You could have called it the crowning glory of a fine debut campaign at Manchester United, except there is still more to come. Zlatan Ibrahimovic so fittingly scored the late winner against Southampton to claim a trophy in the League Cup as well as his 26th goal in 38 games for United this season, and all by February. It is a hugely impressive haul, continuing the strike rate he had in a less demanding league with Paris Saint-Germain.
The family of former Celtic manager and player Billy McNeill have confirmed he has dementia. Mr McNeill, who has been described as the club's "greatest ever captain", led the team which won the European Cup in 1967. His family told a Sunday newspaper he was diagnosed with the illness seven years ago and is now unable to speak. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said Mr McNeill was facing his situation with "true bravery". The former Hoops captain enjoyed a glittering career at the Parkhead club, where he became the first Briton to lift the European Cup after a 2-1 win over Inter Milan in Lisbon in 1967. McNeill, 76, also led Celtic to nine successive league titles and won seven Scottish Cups
Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says the idea of ‘player power’ is exaggerated and claims only the Leicester City board, not the dressing room, should be held responsible for Claudio Ranieri’s sacking last week. The debate regarding the circumstances of Ranieri’s dismissal continues, but Klopp – who takes his side to the King Power Stadium tonight – rejected the accusation players force owners to act. The players need to be powerful but not in sacking managers.