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 By PA Sport

Manchester United agree strategic partnership in Saudi Arabia

With Marcus Rashford joining an already extensive injury list, Paul Mariner assesses how Man United will be able to cope.
Nicky Butt has praised the current Manchester United youth academies, and discussed how important it is that they're coached in the right way during their younger years.

Manchester United have signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia to help develop football industry in the country.

The partnership will see United lend business and sporting expertise to clubs and sporting authorities within Saudi Arabia to boost development.

United's group managing director Richard Arnold said: "The club has a long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia and has over five million passionate fans in the region.

"Our partnership with Saudi...

 By John Duerden

Edgardo Bauza replaces Van Marwijk as Saudi Arabia boss for World Cup

Just over a week after guiding Saudi Arabia to a fifth World Cup, Bert van Marwijk has been replaced as head coach by Edgardo Bauza.

In a shock move, Argentina's Bauza leaves his post in charge of United Arab Emirates to make the short trip to occupy the hot seat in Riyadh only nine months ahead of Russia 2018.

Van Marwijk, who took his native Netherlands to the final of the 2010 tournament, was appointed in August 2015 and sealed a place in Russia 2018 on Sept. 5 with a 1-0 home win over Japan...

South Korea, Saudia Arabia qualify for World Cup; Syria earn Australia playoff

South Korea become the third team from Asia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, joining Iran and Japan.

South Korea booked their place at a ninth straight World Cup finals on Tuesday evening as a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan was enough for Shin Tae-yong and his team to book their ticket for Russia while Saudi Arabia's 1-0 win over Japan condemned Australia to a place in the playoffs.

Fahad Al Muwallad's thunderbolt of a strike ensured the Saudis will go to the World Cup for the first time since 2006, joining Japan, South Korea and Iran as Asia's representatives at next year's tournament.

Australia, meanwhile,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Former Iraq boss Vieira marks 10th anniversary of Asian Cup triumph

Australia prevailed 3-2 against Saudi Arabia courtesy of Tom Rogic's second half stunner.
Former Iraq coach, Jorvan Vieira in 2007
Iraq won their one and only Asian Cup title under Brazilian Jorvan Vieira, third from right, in 2007.

On the 10th anniversary of Iraq's shock 2007 AFC Asian Cup triumph, then-coach Jorvan Vieira says tea drinking, and sleepless nights of checking on his players, were the keys to the football success of a war-torn nation.

Iraq stunned Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final, having beaten South Korea on penalties in the semifinals, and Vietnam in the quarterfinals.

In the group stage, they upset Australia 3-1 and drew with co-hosts Thailand and Oman.

"The secret was not to sleep. Even early in the morning,...