Manchester - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Manchester Man United's season hinges on winning Europa League final MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Losing the Europa League final is a prospect that doesn't bear thinking about at Manchester United. Not for the players, who would face another season out of the prestigious Champions League — the bonus prize for winning Europe's second-tier competition — not to mention the pain of defeat in a high-profile title match. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:23:00 GMT 2017-05-22T11:23:00Z Arsenal, Wenger fail to make Champions League after 20 years LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger's proud record is over: Arsenal has failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. Arsenal's hope of squeezing into the Premier League top four relied on Liverpool or Manchester City slipping up, but they both won easily on Sunday to join Chelsea and Tottenham in entering the Champions League. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-05-21T19:51:00Z Liverpool beats Middlesbrough 3-0, finishes 4th in EPL LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — With halftime approaching and the atmosphere inside Anfield getting increasingly tense, a chant drifted across from the away supporters: "Champions League, you're having a laugh." Liverpool was being held 0-0 by already relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the Premier League and was in real danger of throwing away a top-fo... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-05-21T17:57:00Z Man City beats Watford 5-0, qualifies for Champions League WATFORD, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero completed his most prolific season at Manchester City by scoring twice in a 5-0 win at Watford that secured Pep Guardiola's team third place in the Premier League and direct progress to next season's Champions League group stage. The Argentina striker has endured one of his most difficult seasons at City — he was even... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-21T17:17:00Z Youthful Man United side beats Palace 2-0 in last EPL game MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United gave four players their first Premier League starts and a youthful team beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on the final day of the season on Sunday. One of the debutants — Josh Harrop — scored the opening goal in the 15th minute and Paul Pogba added the second in the 19th as United signed off its league campaign with a win before playing in ... Sun, 21 May 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-05-21T16:31:00Z Arsenal's Champions League bid fails in 1st time in 20 years LONDON (AP) — Arsenal will be missing from the Champions League next season for the first time in 20 years after failing to squeeze into the Premier League's top four despite beating Everton 3-1 with 10 men in Sunday's finale. Comfortable victories for Manchester City and Liverpool prevented Arsene Wenger from maintaining a proud record of having steered ... Sun, 21 May 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-05-21T16:01:00Z Neymar gets break from Brazil during friendlies in Australia RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar was left off the Brazil squad that will travel to Australia for a pair of friendly matches next month. Brazil coach Tite said Friday that the Barcelona striker will instead take some much needed vacation to be better prepared for next year's World Cup in Russia. "I heard that whatever was best for Brazil we ... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:52:00Z Wenger gives little away as Arsenal faces top-4 exclusion LONDON (AP) — If Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is troubled about his future, he's not showing it. Approaching Sunday's Premier League season finale against Everton, which could determine whether Arsenal will play in the Champions League next season, Wenger again gave little away. Wenger's contract is up at the end of the season, so this... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:31:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:31:00Z What to watch in Europe's leagues as season reaches climax What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend as season ends in England, Spain, Germany and France: SPAIN The final round is spread across three days, culminating in the title deciders on Sunday evening. Real Madrid needs only a draw to secure its first league title since 2012... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:19:00Z Remodeled Aguero finally gets Guardiola's seal of approval MANCHESTER, England (AP) — For a player who has excelled for years as a penalty-box poacher, Sergio Aguero found himself doing some unusual things in Manchester City's final home game of the season. When he wasn't dropping deep to link up play with flicks and one-twos, he was drifting out to the wing to leave space in the middle. He eve... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:03:00Z Man City beats West Brom, virtually seals top-4 place in EPL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off. Yaya Toure scored perhaps a farewell goal. Their team swept to a convincing win to virtually guarantee Champions League qualification. It was a night that couldn't get much better for Manchester City. They beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 on an emotionally charged night at Etihad Stadium to mo... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:32:00Z 3-way race for final Champions League places in EPL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With one weekend left in the English Premier League, the stage is set for a three-way race for the final two Champions League qualification spots. Manchester City should be guaranteed one. Arsenal — for the first time in 20 years — is the favorite to miss out. Both teams won home games on Tuesday — City beat W... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:31:00Z Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive LONDON (AP) — Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive heading to the final day of the English Premier League after scoring twice to beat Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday. Arsenal remained fifth in the standings, a point behind Liverpool and three adrift of Manchester City. Arsene Wenger will be relying on Liverpool or Man... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:16:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:16:00Z Zabaleta set for fond send-off at City, Toure still in dark MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pablo Zabaleta's final home match as a Manchester City player is set to be an emotional occasion, with video montages, tributes, and a post-match presentation commemorating one of the most important figures in the club's recent history. Yaya Toure might not be afforded such a send-off. Unlike Zabaleta, whose departure after nine... Mon, 15 May 2017 16:21:00 GMT 2017-05-15T16:21:00Z Spurs beats Man United in stadium finale to secure 2nd spot LONDON (AP) — Tottenham signed out of White Hart Lane, and Hull left the Premier League. Sunday's results meant there's only Champions League qualification at stake entering the final week of the season. Tottenham locked down second place by beating Manchester United 2-1 in its final game before leaving its north London home of 118 year... Sun, 14 May 2017 23:08:00 GMT 2017-05-14T23:08:00Z Zabaleta to leave Manchester City after 9 years MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pablo Zabaleta will leave Manchester City at the end of the season after nine years at the English Premier League club. City said on Saturday that the Argentina international, who is out of contract this summer, informed the club of his intention to leave. Zabaleta has made 332 appearances for City since joini... