EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY KIERAN GILL: Mike Dean has opened up on his maverick personality on the pitch, insisting players appreciate that he is not a 'robotic' referee ahead of his 500th game.
Sporting Lisbon manager Silas' 'disaster' was avoided as Bruno Fernandes started in their defeat against rivals Benfica, but his potential departure would be Manchester United's gain.
Pepe Reina is in line to make his Aston Villa debut on Saturday with Dean Smith backing the former Liverpool goalkeeper to bring a winning mentality into his struggling Premier League side.
The Champions Cup is set for a weekend of twists and turns, with four English clubs - including Saracens - hoping to qualify for the quarter-finals.
WILL GRIFFEE IN LAS VEGAS: Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone both made weight for their UFC 246 showdown, overcoming the final hurdle before fight night with ease.
Arsenal technical director Edu will reportedly hold talks with Bruno Guimaraes' representatives in the next few days, when a potential contract at the Emirates will be discussed.
Gary Neville has warned Harry Maguire that the new Manchester United captain will have a lot of 's***' to deal with in the coming years. The world's most expensive defender was given the armband.
The former England star has blown his £20million fortune from his playing career and gone in and out of rehab because of alcohol-related problems since retiring. He is now on the road to recover...
Ashley Young has completed his move to Inter Milan from Manchester United. The 34-year-old has joined for £1.5million and signed a six-month deal with an option to extend.
Juan Mata is returning to form at the right time to stir memories of his double strike that gave Manchester United a dramatic 2-1 win at Anfield in 2015.
Tom Cleverley admitted it was 'hard' for him when he played for Manchester United under David Moyes. The 30-year-old came through the Red Devils academy and was at the club for 15 years.
West Ham's Spanish goalkeeper Roberto, 33, is wanted by Alaves on loan. he stopper has conceded 21 goals in 10 appearances for the Hammers.
WILL GRIFFEE IN LAS VEGAS: 'How good do I look at 170 pounds', roared McGregor after coming face-to-face with Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone for the last time before they headline UFC 246.
MARTIN KEOWN: It's March 21, 2015. Leicester have just lost 4-3 to Tottenham and sit bottom of the Premier League, seven points from safety. Harry Kane has helped himself to a hat-trick.
Can has fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri, and has made just eight appearances all season. La Gazzetta claim he is open to a move away in January if more minutes cannot be guaranteed.
MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong will hope bad news does not come in pairs after Jo Konta told her that she will not be playing for Great Britain next month.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has left winger Gareth Bale out of the 19-man squad that will face Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday, despite the Welshman training all week injury free.
Manchester United are consulting experts on how to deal with the negative effects of social media abuse directed towards the club's players, according to reports.
DEREK LAWRENSON IN ABU DHABI: Matt Fitzpatrick is the 11-stone sapling punching well above his weight in a sport increasingly populated by the muscle-bound.
EXCLUSIVE BY MATT HUGHES: It is understood that a power cut at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before kick off led to serious concerns that the technology would not be available for the game.
Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham have not yet received an offer for wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan and plans to involve him at Watford on Saturday.
MATT HUGHES - AHEAD OF THE GAME: Joe Gomez was asked by the Football Association if he wanted to report Raheem Sterling to the police following their infamous clash last November.
It's time for another Hot or Not as Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what's been making him feel warm and what's left him with a chill this week.
Legendary former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly urged the club to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last summer.
MARTIN KEOWN - INSIGHT: They may have dropped points at Old Trafford in October but Liverpool could strike back with their most emphatic performance of the season on Sunday.
UK anti-doping have dug their heels in over the possible retesting of Sir Mo Farah's drug samples, insisting they would comply only once provided with 'credible' evidence.
Bruno Fernandes stepped out to play for Sporting Lisbon in Friday night's derby defeat to arch rivals Benfica as negotiations between his club and Manchester United rumble on.
Phillip Cocu's side are facing a 21-point deduction after being charged with breaking profit and sustainability (P&S) rules for the three-year period ending June 2018.
PETER CROUCH: Sergio Aguero has been playing in England since 2011 and in five of his eight full seasons he has plundered more than 30 goals and his consistency has been remarkable.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY IAN LADYMAN: As captain of Vitesse Arnhem, Guram Kashia saw so many Chelsea loanees pass through the club that he would not be able to remember them all.
