Manchester United meet Crystal Palace to try to seal Wan-Bissaka deal


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• Monday meeting follows improved offer at the weekend
• Palace will push for removal of Zaha sell-on clause in dealManchester United and Crystal Palace officials will meet on Monday afternoon with a view to thrashing out the finer details of a deal to take Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford after an improved bid was tabled over the weekend.

Talks between the clubs appeared to have broken down late last week with United’s offers having fallen well short of Palace’s valuation of the England Under-21 defender. The Palace chairman Steve Parish, who is under no real pressure to sell, has consistently sought to raise a guaranteed £50m for an academy graduate who excelled while making 39 appearances over his first full season in the senior set-up last term, and that stance has not shifted.

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Manchester United close to Aaron Wan-Bissaka deal with Crystal Palace


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• Palace want at least £50m for England Under-21 right-back
• Aidy Boothroyd says player’s head turned by United interest

Aidy Boothroyd believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s head has been turned by Manchester United, who are close to agreeing a deal for the Crystal Palace defender.

United and Palace officials have been in talks since the weekend over a fee for the England Under-21 right-back, with Palace wanting at least £50m guaranteed for the 21-year-old. Palace rejected United’s first offer last month but progress has been made in recent days. Palace also want United to remove the sell-on clause that was included as part of the deal that took Wilfried Zaha back to Palace in January 2015.

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Manchester United step up Wan-Bissaka chase with fresh talks over transfer


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• Palace may try to get Zaha sell-on clause removed in deal
• Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne a possible replacementManchester United are holding further talks with Crystal Palace this weekend aimed at agreeing a fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka after the player indicated his preference would be a summer move to Old Trafford.

An opening bid for the England Under-21 international that would have been worth in excess of £40m was rejected by the south London club earlier this month, but United remain intent upon securing Wan-Bissaka as a key component in a revamp of their back-line. The 21-year-old is under contract until 2022 and Palace had no great desire to sell, but the youth-team graduate has made clear to his current employers that he would be keen to seize what he considers might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality


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We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season


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Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Brighton were rewarded for their assertiveness and defence against Arsenal, Crystal Palace continued to do well away from home while Everton’s Phil Jagielka deserves a fitting farewell

Manchester United have suffered their share of indignities already this season but now they will have to start supporting Manchester City in the FA Cup final. A tame draw at Huddersfield finally ended Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s slim hopes of a creeping into the Champions League, but Watford winning the FA Cup and United finishing sixth would bring forward the latter’s Europa League involvement with a qualifying round on 25 July. That will lead to some rescheduling as United are supposed to be in Shanghai then for a meeting with Spurs in the International Champions Cup. Solskjær spoke of the positives Arsenal and Chelsea have drawn from the Europa League this season, but United did all that two years ago when they beat Ajax Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

Cardiff relegated after Wilfried Zaha leads Crystal Palace to victory


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Cardiff have lost their place in the Premier League but not their faith in their manager. Andros Townsend had just scored Crystal Palace’s third goal, ending any hopes Cardiff had of turning this game around and taking their battle for survival to the final day, when a chant broke out among the home supporters. “There’s only one Neil Warnock” reverberated loud and clear, followed by widespread applause.

The 70-year-old has still to keep a team in the top flight, but this season will never go down as a failure. Cardiff had exceeded all expectations by winning promotion in the first place and it says much about the grit, determination and spirit that Warnock has harnessed in his players that they were still in with a chance of staying up with two matches to go.

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Cardiff City 2-3 Crystal Palace: Premier League, as it happened


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Cardiff v Crystal Palace: match preview


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It is now or never territory for Cardiff. Last Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat away against Fulham, followed by Brighton’s draw with Newcastle later in the day, means that Neil Warnock’s side have to win their last two matches to have any chance of staying up. That feels like a tall order, especially with a trip to Old Trafford to come on the final day. Palace, who are safely ensconced in midtable, will be awkward opponents themselves, with Roy Hodgson’s side winning four of their last five away matches. Stuart James

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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Leicester can test City but Liverpool face a challenge of their own, it’s all or nothing for Cardiff and Watford need to regroup

