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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann and Deepak Mahay

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all from us today - thanks for joining our coverage!

    We'll be back later with live text updates from Everton's trip to Arsenal.

    Until then...

  2. Big Sam's fixture complaint

    Aston Villa v West Brom (Sun, 19:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    West Brom manager Sam Allardyce is really unhappy over his side's fixture schedule.

    After the Baggies' Premier League game at Leicester was moved to a Thursday due to Brendan Rodgers' side's successful FA Cup semi-final appearance, they now must visit Aston Villa in a crucial West Midlands derby on Sunday.

    Villa have an extra 24 hours' preparation time because their home game with Manchester City was on Wednesday.

    "The fact we can’t recover as much as Aston Villa has massively disadvantaged us," said Allardyce.

    "People can say I am making excuses but it is not an excuse, it is a fact.

    "We wanted to play Aston Villa last Saturday or Sunday, so did they, we got blankly refused. I don’t know why.

    "After Sunday we don’t have a game until the following Monday. Why? I can only complain bitterly and say it is wrong and not fair."

  3. It’s the people’s game, it’s not for billionaires - Moyes

    West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    West Ham United

    David Moyes has expressed his thoughts on the European Super League fallout and the Hammers boss praised the fans who stood up for the sport.

    "I’ve been really disappointed with the clubs who got involved in it, but the people have stood up. It’s the people’s game, it’s not for billionaires. It’s for everybody and the people have shown what it means to them.

    "The supporters of the football clubs have been a credit, standing up and saying we’re not having it. It’s been a great thing that football hasn’t changed as some people would have liked it to."

  4. Tuchel has done unbelievably well - Moyes

    West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes will be hoping that his side can bounce back from last week's defeat at Newcastle.

    They sit fifth in the table level on points with tomorrow's visitors Chelsea who are in fourth.

    Team news:

    "We’re very much the same as we were last week.

    "There are one or two getting closer to fitness. I’m not sure whether they’ll make it.

    "Jesse Lingard had a bit of cramp last week which we didn’t see as being too big a problem at the time and he’s fine.

    We’re hopeful that we can get Declan [Rice], Micky [Antonio], Aaron Cresswell and Arthur [Masuaku] back amongst it soon because they’ve been important players for us.

    "Aaron Cresswell is getting closer, we’ll monitor it and see how he feels by tomorrow."

    On Chelsea:

    "Thomas Tuchel has done unbelievably well. I thought Frank Lampard had brought together a good squad of players and he was on the verge, so he was a little but unlucky, but Thomas Tuchel has come in and shown experience.

    "He's managed Dortmund and he's managed PSG, and he's shown those qualities with Chelsea. They’ve got arguably the strongest squad in the Premier League, so it’s no surprise they’re doing well, but he is doing an excellent job.

    "We’re in the mix for some form of European football right to the end, and we’re going to try to make sure we’re close to the big one.

    "Undoubtedly I can see us going to the last game of the season with something to play for."

  5. 'We expect a tough match'

    West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)


    Fourth-placed Chelsea go to West Ham, who are fifth, level on points with a superior goal difference, and manager Thomas Tuchel says he expects a "big challenge" at the home of the Hammers.

    "We expect a tough match," said Tuchel.

    "West Ham is very strong and they rely strongly on solidarity in defence, which is the basis for a very strong counter attack, which they have.

    "The challenge is clear and to control the match we want to reduce critical ball losses to a minimum. That is the plan but it is a big challenge.

    "Matteo Kovacic is still out and everybody else is available. The good news is that we are totally focussed on the game without any other subjects around."

  6. 'It's in the past'

    West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)


    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says there is "no need" for anyone at to apologise to him after the club's Super League withdrawal.

    Tuchel also said the fan protests around the now failed competition affected Tuesday's performance in the goalless draw against Brighton at Stamford Bridge. "

    Yes it has been distracting, but it's the owner's club, it's not my club," said Tuchel.

