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No smilies as hand of Pogba proves costly

In a week in which Paul Pogba launched his own emoji it took only 27 minutes for internet wags to add a few tears to the icon — and although Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wiped some of them away this result didn’t really leave either side with a smiley face.

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TERRACE TALK: Liverpool - Weak finishing leaves United off the hook

Everyone will say that was a point gained. Everyone can go f… Now now, remember the children. At least they played better than in the last match.

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TERRACE TALK: Man United - A roar of relief as Zlatan’s high jinks save the day

I wonder just how many snarky emojis the interweb will have constructed for poor Pogba by the time you read this.

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Pep Guardiola concedes title after Goodison Park rout

Where to begin with this latest shambolic Manchester City performance, the latest question mark to have been raised over Pep Guardiola and his efforts to turn the world’s wealthiest football club into its most successful?

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How the Irish fared: Daryl Horgan stars as Preston knock Brighton off their perch

Daryl Horgan’s first start for Preston proved a memorable one, the former Dundalk star creating the second goal and nearly scoring a third as North End beat Chris Hughton’s Brighton 2-0 in Saturday’s Championship clash at Deepdale.

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Guardiola's sweeper keeper under the microscope and four other talking points

Here are the weekend’s major talking points...

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China cash no worry for Antonio Conte

Leicester 0 Chelsea 3: As Chelsea maintain their grip at the top of the Premier League it appears as though even the millions of Chinese football cannot stop them marching towards the title.

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Petr Cech: All we can do is keep winning

Swansea 0 Arsenal 4: Arsenal’s Petr Cech is confident a collective effort from the chasing pack will keep the pressure on runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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Man United - Liverpool draw was high on perspiration, low on inspiration

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1: Manchester United were pursuing the perfect 10 in terms of straight victories. But one look around Old Trafford at kick-off time told the world there was no doubt this would be the biggest.

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I’m calmer than Klopp, says relaxed Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he can keep his cool better than Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp.

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Vincent Kompany in line for Man City return

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to return at Everton tomorrow after two months out with a knee injury and could partner former Toffees defender John Stones.

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Diego Costa axed over China row

The future of Chelsea striker Diego Costa is in doubt after he was dropped from the squad for tonight’s trip to Leicester. It’s believed the Spaniard has clashed with boss Antonio Conte in a row centred on a potential lucrative China move.

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Jon Walters fitness a cause for concern

Martin O’Neill has a fresh injury concern with the news that Jon Walters is to undergo knee surgery.

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Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Killer’ Dele Alli must keep a mean streak

Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Dele Alli a “killer” and urged the Tottenham man to maintain a naughty side to his game.

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Paul Clement hoping scouting mission at Arsenal pays off

Swansea boss Paul Clement hopes his Champions League scouting mission at Arsenal will pay off in a fashion he could never have imagined.

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