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Man Utd have best squad in Premier League - Sarri

Sarri says Man Utd have a strong squad. Credit: PA

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reckons the players at Jose Mourinho's disposal at Manchester United are the best in the Premier League.

Chelsea's only defeat this season came in the Community Shield to Manchester City, who lead the Blues and Liverpool on goal difference at the top of the Premier League.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is embattled at United, who are eighth after three losses in the opening eight games.

"They are a very strong team. Maybe player by player they are the best team in the Premier League," Sarri said.

"At the moment I think City are better like a team, but player by player they (United) are very, very strong."

That may be interpreted as implied criticism of Mourinho, but Sarri was not about to emulate his predecessor, Antonio Conte, in igniting a public feud with the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

"We are talking about a coach who has won everything," said Sarri, who is yet to win a trophy in his management career.

"He has won everywhere. So I think that I have to respect him. But I think, also, that you all have to respect him."


Sarri: Hazard can realise his dreams at Chelsea

Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard can become the world's best player by staying at Chelsea, according to Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard says it is "not a problem" if a move to Real Madrid fails to materialise as he would be happy to finish his career with the London club.

And Sarri reckons the 27-year-old playmaker can realise his ambition of winning the Ballon d'Or at Stamford Bridge.

"He's a fantastic player," Sarri said.

"And so it will be very important for us if he will remain with us. Very, very important.

"I think also he can win everything, also the Ballon d'Or, here, without playing in Spain.

"Because, for example, if Chelsea were able to win the Champions League, Belgium won the European Championships, he would be able to win everything, without playing in Spain."

Mourinho given extension to answer FA charge

Mourinho could face a touchline ban. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given an extension until Wednesday to answer a Football Association charge of using abusive, insulting or improper language following the victory over Newcastle.

The United manager spoke into a camera in Portuguese after his side came from behind to triumph 3-2 at Old Trafford and had initially been given until Friday to answer the charge.

Asked at a press conference on Friday whether the charge was another example of the 'manhunt' against him and his team he spoke about earlier this month, Mourinho said: "If I answer your question I have probably another process because I cannot imply bias."

Mourinho could potentially face a touchline ban but that would not have applied to this weekend anyway, when United face Mourinho's former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The match against Newcastle began with reports of Mourinho being sacked only for United to turn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory in a potentially season-turning moment.

The international break could potentially stall their momentum, and Mourinho said: "I felt that after the match. Then it looks an eternity. Even today we don't have every player back. It's a bit strange. But I think the feelings of the last match remain. The players are happy and focused on the match."

Klopp rules Keita out of Liverpool's trip to Huddersfield

Klopp does not think Keita will be available for the trip to Huddersfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not think Naby Keita will be available for the trip to Huddersfield.

The midfielder was taken off during the first half of Guinea's African Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda on Tuesday with a hamstring injury.

At his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: "I'm pretty sure Naby will not be available."

On defender Virgil Van Dijk, who was ruled out of Holland's friendly with Belgium, Klopp added: "Football players play often with pain. What exactly it is is not important. He has no problems with that any more."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner celebrates his 47th birthday on Friday but Reds boss Klopp will not be giving him a gift.

"We don't give presents any more," the German said. "Hopefully I won't give him one tomorrow."

Wasps winger Wade linked with NFL switch

Wade could move to the NFL. Credit: PA

Winger Christian Wade is set to leave Wasps and attempt to make a move into the NFL, according to reports.

Wasps made no comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on Friday morning and Wade was absent from the 23-man squad later named for the Champions Cup fixture against Bath.

With some 82 Premiership tries, Wade is currently third on the league’s all-time scorer list.

Wade, 27, won his so-far only England cap during 2013. He was also part of that year’s British and Irish Lions squad on the tour of Australia.

The winger has played five times for Wasps this season, the last being against Gloucester on October 6.

During a holiday to America in June, Wade posted a video of himself on Instagram doing a NFL-style fitness workout, which he signed off with the hashtag #OnlyTheBeginning.

Wade would not be the first rugby union player to try his hand at Gridiron.

Christian Scotland-Williamson moved from Worcester to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, while last year Alex Gray left Yorkshire Carnegie to link up with the Atlanta Falcons.


Wimbledon to bring in final set tie-breaks from 2019

John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010. Credit: PA

Wimbledon’s marathon matches have been consigned to the past after the All England Club announced the introduction of final-set tie-breaks when the score reaches 12-12.

One of the most famous matches in Wimbledon history saw John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010 while the change was prompted by another match involving Isner, when the American lost to Kevin Anderson 26-24 in the final set in this year’s semi-finals.

The knock-on effect meant the second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had to be completed the following day, causing a two-hour delay to the women’s final.

The new rule will apply to all matches at next year’s tournament.

Chairman Philip Brook said: “In reaching this decision, the AELTC Committee sought the feedback of both players and officials, analysed two decades of match data, and considered other factors including scheduling complexities and spectator experience.

“Our view was that the time had come to introduce a tie-break method for matches that had not reached their natural conclusion at a reasonable point during the deciding set."

Wimbledon is the second grand slam to introduce final-set tie-breaks, with singles matches at the US Open decided by a tie-break at 6-6.

Hazard 'happy' at Chelsea despite Real Madrid desire

Hazard says he's happy at Chelsea. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard says it is "not a problem" if a move to Real Madrid fails to materialise as he would be happy to finish his career at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old Belgium playmaker has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, whether to extend his Chelsea contract which expires in June 2020, or seek a "dream" move to Real.

And his sparkling form helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup and in starting the Premier League season with seven goals in eight starts and two substitute appearances has highlighted the issue of his future.

"I can finish with Chelsea," Hazard told Sky Sports ahead of the weekend meeting with Manchester United.

"No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.

"So If I don't go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans - I think the fans love me. What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that's it."

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