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Sebastian Soto scored twice to fire the United States into the U20 World Cup quarterfinals with a shock 3-2 win against France on Tuesday.

The U.S. started brightly with Soto slotting home the game’s opener on a counter-attack, curling a shot around goalkeeper Alban Lafont after Richard Ledezma sprang him behind the France defense with a perfect through ball.

However, tournament favorites France struck back just before half-time with a counter-attack of their own, Amine Gouiri beating U.S. keeper Brady Scott from a Moussa Diaby pass as the teams went to the dressing room level at 1-1 at the break.

Nabil Alioui put France ahead soon after the restart, firing home from close range following some intense pressure on the U.S. defense to start the second half.

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The U.S. responded well to the go-ahead goal from France and was back on level terms in the 74th minute when Soto scored his second of the match, finishing cooly from close range after Timothy Weah had split open Les Bleus’ defense with lovely outside-of-the-foot pass.

Soto’s double put him on four goals for the tournament to join an elite list of U.S. U20 players to accomplish the feat including Josh Sargent (2017), Jozy Altidore (2007), Eddie Johnson (2003), and Taylor Twellman (1999).

Minutes later, the U.S. took the lead again when Lafont spilled a Sergio Dest shot back in front of goal and the onrushing Justin Rennicks buried it into the back of the net to make it 3-2 in favor of Tab Ramos’ side.

The result means the U.S. are into the quarterfinals of the U20 World Cup for a third-straight time — a first for the U.S. — and will face Ecuador in the next round.

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Luke Shaw took home a pair of awards on Thursday after being named Manchester United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and narrowly beat fellow defender Victor Lindelof to earn the Players’ Player of the Year honours for the 2018-19 season.

Lindelof and Paul Pogba finished second and third, respectively, in the fan vote for overall Player of the Year honours, the club announced on their official website.

Shaw, 23, made 40 appearances in all competitions over the course of the season and received one more vote than Lindelof in a vote by for the players’ player prize.

“It means a lot especially coming from the lads,” Shaw said. “They’ve always stuck by me when other people haven’t and they’ve always helped me along my rough journey, but it’s brilliant, and of course thanks to them all for voting.”

Meanwhile, goal of the season honours went to Andreas Pereira for his spectacular strike in a 3-2 victory over Southampton on March 2.

Meanwhile, Tahith Chong beat fellow nominees James Garner and Angel Gomes to the Reserve Team Player of the Year award after a season in which he was joint-top scorer for the Under-23s. Chong, 19, also made his senior debut in an FA Cup tie vs. Reading in January.

Mason Greenwood claimed the Youth Team Player of the Year prize — succeeding last year’s winner Chong — by finishing ahead of Garner and Dylan Levitt in a fan vote. The 17-year-old scored 30 goals across the U17, U18 and U23 age groups and made his debut for United’s first team at Paris Saint-Germain in March.

Midfielder Katie Zelem won the Women’s Player of the Year award by fan vote in a campaign in which she has scored 11 goals with one match yet to play.

United finished outside of the Champions League places during a turbulent 2018-19 campaign that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replace Jose Mourinho as manager after the Portuguese was sacked on Dec. 18.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Manchester United cannot afford many more slip ups in the race for the top four after a 2-1 defeat to Wolves.

United slipped to their third defeat in four games in all competitions and their second at Molineux in the space of three weeks to remain fifth in the Premier League table on a night when they could have risen to third with a victory.

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Solskjaer had set his team a target of 15 points from the last seven games meaning United now need to win five of their remaining six fixtures.

“I’ve said we need 15 points in last seven games or 18 from the last eight,” Solskjaer told a news conference. “We’ve got three against Watford so now we need 15 in the last six, so we don’t have room for many more losses, no.”

United are battling Totttenham, Chelsea and Arsenal for two places in next season’s Champions League. Their run-in includes a trip to Everton and home games against Manchester City and Chelsea but Solskjaer insists he is not concerned by the tricky fixture list as the campaign reaches its climax.

