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Trending: Barca beat Utd; U.S. wins Gold Cup


Lessons from Mexico's long summer

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Barcelona beat Manchester United, U.S. triumphant in Gold Cup

While transfer speculation swirls around him, Neymar keeps scoring goals, this time against Manchester United in the ICC.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti don't see eye to eye when it comes to Neymar's future with Barcelona.

Thursday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP: For the second time this week, Neymar was Barcelona's match winner as they beat Manchester United 1-0

- Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Brahim Diaz scored the goals as Manchester City eased past Real Madrid 4-1 at the Memorial Coliseum. 

- Mark Ogden on the lessons we learned from City's big win over the European champions. 

-Claudio Marchisio scored...

 By Chris Wright

Juan Mata gives impromptu piano recital at Man United team hotel

Not content with being one of the world's finest playmakers, Juan Mata has revealed that he also does a neat sideline in musical virtuosity.

After stumbling upon a piano in Manchester United's team hotel, Mata entertained the entourage with an impressive excerpt from "The Flea Waltz."

"Sorry guys, no available tickets for my World Tour 2017," the United forward quipped while sharing the clip on Twitter.

Not only is he able to dazzle with his feet, he's also fairly nifty with his hands too.

Is there...

 By Chris Wright

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino scores wonder goal in training

Many fans have voiced their concerns over Tottenham's relative lack of action in the transfer market this summer, with new recruits currently few and far between.

However, it looks like Spurs might be gearing up to promote from within after an untried, untested young talent by the name of Mauricio Pochettino showed he can dispatch a mean free kick during a recent training session.

A fine strike and an even better celebration!

On that evidence alone, Pochettino could at least take a player-manager...

 By Tom Marshall

Lessons of Mexico's summer: Patience with Osorio, lack of long-term depth

Much like rest of the world, Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar are split over Juan Carlos Osorio's future with Mexico.

It has been a long summer for El Tri and one that ultimately ended in disappointment, with a fourth-place finish at the Confederations Cup in Russia followed by a semifinal defeat to Jamaica at the Gold Cup last Sunday.

Mexico played a match every 3.6 days over three countries, winning nine times, drawing three games and losing four. There were 25 goals scored by El Tri and 17 conceded. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio was able to see 49 players in World Cup qualifying, friendlies, the Confederations...

 By Tony Evans

Liverpool must pass the test as Barcelona continue to chase Coutinho

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has his say on how Liverpool should proceed with Philippe Coutinho and Leipzig's Naby Keita.

Big clubs make big statements. Liverpool have spent the summer trying to flex their muscles in the transfer market, but the results have been mixed.

Jurgen Klopp's pursuit of Naby Keita appears doomed to failure, despite repeated bids. So far, Red Bull Leipzig have turned down £70 million. Virgil van Dijk will probably end up at Anfield despite the shambolic attempt to sign the Southampton defender in June. Liverpool were gloating openly over signing the 26-year-old, despite having made...

Man City might teach Man United the value of spending big, spending early

The FC boys talk where Sergio Aguero stands with Manchester City as rumours swirl about more attacking talent being brought in to the Etihad.

They say in Manchester that "we do things differently here," and that maxim certainly applies to how the city's two football clubs have acted in the transfer market this summer. While Manchester City have dug deep and largely paid over the odds for players to get deals done, Manchester United have played a game of patience, attempting to chip away at a selling club's resolve in order to pay what they believe to be market value for their transfer targets.

Some might argue that Romelu Lukaku, whose...