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Maguire booed in United friendly
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was booed by some fans as the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 3-1 in a pre-season friendly in Melbourne.
Maguire has been selected to start in the United defense after it was confirmed he will remain as skipper next season by new boss Erik ten Hag.
Goals from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho made it three wins from three in pre-season as their new era under the Dutchman continued.
But the displeasure expressed by a small part of the fans inside the Melbourne cricket ground towards the England defender, seemingly every time he touched the ball, proved to be one of the main talking points of the match.
Of the boos, midfielder Donny van de Beek said: “I didn’t really know what happened. But if I saw the game today I think Harry was playing very well.
“He was aggressive, he had so many balls which means he has a great personality.
“He has a lot of experience, so I think it’s positive what he [showed]his performance today.”
Steffen seals the Boro switch
Middlesbrough have announced the loan signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
The United States international, 27, joined the Citizens in 2019 and has spent much of his time as a back-up to No.1 stopper Ederson, making just 21 appearances in total.
But with a World Cup later this year, Steffen opted to move up to the Championship side in search of regular first-team minutes.
Boro manager Chris Wilder said: “I think it’s a big blow for us and so I’m glad we brought in Zack.
“We knew we had to improve the goalkeeping department. We brought in Liam Roberts and now we’re adding Zack who has just signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Man City.
“Man City don’t hand out four-and-a-half-year contracts if they don’t think so.
“Everyone knows his situation, he needed to play because of the World Cup. He had an agreement with Man City, but he could have easily stayed there and sat comfortably as a No.2. He wanted go out and he agreed to come here.”
PSG unveil their new away kit
Paris Saint-Germain have unveiled their away kit for the 2022-23 season.
The latest of Nike’s Air Jordan designs will see Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar appear in gray on the road.
Completed with a black stripe and trim on the shorts, the kit pays homage to the Parc des Princes as it celebrates its 50th anniversary as the home of Parisians.
Fans will get their first glimpse of the kit in action during their pre-season clash against reigning J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale in Japan tomorrow.
England goalkeeper Hannah Hampton has been ruled out of the Women’s Euro 2022 quarter-final in England after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 21-year-old Aston Villa stopper has been an unused substitute for the Lionesses’ three group stage wins so far, with Mary Earps favored between the sticks.
She joins head coach Sarina Wiegman in returning a positive Covid-19 test, while defender Lotte Wubben-Moy suffered a similar fate after her second game against Norway.
Wiegman missed England’s 5-0 win over Northern Ireland and could be missing the touchline again for Wednesday’s clash against Spain.
Norway boss leaves after euro exit
Norway coach Martin Sjogren has resigned after exiting the group stage of Women’s Euro 2022.
The Scandinavian nation enjoyed another disappointing campaign after finishing third in Group A with two defeats from three games, including an 8-0 hammering by England.
A 1-0 loss to Austria in the next clash saw them retire quickly for the second consecutive European Championship, despite being named as one of the pre-tournament favourites.
This marks the end of Sjogren’s five-year reign in charge of the national team, with the departure of his assistant Anders Jacobson.
Sjogren said in a statement: “The expectations ahead of this championship were clear and we had big ambitions to go far.
“When the results did not meet expectations, the natural solution is for us to part ways now.”