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Will the Zlatan show get a second season?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 26 goals this season and his decisive performance in the EFL Cup final have left Manchester United with a dilemma as they ponder how to keep their talisman at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.

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Liam Brady pays tribute to ’tremendous’ Paul McCarthy

Liam Brady has paid a heartfelt and glowing tribute to Paul McCarthy, the Cork-born former Ireland U21 international whose sudden death a week ago at the age of 45 came as a huge shock to the football community both here and in Britain.

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Martin O’Neill: Leicester job not for me

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has ruled out leaving his job to return to Leicester.

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‘New Drogba’ can propel Jose Mourinho into glory era

JOSE Mourinho has found his new Didier Drogba. Even if Manchester United didn’t deserve this victory, on the balance of play, the dream now is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only just started his trophy collection at Old Trafford.

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TERRACE TALK: Man United - Zlatan is the only player who did himself justice

So much for ‘Alan Hardaker’s ginger stepson’, as I used to dub the unloved League Cup. Unloved by United, anyway. After yesterday’s gripping final, could we finally be said to be warming to this weird tri-handled pot?

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Mauricio Pochettino ranks ‘legend’ Harry Kane among world’s elite

Tottenham 4 Stoke 0: Harry Kane’s emergence in the Tottenham Hotspur side inspired chants of ‘He’s one of our own’, with the player accorded cult hero status almost immediately.

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Cesc Fabregas prepared to battle all the way for Antonio Conte’s trust

Chelsea 3 Swansea 1: At 29, and with an astonishing 671 senior appearances for club and country already to his name, Cesc Fabregas insists he is facing new challenges under Antonio Conte and has pledged to remain at Chelsea for as long as the club wants him to stay.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic again the big show man

Manchester United 3 Southampton 2: THERE was a time, believe it or not, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was described as over-rated. The strutting martial arts enthusiast was labelled a flat-track bully who flattered to deceive on the big stage.

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Paul Pogba's still not hitting the heights, and the weekend's other talking points

Here are the three top talking points from the weekend’s action...

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How the Irish fared: Aiden McGeady has the x-factor, says Preston boss

Aiden McGeady maintained his recent fine form as Preston continued their play-off push with a 2-1 win over QPR in Saturday’s Championship clash at Deepdale.

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‘Pantomime villain’ takes stage at Leicester after Claudio Ranieri sacking

Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare admitted he felt like the “pantomime villain” after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking.

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Jose Mourinho ponders Wayne Rooney role at Man United

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has a chance of starting the EFL Cup final but Jose Mourinho insists sentiment will not play any part in his decision.

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