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Jose Mourinho prefers ‘balance’ instead of a ‘circus’ after a win

Jose Mourinho has praised his Manchester United side for a sober reaction to their midweek victory against Bournemouth, pointedly noting “I don’t like a circus when you win”.

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Jose Mourinho is thinking about the January sales (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho making plans for January sales

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paved the way for departures next month, stating “every player has a price”.

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Mauricio Pochettino is in a confident mood before facing Manchester City (Daniel Hambury/PA Images)

Mauricio Pochettino hoping Tottenham can play the right tune at the Etihad

Mauricio Pochettino will have no problem with Tottenham turning up the music if they pull off a shock win against unbeaten Manchester City on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho tussled in last weekend's Manchester derby (Martin Rickett/PA)

City boss Pep Guardiola dismisses Jose Mourinho’s ‘tactical fouls’ claim

Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claim that Manchester City are prepared to commit ‘tactical fouls’.

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Phil Taylor during his walk on

Watch Phil Taylor’s walk to the stage at Alexandra Palace

Phil Taylor is retiring after the PDC World Darts Championship but his popularity is higher than ever.

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Phil Taylor makes winning start to final tournament

There was no PDC World Championship banana skin for Phil Taylor although it was far from plain sailing as he navigated a first-round clash at his final ever tournament.

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Zinedine Zidane jumps to defence of Karim Benzema ahead of Club World Cup final

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has shrugged off criticism of Karim Benzema ahead of Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final and says he will defend his striker “to the death”.

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Chelsea?s Didier Drogba the way he was

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba reveals shock new look

Plenty of Premier League defenders had nightmares about Didier Drogba during his Chelsea pomp – so his new look may help them forget!

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Mauricio Pochettino is in confident mood ahead of Manchester City clash (Daniel Hambury/PA Wire)

No negative thoughts from Pochettino before Tottenham’s game at Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino insists containing Manchester City will not be on his mind on Saturday as he believes Tottenham can beat the Premier League’s unbeaten leaders.

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Jurgen Klopp: Draws nothing to do with player rotation

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his player rotation and scoffed at any suggestion the club are “back in the dark days”.

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David Silva celebrates his second goal (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester City create history with 15th straight win after hammering Swansea

Manchester City set a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory at bottom club Swansea.

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FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford faces no disciplinary action (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

FAW chief to face no further action over Wales boss comment

Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford will face no disciplinary action over his comment that the next manager of Wales would “definitely not” be English.

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Time running out in title race, says ‘realistic’ Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte reckons any side with aspirations of Premier League title glory is running out of time, even if Manchester City slip up.

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Dawid Malan, left, and Jonny Bairstow shared an unbroken stand of 174 (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day one – in pictures and social

Dawid Malan’s maiden Test century gave England the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

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Jockeys at Cheltenham had an unexpected companion when a dog joined in the last race

Dog joins in to make it a race with a difference at Cheltenham

Runners in the final race at Cheltenham on Friday were joined by a four-legged friend of another variety after a dog escaped on to the track.

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Jose Mourinho has until 6pm on December 18 to respond to the request (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jose Mourinho asked to explain pre-Manchester derby comments

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked by the Football Association to provide his observations on comments he made ahead of last weekend’s derby against Manchester City.

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Tony Martin, pictured, has spoken out about Chris Froome's adverse drugs test  (David Davies/PA)

Chris Froome should be suspended, says ‘angry’ German rival Tony Martin

Four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin has called the decision not to suspend Team Sky leader Chris Froome immediately for his adverse drugs test a “scandal”.

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Jonny Bairstow's fourth Test century put England in a strong position before Australia fought back (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England’s Jonny Bairstow savours first Ashes century at the WACA

Jonny Bairstow’s first Ashes hundred has instantly become his new personal favourite.

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal welcome Newcastle on Saturday (Adam Davy/PA)

Arsene Wenger thinks Arsenal are suffering from Man Utd hangover

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United a fortnight ago is still having an adverse affect on his players.

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Cue Card seen winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Colin Tizzard planning three more runs and then retirement for Cue Card

Colin Tizzard expects Cue Card to have just three more runs before heading into retirement, with the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day looking increasingly unlikely.

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