New Man United signing Alexis Sanchez starts FA Cup clash against Yeovil Town

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New signing Alexis Sanchez will start Manchester United’s FA Cup fourth-round clash at Yeovil on Friday night.

The Chile striker swapped Arsenal for Old Trafford on Monday and his debut for the Red Devils will come at the home of the League Two side.

There is also a first appearance since September for Michael Carrick, wearing the captain’s armband after taking time out to deal with a heart complaint.

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Neymar will become the best player in the world at PSG, says Unai Emery

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Neymar has attracted the ire of PSG fans on occasion since his summer move.

Neymar is back in full training after missing two matches, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Friday before heaping praise on the Brazilian.

Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more affection after he was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

“All being well he’ll play on Saturday, if he feels it’s right,” said Emery taking an indulgent tone as the player eases back from the winter break and a thigh strain.

Emery has been swiping away tales in the Spanish press of interest in Neymar from struggling Real Madrid.

“Neymar will become the best player in the world and he will achieve that here with us,” insisted Emery.

PSG’s fans backed Neymar during the midweek 4-2 French Cup win over Guingamp, unfurling a banner saying: “To boo players runs contrary to our values.”

Last weekend Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described Neymar as a “great player who everyone loves”.

“This is a player who has charmed everyone, the whole football world. He is a great player,” said Zidane.

Madrid fans will get a chance to judge for themselves as Paris and Real meet in the Champions League last-16 in February and March.

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Liverpool left short in midfield after Adam Lallana injury setback

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Adam Lallana has suffered an injury setback soon after making his comeback.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has suffered an injury setback which rules him out of the FA Cup fourth round tie at home to West Brom.

The England international missed almost four months at the start of the campaign with a thigh strain sustained in a pre-season friendly but after just seven appearances he has been sidelined again by a minor muscle tear.

“Adam Lallana has a little issue which I think, pretty sure, keeps him out for the next game,” said manager Jurgen Klopp.

“It is not a big one but it is how it is when you have a long injury.

“Adam had a long injury and then there comes a few things because he needs time again to adapt to the intensity of a Premier League game. We tried to be careful with that but obviously so far it didn’t work very well.”

Lallana has managed just one start since returning at the end of November and played a total of 221 minutes.

His absence this weekend restricts Klopp’s options in midfield as James Milner has a dead leg.

Captain Jordan Henderson looks set to return after a month out with a hamstring injury and it could also present a chance to 18-year-old Ben Woodburn, who has played just 45 minutes of senior football this season in September’s Carabao Cup defeat at Leicester.

Woodburn had initially been lined up for a loan move in January but the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, coupled with the likelihood Klopp will not replace him in this window, may present an opportunity for the Wales international.

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