Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough: Zlatan, Pogba complete comeback

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  • Zlatan has goal disallowed
  • Leadbitter puts Boro ahead
  • Pogba goal, assist on Ferguson’s birthday
  • Martial scores

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued their strong run of form to give Manchester United its first five-match win streak since 2015 with a 2-1 comeback over Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Pogba had a goal and an assist, while Ibrahimovic assisted a Anthony Martial goal and had another tally wrongly taken from him in the first half.

United rises into a tie with Tottenham Hotspur for fifth place, one point behind Arsenal.

Grant Leadbitter scored Middlesbrough’s goal, as Boro remains four points clear of the drop zone.

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Boro had a massive opportunity when Adama Traore stripped Ander Herrera to launch a 3v1 down the center of the pitch, but the Spanish winger opted for an outside of the boot shot that spun woeful and wide.

That was a stolen moment for Boro in the early goings, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Paul Pogba looking quite lively. Pogba’s mild overhead kick hit the post in the 14th minute as United racked up a few corner kicks.

Ibrahimovic looked to have put the Red Devils ahead, but Less Mason called a foul on the striker for his raised boot finish. Victor Valdes went down in a heap to help earn the call, but United should’ve been up 1-0.

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Ibrahimovic nearly poked a Pogba through ball behind Valdes in the 51st minute, as the United duo showed terrific chemistry.

Shockingly, Boro scored. Alvaro Negredo nodded Calum Chambers‘ cross into the path of Leadbitter, and the Englishman beat David De Gea to send a charge into the visiting support.

Valdes stymied Ibrahimovic on the doorstep as United quickly looked for its equalizer. Marcus Rashford could’ve earned a penalty after bulling his way past Bernardo, but no call came.

Valdes stopped Martial after a knifing run moments later, and Boro would need to summon everything for the final half hour.

Valdes collected a Pogba rip. Then Juan Mata saw his shot deflected out for a corner that came to nothing.

Martial finally rewarded the Old Trafford set when Ibrahimovic flicked Paul Pogba’s soaring long ball onto his path to make it 1-1.

It was 2-1 moments later, as Pogba headed Mata’s cross neatly into the goal.

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France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.