The draw also means an immediate return to Barca for City’s new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who yesterday completed his £13.75million move to the Etihad as a replacement for the unwanted Joe Hart. City’s other Group C opponents will be Borussia Monchengladbach, who they beat twice in the group stage last season, and Scottish champions Celtic.
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Andre Ayew is set to be out for four months so misses Sunday’s home game against Bournemouth but Dimitri Payet should return. Summer signing Ayew is unlikely to play again this year due to his untimely thigh injury but boss Slaven Bilic is expected to bring Payet back into his starting line-up after the France
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Kuwati businessman Fawaz Al Hasawi bought Nottingham Forest in 2012 Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi is “discussing investment in the club with different parties”, despite saying in July that he hoped a takeover would be completed in a month. Forest are awaiting EFL approval for the purchase of the club by Evangelos Marinakis, owner
Phelan won one cap for England as a player and was assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for five years Caretaker boss Mike Phelan will take charge of Hull in their Premier League opener against Leicester on Saturday. The 53-year-old took temporary charge of the top-flight newcomers after Steve Bruce left the
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Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will prove the perfect place for Paul Pogba to become the best player on the planet, with the Juventus midfielder on the verge of returning to Old Trafford for a reported world-record fee. United confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the France international has been given the green light to undergo