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Mike Henson

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  1. Over to City

    Wolves v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Can City avenge October's Etihad defeat and keep a modicum of heat under Liverpool by beating Wolves at Molineux this evening?

    We find out from 18:30 GMT with live text commentary on this very website.

    See you there. Bye for now.

  2. 'Tiredness is in the head'

    Leicester 0-4 Liverpool

    Sadio Mane

    Liverpool striker Sadio Mane says he and his team-mates are ready to put mind over matter to convert their commanding Premier League lead into a first league title in 30 years.

    "We want to win something with the team and I think you have to sacrifice yourself and that's for sure," Mane told BBC Sport after Liverpool's 4-0 win at Leicester City on Boxing Day.

    "Tiredness is always mentally in the head. To be honest this is not a problem for us.

    "In our situation we know it and we have to deal with it and keep going until the end."

  3. Irreplaceable Aguero

    Wolves v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says replacing Sergio Aguero will be one of the biggest challenges of his career.

    Aguero has scored 244 goals for the club since joining for £38m in 2011. The 31-year-old's current contract expires in 2021.

    "He can stay but it depends on his physical condition and his desire," said Guardiola.

    "Replacing him will be one of my biggest challenges because he is irreplaceable."

  4. Ibrahimovic drops AC Milan hint


    It appears Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to AC Milan is a goer.

    The Swede, 36, posted this enigmatic image on Instagram after reports linking him with the San Siro.

    The striker is at a loose end after leaving LA Galaxy in November.

  5. 'The title race is surely over'

    Virgil van Dik

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty has had his say on Liverpool's imperious, serene progress towards a first league title in 30 years.

    "Liverpool's players, perfectly understandably, were right on title message: nothing taken for granted; long way to go; race not over," he wrote in the wake of the Reds' 4-0 win over Leicester yesterday.

    "If they will not say it, then others will. And it can be said with some certainty after the manner in which the Reds produced a 4-0 win that even then did not do justice to their superiority.

    "This was the night when it became clear that the title race is now surely over."

  6. 'I am not asking for a striker'

    Everton 1-0 Burnley

    Carlo Ancelotti

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti insists there will be no discussions about transfer targets until after next week's FA Cup Merseyside derby.

    The Toffees take on local rivals Liverpool on 5 January.

    "For sure I am not asking for a striker. Up front we are really good but we didn't talk about this because until 5 January we have to be focused on the three games," he said.

    "After that we can talk about whether we need something or not."

    Everton had 21 shots, only five of which were on target, in their win over Burnley yesterday.

  7. 'We are one'

    Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle

    Paul Pogba

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says his new anti-racism initiative is aimed at making people understand "we are all one".

    The Frenchman, 26, had wristbands made with the messages "no to racism" and "we are one", and he and his team-mates wore them while warming up for the 4-1 win over Burnley.

    "I have been thinking about doing this for a long time," said Pogba. "It's to give support to all the players and show that black, white, Chinese or whatever, who you are - there is only one race."

  8. Xhaka agrees terms with Herta - report

    Granit Xhaka

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka wants to leave the club and has agreed personal terms with German side Herta Berlin according to his agent.

    "I say it frankly and honestly: we agree with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin," José Noguera told Sky Sports News.

    "We told Arsenal's club boss Raul Sanllehi and sports director Edu - as well as the new trainer Mikel Arteta.

    "Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear. It is only about the transfer fee of the clubs."

    Arsenal signed Xhaka, who was stripped of the club captaincy after a dispute with fans at the Emirates, for £35m in May 2016.

  9. Dyche prepared for Pogba curveball

    Burnley v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

    Paul Pogba

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits that he doesn't know how Manchester United might deploy fit-again Paul Pogba at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    "We haven't seen him so much this season and with Ole being there you might look at it slightly differently," said Dyche.

    "He is a top player, obviously, but they have a lot of top players. From the outside (looking) in maybe they are looking at the consistency, not only just week in, week out, but also within a game."

  10. Arsenal to attempt loan deal for Rabiot - report

    adrien rabiot

    Arsenal are hoping to boost their midfield options by recruiting Adrien Rabiot - the former Paris St-Germain man - from Juventus.

