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Manchester United has started the Premier League season with back-to-back defeats
Manchester United has started the Premier League season with back-to-back defeats.Manchester United has started the Premier League season with back-to-back defeats.

Manager Erik ten Hag said Manchester United’s game plan was put “in the bin” during a disastrous 4-0 defeat against Brentford.

The result leaves United bottom of the Premier League having lost to Brighton last weekend as four goals in the first 35 minutes helped Brentford to an emphatic victory — the club’s first against United since 1938.Josh Dasilva opened the scoring when his long-range shot was spilled by David de Gea, and minutes later another United error — this time by former Brentford player Christian Eriksen, who lost possession close to his goal — enabled Mathias Jensen to score a second.Ben Mee’s bundled header from a corner added to United’s woes, before Bryan Mbeumo finished off a slick counter-attack when he received Ivan Toney’s pass and finished past de Gea.United had chances in the second half through Eriksen and a Cristiano Ronaldo header, but any hopes of a comeback remained well out of reach.


This is the first time since 1992 that United has lost its opening two games of a Premier League campaign, and the challenges keep coming with Liverpool up next on August 22.


“Brentford was more hungry, one, and two, we conceded goals (from) individual mistakes,” ten Hag told reporters after the match. “You can have a good plan but then put the plan in the bin.”United struggled to deal with Brentford’s pressing in the first half of Saturday’s game and lost possession in the build-up to the opening two goals.”They (the players) make bad decision, and this is football. It’s a game of mistakes and we get punished,” ten Hag added.”It’s naïve how we played today. You have to play more direct. We attracted them; space was high on the pitch … We will learn, we have to learn. But it’s no good, it’s quite clear at this level.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Manchester City and Arsenal continued their unbeaten starts to the season — City with a 4-0 victory against Bournemouth and Arsenal with an entertaining 4-2 win against Leicester City.Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden all scored in the first half for City, while Jefferson Lerma’s own goal completed the rout.Gabriel Jesus, signed from City over the summer, scored twice on his home debut for Arsenal, first with a superb lob over Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward and then again with a back-post header from a corner.William Saliba’s own goal and James Madison’s effort from a tight angle saw Leicester fight back — either side of Granit Xhaka’s simple finish after Ward had spilled a cross — but Gabriel Martinelli’s goal with 15 minutes remaining wrapped up an Arsenal victory.

The Raiders offense clicked in preseason win against Vikings

The new offense Josh McDaniels has brought to the desert kept rolling Sunday afternoon.

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 in their first 2022 preseason game action inside Allegiant Stadium. Sunday’s game was the first time many of the Raiders’ new players been inside their new home stadium with a crowd surrounding them. The consensus of the locker room was overwhelmed by the energy of the building, including Coach McDaniels.

“I’ve been around a lot of preseason games over 22 years, and I don’t remember one feeling like this,” McDaniels said postgame. “I would just say that the reception from our fans, getting to know Raider Nation the way that you see them now, it’s just different. … That is the best atmosphere in a preseason game that I’ve ever been a part of. And that’s easy to say that, clearly.

“I can’t wait to play another time in here, and then get to the regular season and have the opportunity to do it for real in the regular games.”

The victory for the Raiders was driven by the success of the offense. The unit compiled 300 total yards of offense, and had eight more minutes in time of possession over the Vikings.

The team got two good showings from quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens, who are actively competing for the backup quarterback job. Stidham ended the game with 68 passing yards and a rushing touchdown, while Mullens completed nearly 80 percent of his passes with 94 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought all the quarterbacks did well. I really did,” said McDaniels. “Jarrett led a couple scoring drives, and then Nick came in and did the same thing. … I think Jarrett has really grown over time. One of the things that keeps showing up that I’m really happy about is that there’s no turnovers. Before we can win, we have to learn how to not lose.”

“All the quarterbacks went in there and generally took care of the ball, made good decisions,” continued McDaniels. “Sometimes the best decisions are the ones that nobody can tell in the stadium right away that it was a good choice – throwing the ball away or sometimes taking a sack.”

All of the quarterbacks, with UDFA Chase Garbers included, have developed a solid chemistry with each other in the locker. While there’s a healthy competition in the room “we’re all working hard to improve everyday,” Stidham said.

With the Training Camp reps being taken, their comfortability in the playbook is developing.

“I feel really good,” Mullens said following the victory. “Every day is a new day, just trying to learn as much as I can and that’s the biggest thing. Learn and produce, and I’ll be good.”

Of the rookies, a standout was the Raiders’ seventh-round selection Brittain Brown. He finished the game as the games leading rusher with 14 carries, 54 yards and a trip to the end zone.

Despite it being a preseason game, scoring a touchdown in an NFL is a feat the rookie running back can always be proud of.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true,” said Brown. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now. It felt good getting in there with my teammates and celebrating in the end zone.”

The team will have a lot of film to look back over this week as they prepare to travel to South Florida to face the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

Raiders move to 2-0 in preseason with 26-20 win over Vikings

LAS VEGAS — — One of the biggest questions facing Las Vegas Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels was where he would find the right pieces for his offensive line.

McDaniels may not have all the answers after a 26-20 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but he’s pleased with what he’s seen in two preseason games.

“I think we have some depth at tackle and some competition,” McDaniels said. “We’ve told them since the first day they got here that this was going to be a situation where guys earn their opportunities and they’ll determine their role.”

Using numerous rotations for nearly every offensive series, the Raiders (2-0) were able to sustain second-half drives of 10 and 15 plays, both resulting in touchdowns, to seize control of the game and keep Minnesota (0-1) at arm’s length.

Using numerous rotations for nearly every offensive series, the Raiders (2-0) were able to sustain second-half drives of 10 and 15 plays, both resulting in touchdowns, to seize control of the game and keep Minnesota (0-1) at arm’s length.

After gaining just 23 yards on 12 first-down plays in the first half, the Raiders gained 64 yards on 15 first-down plays in the second half.

Of their 12 first-down plays in the first two quarters, the Raiders gained more than four yards just one time. Las Vegas gained five or more yards on seven of its 15 first-down plays in the second half.

“You got so many different guys on the O-line group right now, kind of rotating through, so you got to kind of get used to everyone because not everyone fits rotations and double-teams the same,” center Andre James said. “It’s good to get this in right now and learn how everyone’s fitting in.”

The Raiders finished with 300 yards of offense, and an average of 4.3 yards per play, with starter Jarrett Stidham completing 10 of his 15 passes for 68 yards. He also ran for 16 yards on four carries, including a touchdown. Chase Garbers finished the game under center for the Raiders and was 2 for 3 through the air for 19 yards. Brittain Brown ran for 54 yards on 14 carries, including one touchdown.

Kellen Mond threw for 119 yards on nine completions, including two touchdowns, for the Vikings in their preseason opener. Sean Mannion finished 8 of 12 for 79 yards.

Veteran wideout Albert Wilson caught two passes for Minnesota, both for touchdowns.

“There was a lot of really, really positive things that I took out of it across the board,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “I thought our run game and some of our physicality I saw up front were real positives. We’re obviously allowing these quarterbacks to compete, so sometimes we may feature a little bit more in the pass game to see kind of how those guys do in certain normal-down situations.”


