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Man United miss out on Champions League but the worst is yet to come

HUDDERSFIELD, England -- The most worrying thing for Manchester United right now, as their last hope of qualifying for the Champions League slipped away at Huddersfield with Sunday's 1-1 draw, is that there is no guarantee things will get better any time soon.

Players will come and go over the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets his first real chance to shape his squad, but we have been here before. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all been given money to spend -- more than...

Huddersfield have been relegated from the Premier League. Now what? Jan Siewert has a few ideas

Jan Siewert is different from most managers who experience relegation. For a start, he's looking forward to starting over with Huddersfield.

Jan Siewert could easily feel like he has been handed an impossible job. He took over as Huddersfield Town manager in January, with the club already firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and sinking without a trace, their relegation a formality. David Wagner did an extraordinary job in taking Huddersfield to the Premier League and keeping them there, but his spirit was eroded by the inability to keep the West Yorkshire club punching above its weight.

Enter Siewert, a manager whose only...

Weekend numbers: Paul Pogba's best-ever season, Raheem Sterling's magic touch

The race for the 2018-19 Premier League crown promises to go down to the proverbial wire. A Raheem Sterling brace set up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Liverpool responded with a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. Lower down in the table, Manchester United eked out a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford to stay in contention for a top four spot. 

Meanwhile, across continental Europe, two giants of the game squandered chances to seal their respective...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi 335, Mo Salah 50, Lewandowski 200

Manchester City's pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple is entering its final leg -- they strolled to a 1-0 win over Brighton to book a place in the FA Cup final. Joining them there are Watford, who staged a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win their semifinal against Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in extra time.

In the Premier League, Liverpool fought back from a goal down to beat Southampton away, and moved two points clear at the top. Meanwhile, Arsenal's quest for a top four spot...

Weekend numbers: Jadon Sancho overtakes Lionel Messi; Christian Eriksen equals David Beckham

The return of club football coincided with the real Lionel Messi standing up, inspiring Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Espanyol with a brace, maintaining a 10-point gap at the top of the table. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid were almost embarrassed by bottom-placed Huesca, Karim Benzema's 89th-minute goal saw them pinch it 3-2.

Liverpool opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester City, though, do have a game in hand...

By the numbers: Messi's 51st hat-trick, Salah's long scoreless streak

Lionel Messi celebrates after putting Barcelona ahead 1-0 in their Champions League tie with Lyon.
Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis.

There's Lionel Messi, and then there's the rest. The weekend's football in Europe seemed to suggest so, although one must put this helpful caveat: Juventus gave Cristiano Ronaldo the weekend off.

Here are the best numbers from the weekend:


Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis, also his 45th hat-trick for Barcelona across all competitions. He also has six hat-tricks for the Argentina national team, taking his overall tally in competitive...