Alexis Sanchez stars in Man United's 2-1 win over Real Madrid in pre-season

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Alexis Sanchez had a goal and an assist as Manchester United won their first pre-season friendly in 90 minutes with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants were cut down to size early on when Matteo Darmian cut back a cross into the Madrid box for Sanchez to steer home past Kiko Casilla.

Jose Mourinho’s side doubled up nine minutes later when Sanchez turned provider.

Juan Mata delivered a cross into the box, with Sanchez cleverly heading the ball into the path of Ander Herrera on 27 minutes.

Madrid got one back just before the break through Karim Benzema, who latched on to a probing cross by Theo Hernandez.

United – who gave a start to new signing Fred – only managed 29% of the possession and completed half the number of passes Madrid managed.

The pace at the Hard Rock Stadium dropped in the second half, as Julen Lopetegui’s side made 10 changes while United gave youth prospect James Garner a run out.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he is firmly against the idea of the transfer window closing early for English clubs after failing to bring in any players so far this summer.

The transfer window closes on Thursday, August 9 ahead of the new Premier League season a day later. It is the first time it has been brought forward after it usually closed towards the end of August.

But Pochettino says he isn’t a fan of the early transfer window deadline. Watch what he said below:

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Hey guys, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this afternoon.

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With Cristiano Ronaldo now in Turin, Real Madrid are turning to Gareth Bale to be their star.

According to the Sun, Madrid are prepared to offer Bale a new and improved contract, highlighting the Welshman’s importance to the Bernabeu.

Bale’s future with Real Madrid was previously in doubt as the former Tottenham man struggled for playing time under Zinedine Zidane, but with new boss Julen Lopetegui on board, he’s expected to stick around in an increased role.

Our man Alex Rea did a deep dive into Bale’s credentials as a replacement for Ronaldo and whether or not he can meet the high expectations now placed on his shoulders.

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In France, Thomas Tuchel expects Edinson Cavani to stay put at Paris Saint-Germain, effectively ruling out his move to Madrid. “He said he is looking forward to joining us [in pre-season]. He is a key player for us,” Tuchel said.

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Adil Rashid has been unable to escape criticism over his inclusion in the England Test squad for the India series, despite his self-imposed exile from first-class cricket with Yorkshire this year. Writing in the Daily TelegraphGeoffrey Boycott took aim at the leg-spinner, calling him a “spoilt brat”, while Michael Vaughan didn’t budge from his stance, hitting back at Rashid after he branded the former England captain’s comments as “stupid”.

As England and India prepare to begin their Test series on Wednesday, Ashish Peter looked at young English players who are rising through the ranks and could soon be on the radar for the senior team.

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