The Raiders were 8 of 16 (50%) on third down, 2 for 2 (100%) on fourth down, and 2 for 3 (66.7%) in the red zone.

The Vikings were for 1 for 7 (14.2%) on third down, 1 for 1 (100%) on fourth down, and 2 for 4 (50%) in the red zone.


The Vikings were penalized eight times for 71 yards, including seven infractions for 66 yards in the first half.


Raiders owner Mark Davis and tight end Darren Waller, who hasn’t practiced since July 30, were in attendance at Sunday’s WNBA game between the Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm across Interstate 15 from Allegiant Stadium, at Mandalay Bay. The Aces’ 109-100 win sealed the No. 1 overall seed for the upcoming playoffs. The WNBA game ended just before halftime of the Raiders game, so it’s likely both Davis and Waller made it in time for the second half.

“I think he was over there before our game started, which is, I understand that. He wasn’t going to play today, so, I don’t want to make more of that than it was,” McDaniels said of Waller not being at Allegiant for the entire game.


Vikings: QB Kirk Cousins tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week and did not travel with the team. The Vikings’ next practice is Tuesday, putting Cousins on track to return to the field then.

Raiders: DE Malcolm Koonce was shaken up during the first quarter, but later returned to play.


Vikings: Host the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Raiders: Visit the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

Awoniyi fires Nottingham Forest to winning return over wasteful West Ham

Awoniyi fires Nottingham Forest to winning return over wasteful West Ham

How Nottingham Forest, this storied old club, had waited for a moment like this, as they edged out West Ham to savour their first Premier League win in 23 years.

As the public address announcer christened the turnstiles at the City Ground open an hour and a half before kick-off, his voice cracking a little as he welcomed Forest supporters into this throbbing stadium for a top-flight game once more, it offered a reminder of the sense of occasion.

An absorbing and fiercely-contested match only ramped up the electric atmosphere. Both teams saw goals disallowed and Declan Rice had a poor second-half penalty saved by Dean Henderson as Taiwo Awoniyi’s first Premier League goal ultimately proved the difference. West Ham could count themselves unfortunate given they also twice hit the woodwork.

Forest, then, are up and running. As the old adage goes, strikers do not care how goals go in and Awoniyi’s first in Garibaldi red was scruffy to say the least. The goal stemmed from Harry Toffolo’s surging run and cutback for Jesse Lingard, whose shot was tame enough for Ben Johnson to block, but on the verge of half-time Awoniyi was in the right place at the right time to open his account following a £17m move. Lingard, who turned down West Ham in favour of a move to Forest this summer, started brightly but this gutsy Forest performance was about the collective, a team understandably still gelling. Steve Cooper turned to the Forest fans and clenched both fists. “I talked to the players about how there were probably three generations of supporters here today, one who remember the really good old days,” said Cooper, dedicating victory to supporters who could not get their hands on tickets.

In an open letter the Forest chairman, Nicholas Randall, told how the club has no plans to make up the numbers on their return and given how hard it is keep track of the flurry of incomings – the purchase of Neal Maupay looks set

to take their spending north of £125m – they do appear to mean business. The France midfielder Houssem Aouar is also close to signing. “I really hope everyone is looking into why we have had to make so many signings and not just put the narrative ‘Forest have signed loads of players: why?’” Cooper said. “There has been a real rationale behind it and [it has been] a real necessity. We would have loved to carried on with the squad from last year and added a few players but it was never going to happen. We are still in that process of becoming the team and the squad that we want to be.”

Forest showed an intent on the pitch, too. Eight of their summer recruits started here, including Orel Mangala and Awoniyi, both of whom were substitutes last weekend. West Ham, by contrast, looked very familiar but for naming two goalkeepers on their bench. Awoniyi provided a welcome focal point and Mangala displayed touches of class, drawing gasps as he half-volleyed a pass wide to the lively Neco Williams, who late on cleared off the line to deny Kurt Zouma an equaliser. Only the water breaks midway through each half brought calm to a frenetic game.,12212387,1.html

David Sullivan, the West Ham co-owner, arrived at the ground in a royal red Rolls-Royce but some Forest supporters took another mode of transport: arriving by boat on the River Trent. The buzz was palpable on an afternoon brimming with lasting images; captains Joe Worrall and Rice standing side by side in a cramped tunnel; the Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, in a white open-necked shirt, praying for a VAR check to go in their favour before Brennan Johnson’s strike was disallowed; Henderson blowing kisses to the stands after saving low to his right to deny Rice from 12 yards; the sheer noise as Born Slippy, the Trainspotting anthem, blared pre-match. It seemed something was bubbling from the moment Awoniyi won an early corner and David Moyes’s face was etched in frustration as he replayed their oh-so-nears. “We made enough chances to score the goals but we didn’t take them,” he said.

West Ham were denied the opening goal after the referee, Robert Jones, was encouraged to visit the VAR monitor, with the former Forest forward Michail Antonio

clearly barging into Mangala off the ball in the seconds before Saïd Benrahma slotted into the bottom corner. Pablo Fornals cracked the underside of the crossbar 23 seconds into the second half and shortly after the hour Benrahma curled a free-kick against almost the identical part of the goal frame. Then came West Ham’s best chance, when Scott McKenna was penalised for handball following a VAR check for preventing Tomas Soucek from sweeping Benrahma’s cutback into the net. Rice stepped up but Henderson, in front of the watching Gareth Southgate,

went the right way and saved. “I know Dec’s favourite side [on penalties] as I’ve trained with him before [with England],” Henderson said. “I stuck with what I knew and luckily he put it there.”

Man United suffer 4-0 thrashing at Brentford

Manchester United slumped to the bottom of the early Premier League standings after a 4-0 thrashing at Brentford in what was Cristiano Ronaldo’s first start of the 2022-23 season on Saturday.

United’s calamitous afternoon began in typical fashion with David de Gea allowing Josh Dasilva’s tame, low effort through his hands and into the back of the net 10 minutes in.

Notebook: United told Ten Hag to lower expectations

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The lackadaisical United defence then had their deficit doubled eight minutes later. Ex-Brentford player Christian Eriksen, who was booed by the home fans earlier in the match, was harried out of possession by Mathias Jensen after a poor pass by De Gea and the midfielder dummied and sent the United player the wrong way to slot home.

On the half hour mark, Brentford had their third. More poor defending saw United’s defence at standstill when Ivan Toney headed a corner back across goal, and Ben Mee outbattled Lisandro Martinez to head in from close range.

Thomas Frank’s side continued the onslaught and scored their fourth goal five minutes later. In a perfectly-executed counter-attack, Ivan Toney slid the ball through to Brian Mbuemo, who shook off a challenge and fired past De Gea.

“It was a horrible day,” De Gea said. “I should have saved the first shot and then the result may have been different.

“Other teams concede one goal and win 5-1. We have to react much better. It was a poor performance.”

It was the first time United had conceded four goals in the first half away from home in their Premier League history. Ten Hag’s side managed to stop the flow of conceded goals in the second half, but failed to convert their chances which would have restored some pride.

The demolition was Brentford’s first win over United in all competitions since a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup in February 1938. Former Ajax boss Ten Hag becomes the first United manager in over 100 years to lose his first two matches.

