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Manchester United fans urged to SWITCH OFF by Patrice Evra after first-half collapse against Spurs

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A disgusted Patrice Evra slammed Manchester United on Sunday after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 10-men buckled against Spurs, going in 4-1 down at half-time. 

The collapse was both embarrassing and historic, with United never before having conceded four goals in the first-half of a Premier League game. 

Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and a Son Heung-Min double saw United trudging back to the dressing room already defeated, with Jose Mourinho revelling in the rout over his old club. 

Manchester United were embarrassed by Tottenham before half-time on Sunday evening

Manchester United were embarrassed by Tottenham before half-time on Sunday evening

Manchester United were embarrassed by Tottenham before half-time on Sunday evening 

Spurs had pulled 4-1 ahead by the break after Anthony Martial was sent-off at Old Trafford

Spurs had pulled 4-1 ahead by the break after Anthony Martial was sent-off at Old Trafford

Spurs had pulled 4-1 ahead by the break after Anthony Martial was sent-off at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho revelled in his old club's collapse as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stood stunned

Jose Mourinho revelled in his old club's collapse as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stood stunned

Jose Mourinho revelled in his old club’s collapse as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stood stunned 

‘I don’t even want to comment on this game. It’s a catastrophe, as we say in France,’ former United left-back Patrice Evra said on Sky Sports. 

‘My advice to any fan now is to buy a playstation, buy a player like Sancho or even Messi and start playing because this is a disaster. 

‘Bailly gets the chance to play instead of Victor Lindelof and he makes that mistake. So don’t cry when you don’t play.

‘I’m devastated, and I’m a positive person. Right now I understand the pain of all United fans, no one of this team deserve to play right now.’ 

Patrice Evra was enraged by what he was watching, telling fans not to bother even watching

Patrice Evra was enraged by what he was watching, telling fans not to bother even watching

Patrice Evra was enraged by what he was watching, telling fans not to bother even watching

Anthony Martial's sending-off proved the turning point with the game still at 2-1 to Spurs

Anthony Martial's sending-off proved the turning point with the game still at 2-1 to Spurs

Anthony Martial’s sending-off proved the turning point with the game still at 2-1 to Spurs 

Bailly has been trying to break back into the starting XI but his latest performance won't help

Bailly has been trying to break back into the starting XI but his latest performance won't help

Bailly has been trying to break back into the starting XI but his latest performance won’t help

United’s slow start to the Premier League season began to sink deeper when Anthony Martial lashed out at Eric Lamela in the hosts’ box after a frantic start, with referee Anthony Taylor immediately spotting the incident and showing the Frenchman red. 

The Red Devils had already lost their opening game of the season to Crystal Palace and as they look set to fail in their pursuit of top target Jadon Sancho, Solskjaer is left with his side on three points after three games.  

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Ben Chilwell delighted with Chelsea’s clean sheet in Champions League draw with Sevilla 

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Ben Chilwell claims Chelsea can still feel positive following their opening Champions League group game despite only gaining a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla.

The Blues are big favourties to progress from a group that also features Rennes and Krasnodar, and on paper the Spanish side are likely to pose their biggest threat.

But Chelsea went into the match having twice blown the lead to draw 3-3 against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, including conceding a last-minute strike.

Ben Chilwell played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea's Champions League draw with Sevilla

Ben Chilwell played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea's Champions League draw with Sevilla

Ben Chilwell played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s Champions League draw with Sevilla

The Blues had previously come underfire following sloppy defensive performances this term

The Blues had previously come underfire following sloppy defensive performances this term

The Blues had previously come underfire following sloppy defensive performances this term

The left back played the full 90 minutes against Sevilla on Tuesday night and felt the Blues could take big positives from shutting out the Europa League holders.

‘It was important to get a clean sheet. We knew people were looking at us after the weekend, and we were defensively solid today,’ Chilwell said on BT Sport 3.

‘It would have been nice to get a win at home, but we will take the draw.

‘There were moments where we were under pressure, but the whole team were organised and all put a shift in, defensively as a team it was very good. 

But Frank Lampard's side put in a professional display to earn a 0-0 draw with Sevilla

But Frank Lampard's side put in a professional display to earn a 0-0 draw with Sevilla

But Frank Lampard’s side put in a professional display to earn a 0-0 draw with Sevilla

Chilwell was part of a summer spending spree that saw Chelsea spend over £220million, with veteran defender Thiago Silva also coming in on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. 