    "I'm part of the club, but it's the owner and the club's decision, and now they change that decision.

    "There's no need to apologise to me directly, my job is to adapt to the circumstances. And were we distracted? Yeah clearly.

    "Me personally I arrived in a state of mind on Tuesday at the stadium that was clearly not the mindset that I normally arrive in, for a match.

    "But that's already in the past, and like I said, I don't think they need to apologise to me."

  7. United fans' Glazer demand

    Leeds v Man Utd (Sun, 14:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United’s owners have been told to rip up the current share structure of the Old Trafford club and reduce their stake to less than 50% if they want to build trust with supporters.

    At the end of a turbulent week, Lord O’Neill, one of the key figures in the Red Knights group that tried to get control of United from the Glazer family in 2010, and leading hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall have written a letter to United co-chairman Joel Glazer.

    The letter, seen by BBC Sport, outlines six key demands.

    These include getting rid of the current A and B class share structure, under which the Glazer family are guaranteed complete control over key decisions.

    In addition, O’Neill and Marshall say the American family, whose father Malcolm controversially completed a leveraged buy-out of United in 2005, should reduce their share ownership to a maximum of 49.9%, with the remaining shares being sold at a discount as a sign of good faith.

    “In your letter, you talk about rebuilding trust with the supporters, which presumes there was trust in existence before the events of last week,” said O’Neill and Marshall.

    “As you know, others might question whether that trust was ever present.

    “If your stated desire to rebuild trust is sincere, these proposals are the minimum steps you should choose to make.”

    Last month, United co-chairman Avram Glazer sold 5m shares, raising around $100m (£86.8m). This deal reduced the family’s total ownership to 74.9%.

  8. Post update

    Leeds v Man Utd (Sun, 14:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    We heard from Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier, but here's an extract from his news conference...

    Video content

    Video caption: I want to earn the right to play in Europe - Solskjaer
  9. Pep wants a longer year

    Man City v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is bewildered by the new Champions League format.

    From 2024 there will be 10 first phase games rather than the six group matches we have at the moment.

    As there is also a play-off round before the last 16, it means clubs may need to play an extra six games.

    "Every time it’s the same," said Guardiola. "All of football asks for better quality and they (Uefa) go for quantity.

    "We are not in charge so maybe we have to ask Uefa and Fifa to extend the year. Maybe we could have 400 days a year and they will be a solution.

    "I don't know, honestly."

  10. 'We are not an exception'

    Man City v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    Victory for Manchester City against Tottenham on Sunday will deliver a fourth Carabao Cup in a row, but manager Pep Guardiola says other trophies are "more important".

    "The Champions League is close and the Premier League is not over," said Guardiola.

    "They are more important and we have an eye on them. Tottenham are looking at qualifying [for Europe] and they need a title. Their commitment will be tough.

    "They have outstanding quality, but of course, it’s a final and everyone wants to win it – and we are not an exception."

  11. We can do more on racism - Guardiola

    Man City v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked about Patrick Bamford's comments on Monday night when the Leeds forward reflected that it was a shame the huge response to the Super League plans was not the same when incidents of racism occur.

    Guardiola says there is merit in that view.

    "Yeah, I’m pretty sure we could do more," he said.

    "Sometimes we react for football issues but for human rights and a better society, we are not so committed."

  12. Guardiola up next

    Man City v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    Time now to hear from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, whose side face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday...

  13. We have to offer a proper fight tomorrow - Klopp

    Liverpool v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)


    Now onto the football and Jurgen Klopp provided an injury update ahead of the visit of Newcastle.

    "Diogo Jota is fine, Nat Phillips is not back, Curtis Jones is back, all the others not.

    "Do I know when Jordan Henderson is coming back? Not really. Not the next couple of weeks.

    On Newcastle:

    "They had a good start to the season and then they dropped off a little bit.

    "They have found a system that works with five at the back. Wilson and Saint-Maximin - proper footballers. They have found their line up and we have a job to do.