England took full control of the third Test against South Africa on Friday after Ollie Pope's maiden ton, another century from Ben Stokes, saw them dominate day two.
NASSER HUSSAIN IN PORT ELIZABETH: We know what Ben Stokes can do. But for me the more eye-catching and important innings for England on Friday came from Ollie Pope.
Sporting Lisbon reportedly remain frustrated with the structure of Bruno Fernandes' proposed move to Manchester United.
PAUL NEWMAN IN PORT ELIZABETH: Ollie Pope admitted he was convinced he was out before he had reached three figures.
David Moyes has revealed he could have been in the away dugout when West Ham host Everton on Saturday. The Scot confirmed he held talks with Everton over a possible return.
Owen Farrell and the rest of Saracens' England players face emergency meetings with the club hierarchy next week to work out their futures in light of looming relegation.
Javier Hernandez could become the highest-paid player in the MLS when he completes his move to LA Galaxy from Sevilla. The American side are paying the La Liga outfit £7million to sign Hernandez...
Liverpool have been nothing short of sensational so far this season and as a result former Reds winger Barnes believes no United player should feature in the combined line-up.
Frank Lampard urged other clubs to follow Chelsea's lead by adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.
PAUL NEWMAN IN PORT ELIZABETH: Little is certain in elite sport but England will be as sure as they could possibly be now that Ollie Pope will go on to become their next great Test batsman.
Trainer Micky Hammond is hoping Cornerstone Lad will prove his win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle was no fluke when he lines up in this afternoon's Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side's success in recent seasons means their players have to handle greater demand from supporters amid frustrations last week.
Aymeric Laporte is eyeing a long-awaited return from a knee ligament injury next week in a major boost for Manchester City. He has been on the sidelines since August.
IAN LADYMAN: The hardest thing for Manchester United when it comes to encounters with Liverpool these days is that they bring them face to face with everything they could have had.
Manchester City are set to take part in next season's Champions League, despite the investigation into whether they breached Financial Fair Play rules, Sportsmail understands.
Ahead of Championship weekend, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger assesses the Conference Championships, with places in Super Bowl LIV up for grabs.
INSIGHT BY NASSER HUSSAIN: Yes, I know Kagiso Rabada already had thee demerit points and has been a serial offender. He has probably been warned time and again.
MARTIN SAMUEL IN PORT ELIZABETH: Rules are rules. And after three official warnings, and one allegedly on the QT, nobody can argue Kagiso Rabada was unaware of the consequences.
Steve Bruce is prepared to gamble on Newcastle's top-flight status by not prioritising the signing of a goalscorer - despite having only one fit striker who has not scored in the league since Aug...
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: Juventus survived. That is the first thing to remember. So did Rangers. A great club, a great name, can ride a year or more in adversity.
Reiss Nelson has put himself in contention to fill Arsenal's left-wing void following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's suspension by proving to Mikel Arteta how much he 'really wants it.'
Saracens are facing automatic relegation from rugby's Premiership after rival clubs turned on them over the salary cap scandal. Unless they can prove within a week they can comply with the cap.
ADAM SHERGOLD AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: There's never a good time to lose your 18-goal leading goalscorer for three weeks to an ankle injury.
SCHALKE 2-0 BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH: Suat Serdar and Michael Gregoritsch scored as Schalke beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 to move up to fourth in the Bundesliga.
The club from Reunion, a French overseas territory in the Indian Ocean, miraculously beat Ligue 2 side Niort in the last round, and have made the 6,000-mile trip back to France for their last-16 ...
WILL GRIFFEE IN LAS VEGAS: It's hard to know where the Irishman would turn if he doesn't overcome 'Cowboy', who was specifically chosen as a marketable but perfectly beatable opponent.
MARK WILSON AT IBROX: Scott Arfield's strike just before the interval broke Stranraer's resistance. A Jermain Defoe penalty later ensured a place in Sunday's last-16 draw.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned that the decision to move the African Cup of Nations back to a January slot will have an impact on the club's transfer policy.
Carlo Ancelotti's has revealed Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson will miss Saturday's trip to West Ham, and says the club are monitoring transfer targets 'around the world' this month.
