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Celtic ‘running out of time’ to sign strike target Ivan Toney 

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Barry Fry last night warned Celtic strike target Ivan Toney is close to slipping from their grasp.

Peterborough’s Director of Football was primed to expect a fresh bid from the SPFL champions after Sunday’s Premiership win over Hamilton.

After turning down an opening offer of £4million from Celtic nearly two weeks ago, however, Fry now expects the 24-year-old to put pen to paper with Brentford.

Peterborough's Director of Football says Celtic are running out of time to sign Ivan Toney

Peterborough's Director of Football says Celtic are running out of time to sign Ivan Toney

Peterborough’s Director of Football says Celtic are running out of time to sign Ivan Toney

Celtic is said to be Toney's preferred choice, but Peterborough say they have not heard back

Celtic is said to be Toney's preferred choice, but Peterborough say they have not heard back

Celtic is said to be Toney’s preferred choice, but Peterborough say they have not heard back

A heartbreak Championship play-off defeat for the Bees could still offer Celtic hope.

But Fry told Sportsmail: ‘They are running out of time now.

‘The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days.

‘Celtic would have been his preferred choice, but they are nowhere near it.

Celtic had a £4million offer for Toney rejected by Peterborough nearly two weeks ago

Celtic had a £4million offer for Toney rejected by Peterborough nearly two weeks ago

Celtic had a £4million offer for Toney rejected by Peterborough nearly two weeks ago

‘I heard from Ivan’s agent to say Celtic were coming back. That was Sunday evening after their first game.

‘They had heard Celtic would be coming back, but I haven’t heard anything.’

Neil Lennon is also keen on a loan deal for Swiss striker Albian Ajeti. The West Ham forward is currently on holiday after asking for more time to consider a move to Glasgow.

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Donny van de Beek laments Manchester United’s ‘really bad’ home defeat by Crystal Palace

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Donny van de Beek bemoaned Manchester United‘s ponderous play after falling to a ‘really bad’ home defeat to Crystal Palace on his debut.

The 23-year-old midfielder arrived from Ajax for a fee rising to £40million at the start of the month and made an immediate impression by coming off the bench to score on his first appearance.

But Van de Beek will not look back on his debut fondly as Palace deservedly won 3-1 at Old Trafford, where Andros Townsend’s early goal was complemented by a second-half Wilfried Zaha brace.

Donny van de Beek lamented Manchester United's 'really bad' 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace

Donny van de Beek lamented Manchester United's 'really bad' 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace

Donny van de Beek lamented Manchester United’s ‘really bad’ 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace

The 23-year-old midfielder came off the bench and scored in United's 3-1 home defeat

The 23-year-old midfielder came off the bench and scored in United's 3-1 home defeat

The 23-year-old midfielder came off the bench and scored in United’s 3-1 home defeat

The performance highlighted the need for improvements, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calling for introspection after his players fell ‘short’ of expectations on Saturday evening.

‘My first match for the club and then you want to win,’ Van de Beek said. ‘It doesn’t matter how you want to win.

‘I’m really disappointed that we lose 3-1 at home. I think it’s really bad.

‘Yeah (we did not have as much match sharpness as Palace) but last week in training we did really well.

Andros Townsend's early goal was complemented by a second-half Wilfried Zaha brace

Andros Townsend's early goal was complemented by a second-half Wilfried Zaha brace

Andros Townsend’s early goal was complemented by a second-half Wilfried Zaha brace

‘We trained good, so my feeling was really positive. But, yeah, today we played too slowly.

‘We went too long with the ball and I think against an opponent like Crystal Palace you need to speed up the game to create something. That was not good enough.’

Not only was Van de Beek candid in his assessment but the Holland international clearly took no consolation in netting on his debut.

‘To play for all the fans in stadiums like this it’s more nice to score,’ he said.

‘But still I scored but we lose and this is the most important thing, that we win.

‘We lose but it’s always really nice to play for a club like this.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for introspection after his players fell 'short' of expectations

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for introspection after his players fell 'short' of expectations

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for introspection after his players fell ‘short’ of expectations

‘I made my first game and I hope to help the team and next time that we win, for sure.’

United have precious little time to recover as a trip to Championship outfit Luton awaits in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday before next weekend’s Premier League match at Brighton.

‘I mean, next week we need to step up and we need to win,’ Van de Beek told MUTV. ‘Also for our feeling, we need to step up now.’

Palace bowed out of the Carabao Cup on penalties at Bournemouth during the week, but Roy Hodgson’s men will not mind having started a top-flight season with back-to-back wins for the first time in the club’s history.

Holland international van de Beek clearly took no consolation in netting on his debut

Holland international van de Beek clearly took no consolation in netting on his debut

Holland international van de Beek clearly took no consolation in netting on his debut

Former United player Zaha was the star at Old Trafford, netting twice as he skippered his boyhood club in a competitive match for the first time.

‘Being captain for the side today, especially at Old Trafford, I’m buzzing we managed to get the three points,’ the 29-year-old said.

‘I feel like we’ve got so much quality in the team, we just need to put it on the pitch.

‘Before the game, I was telling the team: ‘Believe in yourselves – don’t be scared to play your game.’

Zaha meanwhile said he was 'buzzing' as he captained Palace for the first time competitively

Zaha meanwhile said he was 'buzzing' as he captained Palace for the first time competitively

Zaha meanwhile said he was ‘buzzing’ as he captained Palace for the first time competitively

‘Obviously today we showed it and I’m not surprised by the two games we managed to win.’

