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Crystal Palace sack manager Frank de Boer

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Frank de Boer has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after five games and 77 days in charge.

Frank de Boer has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after five games and 77 days in charge.

Former England boss Roy Hodgson will replace him, BBC Sport understands.

The Eagles are 19th in the Premier League after losing 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday – and failed to score in their four league matches under De Boer.

Announcing the 47-year-old Dutchman’s departure on the club website, Palace said: “We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work.”

Former Ajax boss De Boer only took over this summer, succeeding Sam Allardyce, who left after helping Palace avoid relegation last season.

His only win as Palace manager came in the EFL Cup against Ipswich Town.

Should Hodgson take the job on a permanent basis, he will be the club’s seventh permanent manager in six years.

Palace chairman Steve Parish was at Turf Moor on Sunday, and said afterwards: “It’s a terrible start but we have to stick together.

“People are frustrated, I’m frustrated, so are the management and players. We know we are better than this.

“I’m defending everyone at the club who is working their backside off to turn this around. Football teams lose games. It happens.

“Who has the better squad, us or Burnley? We had a much weaker squad when we finished 11th. The buck stops with me; I’ve never run away from that.”

Speaking earlier this month, Parish had said De Boer’s start had “not been great” and football was a “results-based business”.

De Boer made two major signings at Palace, paying £26m for Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho and signing Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald for £7.9m.

He also recruited full-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

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Darwin Nunez issues apology to Liverpool fans after showing "ugly attitude" in sending off

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Darwin Nunez issues apology to Liverpool fans after showing "ugly attitude" in sending off

Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez has vowed to learn from his mistakes after picking up a straight red card for headbutting a Crystal Palace defender on Monday.

Nunez was given his marching orders on his home debut for the Reds after clashing with Joachim Andersen at Anfield. The 23-year-old striker is facing a three-match ban for violent conduct, which came in the second half of the game as Liverpool tried to come back from 1-0 down. Liverpool have decided not to appeal the ban.

The Uruguay international’s ill discipline gives Jurgen Klopp a headache, with Roberto Firmino among the long list of Liverpool players currently out injured. Nunez has received quite the backlash over the past 24 hours and he has now taken to social media to respond.

“I am aware of the ugly attitude I had. I’m here to learn from my mistakes and it won’t happen again,” he wrote in Spanish on Twitter. “Apologies to Liverpool all. I’ll be back,” he added in a separate tweet in English alongside a picture of him passing Klopp to head down the tunnel.

Klopp has already made clear his disappointment by telling Sky Sports: “Darwin knows [he let his teammates down]. I will talk to him. It was not a reaction we want to see

“He know he will be challenged in this way, centre-halves will do that, but it is not a reaction we want. But we will use the time productively. We will use the suspension for physical work to make him strong – not a punishment but to make him stronger.”

Liverpool midfielder James Milner was also on post-match duties on Monday. He said: “He is going to be disappointed in that. We have to get around him and rally. He will learn from it.”

His red card capped a terrible night for Nunez, who was guilty of missing two clear-cut opportunities before he reacted badly to Andersen following a minor clash off the ball. The £85million striker volleyed over at the back post early on before hitting the post with a scuffed effort from Harvey Elliott’s ball over the top.

Liverpool will be without Nunez for their next three matches. The first is a trip to Old Trafford, where Liverpool will hope for a repeat of last season’s resounding victory against Manchester United. He will also miss the home games against Bournemouth and Newcastle United, but will be available to return for the Merseyside Derby away to Everton on September 3.

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Cristiano Ronaldo says truth will come out in tell-all interview amid Man Utd U-turn

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Cristiano Ronaldo says truth will come out in tell-all interview amid Man Utd U-turn

Cristiano Ronaldo has declared that the truth about his Manchester United exit saga will come out “in a couple of weeks,” while pledging to give a tell-all interview.

The 37-year-old icon has been unable to secure a move away from Old Trafford with merely 15 days of the summer transfer window remaining. Instead, Ronaldo has reluctantly featured under new manager Erik ten Hag in humiliating back-to-back Premier League defeats, as the Red Devils have started the 2022-23 season with a whimper.

Having kept tight-lipped over his future in public other than to shut down some bits of speculation such as rumours of a fairytale return to Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese superstar has once again broken his silence – this time in the most intriguing manner.

Responding to the speculation via Instagram on Tuesday evening, six days before United are due to face old foes Liverpool in a grudge match at Old Trafford, Ronaldo wrote: “They know the truth when they interview in a couple weeks. The media is telling lies. I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.”

Having missed the club’s pre-season tour due to what the club described as “family reasons,” the official word from Old Trafford was that their legendary No.7 was firmly not for sale. Now, though, Mirror Football understands that Ten Hag has lost patience with Ronaldo’s downbeat demeanour in and around their Carrington training complex, with the Red Devils becoming open to a sale.

Still, United want to receive a substantial fee and have ruled out terminating his contract, a notion which agent Jorge Mendes is said to have suggested to the Old Trafford board during showdown talks over his megastar client’s hotly-debated future. Ronaldo has been regaining his match fitness during the early stages of the campaign, with Ten Hag having to integrate him due to fellow forward Anthony Martial ‘s absence.