“It is a difficult run but we are a very good team so it will be difficult for those who play against us,” said Solskjaer. “This was always going to be a very tough game and the performance deserved a win.”

United could have been 3-0 up inside the first 20 minutes before Diogo Jota cancelled out Scott McTominay’s first senior goal. Ashley Young was shown a red card in the second half after picking up two bookings inside five minutes before Chris Smalling scored an own goal 13 minutes from time.

“It was a very good start, we should have been 3-0 up and we created our own downfall really,” said Solskjaer. “Very good performance until they scored the second goal, I have to say, apart from 10 minutes after they scored the one-each goal when we seemed flustered but we got back into it and but for their keeper we should have won this game.

“It was probably a bad decision [from Young] but in the heat of the moment he reached the ball but it was just a little bit too high. It made it more difficult.”

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Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that his future club Barcelona urged him and his Ajax teammates to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League.

De Jong joins Barcelona — who have beaten Madrid in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga over the last week — next season after a deal was completed in January.

The Netherlands international, whose Ajax team travel to Madrid on Tuesday looking to overcome a 2-1 deficit, said Barca had urged him to help inflict a defeat on their oldest rivals.

“I spoke to them when I signed the contract and they told me to try to knock out Real Madrid, as that would be great for Barca too,” he said.

De Jong urged Ajax to be courageous and said he believed they could cause a shock by eliminating Madrid, who have lost their last three home games.

“We have to play on the attack, put them under pressure and play great football,” he said.

“If everyone contributes, we have enough quality to cause a surprise.”

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is suspended on Tuesday because of an accumulation of yellow cards.

“Ramos is Madrid’s boss on the field and in the backline,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said on Monday.

“His absence clearly is a loss tactically, but also mentally. It’s a loss that will clearly be felt by Real Madrid. It obviously won’t be as good as a team as if it had Ramos on the field.”

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Mauricio Pochettino believes he would have been sacked by now if he had delivered domestic cups at Tottenham instead of top-four finishes — and he says his ambition is to win the Premier League and Champions League with the club.

Spurs have not won silverware since 2008. But, as they prepare to begin their FA Cup campaign at Tranmere on Friday, Pochettino feels their status in the top flight and Europe outweighs the emptiness of the trophy cabinet, and that the north Londoners should be targeting the top prizes.

“If it’s only the objective to win the Carabao Cup and be in the middle of the table in the Premier League, I think today we’re not talking how we’re talking here,” Pochettino said. “I think I [would have been] sacked a few years ago, for sure, with two or three Carabao Cups or FA Cups.

“If you don’t finish how we’ve finished in the last three seasons [but win] the FA Cup, I don’t know if Daniel [Levy, the chairman] would have too much patience with me or is very nice and says, ‘OK you’re 10th in the Premier League, I keep you and even give you a new contract.’ I don’t believe that.

“What is success? Of course, we’re the first that will want to win a trophy but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a very successful thing or put Tottenham in a different level.

“What puts you in a different level is if you win the Premier League and you’re capable of challenging every season for the Premier League, and if you play Champions League and you really believe and you’re a real contender one day to win the Champions League. That’s my objective in Tottenham.

“If my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Capital One Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham. My ambition is to win the Champions League one day with Tottenham, or the Premier League.”

Pochettino has stated his intention to pick “a strong starting XI” against Tranmere. But, since it is Spurs’ fifth match in 13 days, the Argentine is likely to rest senior stars against the League Two side, saving them for Tuesday’s showdown with Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals.

Pochettino may call upon squad men such as Fernando Llorente and even Georges-Kevin Nkoudou — two players who would probably be allowed to leave this month if acceptable offers arrived — after insisting that the January transfer window will not affect his selection plans.

“You know how I think, that in my mind always it’s to try to put away the personal situations,” said Pochettino. “I cannot be affected if some player wants to leave or some player is in negotiations, or because he has six months left or one year and a half.