Brentford vs. Manchester United results, highlights and analysis as brilliant Bees humiliate Ten Hag’s Red Devils

A new era somehow managed to plumb new depths in its second game as Manchester United were ransacked 4-0 by Brentford.

All the goals came inside the first 35 minutes at the Gtech Community Stadium as Erik ten Hag’s dream job showed every indication of quickly descending into an unspeakable nightmare.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the starting XI, the only change in personnel from Sunday’s listless 2-1 defeat to Brighton, but a wretched error from David de Gea saw Josh Dasilva’s 10th-minute shot squirm into the bottom right corner.

Brentford were rampant from that point on, with United’s frailties brutally exposed time and again. Further goals from Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo left United bottom of the embryonic Premier League table.

Brentford vs. Manchester United final score
1H    2H    Final
Brentford         4        –       –
Man. United    0       –       –


BRE — Josh Dasilva (Mathias Jensen) — 10th min.
BRE — Mathias Jensen — 18th min.
BRE — Ben Mee (Ivan Toney) — 30th min.
BRE — Bryan Mbeumo (Ivan Toney) — 35th min.

After sitting out United’s pre-season tour amid reports he wanted to leave the club, Ronaldo returned to lead the line, testing David Raya with an early shot. It was a routine save for the Brentford goalkeeeper, although his compatriot at the other end showed there is perhaps no such thing.

The hosts’ pressing left United dishevelled throughout the first half and Ronaldo crumpled under pressure from Christian Norgaard and Jensen, with the latter feeding Dasilva. Buoyed by scoring Brentford’s late equaliser at Leicester last weekend, the attacking midfielder’s shot was accurate but without any of the ferocity to excuse De Gea letting it squirm through his gloves.

Ten Hag wants United to build their attacks from the back but it proved a catastrophic ploy in the 18th minute. De Gea and Lisandro Martinez dallied before the goalkeeper passed to Christian Eriksen. On his return to the ground where he thrilled on his football comeback last season, the Danish playmaker had his pocket picked by Je, who slotted in a cool finish.

Diminutive defender Martinez was substituted at halftime, with his afternoon having become an ordeal when Mee bullied him out of the way to convert from close range on his Brentford debut.

Number four brought the house down as Brentford tore forward on the break. Ivan Toney’s pass across the field was sublime and the brilliant Mbeumo found a finish to match.

Ronaldo came close from a couple of Diogo Dalot crosses early in the second half, but Brentford were happy to contain and manage the game at that point. They did not need to do any more. Mastery of such basics feels like a pipedream for Ten Hag’s rabble right now.

How Brentford dominated Manchester United
Every goal in this delirious corner of west London seemed to highlight what Brentford did brilliantly and United did badly. Over recent years, for every time De Gea has saved United from greater woes, he’s been complicit in some terrible losses. There was no excuse whatsoever for his part in the first goal and, although he should not shoulder all the blame, the sight of him being ponderous with the ball at his feet on Jensen’s goal will come as no surprise whatsoever to regular watchers.

But the pressing that undid first Ronaldo and then Eriksen was a hallmark of Brentford’s gameplan that married brains and brawn perfectly. Jensen read not only the pass to Eriksen but the fact he would try to find Harry Maguire, meaning the United man was blindsided as possession was stolen.

Brentford’s players covered almost 14 kilometres more than their opponents over the course of the contest and when they weren’t chewing up the ground in front of them they were dominating United in the air. The only surprise around Mee’s goal was that it had taken 30 minutes for the Bees’ set pieces to bear fruit. The fourth will be celebrated in these parts for decades to come and again showed Brentford operating at a level of ruthlessness and drive far above that of their opponents.

Erik ten Hag makes a bad Manchester United worse
United have now lost their past seven Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 21-2. It’s fair to say that Ten Hag is dealing with a rot that is set very deep. However, over the past two weekends, he has contrived to make a bad situation worse, tunnelling a little deeper down beneath the presumed rock bottom.

United’s recruitment this summer has been incredibly sub-optimal, with the club’s footballing operation behind the scenes showing little indication of emerging from shambles. However, the board have managed to bring in a few new players for their manager. Martinez was a talisman in his Ajax side but the 5ft 9in defender did not look up to the task against Toney.

It was a humiliation he could have been spared as multiple Champions League winner Raphael Varane waited on the bench to replace him at half-time. Eriksen was a more opportunistic signing but one who understands the Ajax way. That does not mean he should be asked to play as a false nine one week and a holding midfielder the next, remarkably bringing more instability to a team packed with players such as Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Maguire, who look utterly bereft.

What is Manchester United’s worst Premier League loss?
This did not rank among United’s top-five Premier League losses. The 6-1 defeat to Manchester City in October 2011 is still top of the tree, although United took the title race to the final day that season. When they lost 5-0 to Newcastle in 1996/97 and by the same scoreline to Chelsea in 1999/00, they went on to win the league on each occasion. They had Alex Ferguson to pick up a fine team and dust it down then; now United are rudderless.

They also lost 5-0 to Liverpool at Old Trafford last season and shipped a 4-0 loss at Anfield — one of six times in the past year they have let in four or more goals on the road, a Premier League high. United host Liverpool in nine days’ time. You really do dread to think.

Brentford vs. Manchester United live updates and highlights
Fulltime: McTominay commits a foul that could easily have seen him collect a second yellow card. But Stuart Attwell opts for mercy and calls fulltime. There’ll be plenty of picking over the smoldering wreckage of this latest United car crash, but let’s reserve the final thought of our live text for Brentford.

The Bees were relentless, intelligent and effervescently brilliant during the first half, tearing wounded prey to pieces. It’s their finest Premier League moment, a day that will be talked about at the London club for decades to come. Thomas Frank’s men are understandably lapping up every moment as United’s players trudge off forlornly in disgrace. Thanks for joining us!

90th minute+4: If you’re playing humiliating Manchester United defeat bingo, Bruno Fernandes has just collected a petulant booking.

90th minute+1: McTominay turns, tuns again about 25 yards or so from goal. Then chips a square pass out for a throw. This lot are untenable.

89th minute: Rashford picks up the sort of forlorn booking that comes around when you’re 4-0 down and being attacked on the break in the 89th minute.

87th minute: Off goes Eriksen — much to the delight of Brentford fans, who are just harrumphing their way through things at this point. On comes Van de Beek, who must surely end up starting game by default quite soon.

85th minute: Last-ditch block from Maguire and a fairly stunning save from De Gea as United hang on to 4-0.

83rd minute: Sometimes substitutes struggle to get up to the pace of their team-mate but that from McTominay is as rubbish as anything anyone else in a United shirt has produced. Rank touch, pocket picked by Onyeka, horrible lunging challenge to try and rectify things. Booked.

81st minute: Eriksen, who has kept plugging away when he could have just buckled under the weight of thinking “Oh god, what have I done”, produces a lovely bit of technique to hook a bouncing ball just wide on the volley.

79th minute: Hickey – the sort of shrewd, unfussy transfer business United could learn a thing or two from – and Norgaard are the latest to make way to rapturous ovations.

