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The Sport Matrix: Monday 13 January

Newcastle angry as disallowed Tioté effort sets up City

Fabio Coentrao has started only four games since United tried to sign him last summer

Transfer news: Manchester United remain in talks to sign Fabio Coentrao - reports

David Moyes is keen to bolster competition in the left-back position

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi is 'an alien' says Arda Turan following Atletico Madrid's draw with Barcelona

The Argentine forward returned to La Liga action in the 0-0 game

Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most United games has cast a shadow over David Moyes

The possibility of Sir Alex Ferguson not watching Manchester United is 'pure, pure fantasy' says Carlos Queiroz

It has been suggested that the former manager's presence is making is difficult for David Moyes

Hull City 0 Chelsea 2: Fernando Torres is smiling again, says Jose Mourinho

The Spanish striker was on target in the win at the KC Stadium

Pellegrini is cautious when it comes to talk of multiple trophies

Can Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini win all four trophies this season?

The Chilean equates style with substance and is visibly growing in confidence at Manchester City

Petr Cech surpassed Peter Bonetti's Chelsea record for the most clean sheets with his 209th for the club

Hull City 0 Chelsea 2: Petr Cech targeting a permanent stay at the top after record appearance sees Tigers dispatched

Cech's 209th clean sheet surpasses Peter Bonetti's club record as Hazard and Torres send Blues temporarily top with Arsenal and Manchester City not in action on Saturday

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring a brilliant opener in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Hull

Hull City 0 Chelsea 2 match report: Eden Hazard’s masterclass in finishing opens up Chelsea’s route to the top

Hazard dazzled the Hull defence before firing in from outside the box to break the deadlock with Fernando Torres adding a second late on

Guiseppe Rossi has suffered an injury to his cruciate knee ligament

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi in World Cup doubt after knee injury scan shows 'some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament'

Rossi has had three previous operations on the same ligament and will have another check-up to discover the full extent of the injury

Eden Hazard has learnt to work for the team and seeks to dominate games, claims Jose Mourinho

Chelsea's Eden Hazard is worth £100m, says Jose Mourinho, but he’s not for sale

Eden Hazard would cost the best part of £100m, if Chelsea were open to selling him, Jose Mourinho said yesterday.

Pepe Mel, a history buff and published author, won promotion at Betis with little money

'Traveller' Pepe Mel's history is good news for West Bromwich Albion

After waiting 26 days to learn the identity of their new manager, West Bromwich Albion fans could be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by the appointment of Pepe Mel as Steve Clarke’s successor.

The Mourinho and Rooney saga may never end

Transfer news round up: Chelsea willing to wait for Wayne Rooney; Jermain Defoe completes switch away from Tottenham; Courtois seeks Mourinho talks

The day's biggest headlines all in one place as Chelsea retain their interest in Rooney and Liverpool turn their attention to Yarmolenko

Alvaro Morata’s first-team chances have been limited at Real

Transfer news: Arsenal are 'not in talks' with Real Madrid over Alvaro Morata, insists Arsene Wenger

The Spanish youngster has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho willing to wait for Wayne Rooney as Chelsea hold back on January signings

Mourinho remains willing to play the long game for United's star England striker

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Wayne Rooney interest but confirms two offers made for Kevin De Bruyne

Rooney was the subject of two offers from the Blues in the summer but Mourinho neither confirms nor denies a renewed interest in the England star

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