    "We have to offer a proper, proper fight tomorrow.

    "We have to create, we have to score and we have to defend. We only have massively important games left. Six finals, and we have to win them all."

  14. The most positive thing is that it didn't happen - Klopp

    Liverpool v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is asked if he and his players have received a personal apology from owner John W Henry or the board. He says "no" and he doesn't "think it is necessary".

    Henry apologised publicly and Klopp said: "I was mentioned in the apology and so was the team. That was personal enough for me.

    "I know it's normal that people will say 'how can we carry on' but that doesn't get sorted in a week. As a team we have to concentrate on the things we do such as football. That's what we do.

    "You can't just introduce always more competitions. Very good that the new Super League is off the table, but the new Champions League is not great. Uefa showed me the idea and I said I don't like it - 10 games rather than six. No idea where to put them in.

    "I'm not surprised how the players dealt with it. They are grown ups. It was very good what they did, say their opinion, it's not the first time they have done it and it won't be the last."

    "The only people who never get asked are the coaches, the players and the supporters. Uefa didn't ask us, the Super League didn't ask us. It's just always 'play more games' - that's not possible.

    "The most positive thing is that it didn't happen."

  15. Ole signs off, Klopp up next...

    Liverpool v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    From Manchester United to Liverpool now, time to hear from Jurgen Klopp...

  16. 'I have a very good working relationship with Woodward'

    Leeds v Man Utd (Sun, 14:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Following the news that Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has a "very good working relationship" with the 49-year-old.

    "Football is emotions and emotions run high in football," said Solskjaer.

    "I've had a very good working relationship with Ed, the club will have to move on without him and I'm sure Manchester United will always move on.

    "I'll work as long as Manchester United want me to work here and hopefully we can end this season successfully and Ed is part of that."

  17. 'We will be stretched physically and mentally'

    Leeds v Man Utd (Sun, 14:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United beat Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford in December, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says playing at Elland Road is an "exciting" game for the club.

    "Inside the stadium there won't be any fans unfortunately, but obviously it is important we focus on our game," said Solskjaer.

    "Fans between our clubs always have a rivalry but it has to be healthy, which is important in a period like this.

    "We have listened to the fans now and I'm so happy they have been heard. Now let's go onto the game of football

    "That game [against Leeds in December] we started unbelievably well and we scored in the first two attacks. It was never a 6-2 win and I don't expect the same kind of score line.

    "The difference between the teams was not four goals, we were clinical. We know we will be stretched physically and mentally in this game. It is a unique game."

  18. Super League 'a bad idea' - Solskjaer

    Leeds v Man Utd (Sun, 14:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opened his press conference with a long answer about the European Super League concept.

    This is some of what he said.

    "I am happy the fans have voiced their opinion and we have listened to them," he said. "It has brought the football pyramid together.

    "I am a supporter myself. There will be a day when I come back and watch Man Utd. I didn’t like the concept.

    "We have been pioneers. We had the Busby Babes. We want to be part of European campaigns. But you can’t just give it out because of your name. You have to earn the right to be there. You need a fear of failure. That wasn’t there. It was a bad idea."

  19. Solskjaer up next

    Leeds v Man Utd (Sun, 14:00 BST)

    That's all from Sean Dyche, so let's turn our attention to Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now...

  20. I wouldn't have minded being a fly on a wall - Dyche

    Wolves v Burnley (Sun, 12:00 BST)


    Sean Dyche

    Sean Dyche echoed Steve Bruce's comment earlier about the fans' positive reaction to bring a halt to the European Super League progress.

    "I had a strong feeling that there would be a reaction from all.

    "Fans have looked after football in a way and gripped the situation.

    "I would be interested to know what the six were thinking before and then after. If they had a zoom call between them I wouldn't have minded being a fly on a wall in that.

    "It is good for the game when fans gather their thoughts and come together collectively. That is a powerful thing on this occasion."