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Pogba to miss Man United FA Cup tie due to illness

Jose Mourinho has spent the week defending his relationship with Paul Pogba. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Manchester United's FA Cup tie against Huddersfield due to illness.

United boss Jose Mourinho had insisted that the France midfielder, 24, would play after addressing what he said were "lies" about his relationship with the player during his Friday press conference.

But the club announced on Twitter on Saturday morning: "Paul Pogba will miss today's @EmiratesFACup tie at Huddersfield due to illness. U23s midfielder Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad."

Wigan boss Cook admits facing Man City will be 'massive challenge'

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Wigan manager Paul Cook believes it will be a "massive challenge" for his team to make any significant impact against Manchester City.

The Latics will face City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday at the DW Stadium. Cook's side sit second in League One but will be taking on a team who are top of the Premier League.

Cook admitted he'd have to watch his words and highlighted the quality his side will be up against.

You have to be careful with what you say sometimes because all we can do is sit here and offer superlatives about what Man City are doing and how good they are.

The reality for us is we've got to try and beat them. With the best will in the world, everything that they do, every side that comes before them, they seem to put away quite comfortably.

For us it's a massive challenge, not just to compete in the game, but can we actually take the game to Man City at times? Not many teams seem to be able to do that.

If we fall victim to Man City then we move on to our league campaign. I'd like to think on the night we can have moments in the game and we conduct ourselves as a club in a really good light.

– Paul Cook

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Arsenal's Iwobi to be fined for 'unacceptable partying'

Alex Iwobi was picture partying hours before Arsenal's FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest. Credit: PA

Alex Iwobi will be fined by Arsenal after partying until the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The 21-year-old forward was filmed dancing in central London at 2.37am on Saturday in a video uploaded to Snapchat, according to The Sun.

He then played 90 minutes at the City Ground as the holders crashed out, going down 4-2 to Championship side Forest.

Wenger said: "That is true. He will be fined. It is impossible to go out 48 hours before a game. It is unacceptable."

Iwobi was reported to have attended a party that included people smoking cannabis and inhaling laughing gas.

But Wenger said his player was not involved in either taking drugs or drinking alcohol.

"When you read what is reported it is like he has taken drugs. He was not involved in that at all.

"Did he do drugs or alcohol? Not at all. If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do? You are responsible for your own behaviour, not the behaviour of your neighbour."

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