According to reports, Armenian star player Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not pleased to have been dropped from the starting XI at Manchester United, and he is blaming Jose Mourinho’s tactics for his recent form.
Mkhitaryan has been dropped from seven of Man United’s last eight matchday squads.
Despite starting the season impressively as Mourinho’s first choice attacking midfielder, the former Dortmund playmaker is now struggling for form, and have seen Jesse Lingard playing in his no.10 position in recent games.
Mkhitaryan fumbled in big away matches against Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, and since his performance against the premier league champions on November 5th, he has made just one appearance – as a substitute in Man United’s 1-0 win over Brighton in November.
Manchester United were poor in Stamford Bridge, and Henrikh – who was expected to supply and create chances for Romelu Lukaku – was pocketed by Chelsea midfielders.
But according to new reports, the player believes he is not solely to blame for his form and feels his manager’s tactics had a negative effect on his performances.
Jose Mourinho is expected to sign Mesut Ozil at the end of this season to replace Mkhitaryan in his squad.
The Arsenal playmaker worked with the former Real Madrid boss back then at the Bernabeu, and he is understood to be interested in reuniting with Jose at Old Trafford next year.
Chelsea Keen To Sign This Pacey Winger In January
Europa League winners Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the January transfer market which opens again in the next few weeks.
According to The Independent, Chelsea want to sign the in-form Zaha if their transfer ban is overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Chelsea are in the midst of a two-window transfer ban imposed on them by world football’s governing body FIFA due to their culpability in the signing of underage players.
The Blues had earlier made an appeal to FIFA over the transfer ban and it was thrown out thereby prompting them to take the matter to CAS.
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Chelsea were unable to sign players in the summer as they served the first part of the punishment.
They will serve the second part of the punishment in the January transfer window if the ban is not overturned.
Wilfried Zaha was a transfer target for both Everton and Arsenal in the summer but the two clubs were unable to produce the £80m transfer fee ended to sign him.
Recent reports claimed that Crystal Palace have slammed a £70m asking price on him ahead of January transfer window.
Zaha has scored two goals in the last three games for Crystal Palace.
Why Perez Wants To Spend Just €50m On Paul Pogba
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will have to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid if reports coming out of the media is anything to go by.
According to sources close to ESPN, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez won’t spend more than €50m on Paul Pogba and that would effectively rule out a move for him.
Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo had earlier talked about what is needed to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
It was disclosed that Real Madrid will have to pay at least £120m to prise Paul Pogba away from the Red Devils.
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of his compatriot Pogba and he pushed for his transfer in the summer but nothing tangible came out of it partly due to the financial implications of a possible transfer for him.
Paul Pogba previously talked about Real Madrid in glowing terms and he might have to wait for his chance to join the Los Merengues.
The Frenchman is currently out injured with an ankle problem that has restricted him to just six games this season.
He could make his return from injury for the blockbuster Manchester Derby clash in the Premier League this weekend.
EPL: Another Chelsea Striker Nominated For Goal Of The Month Award
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been nominated for the Premier League Goal of the Month for November.
The Nigerian-born England international has made the list of eight nominees for the Goal of the Month Award for last month.
He made the list for his strike during the 2-1 away win over bottom club Watford.
Others on the list of nominees for the Goal of the Month for November include Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United), Harry Wilson (Bournemouth), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Fabinho (Liverpool).
Tammy Abraham has been in sensational form for Chelsea this season following his return to the Blues from a loan spell at Aston Villa.
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He scored 25 goals in 37 appearances for Aston Villa last season in the English Championship as he helped the club to return to the Premier League.
Tammy Abraham has scored 12 goals in all competitions including 11 goals in the Premier League.
He returned from a small injury layoff in the midweek game against Aston Villa.
Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 at home with a goal and an assist for Tammy Abraham.
He would be hoping to continue his form for Chelsea when they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton.
Chelsea Can Now Sign Players For This Reason
Europa League winners Chelsea are free to sign players in the January transfer window after their transfer ban was lifted earlier today.
Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by FIFA earlier this year for their involvement with underage players and that prompted them to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after their appeal to FIFA was turned down.
The Blues have already served a transfer window ban during this summer’s transfer window.
The CAS hearing took place earlier today and the FIFA ruling was partially upheld but the transfer ban was reduced from two transfer windows to one transfer window which had already been served by Chelsea in the summer.
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With new development, Chelsea can now sign players as from the winter transfer window in the New Year.
