Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba back in Manchester United squad

• Marcos Rojo also ready to return against Newcastle on Saturday
• Ibrahimovic has not played since suffering knee injury in April

José Mourinho has been given a considerable boost by the return of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo for Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on Saturday. All have recovered from injuries, with the manager picking out Pogba’s absence as a particular loss.

Pogba suffered a hamstring problem in a 3-0 Champions League win over Basel on 12 September. United were unbeaten at that point but surrendered that record when losing 2-1 at Huddersfield a month later and were also defeated at Chelsea in the last match before the international break.

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A brief guide to … the ups and downs of the Arsenal-Tottenham rivalry

Even if the truth is less than palatable to Arsenal fans, the old rivals have more in common than at any point since the Premier League’s formation

With the Guardian’s unstoppable rise to global dominance** we at Guardian US thought we’d run a series of articles for fans wishing to improve their knowledge of the sport’s history and storylines, hopefully in a way that doesn’t patronise you to within an inch of your life. A warning: If you’re the kind of person that finds The Blizzard too populist this may not be the series for you.

** Actual dominance may not be global. Or dominant

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Sports quiz of the week: World Cup losers, Ashes winners and a promise

Who kept a promise? Why is a surfer owed a beer? Where next for rugby?

• Try our quizzes from previous weeks

Which country lost to France on Friday, to Australia on Saturday and to Ireland on Sunday?

New Zealand



Papua New Guinea

At which stage have Italy been knocked out at the last two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014?

The group stage

The last-16 stage

The quarter-finals

The semi-finals

The final

Six countries have qualified for the last seven World Cups (going back to 1994): Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Mexico and …




South Korea

What did Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts achieve this week?

He was in the Peru team that qualified for the World Cup

He hit a perfect 300 in the World Series of Bowling

He ran 100m in less than 10 seconds at the US Olympic trials

He hit a century break at the Shanghai Masters

Which team has won the most Ashes series since England and Australia started playing each other 135 years ago?



They are tied

If it was France in 2007, New Zealand in 2011 and England in 2015, where will it be in 2023?


South Africa



Why does Charlie Fry owe professional surfer Mick Fanning a beer?

Fry, an Olympic sailor, was going the wrong way in a race until the surfer told him to turn around

Fry qualified for Australia’s Olympic skiing squad after taking balance lessons from Fanning

Fry escaped from a shark attack by using Fanning’s technique of “punching it in the nose”

Fry took up skateboarding because he “could never beat Mick in the sea” and now he is a world champion

Which of these players became his country’s all-time leading goalscorer this week?

Christian Eriksen

Mile Jedinak

Nicklas Bendtner

Romelu Lukaku

What promise did Pedro Pablo Kuczynski keep this week?

He walked for 50 miles with no shoes on

He sold a football club

He gave everyone a day off work and school

He collected an award in his pants

What did lawyers have to explain to a court in New York this week?

That the Pittsburgh Penguins are not really birds

That the Dallas Cowboys are not really cowboys

That the Red Sox are not pieces of clothing

What football and Fifa are

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A combined Arsenal-Tottenham XI: who makes it into our team? | Paul Doyle

Only three Gunners players feature in our north London derby XI and one of those – Alexis Sánchez – is largely relying on past performances

Petr Cech has been one of the finest goalkeepers of the Premier League era and, at 35, is still very good. But he is past his best, with that prediction of him being worth 10 points a season to Arsenal when he joined in 2015 always looking over-optimistic. Hugo Lloris is far quicker and more decisive when sprinting off his line, excellent in one-on-ones and among the best sweeper-keepers around. The wiry Frenchman is also particularly agile and regularly makes spectacular point-gaining saves, such as against Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League. Cech sits out Arsenal’s Europa League tussles.

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