    Rabiot, 24, arrived in Turin on a free transfer last summer but has struggled to establish himself. According to the Times, new Gunners boss Arteta hopes to convince Juve to allow the France international to leave on loan.

  11. 'We kind of shot ourselves in the foot'

    Newcastle v Everton (Sat 15:00 GMT)

    Matthew Longstaff

    Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff is determined to quickly bounce back from the loss at Manchester United and "put it right" against Everton on Saturday.

    The 19-year-old coolly fired Newcastle ahead at Old Trafford only for Manchester United to come roaring back as Anthony Martial's brace complemented efforts from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in a 4-1 win.

    "Obviously we're very disappointed," Longstaff said.

    "The first 30 minutes we were solid as a team and then obviously we've kind of shot ourselves in the foot there with a few mistakes.

    "We've been on a good run obviously until today. The good thing for us is that in 48 hours we get the chance to put it right against Everton."

  12. Ozil incredible since my arrival - Arteta

    Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil

    New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta feels Mesut Ozil is ready to seize the opportunity of a fresh start after being impressed by the player's "incredible" attitude.

    The 31-year-old, who has often been criticised for his languid style, was also left out for Freddie Ljungberg's final game as interim manager at Everton after reacting angrily to being substituted in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

    "To be fair his attitude in training since the day that I walked in the building has been incredible, and I've seen this," said Arteta.

    "I said I was going to give a clean slate to everybody and it was fair as well to give it to him. When we did the game preparation and we were watching the opponents, and where we could hurt them, we believed that he could be a key point. And we prepared the game like this, with him."

  13. 'Easier for us than Burnley'

    Burnley v Man Utd (Sat, 19:45GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his say on the Christmas fixture programme.

    Like most teams, United play twice in three days - although they are not one of the five sides who have less than 48 hours between kick-off times.

    Solskjaer does not think it is right - although he feels United are in a slightly better position than Saturday's opponents Burnley.

    "I don’t think it is fair to be expected to perform at the best of your level, both mentally and physically, 48 hours after you have played," he said.

    "But I think we are in the best position to perform on Saturday. 1. The game against Newcastle was over after 45 minutes. 2. We are young.

    "The average age of our starting line-up against Newcastle was 23. That will make it easier for us to recover than Burnley I think."

  14. Liverpool recall Phillips from loan spell

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    Trent Alexander-Arnold replicating Kylian Mbappe's celebration in last night's win over Leicester had some Liverpool fans wildly speculating that the Paris St-Germain striker might be Anfield-bound.

    Some read the first few words of this tweet and got over-excited...

    It is instead news that the 22-year-old centre-back Nat Phillips is being recalled from his loan spell at Stuttgart where he has made 11 appearances.

  15. 'We can't play like City' - Solskjaer

    Burnley v Man Utd (Sat, 19:45GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Harry Maguire

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United need to make themselves hard to beat.

    Yesterday was only the second time this season that United have won with a majority of possession.

    Don't expect a footballing masterclass at Turf Moor tomorrow.

    "We can’t play tippy-tappy football," he said. "We can’t, at this moment in time, play like City."

  16. 'I can't remember a better pair of full-backs'

    Leicester 0-4 Liverpool

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 Live


    "It’s like Trent Alexander-Arnold been playing football for 20 years and he’s only still a kid.

    “He makes the odd mistake, but the quality of his passing and the way he can lift his head up and get himself out of tight situations to pick people out is absolutely amazing.

    “I can’t remember a better pair of full-backs than him and Andy Robertson, especially in the modern game.”

  17. Man Utd's top four aim

    Burnley v Man Utd (Sat, 19:45GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    It has been a bizarre few weeks for Manchester United but yesterday's 4-1 win against Newcastle has got them looking forward again.

    United are now four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is bullish about a return to the Champions League nexy season.

    "If we get consistent it is not going to do down to the wire," he said. "We should get into the top four without waiting for the last game against Leicester.

    "I have said about next season that we might be challengers for a lot more next year, definitely, because we are young – but I still expect a lot from this team this year."