Trainer Micky Hammond is hoping Cornerstone Lad will prove his win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle was no fluke when he lines up in this afternoon's Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that Liverpool's 30-year wait for a title is 'a lesson' to Manchester United, but insists that his club won't have to wait that long as they head for Anfield on Su...
Referees are set to start using pitchside monitors for Premier League games following a meeting to discuss the use of VAR earlier this week.
Serge Aurier has praised Jose Mourinho and insists that Tottenham are desperate to win more silverware for their manager.
ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Inter Milan are on the verge of acquiring the services of Chelsea winger Victor Moses after manager Antonio Conte made a specific request for the club to sign the Nigerian.
It's day 17 of the January transfer window with clubs across Europe battling it out for their mid-season targets before the end of the month. Follow out live blog to keep updated with all the lat...
Alexis Sanchez's loan move to Inter is due to terminate at the end of the season but he remains a popular figure in the dressing room, despite making few appearances.
The stars of the UFC have given their predictions ahead of Conor McGregor's highly-anticipated return fight against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday night.
Manchester United hope to close out the £60million deal for Bruno Fernandes by Friday evening. Talks had appeared to stall but United have now offered £43m up front with a further £17m in add ...
Jacob Bruun Larsen has fallen down the pecking order at Borussia Dortmund and Sky Sports claim he is consequently keeping his options open at this stage of the transfer window.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a swoop for Chelsea star Willian with the Brazilian's contract set to expire in the summer, seven years on from the north London side missing out on their tar...
Jurgen Klopp has directed an opening barb at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by suggesting it is 'strange' to see a team of Manchester United's quality playing in such a defensive style against his Liverpoo...
The much travelled 31-year old Republic of Ireland striker is joining on a six month contract to play in Iran's Pro League. Stokes was released early from his contract with Adana Demispor.
Former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora has joined the fight to save his cash-strapped former club. They are losing £100,000 a year and need to figure out a long-term solution.
The Ivory Coast international's deal was due to expire in the summer but according to ESPN , United have exercised a clause to extend it by two years.
The transfer looked as though it was completed as Paulo Fonseca's side posted images on Instagram of Inter ace Poltinao having his medical. But there has been a late U-turn.
The stylish Scotland international had interest from English Championship sides also but agreed the deal with the Australians on Friday and is due to fly out this weekend.
EXCLUSIVE BY SAMI MOKBEL: The controversial new handball rules will be reviewed by football's rule-makers next month, Sportsmail understands.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 57th Milan goal seven years and eight months after scoring his 56th, as Rossoneri earned a 2-0 victory at Cagliari last week.
The race for La Liga looks set for several twists and turns this weekend as new Barcelona manager Quique Setien takes charge of his first game and Real Madrid host fourth-placed Sevilla.
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada will miss the decisive fourth Test against England after the 24-year-old's celebration of Joe Root's wicket in Port Elizabeth fell foul of the match referee.
Rabada charged down the wicket, stopping just in front of Root, pumped his fists and shouted in celebration - and the case provoked a disagreement amongst Hussain and Holding.
He has begun playing football again and Chelsea have mapped out a gradual increase in intensity for the England midfielder, 24 next week, as he edges closer to a first team comeback.
Pep Guardiola has revealed he did give his Manchester City squad permission to party with 22 Italian Instagram models following last weekend's 6-1 thrashing of struggling Aston Villa.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane expects Barcelona to be just as competitive under new boss Quique Setien - and accepts working in the spotlight is all part of the job.
Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Aston Villa's bid to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani on loan will end in failure, with the arrangement to switch the deal from Monaco to Villa 'too complicate...
Only Liverpool and Manchester City have scored more points than the 13 Watford have accrued from 18 available during Pearson's impressive tenure.
Finally, the Bundesliga is back. After a month away the German top flight returns and it promises to be a fascinating weekend of action. Here, Sportsmail looks ahead to the fixtures this weekend.
Spurs are without a recognised striker with Kane out injured until April. They have been linked with Piatek and Mourinho admitted the club are doing all they can to sign a striker before the dead...
Frank Lampard has insisted Ross Barkley is going nowhere despite London rivals West Ham admitting their interest in signing the Chelsea midfielder on loan this month.
