Liverpool maintained their strong start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Southampton ahead of champions Manchester City hosting Tottenham in Saturday's late kick-off.

Sadio Mane scored the opening goal on his return to St. Mary's, smashing into the top-right corner shortly before half-time, with Roberto Firmino adding what proved to be a vital second before Adrian's error handed Danny Ings a late consolation.

Arsenal are the only other side to have maximum points after two games as they edged to a 2-1 win at home to Burnley, with Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos recording a brace of assists from midfield.

There were also victories for Everton and a Teemu Pukki-inspired Norwich City at home to Watford and Newcastle United respectively, while Bournemouth collected three points at Aston Villa.

SADIO THE MAIN MANE AGAIN

Having eased to a 4-1 win at home to Norwich to kick the Premier League season off, Liverpool followed their midweek UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea by downing Southampton.

Mane hit both goals for Liverpool in Istanbul and the Senegal star followed that brace with his first league goal of the campaign, Firmino then seemingly wrapping up the Reds' win with an unerring finish.

But there was no first clean sheet in four competitive fixtures this season for Jurgen Klopp's men, who are at home to Arsenal next weekend, as Super Cup shoot-out hero Adrian's awful clearance bounced in off Ings with seven minutes left.

And Southampton should have snatched a late point when Yan Valery's low right-wing cross found Ings in the box, with the former Reds striker unable to punish his old club as he failed to get a clean contact on the ball.

ARSENAL STAY PERFECT THANKS TO STRIKE DUO

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both scored as Arsenal took maximum points again after last week's victory at Newcastle United by winning 2-1 at home to Burnley.

Lacazette fired through Nick Pope's legs to open the scoring in the early kick-off at the Emirates Stadium but Ashley Barnes hit his third Premier League goal of the season to level before the break.

Aubameyang won it, though, firing past Pope after Ceballos robbed Johann Gudmundsson in midfield - the Gabon striker now has seven goals in four league games against the Clarets.

PROLIFIC PUKKI FIRES NORWICH TO VICTORY

Finland forward Pukki, who netted in Norwich City's loss at Liverpool, scored all three goals as the Canaries downed Newcastle 3-1 at home to get up and running on their return to the Premier League.

Leandro Trossard had a goal ruled out for offside by VAR, but he later opened his Brighton and Hove Albion account with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham, who had led through Javier Hernandez.

Monaco have signed Henry Onyekuru from Everton on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Nigerian joined the Toffees ahead of the 2017-18 season but has never played in a competitive fixture for the Premier League side.

He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht and scored 10 goals in all competitions for the Belgian side before a knee injury cut his campaign short.

He was loaned out again for the 2018-19 season, scoring 14 league goals to help Galatasaray secure the title.

Monaco endured a torrid campaign last time out, finishing 17th in Ligue 1, and suffered a 3-0 defeat to Lyon in the opening round   

Writing on Twitter, Onyekuru said: "I want to thank Everton for the opportunity and making it possible for me to experience the best year of my career at Galatasaray.

"My time in Turkey was nothing short of amazing. The supporters, the club and my team-mates made me feel at home from day one."

Onyekuru, who has reportedly cost £12.5million, could make his debut for the club when they travel to Metz on Saturday. 

Barcelona are trying to find a way to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou – without paying a cent.

With Real Madrid reportedly emerging as frontrunners to sign the star forward, Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Saturday they were in "advanced" talks regarding a deal for the Brazilian.

It remains to be seen as to which of the LaLiga giants Neymar ends up at, but Barcelona are struggling to find a deal, looking to complete one in which they pay with players only.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA DON'T WANT TO PAY EVEN €1 FOR NEYMAR

Barcelona are looking to secure a deal for Neymar that would see them give up only players, according to Marca and Le Parisien.

The French daily reports that kind of deal is "unimaginable" for PSG, who are looking for at least €200million for Neymar – which would see them make a €22m loss.

Meanwhile, AS say PSG and Real Madrid have opened talks regarding a move for Neymar, including the option of a one-year loan deal.