73rd minute: The ball almost breaks to Elanga in the Brentford box but Jansson gets in to clear. Goalscorers Mbeumo and Jensen, who have both been sensational, are coming off. Brentford have declared and it’s fine.

69th minute: The players just stopped for drinks midway through the half. De Gea, looking in a righteous funk, stayed standing in his goal.

67th minute: Rashford does a thing! The United forward comes to life down the right channel and swivels to deliver a chipped cross. The delivery is lacking a touch of power and the on-rushing Eriksen heads into Raya’s arms.

66th minute: Since the substitutions, this has been played at a bit of a testimonial pace. Whether United were ever playing at greater intensity than that is a matter for debate.

62nd minute: Dasilva, who set all of this mayhem in motion in the 10th minute, makes way to a standing ovation. Janelt is on for Brentford.

60th minute: Important challenge from Malacia there to thwart Toney, who you really could not begrudge a goal. That’s another fairly woeful afternoon in a United shirt in the books for Sancho. On comes Elanga.

59th minute: Another great delivery from Jensen but United are on point this time. Malacia wallops it up the field for Sancho to chase, but Mbeumo gets all the way back to snuff out the danger. On Sky, Gary Neville has compared the efforts of Marcus Rashford very unfavourably to his Brentford counterpart.

57th minute: Roerslev, a wing-back by trade, gets on the overlap outside Hickey and forces another Brentford corner. The hosts have been electric down their right flank at times. Toney peels away to the back post but Eriksen spots the old training ground routine and clears behind for another.

54th minute: Ronaldo works the ball on to Malacia whose speculative drive is blocked. Dasilva hoofs clear. In a not particularly crowded field, you’d count this as United’s best spell of the match.

52nd minute: The same combination again for United. Dalot spots a typically bright Ronaldo run and he heads onto the roof of the net. Brentford need to nip that in the bud.

51st minute: Dalot spots Ronaldo’s run and sends in a searching early cross. The veteran forward gets in front of Roerslev and heads wide. A half-chance at best, maybe more for someone of his considerable calibre.

50th minute: United are struggling against Brentford corners so could do without Sancho absent-mindedly booting the ball over his own byline. McTominay misses the clearance and the ball finds its way to his international team-mate Hickey, who forces De Gea to save at the near post.

48th minute: Varane is right into the action with an important interception but United are sleeping from the throw-in. Henry has the freedom of the left flank and that leads to another long throw-in opportunity. United escape this time.

46th minute: Ten Hag has rolled the dice and made three changes. Varane, Malacia and McTominay are on for Martinez, Shaw and Fred.

Halftime: United at least manage to survive a corner in the last act of the half. But that was complete and utter humiliation. New regimes and new playing styles can have tricky bedding-in periods. Even with that in mind, and considering United’s myriad struggles of late, this feels like a shocking new low. And that’s not to damn Brentford with faint praise. Frank’s side have been relentlessly excellent. They need not have bothered being that good.

45th minute+2: Free-kick to United but Hickey thundering into Ronaldo and leaving him rolling on the floor shows everything about the respective levels of commitment to the task on show.

44th minute: As well as scoring four more goals, Brentford have run almost five kilometres more than United in this first half, according to a graphic Sky Sports just put up. Suppose that means they might at least get tired?

44th minute: As well as scoring four more goals, Brentford have run almost five kilometres more than United in this first half, according to a graphic Sky Sports just put up. Suppose that means they might at least get tired?

38th minute: Raya comes out and clatters Rashford and the ball. The England forward is in a heap on the floor. In metaphorical terms, so are all his team-mates.

35th minute: GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Mbeumo!!!!!

Unbelievable. That’s a sensational counter-attacking goal from Brentford! Toney surges down the left, sizes up Martinez but pings a lovely ball across to Mbeumo, who coolly shrugs off Shaw and dispatches the finish.

30th minute: GOOOOAALLLLL!!!!! Mee!!!!

This is an absolute turkey shoot. Mbeumo hangs one to the back post, it’s nodded back across goal and Mee bullies Martinez to score on his home debut.

29th minute: Trial by set piece is not United’s route back into this match. Jensen, who’s having a rare old time out there, is troubling them with his delivery. Now a corner from the right from, and…

27th minute: De Gea stands over a goal kick. United ponder another short pass routine. The home fans goad them. De Gea waves his team up the pitch and boots it. Ten Hag looks relatively displeased. It’s all a bit embarrassing right now.

25th minute: We’re stopping for drinks, given the sapping heat. Brentford’s high pressing has ridden roughshod over whatever it is United are trying to do here. In these conditions, it’s questionable how long Frank’s men will be able to maintain their intensity. Of course, if they have to retreat into a defensive shell, they can do so with a 2-0 lead.

21st minute: The Gtech Community Stadium is not known as one of English football’s great crucibles but this is awfully uncomfortable for United. “Going down with the Fulham”, the home fans chortle, before Ten Hag gets told he’ll be out of work tomorrow.–y1jw8JEL2zNLMVf–6AgIYUw

18th minute: GOOOOAAALLL!!!! Jensen!!!!

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Ten Hag wants his team to play out from the back in the Barcelona/Ajax style but you can’t telegraph it like that. Maguire and Martinez fan wide and Eriksen drops in for the pass from De Gea. The only problem is Jensen has stayed on his tail all the way, nicks the ball and slots home.

17th minute: Jensen steps up and bashes it over from just inside the D. He’ll be disappointed not to have tested De Gea there.

16th minute: Goodness, United are all over the shop again. Maguire lunges in on the edge of the box. The home fans want him gone for thudding into James Toney but it’s a booking.

15th minute: Ten Hag is scribbling down notes on the bench, showing scant regard for the meme potential of his actions.

11th minute: United look for an instant response but Fernandes clatters over from the edge of the box and the home fans respond in the pantomime style.

10th minute: GOOAAALLLL!!! Dasilva!!!!

Brentford lead and it’s an absolute howler from De Gea! Ronaldo wants after being roughed out of possession by a combination of Norgaard and Jensen. There’s nothing wrong with the challenge, though, and Jensen emerges with the ball to feed Dasilva. The forward’s shot from 25 yards is aimed in decent fashion towards the bottom corner. De Gea should gather it easily but it slips through his grasp and in.

7th minute: United look to get back on the front foot but Shaw is late and a little rash into a challenge on Hickey and the hosts are able to take a breath.

6th minute: Jensen launches a long throw into the United box. Expect to see a lot of that today. The visitors do not deal with it convincingly and the ball is scrambled behind. Ten Hag’s men shape up better from the resulting corner and Henry wallops a bouncing ball way over from outside the box.

4th minute: Ronaldo gets his first shot off. It’s a speculative one from out on the right and Raya gets in behind a well-struck effort to catch it on the bounce.

2nd minute: Ronaldo goes down under an early challenge on the edge of the box after a smart turn and pass from Rashford. Nothing doing as far as referee Stuart Attwell is concerned.

5 mins to KO: ‘Hey Jude’ is ringing around the ground, as is customary at Brentford. United might find that all a bit ickily Etihad Stadium. Here come the teams, Brentford in their traditional red and white stripes and United in a kit brighter than the evening sun.

15 mins to KO: Frank has just confirmed on Sky Sports that Brentford will operate with a back three. He also expects conditions to play a part. It’s absolutely sweltering in west London.