Zaha, who continues to be linked with a summer exit, added: ‘Obviously we know what they can do but we wanted to impose ourselves on the game.

‘We’ve got so much pace and attacking threat in the team. We just wanted to utilise it from the beginning.’

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Dele Alli left OUT of Tottenham squad for trip to Southampton as his future grows uncertain

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Tottenham players have been left stunned after Dele Alli was not included in the squad to face Southampton today.

The midfielder’s team-mates are amazed that the England star has been left out of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the second successive game.

Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday how Alli was left in London as the rest of the squad flew to Bulgaria for the clash against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been left of his team's squad for their trip to Southampton

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been left of his team's squad for their trip to Southampton

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been left of his team’s squad for their trip to Southampton

And now more questions will be asked regarding Alli’s future. 

More to follow. 

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Relegations, routs and Old Trafford misery: How Crystal Palace have been Harry Maguire’s bogey side

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Since a seesaw 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Hull City in December 2016, Harry Maguire has suffered seven Premier League defeats against his nemeses.

The Eagles have had a field day against the England defender, scoring at least three past a defence marshalled by Maguire on six of the nine occasions when they have faced him.

Maguire’s latest misery came on Saturday, when United slumped to a limp 3-1 defeat after their captain and central defensive partner Victor Lindelof were given a torrid time by the visitors.

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire suffered again against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire suffered again against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire suffered again against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Wilfried Zaha (centre) scored twice in his latest successful battle with the England centre-back

Wilfried Zaha (centre) scored twice in his latest successful battle with the England centre-back

Wilfried Zaha (centre) scored twice in his latest successful battle with the England centre-back

Wilfried Zaha tormented United’s defence before his late double added to Jordan Ayew’s early opener, and the impact of both players will have been wearily familiar to Maguire.

Ayew also set Palace on their way to a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in August 2019, seizing on United’s defensive frailities just weeks after Maguire had completed his long-awaited £80million move to the club from Leicester.

His record for his former team against Palace was even worse. Zaha again scored twice as his side ran riot with a 4-1 win at the King Power Stadium the previous February, leading to the hapless Claude Puel being sacked the following day.

Jordan Ayew (right) has been a thorn in Maguire's side, scoring in two matches at Old Trafford

Jordan Ayew (right) has been a thorn in Maguire's side, scoring in two matches at Old Trafford

Jordan Ayew (right) has been a thorn in Maguire’s side, scoring in two matches at Old Trafford 

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a late penalty that day, and there had been nothing Maguire could do about the midfielder’s superb long-range effort that had consigned Leicester to a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park two months earlier.

That defeat was still an improvement on the three successive thrashings Maguire had previously endured against opponents he must be sick of encountering.

Then regarded as one of the finest defenders not to play for a top-six club, the centre-back’s reputation was not enhanced by an 8-0 aggregate scoreline against Palace during the 2017/18 season.

Leicester shipped eight goals without reply when they faced Palace during the 2017/18 season

Leicester shipped eight goals without reply when they faced Palace during the 2017/18 season

Leicester shipped eight goals without reply when they faced Palace during the 2017/18 season

Zaha was again in on the act, joining striker Christian Benteke in scoring in both games as Palace won 3-0 at Leicester before a late-season 5-0 home rout featuring a late Patrick van Aanholt goal.

Benteke’s last-gasp penalty in that spectacular second drubbing came after the targetman was fouled by Maguire and signalled the beginning of the end for Puel.

At least Leicester steered clear of safety that season. A month before Maguire signed for the Foxes, he suffered relegation with Hull courtesy of a 4-0 mauling at Selhurst Park.

Arguably Maguire's worst result against Palace was a 4-0 defeat that sealed relegation for Hull

Arguably Maguire's worst result against Palace was a 4-0 defeat that sealed relegation for Hull

Arguably Maguire’s worst result against Palace was a 4-0 defeat that sealed relegation for Hull

Zaha and Benteke etched the writing on the wall for the Tigers with first-half goals, before Milivojevic added another penalty and Van Aanholt scored late on.

Harry Maguire’s painful record against Crystal Palace in the Premier League
Date  Venue   Score Result
10/12/16 H (Hull) 3-3 
14/05/17  A (Hull)  0-4 
16/12/17  H (Leicester)  0-3 
28/08/18  A (Leicster)  0-5 
15/12/18 A (Leicester) 0-1 
23/02/19  H (Leicester) 1-4  L
24/08/19  H (Man Utd) 1-2  L
16/07/20  A (Man Utd)  2-0 
19/09/20  H (Man Utd) 1-3

Maguire had some joy against Palace in that thriller in Hull in December 2016. Benteke and Zaha both scored, but the hosts’ young prospect set up Adama Diomande’s equaliser to make it 2-2 in a game that City would have won but for an 89th-minute Fraizer Campbell leveller. 

Little did he know that the draw would be the last point he would secure against Palace for almost four years.

There was respite from the ravages when United won 2-0 in south London in July – a result that Maguire must have hoped would signal an end to his wretched record against Palace.

The dreadful start to United’s campaign, though, will not leave their skipper looking forward to the trip to Selhurst Park in March. 

Patrick van Aanholt scored the winner in injury time as Palace won 2-1 at United in August 2019

Patrick van Aanholt scored the winner in injury time as Palace won 2-1 at United in August 2019

Patrick van Aanholt scored the winner in injury time as Palace won 2-1 at United in August 2019

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