 

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- With Mauro Icardi no longer wanted at Inter, a possible switch to Napoli has been mooted. Corriere dello Sport say Icardi is willing to make the move to Napoli, who are looking to sign a forward. Icardi has also been linked to Juventus.

- That comes as Napoli seemingly stop their pursuit of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez. The Serie A club have given up on signing James and will instead focus on PSV forward Hirving Lozano, according to AS.

- David de Gea looked certain to extend his contract at Manchester United just last month. However, the Mirror reports the Premier League club are yet to reach an agreement with the goalkeeper, casting fresh doubt over the Spain international's future at Old Trafford.

- With previous target Leroy Sane suffering a serious knee injury, Bayern Munich are turning their attentions elsewhere as they still look to sign replacements for departed stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. The Bundesliga champions have reached an agreement with Inter to sign Ivan Perisic, according to Corriere dello Sport.

- Radamel Falcao is nearing a Monaco exit. The forward is set to sign a three-year deal worth €6m per season with Galatasaray, according to AS. However, the Ligue 1 club want to sign a replacement before letting Falcao leave, and are expecting to land Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla.

- Dani Olmo is expected to make a move from Dinamo Zagreb to one of Europe's biggest clubs during this transfer window. Sportske Novosti report Bayern Munich and Everton offered €28m for the Spain youth international and Manchester United put in a bid of €25m to land Olmo. However, Dinamo Zagreb are hoping Olmo can help them reach the Champions League group stage before selling the 21-year-old.

Wilfried Zaha's reaction to staying at Crystal Palace has impressed manager Roy Hodgson.

The winger came off the substitutes' bench to play the last 25 minutes of his side's 0-0 home Premier League draw against 10-man Everton, who had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off.

Arsenal and Everton were among the teams to pursue Zaha, 26, during the transfer window, with the player making his desire to leave clear.

But after remaining at Selhurst Park beyond deadline day, Zaha's return to action saw him given a generous reception by the Palace fans when he entered the pitch on Saturday.

"I thought he handled it very well," Hodgson said at his post-match media conference.

"The crowd helped. It was nice to have him available. It was good to have him to come on - and Connor Wickham too. I thought the two front players [Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke] did an exceptional job, but they were tiring.

"I only really saw him [Zaha] on Friday. He was fine. He was excellent in the dressing room.

"The fact is that situation has been and gone. I am sure he will bring his straw to the water to help us have a good season."

Asked if he was concerned about losing Zaha when the transfer window re-opens, Hodgson replied: "We are in August! You are asking the wrong man. I am not worried about January at the moment."

Speaking to BBC Sport, Hodgson added of Zaha: "He did well, he did what we hoped he would do – create opportunities, set us up for a Max Meyer chance that could have won us the game.

"He almost helped us take three points. A couple of times he had to be bundled off the ball at the last minute. He's a little bit rusty, of course when a player comes back from three weeks away he's going to need a bit of time to find his true form. 

"He's phenomenal as an athlete when it comes to fitness, but to get him back to full capacity it will take a week or two."

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City made a stunning start to the defence of their Premier League title by hammering West Ham 5-0.

City watched last season's runners-up Liverpool romp to a 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday and answered with an emphatic triumph of their own.

Saturday's top-flight action also saw Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion cruise to victories over Southampton and Watford respectively.

Crystal Palace and 10-man Everton played out a goalless draw, while Sheffield United grabbed a late equaliser to claim a point at Bournemouth.

Tottenham will host Aston Villa in the last game of the day.

STERLING GIVES CITY IDEAL START

Sterling's treble inspired a five-goal away win as City commenced their quest for a third straight league crown. The England star's goals all came in the second half after Gabriel Jesus prodded the champions ahead in the 25th minute of a one-sided affair.

Sterling's well-worked first goal came six minutes after the interval and though a VAR review found he was offside before Jesus tapped in, City did get their third when he struck 15 minutes from time.

The former Liverpool player could have added the third from the spot after Issa Diop fouled the excellent Riyad Mahrez but he gifted the penalty to Sergio Aguero. The substitute's initial attempt was saved before he converted a re-take due to VAR showing Declan Rice encroached before clearing the rebound.

