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  1. Aston Villa v Man Utd (19:45 BST)
  2. Carneiro & Fearn 'won't be on Chelsea bench'
  3. Nine Premier League news conferences
  4. Villa sign Barcelona's Traore

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By Aimee Lewis and Saj Chowdhury

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What the managers say

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: "Some of these foreign boys we've gone for are better than the English ones. They have played a lot more games at a very young age. You look at the English boys, they've played five games and cost a mountain.

"We fancy ourselves against any team. You have to have that mindset."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "The key for success this season is improving in away matches. We were one of the best last season at home, third. I want to create a fortress at Old Trafford, we did that - but away we have to improve and we can improve because last year we were not good."

Happy hunting ground

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring at Villa Park last season

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Former England and West Ham midfielder Sir Trevor Brooking has told BBC Radio 5 live that the club did not sign Joey Barton because of the emergence of Reece Oxford and the Hammers' exit from the Europa League.

Trevor Brooking
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"They went out of the Europa League which was quite a key factor. They might not need the depth of squad because they haven't got those number of European matches in the next few weeks," he said.

"They played at Arsenal, their build up wasn't great and to win there 2-0, with Reece Oxford in midfield, was terrific.

"Suddenly you think do we need another midfielder and we must use him wisely. Priority is probably a striker and wide player."

Man Utd match facts

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

  • They last started a season with consecutive league victories in 2011, when they went on to take maximum points from the first five games.
  • United only had one shot on target in the opening round of fixtures, the lowest tally by any Premier League team.
  • The Red Devils are unbeaten in 14 top-flight matches played on a Friday since a 3-0 defeat at Bolton in December 1978.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 13 Premier League goals against Villa, more than against any other club. However, he has failed to score in his last six league appearances at Villa Park.

Aston Villa match facts

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

  • Villa won five of their Premier League home games last season - only Sunderland and relegated Burnley fared worse.
  • They have lost 34 of their 70 league games at Villa Park since December 2011, winning on just 17 occasions and averaging exactly one point per match during that period (W17, D19, L34, Pts 70).
  • Villa have not won their opening two games of a Premier League season since 1999-00.
  • Rudy Gestede has scored 20 league goals with his head since August 2013, more than anyone else in the top four divisions.

Soldado's farewell note


Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado

T20 commentary


BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

BBC 5 live sports extrawill have full commentary of Worcestershire Rapids v Hampshire in the T20 Blast quarter-final from 17:25 BST.

Team news

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede may have to settle for a place on the bench despite his debut winner at Bournemouth.

Rudy Gestede
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Jack Grealish and Carles Gil are back in training but not fit enough to play.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini continues his suspension carried over from last season, while Phil Jones is out with mild thrombosis.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is pushing for a first start after making his debut as a substitute on the opening day.

Fernandez set for Royals?


#Espanyol president Joan Collet confirms that Álex Fernández is close to joining #Reading on loan.

#Espanyol president Joan Collet confirms that Álex Fernández is close to joining #Reading on loan.

Ake new deal; Watford loan


.@NathanAke has today signed a new five-year contract with @ChelseaFC... #CFC

.@NathanAke has today signed a new five-year contract with @ChelseaFC... #CFC

OFFICIAL: #watfordfc have signed Nathan Aké on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC. Welcome to the club, Nathan!

OFFICIAL: #watfordfc have signed Nathan Aké on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC. Welcome to the club, Nathan!

Soldado to join Villarreal


We have reached agreement with La Liga side Villarreal for the transfer of @R9Soldado. We wish Roberto all the best.

We have reached agreement with La Liga side Villarreal for the transfer of @R9Soldado. We wish Roberto all the best.

Clarets sign Hennings


Rouwen Hennings

BREAKING NEWS: Burnley complete deal for German striker Rouwen Hennings from @KarlsruherSC. #WelcomeRouwen

Match of the Day commentator's notes

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19;45 BST)

Steve Bower

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Having both started with 1-0 victories on the opening day, we may discover more about the new-look teams after this one.

Villa have to improve their home record this season. They have to believe they can alter their record against Manchester United in recent times in the process. For some reason it's always been a ground where United have always done well.

They'll want that to continue as they try to give themselves an early-season foundation to build on and stay as close as possible to the leaders. It will be intriguing to see how quickly the new faces on both sides can gel.

Friday night lights

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

Villa Park is expected to sell out so the atmosphere will be rocking for the first ever Premier League match to be held on a Friday night.

It's got the makings of an open attacking game - Tim Sherwood won't set out for a draw, while Louis van Gaal will also go for it. Don't rule Villa out of this one.

