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Trending: Ibrahimovic on a par with Cantona

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Trending: Ibrahimovic on a par with Cantona, Ramos hits out at Pique

The FC boys praise Zlatan's showing in the EFL Cup, and debating if this is crucial for Man United or not going forward.
Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic's success since his decision to move to England is down to him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.

Here are the latest stories for Monday.

MAN UNITEDGary Neville believes EFL Cup hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same aura as Eric Cantona at Manchester United.

- Jose Mourinho admitted that Manchester United's 3-2 win in the EFL Cup final was "unfair" on Southampton on Sunday.

- Mourinho has claimed Manchester United supporters may be forced to plead with Ibrahimovic to extend his stay at Old Trafford by "going to his house and staying there all night."


Heroes & Villains: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins again as Sunderland keep sinking

Craig Burley breaks down Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante's impact as Chelsea went 11 points clear atop the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic's success since his decision to move to England is down to him.

Man United won a trophy, Chelsea padded their lead at the top of the Premier League, and Sunderland look like their luck will finally run out. Iain Macintosh looks back at the Heroes & Villains.


You just knew it would be him. Manchester United could wobble, they could squander their lead, and they could take the game to the very brink of extra time, but you knew, on some deeper, molecular level, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would save the day. There was no one United fans would rather have...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa Sudamericana has become the victim of CONMEBOL's crazy schedule

Nicolas Baran
Nicolas Baran's Boston River qualified for the Copa Sudamericana by coming sixth in the 2016 Campeonato Uruguayo.

The 2017 version of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent, kicks off on Tuesday when one of the night's opening games pits Boston River of Uruguay against Comerciantes Unidos of Peru.

These are humble clubs both making their debuts in international club competitions. Boston River are a tiny side from Montevideo, right in the tradition of the city's neighbourhood clubs. Comerciantes Unidos are a newer outfit from the north of Peru. Part of the justification for the existence...

 By Paul Murphy

Adisak strikes for Muang Thong ahead of ACL clash with Kashima Antlers

Jason Dasey and Stanely Bernard discuss Thailand's future after winning their record fifth AFF Cup.
Muangthong striker Adisak Kraisorn
Thailand international striker Adisak Kraisorn hadn't scored at club level since August of last year.

Muang Thong United striker Adisak Kraisorn grabbed the winning goal to end six months of injury hell as the jet-lagged champions warmed up for Tuesday's AFC Champions League (ACL) clash at home to Kashima Antlers with a 1-0 victory at BEC Tero Sasana in the Thai League (T1).

Adisak had not scored since netting the winner in a 1-0 victory at Suphanburi on Aug. 14 last year. The Thai international found himself sidelined for the domestic run-in, and World Cup qualifiers against the likes of Japan...

 By Nayib Moran

Chiapas rallies to beat Chivas; America hands Atlas Clasico Joven setback

Herculez Gomez praises Oribe Peralta's ability to thrive under pressure in Club America's win over rival Cruz Azul.

MEXICO CITY -- Morelia drew 1-1 against Tigres at El Volcan, while Puebla got a 3-1 win over Toluca at Estadio Nemesio Diez, a place the team hadn't won in 20 years. To end the week, Chiapas stormed back from a 2-0 deficit and beat Chivas 4-3. With all of that headlining a crazy Week 8, we begin with Mexico City's Clasico Joven:

1. Paco Jemez tenure at Cruz Azul hitting roadblocks

After four league defeats, the most recent one in this weekend's Clasico Joven, Paco Jemez is running out of reasons...

Real Madrid flexes their attacking muscle, Messi saves Barca's blushes

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.

Five thoughts from another extra dramatic weekend in La Liga as Real Madrid remain top despite a scare, but with Barcelona and Sevilla hot on their heels.

1. Madrid's attacking power cracks it

With Real Madrid 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday evening, and set to lose top spot in the table with a second away defeat in four days, Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane withdrew holding midfielder Casemiro to send on playmaker Isco.

This did not seem like a good call at the time, especially as Villarreal were...