On Ronaldo’s inclusion, Ten Hag said: “We have problems with numbers in the squad in the offensive part. He is always a threat to score goals. In the second half last week when he came on, it made a difference in the game. I expect the same today as well.”

On Ronaldo’s inclusion, Ten Hag said: “We have problems with numbers in the squad in the offensive part. He is always a threat to score goals. In the second half last week when he came on, it made a difference in the game. I expect the same today as well.”

45 mins to KO: Ronaldo coming in for Scott McTominay is Ten Hag’s only alteration to last weekend’s XI in terms of personnel but it will mean a change in shape, probably to the 4-3-3 United played throughout pre-season. Fred will be the lone midfield pivot behind Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes, with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho flanking Ronaldo in attack.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has made two changes to the side that game from 2-0 down to claim a draw at Leciester on the opening weekend. Mads Roerslev is in for Vitaly Janelt and Josh Dasilva is rewarded for his late leveller with a place ahead of Yoane Wissa.

1hr 20 mins to KO: Are we about to see Cristiano Ronaldo’s first competitive start under Ten Hag? United improved after his introduction before the hour last weekend, although that probably said as much about the paucity of their play beforehand. Anthony Martial is sidelined and the manager again insisted on Friday that Ronaldo is part of his plans.

“He had a good training week. He’s had two half-games [against Rayo Vallecano in pre-season and Brighton] and for the starting XI we will see tomorrow,” Ten Hag said. “I have made the decision, I keep it.”

1 hr 40 mins to KO: There was a lot to unpack from United’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford last weekend, and not too much of it was very pleasant for the hosts. The scoreline flattered them and it became abundantly clear that leaving Ten Hag with the bulk of the team that shambled their way through last season is not a long-term plan. He’s a tactician, not a magician.

What time is Brentford vs. Manchester United?
Brentford play host to Manchester United at the Gtech Community Stadium in London, UK. It kicks off at 5.30 p.m. BST on Saturday, August 13.

Brentford vs. Manchester United TV channel, live stream
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime. This match will be shown on Sky Sports.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers. This match will be shown on USA Network/Universo and live streamed on fuboTV.

Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.

Selena Gomez’s Cream Knit Set Is the Perfect Outfit for a Cozy Italian Vacation

Selena Gomez is still enjoying life in Italy, stepping out on Aug. 6 to go boating in Sorrento. Gomez dressed cozily for the occasion, pairing a cream knit button-down top with matching pants. She accessorized with white cat-eye sunglasses and wore her hair styled into a high bun. Notably joining her was Andrea Iervolino, the Italian-Canadian producer and friend that she had sparked romance rumors with earlier on the trip.


Gomez is officially single, with a source telling Entertainment Tonight on her 30th birthday that while she isn’t ruling out the idea of romance, she’s not actively pursuing it either. “Selena isn’t dating anyone specific at this time,” the source said. “She is more open to love, but she is also very much focused on herself and her work right now. She’s in a very healthy place. She is feeling fantastic and very mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.”
Regarding the kind of person she hopes to date, the source said, “When she is ready for a true partner, she wants someone who is trustworthy, respectful, honest—with themselves and to others, real, supportive, accepting, nice, thoughtful, funny and someone that’s not in it for the fame or attention.”

Gomez spoke with her friend Raquelle Stevens for the second season of Giving Back Generation about how she hopes to have a spouse and a family someday. “I hope to be married and to be a mom,” she said of her dreams for the future. “Eventually, I’m going to be tired of all this so I’m probably just going to devote most of my life to philanthropy before I peace out. Just keeping it real.”

Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York.

A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital and underwent surgery. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was on a ventilator Friday evening, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm and an eye he was likely to lose.

Police identified the attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey. He was awaiting arraignment following his arrest at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education and rereat center where Rushdie was scheduled to speak.

Matar was born in the United States to Lebanese parents who emigrated from Yaroun, a border village in southern Lebanon, Mayor Ali Tehfe told The Associated Press. His birth was a decade after “The Satanic Verses” first was published.

The motive for the attack was unclear, State Police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski said.

Rushdie’s 1988 novel was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims, who saw a character as an insult to the Prophet Muhammad, among other objections. The book was banned in Iran, where the late leader Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran’s theocratic government and its state-run media assigned no rationale for Friday’s assault. In Tehran, some Iranians interviewed Saturday by the AP praised the attack on an author they believe tarnished the Islamic faith, while others worried it would further isolate their country.

An AP reporter witnessed the attacker confront Rushdie on stage and stab or punch him 10 to 15 times as the author was being introduced. Dr. Martin Haskell, a physician who was among those who rushed to help, described Rushdie’s wounds as “serious but recoverable.”

Event moderator Henry Reese, 73, a co-founder of an organization that offers residencies to writers facing persecution, was also attacked. Reese suffered a facial injury and was treated and released from a hospital, police said. He and Rushdie had planned to discuss the United States as a refuge for writers and other artists in exile.

A state trooper and a county sheriff’s deputy were assigned to Rushdie’s lecture, and state police said the trooper made the arrest. But after the attack, some longtime visitors to the center questioned why there wasn’t tighter security for the event, given the decades of threats against Rushdie and a bounty on his head offering more than $3 million to anyone who killed him.

Matar, like other visitors, had obtained a pass to enter the Chautauqua Institution’s 750-acre grounds, Michael Hill, the institution’s president, said.

The suspect’s attorney, public defender Nathaniel Barone, said he was still gathering information and declined to comment. Matar’s home was blocked off by authorities.

Rabbi Charles Savenor was among the roughly 2,500 people in the audience for Rushdie’s appearance.

The assailant ran onto the platform “and started pounding on Mr. Rushdie. At first you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then it became abundantly clear in a few seconds that he was being beaten,” Savenor said. He said the attack lasted about 20 seconds.

Another spectator, Kathleen James, said the attacker was dressed in black, with a black mask.

“We thought perhaps it was part of a stunt to show that there’s still a lot of controversy around this author. But it became evident in a few seconds” that it wasn’t, she said.

Amid gasps, spectators were ushered out of the outdoor amphitheater.

The stabbing reverberated from the tranquil town of Chautauqua to the United Nations, which issued a statement expressing U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ horror and stressing that free expression and opinion should not be met with violence.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday’s attack, which led an evening news bulletin on Iranian state television.

From the White House, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan described the attack as “reprehensible” and said the Biden administration wished Rushdie a quick recovery.

“This act of violence is appalling,” Sullivan said in a statement. “We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing.”

Rushdie has been a prominent spokesman for free expression and liberal causes, and the literary world recoiled at what Ian McEwan, a novelist and Rushdie’s friend, described as “an assault on freedom of thought and speech.”

“Salman has been an inspirational defender of persecuted writers and journalists across the world,” McEwan said in a statement. “He is a fiery and generous spirit, a man of immense talent and courage and he will not be deterred.”

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said the organization didn’t know of any comparable act of violence against a literary writer in the U.S. Rushdie was once president of the group, which advocates for writers and free expression.

After the publication of “The Satanic Verses,” often-violent protests erupted across the Muslim world against Rushdie, who was born in India to a Muslim family.

