Manchester United will be looking to bounce from their shock defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup in midweek when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League’s late kickoff on Saturday.
The Red devils produced a very uninspired performance in the league cup match on Wednesday night and manager Jose Mourinho will be looking for a response from his players when they visit Leicester.
Marouane Fellaini remains sidelined with an injury as well does Eric Bailly, both players have been ruled out until the new year. Antonio Valencia’s injury picked up against West Brom is less severe but he is still expected to miss the tie.
Michael Carrick’s return is still unknown as he recovers from a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat carried out earlier in the season.
David De Gea remains an ever present in the starting Xi as his form this season makes him the first name on the sheet.
In defence, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are set to start in the central positions. Valencia’s absence should see Ashley Young switched to right back with Luke Shaw manning the left.
Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata should all return after sitting out the League cup game. Paul Pogba made his return from suspension against Bristol City and is expected to partner Matic in midfield. The left side of attack should be a straight toss between Rashford and Martial, but with their poor showing in midweek, it is unclear who would get the nod.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic got on the score sheet against Bristol city but should be named on the bench against Leicester as Romelu Lukaku returns.
Predicted formation 4-2-3-1
GK: De Gea
Defenders: Young Jones Smalling Shaw
Midfielders: Matic Pogba
Forward: Mata Lingard Rashford
Arsenal Midfielder Fuels Exit With Emotional Message
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed ElNeny has fuelled transfer rumors linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium after he posted an emotional message on his social media account.
The Egyptian international star took to his Twitter account to pen a heartfelt message about his time at Arsenal.
Mohamed ElNeny has been linked with a possible Arsenal exit with recent reports claiming that he’s not in the plans of Gunners manager Unai Emery.
It was revealed that the Egyptian is surplus to requirements at the club.
He has been on the outskirts of the Arsenal team since Spanish tactician Unai Emery took charge of the team in the summer.
The Spaniard put pen to paper on a three-year deal to replace legendary manager Arsene Wenger at the club.
Mohamed ElNeny is the fourth choice central midfielder at Arsenal at the moment following the arrivals of two midfielders at the start of the season.
Young midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira were signed from French second-tier side Lorient and Italian Serie A side Sampdoria respectively.
He has played in just one Premier League game all season and that was the 3-1 win over Burnley last month.
The Burnley victory was as a result of a brace from in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Agent Requests For Sale Of Top Arsenal Transfer Target
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has revealed that the agent of Denis Suarez has told the club to agree on a deal for his client with North London giants Arsenal firm favorites to clinch his signature before the end of the month.
Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has been touted as a potential transfer for the Gunners in the past weeks with the Spaniard keen to leave the Catalan giants in search of more playing time.
He has had to endure a lack of playing time, especially in the league.
Experienced journalist Schira revealed the request of the player’s agent via his official Twitter account before pointing out that an Arsenal transfer for Denis Suarez is still far from nearing completion.
Denis Suarez is said to be interested in the ongoing project at Arsenal under the managerial regime of Unai Emery.
The 25-year-old played under Spanish tactician Unai Emery while he was the Sevilla manager.
Arsenal can only sign players on loan this month and they are finding it difficult to agree a deal with Barcelona for Denis Suarez as a result.
It was revealed that senior Barcelona officials want a permanent deal for Denis Suarez if they are to sanction his exit from the club.
The current situation with Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea future
There has been relative silence over the future of English Premier League outfit Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata in the last few days as the January transfer window runs half way.
The former Real Madrid star has been reported to be on his way away from the club over his lack of impressive performance which has bit gone unnoticed by manager Maurizio Sarri.
It was earlier reported that he would be involved in a swap deal with Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain with the Argentina international striker reported to be coming in the opposite direction but that is yet to happen.
However, another interest for the former Real Madrid star forward surfaced from Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla with claims that talks have been finalized with his agent after he was alleged to have stormed London to hold talks with the West London side.
Despite all of these, the Spanish international striker still remains a Chelsea player with the January winter transfer window already counting down with lots of uncertainty.
Meanwhile, suggestions are that suitors are yet to step up with an offer for him s the West London side are keen to have him sold in this winter transfer window.
Big hit as Chelsea make big Hazard transfer decision
English Premier League outfit Chelsea have decided to splash a £100 million asking price for Belgium international Eden Hazard ahead of his potential move away from the club.
After refusing to commit his future at the Stamford Bridge by signing a contract extension, the West London side are now left with no choice than to let him leave at the end of the season.
Several clubs have all come lining up for the Chelsea gaffer but he seems to be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid after he confessed love and admiration for the Los Blancos in public.
Madrid have also been keen on signing the star player as they wish to have him as a replacement for world best player Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club at the end of last season to join Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
However, the West London side are keen to benefit from the situation by cashing in big on the star player in order splashing a big price tag on him.
It is now unclear if the Spanish giants will be ready to pay such an amount or would have the bargain to bring down the price before a deal for Eden Hazard can be sealed.
Chelsea consider £50m-rated striker as alternative
Should English Premier League outfit Chelsea fail in their bid to secure other striker targets, they are willing to consider former league champions Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy so as to have new additions before the winter transfer window comes to an end.
The West London side are keen to land an attacker this winter window as manager Maurizio Sarri has lost faith in Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud because of the lack of cutting edge in the team.