Sterling was not to be denied the match ball, though, as he raced clean through to convert a pass from Mahrez in added time.

MISERABLE STARTS FOR SAINTS AND WATFORD

Ashley Barnes' double was key as Burnley scored three times in the space of 12 second-half minutes to stun Southampton in a 3-0 win at Turf Moor, Johann Gudmundsson's impressive solo goal putting the icing on the cake.

New signing Neal Maupay, who arrived for a reported £20million, scored on his debut to help Brighton defeat Watford by the same scoreline at Vicarage Road.

The former Brentford striker followed fellow substitute Florin Andone by netting in the second half, Abdoulaye Doucoure's dreadful own goal after 28 minutes having set Graham Potter's new side on their way.


SHARP GRABS LATE POINT FOR BLADES

Substitute Billy Sharp finished off a goalmouth scramble with two minutes remaining to earn newly promoted Sheffield United a 1-1 draw away to Bournemouth.

Chris Mepham had earlier put the hosts in front when he converted a close-range rebound, but Sharp ensured the Blades got something from their first Premier League game since 2007.

There was also a draw as Crystal Palace held Everton at Selhurst Park, with the visitors having Morgan Schneiderlin sent off with 14 minutes remaining.

The midfielder picked up a second yellow card for a high foot Luka Milivojevic, while Wilfried Zaha - who reluctantly had to stay at Palace having been heavily pursued by Everton in the transfer window - played the last 25 minutes after coming off the bench.

Roy Hodgson confirmed Wilfried Zaha is available for Crystal Palace's season opener despite his disgruntlement over being denied a move to opponents Everton.

Zaha handed in a transfer request before the window closed but Palace refused to budge on their reported £100million asking price and rebuffed Everton's interest.

The Ivory Coast international will get a taste of what might have been when Marco Silva's men visit Selhurst Park on Saturday.

After sending him home from training on deadline day, Hodgson said Zaha is "absolutely" in contention for the club's first Premier League fixture of the new season.

"Wilfried Zaha is as I expected he would be," the Eagles manager told reporters.

"He's a professional and committed to the club and helping us do what we need to do to stay in the league.

"He trained today just as he did on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I can't say he's jubilant or delighted. The outcome he wanted was to be sold and leave, but it was the last thing we wanted. It was a good outcome for us.

"It's not even worth discussing replacements for players of his calibre."

Zaha, 26, was heavily linked to Arsenal before Everton emerged as contenders for his signature.

The winger could still leave south London if a club elsewhere in Europe successfully agrees a fee with Palace.

Marco Silva was pleased with Everton's late swoop for Alex Iwobi after confirming his side missed out on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Everton announced the arrival of Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day in a deal thought to be worth up to £40million.

The Nigeria international was widely thought to be a back-up option, as the Merseyside club were heavily linked with Zaha in the latter stages of the window and reportedly had offers knocked back by Palace.

But on the eve of Everton's trip to Selhurst Park for their opening Premier League match of the season, manager Silva insisted he is happy with his side's overall transfer business.

He said at his pre-match news conference: "When you are planning a squad you plan with some names, and I did my job with the names to my football structure. We cannot just have one name.

"The market was difficult and when we lost [Ademola] Lookman we looked for a winger, not two wingers. We have tried to do the deals and we've signed a good player. It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha.

"We are happy. We always want more, but we are happy."

Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal's first team after graduating from their academy and was used 51 times in all competitions last season, scoring six times.

Silva talked up the versatility of the 23-year-old, who has never scored more than three times in a single league campaign, but admitted his latest signing needs to improve in front of goal.

"The position we are looking for him is clear - coming inside from the left," Silva said. "He can also play behind the striker really well and if you need to play him on the right he can do that also.

"He's a strong player with good skills. One thing I will be demanding from him will be scoring more goals, because it's important in that position.

"But he will help us. He's a strong player as you know, a fast player, and he can put good intensity in a match which I like from my attacking players. He will give me different solutions."

Romelu Lukaku's move to Inter ended weeks of speculation over the striker's future to an end and brought the curtain down on a Premier League goal-scoring masterclass.

