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LONDON: Paul Pogba says he and his Manchester United team-mates must remain relaxed despite being in the unaccustomed position of topping the Premier League when they travel to champions Liverpool on Sunday.
Pogba’s goal secured United a 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday which sent them three points clear of the Reds.

United are top of the table after the turn of the year for the first time since they last won the title in Alex Ferguson’s swansong as manager in 2013.

Pogba has been more used to headlines in the past few seasons speculating about his future.
However, the 27-year-old France World Cup winning midfielder told the BBC the focus had to be all on overcoming this weekend’s hosts.
“We knew if we won tonight (Tuesday) we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool,” Pogba said.
“We have to keep calm, now it is the big moment. We will see what is going to happen.”
United’s last away defeat in the league was at Anfield a year ago.
The manner in which Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer’s side have improved — though Liverpool have also suffered a recent dip in form — is reflected by the Merseyside defeat which left them 30 points adrift of the eventual league winners.
Indeed there looked little likelihood of a title challenge again this season when they languished in 15th spot at the start of November after a home defeat by Arsenal.
However, nine wins and two draws have propelled them to this top of the table clash on Sunday.
It will also be a test of United’s nerve with the scars of four semi-final defeats in the past two seasons weighing heavily on them.
“It will be a beautiful game for everyone,” said Pogba.
“It’s a big game coming up so let’s get ready for it.”


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Rafael Nadal takes veiled swipe at Novak Djokovic over quarantine complaints | Tennis News

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MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal has taken an apparent swipe at Novak Djokovic over his requests for quarantined players preparing for the Australian Open, saying not everyone felt the need to “advertise” how they were trying to help.
The Serbian world number one issued a list of suggestions to Tennis Australia last week on behalf of 72 players unable to leave their Melbourne hotel rooms after Covid-19 cases were detected on their planes to Australia.
They reportedly included moving players into private homes with tennis courts and getting them better meals.
But his requests fell on deaf ears, while Australian media portrayed players as petulant and selfish and fellow star Nick Kyrgios called Djokovic a “tool”.
Djokovic later issued an open letter to say his “good intentions for my fellow competitors in Melbourne have been misconstrued”.
“We all try to help each other,” Spanish great Nadal told ESPN Tuesday from Adelaide, where he and Djokovic are quarantining ahead of the year’s opening Grand Slam in Melbourne on February 8.
“Some need to make public everything they do to help others,” he added, in remarks widely seen as referring to Djokovic. “Others… do it in a more private way without having to publish or advertise everything we’re doing.”
While most players are undergoing a mandatory 14 days of quarantine in Melbourne, Nadal, Djokovic and other superstars of the game including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka jetted into Adelaide, where they are due to play an exhibition on Friday.
It sparked mutterings about preferential treatment, and Nadal admitted it had been smoother sailing.
“In Adelaide, conditions have been better than most players in Melbourne,” he said.
“But there are players in Melbourne who have larger rooms where they can develop physical activities, others have smaller rooms and can’t have contact with their coach and their physical trainer.
“Where’s the line? It’s an ethical issue. Everyone has their own opinion and they are all respectable.”


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Kohli has made India a tough side, can’t be bullied, says former England captain Hussain

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LONDON: Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels Virat Kohli has instilled a fighting attitude in the current Indian team, which does not get bullied by adversities, whether on or off the field.

Despite missing some key players to injuries and skipper Kohli, who was on paternity leave, an inexperienced Indian team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, displayed grit and determination to register a historic come-from-behind 2-1 series win over Australia.

Hussain warned England to be ready for a tough one in the four-Test series against India, starting February 5 in Chennai.

“Any side that can go to Australia, go 1-0 down after being bowled out for 36, lose Kohli because he’s going home on paternity leave, lose your bowling attack and still come back and win after some of the stuff that went on off the field in Australia, they won’t be bullied,” he told Sky Sports.

“They (India) are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit.”

Insisting that England will head into the India assignment with plenty of confidence after the 2-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka, Hussain urged the visitors to field their best eleven in the first Test.

Hussain had earlier taken strong objection to England’s decision to rest Jonny Bairstow for the first two India Tests.

“That’s a really good sign that they’re doing that, with harder tasks ahead. The Ashes, India home and away, New Zealand confirmed, but that is great momentum and confidence going into an iconic series which is India away,” he said.

“…I was brought up in India and I’ve always seen India vs England as one of the great series – all I would have asked is turn up to Chennai with your best 13 to 15 players.

“I think England fans have earned the right for their best team to be there that first day. If it means (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson playing together because it’s a bit green, worry about the Ashes down the line.”



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Virat Kohli has made India a tough side, can’t be bullied: Nasser Hussain | Cricket News

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LONDON: Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels Virat Kohli has instilled a fighting attitude in the current Indian team, which does not get bullied by adversities, whether on or off the field.
Despite missing some key players to injuries and skipper Kohli, who was on paternity leave, an inexperienced Indian team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, displayed grit and determination to register a historic come-from-behind 2-1 series win over Australia.
Hussain warned England to be ready for a tough one in the four-Test series against India, starting February 5 in Chennai.

“Any side that can go to Australia, go 1-0 down after being bowled out for 36, lose Kohli because he’s going home on paternity leave, lose your bowling attack and still come back and win after some of the stuff that went on off the field in Australia, they won’t be bullied,” he told Sky Sports.
“They (India) are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit.”
Insisting that England will head into the India assignment with plenty of confidence after the 2-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka, Hussain urged the visitors to field their best eleven in the first Test.
Hussain had earlier taken strong objection to England’s decision to rest Jonny Bairstow for the first two India Tests.
“That’s a really good sign that they’re doing that, with harder tasks ahead. The Ashes, India home and away, New Zealand confirmed, but that is great momentum and confidence going into an iconic series which is India away,” he said.

“…I was brought up in India and I’ve always seen India vs England as one of the great series – all I would have asked is turn up to Chennai with your best 13 to 15 players.

“I think England fans have earned the right for their best team to be there that first day. If it means (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson playing together because it’s a bit green, worry about the Ashes down the line.”


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