Following the disappointment of their reasonably heroic Champions League defeat at Barcelona, Liverpool must rouse themselves for what could be an extremely tricky Saturday evening appointment at Newcastle in which they simply cannot afford to slip up. With only two matches of the Premier League campaign remaining, anything less than a win for Liverpool would leave the door open for Manchester City to all but wrap up the title on Monday. One suspects this is a far tougher assignment than Jürgen Klopp would like so soon after a gruelling and dispiriting game at the Camp Nou and the portents are not great. Last September, a BBC study on the form of Premier League teams following midweek fixtures in Europe showed that Liverpool had won half a Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Chris Hughton’s position looks uncertain after five successful years, Youri Tielemans catches the eye but Leicester will face a battle to keep him and Wolves show the way forward

When was the last time Manchester City finished a Premier League match with four centre-halves on the pitch? Pep Guardiola, who admitted he had been “trembling”, said he would have brought on another one if he had not already used all his substitutes and Sean Dyche said, with some pride, that he could tell the City manager was anxious. “I saw Pep Guardiola with my own eyes – and I heard it too – screaming, ‘Get it in the corner.’ That’s some compliment.” It was certainly not a stress-free afternoon at Turf Moor for the league leaders and reigning champions but 12 league wins in a row suggest City can handle the pressure. If they can make it 14, Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

Everton’s European hopes dashed in goalless draw at Crystal Palace


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Crystal Palace and Everton played out a forgettable goalless draw at Selhurst Park to dent the visitors’ chances of ending the Premier League season with European qualification.

A seventh-placed finish could prove enough to play Europa League football next season but, after thrashing Manchester United last weekend, the visitors could not find a way past Palace. With fellow European hopefuls Wolves winning at Watford, Everton are now four points adrift of Nuno Espírito Santo’s side.

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Crystal Palace v Everton: match preview


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Crystal Palace have not beaten Everton in a league game at Selhurst Park since 1989, and have won only four top-flight matches there this season. But a startling success at Arsenal guaranteed survival and has focused minds on beating their best Premier League points tally, 48, of their current six-year stint, in the games to come. Marco Silva has been beaten on visits here with Hull and Watford, but Everton had their own excellent victory to celebrate on Sunday and arrive confident after four wins in five. Dominic Fifield

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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A chance for Shaqiri to shine, City may need to show their dark side and Cardiff can pile pressure on Brighton

Pep Guardiola is not usually short of post-match praise for his players, but he struck a different note after the Manchester derby win. “Tonight we can enjoy it, but tomorrow it’s over, so we have to be focused,” he said. “I know people are going to talk about how beautiful, how handsome we are, but now we have to go to Burnley”. Guardiola is rightly taking nothing for granted even after taking the necessary six points from Spurs and United. Burnley were one of six teams to take points off City last season and have routinely posed problems for the top six this term. It is to City’s advantage that they have been winning ugly for a while. The 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea in February was perhaps the last Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

David Squires on … Wayne Hennessey and the Nazis


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Our cartoonist looks at the goalkeeper’s lamentable ignorance of Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19


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It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19


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It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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FA panel: Wayne Hennessey displayed lamentable ignorance of Hitler and Nazis


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• Palace keeper cleared by FA of racist gesture allegation
• Reasons revealed for regulatory commission’s decisionWayne Hennessey was found to have displayed a “lamentable” lack of knowledge about Adolf Hitler and fascism by the Football Association commission which cleared him of making a Nazi salute at a Crystal Palace team bonding meal in January.

The Wales goalkeeper, who had been photographed with his right arm raised and his left hand held across his mouth, said he had been attempting to attract the attention of the photographer, a French waiter called Jordan Bussolini, and told the three-man panel that he did not know what a Nazi salute was. An FA charge was found not proven after two members of the commission concluded the photograph, posted by the Germany midfielder Max Meyer on social media, had been misinterpreted.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Neil Warnock cuts out the moaning, Jordan Henderson scythes through Chelsea and injuries may leave Spurs’ midfield blunted

After 76 minutes, when he was withdrawn to a deafening ovation, Jordan Henderson’s work was done. A lung-busting display by the Liverpool captain set the tone for a vital victory, a relentless performance typified by the moment when he burst to the byline and supplied a hanging cross for Sadio Mané to convert. Henderson asked Jürgen Klopp if he could play further forward in a “more natural” No 8 role – one he has impressed in for his country – and he flourished there against Chelsea. Mohamed Salah’s rocket, another peerless defensive display by Virgil van Dijk or indeed Mané’s 18th league goal of the season will likely dominate the post‑match discussion, but as the business end of the season takes hold, Henderson Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”