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Sports TEAMS: Rooney and Van Persie beat Falcao in Man Utd XI, Evans returns to squad

Davis, Gardos, Mayuka, Isgrove, Reed, Targett, HeskethManchester United: De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Mata, Rooney, van PersieSubs: Lindegaard, Evans, Herrera, Fletcher, Januzaj, Wilson, Falcao. United captain Wayne Rooney has returned to lead the strike force at St.

United captain Wayne Rooney has returned to lead the strike force at St. Mary's after being given the all-clear over a knee problem.

Paddy McNair also replaces Ander Herrera in defence and Jonny Evans on the bench after ankle trouble.

Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane replaces injured duo Jack Cork and Toby Alderweireld in Southampton's line-up.

Southampton: Forster; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand; Davis, Wanyama; Long, Tadic, Mane; Pelle

Subs: K. Davis, Gardos, Mayuka, Isgrove, Reed, Targett, Hesketh

Manchester United: De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Mata, Rooney, van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Herrera, Fletcher, Januzaj, Wilson, Falcao

Express
09/12
3 Points
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Sports EXCLUSIVE: Ched Evans holds talks with League One side Oldham

The Welsh international has been desperate to get back into the game since being released from a five-year sentence in October.The Sunday Express has now learnt that Oldham had a meeting with Cheshire-based Evans last Wednesday evening.We understand that no deal has been agreed between Oldham and Evans but they are still likely to come under fire for even speaking to him.Evans’ lack of remorse at his crime .

The Welsh international has been desperate to get back into the game since being released from a five-year sentence in October.

The Sunday Express has now learnt that Oldham had a meeting with Cheshire-based Evans last Wednesday evening.

We understand that no deal has been agreed between Oldham and Evans but they are still likely to come under fire for even speaking to him.

Evans’ lack of remorse at his crime ? he is still trying to clear his name ? has meant that many clubs are reluctant to even talk to him for fear of the negative publicity it will cause. It could be 2017 before his latest bid to overturn his April 2012 conviction for raping a woman can be heard.

Evans, 25, is a toxic commodity and is likely to remain so while he continues to protest that he has done nothing wrong. He was invited to train with former club Sheffield United but that was later withdrawn following an outcry.

Even Tranmere, fighting to avoid relegation from the Football League, have revealed that they have twice turned down the chance to sign Evans.

It wouldn’t be the first time that League One Oldham have signed a convicted criminal ? they have done it in the past with former WBA striker Lee Hughes.

Hughes, now with non-league Forest Green Rovers, was signed in August 2007 after serving half of a six-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

The club declined to comment.

Express
30/11
13 Points
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Sports Jonny Evans: Manchester United’s injuries are NOT Louis van Gaal's fault

United have suffered a staggering 40 different injuries this season but Evans says the majority of them have stemmed from "freak" incidents.Evans, back in contention for a first team recall against Hull on Saturday after two months out with a foot injury, said: "There have been quite a few hamstring and groin injuries," he said, "but [Marcos] Rojo dislocated his shoulder, Ander Herrera cracked a rib and I had a fracture in my foot."And there were a couple of other injuries .

United have suffered a staggering 40 different injuries this season but Evans says the majority of them have stemmed from "freak" incidents.

Evans, back in contention for a first team recall against Hull on Saturday after two months out with a foot injury, said: "There have been quite a few hamstring and groin injuries," he said, "but [Marcos] Rojo dislocated his shoulder, Ander Herrera cracked a rib and I had a fracture in my foot.

"And there were a couple of other injuries ? Phil Jones has got one [shin splints] that came out of the blue.

"They're freak injuries and it's difficult from that point of view. Players don't get injured on purpose.

"We don't want any more injuries but what can we do about it? It'd be nice to get settled in the team ? everyone in the squad wants to get settled in their position as well."

While Evans is fit again after playing 64 minutes for United's reserves on Tuesday, Luke Shaw ? who missed the first month of the season with a torn hamstring ? is set for another lengthy lay-off after going over on his ankle at Arsenal on Saturday.

"It's nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt," added Evans. "It's been a long time coming."

Express
27/11
4 Points
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Sheffield United co-chairman claims 'mob-like behaviour' caused ban of rapist Ched Evans

Jim Phipps said that he was "angry" that the League One club was not able to allow their former striker to train at their facilities.

Speaking at a news conference, Mr Phipps said: "The influence of mob-like behaviour has made it difficult to take the simple step of allowing Ched to train."

He added: "I'm angry that we are not able to get a chance to do for this footballer what should be done. 

"I'm upset that we are not able to do what we wanted to do, but I acknowledge that my view is not the only view."

The club announced yesterday that they would no longer allow Evans to use their club's training facilities.

Several patrons of the League One team quit over Evans' return to training.

Charlie Webster, Dave Berry, Paul Heaton and Lindsay Graham all resigned from their positions at Sheffield United.

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill also said that she wanted her name removed from a stand at the club if Evans was re-signed.

Evans was jailed for raping a woman at a hotel in Rhyl in 2011. 

An appeal against conviction was rejected in 2012 but his case is due to go to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The 25-year-old footballer was freed from prison last month after serving two-and-a-half years.

