What's trending: Carrick slams United performance, Chelsea eye Pochettino
Here are the top stories from Thursday:
- Even Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu says he "expected more" from Manchester United.
- Don't worry though Man United fans, your team could get £100 million for Wayne Rooney from China.
BARCELONA: According to Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona's star trio of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are the "best friends in the world," a far cry from what Cristiano Ronaldo said his average relationship is with his teammates.
- And Javier Mascherano says he's still amazed by the play of Messi and Andres Iniesta after all these years.
- Brazilian great Ronaldo believes Neymar can be the "heir" to Messi at Barcelona.
- Manager Luis Enrique says the club can do better from the spot after missing eight penalties already this season.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp admitted he was "not satisfied" with Liverpool's performance after they survived a late scare to draw 0-0 at Augsburg in Thursday's Europa League round-of-32 first leg.
- Our club blogger says the defence was solid, but there was little else to shout about.
- Pochettino also admitted the visitors lost control of the game in the second half.
- WATCH: Tottenham need a backup for Harry Kane, says Steve Nicol.
- Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor has vowed to celebrate against Tottenham if he scores on his return to White Hart Lane with Crystal Palace on Sunday. Adebayor was released by Spurs in September and joined Palace on a free transfer in January -- but the north London club are still paying a percentage of his wages.
CHELSEA: Mauricio Pochettino is attracting increasing admiration among the Chelsea hierarchy for his work at Tottenham Hotspur, sources have told ESPN FC, and the Argentine coach is one of the primary targets on a five-man shortlist to become the next Stamford Bridge manager.
ARSENAL: Danny Welbeck and Mohamed Elneny may both start for Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup game against Hull, while manager Arsene Wenger has said it was not a surprise that he blocked a loan move for right-back Mathieu Debuchy to Manchester United.
- Olivier Giroud says the constant transfer speculation linking Arsenal with other strikers only motivates him to prove his worth at the club.
- WATCH: FIFA Fantasy League: Giroud's literal magic of the cup
- Bayern Munich defender David Alaba says he has put any talk over a new contract at the club until the end of the season.
- PSG have not yet decided if Serge Aurier will ever play for the club again following his social media outburst.
FIFA: Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter has again protested his innocence as he awaits to hear whether his eight-year suspension will stand. In an interview with French radio station RMC, Blatter said: "Platini is innocent. Like me. There's nothing in there. This is an accounting case, not an ethical matter."
Enseñándole a mi caballo Firulai a jugad futbol. pic.twitter.com/OBN1trmzm0- Faustino Asprilla (@TinoasprillaH) February 18, 2016
Come back tomorrow for another roundup of the trending stories across world football.