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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Will Alexis Sanchez be eligible for Man United in the Champions League?

Manchester United are widely expected to complete a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in the coming days.

The Chile international had looked destined for Manchester City, but the Premier League leaders have since ended their interest in him, clearing the way for a move to Old Trafford. But will he be able to play in the knockout stages of the Champions League?

So to put it simply: yes!

UEFA Champions League regulations allow clubs to register one player for the knockout rounds "who has...

 By Andy Mitten

Man United correct over Sevilla tickets but UEFA must act in fans' interests

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner feels a potential move for Alexis Sanchez to Man United would stunt the growth of a few United youngsters.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol goes player-by-player to determine who should remain and who should depart Manchester United's back line.
Mark Ogden discusses Man Utd's attacking options and explains how Antoine Griezmann would be a great lift for the club if they were to sign him.

Manchester United were correct to act when Sevilla announced a ticket price of £89 for 2,400 travelling fans to attend next month's Champions League round-of-16 first leg, making it the most expensive in United history for a competitive game outside of a final. 

(Tickets have been more expensive for preseason games in the United States, but while this writer is not going to defend prices in excess of $100 to watch LA Galaxy's reserves, those are games in isolation.)

When contacted on the...

Five things Zidane needs to do before Real Madrid's season collapses

Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid don't need to acquire any new players in the transfer window.

MADRID, Spain -- Zinedine Zidane is facing his first real crisis since taking over as Real Madrid manager two years ago. With his team now 16 points behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona, Real Madrid have slipped far off the standard which saw them complete the Champions League and league double last year.

Here are five things Zidane must do quickly to stop the season from sliding off the rails, and to keep his job safe.

1. Not drop any more points in La Liga

Madrid's huge gap to leaders Barcelona...

 By Rob Train

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid should be looking past La Liga

Sid Lowe explains how Eden Hazard could pave the way for a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid and what it would mean for certain Madrid stars.
The ESPN FC panel engage in a heated debate about whether 2017 belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah or Harry Kane.

Following a dispiriting opening half of 2017-18, the New Year hands Zinedine Zidane the opportunity to reassess his priorities in the knowledge the winter of his Liga discontent can still be thawed by a glorious summer of cup conquests.

Essentially, that means Madrid giving up on the league. Of course, there will be no outward admission of a failed title defence after just 16 games, but the reality is Barcelona have dropped just four points and remain the only unbeaten side in all competitions...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Top stories of 2017: Neymar to PSG, Ronaldo beats Messi, World Cup shocks

The FC pundits give their most memorable moments in the world of football this past year.
Shaka Hislop points to Cristiano Ronaldo's late-season heroics and UCL triumph as reasons why he beat Lionel Messi in Ballon d'Or voting.
Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi's impact on Argentina's qualification for the World Cup.
Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Taylor Twellman joins SportsCenter to explain where it all went wrong for the United States in World Cup Qualifying.
ESPN's Sam Borden tells all of the past, present and future of Chapecoense.

At the end of another year of big-money transfers, historic triumphs, tragedy and scandal, ESPN FC brings you the top stories of 2017.

Neymar joins PSG from Barcelona for world-record €222 million fee

Usually, when a megastar moves from one mega-club to another for a mega-fee, the deal is months or even years in the making and by the time the contract is signed it is old news. But when Neymar was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Aug. 4 -- and spoke to ESPN FC about the move beside...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich's succession plan to replace Jupp Heynckes is a mystery

The FC crew grade Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and struggling Borussia Dortmund in the first half of the season.

Bayern Munich's appointment of Jupp Heynckes for a fourth term has proved inspired, but the canny 72-year-old's transformation of the German champions has once again raised the bar for any successor next summer.

Since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti in October, interim boss Heynckes has overseen an incredible turnaround in Bayern's fortunes, marching 11 points clear in the Bundesliga, racking up 15 wins in 16 games in all competitions (if you include a penalty shootout success in the DFB Pokal...