Several strikers have been linked with the club with Argentina international and Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain reported to be favourite to join the club as manager Maurizio Sarri remains his biggest fan.
However, with the reluctance of the Italian Serie A side to have Higuain released, the West London side could be forced to look other direction and have identified the former Premier League champion as a big alternative.
Jamie Vardy has been an unchanged figure since his resurgence that helped the Leicester city side win the Champions League in 2016 as he has continued to deliver goals for the Foxes.
So far this season, the England international has scored seven goals for his side and is expected to be secured with a cheap fee.
Arsenal Can Sign ‘Most Expensive Player’ Neymar, Journalist Reveals
Experienced journalist Gabriele Marcotti believes that Arsenal are able to sign Brazilian star Neymar.
Former Santos forward Neymar became the most expensive player in the history of world football at the start of law season when French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) activated the £200m (€222m) release clause in his then Barcelona contract to secure his signing.
The Italian was speaking while he was on the Guillem Balague Transfer Show as he revealed that Arsenal will make money available for a permanent transfer if the aforementioned Neymar is available for £50m.
Gabriele Marcotti was reacting to the news that Arsenal have no money to spend in this January transfer window.
Earlier this month, Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed that there was no money available to expand on permanent signings and that the Gunners can only sign players on loan.
The North Londoners are in danger of letting their season slip away and fans were expecting significant additions in the transfer window to boost the squad.
Arsenal have fallen six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League and their fifth position is currently under threat from Manchester United who have the same number of points as the Gunners (41 points)
Highly anticipated Liverpool signing has been rubbished
It was expected that English Premier League giants Liverpool will move in on Brighton star Pascal Gross in this winter transfer window and complete a deal for him before it runs out.
This is after the Reds were reported to be keen on his signature and would do all it takes to have him join the Anfield.
All of the expectation to see him in the Red shirt has been squashed by claims from BBC Radio Merseyside sport editor Ian Kennedy, via the Daily Star that Liverpool will not in any way move in for the player.
According to him, Liverpool are not interested in him as reported by the British press while admitting that he is a good player who helped his side record a first successful season in the Premier League.
The BBC reporter noted that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp never makes his transfer intention known to the public until it has been sealed and confirmed.
However, the chances of Liverpool sealing a deal in this winter window remains slim after claims by the German boss that he has got a good squad he can rely upon.
Meanwhile, Liverpool still sustain the lead on top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool loanee returns
Liverpool loanee Connor Randall has returned back to the Anfield after ending his loan spell at Rochdale due to an injury he sustained.
An official statement by Rochdale confirmed the player’s return to his owners at the Merseyside as they revealed that he had an unsuccessful stay at the club due to the injury he sustained which limited him to just three appearances.
Connor Randall has a fractured cheekbone and that was for his loan spell at the club, a development that has frustrated and an unhappy one for his parent club.
The 23-year-old has in the past had 8 appearances with the Reds first team before he was asked to leave on loan after failing to break into the team for regular playing time.
It is now unclear what the situation would be for Connor Randall but suggestions are that he would be returned on another loan spell should he regains his full fitness knowing that his return would not be to the pitch but to the treatment room.
However, expectations are that Liverpool will loan Connor Randall again when he fully returns or will be given out on a permanent basis as it is obvious that he is not in the plans of manager Jurgen Klopp.
AC Milan Join Arsenal In Race For Carrasco
Seven-time European champions AC Milan have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Yifang Dalian winger Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.
The interest of the Rossoneri in the Belgian international attacker was revealed by experienced Italian journalist David Amoyal.
Italian media personnel David Amoyal is the host of the CalcioLand podcast.
According to him, AC Milan are keen on bringing Yannick Carrasco back to Europe from his sojourn in the Asian country of China.
It was also confirmed that both Arsenal and Manchester United have already expressed their interest in signing the former AS Monaco attacker.
Yannick Carrasco joined Chinese Super League club Yifang Dalian in February 2018 and he has scored seven goals in 26 games for his team.
The 25-year-old is tempted by the opportunity to move back to Europe despite the fact that he has relatively settled well in China.
Arsenal were the first team to be linked with the Belgian as Gunners boss Unai Emery tries to bolster his underperforming squad for the second half of the season.
The injury to Danny Welbeck has decimated the North London giants a great deal and a move for Carrasco would go a long way to soften that blow for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery.
Liverpool, PSG in swap deal talks
Emerging reports reveal that English Premier League outfit Liverpool and French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain are both in talks that will have them swap players.
The French side are keen on the signature of Chelsea man Fabinho while it is the same level of interest by the Merseyside club for Adrien Rabiot.
However, Adrien Rabiot is keen to have a change in his workplace having fallen out with the club while Liverpool are also interested in him but the Brazilian international Fabinho seem not to be ready for a move away at the moment.
Fabinho has been impressive this season having grown to become a major part of the manager Jurgen Klopp’s side despite the slow start of the season.
PSG have indicated strong interest in him but it is unclear if he will fancy a move to the French Ligue 1 giants.
Fabinho only joined Liverpool in the summer form Monaco with the fee of£45 million and has made 19 appearances coring only once and giving two assists.
With a contract running at the Anfield until 2023, Fabinho is worth about £50 million according to his release clause but the French Ligue 1 side will have a good since they are willing to give Adrien Rabiot in return.
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