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:59:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:59:00Z Arsenal, Man City pile on pressure in race for top 4 in EPL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The swagger has returned to their play. The wins and the goals are piling up. Arsene Wenger, a target of abuse for much of the season, was even greeted with rapturous applause as he walked toward the fans. Things are looking up for Arsenal as the team makes its traditional end-of-season charge for Champions League qualification ... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-05-13T19:24:00Z Giroud double helps Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 in Premier League STOKE, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th English Premier League goal as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 to maintain its push for Champions League qualification on Saturday. Mesut Ozil grabbed the other goal for Arsenal, whose swagger is returning as it attempts to hunt down Liverpool and Manchester City for a top-four fi... Sat, 13 May 2017 18:32:00 GMT 2017-05-13T18:32:00Z Man City beats Leicester 2-1 after bizarre penalty incident MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Leicester had a late penalty ruled out in bizarre circumstances as Manchester City held on for a 2-1 win on Saturday to move into third place in the English Premier League and close in on Champions League qualification. Riyad Mahrez was adjudged to have kicked the ball against his standing foot as he slipped while taking the 77t... Sat, 13 May 2017 15:08:00 GMT 2017-05-13T15:08:00Z Month-by-month: How Chelsea won the English Premier League LONDON (AP) — A look at Chelsea's path to the English Premier League title: AUGUST Antonio Conte's reign began with a 2-1 win over West Ham as the first of three Premier League wins in the month. Watford was beaten 2-1 and Burnley 3-0. Month league record: Played three, won three. League position: Second, behind Manch... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:45:00Z Conte wins battle of super-coaches in English Premier League WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — In the first year of English soccer's 'super coach' era, one has stood out from the rest. Chelsea was a huge club drifting and in need of a proper shake-up when Antonio Conte arrived in July, around the time the Premier League's PR machine was in overdrive about the impending renewal of the Pep Guardiola-Jose Mourinho rivalry up in Manchester. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:16:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:16:00Z Nervy Man United stumbles into Europa League final MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United survived a late scare against Celta Vigo to stumble into the Europa League final on Thursday, keeping alive its hopes of winning the only major trophy missing from the English club's collection. United drew the second leg of their tension-filled semifinal 1-1 to advance 2-1 on aggregate, but only after Celta sq... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:10:00 GMT 2017-05-11T23:10:00Z Man United, Ajax advance to Europa League final MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United and Ajax advanced to the Europa League final on Thursday, bringing together two of the continent's grandest soccer clubs looking to regain their former luster. Both teams ended up squeezing through to the May 24 showpiece in Stockholm after nervy finishes to both second leg matches in the semifinals. United con... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:44:00 GMT 2017-05-11T21:44:00Z Mourinho: Europa semi is United's 'most important' match MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described the second leg of his team's Europa League semifinal against Celta Vigo on Thursday as "the most important match of our history." United, a three-time European champion and 20-time English champion, leads 1-0 from the first leg in Spain last week. The winner of the Europa Lea... Wed, 10 May 2017 18:55:00 GMT 2017-05-10T18:55:00Z United gives up on league as Mourinho's caution backfires MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United might finish the season with two trophies, a place in the Champions League and a genuine sense that the club's old aura is slowly being restored. Not a bad start to the Jose Mourinho era, many will say. Still, there are some sights that would trouble even the most ardent of United fans. First... Mon, 08 May 2017 11:49:00 GMT 2017-05-08T11:49:00Z Milner misses penalty as Liverpool held 0-0 by Southampton LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — James Milner's perfect record from the penalty spot ended at a crucial time in the Premier League season for Liverpool in a 0-0 draw against Southampton on Sunday, damaging his team's quest for Champions League qualification. The left back scored from his first seven spot kicks this season but his eighth attempt was saved by Sout... Sun, 07 May 2017 15:26:00 GMT 2017-05-07T15:26:00Z Swansea the big winner as EPL relegation fight heats up With an arm draped around one of his players, Swansea manager Paul Clement walked toward the team's celebrating fans and held up two of his fingers. Two games to secure English Premier League survival. And this relegation battle could go right to the wire. Swansea was the big winner on Saturday as the fight to stay in the world's riches... Sat, 06 May 2017 19:34:00 GMT 2017-05-06T19:34:00Z Silva, De Bruyne orchestrate City's 5-0 win over Palace MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City playmakers David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne orchestrated a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday, as Pep Guardiola's team rediscovered its attacking potency at Etihad Stadium to cement a top-four place. Running an open game from central midfield, Silva and De Bruyne both scored and ... Sat, 06 May 2017 14:04:00 GMT 2017-05-06T14:04:00Z Rashford gives United 1-0 win in Europa League semifinals VIGO, Spain (AP) — Marcus Rashford was decisive again, scoring from a free kick in the second half for Manchester United to beat Celta Vigo 1-0 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. Rashford, who netted an extra-time winner against Anderlecht in the quarterfinals, drove a right-foot strike over the wall and into the far left corner... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:03:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:03:00Z Man City relying on Gabriel Jesus for positive ending in EPL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's a nagging question that occupies the thoughts of Pep Guardiola. "What would have happened," the Manchester City manager pondered recently, "if we'd been able to have Gabriel Jesus all season?" Perhaps City would still be in the English Premier League title race, instead of being caught up in a contest jus... Thu, 04 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-05-04T04:10:00Z