After failing to break through at Stamford Bridge, a loan move to West Brom in 2012-13 gave Lukaku the chance to prove himself.

He also impressed in a temporary stint at Everton too, joining them permanently in July 2014. The Belgium international reached double figures for league goals in each of his four seasons at Goodison Park.

The same can be said for his two years at Manchester United, yet the frontman never quite hit the expected heights. Still, as the Opta numbers show, he was productive during his time in England.

100 - Romelu Lukaku was the fifth-youngest player to reach a century of goals in the Premier League, achieving the feat when aged 24 years and 322 days.

42 - Lukaku tallied 42 goals for Manchester United in 96 appearances. The next player on the list is Marcus Rashford, who managed 26 over the past two seasons.

27 - The 2017-18 season was the 26-year-old's best in English football, as he netted 27 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils.

25 - The most fruitful Premier League campaign of Lukaku's career came in 2016-17, when he scored 25 for Everton - the most in a single season by a Toffees player since Gary Lineker hit 30 in 1985-86.

10 - In the last seven top-flight seasons, Lukaku and Sergio Aguero are the only players to have scored at least 10 goals in each campaign.

4 - Ruud van Nistelrooy (36 in 2001-02), Robin van Persie (30 in 2012-13), Dwight Yorke (29 in 1998-99) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28 in 2016-17) are the only United players to have scored more in all competitions in their debut seasons than the Belgian (27 in 2017-18).

3 - Aguero (162) and Harry Kane (125) are the only other players to have scored more than 100 Premier League goals since Lukaku made his first appearance in the competition.

1 - Lukaku scored 68 Premier League goals at Everton and remains the club's top scorer in the competition, ahead of Duncan Ferguson (60), Tim Cahill (56), Kevin Campbell (45) and Leon Osman (44).

Everton have signed winger Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth up to £40million.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and becomes the seventh arrival of a busy close season for Everton, the transfer being confirmed shortly after Thursday's deadline.

Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal's first team after coming through the academy and featured 51 times in all competitions last season.

But he seemingly slipped down the pecking order following the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe and admitted in July he would consider leaving if his playing time was reduced.

Everton manager Marco Silva told the club's website: "Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.

"He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.

"It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.

"Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club."

Everton had been linked with Wilfried Zaha but were reportedly twice knocked back by Crystal Palace.

Marco Silva's side begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Premier League transfer window has closed ahead of the start of the new season and managers up and down England will now take stock.

Have the rest of the top six done enough to catch Manchester City? Are the promoted sides suitably stocked to secure top-flight survival?

We will soon find out but, in the meantime, we pick out five signings that look pretty shrewd.

 

5. Pablo Fornals (West Ham)

At a reported fee of £24million, West Ham made what looks like being a clever addition.

Fornals' form fell away a little last season but he was generally a brilliant attacking threat for Villarreal after initially impressing with Malaga in LaLiga.

The relatively modest fee means he will likely have to do little to repay West Ham's faith and they could expect a huge increase on that fee if he does enough to impress an elite suitor in the coming seasons.

 

4. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Arsenal quite desperately needed defensive reinforcements, but it took until deadline day to get them over the line.

Tierney, at least, should be worth the wait. A consistent performer for Celtic, the Gunners have done well to bring in the Scotland full-back for a fee in the region of £25million.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon mentioned Aaron Wan-Bissaka's £50m move to Manchester United when talking up Tierney's potential price, so to pay half that sum to solve the left-back problem is a huge coup for Unai Emery's side.

3. Rodri (Manchester City)

How do you improve the treble-winning champions? Well, Pep Guardiola has finally brought in a player in an area they had long seemed light.

Fernandinho is now 34 and City struggled to replace the Brazilian when he was out of action last season. That will no longer be an issue with Rodri's arrival.

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder looks to be an excellent long-term replacement for Fernandinho and has hit the ground running, impressing in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.

2. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)

Tottenham did not make a single signing last season but they secured one of the best deals of the new campaign when Ndombele arrived in London.

Spurs' lack of depth in the centre of midfield was far more concerning than City's last term, with Victor Wanyama called in from the cold to partner Moussa Sissoko for stretches of their Champions League run.