Almost 166,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield United not to re-sign him.

Express
22/11
3 Points
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Sports Sheffield United co-chairman BLASTS critics over Ched Evans stance

The Blades had originally agreed to a request from the Professional Footballers' Association to let their former striker use the club's facilities in order to aid his rehabilitation following his release from prison last month.

But after a public backlash that saw several club patrons resign from their roles and Sheffield Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill request that her name be removed from a Bramall Lane stand should Evans be re-signed, Phipps admitted the Blades had no choice but to do a U-turn after the "influence of mob-like behaviour".

He also claimed the patrons' actions and comments had "exacerbated the dragging of the club's name through the mud".

United announced their decision to retract the offer to Evans on Thursday night, but Phipps insists the club stand by their view that footballers should be given the same right of rehabilitation as other offenders.

"The influence of mob-like behaviour has made it difficult to take the simple step of allowing Ched to train," he said.

"I will acknowledge that our decision to not let Ched train is probably a decision that will make it harder for him to get on with his football career in the immediate future.

"The people who believe that Ched should be punished for the rest of his life might call that a victory.

"I think of it as a defeat for the principle that punishment under the justice system should be left to those that are authorised by law.

"It is not fair to treat a footballer differently, they should have a right of rehabilitation like everyone else. We are not ashamed of that view in the slightest."

The decision to allow Evans to train with the Blades provoked considerable public outcry, with television presenter Charlie Webster, sixties pop star Dave Berry, musician Paul Heaton and Sheffield businesswoman Lindsay Graham all quitting their roles as club patrons. A petition against Evans rejoining attracted over 165,000 signatures.

But Phipps believes those speaking out against the Blades must take some of the blame for tarnishing the club's reputation.

"Sometimes I think those who call themselves fans of the club but who have handled the matter the way they have, have actually exacerbated the dragging of the club's name through the mud," he added.

"But I am happy to accept my responsibility for having been prominent among those who ultimately agreed to the course of action we took."

Express
22/11
3 Points
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Sports Sheffield United BAN convicted rapist Ched Evans from training after 'intense' backlash

The League One club have withdrawn their offer to let the Wales striker train with them after his release from prison.Evans, 25, was freed in October after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in May 2011.

The League One club have withdrawn their offer to let the Wales striker train with them after his release from prison.

Evans, 25, was freed in October after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in May 2011. He was convicted in 2012 and given a five-year prison sentence.

Evans, 25, was one of United's star players before his conviction and looked set to rejoin the Bramall Lane club after they agreed to a PFA request to let Evans train with the squad.

Three club patrons have resigned over the matter, shirt sponsors DBL Logistics have threatened to end their deal with the club and Olympic gold-medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill demanded her name be removed from a stand at Bramall Lane.

A club statement released last night said: "We have decided to retract the opportunity for Ched Evans to use the club's facilities for training purposes, as was previously intended.

"The club initially accepted a request from The PFA for Ched Evans to be able to train.

"The reaction to this has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced."

Evans, who joined the Blades from Manchester City for £3m in 2009, continues to plead his innocence.

Some Blades fans have sung his name at recent matches but United's statement continued: "We recognise that a number of our supporters will be disappointed with this decision, but would ask that they remember the responsibilities we have not only to a fine and proud club, whose history stretches back over 125 years, but also to the communities in which Sheffield United is active and to the city we represent."

Express
21/11
18 Points
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Sheffield United WITHDRAW offer to allow rapist Ched Evans to train with them

The club has retracted its offer to let Evans use their facilities, following a huge backlash at his return.

Several patrons of the League One team quit over Evans' return to training.

Charlie Webster, Dave Berry, Paul Heaton and Lindsay Graham all resigned from their positions at Sheffield United.

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill also said that she wanted her name removed from a stand at the club if Evans was re-signed.

A statement on Sheffield United's website tonight said: "Following the statement dated 11th November and after ongoing and extensive deliberation, Sheffield United Football Club has decided to retract the opportunity for its former player, Ched Evans, to use the Club's facilities for training purposes, as was previously intended.

"We recognise that a number of our supporters will be disappointed with this decision, but would ask that they remember the responsibilities we have not only to a fine and proud Club, whose history stretches back over 125 years, but also to the communities in which Sheffield United is active and to the City we represent.

"The Club initially accepted a request from The PFA for Ched Evans to be able to train. The reaction to this has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced.

"As noted in previous statements from the Club, the legal system of this country provides for both the punishment and the rehabilitation of every person who has been found guilty of a crime. 

"Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators. 

"In addition, we remain disappointed at some of the inaccurate reporting, misinformed views and commentary, as well as the actions of a minority of individuals on social media. Professional footballers must be treated as equals before the law.

"The Club condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms."

Evans was jailed for raping a woman at a hotel in Rhyl in 2011. 

An appeal against conviction was rejected in 2012 but his case is due to go to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The 25-year-old footballer was freed from prison last month after serving two-and-a-half years.

Almost 166,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield United not to re-sign him.

Express
20/11
20 Points
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