American teams could face Champions League winners in new Super Cup

  • Uefa wants four-team event in US at start of season
  • Idea is to attract more families and female fans

American teams could be invited to take on the Champions League winners in a revamped Super Cup being considered by Uefa. Substantive discussions for a four-team season-opening event to replace the Super Cup are understood to be ongoing.

This would feature the winners of the Champions League and Europa League as is the case now, but also the winners of the Europa Conference League. The United States, considered the key growth market for European football, is the main destination under discussion and one option would be to include the host country’s champions – in this case, the winners of Major League Soccer – as the fourth team.

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European roundup: Midtjylland thrash Lazio and West Ham hold on to win

  • Lazio lose 5-1 in Denmark while Feyenoord win 6-0
  • West Ham beat Silkeborg 3-2 and Hearts win 2-0 in Latvia

Lazio suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Midtjylland on a night of goals in Europa League Group F.

Paulinho opened the scoring and Sory Kaba, Evander, Gustav Isaksen and Erik Sviatchenko were all on target for the rampant Danish side. It could have been even worse for the Italians with Midtjylland also missing a penalty.

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Sheriff 0-2 Manchester United: Europa League – as it happened

United got their Europa League campaign back on track with a fuss-free win in Moldova

6 min: Ouattara is barged over by Malacia as he skitters down the right touchline. He simply bounces straight back up and begins dribbling again. A refreshing attitude.

4 min: De Gea passes the ball out of play under pressure from Rasheed. Nothing comes of the resulting throw, deep in United territory, but Sheriff look up for pressing the keeper, who is never the most confident with the ball at his feet.

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Ronaldo off the mark with penalty in Manchester United’s win over Sheriff

This was about as textbook as European away wins come and, for Manchester United, there were individual morsels of good news too. Erik ten Hag will be pleased with a third goal of the season for Jadon Sancho, who opened the scoring after a competent but blunt Sheriff Tiraspol had started well, while the clincher was notable in its own way. Cristiano Ronaldo is not used to waiting this long for his first goal of the season and a penalty before half-time was a mundane way to find it; he is now off the mark, though, and sits one short of 700 in his club career.

United now have a foothold in Group E and Ten Hag’s decision to treat Sheriff with the utmost respect, making five changes but selecting a formidable starting XI, was borne out by a professional display. Given the chasm in United’s schedule, which now gives them another two and a half weeks off, it felt a productive runout.

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Manchester United lose at home to Real Sociedad to stall Ten Hag’s progress

Football was an obvious irrelevance after the evening’s news but, once Uefa ruled the game should go ahead, Manchester United duly fulfilled their Europa League fixture against Real Sociedad.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II threw a veil of sorrow over Old Trafford and a heartfelt tribute before kick-off brought those present together in a minute’s silence in respect to the monarch. The players and officials wore black armbands, the flags over the stadium flew at half-mast, pitch-side advertising hoardings were turned off, and United issued a statement that offered condolences and gratitude for the monarch’s “immense contribution to public life”.

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Manchester United v Real Sociedad: Europa League – as it happened

The game went ahead after consultation with the FA and Uefa, and was decided by Brais Mendez’s second-half penalty

Sociedad, whose fans had raised their scarves in a show of respect, kick off. There’s a strange, subdued, surreal atmosphere, as you’d expect in the circumstances.

A minute of silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. A poignant moment, perfectly observed by all in Old Trafford.

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Real Sociedad’s Martín Zubimendi: ‘Xabi Alonso is an idol, a role model’

Before Old Trafford trip the midfielder discusses Manchester United, how Xabi helped him and the loss of Alexander Isak

Martín Zubimendi isn’t tired of the constant comparisons to Xabi Alonso but he reckons Xabi Alonso might be. “He’s an idol, a role model, so I’m delighted that he says nice things about me,” the Real Sociedad midfielder says, smiling not blushing, the attempt to embarrass him with eulogies from his hero, the footballer he most admires, having failed. The words are welcome, on one side at least. “Thing is, I think it’s the other way round,” he says. “I get asked about him so much he must get bored of hearing me talk about him. He’ll be tired of me going on about how good he is.”

If the responses are inevitable, the questions are too. “Martín has the mark of Zubieta,” Alonso once said, and he knows. Zubieta is the Real Sociedad academy Zubimendi joined at 12, as Alonso had done 12 years earlier. Before that he played at local club Antiguoko, where Alonso had also begun. He watched his idol as a kid – he was five when Alonso arrived at Anfield, 10 when he joined Madrid – and plays in the same position, their style shared. He talks about the “values” and “personality” of the former Liverpool player, a discreet “leadership that was not for show”, and listening to him explain the central midfielder’s craft, there is something of Alonso too: in the tone, clarity, analysis, quiet authority. They even have the same agent.

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