Borussia Dortmund believe they have found the x-factor they need to end their long wait for the title as prolific striker Erling Haaland prepares to make his debut for them against Augsburg.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has revealed he is open to the idea of playing Premier League matches abroad in the future and questioned English football's blackout of 3pm Saturday games.
Coventry City defender Sam McCallum has admitted he is surprised to be linked with Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The Florida franchise is running out of time to be up and running for the curtain-raiser against LA Galaxy at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium scheduled for March 14.
Crystal Palace star Mamadou Sakho, 29, was away with his wife Majda and their three children when the home in Wimbledon was hit by a gang of thieves.
Manchester United supporters have expressed their frustration on Twitter as the Bruno Fernandes deal continues to edge painfully slowly towards completion.
Lautaro Martinez had dampened speculation linking the Inter forward with a move to Barcelona, insisting he is happy in Milan and wants to continue his good work.
Paul Pogba arrived at Paris Fashion Week on crutches after undergoing ankle surgery as his absence from the pitch continues.
Manchester United are building a front three that can put fear into defences and be a match for Liverpool's attack of Salah, Mane and Firmino, claims manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 27-year-old has joined up with Sports Invest UK, who also represent Chelsea forward Willian, Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
Klopp admits a number of his squad have had to reach new levels since joining in order to achieve success they are getting now with Andy Robertson used as an example of a player 'nobody wanted'.
Caglar Soyuncu has credited Kolo Toure as a key figure behind his rise at Leicester City this season but revealed the former Arsenal defender is the first to highlight his mistakes.
The 34-year-old landed at Milan Malpensa Airport on Friday morning and was met by an Inter official before being whisked away to Coni's sports institute to undergo his medical.
Howe's position as Cherries boss has come under heavy scrutiny following an alarming slump which has left the club second bottom of the table after nine losses in 11 league games.
Owen, who was synonymous with injuries throughout his career, has explained that he suffered a similar injury to the Tottenham striker and an April return is unlikely.
Casillas has been recovering from a heart attack he suffered in May 2019, but the front page of Marca on Friday reports that the 38-year-old could be a candidate in the RFEF elections.
Mohamed Salah admits Manchester United take a different approach when facing him compared to other players they come up against as he prepares to end his drought against them at Anfield on Sunday...
The most important decision in Liverpool's recent history came down to a single 'extraordinary' phone call, the Anfield chief who appointed Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has told Steve Bruce that transfer funds are available if he can find a player better than those already at the St James' Park side this January window.
Bayern Munich have reportedly opted not take up their £17million option to sign Ivan Perisic on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Napoli are reportedly the latest Serie A side to join the race for Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong. Juventus and Inter Milan have also expressed interest in the forward.
The Manchester United striker injured his back 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute against Wolves in the FA Cup, and now his participation for the trip to Anfield is in serious doubt.
Manchester United 'have been given the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain marksman Edinson Cavani for free in the summer' - but have been told that he will not be leaving in the winter window.
Xavi was in the running for the Barcelona job but rejected their offer as he deemed it too early in his coaching career. Iniesta believes he will take over one day and admitted he'd be up for joi...
Premier League sides Chelsea, Tottenham and Wolves are all reportedly interested in the France winger. Lemar has made 21 appearances this season but has made just 10 starts.
Gonzalo Higuain has defended his terrible six-month spell at Chelsea and claimed some credit for the club winning the Europa League - despite playing just 24 minutes in their journey to the troph...
Sadio Mane's golden 2019 of Champions League and World Club Cup success should have denied Lionel Messi his sixth Ballon d'Or, according to the Liverpool star's Senegal team-mate Demba Ba.
Alexander Zverev has opened a war of words with Nick Kyrgios after dismissing his chances of winning the Australia Open and claiming 'there are a lot of young guys better than him'.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Harry Maguire will be the club's new full-time captain. The England defender will replace Ashley Young as United captain.
CLAIRE BLOOMFIELD: 'If you took Miedema out of their team, how many goals would they have?' asked Hayes, pointing the finger at Arsenal's reliance on the Dutch striker.
NBA ROUND-UP: Kawhi Leonard produced another masterclass with a 32-point display to help the LA Clippers beat Orlando Magic while Brandon Ingram excelled for New Orleans Pelicans.
Ronaldinho has lifted the lid on his close relationship with former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and explained how the two were perfectly in-sync on the pitch.
