Ten Hag targets Tchouameni in Man United master plan; Real Madrid optimistic about Mbappé

Erik ten Hag can’t wait to see the Manchester United midfielder again – ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. MORE: Real Madrid’s Kylian Mbappe confidence. Jump to: Madrid’s Mbappe hope amid PSG pressure | Conte watches the spending madness | Leipzig’s surprise Ten Hag | Ten Hag targets Tchouameni Erik ten Hag, who is expected … Read more

How Man United chose Erik ten Hag as manager to bring glory back to Old Trafford

Manchester United reviewed the credentials of eight different managers before choosing Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to become the fifth permanent appointment since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. Sources have told ESPN that Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui were alongside Ten Hag on the latest four-man shortlist compiled by United director of … Read more

I’ll make them “usual winners”

Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said he stepped up his “substantial and credible” bid for Chelsea on Tuesday, promising a big investment to make the club “usual winners”. New York-based investment bank Raine Group has set a deadline for bid submissions of Thursday, with Pagliuca’s proposal one of four to have reached this stage with … Read more

Rangnick warned Manchester United must secure European football

7:43 a.m. ET Rob DawsonCorresponding Ralf Rangnick has been told it is imperative Manchester United qualify for Europe next season, even if they are missing out on a Champions League spot, sources have told ESPN. The defeat at Everton on Saturday left United seventh in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with seven games … Read more

Tottenham’s Antonio Conte shows Man United what changing coach mid-season can do

Tottenham Hotspur were struggling in ninth position, already five points from a place in the Premier League’s top four, when Antonio Conte was tasked with saving the club’s season last November. A month later, Ralf Rangnick began his role as caretaker manager at Manchester United with his team in seventh place and a three-point gap … Read more

Chelsea beat Real Madrid in Champions League ‘almost impossible’

Thomas Tuchel believes it is ‘almost impossible’ for Chelsea to reach the Champions League semi-finals but has urged his players to dream of an unlikely comeback. Real Madrid hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg as Karim Benzema’s hat-trick put Carlo Ancelotti’s side firmly in control of their quarter-final. – Stream ESPN FC Daily … Read more

Man City and Liverpool keep Premier League race open but point more useful for Guardiola than Klopp

MANCHESTER, England — It was epic, frenetic and unpredictable until the end, when Riyad Mahrez had a chance not just to win the game, but almost certainly the Premier League title. Instead, the Manchester City substitute sent the ball high over Liverpool’s crossbar and the 2-2 result means we’re no closer to knowing which of … Read more

Pep Guardiola’s Gabriel Jesus bet pays off, Diogo Jota steps in when Mo Salah won’t, and more

1:25 p.m. ET Rob DawsonCorresponding In his first Premier League start since January 1, Gabriel Jesus showed that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had made the right decision by giving the Brazilian a chance. Matt McNulty/Getty Images MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City and Liverpool played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday in a clash … Read more

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta failed a tactical test against Brighton as the top four Premier League hopefuls crumble

LONDON — The double whammy of losing Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey was always going to pose tough questions for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, but he has to come up with a better answer than this. Brighton – a smart but out-of-form side with one goal from seven games, six of them lost – deserved … Read more

Manchester United’s latest Everton humiliation suggests they’re not good enough for top four

10:45 a.m. ET Rob DawsonCorresponding LIVERPOOL, England — Manchester United have had a tough time at Goodison Park since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and now there’s another to add to the list. Ralf Rangnick’s side were beaten 1-0 by Everton after a 2-0 defeat under David Moyes in 2014, a 3-0 defeat under … Read more