Livermore says Hull buying into Silva's philosophy

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore has said "no stone is left unturned" under the new manager Marco Silva as the basement club target a run of positive results in the second half of the Premier League season.

Livermore, who missed Tuesday's League Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Manchester United with illness, praised the impact made by the 39-year-old manager in his first week at the club.

"He's (Silva) very thorough, no stone is left unturned," Livermore told British media. "He's been great. The boys are buying into it and hopefully we can continue."

Zlatan delights in Manchester United climb towards top

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Manchester United remain in the hunt for the Premier League title but will first focus on closing the gap to the top four, starting with Sunday's clash against arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Following a shaky start to manager Jose Mourinho's tenure, United head into the game on a 15-game unbeaten run and recorded a ninth successive win in all competitions against Hull City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Allardyce to train Palace minds to solve league struggles

Sam Allardyce is focused on ensuring Crystal Palace are in the right frame of mind to fight to secure Premier League survival.

Palace are 17th in the table on 16 points, one above the relegation zone after 20 games, and travel to face 13th-palced West Ham United on Saturday.

"At the end of the day my job is to instil confidence in the players. It's about coaching their minds to be more capable of what we need to achieve," Palace manager Allardyce told the London Evening Standard.

Arsenal teenager gets Nations Cup call-up

LIBREVILLE Arsenal's Algerian midfielder Ismaeil Bennacer has been called up to play in the African Nations Cup finals after a knee injury ruled Saipher Taider out of the tournament, the country's football federation said on Friday.

The 19-year-old Bennacer won his first cap for Algeria last year in Nations Cup qualification and is yet to make a league debut for the Gunners.

Bologna midfielder Taider, 24, hurt his knee in training earlier this week.

Mourinho may make the difference at Manchester United, says Rush

Jose Mourinho knows how to get the best out of his players and his arrival at Manchester United will bring some added spice to Sunday's Premier League clash against arch rivals Liverpool, the Merseyside club's all-time leading scorer Ian Rush has said.

United head into the game on a 15-game unbeaten run and recorded a ninth successive win in all competitions against Hull City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

They are sixth in the league on 39 points, trailing second-placed Liverpool by five points.

Muller ends Troicki bid for Sydney hat-trick

SYDNEY Gilles Muller rode his big serve to a 6-3 7-6(6) victory over defending champion Viktor Troicki in the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Friday, ending the Serb's hopes of an unprecedented third straight title.

It was third time lucky for the 33-year-old lefthander from Luxembourg, who had reached the last four for a third year in a row, and he will face Dan Evans or Andrey Kuznetsov looking for his maiden ATP title on Saturday.

Stones has 'mixed emotions' ahead of Everton return

John Stones admits he will find it strange when the defender returns to Goodison Park for the first time since his big-money transfer from Everton to Manchester City when the sides clash in the Premier League on Sunday.

Stones forced through the move to City in August following a protracted saga, which ended with the 22-year-old's 47.5 million pound switch to Manchester that made him the one of the most expensive defenders in history.

Watford hope to honour Taylor with win over Middlesbrough

Watford are hoping to pay tribute to former manager Graham Taylor, who died on Thursday, by beating Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road this weekend, manager Walter Mazzarri has said.

Taylor, who led Watford to a second-place finish in the old first division and managed England between 1990 and 1993, passed away due to a suspected heart attack at the age of 72.

"I think all the players that are here know ... who Graham Taylor was," Mazzarri told British media.

Forget form when Manchester United play Liverpool - Mata

The momentum gained from Manchester United's nine-game winning streak in all competitions means nothing when they host arch rivals Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, midfielder Juan Mata has said.

After a shaky start to manager Jose Mourinho's tenure, United have dragged themselves into fine form and will hope to arrest their three-game winless run against Liverpool in a bid to narrow the 10-point gap to leaders Chelsea.

Record stand lifts Bangladesh as New Zealand fade in first test

WELLINGTON Shakib Al Hasan stroked the highest individual score for Bangladesh and combined with Mushfiqur Rahim in a record partnership on the second day of the first test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve on Friday.

Shakib (217) and captain Mushfiqur (159) stubbornly denied New Zealand in perfect conditions at the Basin Reserve as they produced a 359-run fifth-wicket partnership and batted their side into a position where they are unlikely to lose the game.