At least 45 people were killed in riots over the book, including 12 people in Rushdie’s hometown of Mumbai. In 1991, a Japanese translator of the book was stabbed to death and an Italian translator survived a knife attack. In 1993, the book’s Norwegian publisher was shot three times and survived.

Khomeini died the same year he issued the fatwa calling for Rushdie’s death. Iran’s current supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, never issued a fatwa of his own withdrawing the edict, though Iran in recent years hasn’t focused on the writer.

The death threats and bounty led Rushdie to go into hiding under a British government protection program, which included a round-the-clock armed guard. Rushdie emerged after nine years of seclusion and cautiously resumed more public appearances, maintaining his outspoken criticism of religious extremism overall.

In 2012, Rushdie published a memoir, “Joseph Anton,” about the fatwa. The title came from the pseudonym Rushdie used while in hiding. He said during a New York talk the same year the memoir came out that terrorism was really the art of fear.

“The only way you can defeat it is by deciding not to be afraid,” he said.

Anti-Rushdie sentiment has lingered long after Khomeini’s decree. The Index on Censorship, an organization promoting free expression, said money was raised to boost the reward for his killing as recently as 2016.

An AP journalist who went to the Tehran office of the 15 Khordad Foundation, which put up the millions for the bounty on Rushdie, found it closed Friday night on the Iranian weekend. No one answered calls to its listed telephone number.

Rushdie rose to prominence with his Booker Prize-winning 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children,” but his name became known around the world after “The Satanic Verses.”

Widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest living writers, Rushdie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 and earlier this year was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor, a royal accolade for people who have made a major contribution to the arts, science or public life.

Organizers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which opens Saturday in Scotland and is one of the world’s largest literary gatherings, are encouraging guest authors to read a sentence from Rushdie’s work at the start of their events.

“We are inspired by his courage and are thinking of him at this difficult time,” festival director Nick Barley said. “This tragedy is a painful reminder of the fragility of things we hold dear and a call to action: We won’t be intimidated by those who would use violence rather than words.”

The Chautauqua Institution, about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in a rural corner of New York, has served for more than a century as a place for reflection and spiritual guidance. Visitors don’t pass through metal detectors or undergo bag checks. Most people leave the doors to their century-old cottages unlocked at night.

The center is known for its summertime lecture series, where Rushdie has spoken before.

At an evening vigil, a few hundred residents and visitors gathered for prayer, music and a long moment of silence.

“Hate can’t win,” one man shouted.


Want to be sure you don’t have COVID? FDA now says you’ll need to pass 3 home tests

Want to be sure you don’t have COVID? FDA now says you’ll need to pass 3 home tests
If you’re taking an at-home COVID-19 test and want to be confident you’re clear of the virus, you’ll need not just one or two but three tests with negative results over five days before it’s likely safe to hug Grandma.

That’s the new recommendation Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration. It follows a new study that concludes three home COVID-19 tests with 48 hours between tests for those without symptoms delivers a higher degree of accuracy than two tests over three days.

The recommendation for a third test is directed at those who fear they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or want to leave no doubt they are negative for the virus.

Even with that stipulation, Thursday’s recommendation signals a significant shift in a system where home tests are mostly sold and distributed in two-test kits.

Home antigen tests are quick and inexpensive but less sensitive than polymerase chain reaction or PCR tests, which are usually performed in a lab. Though the FDA has cleared more than two dozen home antigen tests that detect proteins from the coronavirus, it says the home tests are less accurate, especially in detecting a case early in an infection or in people who don’t have symptoms.

That means people who have no symptoms and take a home test immediately after being exposed to the virus could get a false negative result. That’s why the FDA had been recommending repeat testing, usually over 48 hours.

The new study, led by University of Massachusetts researchers, said the two-test kits typically sold at pharmacies or grocers are still highly accurate for people with symptoms. Study participants with symptoms who used home tests twice over 48 hours accurately detected COVID-19 in 93% of cases in which the virus was found using more sensitive labs tests.

Yet among people who weren’t showing symptoms, the accuracy fell to 63% for those who took two tests over 48 hours. Taking a third test two days after the second improved the accuracy to 79%.

The study drew more than 5,000 participants from a larger federal study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Participants tested themselves every 48 hours for 15 days using home tests. They also collected samples that were sent to a lab for comparative PCR testing.

Researchers said the higher sensitivity of three tests over five days could catch more cases and inform infected people without symptoms to avoid contact with others and limit spread.

“This was the type of data needed to instill confidence in antigen testing,” said Dr. Apurv Soni, a UMass Chan Medical School assistant professor of medicine and a principal investigator on the study.

The study shows antigen testing works for those with or without symptoms, Soni said, but the key is communicating the right message. People without symptoms should take three tests with 48 hours lapsed between each test to be more certain they don’t carry the virus.

Soni acknowledges it’s “not a trivial change” to recommend three tests for people without symptoms. “Companies would have to decide what makes sense from a product (packaging) perspective,” Soni said.

More: Those ‘free’ COVID tests you take? Labs are raking in millions in tax dollars, study says

The Biden administration has required private health insurers and Medicare to cover a monthly allotment of four boxes containing two tests apiece. The administration also has allowed Americans to order three rounds of home tests through the government-run website The free test kits are delivered to a person’s home address by the U.S. Postal Service.

Private insurers and Medicare must pay the cost of testing through the duration of the public health emergency, which has been extended through at least mid-October.

Officials with QuidelOrtho, which markets the QuickVue home COVID-19 test, said the study shows serial testing is effective.

“The UMass study adds important data that will be closely examined,” said Douglas Bryant, chairman and CEO of QuidelOrtho. “The key takeaway is that serial testing remains an effective tool for both symptomatic diagnosis and asymptomatic screening.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID fears? FDA now says you need to pass 3 home tests to be safe


OnlyFans model says subscribers aren’t ‘eager to spend’ due to cost of living

Ally Mae, 23, previously worked at Morrisons where she bagged £8 an hour but now her income relies on OnlyFans. Despite this, she said the cost of living crisis is having an impact on the industry, and she’s now taking less home a month

An OnlyFans model has claimed people aren’t “eager to spend” on the adult platform due to the cost of living crisis, as her income has taken a hit.

Ally Mae, 23, used to bag £8 an hour working at Morrisons, but her life transformed when she joined OnlyFans and started raking in £25,000 a month.

Even though she took a break from the adult platform Ally, from Blackpool, said she was shocked to discover how much tougher it was to make money when she returned.

She seems to think it’s due to the cost of living crisis, as people aren’t willing to spend as much with so much uncertainty remaining about bill increases.

Ally still manages to make £15,000 a month, but she wishes things would get back to normal on the platform.

Ally, AKA as allymaexoxo on Instagram, told The Mirror: “I’m just starting to get back into it again because I had a break – it’s a bit slow, I think because people are struggling a bit with bills going up.

“I worked myself up for four years so I can just jump straight back into it.

“The cost of living is having an impact, definitely, I don’t think people are as eager to join and spend as they were before.

“I think people are focussing on their bills and making sure they have enough to live. I think people are spending less on there.

