Louis van Gaal has warned David De Gea Manchester United are already planning for life without him. United goalkeeper De Gea, out of contract in 12 months, has yet to accept an offer of a new deal worth £200,000-a-week, with Real Madrid waiting to sign him for around £35million (The Mirror)
It all comes down, then, to one game. A home fixture against West Ham United, a week from today, that will decide Newcastle United’s survival. Coach John Carver described it as one of the biggest games in the club’s history, in what we can only assume was a desperate attempt to inject some small measure of enthusiasm into his squad. For if next week’s game is enormous, then so was this. And Newcastle, quite frankly, were abysmal. (The Telegraph)
Tottenham 2 Hull City 0: This was not a do-or-die defeat for Hull City, more a case of the drip, drip effect of the torture of keeping up with the other relegation candidates. At least there was good news for Steve Bruce’s side in the form of the result at Loftus Road. Newcastle’s defeat keeps alive the prospect that Hull might stay up on goal difference, but they need to craft a win over Manchester United next weekend. (The Times)
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace match report: Steven Gerrard’s Anfield send-off spoiled by Palace sucker punch. (The Independent)
Alan Pardew: We used Chelsea and Man Utd blueprint to ruin Gerrard’s Liverpool farewell. (The Express)
Sadio Mané netted the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history as Southampton boosted their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League. The Senegal international’s treble was wrapped up in two minutes and 56 seconds, beating the record of four minutes and 33 seconds set by Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler in 1994 against Arsenal. It was part of an incredible first half, in which Shane Long scored twice to put Saints five up inside 38 minutes. (The Guardian)
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended under-fire midfielder Gareth Bale, saying the Welshman had paid the price for the poor form of his team mates, but had improved his link-up play in a difficult season. (Daily Mail)
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