Chelsea have been seriously linked with a move to Wilfried Zaha even before the ruling from CAS.
The latest development means that the Blues have the opportunity to sign Zaha from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.
According to the Independent, Chelsea will have to pay as much as £70m for Zaha if they want to sign the Ivorian international player who has scored two goals in the last three league games for Crystal Palace.
Mauricio Pochettino Out Of Running For Vacant Bayern Job
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino is no longer in the running for the vacant managerial job at German champions Bayern Munich.
This is according to the newest reports emanating from the German media which revealed that Mauricio Pochettino won’t be the man to replace Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich.
The Bavarian giants sacked Niko Kovac last month shortly after the 5-1 thrashing handed out to them by Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.
For now, Hans Flick is the caretaker manager at Bayern Munich until the end of this month.
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Apart from Mauricio Pochettino who lost his job at Spurs last month and was replaced by Jose Mourinho, the likes of Maximiliano Allegri, Arsene Wenger, Ralf Rangnick and Thomas Tuchel have been linked with the Bayern Munich job.
Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last month after he led the team to their worst start in the Premier League for many years.
The Argentine tactician has been linked with the managerial job at Arsenal and Manchester United though the former is more likely at this point since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in his job as the Red Devils boss.
Arsenal are looking for a replacement for manager Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino is said to be on their shortlist.
EPL: The Legend Backing Chelsea To Beat Struggling Everton
West London giants Chelsea have been backed to pick up the three points on offer for the league game at the home of Everton this weekend.
Tennis star Andy Murray made his prediction on several Premier League Matchday 16 games including the Everton vs Chelsea clash at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
According to the former Wimbledon Open champion, Chelsea will secure the maximum points via a 2-1 win over Everton who are without a permanent manager following the dismissal of Marco Silva earlier this week.
Marco Silva was appointed the Everton manager last summer and he led them to eighth place on the Premier League table last summer.
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He had not reached the heights of last season in the new Premier League campaign and the final straw was the Merseyside Derby which Everton lost 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Marco Silva was sacked on Thursday and he has since been replaced by club legend Duncan Ferguson who will be in temporary charge of the team starting with the Everton game.
For Chelsea, a win over Everton will consolidate their spot in the top four on the Premier League.
The Blues beat Aston Villa in their last league game to end a two-game losing run and could make it two wins in a row at Everton this weekend.
32-year-old Legend Makes His Prediction On Bournemouth-Liverpool Clash
Bournemouth play hosts to Liverpool in a Matchday 16 clash billed for the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening.
According to Andy Murray, Liverpool will win the game 2-1 thereby maintaining their lead at the top of the Premier League table at least.
Liverpool are in action this weekend before their title rivals Leicester City and Manchester City and this gives them the opportunity to extend their lead at the Premier League summit before their rivals play their respective week 16 games.
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The Reds have an eight-point lead over Leicester City in second place and an 11-point lead over Manchester City in third place.
Manchester City face Manchester United in the late kickoff on Saturday, while Leicester City are guests of Aston Villa on Sunday evening.
Liverpool are the favourites against a Bournemouth side that has lost the last four games in the Premier League including the defeat at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
The Cherries were beaten 1-0 by hosts Crystal Palace earlier this week despite the fact that they had a man advantage for the better part of the entire league game.
23-year-old Legend Predicts Derby Clash Between Man City And Man United
Tennis star Andy Murray has had his say on the upcoming Manchester Derby clash between Manchester City and Manchester United.
Andy Murray talked about the Manchester Derby in a chat with BBC Sports as he tipped Premier League champions Manchester City to get the better of Manchester United in what’s the battle of two giants of English football.
Premier League champions Manchester City have won the league title in each of the last two seasons but they face a big hurdle in their quest to win it for the third season in a row mainly due to the form of Liverpool.
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Ahead of the Manchester Derby, Manchester City are in third position and also 11 points adrift of Liverpool at the league summit meaning that there’s no room for mistakes for the Manchester United game if the Citizens want to overhaul the deficit to Liverpool at the top of the league table.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored twice during the Burnley game on Tuesday night and he’s expected to continue to lead the line in the absence of star striker Sergio Aguero.
For Manchester United, Paul Pogba is expected to return to the squad after two months out with an ankle problem.
According to Andy Murray, Manchester City will beat Manchester United 3-1 to maintain the pressure on leaders Liverpool.