Man United, Arsenal castoffs find new homes in Serie A
ROME (AP) — Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling.
The names read like a team sheet from a recent Manchester United-Arsenal matchup.
Man United revamp: Smalling latest player heading for Italy
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United's revamp under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Chris Smalling become the third player to leave the club for the Italian league this...
Inter signs Alexis Sanchez on loan from Man United
MILAN (AP) — Forward Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on loan after underperforming at Manchester United.
Inter and United both confirmed the season-long deal Thursday.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Despite another ankle injury, Alexis Sanchez led Chile to the quarterfinals of the Copa America.
Playing in pain after getting hurt in the first half, Sanchez scored...
SAO PAULO (AP) — Chile's experienced Copa America team proved too good for Japan's young squad.
The two-time defending champions opened their Copa America campaign with a 4-0 win over the...
SAO PAULO (AP) — Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda says forward Alexis Sanchez has recovered from an ankle problem and could start the team's Copa America opener against Japan on Monday.
PSG becoming Champions League specialists in failure
PARIS (AP) — There really are no excuses left for Paris Saint-Germain.
For the second time in three seasons, the cash-rich French club made the wrong kind of Champions League history in a...
PARIS (AP) — Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez faces up to six weeks out with a right knee injury.
The 30-year-old Sanchez was forced off during United's 3-2 victory against...
A captain without the armband, Herrera key to United revival
Ander Herrera strode up to Alexis Sanchez after the final whistle, clasped his teammate's hand forcefully, pushed him aggressively in the chest and squeezed him tight.
Man United forwards Martial, Lingard out for 2-3 weeks
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United could be without forwards Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial for at least two weeks.
In the 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday, Lingard was substituted just before halftime with a hamstring injury. Martial's groin problem saw him withdrawn before the start of the second half.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the players will be "out for two to three weeks, looking at it now."
FA Cup: Sanchez scores on Arsenal return as United advances
LONDON (AP) — Booed throughout his return to Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez responded to the rancor with a rare goal for Manchester United and reveled in the celebrations.
The forward's fifth goal in 33 appearances since leaving Arsenal a year ago set United on its way to a 3-1 victory on Friday that booked a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
A year later, Sanchez still looking to prove worth at United
The piano-playing video announcing his arrival generated record social-media interactions, and sales of his No. 7 jersey went through the roof in the club shop.
By that measure, Alexis Sanchez couldn't have been more of a let-down in his first 12 months at Manchester United.
Man United revitalized with Solskjaer at the wheel
They've quickly created a song for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
"Ole's at the wheel," the United faithful chant about their new manager. "Tell me how good does it feel."
Much, much better than it did under Jose Mourinho.
The cloud over England's biggest soccer club has been lifted since United fired Mourinho, perhaps its most divisive manager ever, last month and replaced him with its former striker from Norway.
Another win for Solskjaer as 2 EPL teams ousted from FA Cup
Alexis Sanchez was resting up in the Manchester United dugout moments after getting substituted when he got a tap on the arm.
It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, telling him to get out of the manager's seat and find another.
There's no doubt who's the boss inside Old Trafford these days.
Solskjaer gets record-tying 5th straight win as United coach
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has some serious selection dilemmas to weigh up as he looks to make more history in his record-setting start as Manchester United manager.
United beat second-tier struggler Reading 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday for a fifth straight win since Solskjaer replaced the fired Jose Mourinho last month. It ties the record of Matt Busby, who also won his first five games in charge in the 1946-47 season.
United beats Newcastle 2-0 for 4th win under Solskjaer
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became only the second manager to win his first four matches in charge of Manchester United as his team beat Newcastle 2-0 thanks to second-half goals by Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on Wednesday.
Matt Busby was the other coach to achieve that feat, in 1946, putting Solskjaer in great company as he continues his perfect start to life at the helm of the club after replacing the fired Jose Mourinho last month.
Arsenal playmaker Mkhitaryan sidelined for at least 6 weeks
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan for at least six weeks because of an injury to his right foot, the London club said on Monday.
The Armenia playmaker fractured a metatarsal in Wednesday's 2-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat by neighbor Tottenham and was replaced at half-time.
The 29-year-old Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal from Premier League rival Manchester United last January in an exchange deal that saw Chile striker Alexis Sanchez travel in the opposite direction.
Mourinho expects to be without Sanchez until January
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects striker Alexis Sanchez to be out injured until January.
Mourinho says Sanchez sustained a hamstring injury on Thursday in a training session ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Southampton.
Mourinho says "the painful scream and the way the injury happened, I know it's going to be for a long time."
‘Lucky’ Mourinho criticizes Man United despite victory
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho described himself as "the luckiest manager in the Premier League" after a last-gasp goal from substitute Marcus Rashford earned Manchester United a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
United looked completely out of sorts early on and trailed in the 11th minute after the unmarked Callum Wilson converted Junior Stanislas' cross from close range.
After United recovers to win, Mourinho lashes out at critics
LONDON (AP) — Just when Jose Mourinho needed it most, Manchester United dug deep to pull off a gutsy victory.