Peace and quiet

World Athletics Championships

British high jumper Isobel Pooley tweets...

Starting my trip to the World Champs today & gonna delete Twitter app for the duration. Will catch up in Sept :) Take care, Isobel

Traore signs for Villa


Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

Adama Traore

The signing of Adama Traore makes it 10 new faces over the summer for Aston Villa.

I spoke to Tim Sherwood about what kind of player the new man is, and the manager described him as "one of those players that plays on instinct - he doesn't know what he's going to do and he decides when he gets the ball". Maverick was another word he used.

Walkden and Cho in semis


Good news coming back from Moscow where world champion Bianca Walkden and Mahama Cho of Great Britain have both reached their semi-finals at the World Grand Prix in Moscow.

Walkden will take on Turkey's Nafia Kus at around 17:00 BST.

Cho overcame South Korean Cha Dong-min 6-5 to claim a last four berth in the +80kg category.

Ludogorets to sack Ribeiro


Bulgarian champions Ludogorets are set to terminate the contract of their Portuguese coach Bruno Ribeiro following a series of disappointing results with controversial Eduard Eranosyan joining the coaching stuff.

"The management of Ludogorets began negotiations to terminate the contract of coach Bruno Ribeiro and his assistants," said a club statement.

'Wales omissions warning for England'

Rugby Union

Harry Ellis

Former England scrum-half Harry Ellis believes Wales' World Cup omission of British and Irish Lions trio Mike Phillips, James Hook and Richard Hibbard should serve as a warning to Stuart Lancaster's side.

England and Wales are in the World Cup Pool A and are due to meet at Twickenham on 26 September.

"To let three Lions go tells you a lot about how strong the Wales squad is," Ellis said.

"They are three top players and I think that's quite worrying for England that they are not considered good enough to make the Wales squad."

Want to buy a Uefa Cup?


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Trophies won by former Serie A side Parma have been

put up for auction after the club went bankrupt.

Creditors on behalf of the defunct club are selling a number of lots including Uefa Cups won in 1995 and 1999, three Copa Italia trophies, a Cup Winners' Cup and a European Supercup.

Parma went bankrupt in March with more than 200m euros (£143m) debt, although they were allowed to finish the season.

Magpies still eyeing reinforcements


Steve McClaren

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hopeful there will be further new arrivals during the final two weeks of the transfer window to boost the feel-good factor on Tyneside.

McClaren, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr continue to pursue other targets with QPR striker Charlie Austin at the top of the list, and the former England boss is keeping his fingers crossed.

"There are two weeks of the window to go where a lot of things can change. Will they change here? I couldn't tell you yes or no. Just at the present moment, we will go on with what we have got."

Leicestershire deducted 16 points


Leicestershire have been

deducted 16 County Championship points for the offences committed by their players in matches over the last year.

The Foxes, bottom of Division Two, pleaded guilty to a charge brought by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that there had been five or more separate occasions when cricketers registered with them committed fixed penalty offences.

A cricket disciplinary commission disciplinary panel hearing at Lord's also fined the Foxes £5,000 - which has been suspended for 12 months.

Lawro's predictions v Mark Radcliffe

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

Villa are going to take time to bed in their new players. It was important that they beat Bournemouth last week and after a slow start they improved in the second half, so that is all positive for them.

Manchester United won too, but they looked pedestrian in possession against Tottenham and did not create many chances.

But I am going to tip United to go to Villa Park and get a win. What Van Gaal has got is a team that does not give the opposition many chances and I think they will do enough at the other end too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Mark's prediction: Manchester United 'nil' is my favourite score so why veer from that? 1-0

bbc-coverage5 live commentaries

BBC Radio 5 live sport is on air at 12:00 BST on Saturday with Jonathan Overend. Sonja McLaughlin presents the rugby from Twickenham. Here's what is in store for you:

  • 12:45 BST Barclays Premier League - Everton v Southampton (John Murray and David Pleat)
  • 15:00 BST Barclays Premier League - Tottenham v Stoke (Ian Dennis and Stuart Pearce)
  • 17:00 BST Sports Report
  • 18:06 BST 606 with Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage.
  • 19:45 BST Rugby World Cup warm up - England v France (Ian Robertson, Chris Jones, Matt Dawson)

Three Brits into Euro finals


Qais Ashfaq will face Ireland's John Conlan in Saturday's European Championship bantamweight final.
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Harvey Horn, Pat McCormack and Qais Ashfaq have all reached their

European Championship finals in Bulgaria.

