Watch Man City boss Pep Guardiola hail legacy of departing midfielder Yaya Toure

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Manager Pep Guardiola has hailed departing midfielder Yaya Toure as one of Manchester City’s greatest-ever players.

Toure, 34, has put in eight, trophy-laden years of service to the Blues, but will exit this summer.

These achievements saw Guardiola pay tribute to the Ivory Coast superstar ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Brighton in the Premier League.

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Man United boss Jose Mourinho ‘very positive’ about Sir Alex Ferguson’s recovery

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects his players to raise their game when they return to action for the first time since the news of Sir Alex Ferguson having an emergency operation on a brain haemorrhage.

The 76-year-old former United boss continues his recovery in intensive care in a Salford hospital after the surgery on Saturday.

Mourinho was holding a press conference ahead of Thursday’s Premier League match at West Ham, when he was asked about the former United manager, who won 38 trophies during his Old Trafford tenure.

“His family asked for privacy and that is what I am going to respect,” Mourinho said.

“But (as a club) we are positive. We are very, very positive. We are confident.”

Asked if it would influence the mood of the players or United coaching staff going into Thursday night’s match at the London Stadium, Mourinho replied: “No, I can only think that if there is any relation, it is a positive relation.”

Gestures of support continue for the Scot, who retired in 2013.

David Moyes replaced Ferguson as manager at United, and revealed he was “devastated” when he heard the news.

Now in charge of West Ham and preparing to face his former club, Moyes is heartened by the positive reports regarding Ferguson’s recovery.

“We were devastated when I heard the news after the game on Saturday coming back from Leicester,” Moyes said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“But if the news is correct and Sir Alex is doing well, we are thrilled, we really are.

“We have been thinking about him and his family, I know them all well.”

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Man United set to be without Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for West Ham clash

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Manchester United will be without Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for Thursday’s trip to the London Stadium.

Lukaku faces a race to recover from his ankle injury in time for the FA Cup final, while Fellaini has suffered a muscle problem but could return for the last Premier League match of the season against Watford on Sunday.

Forward Alexis Sanchez and defender Phil Jones are available after both missing the defeat by Brighton last Friday.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Darmian, Shaw, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Bailly, Matic, Carrick, Pogba, McTominay, Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Sanchez, Rashford.

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