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Smalling: Why Louis Van Gaal calls me Pele

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has visited children from Audenshaw School who are playing in the PlayStation Schools Cup.

During the visit, he talked about all he's learned from Louis Van Gaal.

He told children that it's Van Gaal's sense of humour which has eased the pressure on the team during a rough season and explained why his boss calls him Pele.

Former Premier League striker on life at Fleetwood Town

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has been explaining why he joined Sky Bet League One Fleetwood on a deal until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has been without a club since his contract with Bolton came to an end last month.

Ameobi made 312 appearances and scored 53 goals during his 14-year stay at Newcastle, which came to an end in 2014.

He subsequently had a spell in Turkey before joining Crystal Palace then moved on to Bolton with whom he signed a short-term deal in October.

Louis van Gaal says no public backing from the club needed

Louis van Gaal insists he has no problem with Manchester United's failure to back him publicly.

Speculation has been swirling around Van Gaal ever since United slipped out of the top four and exited the Champions League.

Unlike when David Moyes was under pressure, United have failed to intimate that Van Gaal has their backing.

Some have taken that as a sign that Van Gaal has lost the faith of the board and that they are considering replacing him with Jose Mourinho.

But Van Gaal says he does not mind that the club have not made a statement backing him.

"I am not agreeing with that," the Dutchman said when asked if he was disappointed about any lack of public backing from the club.

"Because I have said many times that not all the media, but a lot of media, is inventing stories and you don't have to answer on invented stories.

"I agree with this policy of the club."

A winless run of eight matches towards the end of the year left Van Gaal's position under scrutiny.

United's form has improved since the start of the year, however. The Red Devils have lost just once in 2016 and sit fourth in the form table.

Klopp: Liverpool owners do care about club and fans

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the owners' U-turn on ticket prices proves they care about the fans and the club.

Reds fans walked out of the match against Sunderland at Anfield last weekend in the 77th minute in protest at what they saw as an unacceptable hike in ticket prices for next season, with the most expensive tickets in the new Main Stand costing £77.

The club's owners Fenway Sports Group responded on Wednesday by announcing that prices would be frozen for the next two years.

In an open letter principal owner John W Henry, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon expressed their concerns, saying they were "particularly troubled by the perception that we don't care about our supporters, that we are greedy".

Klopp believes their swift action shows that is not the case.

"I think in the world of football it is not too easy when you are the owner of a club to prove you are interested in the club," he said.

"I know it, I have been here four and a half months and I know the owners as people.

"They really care about the club and the interests of supporters and it was a clear reaction, a clear sign, and hopefully it is understood for what it is - proof of their real interest in this club and all the things around this club.

"I am really fine with it, it is a good thing."

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Adam Johnson sacked by Sunderland

Adam Johnson Credit: PA

The former Manchester City player, Adam Johnson, has been sacked by Sunderland.

A statement on the club's website said: "In light of Adam Johnson's guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.

"The club will make no further comment."

Earlier Adidas announced it had cancelled its boot deal with the Sunderland and England player.

The 28-year-old is due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court on Friday on two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16, which he denies.

On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one count of child grooming at the court.

Johnson, who has earned 12 caps for England, began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City in 2010.

He won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time at the Etihad Stadium, and moved to Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

Louis van Gaal believes Man United can still win the title

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels his side can still win the title this season.

Van Gaal feels United played some "sparkling football" in the midweek win over Stoke and another victory at Chelsea on Sunday would reignite their campaign.

His comments come less than a fortnight after a dismal loss to Southampton that saw United and Van Gaal booed at Old Trafford and intensified speculation over his future.

But United got back to winning ways with victory at Derby in the FA Cup and then switched to a more attacking style to brush Stoke aside 3-0.

They are still 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester but Van Gaal claims the gap is not insurmountable.

He said: "I have the feeling that when we shall beat Chelsea - and that is not simple, that is very difficult, since Guus Hiddink has been there they don't lose any more - I think our competition, our league is starting again. That is very important.

"The competition is not yet finished, not for Manchester United or the other teams.

"We have the feeling, and that's because we are winning twice in a row and with sparkling football - with goals and clean sheets, against opponents who were in great form. Stoke City played Liverpool off the pitch in the Capital One Cup but they lost on penalties."

Manuel Pellegrini 'very worried' by Man City's upcoming fixtures

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he's 'very worried' about the club's upcoming run of fixtures.

The Chilean says he may have to field a youthful team against Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA Cup.

The fixture is scheduled for Sunday 21st February, one day before the squad fly out to Ukraine for their Champions League last 16 tie with Dynamo Kiev.

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