Horn, 20, began a memorable session for Great Britain by reaching the light-flyweight final, beating Azerbaijan's Rufat Huseynov.

Ashfaq booked a bantamweight final with Ireland's Michael Conlan when he accounted for Aram Avagyan of Armenia.

Chen Long wins epic


Chen Long

Top seed and defending champion Chen Long came out on top in an epic second game to advance to the semi-finals of the badminton world championships with a 21-18 30-29 victory over Denmark's Viktor Axelson on Friday.

On this day

Sir Donald Bradman

1948: Cricket great Sir Donald Bradman was out second ball for 0 in his final Test match innings. The Australian needed just four runs to finish with a Test average of 100 but, after receiving a standing ovation on his way to the crease at The Oval, he had tears in his eyes and did not see the ball properly from Warwickshire leg-spinner Eric Hollies, leaving him with an average of 99.94. He was knighted the following year.

2011: Keegan Bradley won the US PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club after a play-off against fellow American Jason Dufner.

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding the possible signings of Adnan Januzaj or Fabio Borini.

Adam Johnson
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However, the Dutchman told BBC Newcastle that winger Adam Johnson does not need surgery and will be out for five or six weeks, rather than the longer spell initially feared.

A cagey Advocaat said he is "desperate to get a couple of players in" but in reality he needs more than two and will have to hope the club owner Ellis Short is prepared to back him in the transfer market.

Burgess ready - Farrell

Rugby Union

Sam Burgess
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Andy Farrell insists Sam Burgess is ready for his

Test debut as the cross-code convert targets the performance against France at Twickenham that will secure him a place in England's World Cup squad.

Burgess wins his first cap in union just 10 months after leaving league and has been selected at inside centre alongside Henry Slade despite producing his best rugby for Bath last season as a blindside flanker.

"You'd like to think there's a big game in him. We hope he's part of a good team performance and that's the main focus of all the lads," said Farrell.

SFA confident over Strachan future


Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan

says there is no rush for contract talks with Gordon Strachan.

Gordon Strachan and Stewart Regan

The Scotland coach's current deal runs out after the conclusion of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign in October.

"Gordon and I have had a chat about it and we will sit down after the Euro qualification phase and we'll discuss his future," Regan told BBC Scotland. "Gordon has made it very clear that he loves this job."

Test of knowledge

Aston Villa v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

A Question of Sport Teaser


We asked which three members of the Aston Villa team that beat Manchester United in the club's last victory in the fixture have also played for the Old Trafford club.

The answers? Mark Bosnich, Paul McGrath and Dwight Yorke.


Darren Clarke
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke will be celebrating his 47th birthday at the US PGA

Morten Olsen (football) - long-standing coach of Denmark's national team, born 1949.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson (basketball) - star of the United States' 1992 Olympic gold medal-winning 'Dream Team', born 1959.

Darren Clarke (golf) - winner of the 2011 Open Championship, born 1968.

Jason Leonard (rugby union) - former England and Lions prop who won 114 caps and defied a career-threatening neck injury, born 1968.

Jay-Jay Okocha (football) - former Bolton, Hull and Nigeria midfielder, born 1973.

Giorgio Chiellini (football) - Italy and Juventus defender, born 1984.

Robin Soderling (tennis) - Sweden's two-time French Open finalist, born 1984.

Cameron Jerome (football) - Norwich striker, born 1986.

Team news

Manchester City v Chelsea (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Thibaut Courtois

A one-match ban means Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be absent against Manchester City this weekend.

The Belgium international was sent off in the second half of the Blues' 2-2 season opener with Swansea, earning a one-match ban which the club failed to overturn. Asmir Begovic is likely to deputise.

Oscar is a doubt for the match after picking up a knock in training, but Diego Costa is in line to start in attack after overcoming a recurring hamstring injury and playing the full 90 minutes last weekend.

Ogilvie and Kettings join Stevenage


League Two side Stevenage have signed Tottenham Hotspur defender Connor Ogilvie and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chris Kettings on loan.

Ogilvie can play at left-back or centre-back, but has yet to play a first-team match for Spurs. The 19-year-old played 16 times in the Under-21 Premier League last term and has joined on a one-month youth loan.

Former Manchester City and Blackpool youngster Kettings, 22, has been capped by Scotland at Under-21 level.

England's Women in trouble


Australia's Megan Schutt celebrates
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England Women are now five down on the final day at Canterbury. Charlotte Edwards (one), Lauren Winfield (12) and Natalie Sciver (two) have fallen since lunch, with the hosts now 53 for five in pursuit of 263.