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Live Reporting

By Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    And that's all for today. A big thanks for joining me.

    Spurs and Man City are back in action in the Champions League in a few hours' time - head here for build-up from around 17:00 BST.

    I'll see you soon!

    Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino
  2. 'Living the dream'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Those 230 Astana fans at Old Trafford tomorrow will be witnessing one of the biggest nights in their club's history.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Astana's players will be 'living the dream'.

    But he wants his own players to enjoy the experience as well, especially the younger ones who are likely to be involved.

    "I want it to be a memorable night for our players as well."

  3. Thank you Aston Villa

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Axel Tuanzebe is greatful to Aston Villa for the help they provided to his development last season.

    The Manchester United defender spent last year on loan at Villa and played in the Championship play-off final victory against Derby in May.

    It was thought Tuanzebe would return to the Midlands club this season but, after a meeting with Solskjaer, it was decided he would remain at Old Trafford.

    "You step into the men's world in when you go into the Championship," said Tuanzebe.

    "It is not about nice play, it is about doing a job and ensuring you get three points. I've toughened up a lot. I have learned how to ride the battles and understand what I'm up against and how to win the game."

  4. 'He leaves an indelible legacy to this world, far beyond the realm of football'

    Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen dies aged 43 after motor neurone disease battle

    Fifa President Gianni Infantino on the passing of Fernando Ricksen: “Today we lost much more than an exceptional footballer: Fernando was the embodiment of what it means to react with kindness and solidarity in face of adversity.

    "His commitment to the fight against motor neurone disease leaves an indelible legacy to this world, far beyond the realm of football. My thoughts are with his wife, his daughter, his family and friends".

    Fernando Ricksen
  5. Post update

    Rangers v Feyenoord (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Feyenoord, Rangers' Europa League opponents on Thursday, posted this tribute on Twitter.

    View more on twitter
  6. Post update

    Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen dies aged 43 after motor neurone disease battle

    Former team-mate Peter Lovenkrands wrote a poignant tribute on Instagram.

    View more on instagram
  7. Rae pays tribute to 'a brilliant, brilliant person'

    Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen dies aged 43 after motor neurone disease battle

    Alex Rae, former Rangers team-mate of Ricksen, told the Press Association: "The year we won the league he came into the midfield to partner up with me. It was a great season and he played such a big part.

    "He was the ideal guy to have alongside you in the middle of the park. He was tenacious, energetic, technically good - but most importantly he was a leader.

    "Off the field he was just a larger-than-life character. He was brilliant to be about.

    "There would be some mornings where I'd be in the breakfast hall at Murray Park just trying to get a moment to myself before training.

    "But then Fernando would burst in and start scudding you with toast and hitting you with newspapers.

    "He was a nuisance in training, too. We'd be trying to do passing drills and he'd be flying in with slidies. You'd want to slap him at times, but you'd always end up laughing.

    "That was just his nature. A brilliant, brilliant person. Those are the memories I'll try to remember."

    Tributes at Ibrox
  8. 'He stole the hearts of the supporters'

    Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen dies aged 43 after motor neurone disease battle

    Former Rangers team-mate Michael Mols paid tribute to his fellow Dutchman.

    He was told the news as he arrived at Glasgow Airport as a guest of former club Feyenoord.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: "He always kept positive, he always made you smile, was still full of jokes. He stole the hearts of the supporters by the way he played on the park.

    "I think the Rangers family showed their appreciation during his illness. The support, the love they gave him, that gave him energy and the strength to keep fighting."

    Fernando Ricksen tributes
  9. 'He fought this terrible condition with such courage'

    Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen dies aged 43 after motor neurone disease battle

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said in a statement: "Everyone at Celtic would like to extend their most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Fernando Ricksen following today's news that he has passed away.

    "Fernando was part of Scottish football for a number of years and for him to be taken so young is a huge tragedy.

    "He fought this terrible condition with such courage and we should all admire and respect the inspirational way in which he tackled the challenge which he faced.

    "He showed immense bravery throughout. Our thoughts and prayers of course are with Fernando's family and friends at such a difficult time."

  10. 'I'm sure there will be a lot of emotion in the stadium'

    Rangers v Feyenoord (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been speaking about the sad news regarding the death of former player Fernando Ricksen.