“For me, it’s about performance and about deserving to play. My interest is to win tomorrow. Tomorrow my decisions are only football decisions — it’s not what happens outside of the pitch.”

Pochettino has admitted it will be difficult to sign players until others are sold, but he insists he will not put pressure on anyone to leave.

“No one put the gun to the club to sign some players,” he said. “When you sign a contract, it’s because we were all agreed and you need to respect the contract, like the players need to respect the club. I’m more than happy if all the players are going to be here after Feb. 1. That’s not a problem for me.”

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Southampton have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Mark Hughes with former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl the favourite to replace him.

Hughes, who signed a three-year contract in May, won just five of his 27 games in charge at St. Mary’s and leaves with the club 18th in the Premier League following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Assistant manager Mark Bowen and coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club, while Kelvin Davis will take charge of Wednesday’s game at Tottenham.

Southampton said in a statement the search for Hughes’ replacement is already underway.

The former Stoke and Manchester City boss helped guide Southampton to Premier League survival last season after joining in March on a short-term deal, before extending that at the end of the campaign.

However, he has been unable to steer the club further away from the relegation zone this campaign, having won just once in 14 Premier League games.

Southampton reached the FA Cup semifinals last year — their furthest run in the competition since 2003 when they reached the final — after Hughes took charge at the quarterfinal stage, but were beaten 2-0 by eventual winners Chelsea.

The Saints will face Arsenal and Manchester City as well as relegation rivals Cardiff and Huddersfield before the new year, and are currently a point from safety.

Hughes becomes the second Premier League manager to be sacked this season, after Fulham replaced Slavisa Jokanovic with Claudio Ranieri in November.

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Pep Guardiola said he was sorry his Manchester City side scored from the penalty spot after a mistake from the officials in the 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Raheem Sterling burst into the penalty area and went down, without any contact or even a challenge, after driving his foot into the ground as he attempted a chip. Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai awarded the spot-kick and Gabriel Jesus slotted home.

Both managers said after the game that the referee had made a mistake, with Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca laughing as he described the decision as “ridiculous” and Sterling claimed he had apologised to the official.

“We realised it wasn’t a penalty [after being asked if Sterling could have told the referee],” Guardiola said. “Raheem could have told the referee. We don’t like to score in that situation.

“You know VAR and what it is — the referee must be helped because they don’t want to make mistakes.

“The game is so fast these days. It takes 10 seconds for somebody to say something to the referee.”

Asked if he would tell a player to pass the ball to the keeper if it happened again, he replied: “A coach would never say that. But I’m young, I will learn.”

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Former France and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires advised Paul Pogba to “say nothing, play football” at Manchester United.

Pogba, who is currently on international duty with defending World Cup champions France, has seen his relationship with club manager Jose Mourinho deteriorate amid the team’s slow start to the season, leading to reports he could leave the team in the near future.

And Pires, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, said: “For Paul Pogba, the best is to say nothing. He’s a great player. If Man United paid a lot of money for him, it’s because he’s a good player.

“His relation with the manager may not be so good but he’s a professional. It’s very important for him to be focussed on Man United, on the pitch.

“Now say nothing, play football and walk out — that’s my advice for Paul Pogba.”

Pires said Pogba should try to repair his relationship with Mourinho, or at least make sure it was amenable and that he performed on the pitch.

Pires also said that France can emulate his side of a generation ago and back up the World Cup with a European Championship trohpy in two years’ time.

The 44-year-old Pires was a teammate of current national manager Didier Deschamps that backed up their World Cup win in 1998 with a Euro crown in 2000. Pires said with his former captain in charge, there was no reason why the current side could not repeat the performance in the tournament that will be held across 12 cities in Europe in 2020.

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“The Euro is the next opportunity for Deschamps. He has a very good team, a young team, very talented,” said Pires, who was in India as an ambassador for La Liga.

“Now everybody knows the names, the players. He can make a double of World and Euro champion.

“But it will be difficult because I think winning the Euro is more complicated, more difficult. But we have a good chance to win the trophy in two years.”