The Red Devils boss was questioned on his star striker’s future ahead of Saturday’s horror show at Brentford, as United lost 4-0. “I deal with the players we have, we plan with him this season,” Ten Hag stated. We are happy with him and now we have to fit him into the team. He has to come to the right fitness levels so that he can do the job we expect him to do.”

Television presenter and journalist Piers Morgan, who claims to be in touch with Ronaldo, tweeted after seeing his comments on Instagram: “As someone who’s been talking to Cristiano throughout this period, I’d say he’s being generous when he says 5… there’s been so much woefully inaccurate & disrespectful garbage written & said about him this year.”

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11 transfers Man Utd should target to help Erik ten Hag avoid debut-season catastrophe

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11 transfers Man Utd should target to help Erik ten Hag avoid debut-season catastrophe

Manchester United’s disastrous start to the new season has underlined the urgent need for them to make a number of key signings before transfer deadline day.

With just 15 days left until the window shuts on September 1, the pressure is on United – currently rock-bottom of the Premier League – to sign the players they need to rescue a season that is already in crisis.

After spending £1billion on transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 with the club’s last league title, United are at their lowest point, with an under-performing squad that is not fit for purpose.

So far, United have signed just three players – Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, and midfielder Christian Eriksen – but they need at least four more big signings if new boss Erik ten Hag is to have any chance of pushing up the table.

United’s reluctance to spend big can no longer be justified after such a humiliating start to the campaign, with the Red Devils likely to have to spend around £200million – in addition to the £65m already spent – on the players they need.

Mirror Sport takes on a scouting role, identifying and assessing the players United should be looking at if they are to give Ten Hag the squad he needs to make United competitive again. They won’t get them all of course, but they desperately need something, and two or three would certainly help…

Goalkeepers

Illan Meslier (Leeds)

David De Gea’s calamitous display in the 4-0 rout at Brentford underlined the need for competition, after Dean Henderson went on loan to Nottingham Forest. Meslier, valued at £25m, is the ideal choice, adept at playing the ball out from the back as Ten Hag wants, and could ultimately replace De Gea.

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle)

Newcastle’s capture of Nick Pope from Burnley has seen Dubravka demoted to No.2. With De Gea’s future as United’s No.1 far from certain, Dubravka could be tempted by the prospect of becoming first-choice at United.

Defenders
Pau Torres (Villarreal)

Spain international Torres has long been linked with a move to United’s neighbours, Manchester City, but has yet to leave Villarreal. Torres is a superb reader of the game, strong in the air and likes to bring the ball out from the back, all attributes that would suit the style of play Ten Hag wants to impose.

Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)

Just 20, Gvrardiol already has 10 caps for Croatia and is emerging as one of the most promising central defenders in Europe. United have signed a left-footed centre-back in Lisandro Martinez, but recruiting Gvardiol would allow Ten Hag to push Martinez into midfield, where he played at times for Ajax.

Midfielders

Declan Rice (West Ham)

Ten Hag admitted in pre-season he would like to sign English players, but they are simply too expensive. United are unwilling to meet West Ham’s £100m valuation of England midfielder Rice, although he is precisely the profile of the player they need to build their midfield around.

Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig)

United’s former interim boss Ralf Rangnick recommended Laimer to the club before he was jettisoned after his unsuccessful spell in charge. The Austria international would suit the high-pressing style Ten Hag wants to play and would be in United’s price range at around £30m.

Ruben Neves (Wolves)

Another technically gifted, high-pressing midfielder, Neves has been on United’s radar for some time and scored a 25-yard wonder goal against them in a 1-1 draw in August 2019. At 25, and with five seasons in the Premier League, he would slot it seamlessly at United.

Wingers/forwards
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)

Liverpool were heavily linked to Bowen, before signing Luis Diaz, but the West Ham and England wide man would be a superb fit for United. West Ham would be reluctant to sell and, with three years left on his contract, United would have to pay up to £70m for him, but it would be worth it.

Cody Gakpo (PSV Eindhoven)

Dutch winger Gakpo is valued at around £35m by PSV, managed by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The 23-year-old scored 21 goals in 47 games last season and impressed Ten Hag when he was manager of Ajax. After being priced out of a move for Ajax forward Antony, United should move for Gakpo, who has the hunger and quality to be a hit at Old Trafford.

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

Another player recommended to United by Rangnick, Nkunku’s versatility in being able to play anywhere across the forward line makes him a shrewd investment. A right-footed forward, adept at beating opponents and with impressive pace and finishing, the 24-year-old France international, valued at around £65m, would immediately improve United’s attacking threat.

Anthony Gordon (Everton)

Chelsea have seen a £45m bid for Gordon rejected, but United could go in with a higher offer to try to land the highly-rated forward. United sent a scout to Goodison Park on the opening weekend of the season to assess Gordon, 21, a fearless and forthright forward, who would add some much-needed impetus to their limp attack.

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