    Speaking at his pre-Europa League news conference on Wednesday, he said: "I was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times, you could see the fight he was putting up.

    "The tributes will pour in not just for the footballer but for the man.

    "I'm sure there will be a lot of emotion in the stadium and Fernando deserves that. We need the support to get right behind the team to try and get that win for Fernando.

    "I'm sure the supporters are very sad at this time and we want to do everything we can to get a win and dedicate it to Fernando."

    Fernando Ricksen
  11. Post update

    Some tributes now following the tragic passing of former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen.

  12. Solskjaer praise for Haaland

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 15:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Strangely, the second question Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked this afternoon was not about Manchester United at all.

    It came from Norwegian journalist who wanted to know whether Solskjaer had seen 19-year-old Erling Haaland score a hat-trick for Salzburg against Genk.

    Solskjaer managed Haaland at Molde between 2017 and 2018.

    Evidently, he was not completely across the game but he knows how good Haaland, son of former Leeds midfielder Alfie, can be.

    "It's great watching him. Everyone in Norway is excited by his development."

  13. Greenwood 'best finisher I have seen'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    OK, so, at one point in his press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer definitely said he didn't want to put too much pressure on 17-year-old forward Mason Greenwood.

    However, a couple of minutes earlier he also said Greenwood was 'one of the best finishers I have seen'.

    Solskjaer has invested a lot in Greenwood. After all, he let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave without bringing in a replacement because he felt the Yorkshireman was worthy of a first-team squad place.

    Clearly, he is going to get a chance to show how good he is.

  14. 'I learnt a lot to grind the battles'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    On his development: "You realise when you step back it’s not all about nice play and ensuring you get the three points it becomes more of a shift. I learnt a lot to grind the battles and understand what you have to do to ensure you win."

    On Marcus Rashford: "Since his breakthrough we all believed it was possible to get through. We were still 18 then but it was amazing what he’s done and he’s still continuing to grow and giving help to the youngsters now."

    Marcus Rashford
  15. 'Staying here was the better option'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    United defender Axel Tuanzebe is next to face the media.

    He's asked why he opted to stay at Man United.

    "Staying here was the better option. The plan is in place and tomorrow is a stepping stone to reach a goal."

    On his aims for the season: "This season I feel extremely hungry and I believe in the process, the coaching staff."

    Axel
  16. 'We trust the youngsters to get results'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    On the youth: "He [Greenwood] is better than me now, that’s for sure!

    "I think it is hard. It is a process, we trust them [the youngsters] as players and as human beings to go out at Old Trafford and get results.

    "If you don’t throw them in you don’t know what you’ve got. It is not about enjoying themselves, it is about shutting them out."

    Jose Mourinho previously opted for a more experienced team. Ole is questioned about whether his approach is to pick a young team.

    "Every team selection will depend on who’s fit, where we’re at, what’s coming after, who needs games, it’s not set in stone.

    "The youngsters might play in the league, it’s just decisions we have to make at the time it might be the experienced ones who need the experience in the Europa League."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  17. 'Greenwood is one of the best finishers I have seen'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    On racist chanting: "You have to catch the idiots, racists, and we just have to keep on working towards that people really understand what football is about. Enjoying yourself on the pitch."

    On whether Mason Greenwood can become a regular: "He’s still very young but he’s maturing and he’s developed so much since I came in.

    "The kid who just wanted to play with his mates in the U18 and now he’s knocking on the door wanting to play more. His appetite for football is growing.

    "I don’t want to put too much pressure apart from go out there and enjoy yourself and work hard. He’s one of the best finishers I have seen. Go out at Old Trafford and enjoy it.

    !Astana players are living the dream tomorrow and I want it to be memorable for all our players as well and Mason is one of those."

    Mason Greenwood
  18. 'I’m sure De Gea will be part of success at United'

    Man Utd v FC Astana (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    More from Ole on David de Gea's contract extension: "Most of the time we get to keep who we want to keep the longer it went the more I got to speak to David I was pretty confident that we would make it.

    "David is delighted. I think you could see the focus in his eyes again and the performance against Leicester.

    "It gives everyone in front of him a boost because you feel secure with him behind and he’s really worked hard this season.

    "I think we will see more of him putting him on a path to build him up. I’m sure he will be part of success at United."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David de Gea