23-year-old France international suffers no reaction, he will come into contention to face Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.

Liverpool go to Old Trafford having won their opening eight league games.

United are just two points above the relegation zone, have only won two league games this season and have not scored more than once in any game since the 4-0 win against Chelsea on 11 August.

Martial’s absence has been a huge blow for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who wanted him to fill the number nine role following the summer exits of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid

Costa opened the scoring in the first minute and completed his hat-trick with a 45th-minute penalty.

Joao Felix, a £113m summer signing, also scored his first goal for the club as Atletico led 5-0 at the break.

Costa added his fourth goal six minutes after the restart, before both he and Real’s Dani Carvajal were red carded for fighting in the 61st minute.

Angel Correa, on for the injured Alvaro Morata, was also on target in the first half, while Vitolo added Atletico’s seventh in the 70th minute.

It took until they were 6-0 down before Real got on the scoresheet through Nacho, while Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez both scored late on.

Gareth Bale, who is set to leave Real to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, started on the bench, but came on for the final 30 minutes.

Real, who have spent close to £300m this summer, started with new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.

But they have struggled on their US pre-season tour, losing 3-1 to Bayern Munich and beating Arsenal on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

“Having seen Madrid, we looked for where we could harm them,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. “We have had a great time here.”

Real captain Sergio Ramos said: “We’re obviously not feeling great right now. This has only just begun, they’re preparation games to get us up to the top level. There are many ways in which to lose, but we can’t be doing it like we did today.”

Real coach Zinedine Zidane added: “We don’t need to dwell on it, this is a pre-season game. They [Atletico] were better in every respect and that’s all there is to it.

“I’m convinced we’re going to have a good season. We can’t be pleased with today’s defeat, that much is clear. But I’m convinced I’ve got a team here that is going to compete at the top level.”

Trippier on life in Spain

Kieran Trippier
Trippier with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale

England right-back Kieran Trippier, who joined Atletico from Tottenham for £20m earlier this month, made his second start for the club.

He praised Simeone as a “world class coach” and said he was “embracing the culture”.

“I have slotted in better than expected to be honest,” he said after the match. “The lads have been brilliant with me, all the staff have made me feel so welcome.

“It is about learning the language now and that is my priority, getting involved with the lads and everything around it, embracing the culture.

“Around the dinner table they speak a little bit of English to me and I do my part in Spanish.”

He added: “In training the standard is unbelievable. I am delighted to be part of this world-class team, with a world-class coach.

“When you are learning a defensive side there is no better coach to work under, and it is an area I want to improve on.”

Joao Felix
Felix scored one and set up two of Costa’s goals
Diego Costa
Costa completed his hat-trick with a penalty just before half-time
Eden Hazard
Hazard joined Real from Chelsea in June for a fee that could exceed £150

Alexis Sanchez: Man Utd forward set to join Inter Milan on loan

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in January 2018

Inter Milan have agreed a loan deal to sign forward Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.

If a deal goes through, Sanchez will link up with ex-United team-mate Romelu Lukaku, the striker having joined the Serie A club for £74m this summer.

However, Inter have not agreed an option to buy Sanchez at the end of the loan agreement.

United’s highest earner, Sanchez is thought to earn around £400,000 a week, a figure way outside of Inter’s current pay structure.

It has been suggested United may subsidise his salary as part of a deal and last week Inter offered to pay £150,000 of Sanchez’s weekly wages, but United wanted more.

Sanchez has had a disastrous 19 months at Old Trafford since leaving Emirates Stadium in January 2018, scoring just five times in 45 appearances.

He scored twice last season and only once in the Premier League and, had he stayed at the club, would have predominantly played in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to give more opportunities to teenage forward Mason Greenwood, who has made three substitute appearances so far this season.

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October 2019