Tim Howard's time in MLS is running out, with the former Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper confirming he will retire this year.

The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper and long-time United States national team star used social media to announce his retirement on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 2019 MLS season.

"I’m greatly looking forward to kicking off the 2019 MLS season, as it will be my LAST," Howard wrote. "There will be plenty of time for sentiment later.

"For now, I am going to enjoy every minute. And as I've always done, compete hard and help lead the Rapids with the sole purpose of winning."

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has signed a new contract at Old Trafford running until June 2023, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has signed a new contract at Old Trafford running until June 2023, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Gareth Southgate has spoken of the honour of managing England amid reports he is being considered as a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Gareth Southgate has spoken of the honour of managing England amid reports he is being considered as a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Southgate led England to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years at the 2018 tournament, with the Three Lions since progressing to the inaugural Nations League Finals that take place in Portugal in June.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasts a 100 per cent record after seven games as United's caretaker manager, rejuvenating a squad that struggled during the closing months of Mourinho's reign.

It is a run that has strengthened the crowd favourite's case to take the job on a full-time basis, although Southgate is also thought to have won admirers among the Old Trafford hierarchy.

But, speaking to Sky Sports at a Football Writers' Association dinner in his honour, the 48-year-old maintained he is fully focused on his current job.

"I'm the England manager and it's a privileged position to be in," he said.

"We've had the best year for 28 years and we've got a semi-final this summer and [the 2020] European Championship that's predominantly at Wembley, providing we take care of business to qualify.

"So, it's a hugely exciting time with the team. I don't think we've progressed as far as we can yet. I think there's room for us to grow.

"I think there is a lot of importance in life about enjoying what you are doing.

"I am still a young coach, I've managed fewer than 200 matches, so, for me, it's an honour to be in the role I'm in and I thoroughly enjoy it."

England begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with games against Czech Republic and Montenegro in March, while Netherlands are their opponents in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6 in Guimaraes.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is a "tremendous talent" who will continue to improve, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Marcus Rashford can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, backing the Manchester United sensation to become "absolutely top class".

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has suffered a sprained left ankle, the Ligue 1 champions have confirmed.

Alexis Sanchez said Manchester United are flourishing in attack and defence thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though he insisted the players are the same with the caretaker manager as they were with Jose Mourinho.

Marcus Rashford could be considered the Premier League's best striker while Harry Kane is out injured, according to Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Jose Mourinho has highlighted the investment made in Manchester City and Liverpool's squads in a thinly veiled dig at Manchester United's transfer policy during his time in charge.

Manchester United made it seven wins from seven in the first month of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign and the caretaker boss said he will remember his stint in charge "for the rest of my life".

Solskjaer became the first boss in the club's history to win his first six league matches at the helm after Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford found the net again in a 2-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion, who pulled a goal back through Pascal Gross in the second half.

The victory came exactly one month to the day since Solskjaer, who won numerous honours as a player at Old Trafford, was brought back to the club to be the interim manager until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

A longer-term arrangement may yet be forthcoming if United continue their form under Solskjaer, but the 45-year-old acknowledged the first month of his temporary tenure has gone swimmingly.

"Fantastic, I can't complain, can I?" he told Sky Sports.

"I'm just smiling. It's just one of these things that I'll remember for the rest of my life.

"It's been a month now and it's class to be here."

Pogba and Rashford have arguably been United's two best players since Solskjaer came to the helm.

Rashford, in particular, appears to have become more clinical in front of goal, with the tutelage of former striker Solskjaer no doubt helping.

His 41st goal in his 150th United appearance was a brilliant effort shaped into the top corner and Solskjaer revealed he has worked on the mental side of the game with Rashford.

"He's been top class," he added.

"You start with the work rate because that's what he's got - he works like no one else.

"He's now calmed down in front of goal, he's very assured, he's practicing all the time – that's his technique but it's also a mindset.

"He's playing confident."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's fine start continued as Manchester United's caretaker manager became the first boss in the club's history to win his first six league games following the 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Almost 25 years to the day since Matt Busby died, Solskjaer made it seven wins from seven in all competitions on the one-month anniversary of his appointment as two of the players to have shone in his short tenure scored again.

Paul Pogba converted a 27th-minute penalty he won himself for his fifth goal in his last three games at Old Trafford before Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance with the second prior to the interval.

Pascal Gross pulled one back for Brighton, but United claimed the three points to move into fifth, above Arsenal, ahead of the Gunners' home game with fourth-placed Chelsea later on Sunday.

Rashford and Pogba had already threatened the Brighton goal before United were awarded a penalty.