The under-fire manager still managed to lash out at detractors after the 3-2 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, claiming he would even be blamed for the weather and the progress of Brexit negotiations.
Mourinho attacks “wickedness” after thrilling Man U win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho lashed at his critics after Manchester United's thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Newcastle on Saturday, calling the attacks against him "wickedness" and "man-hunting."
Three goals in the last 20 minutes by Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, and Alexis Sanchez earned United its first English Premier League win since the opening round, as it rallied from conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes.
Man U slips further behind Man City and Liverpool after loss
LONDON (AP) — After a third loss in seven English Premier League games so far, Jose Mourinho was quick to apportion blame for Manchester United's collapse at West Ham.
While the moans about refereeing decisions were predictable after the 3-1 loss on Saturday, holding the media partly responsible was a fresher excuse to pour scorn on another ineffective display by Anthony Martial.
Sanchez spark still missing for Manchester United
LONDON (AP) — After a rare tournament-free summer and with a full preseason under his belt, Alexis Sanchez was expected to be a key performer for Manchester United in the early weeks of the Premier League.
He'd be fresh while other teammates fought weariness from the World Cup. Finally, we'd see the best of the Chile forward after his January move from Arsenal.
Lukaku double gives Man United 2-0 win at Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Romelu Lukaku's first-half double gave an improved Manchester United a 2-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
Only a second-half penalty miss from Paul Pogba, and Marcus Rashford's sending off shortly after, prevented United from producing the margin of victory its dominant performance merited.
Pogba scores as Man United wins Premier League opener
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captaincy when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester as the English Premier League season opened on Friday.
Having returned from France's triumph in Russia last month to intense media speculation about his future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named skipper of a team that included debutant Fred.
Mkhitaryan, Sanchez prosper at new homes after transfer swap
LONDON (AP) — After a rare English Premier League swap deal, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan made an immediate impact at their new homes on Saturday.
Sanchez injected a fresh dose of dynamism to Manchester United and scored — immediately after a penalty was parried — on his debut to seal a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.
Man U manager Mourinho says atmosphere quiet at Old Trafford
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho has criticized the atmosphere at "quiet" Old Trafford on Alexis Sanchez's home debut.
The Chile forward, who joined last month from Arsenal, netted the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Mourinho says "the atmosphere is a bit quiet and there is not very" much enthusiasm.
Marquee signings could be solutions, problems for EPL powers
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It was the obvious question, and a fairly unconvincing answer.
Just how was Arsene Wenger planning to fit newcomers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan into an Arsenal attack already containing previous club-record signings Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette?
"It's always possible," Wenger said on Friday, with a furrowed brow. "Will I do it? Maybe. I don't know."
Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record $80 million
Arsenal paid a club-record fee of 63.75 million euros ($80 million) to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, completing the overhaul of the team's attack that was triggered by Alexis Sanchez's departure to Manchester United.
10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United
LONDON (AP) — Watched by the Premier League's biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition's fastest goals.
Manchester United hadn't even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
"It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch," Eriksen said after Tottenham's 2-0 victory.
Mkhitaryan out to prove he can cut it in English soccer
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's farewell note to Manchester United's fans said much about his state of mind.
"At this stage of my career," he wrote on Instagram after moving to Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez, "I simply have to enjoy myself on the pitch and play."
Sanchez sets up 2 goals on Man United debut in FA Cup win
YEOVIL, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez set up two goals on a lively debut as Manchester United won 4-0 at fourth-tier side Yeovil in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.
The Chile forward, who joined from Premier League rival Arsenal on Monday, created goals for striker Marcus Rashford and midfielder Ander Herrera before coming off with around 20 minutes remaining.
Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku added late goals in southwest England at modest Huish Park, which has a capacity below 10,000.
Wenger says Arsenal to blame for Sanchez missing doping test
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club is to blame for Alexis Sanchez missing a doping test on the day the forward completed his move to Manchester United.
Wenger was reacting to reports that Sanchez has fallen foul of the English Football Association's whereabouts rule by allegedly not being present for a routine doping test on Monday. On that day, Sanchez was in the northwest of England, tying up his transfer to United as part of a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
‘Dream big’: Tiny Yeovil looks to take down United in FA Cup
Among the flurry of tweets posted Monday night in response to Alexis Sanchez's transfer to Manchester United was one from the media department of tiny English fourth-tier club Yeovil.
"You said you've joined 'the biggest club in the world', Alexis Sanchez," it read, "so it's only right you start your Manchester United career in the biggest away dressing room in League Two."
Street footballer Sanchez to provide spark at Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez was welcomed to Manchester United by its greatest manager when he arrived at Old Trafford on Monday to put the finishing touches to his high-profile transfer from Arsenal.
Alex Ferguson was spotted chatting to Sanchez and his representative outside the ground, eight years after trying — but failing — to bring the Chile international to United from Italian team Udinese.
Arsenal, United complete swap deal for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United on Monday in a rare swap deal among two of England's top teams that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal.
"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world," said Sanchez, a former Barcelona player who had an opportunity to join United's neighbor and fierce Premier League rival, Manchester City.
