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Stats show Lacazette beats Giroud


Crystal Palace gamble on Frank de Boer, but it's a risk worth taking

The FC crew believe Crystal Palace's somewhat unconventional choice of Frank de Boer as manager has potential to pay off.
Shaka Hislop feels Frank de Boer is capable of reinventing his managerial career with his new club, Crystal Palace.

Confirmation that Frank de Boer is the new manager at Crystal Palace has come not a moment too soon. The supporters were beginning to lose patience. An innocent tweet from the club's social media account on Wednesday, an apparently harmless picture of the training ground bathed in sunshine, brought an unexpected response. What followed was a cascade of tweets from fans begging for a new manager to be announced.

You can understand their anxiety. It has been an unsettling 18 months for Palace supporters...

 By Andy Mitten

Paul Pogba is the standout candidate to be Manchester United's next captain

Alejandro Moreno says the time has come for Paul Pogba to become a leader at Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney has been an accomplished captain for Manchester United, but given he seldom plays and seems destined to end his career away from Old Trafford, he's obviously no longer the right man for the job.

There's little room for sentiment in football, and United need to be looking forward with the right skipper. Captain duties are often bestowed on a senior player, a role Rooney qualified for when he was made captain by Louis van Gaal in 2014.

Of the side's other senior players, Michael Carrick...

Javier Ribalta, Juve's best-kept secret, is now Man Utd's not-so-secret weapon

Stevie Nicol feels Man United should do their best to sign Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and Fabinho to bolster their squad.

Last summer, Juventus sold the world's most expensive footballer and still went on to win a sixth Serie A title in a row and reach the Champions League final. Having paid around £800,000 in compensation for Paul Pogba in 2012, Juventus sold the midfielder back to Manchester United for £89.3 million. The money was reinvested, almost all of it shrewdly, and the Italian giants carried on winning as if nothing had changed.

It was a team effort but many of the plaudits went to a Spaniard...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: United close in on Nemanja Matic as Chelsea plot £100m deals

Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop sift through rumours such as Matic to Man United, Bakayoko to Chelsea and more.

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

MAN UNITED: Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC. 

- Paul Pogba has told Telefoot he would not mind if close friend Antoine Griezmann moved to Manchester City, so long as it made him happy.

CHELSEA: With Matic set to leave, the Premier League champions will reportedly move...

Five things Frank De Boer must do to experience success at Crystal Palace

The crew discuss the reasons behind Sam Allardyce's exit at Crystal Palace.
The crew discuss the reasons behind Sam Allardyce's exit at Crystal Palace.

After what was possibly the most drawn-out managerial saga of Crystal Palace's long and tempestuous history, Frank De Boer has been chosen as the man to succeed retiree Sam Allardyce.

The Crystal Palace job isn't hugely unique, but it'll take skill and expertise to build upon the work done by Sam Allardyce last season.

Here are five things De Boer will need to get right to make success of his time at Palace ...

1. Address the goalkeeping issue

A clear weak spot has been the goalkeeper position....

Giroud may start for France but Lacazette still better option for Arsenal

ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Arsenal's need for quick transfers and what's next for Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal's push to sign striker Alexandre Lacazette is picking up steam, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirming he has held talks with Arsene Wenger about a possible deal.

With Aulas also admitting that he'd be interested in signing Olivier Giroud, a deal where Arsenal pay cash plus Giroud for Lacazette looks a real possibility (even though fans are still holding out hopes for Kylian Mbappe).

For followers of the French national team, such a deal might seem strange. Giroud, after all, has...