Marouane Fellaini unveiled after ‘dream move’ to Manchester United

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With all the international action over the past week, plenty of big name signings have now returned to their new teams after making moves on transfer deadline day.

One of those players is Manchester United’s new midfielder Marouane Fellaini and 25-year-old Belgian international finally spoke to the press for the first time on Friday since his move from Everton.

United’s new signing is delighted to have joined the Red Devils and can’t wait to take the next step on his career after excelling at Everton over the last five seasons.

“I came here to win trophies. For me, it’s a dream to join the biggest club in the world,” Fellaini said. “I need to work hard for my place – there are a lot of good players. I need to show my ability, I’ll keep focused. I want to help the team and give everything. I know the manager and the quality of the players here, it’s good for me to help me play well here.”

(MORE: Manchester United sign Marouane Fellaini for $42 million from Everton)

Saturday could see Fellaini make his United debut as Crystal Palace roll into Old Trafford ready to feel the wrath of a wounded United side following their defeat to fierce rivals Liverpool last time out. In Friday’s press conference David Moyes was also present and spoke about United’s failed attempt to grab both Leighton Baines and Fellaini from former club Everton

In the end, Fellaini was Moyes’ top target and United finally got their man on deadline day.

And the $42 million signing from Everton is adamant he can bring something different to United’s midfield and wants to repay the faith shown in him by his long-time boss Moyes.

“I will prove myself on the pitch. Some people don’t like my qualities, but I don’t care,” Fellaini said. “The manager, staff and players here know me. The manager gave me confidence [when he signed him at Everton]. I didn’t know anyone, but he helped me.”

Fellaini is likely to slot into the United side ahead of Tom Cleverley or Michael Carrick with the lanky attacking midfielder able to give United something completely different as they aim to kick on from a mixed set of results to start off the league campaign. His style of play is aggressive and he can get stuck in, win balls in the air and grab crucial goals that will be vital to Manchester Untied across all competitions.

One thing is for certain, having Fellaini around will help Moyes in trying to force his own brand of soccer on United’s current players and help with the transition from the Sir Alex Ferguson era. With his signature Afro haircut and highly-competitive attitude on the pitch, there’s no doubt that United’s fans will take a shine to their marquee summer signing.

Because the big Belgian is hell-bent on winning trophies.

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): For nearly 75 minutes, NYCFC couldn’t muster up any chances in the attacking third, but thankfully their captain did what he does best. David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season on Sunday night to pull out a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution, but it was rookie Jonathan Lewis that notched the winner. The visitors took the lead 20 minutes prior after Sean Johnson spilled a shot in front of his own goal, allowing Teal Bunbury to pounce on the rebound. NYCFC now moves to within four points of Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC with nine matches remaining in the regular season.

Three four moments that mattered

16′ — Harrison breaks ankles, but Villa can’t finish — This might be the only time all see you’ll see David Villa miss a chance like this…

38′ — Johnson gets a finger tip to Rowe’s blast — Sean Johnson had no work to do in the first half, at least until Kelyn Rowe decided to rip a shot from distance just before halftime.

57′ — Johnson’s error grants Bunbury, Revs the lead — Look away, NYCFC fans.

77′ — Villa find the back of the net — When you need a goal, who you gonna call? That’s right. David Villa. The NYCFC captain is now up to 19 this season.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Teal Bunbury (57′), David Villa (77′), Jonathan Lewis (90+4′)

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

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Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and the Catalan hashtag “TOTSSOMBARCELONA” (We are all Barcelona) was on display around the Camp Nou stadium. The message was also shown on the stadium’s large screens, as well as on many banners carried by fans.

An emotional minute’s silence was held before the game as the music of Catalan cellist Pau Casals played in the background.

Before the minute was up, the more than 55,000 fans at the stadium broke into a round of applause and began chanting “No tinc por” (I’m not afraid), a chant which has become a symbol of people’s reactions to the attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

Extra security was implemented in and around Camp Nou.

There was a minute’s silence before every Spanish league match this weekend.

Without Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez, Barcelona got off to a winning start in the league after consecutive losses to rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

It scored two goals three minutes apart near the end of the first half – an own-goal by Betis defender Alin Tosca and a close-range shot by Sergi Roberto. Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We lost depth with Neymar’s departure and we have to find a way to overcome that,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Lionel Messi looked lively but wasn’t able to score his 350th goal in La Liga. He came close, though, being denied by the woodwork three different times.

AP Sports Writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.

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Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.

MLS Follow Live — NYCFC hosts Revs, Minnesota meets Sounders

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Only two matches will feature on the MLS docket Sunday evening, but luckily two of the league’s most exciting teams will take to the pitch.

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First, New York City FC will attempt to continue its ascent up the Eastern Conference ladder when they host Kei Kamara and the New England Revolution.

In the night cap, the Seattle Sounders look to extend their unbeaten streak to nine matches when they welcome newcomers Minnesota United to CenturyLink Field.

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Here’s the schedule and kick-off times for Sunday’s two MLS fixtures.

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution — 6 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United — 10 p.m. ET