Chelsea had previously kept just two clean sheets from their first seven games this season and only one of those came against a top-flight side when they defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 at Stamford Bridge at the start of the month.

So the former Leicester City full back admits expectations are high at Stamford Bridge this term. 

Summer arrival Edouard Mendy came into the side in goal to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

Summer arrival Edouard Mendy came into the side in goal to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

Summer arrival Edouard Mendy came into the side in goal to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

Veteran defender Thiago Silva was also recalled for the opening night in Champions League

Veteran defender Thiago Silva was also recalled for the opening night in Champions League

Veteran defender Thiago Silva was also recalled for the opening night in Champions League

‘We are Chelsea, you expect a clean sheet, so you are going to get criticism,’ he added.

‘It was important to keep working hard on the training pitch and we showed that defensively we are a good outfit.’

Former Blues midfielder Joe Cole agreed with Chilwell, as he praised his former side for showing a more organised performance in defence.

Joe Cole was impressed with Chelsea's defensive play in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge

Joe Cole was impressed with Chelsea's defensive play in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge

Joe Cole was impressed with Chelsea’s defensive play in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge

Cole, who won three Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge praised Chilwell’s contribution to a backline that featured fellow new signing Silva as well as goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

‘Ben nailed it when talking about the organisation,’ Cole also told BT Sport. ‘The resoluteness of the team was outstanding. They got it right tonight. Chilwell was outstanding. If you’re going to win games, you have to keep clean sheets. You have to do the ugly things.

‘Having the three new signings, it made such a difference. You can see the pride they took in that. The whole team engaged together as a unit. They saw the problem and dealt with it.’

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Jurgen Klopp hits out at Jamie Carragher after questioning Liverpool’s reluctance to buy a defender

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Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Jamie Carragher after the former Liverpool defender questioned why the club were reluctant to sign a centre back in the summer.

The Premier League champions are expected to be without star defender Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage following a reckless Jordan Pickford tackle during the weekend’s Merseyside derby.

Carragher believes that Liverpool are now short at the back as a result of Van Dijk’s injury and should have ‘gone big’ in the summer, but Klopp has taken umbrage with his comments and claimed he could not have kept another centre half happy. 

Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Jamie Carragher over his comments about signing defenders

Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Jamie Carragher over his comments about signing defenders

Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Jamie Carragher over his comments about signing defenders

Carragher suggested Liverpool should have signed another defender in the summer window

Carragher suggested Liverpool should have signed another defender in the summer window

Carragher suggested Liverpool should have signed another defender in the summer window

‘We went into the season with three centre backs plus Fabinho as cover and some youngsters,’ Klopp said.

‘It’s hard to have four world-class centre halves.

‘If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake – I think Carragher mentioned already – there are a few reasons why they don’t do this job.’

He also claimed Liverpool are now a centre back short following Virgil van Dijk's injury

He also claimed Liverpool are now a centre back short following Virgil van Dijk's injury

He also claimed Liverpool are now a centre back short following Virgil van Dijk’s injury

But Klopp responded to Carragher and said he could not have kept another defender happy

But Klopp responded to Carragher and said he could not have kept another defender happy

But Klopp responded to Carragher and said he could not have kept another defender happy

Carragher however then defended the comments, tweeting: ‘Not once this season have I said it was a mistake for Klopp not to buy a centre back for the exact reason he states.’

On Sky Sports on Monday, Carragher said on Liverpool’s defensive situation: ‘Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three centre backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured.

‘There are question marks now about Joe Gomez. So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market.’

Carragher defended his comments saying Klopp has not made a mistake in not signing one

Carragher defended his comments saying Klopp has not made a mistake in not signing one

Carragher defended his comments saying Klopp has not made a mistake in not signing one

It was those comments that made Klopp angry, but Carragher’s fellow Sky pundit Gary Neville saw the funny side of it, reacting to the former centre back’s riposte by tweeting: ‘In-fighting already’ with the boxing glove emoji and laughing faces.

Carragher however did call on Klopp not to make the same mistake again and believes the Anfield club should target RB Leipzig and France centre back Dayot Upamecano early in the January transfer window.