Ndombele will now look to link up with Sissoko and Harry Winks in a potentially dominant midfield.

 

1. Moise Kean (Everton)

Juventus have attacked the transfer market again this year and this led to Kean being the odd man out despite an outstanding end to the 2018-19 season.

The 19-year-old scored six Juve goals from March onwards, while also netting twice for the senior Italy team in that sensational run to establish himself as a star name.

With Everton's numerous creative players, Kean should be a success at Goodison Park and belatedly replace Romelu Lukaku in the central striking role.

The transfer window slams shut in England on Thursday and Romelu Lukaku is finally set to get his move.

Linked to Inter and Juventus throughout the off-season, Manchester United striker Lukaku is poised to swap Old Trafford for San Siro in Milan.

Lukaku's exit could trigger United to make a late dash for his replacement.

 

TOP STORY – LUKAKU TO SWAP UNITED FOR INTER

After months of speculation, Lukaku will swap Manchester United for Serie A side Inter according to widespread reports.

Lukaku landed in Milan in the early hours of Thursday morning ahead of his €75million (£70m) move to Inter.

Inter will reportedly pay a €65m fixed fee and €10m in add-ons, with the deal also including a five per cent cut of any future sale.

 

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- With Lukaku leaving Old Trafford, United are willing to pay the £81m (€88m) release clause to lure Inaki Williams from Athletic Bilbao, reports El Chiringuito TV. The Red Devils are also continuing to be linked to Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, who is a free agent.

Tottenham are set to complete deadline-day deals for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, reports the Telegraph. Spurs are hopeful of clinching a transfer for Lo Celso at £55m (€59.7m), while Sessegnon could cost £20m.

- According to Sport, Real Madrid have offered €120m plus Luka Modric for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. Barcelona have been linked with their former forward but the LaLiga champions must raise funds before trying to re-sign the Brazil international. Barca could free up space by selling Philippe Coutinho, who has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League trio United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Arsenal are set for a busy deadline day. The Sun reports the Gunners could land Chelsea defender David Luiz in a £12m deal, while Unai Emery's side have agreed a Scottish transfer record fee of £25m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to the BBC.

- Tottenham have agreed to sign Juventus star Paulo Dybala but the player's image rights are holding up the deal, says the Independent. Dybala has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain after turning down a move to Manchester United.

- Sportitalia says Wolves have agreed a £23m (€25m) fee to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who reportedly wants a wage increase. Wolves have already signed Patrick Cutrone from Milan.

- According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has handed in a transfer request as Everton look to sign the former Manchester United forward.

Mario Balotelli is on the verge of joining Brazilian side Flamengo until December 2021. That is according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia. Balotelli is a free agent following his Marseille exit.

Everton have signed World Cup-winning right-back Djibril Sidibe on a season-long loan deal from Monaco.

Sidibe scored four league goals in three seasons at Monaco, where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17.

The 27-year-old France international played in one game of Les Bleus' triumphant 2018 World Cup finals campaign, and he will compete for a place in Marco Silva's starting line-up with Seamus Coleman, following Jonjoe Kenny's loan move to Schalke.

Sidibe is the Toffees' sixth signing of the close-season after goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.

"I was very happy to hear a historic and big club like Everton was thinking of signing me," Sidibe told Everton's official website "It was very easy for me. I did not have to reflect for too long before making my decision to come here.

"Everton are recruiting with the intent to win trophies and play on the biggest stage. I am 100 per cent motivated and ready to help the club achieve its goals and to achieve my own individual goals."

Prior to joining Monaco in July 2016, Sidibe spent four years at Lille after starting his career at hometown club Troyes.

Sidibe was in talks with Atletico Madrid during a turbulent 2018-19 season for Monaco, but the negotiations broke down due to fitness issues.

Everton manager Silva was delighted to strengthen his defensive options, saying: "Djibril has fantastic experience, winning titles and playing many matches in a competitive league. He is a World Cup winner and he has the hunger to achieve much more in his career.

"It is important to have different options in each position and with Djibril and Seamus [Coleman] we now have two high-quality right-backs.

