THE TALK OF FOOT­BALL

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - by Joe Bern­stein

MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager Jose Mour­inho checked on Swe­den’s RB Leipzig winger Emil Fors­berg on Fri­day.

The 26-year-old was man of the match as Swe­den beat Italy 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

Mean­while, An­der Her­rera will re­ject ad­vances from Atletico Madrid. Her­rera wants to stay at Old Traf­ford and United are in talks to ex­tend his deal. MANCH­ESTER CITY are con­sid­er­ing a bid for Lyon de­fender Mouc­tar Di­akhaby amid in­creas­ing in­ter­est from ri­val clubs in­clud­ing Chelsea.

The 20-year-old has been watched sev­eral times by City staff in­clud­ing Mikel Arteta and Txiki Be­giris­tain dur­ing Lyon’s Europa League win over Ever­ton at Good­i­son Park last month.

City are aware Lyon have in­ter­est in their own de­fender Eli­aquim Man­gala, who spoke to the French club last sum­mer. n

CRYS­TAL PALACE boss Roy Hodg­son was in the crowd to watch Swedish mid­fielder Jakob Jo­hans­son of AEK Athens score the win­ning goal against Italy in their World Cup play-off tie. NEW YORK CITY for­ward Jack Har­ri­son has emerged as a po­ten­tial tar­get for Ever­ton, Le­ices­ter City and Brighton and Hove Al­bion. The 20-year-old’s State­side per­for­mances have alerted clubs ahead of the Jan­uary win­dow.

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