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Transfer Rater: Koulibaly to United, Ake to City

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Solanke transfer, like Neymar deal before it, could permanently distort the transfer market

Mark Ogden explains how desperation could factor into Liverpool's pursuit of the Premier League title after their defeat at Manchester City.

This may be the only time you will see Neymar's and Dominic Solanke's names appear in the same sentence, but the two forwards actually have something in common: Both men may have distorted the transfer market with their fees.

At £198 million, Neymar's world-record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 was a moment of financial folly that sent shockwaves through the game. The transfer was over £100m more than the previous record of £89.3m -- set by Paul Pogba's...

Weekend numbers: Ronaldo's missed 50, flying Reds and another PogBrace

The FC crew answer your tweets on the length of Unai Emery's honeymoon at Arsenal, Neil Warnock's success at Cardiff, New Year's resolutions and more.
Manchester City beat Southampton to end their losing run, but Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol examine why teams are no longer afraid of the champions.
With a third successive win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop assess the marked differences in Man United's play.
Stewart Robson and Peter Walton discuss the big refereeing decisions from the weekend's football action.
After Manchester City's win at Southampton, Steve Nicol says the returns of David Silva and Sergio Aguero will help steady the reigning champions.
Steve Nicol breaks down Manchester United's latest win over Bournemouth and the turnaround of Paul Pogba since United sacked Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United's star man Paul Pogba says he's happy with his teams recent offensive performances, after a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
ESPN take a look back at a year Paul Pogba will never forget.

Liverpool ended the year with a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, while Manchester United continued their impressive start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, brushing aside Bournemouth 4-1. Over in Italy, Juventus entered the winter after a VAR-controversy fueled 2-1 win over Sampdoria thanks to a brace from... who else, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Here, then, are the best of the numbers from the last bit of footballing action in 2018.


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Roberto Firmino's hat trick is the sixth in fixtures between Liverpool and Arsenal...

Paul Pogba, Man United rampant again as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to work wonders

Paul Pogba and Manchester United played with a swagger unseen at Old Trafford in recent memory, ripping Bournemouth apart for a third straight win.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three points from Old Trafford on Manchester United's 4-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday

1. Solskjaer making a case to be permanent boss

Before United's victory over Bournemouth, only Sir Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho had won their first three league games as Manchester United manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, caretaker until the end of the season, is now part of that exclusive club.

It is still very early -- he has not yet been in the job a full two...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United boss Solskjaer keen on Josh King

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.

TOP STORY: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turns to King

Manchester United are in need of a few new players but this one might surprise you. The Sun claim that new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is after fellow Norwegian Josh King...

Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


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Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...