"Djibril has also shown to me he has a real desire to play for Everton and be part of the big things we are trying to create."

England's so-called 'golden generation' never quite delivered on the pitch, but there might still be hope for success in the coaching arena.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side were beaten in the quarter-finals of three consecutive major tournaments from 2002 to 2006 despite being considered among the favourites.

However, with many of these involved now long since retired, management beckons.

And Wayne Rooney will join a number of former team-mates in taking on a coaching role after agreeing to move to Derby County as player-coach in January.

We take a look at other members of that England team who have taken to the touchline.

GARY NEVILLE

The first on this list is close to the least successful, with Neville sacked after just four months in charge at Valencia, returning to his previous role as a television pundit instead.

While just three wins in 16 LaLiga games saw the end of Gary, brother Phil remained at Valencia for a time as an assistant.

PHIL NEVILLE

Phil Neville also had experience with Manchester United, England Under-21s and Salford City by the time he was surprisingly appointed boss of England Women in January 2018.

The younger brother took the Lionesses to the last four at this year's Women's World Cup. Gareth Southgate, who featured sparingly at the start of Eriksson's era, is similarly impressing with the men's team.

SOL CAMPBELL

Former centre-back Campbell was repeatedly frustrated in his initial attempts to move into management, describing attitudes towards giving black players their first chance in coaching as "archaic" in 2013.

His opportunity finally arrived last year with Macclesfield Town, then bottom of the Football League. A superb turnaround saw the side stay up on the final day. "It's definitely up there with the things I've achieved in football," he said.

STEVEN GERRARD

While Campbell was made to wait for a lowly senior job, ex-colleague Gerrard went in at the top with one of Scotland's biggest clubs, taking over at Rangers at the start of last season.

Having left the Liverpool academy to take the post, Gerrard has a positive impact at Ibrox and led Rangers to their first win over rivals Celtic in six years. He could not prevent the Hoops completing a historic treble-treble, though.

PAUL SCHOLES

Definitely not a success. Scholes' stint at boyhood club Oldham Athletic made Gary Neville's Valencia stretch look steady, with the former midfielder gone after just 31 days.

It was Scholes' decision to quit, as he explained: "It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role."

FRANK LAMPARD

Chelsea favourite Lampard has the potential to be the biggest success of all, having been handed the reigns at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Lampard led Derby to within a whisker of promotion in the play-off final, earning a chance at Chelsea as they prepare for a tough campaign impacted by a transfer ban. His Derby departure allowed for Phillip Cocu to come in and bring in Rooney.

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It might only be a matter of time before John Terry has a senior role. He is an assistant at Aston Villa and was linked to the Middlesbrough job, which instead went to former team-mate and fellow rookie Jonathan Woodgate .

Meanwhile, at Manchester United, both Nicky Butt and Michael Carrick form part of the coaching staff.

David James operated as a player-coach at IBV, had a short stint at Luton Town and then took over at Kerala Blasters while continuing in goal. James then returned to the Indian side in 2018 but was sacked after an 11-match winless run.

Darius Vassell has a role at Wolves, Joe Cole is at Chelsea, and Kieron Dyer is part of the Ipswich Town set-up.

Wayne Rooney's MLS career will be cut short in January after he agreed a deal to leave DC United for Derby County.

The former England captain has turned DC's fortunes around since moving stateside just over a year ago, but he will take up a player-coach role with the Championship club in 2020.

United will hope he can continue to perform in the mean time as they chase a playoff place this season.

And Rooney's displays to date in the United States capital suggest he may well prove inspirational, as these Opta numbers show.

43 - Rooney might now be 33 but he is a near ever-present for DC, playing 43 matches for the club so far, joint-second in MLS during that time.

23 - The former Manchester United man played in a deeper role at times before moving to MLS, but he has been a striker at DC and has scored 23 times in MLS. Only three players have scored more in that spell.

21.3 - Rooney, by scoring 23, has bettered his xG, although that statistic also has him fourth in MLS over that time.

19 - Of his strikes, Rooney has scored 19 times with his right foot. That is the most of any MLS star since he left Everton.