Aguero lifts Man City as Chelsea, Arsenal turn on goal power
LONDON (AP) — Who needs Alexis Sanchez? That may have been the message Sergio Aguero was trying to deliver as he inspired runaway leader Manchester City to a 3-1 home victory over Newcastle on Saturday.
City pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal striker Sanchez earlier this month, leaving the way clear for Manchester United to seal an expected deal for the highly rated Chile forward in the next few days.
Mourinho says Sanchez deal close after United win
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Anthony Martial scored his third goal in as many Premier League games as second-placed Manchester United won 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday.
After the game, United manager Jose Mourinho said he expected the big-money deal to sign Chile striker Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to go through soon.
"I expect soon or never," said Mourinho. "I think it's so close — so close that if it doesn't happen (soon) it's not going to happen.
Arsenal hits 4 goals after leaving out Man U-bound Sanchez
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal eased to a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday after striker Alexis Sanchez was left out ahead of his expected move to Manchester United.
The hosts were three goals ahead in 13 minutes and 4-0 up in 22 minutes through Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette as Arsene Wenger's team moved within five points of the top four.
Martial grabs winner as United squeeze past Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Anthony Martial scored his third goal in as many Premier League games as second-placed Manchester United won 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday.
It was United's fourth successive victory while Burnley, who earned a point at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, slipped to its fourth straight loss of 2018.
Jose Mourinho's team, which is hoping to seal a big-money move for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez in the next few days, lacked thrust up front early on.
United waits on Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap deal, City moves on
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho appeared to be in the dark about the progress of Manchester United's attempt to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a potential swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola seemed to know more.
"I think he is going to go to United," Guardiola said about Sanchez, "so congratulations for both of them."
Son rising to celebrated status in Premier League
He's the humble Tottenham attacker in the form of his life, breaking records in the Premier League and helping to carry his nation's hopes heading into the World Cup.
Son Heung-min might operate in the shadow of Harry Kane at the London club — after all, who doesn't? — but there is a growing appreciation of the artistry and end product of the South Korean and he is establishing himself as one of the best forwards in English soccer.
AP Source: Man City ends interest in signing Alexis Sanchez
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United's chances of signing Alexis Sanchez were boosted on Monday when fierce rival Manchester City ended its interest in signing the Arsenal forward.
City is unwilling to match the transfer fee and related costs to sign Sanchez that are being offered by United or Chelsea, which is the latest contender for his signature, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. City also didn't want to make Sanchez the highest-earning player at the club.
Man United beats Stoke 3-0, reduces City’s lead to 12 points
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With Alexis Sanchez potentially on his way to Manchester United, two members of the current forward line issued reminders of their goal-scoring talents on Monday.
Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku, whose places in the team would be threatened by the arrival of Sanchez, both netted in United's 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Stoke in the English Premier League.
Mkhitaryan left out by Man U amid uncertainty over future
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of the squad for the English Premier League match against Stoke because there are "doubts about his future."
Mourinho says, "I would lie if I said it was a pure tactical decision. It was just a choice of the players that we know, in this moment, they have 100 percent their heads in Manchester United."
Without Sanchez, Arsenal loses 2-1 to Bournemouth in EPL
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — With star forward Alexis Sanchez left at home, Arsenal squandered a lead by conceding two goals in five minutes to lose 2-1 at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
Callum Wilson equalized in the 70th minute for Bournemouth before setting up Jordon Ibe for the winner in the 74th minute, intensifying Arsenal's problems in what could be developing into another crisis under Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal omits Sanchez amid interest from Manchester clubs
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was left out of the Premier League game against Bournemouth on Sunday, with manager Arsene Wenger saying a decision on the player's future was imminent amid interest from Manchester City and Manchester United.
"He's being vague. We have left him at home because of the situation," Wenger said after arriving at Bournemouth. "I still don't know what is going to happen."
Arsenal concedes late to draw at West Brom in EPL
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Arsenal conceded an 89th-minute goal from a disputed penalty to draw 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, spoiling Arsene Wenger's record 811th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.
Jay Rodriguez converted the equalizer from the spot after Calum Chambers was adjudged to have deliberately handled a cross from barely two meters away from former Arsenal player Kieran Gibbs.
Man City to weigh up bid for Sanchez, says Guardiola
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City will hold internal meetings to discuss whether to make a bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window, manager Pep Guardiola said Sunday.
City is set to be without Gabriel Jesus for up to two months after the striker was injured in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, leaving the Premier League leaders with just one out-and-out striker in Sergio Aguero.
City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was also injured against Palace.
Arsenal tops Crystal Palace 3-2 to stay close to EPL top 4
LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger admits Alexis Sanchez's future at Arsenal remains uncertain even after the Chilean scored twice to help beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the English Premier League on Thursday.
Sanchez has long been of interest to league leader Manchester City, and his tenure at Arsenal is set to come under renewed speculation ahead of the impending January transfer window.
"Nobody knows what will happen. It's difficult to speculate," Arsenal manager Wenger said.