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Manchester United hope ‘missing piece of silverware’ saves season

It is one of the great ironies of football, but also a tribute to the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, that the Europa League, a competition once much derided by Manchester United fans from their heady perch, today holds the future of their club so firmly in its grasp.

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Sam Allardyce leaves job as Crystal Palace manager

The 62-year-old, who only took charge at Selhurst Park on December 23, guided the Eagles to safety on May 14 following a 4-0 defeat of Hull, who were relegated as a result.

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Cork City keepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith step into Irish breach

Cork City goalkeepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith are literally lending a helping hand to the Irish cause.

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Ajax and the Irish connection

Ajax’s first professional coach was Wicklow native John Kirwan, who allegedly played a key role in choosing the club’s iconic white shirt with a red vertical strip.

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United’s bid to sign Brady comes out in the wash

There’s no other way to spin this: Manchester United offered to buy Liam Brady’s mother a washing machine if her son would sign for the club.

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Ajax learning from past legends

The Europa League is a Cinderella competition, usually neglected and often ignored, but tomorrow night in Stockholm, Cinderella might have a ball.

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Clarets raise the spirits for the Premier League’s Boys in Green

Burnley finished the season with four Irish starters: one of the few highlights for Irish players in the Premier League this season, says John Fallon 

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Rovers put an end to Galway’s unbeaten run

Goals in either half from Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele got Shamrock Rovers back to winning ways as Galway’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end at Tallaght.

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Cork City’s late show stuns Sligo

Cork City have extended their lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier League Division to 16 points following a 2-1 victory over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds last night.

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Burnley’s Browne gets call as O’Neill bolsters midfield cover

Former Cork City player Alan Browne has been added to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.

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Terrace Talk: Liverpool - We're improving. That's a start anyway, so let's take it.

Spend weeks denying fourth is some sort of achievement, spend half a day biting your nails to the knuckle because you want it so much. Welcome to Liverworld; keep your nerves jangling at all times.

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From Dyche to pies to the Premier League ref who knows his stuff

After the fairytale of Leicester City’s unexpected success last year, this season marked a brutal back to business return for the Billionaire Boys from The Bridge, writes Nick Callow.

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Terrace Talk: Manchester United - Swede dreams are made of this trip to Stockholm

Forgive me for gushing but, for once, I’m actually genuinely excited by something with the word ‘Europa’ in the title. From the ridiculous to the sublime in just three days flat; few journeys transport one as far as that which we’re about to take.

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Terrace Talk: Chelsea - Paying tribute to legends past, present, and future

The game against Sunderland was almost secondary as Chelsea fans had only two things on our mind — finally getting our hands on the Premier League trophy and giving JT the send-off that the most successful captain of the Premier League era deserves.

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Jurgen Klopp delivers Liverpool to Champions League

Liverpool 3 Middlesbrough 0: When the two minutes of injury-time were up, Jurgen Klopp stood slowly, grinned, hugged every man on the Liverpool bench, and then went and casually but earnestly shook the hand of Steve Agnew, the Middlesbrough caretaker manager.

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Jose Mourinho sulks as youthful Manchester United take bow

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0: Jose Mourinho yesterday gave United supporters a glimpse of their future with four full debutants, their youngest player in 61 years and the club’s youngest line-up in Premier League history.

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Zinedine Zidane hails greatest day

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season as Real Madrid claimed a first LaLiga title since 2012.

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