Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Monday, October 1.
International and European club football
Libya coach Adel Amrouche has named a 22-man squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifying matches with Nigeria later this month; Real Madrid find themselves in the midst of a minor injury crisis as four of the club's star men missed Sunday's flight to Russia ahead of their Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday; and France manager Didier Deschamps has praised Paul Pogba’s leadership and insists he cannot wins game alone at Manchester United.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville defended the club’s beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho on Sunday but accused those above him of having no long-term plan to restore former glories; manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that Leeds United's run of one win in their last five games is concerning him; and Dolly Menga's first goal for Livingston was enough to give them a 1-0 victory over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria has backed team-mate Kylian Mbappe to one day win the Ballon d’Or; Luuk de ong was delighted to see PSV claim a tough win against NAC Breda in the Eredivisie; Ghanaian player Isaac Sackey received his marching orders in his club side Alanyaspor's Turkish Super Lig game with Akhisar this past weekend; and Wayne Rooney says DC United have ‘been building momentum at the right time’ in the MLS playoff race.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Chelsea have joined the hunt for Eden Hazard's kid brother Ethan; Genoa will attempt to re-sign teenage sensation Pietro Pellegri on loan when the transfer window reopens; Rafa Benitez wants to bring SPAL defender Francesco Vicari to Newcastle in January; Liverpool will lead the chase for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey after having a summer enquiry for the Wales international knocked back; and Senior sources at Manchester United have dismissed as ‘nonsense’ claims the club have approached Zinedine Zidane over the prospect of replacing Jose Mourinho.