Wigan’s Max Power: ‘One game from the quarter-finals, you start to dream’

Wigan take on Manchester City, the side they famously beat in the 2013 FA Cup final, but the midfielder says he wanted an easier draw

When Wigan Athletic take on Manchester City on Monday night the League One team will be unable to select a single player from the famous 2013 Cup final upset involving the same two clubs. City still have Sergio Agüero and a handful of others but they have not had the churn brought about by three subsequent relegations. There are no connecting links between the Wigan side hoping for promotion back to the Championship and the one that Roberto Martínez led to Wembley success and a Premier League exit in the same season, though at least the midfielder Max Power remembers the Cup run well.

“I was still at Tranmere but I was following Wigan that year,” the 24-year-old says. “I’m a mate of Callum McManaman and he was outstanding throughout. He’s a big Everton fan, so when he scored in the quarter-final win at Goodison I knew how much it meant. By the time they played City I was on a family holiday in Tenerife, but when one of your mates is playing in an FA Cup final you pay attention. I don’t think I have seen Callum play any better. He was top drawer that day, he ran Gaël Clichy ragged, and no one could say Wigan didn’t deserve to win.”

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Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale and £100m for Eden Hazard?

Today’s tell-all is sweeping all before it at the curling

Eden Hazard has been persistently linked with Real Madrid and the latest reports suggest Chelsea’s playmaker with the magic dust sprinkled in his boots remains the Spanish side’s top target this summer. The Express says Real are ready to offer top-knotted Welsh winger Gareth Bale and as much as £100m in exchange for Hazard, in a deal that would surely tempt the Stamford Bridge bean-counters. “In football anything can happen,” Hazard said in an interview with Telefoot. “But in football nothing can happen too. Every year they talk about Real or PSG. And when I want to change clubs, I will. But at the moment I’m good where I am.”

Before Sunday’s draw with League One strugglers Rochdale in the FA Cup, Tottenham were linked with Watford midfielders Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucouré and will move for the duo in a deal worth £50m next summer. Spurs are also remain keen on making a Premier League player of 18-year-old Stevenage central defender Ben Wilmot, but will have to duke it out with Arsenal in the battle for the teenager’s signature. Wilmot has established himself as a first-team regular with the League Two side since being thrown in to face Reading in the FA Cup third round and is believed to have been the subject of failed bids from both north London clubs during January. Arsenal have also made an offer for Besiktas captain Oguzhan “Ozzie” Ozyakup, a 25-year-old midfielder who is a product of the Gunners’ own youth system before leaving for Turkey in 2012.

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Greg Clarke’s FA charm offensive in Qatar: what could possibly go right? | Barry Glendenning

The FA chairman’s trip to the 2022 World Cup host as part of a global charm offensive has left him on dubious moral ground

Given Greg Clarke’s track record in the field of diplomatic relations, the obvious question to ask upon learning the Football Association chairman was taking in Qatar as part of the organisation’s global charm offensive wasn’t so much “what could possibly go wrong?” as “what could possibly go right”?

Following his handling of the Eni Aluko racism scandal and subsequent bravura performance before a government select committee tasked with getting to the bottom of it, December saw reports that Clarke had already visited two thirds of Uefa territories as part of a global outreach programme aimed at disabusing his counterparts in assorted national football associations of the notion that the FA is arrogant.

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Georgia Stanway goal takes Manchester City into FA Cup quarter-finals

• Nadia Nadim and Claire Emslie also score in holders’ extra-time win
• Chelsea and Everton both progress with 6-0 victories

Holders Manchester City needed extra time to beat Birmingham City and progress to the quarter-finals of the Women’s FA Cup but eventually won 3-1 in Solihull.

Nadia Nadim scored after 13 minutes for Manchester City but Ellen White equalised on 37 minutes. Georgia Stanway put the visitors back in front, seven minutes into extra time, before Claire Emslie made sure of the result in the 119th minute.

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