The former England international also put Wolves captain Conor Coady in a sticky spot following their 1-0 win over Leeds, asking the current England defender if he would consider a return to Liverpool after claiming Klopp was eyeing him, which was laughed off.

Carragher however did encourage Liverpool to go after Dayot Upamecano in January

Carragher however did encourage Liverpool to go after Dayot Upamecano in January

Carragher however did encourage Liverpool to go after Dayot Upamecano in January

He also cheekily asked Wolves captain Conor Coady if he would like to re-join the Reds

He also cheekily asked Wolves captain Conor Coady if he would like to re-join the Reds

He also cheekily asked Wolves captain Conor Coady if he would like to re-join the Reds

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Eddie Jones says Owen Farrell is working on tackle technique after his ban for horror hit

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Eddie Jones has revealed that England skipper Owen Farrell has been working on his tackle technique in light of his recent red card.

Farrell was banned for five weeks and missed Saracens’ crucial Champions Cup run-in after he was sent off for a reckless hit on Wasps youngster Charlie Atkinson.

It left lingering questions about the fly-half’s temperament, but Jones revealed the No 10 will continue as skipper after naming a 32-man squad to face the Barbarians.

Owen Farrell was sent off for a reckless hit on Wasps youngster Charlie Atkinson in September

Owen Farrell was sent off for a reckless hit on Wasps youngster Charlie Atkinson in September

Owen Farrell was sent off for a reckless hit on Wasps youngster Charlie Atkinson in September

‘Owen and I have ongoing conversations,’ said Jones. ‘There’s not a day where we don’t talk or text each other. And now he’s in camp, it’s face to face. He’s aware of his responsibilities as England captain — he made a mistake in a game. We’ve moved on from that and now his job is to be the best England captain he can be.

‘He’s always working on his tackle technique. I was walking through the gym this morning before we were going to catch up, he was doing some extra work with John Clarke. That’s a constant work-on for not only Owen, but a lot of our players.

‘The laws of the high tackle have become increasingly tight, which is for the welfare of the players and all of our players are conscious of their responsibility.’

Preparations for the fixture at Twickenham have been hit by the uncertainty around the Premiership final. Wasps’ involvement will hinge on results from their latest round of Covid testing on Wednesday, with Bristol on standby to face Exeter in the event of their withdrawal.

Farrell goes in lower for tackle on Alex Mitchell during an England training session last week

Farrell goes in lower for tackle on Alex Mitchell during an England training session last week

Farrell goes in lower for tackle on Alex Mitchell during an England training session last week

It means Jones is unable to call on a number of household names, including recent European cup winners Henry Slade, Jack Nowell and Kyle Sinckler. However, Jones named 11 uncapped players in his squad and could use the curtain-raiser to blood some exciting new talent.

‘I was particularly impressed by a number of Exeter players who did well in what was a good- quality European Cup final,’ said Jones. ‘I was also very pleased for Bristol to win their first trophy. I always look at those games as selection games.

‘They’re important games because they’re high-pressure and you see the guys play under the pressure of winning or not winning a trophy. We’ve had that previously with Saracens being a dominant team in Europe, and now we’ve got Exeter.

‘It’s been a tough time for the country. A lot of people have lost their jobs and a lot of people have had losses in their family. We’re conscious of our responsibility to put a smile on people’s faces.

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‘The attitude in the camp has been first-class and this week we move into preparation for the Barbarians, so things are a bit more serious and we’re knuckling down to prepare for a game.’

England will go into the match without Lions star Elliot Daly, who is recovering from a leg injury.

‘Elliot has had a bump on his leg — I was speaking to him this morning — for a good period of time,’ revealed Jones. ‘It hasn’t really worried him and he’s trained. We’re not sure what’s wrong, so we’re going to get some tests done and we’ll wait and see what the answer is.

‘I’d rather not say which part of his leg, let’s just wait and see. We’ll do all the various tests and he will see a consultant, and then we’ll have a pretty good idea of where he’s at.’

Meanwhile, the confusion around the Premiership final has also affected Wales’ preparations, with Bristol No 10 Callum Sheedy unable to join the training camp.

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins said: ‘It would have been nice to have had him in from the start but, from our perspective, him playing in finals is good for us. That’s his bread and butter.

‘The same with Tomas Francis — it’s fantastic for them.’

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