Pogba latched onto a long Nemanja Matic pass on the right flank by taking a touch inside Gaetan Bong, who bundled into the back of the Frenchman to concede the spot-kick.

The usual stuttered run-up followed but Pogba placed his effort into the right-hand corner, past David Button's right hand to put United in front.

Button was able to make himself big and prevent Anthony Martial making it 2-0, while Brighton's Glenn Murray fired a great chance wide with a miss that would look even more costly before the break.

With three first-half minutes remaining left-back Diogo Dalot, a late inclusion in the starting XI due to Luke Shaw's injury, fed Rashford and he cut inside Gross before bending a fine right-footed finish into the far corner.

Rashford continued to look in the mood after the interval, firing in a cross that Jesse Lingard somehow failed to direct home from close range.

Martial blasted into the side netting but United's intensity dropped and Brighton were given hope with 18 minutes to go.

Davy Propper's outside-of-the-foot cross reached Gross, who chested the ball down and poked the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

A nervy finish for the home side therefore ensued and though Pogba was unable to alleviate the tension when rifling just wide, United held on to round off a fantastic first month in the job for Solskjaer.
 

What does it mean? Solskjaer staking his claim for full-time gig

It is no secret that Solskjaer would like the United job beyond the end of the 2018-19 season and the club's hierarchy must have been impressed by his stint so far. United face Burnley, Leicester City and Fulham in the Premier League before hosting Liverpool on February 24, so they could yet make further ground up on the top four in the coming weeks.

Rashford in inspired form again

Plenty has been said about Pogba's resurgence under Solskjaer, but Rashford appears to have really benefitted from having a former United striker to tutor him. Nobody has scored more for United since Rashford's debut in 2016 and the shaped finish for his 41st goal was one Solskjaer himself would have been proud of.

Murray's mystifying miss

Murray had set Brighton on their way to a 3-2 win over United in the reverse fixture five months ago, yet he was less assured when opportunity knocked here. United were only 1-0 up when Murray found himself onside and free, but he sliced the chance wide and Rashford's strike shortly after gave Brighton too much to do, even with Gross' second-half goal.

What's next?

Both clubs turn their attention to the FA Cup, with United travelling to Arsenal in the fourth round on Friday and Brighton hosting West Brom the following day.

Paris Saint-Germain were given another injury worry on Saturday as midfielder Marco Verratti hobbled out of the Ligue 1 meeting with Guingamp.

The Italy international went down following a challenge with Guingamp defender Felix Eboa Eboa early in the first half at the Parc des Princes and was helped off the field by medical staff.

Thomas Tuchel immediately signalled for substitute Julian Draxler to ready himself and Verratti took his seat on the bench, still deep in conversation with PSG coaches. He soon departed down the tunnel, clutching his left boot.

An injury would come as a real blow for PSG ahead of a big month in which they face a resurgent Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.

PSG already have several fitness worries in the centre of midfield, while Adrien Rabiot is unavailable amid talk of a move to Barcelona. Right-back Dani Alves started in midfield against Guingamp.

Wayne Rooney said that he offered Marcus Rashford words of advice just weeks before the Manchester United forward scored six goals in nine matches for the Red Devils.

The pair spoke during the preparations for England's 3-0 win over the USA in November, which marked the end of Rooney's record-breaking international career, at which point Rashford had scored just two goals in 2018-19.

Since then, then the 21-year-old has taken his season's tally to eight in all competitions and Rooney shed light on the conversation they had about his game.

"When I went back to play for the national team against the USA, I spoke to Marcus and he was trying too much," Rooney told ESPN.

"He was trying too hard, he was working too hard, he was getting tired at the end of games.

"But the scary thing with Marcus, when he runs at you with the ball he's impossible to defend and I reminded him to keep doing that, to just get the ball and run at defenders."

Rooney, who scored 253 goals in all competitions for United to become the club's all-time top marksman, urged his former club to have patience with midfielder Paul Pogba.

The France international has divided opinion during his second spell at Old Trafford and reportedly clashed with Jose Mourinho before his sacking in December, but Rooney indicated that Pogba will flourish if he is put under less scrutiny.

"If you don't have a good relationship with the coach, then it's difficult to be at your top if you feel like the coach is scrutinising every decision you make, every pass you make," said Rooney, who left Old Trafford to join Everton in July 2017.

"Paul Pogba will give the ball away, he'll try passes [and] it won't be the right pass at times, but you have to let him do that because two or three of them passes will create goals, will create opportunities.

"I think he found it difficult under Mourinho. I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great."

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