Morante has impressed for Villarreal B this season and his form has caught the eye of a number of top clubs around Europe - he is valued at £6m, and City are keen to sign him.
Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde as manager on Monday, hosted the players at the well-known Via Veneto restaurant in the upper area of Barcelona on Thursday night.
AMITAI WINEHOUSE: Jay-Z might have 99 Problems but the pitch ain't one. Roc Nation Sports officially opened their international office in the UK last month. They are already making waves.
Sid Lahiri has played a significant role in the development of some of England's latest stars. Ollie Pope was one of his proteges at his Star Cricket Academy, which he founded himself.
Sporting Lisbon boss Silas is convinced that captain and star midfielder Bruno Fernandes is worth more than his current market value in January amid interest from Manchester United.
Saracens are facing the sensational prospect of automatic relegation from the Premiership at the end of the season after other clubs turned on them in light of the salary cap saga.
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: An entertaining reaction can be expected now the Africa Cup of Nations will be reverting to its previous place in the calendar from 2021.
Manchester United's protracted transfer for Bruno Fernandes is 'at risk' as they remain at loggerheads with Sporting Lisbon over a fee for the midfielder.
British heavyweight Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn have been pictured in London with Oleksandr Usyk's manager Alexander Krassyuk.
Leeds United are looking to bolster their bid for Premier League promotion with a move for Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen. It'd be an initial loan for £3m that could rise to £15m if they win pr...
WILL GRIFFEE IN LAS VEGAS: Conor McGregor wants rounds in the bank against Donald Cerrone but insisted he will put 'Cowboy' away at UFC 246 this weekend.
CHRIS FOY - COMMENT: The unthinkable could happen. The strongest club team in the history of English rugby could go down, theoretically taking a core of the England squad with it.
Liverpool supporters are preparing a hostile welcome for Manchester United's team coach at Anfield on Sunday. A fans group has called upon supporters to 'bring pints, pyros and flags'.
Christian Eriksen's proposed move to Inter Milan has edged closer after his agent Martin Schoots had dinner with the Italian club's CEO Giuseppe Marotta.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has decided not take his squad on a warm-weather training camp during the Premier League's winter break.
The Serie A club have pursued Tottenham midfielder Eriksen throughout this window, while Antonio Conte is also looking to bring in out-of-favour Chelsea forward Giroud.
Klopp insisted he dealt with the clash between the stars in the 3-0 win at Burnley swiftly by bringing both players into his office separately for a 'heart-to-heart' meeting.
Distance legend Kenenisa Bekele has revealed he will go head to head with Eliud Kipchoge in a fascinating clash of the titans at the London Marathon in April.
WILL GRIFFEE IN LAS VEGAS: Jorge Masvidal wants to smash Conor McGregor and box office records with a mega-fight in the new 65,000-seater Raiders stadium if he beats Donald Cerrone.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young reportedly stormed out of training in order to force through a move to Inter Milan.Young has agreed to join the Serie A side in a £1.5million move.
United's 1-0 win over Wolves in the FA Cup on Wednesday night was marred by scenes of Rashford hobbling off with what looked to be a back injury after coming on in the second half.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY DAVID COVERDALE IN NICE: This is Patrick Vieira's manor. Back on the French Riviera, just 20 miles up the coastline from where he began his career at Cannes.
JEFF POWELL: My long-range admiration for Courtney Lawes as a man has been cemented by his principled stand against the fake allegations that criticism of Meghan Markle is racist.
MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: Andy Murray has issued a concerning update on his latest fitness struggles, stating that he was pulling out of his two scheduled tournament appearances.
Ashley Young has got his wish and secured a £1.5million move to Inter Milan from Manchester United, despite the Old Trafford club's reluctance to sell.
Villa want to bring in two strikers this month as Wesley is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, and Samatta would appear to be the first they are able to get through the do...
Derby are facing a 21-point deduction that could relegate them to League One after they were charged by the EFL with a breach of spending regulations.
EXCLUSIVE: Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves squad is being stretched to the limit after Ruben Vinagre reported the problem in the FA Cup replay defeat at Manchester United.
Sportsmail will keep you updated on all the major moves involving the Premier League clubs for the month right up until the window closes at 11pm on January 31.