Manchester United news conference & Ballon d’Or reaction

Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryLuka Modric ends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominance of Ballon d’OrAda Hegerberg wins inaugural women’s awardJose Mourinho news conference due from 10:00 GMTFollowed by more Premier League news conferencesGet Involved: #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)Live ReportingBy Ben CollinsAll times stated are UKPosted at 9:329:32Wednesday’s gamesEverton hope to bounce back from that late, late setback tomorrow night as they host Newcastle.We’re set to hear from Toffees boss Marco Silva at lunchtime, along with his counterpart Rafael Benitez.Here’s the rest of tomorrow’s fixtures…BBCCopyright: BBCPosted at 9:289:28Post updateJordan Pickford getting the Ballon d’Or the night after his Merseyside derby mishap would have been funny.You definitely don’t want to drop that though! That is one chunky bit of bling.Posted at 9:239:23Get Involved#bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)James, Dover: How Harry Maguire or Jordan Pickford didn’t win it is beyond me. Then again maybe that’s me being biased.WBG: If England won the world and euro cups and the CL semi finals featured 4 English teams and the Europa similarly, I could guarantee that the Ballon d’Or would go to a bloke from Spain.Joseph: Feel like the Ballon D’or has become about who’s won the most trophies and not about who the actual best footballer is. Sure Modric is good but I’d rather watch Messi or Ronaldo any day of the week.Posted at 9:189:18Happy much?Arsenal will visit the winners of Blackpool’s replay at home to non-league Solihull Moors.And just look at how Solihull’s sporting director reacted when the draw. Think he was pretty chuffed with that one!Video contentVideo caption: FA Cup: Solihull Moors’ Mark Fogarty celebrates Arsenal tieFA Cup: Solihull Moors’ Mark Fogarty celebrates Arsenal tiePosted at 9:129:12FA Cup drawHolders Chelsea are set to host Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup after the third-round draw was made last night.Manchester City and Manchester United were both drawn at home to Championship opposition.Here’s the draw in fullPosted at 9:059:05Azpilicueta signs new dealChelseaPosted at 9:019:01Get Involved’Know how to twerk?’Raphael: Disgusting. The first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a step forward in equality, instead it was a reminder of how far we have to go. Congratulations for ruining the greatest honour of her athletic career.Posted at 8:578:57United prepare to host in-form ArsenalMan Utd v Arsenal (Wed, 20:00 GMT)PACopyright: PAAnd here’s our story on the Brazilian TV interview with Jose Mourinho, where he is quoted as saying that Manchester United need “a miracle” to finish in the top four.It certainly doesn’t get any easier for the Red Devils, with an in-form Arsenal coming to Old Trafford tomorrow night.Posted at 8:498:49Get Involved#bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)David Jones: People saying Modric didn’t deserve the award, then cite how we was in the CL and WC final.Killingholme Clay: Modric isn’t even the best midfielder at Real Madrid.Matt, Exeter: Modric is a great player and all that, but if your club had unlimited funds, you’d sign Messi, because he’s the best player in the world.Posted at 8:458:45Congrats Luka!InstagramCopyright: InstagramSpeaking to BBC Sport, Luka Modric dedicated his Ballon d’Or to all of the other players who have missed out in the 10 years dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d’Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder but people finally now are looking at someone else,” he said.Posted at 8:418:41’A miracle’Man Utd v Arsenal (Wed, 20:00 GMT)ReutersCopyright: ReutersJose Mourinho has given an interview to Brazilian TV where he says Manchester United need ‘a miracle’ to finish in the top four.Now, the interview has been done in Portuguese so, evidently, there may be a translation issue.However, eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal – who visit Old Trafford tomorrow – with less than half the season gone is a pretty bleak picture.Jose gets the chance to outline his views – in English – at 10am.Whether he will want to is another matter.Posted at 8:378:37United news conferenceMan Utd v Arsenal (Wed, 20:00 GMT)The only Premier League news conference scheduled for this morning is Manchester United, who have failed to win in their last three Premier League games.Posted at 8:348:34Get Involved#bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)What do you think of the Ballon d’Or ceremony and Luka Modric ending the dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? Please, come let us know.Dave: Great year for Modric and thoroughly deserved. But Messi down in 5th?!?!?! Really?!?!?Posted at 8:318:31Solveig apologyAda Hegerberg replied “no” and appeared unhappy at the question, sparking a reaction on social media.Martin Solveig later apologised to Hegerberg and said she’d told him she “understood it was a joke”.Hegerberg also told BBC Sport she “didn’t consider it sexual harassment”.Posted at 8:248:24’Know how to twerk?’Posted at 8:218:21What. A. Night!InstagramCopyright: InstagramLooks like she had a good night in Paris too, despite the furore caused by a comment onstage…Posted at 8:178:17Hegerberg’s the golden girlPosted at 8:138:13Get Involved#bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)Syed Zeeshan Hassan: Finally. You deserved it after your WC heroics.Joe Wedgwood: Modric average in CL final, average at WC. De Bruyne and Salah untouchable last season. Cannot understand how Modric has won this!? Joke.El Amoh: Modric won the Ballon d’or, Messi
won the Toilet d’or, Neymar won
the Diver d’Or, Pogba won the
salon d’Or, Ronaldo won the best
d’or.Posted at 8:098:09Modric wins Ballon d’OrGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesSo, in case you missed it, Luka Modric might need a new mantelpiece…After winning the Golde Ball at last summer’s World Cup, Luka Modric was awarded the 2018 Ballon d’Or last night.The Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder becomes the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade.Posted at 8:018:01Good morningRise and shine people…the Premier League is almost back already!We only had a day to recover from Sunday’s drama but we go again with four games tonight. And with a full programme being played in midweek, there’s another six to look forward to tomorrow.Thanks for joining us as we bring you the latest from today’s news conferences, to preview tomorrow’s games.Plus we’ll have a recap of the FA Cup and Ballon d’Or news from last night.
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