What Pep Guardiola said to Paul Pogba after Man City 2-3 Man Utd

Paul Pogba may have turned around his Manchester United career in the space of 45 minutes.

The French midfielder, who rejoined the Red Devils almost two years ago in a deal worth £89.3 million, endured a disastrous first half against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

However, he then turned the match on its head in the second half, scoring two goals in as many minutes to drag Manchester United back into the match almost single-handedly.

It was Chris Smalling who eventually scored the winning goal, but the game’s standout performer was undoubtedly United’s most expensive player.

“I hope today he became a Man United player,” Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry said of Pogba after the match. “It’s a big statement.”

Guardiola told journalists on Friday that he turned down the chance to sign Pogba because he was too expensive.

However, the City boss added: “Pogba is an incredible player … A top, top player,”

What Guardiola said to Pogba

After the full-time whistle on Saturday, Guardiola went up to Pogba and had words with the former Juventus star.

Football fans on social media speculated over what Guardiola had said to Pogba – some of the more paranoid supporters assumed he was tapping him up ahead of a potential summer move – but what he actually said deserves a lot of respect.

Although his side had just been defeated and denied the chance to wrap up the Premier League title, Guardiola still took the time to congratulate Pogba over United’s victory.

This is according to the man himself, who was quoted by Man City’s official Twitter account as saying: “I congratulated him about the result.”

Pogba must have appreciated the gesture

Perhaps Pep was feeling a little guilty after publicly admitting that he didn’t want the France international at the Etihad Stadium.

Either way, it was a genuinely nice gesture that Pogba would surely would have appreciated.

Guardiola’s side will have another opportunity to wrap up the Premier League title when they take on Tottenham at Wembley next weekend.

Before that, however, they will attempt to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Isco’s girlfriend Sara Salamo receives death threats due to his poor form

Isco’s girlfriend Sara Salamo continues to be blamed for his loss of form at Real Madrid and she has gone to the police after receiving a death threat via message on Twitter.

Recently a media report alleged that she was responsible for his ‘vida loca’ lifestyle, to which she said that she would take legal action.

But now the saga took a more sinister twist with Salamo having the threatening message to which she replied to by writing on Twitter: “Hello, @police, this man who defines himself as misogynist is sending me these messages…”

The threatening tweet was deleted but it stated that ‘your days are numbered.’

Police responded to Salamo giving her advice on how she needs to behave.

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Arnautovic gives Moyes first win as Hammers boss

West Ham ended a run of eight successive Premier League matches without a win as they overcame the odds to beat Chelsea 1-0 in Saturday’s London derby, giving David Moyes his first triumph at the club.

The Hammers were cruelly denied a point late on at Manchester City last time out, but against Chelsea they looked almost impenetrable, frustrating Antonio Conte’s men throughout and preventing them from cutting the gap to Pep Guardiola’s leaders.

This was the 41st consecutive Premier League matchday in which Moyes started in the relegation zone, setting a new record, but his West Ham side showed plenty to suggest that they are by no means a lost cause during the first half.

They had the lead within six minutes thanks to a well-worked goal from Marko Arnautovic, his first for the club, before sitting deeper and looking solid at the back.

Chelsea threw men forward in desperate fashion towards the end, but West Ham’s stubbornness gave them little hope, as Conte’s men were left trailing City by 11 points, a margin which could be extended on Sunday after the Manchester derby.

Real Madrid 5 Sevilla 0: Ronaldo leads blistering Bernabeu rout

Cristiano Ronaldo capped a successful week by leading Real Madrid to a 5-0 demolition of Sevilla in Saturday’s LaLiga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old, who on Thursday was announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time in his career, scored twice in a devastating performance from the champions that saw them temporarily close to within five points of leaders Barcelona.

All five goals came in a breathtaking first half, in which Sevilla’s defensive frailties were brutally exposed by a Madrid side who counter-attacked in clinical fashion to record a fifth league win at home in a row.

Nacho Fernandez opened the scoring in the third minute after Eduardo Berizzo’s side failed to clear a corner, before Ronaldo put the champions in control with a composed finish and a penalty just after the half-hour mark to take his tally to 25 goals in 15 league games against the Andalusians.

Toni Kroos then scored for the first time in LaLiga since the opening-day win at Deportivo La Coruna after Ronaldo won back possession in his own half, before Achraf Hakimi got his first goal for the club four minutes later at the end of a spectacular half from Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Record-Equalling 5th Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling his arch-rival Lionel Messi’s record after a phenomenal season that saw him lead Real Madrid to the Champions League and the LaLiga title.

The 32-year-old, who is the all-time record goalscorer in the Champions League, was presented with the award, which recognises the best footballer in the world in a calendar year, in Paris on Thursday.

Gianluigi Buffon was placed fourth while the official confirmation regarding who among Neymar and Messi finished second is yet to come from France Football magazine.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane was the highest-ranked Englishman in 10th spot, while Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté finished eighth.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

4. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

6. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

7. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)

8. N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Who will win the Ballon d’Or? This year’s award explained and the nominees.

On December 7, one of the most prestigious prizes in football will be awarded as the 2017 winner of the Ballon d’Or is announced.

First given to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956, some of the greatest players to have played the game have claimed it in the past including Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, Eusebio and Alfredo di Stefano.

More recently, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award, with Kaka the last man other than them to win it back in 2007.

A total of 30 players are in contention to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or, a prize presented by the weekly football magazine France Football to the player it deems to be the best in the world over the calendar year.

In very French fashion, the identity of the 62nd Ballon d’Or winner will be broadcast on a dedicated television programme presented by former Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola. Shown at 6.45pm UK time on December 7 – the day before the December edition of France Football is available to buy – it will be broadcast on L’Equipe.

Who are Ballon d’Or 2017 nominees?

Messi, Ronaldo and 30 stars of football

Here are the 30 nominees:

🔰 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund
🔰 Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
🔰 Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus & Milan
🔰 Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus
🔰 Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
🔰 Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
🔰 Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
🔰 David de Gea – Manchester United
🔰 Paulo Dybala – Juventus
🔰 Edin Džeko – Roma
🔰 Radamel Falcao – Monaco
🔰 Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid
🔰 Eden Hazard – Chelsea
🔰 Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich
🔰 Isco – Real Madrid
🔰 Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
🔰 N’Golo Kanté – Chelsea
🔰 Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
🔰 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
🔰 Sadio Mané – Liverpool
🔰 Marcelo – Real Madrid
🔰 Kylian Mbappé – Monaco & Paris Saint-Germain
🔰 Dries Mertens – Napoli
🔰 Lionel Messi – Barcelona
🔰 Luka Modrić – Real Madrid
🔰 Neymar – Barcelona & Paris Saint-Germain
🔰 Jan Oblak – Atlético Madrid
🔰 Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
🔰 Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
🔰 Luis Suárez – Barcelona

De Gea Stars As United Survive Pogba Dismissal

Jesse Lingard scored twice but Manchester United relied on goalkeeper David de Gea to clinch victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

Manchester United survived the second-half dismissal of Paul Pogba to end Arsenal’s 12-game winning run at home in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium – but only thanks to the brilliance of David de Gea.

The Premier League heavyweights took part in a slugfest in the English capital, with Jose Mourinho’s side somehow surviving some seriously heavy punishment to run out victors and close the gap on leaders Manchester City to five points.