6 - The ex-England ace is renowned for his ability to shoot from distance and that is evident in another two statistics in which he has led the way in MLS. He has scored more goals from outside the box (six) than any other player, with more of those (four) coming from direct free-kicks than any rival.

14 - Rooney can be a creator, too, though, and he has laid on 14 assists in a DC shirt. He has created 101 chances in all.

37 - The combined figure of goals and assists puts Rooney tied for second for goal involvements since joining DC. Los Angeles FC's runaway MVP candidate Carlos Vela (50) is the only player with more. He has been involved in 53.6 per cent of his team's goals.

13 - DC have won 13 points thanks to Rooney's goals this season, a figure that puts him second in MLS. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (20), his former Manchester United team-mate at LA Galaxy, has had a greater hand in his team's success.

121 - Rooney has been effective without needing to have every match run through him. Of those MLS players to play at least 16 games since his arrival, Rooney (56.5) ranks 121st for touches per game.

Wayne Rooney's illustrious career will continue back in England when he leaves DC United and joins Derby County in a player-coach capacity in January.

Rooney has been a key man for DC in just over a year in MLS so far, but news of a return home with Derby in the Championship quickly developed before the move was announced on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old burst onto the scene as a teenager with boyhood club Everton before going on to become Manchester United's all-time leading scorer, managing 253 goals in 559 appearances in all competitions.

His 13-year stay at United - which included winning the Premier League, Champions League and both domestic cups - ended in 2017 when he returned to Goodison Park, giving him the opportunity to play again for the team where it all began, before moving on to become the latest big-name star in MLS.

From an unforgettable first league hit to a long-range lob via a moment of Manchester derby magic, we take a look back at Rooney's top 10 goals from his club career.

 

Arsenal (H): October 19, 2002

Talk about making an instant impact. A fresh-faced Rooney, wearing a shirt appearing to be several sizes too big, scored his maiden league goal in stunning fashion for Everton - and against England's first-choice goalkeeper at the time, too.

Arsenal had arrived at Goodison Park on a 30-game unbeaten run in the Premier League but came unstuck against the Toffees due to a moment of brilliance, as a 16-year-old substitute turned a hopeful punt forward from Thomas Gravesen into one of the most memorable moments in the competition's history.

Rooney controlled the ball on the left, spun around quickly and then, after taking the opportunity to line up the target, arched a curling shot beyond David Seaman that found the net via the underside of the bar.

 

Fenerbahce (H): September 28, 2004

If United fans were unsure if an 18-year-old Rooney was worth a reported £25.6million outlay, a hat-trick on his Old Trafford debut went some way to quieten the doubters.

Rooney opened the scoring in the match - a Champions League group game against Fenerbahce - with a well-taken first-time finish, before doubling his tally with a clever turn and precise shot before half-time.

The pick of the goals, however, came in the second half. After wrestling the ball away from more established stars including Ryan Giggs, Rooney set himself before bending a 20-yard free-kick over the wall and beyond Rustu Recber, sending the home fans into raptures.

 

Middlesbrough (H): January 29, 2005

Rooney boasts two candidates in a list of his top United goals from this 3-0 FA Cup victory, and his stunning volley in the closing stages of the match came close to making the cut here.

However, the place must be reserved for a moment of magic 67 minutes in. Gary Neville slid a pass through to Rooney on the break, and, some 40 yards from goal, he chipped the ball up and over the stranded Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net.

United went on to reach the final - Rooney's first - where they lost on penalties to Arsenal.

 

Newcastle United (H): April 24, 2005

Often criticised for moments of petulance, especially early in his career, it paid off for Rooney in spades against Newcastle.

United, behind to a Darren Ambrose goal and struggling for fluidity, were becoming increasingly frustrated in their search for an equaliser as the Old Trafford crowd made their feelings clear.

Rooney's own irritation threatened to boil over as he berated referee Neale Barry, but he immediately turned that anger onto the football itself as he blasted in a volley beyond Shay Given after Peter Ramage's header looked to have cleared the danger.

United went on to win 2-1 thanks to a Wes Brown goal.