Pires, who said he had a “good feeling” about the team’s chances ahead of the tournament in Russia, recognised the similarities between his side and this generation’s champions.

“I had a good feeling about the team this year,” Pires said. “It was a bit similar between 1998 and this time. We had a good team, good manager, good young players.

“Didier Deschamps had a big role. Even in 1998, he had a big role. He was the captain. You need a player like him.

“Technically he’s not so good but he was a warrior on the pitch.

While Pires had acknowledged there were similarities between the team he played in and the current French side, there was no question who was the most talented.

“Sorry, no the current team was not better than us,” he said. “The 1998 team was much better.

“We played with Zinedine Zidane and Youri Djorkaeff, the quality was very, very good.”

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has been handed a three-match suspension after receiving his first career red card in Saturday’s 4-2 win away at Nimes in Ligue 1.

The France international was booked in the first half and shown a straight red when he clashed with Teji Savanier after an ugly challenge from the Nimes man near the end of the match.

Although Mbappe apologised to PSG’s travelling supporters after the incident, he also insisted that he would do the same again if he could replay the moment.

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The French league’s disciplinary committee published their latest verdicts on Wednesday, stating that the 19-year-old will miss the French champions’ Ligue 1 clashes with Saint-Etienne, Rennes and Reims — the last of which comes four days before PSG’s Champions League group stage opener against Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Savanier has landed a five-game suspension for his role in the incident.

Savanier had been given a one-match suspended sentence that had been carried over from his time in Ligue 2 last season. And he was handed a further four games for the clash with Mbappe.

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Paul Pogba revealed that Manchester United do not have a designated penalty-taker, following an on-pitch discussion with Alexis Sanchez in their Premier League-opening 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday.

United were awarded a penalty in the opening two minutes when Daniel Amartey handled the ball, and after Pogba tried to take the ball to the spot, he was met by an insistent Sanchez.

The players appeared to briefly state their cases about who should take the shot, but Pogba — named captain for the day by Jose Mourinho — won out and converted his attempt to give United an early lead.

Pogba explained his side of the incident after the game and said he would not always be taking penalties for United this season.

“We don’t have a penalty-taker, it’s how we feel, and I decided to take it,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis.”

It was the first game back with United for Pogba after his World Cup-winning exploits, and he said it was challenge to find his form before eventually giving way to substitute Marouane Fellaini in the 84th minute.

“We should start the Premier League with a win and we did,” he said. “I didn’t have any preseason games, I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs. We played very well, the performance was OK. We want to go up.”

He also said he’d moved past the excitement of the summer, adding: “Winning the World Cup is in the past. I like challenges, I want to progress and win more trophies.”

Pogba’s goal was the only tally until Luke Shaw’s run into the box and shot to the far post doubled United’s advantage in the 83rd minute.

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It was the first senior goal for the 23-year-old left-back as he opened his seventh season in the Premier League, and it turned out to be a match-winner as well, after Jamie Vardy headed home a rebound to get a goal back for Leicester in the 92nd minute.

“It’s the best feeling I have had in my career. I have worked really hard over the preseason and I had a lot of time to reflect, and work on what I needed to,” Shaw told Sky. “Even tonight, I know I can be better and that is what I want to keep showing the manager.”

Shaw’s first touch from a Sanchez cross took a fortuitous bounce around Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira, and the former Southampton defender pounced and fired a shot past Kasper Schmeichel to score.

“It was my first goal and that is all that was important, it doesn’t matter how I scored,” he said. “I was meant to come inside and I managed to get in front of him and put it in.”

Shaw wasn’t positive his goal meant he’d remain a first-choice starter for Mourinho, but he said he’s set his sights high.

“I don’t want to speak too soon after one game but I want to be up there with the best left-backs in the world,” he said. “I have the foundations to do that here with the manager and my team-mates at Manchester United. I want to play for England and I want to be involved again.

“I don’t think I was playing as well as I could with my attacking capabilities last season, and that’s what I’m known for.”