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Man Utd midfielder Mkhitaryan to miss EFL Cup Final

Henrikh Mkhitarayan misses out. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney will be in Manchester United's squad to face Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed, but midfielder Henrikh Mkhitarayan will miss out on the big occasion after suffering an injury at St Etienne on Wednesday in the Europa League.

Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick is also available for selection, with defender Phil Jones a doubt.


Neil Warnock to remain at Cardiff next season

Warnock will remain at Cardiff beyond this season. Credit: PA

Neil Warnock will remain as Cardiff manager next season, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 68-year-old's current deal was set to expire at the end of this campaign.

The Welsh club revealed the news with a post on their official Twitter page on Friday morning which read: "Neil Warnock confirms that he will be #Bluebirds manager next season following positive talks."

Warnock took over at Cardiff in October 2016 following the departure of Paul Trollope.

In recent weeks, the Bluebirds have gone on a three-match winning streak, which included a 2-0 victory over Warnock's former club Leeds.

Cardiff head into Saturday's home match against Fulham in 12th place.

Mancini expresses sympathy for sacked Leicester boss

Mancini is the favourite to replace Ranieri at Leicester. Credit: PA

Roberto Mancini, the favourite to replace Claudio Ranieri as Leicester manager, has expressed his sympathy for his compatriot following his sacking.

Ranieri was dismissed in the wake of his side's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla on Thursday night, just nine months after leading the Foxes to the most improbable of Premier League title successes.

The Italian defied odds of 5,000-1 to land the title for Leicester, but this season has been a different story, with the club lying just one point above the relegation zone.

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will take interim charge ahead of Monday's match against Liverpool, but former Manchester City manager Mancini, who had a short spell as a player with the Foxes and is available after leaving Inter Milan last year, is the favourite to replace Ranieri on a permanent basis.

Mancini said on Twitter: "I am sorry for my friend #Ranieri. He will remain in the history of @LCFC, in the heart of #Leicester fans and all football lovers."

Celtic fined for crowd trouble during Man City defeat

Celtic's fans let off fireworks in the away section. Credit: PA

Celtic have been fined 19,000 euros (£16,051) by UEFA owing to the conduct of some of their fans during the Champions League defeat at Manchester City in December.

The governing body announced the sanctions on Friday morning, saying the charges were related to the setting-off of fireworks in the away end at the Etihad Stadium.

Celtic drew the December 6 clash 1-1 but failed to qualify from the group they shared with City, Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach.


Mourinho pays tribute to Ranieri with Instagram post

Jose Mourinho said Claudio Ranieri's sacking by Leicester within months of winning the Premier League title was symptomatic of "the new football".

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Ranieri was dismissed on Thursday night with the Foxes just one point above the relegation zone, having only secured an incredible and improbable championship in May.

Mourinho experienced similar treatment at Chelsea. He led the London club to the 2014-15 title, but was dismissed in December 2015 after a series of dreadful results and what was described as "palpable discord" with his players by technical director Michael Emenalo.

The Portuguese, who succeeded Ranieri at Stamford Bridge when his first spell at the club began in 2004, clearly sees the Italian's exit as further proof of how ruthless football has become at the highest level.

He posted a picture of himself and Ranieri smiling, and wrote on Instagram: "Champion of England and FIFA manager of the year. Sacked. That's the new football. Keep smiling amico. Nobody can delete the history you wrote."

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