 

Portsmouth (H): January 27, 2007

Luck seemed to be against United in this FA Cup clash at Old Trafford, especially when Nemanja Vidic and Henrik Larsson both had goals controversially ruled out and visiting goalkeeper David James produced a string of good saves.

It was Rooney, however, who turned the game on its head with two goals in the final 13 minutes - the second of which was a moment of magic.

Having tapped in Giggs' cross to give United the lead six minutes earlier, Rooney collected the ball 25 yards from goal and sent a stunning chip over James and into the far corner.

Manager Alex Ferguson hailed Rooney's sheer audacity for attempting the effort, comparing it to Eric Cantona's famous strike against Sunderland 11 years previous. Around Old Trafford, praise doesn't get much higher than that.

 

Manchester City (H): February 12, 2011

Described by United prodigy Marcus Rashford as the best goal he has ever seen, Rooney's strike to secure a 2-1 win over Manchester City was as important as it was spectacular.

David Silva's deflected shot had cancelled out Nani's opener in a tense derby at Old Trafford but, with only 12 minutes remaining, Rooney produced a moment of magic to snatch the victory and send his side four points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table.

Nani's cross from the right took a deflection, and Rooney, adjusting his body position on the edge of the area, met the ball with a sensational bicycle kick to send it crashing past Joe Hart and into the top corner.

The goal, which was named as the greatest in Premier League history in 2012, took United a step closer to their 19th top-flight title.

 

West Ham (A): March 22, 2014

There were certainly not many moments to shout about for United during David Moyes' single season in charge, but Rooney's goal away to West Ham drew plenty of superlatives.

Ashley Young cleared the ball to just inside the Hammers' half, where Rooney, having outmuscled James Tomkins, unleashed an incredible half-volley that flew over the head of Adrian and into the net.

The goal was compared to David Beckham's audacious halfway-line lob of Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, which had brought Selhurst Park to its feet 18 years earlier. Beckham was even in the stands at Upton Park to witness Rooney's moment of genius.

The strike moved Rooney to third in United's all-time scoring list, behind only Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, but it did little to brighten the mood at Old Trafford during a dismal campaign. Indeed, Moyes was sacked exactly one month later.

 

Stoke City (A): January 21, 2017

Rooney came off the bench after 67 minutes in place of Juan Mata and made a late impact.

It appeared to be an afternoon of frustration for Jose Mourinho's men, who dominated at the bet365 Stadium, only for the 31-year-old to grab a 94th-minute equaliser in stunning fashion and put his name in lights.

Rooney lined up a free-kick on the left of the area and, with Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant perhaps expecting a cross, whipped a stunning set-piece into the top corner for a goal which saw him become United's all-time leading scorer.

 

West Ham (H): November 29, 2017

"It was a no-brainer for me and the only place I was going to go," Rooney said after sealing his return to Everton, 13 years after an acrimonious departure. 

The comeback did not quite go according to the script - Everton's grand plans to push for the top six quickly fell apart, with manager Ronald Koeman departing early in the campaign - but Rooney still made it to double figures, scoring 10 goals despite often occupying a deeper role.

The best of the lot completed a hat-trick against West Ham at Goodison Park, as the experienced forward intercepted Hart's clearance before lobbing the ball over the head of the stranded goalkeeper and into the unguarded net. The perfectly weighted strike, made from inside his own half, was a reminder of how, even while no longer in his prime, he was still able to produce magical moments.

 

Orlando City (H): June 26, 2019

Just as Rooney executed two stunning long-range strikes against West Ham in the Premier League, he saved two of his best moments in MLS for home games against Orlando.

A 2018 run to the playoffs was kickstarted by Rooney's incredible last-gasp assist when he hunted down Will Johnson, sprinting towards an open DC United goal, to make a stunning tackle, then supplying an inch-perfect lofted assist from halfway.

In the same fixture in June this year, and from similar distance, the former England captain did it all himself.

Few players have had such a record of consistently netting from inside their own half, with Rooney adding another as he profited on a mix-up between two Orlando players and drilled past Brian Rowe to end DC's five-match winless run.

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