“I think before, during the pandemic, I had a huge business boom and it was going crazy well but it has gone down since – it could be because I took a break and people don’t realise I’m back – but the way the current situation is definitely is impacting it.”

She said, at the time when lots of people were joining the platform, she was making a lot of money.

When business was at its best she would take home up to £25,000 a month, whereas now it’s anywhere between £10,000 and £15,000.

Even though her income has been hit, she says she’d never go to back to the supermarket.

For Ally, the green and yellow uniform has been put away for good.

She continued: “I’m not going back – not at all.

“I was on £8.20 an hour or something, it’s a crazy difference.

“I’ve bought clothes, a car, loads of girl stuff, I’ve been saving really because I want to put my money into a business and make it last.

“I’m looking at social media-type websites, like a chatroom.

“I want to keep OnlyFans going for as long as I can, I see it in my future for the foreseeable, until it dies out but it won’t last forever.”

She also said she’s aware that she’s ageing and claimed she wouldn’t “be young and good-looking forever”, so she intends to start her own business at some point.

Ally also hopes to travel more, with cities like New York at the top of her to-visit list.

She said she can also see herself visiting hotter countries as “there are probably some places warmer than Blackpool.”

The adult star also previously opened up about the fact that she managed to make over £300,000 with her videos on the site since she started out in the industry, but she admits it wasn’t an easy journey.

She said she’s experienced trolling and abuse in person, which at times has made her life “hellish”.

She added: “People have tried to hurt me in the street and they also shout names about my career.

“I’ve had people stalk me and say they are going to find out where I live.


“Others have told me they are going to go to my old school and tell everyone about me.

“I find it hard, but I just try and tell myself it’s just silly stuff.

“It’s expected in this kind of job, because it’s still so taboo.

“People love to gossip about it, but it’s really horrible and shouldn’t be accepted.”



The WNBA regular season is nearing its end, and so are the careers of two of the game’s best players.

Sylvia Fowles and Sue Bird will meet for the final time in the regular season Friday, as Fowles’ Minnesota Lynx host Bird’s Seattle Storm. In the coming weeks, each will step onto a WNBA court for the final time as a player. Still, the impact each has had on the game will remain.

Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike underlined the power of both players, which extends well beyond their stat lines.

“The legacy that they’re leaving – it touches so many young players that I can’t wait to see how that evolves in someone else’s game,” Ogwumike told Just Women’s Sports. “They’ve done so much for the league, so much for the culture, so much for certain franchises that are now living in history.

“I’m happy we can give them their flowers while they’re still going hard and hooping.”

As a young player, Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum looked up to the duo, who she said not only influenced her game but also made her proud to be part of a league like the WNBA.

“You can’t speak enough to what both of them have done in different realms of the sport,” Plum said.

Speaking at the WNBA’s All-Star weekend, stars from across the league pointed to Bird and Fowles as trailblazers, role models and leaders.,12208053,1.html

Chicago Sky guard Candace Parker has played against Fowles since she was 14 years old and matched up against Bird for the first time in college in 2006, but also has gotten to play alongside both as part of gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic teams.

“For me personally, they’ve made me better as teammates but also made me better competing against them,” she said. “It’s amazing to be able to honor them.”

For Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, Fowles is “the toughest matchup” that she’s ever played against in her career.

“So strong physically. So dominant. A great finisher around the rim,” she said of the Lynx center. “She’s definitely someone that I look up to, someone that I try to model and shape my game around. She was the prototype of what success for a long time in this league looks like.”

Jones views Bird as a “prototype” for point guards in the league. The Storm star has helped shape the game both for the WNBA and women’s sports as a whole, Jones said.

“I’m happy to say that she’s a member of the WNBA and I’m a member of the WNBA with her,” she added.

When Fowles and Bird each were asked about the other’s impact, both focused on the strengths of the person – not the player.

“Sue Bird is everything this game needed: her leadership, her sisterhood, her friendship and just the things she does for the community,” Fowles said. “I think any young player, young point guard should have a good foundation of role models to go off of and Sue Bird is definitely one of those people.”

For Bird, Fowles’ care for her teammates sets the Lynx center apart from the rest.

“Sylvia is the one player I think in our league, when you see how her teammates interact with her, how they take to her – I know they jokingly call her grandma and whatnot – she really just has a certain nature about her that is so warm, so welcoming and so inviting,” Bird said. “I think the way that she impacts her team, the way she’s able to bring groups together, I can’t even think of another player that does it the same way Syl does.

“Believe me, I could sit here and talk about points and rebounds and championships and all of the things, but that, I think, is the secret ingredient that she has.”

Younger players, including Atlanta Dream rookie Rhyne Howard and New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, recognize how Fowles and Bird have elevated the WNBA.

“It’s pretty remarkable, what they’ve meant to our sport and to everyone,” Ionescu said. “Where they came from and where they’ve left the game is absolutely in better hands. We’re excited as younger athletes to continue to pave the way for those to follow but they’ve done an incredible job and their career has been nothing short of amazing.”

For Howard, Fowles and Bird have provided footsteps to follow.

“They’ve set the stone,” Howard said. “They’ve been and done everything that young rookies like me want to do. So just to have them to look up to is big.”

Seattle Storm star Jewell Loyd sees in the retirements of Fowles and Bird a call to action for those still in the league and those to come.

“They’re what it means to be a professional athlete. To be a role model. To be a leader,” she said. “They are a generational talent. It’s sad that they’re leaving but they’ve left their mark and it’s our job now to carry that through.”

Rashford in PSG link: Man United issue hands off warning – sources

Marcus Rashford will not leave Manchester United this summer despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain, sources have told ESPN.

United have issued a hand-off warning after it emerged Rashford’s representatives met PSG chiefs in Paris last week to discuss a potential move.The French side are looking to sign a forward before the close of the transfer window and have made Rashford one of their top targets. But sources have told ESPN that United have no intention of entering negotiations or entertaining bids.

The 24-year-old has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford, plus the option of another season, meaning United can keep him at the club until 2024.

Sources have told ESPN United are keen to agree a new contract with the England striker.

Erik ten Hag later confirmed at his Friday news conference that he doesn’t want to lose Rashford.

“He’s really important. You have seen from the first day I’m here, I’m really happy with him, I don’t want to lose him. He’s definitely in our plans at Manchester United,” he said.

Rashford and his representatives, according to sources, have been aware of interest from PSG dating back to when Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager in January 2021. PSG have indicated they would be willing to hand Rashford a significant pay rise but there has been no contact with United over a potential fee.

Sources have told ESPN the Ligue 1 champions value Rashford at around £60 million while United’s valuation is likely to be more than double that, and in excess of £120m.

Rashford has been central to Ten Hag’s plans throughout the summer and started the 2-1 defeat to Brighton on the opening weekend of the season.

Ten Hag is looking to bolster his forward line before the transfer deadline and is keen to land a versatile winger and a back-up striker.


LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester United closer to deal with Juventus over Adrien Rabiot

The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Rabiot, Man Utd near deal
Manchester United have reached a full agreement with Juventus for a transfer that would see Adrien Rabiot join them for €17 million, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Red Devils director John Murtough now has a meeting scheduled with the midfielder’s mother and agent, Veronique Rabiot, in order to agree terms for the France international.

It is stated by Romano that the upcoming days will be key for the negotiations if Rabiot is to move to Old Trafford now that United are meeting his camp, which is set to happen on Friday.

Sources had previously told ESPN that United had interest in Rabiot, as well as in Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic.

But while talks over Arnautovic fell away quickly, it seems as though the Red Devils are now closer to bringing in Rabiot.

This comes at a time in which Erik ten Hag’s midfield options — especially Scott McTominay and Fred — have come under intense criticism following United’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion as they opened their Premier League campaign.

If Rabiot does join, he will become United’s fourth signing after Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia.

Rabiot made 45 appearances for Juventus in all competitions last season with six of those coming off the bench, recording two assists.

17.31 BST: With Paris Saint-Germain showing interest in Fabian Ruiz, Napoli have lowered their demands from €28m to €25m with bonuses included, reports Foot Mercato.

Any Napoli move for Keylor Navas is not officially linked, but the Serie A side are now expecting PSG to compromise when it comes to the Costa Rican and support half of his wages during a loan.

16.59 BST: Manchester City are not counting on Barcelona being able to come up with a financial package that would allow the Spanish giants to sign Bernardo Silva, sources have told ESPN.

Barcelona are keen on the Portugal midfielder, but sources tell ESPN that City will only consider a deal if Barcelona can clear a £80m offer, and the Premier League champions are given time to find a suitable replacement.

Get the full scoop in this week’s ESPN Insider Notebook.

16.20 BST: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes former striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will receive a warm welcome to London if he joins Premier League rivals Chelsea from Spanish LaLiga club Barcelona.

ESPN have reported that Aubameyang is one of Chelsea’s targets before the transfer window ends, just a few months after his acrimonious exit from Arsenal. Read what Arteta had to say on Friday here.

15.29 BST: Sergino Dest plans to stay at Barcelona this summer despite reports linking him with Manchester United, the player’s agent has told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

Diario SPORT reported on Friday that Barca are in talks with United over a €20m deal for the United States right-back, who has also been linked with Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the past.

However, while sources have told ESPN Barca are open to offers for a large part of their squad, including Dest, he remains committed to fighting for a place in Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Dest’s agent Joes Blakborn told ESPN he did not want to react to specific reports, but that “despite interest from other clubs, [Dest] will be a part of Barcelona’s future this season.”

Barca coach Xavi told Dest earlier in the summer that he featured in his plans for the upcoming campaign, but the club’s financial situation has forced them to reconsider the defender’s future.

Xavi values the fact Dest can also provide cover at left-back, while he has different qualities to the other full-backs in their squad and is still young.

After heavily investing this summer, Barca are still keen to strengthen in the full-back positions. Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso remains a target after they missed out on Cesar Azpilicueta.

15.11 BST: James Rodriguez wants to leave Qatari club Al Rayyan to return to Europe, according to Marca.

Rodriguez, 31, signed for Al Rayyan from Everton last year but has found his playing time restricted by injuries. Marca say the Colombia international now wants to return to one of Europe’s major leagues but clubs are said to have been put off by his lack of rhythm in terms of game time.

Botafogo, Roma, West Ham, Galatasaray and teams in Greece have reportedly shown interest in Rodriguez, but the attacking midfielder has yet to find a way out. The former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Monaco star will not be at the World Cup later this year as Colombia failed to qualify for the tournament.

14.35 BST: Chelsea are aiming to strengthen their squad before the Premier League’s transfer window closes with a central defender and a striker the priority, but they will not resort to panic buying, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday.

Chelsea lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen during the close season before signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, but the Senegal international suffered from cramps and was withdrawn early in their 1-0 win over Everton last weekend.

“We could use one more central defender if you look at the numbers… we play with a back three,” Tuchel said at a news conference, before addressing their need for a forward.

Chelsea’s record signing Romelu Lukaku re-joined Serie A side Inter Milan on a season-long loan, while the misfiring Timo Werner returned to Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. They brought in Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.

“We could strengthen our squad in depth. It’s one thing that you wish for and it’s another that’s possible. We’re looking for top quality and top personalities,” Tuchel said.

“We’ll not panic and we will not try to sign players we’re not 100% convinced. All signings so far are fantastic signings and will help us.”

ESPN have reported that Chelsea, who have also recruited defender Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion, are also interested in moves for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

14.19 BST: Erik ten Hag said he is “convinced” his Manchester United squad will have been strengthened by the end of the transfer window.

United have been heavily criticised by supporters after only bringing in Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia this summer while so far failing to complete a deal for top target Frenkie de Jong.

Ten Hag is still hopeful of landing De Jong while the club remain in talks to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus, and the United boss said it is imperative improvements are made before the transfer deadline on Sept. 1.

Asked at a news conference on Friday whether he believed he would have a better squad at the end of the window, Ten Hag replied: “We have to. I am convinced we will have.

“I think we’re co-operating really well [with the club]. I cannot talk about players under contract at other clubs.”

– Notebook: United told Ten Hag to lower expectations

14.05 BST: Juventus have signed Serbian international midfielder Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt on a deal until June 2026 for €12m, the Italian Serie A club said on Friday.

Juve could pay a further €3m in add-ons to Frankfurt for the versatile 29-year-old, who played 171 matches for the German club after arriving in 2018. He scored 33 goals and made 64 assists for Frankfurt.

Kostic will be Juventus’ sixth signing of the summer transfer window following those of Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba, Andrea Cambiaso, Federico Chiesa and Gleison Bremer. Juve finished fourth last season, outside the top three for the second successive campaign. They open their new Serie A campaign against visiting Sassuolo on Monday.

13.29 BST: AC Milan and England defender Fikayo Tomori has agreed to a five-year contract extension at the San Siro, according to The Times.

Tomori, 24, has impressed since initially moving to Milan on loan from Chelsea in January last year. The centre-back signed a permanent deal with the Serie A side last summer and helped them win their first league title in 11 years last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions.

The Times say that Tomori has now been rewarded for his performances with a lucrative new deal. Milan were reportedly desperate to keep Tomori at the club in the face of potential Premier League interest. They begin their Serie A title defence against Udinese on Saturday afternoon.

12.57 BST: The return of Diego Costa to LaLiga with Rayo Vallecano is imminent, according to Marca, with the club set to confirm the signing of the former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea forward shortly.

Costa, 33 — who scored 10 goals in 16 appearances on loan at Rayo in 2011-12 — has been a free agent since January this year when he left Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.

Talks with the former Spain international have been handled personally by Rayo’s president Raul Martin Presa, despite some reservations from the club’s coaching staff.

Costa is not expected to be available in time to feature for Rayo in their opening game of the LaLiga season, away at Barcelona on Saturday.

12.32 BST: Manchester City have agreed a €13m deal for Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez, The Athletic reports.

City have been looking to strengthen the left side of their defence this summer after letting Oleksandr Zinchenko leave for Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s side pulled out of the race for Marc Cucurella because of Brighton’s fee demands and the full-back subsequently signed for Chelsea.

Sources have told ESPN that Gomez, 21, is seen as a development signing but could stay at the Etihad Stadium this summer if City are unable to sign another full-back. Gomez is a Spain Under-21 international who signed for Anderlecht last year after coming through at Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.