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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho publicly revealed that he told his employers to get him two new players before the end of the ongoing transfer market.

However, the Portuguese manager also stressed that he might be asking too much from the club’s hierarchy, so he is expecting only one signing to be done by the club.

However, he is hoping to get two players but he won’t be disappointed if one is what he gets before the end of the summer window.

Should he eventually get another player(s) to his team, it remains unknown the jersey number they would be given.

New boy Fred, who joined the team from Shakhtar Donetsk last month in a £52m deal, will wear the number 17 jersey.

Diogo Dalot, who joined from Porto last month put on number 20 during pre-season matches, though, it is unconfirmed if that would be his official jersey in the coming season.

Just like the Portuguese defender, third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant, who made his move to Old Trafford from Stoke City as a free agent, wore an unofficial number 13 jersey during the pre-season tour.

As at the time of this report, jersey number 10-which is seen as the most important number on the pitch – is up for grabs since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford for MLS League.

Number 16,26, 28 and 30- which were vacated by Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, Morgan Schneiderlin and Guillermo Varela respectively – are all yet to be claimed by any player and they could be given to the new incoming players.

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Barcelona set to “cheat” Liverpool ahead of Champions League clash

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It has been hinted that Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona could have a major advantage against Merseyside outfit, Liverpool, ahead of their semi-finals Champions League clash next week Wednesday.

There are suggestions that the La Liga side could have a major rest by not playing a game between the two legs of the semi-finals clash.

It has been observed that If Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia on Wednesday night in the La Liga outfit then Barcelona will be crowned champions and will not have to play most of their players play again as they would be rested for the games alone.

Barcelona stars will now have the time for major rest which would give them an advantage over the Reds team as they hope to win it this season.

However, the Reds team are hoping to land the Champions League this season after coming close by reaching the finals last season but were defeated by Real Madrid.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has not won a title with the Merseyside outfit since he joined the club and he will be hoping to finally achieve that this season with a double to compensate for the past defeats, especially the one from the last season.

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Sterling takes side against Van Dijk for PFA award

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English Premier League defending champions Man City Star Raheem sterling has taken side with his England national teammate, Harry Kane to land the PFA player of the year award ahead of Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk.

The Reds star defender Vigil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling, alongside Harry Kane of Tottenham, have been selected for the prestigious award with a number of pundits already calling the shot on who deserves the award.

Raheem Sterling seems to have taken the Premier League title rivalry against Liverpool to heart as he said that the Reds defender should not be given the award.

According to the Pep Guardiola star player, Harry Kane has done enough to deserve landing the award, knowing that he helped his team with a big Premier League challenge while they are also in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

However, Virgil Van Dijk has confessed to having voted for Raheem Sterling after he impressed this season with 17 goals and 9 assists for the defending Champions.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool star is also a front runner after he helped his team to record one of the best defenses in the English Premier League and Europe in general.

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Liverpool have got replacement for Virgil Van Dijk

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There are suggestions that Merseyside outfit Liverpool have got a perfect replacement for their central defender Virgil Van Dijk who is tipped to come up the stage as fast as possible.

The Reds team look more solid this season than any other club in the English Premier League in the defense department with the cleanest sheet and that has been attributed to the feat and strong form of Virgil Van Dijk.

Virgil Van Dijk is now in contention for the PFA Player of the Year Award as a result of his feat this season for the Merseyside outfit Liverpool after joining from Southampton.

However, Liverpool now have a young player named Rhys Williams, who has been tipped to step into his shoes with his performance and trait on the pitch, similar to that of the Netherland defender.

What is more interesting about Rhys Williams is the fact that he has got the same hair type and stature as the former Southampton player to make the similarities more recognizable.

Rhys Williams has therefore confessed that he has been watching the videos of Virgil Van Dijk as instructed to him by his coaches as they are currently building him up in that direction.

Howbeit, the Merseyside outfit will hope that Rhys Williams continues with his development so as to be able to step into Virgil Van Dijk’s shoes.

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Man Utd Legend Singles Out Six Players For Poor Performance

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Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has called out several players at his former club for their poor performance in the past weeks.

Manchester United have not had the best of the last one month after losing six from the last eight games in all competitions including the Premier League, FA Cup, and the Champions League.

As many as six players were singled out for condemnation by Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

The former Valencia manager mentioned forwards like Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez in addition to star player Paul Pogba and shot-stopper David De Gea.

According to him, the players have not covered themselves in glory during the recent poor run of form.

Manchester United suffered their sixth defeat in eight games when they were beaten by Everton in their Premier League game at the weekend.

The Red Devils were on the end of a 4-0 thrashing from Everton who recorded a third successive league win in front of their home fans with the result.

The likes of Brazilian international attacker Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and substitute Theo Walcott were on the scoresheet for the Toffees.

Manchester United have now lost five successive away games in all competitions after the Everton defeat.

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No Mustafi Apology Needed After Shocking Palace Display

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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed that there’s no apology needed from Gunners teammates Shkrodan Mustafi after his poor display against fellow London club Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Mustafi had a stinker as Arsenal were surprisingly beaten at home by the Eagles in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Bernd Leno spoke to Goal reporters about his Arsenal teammate as he revealed that German international Mustafi doesn’t need to apologize for his mistakes against the Eagles on Sunday.

The German shot-stopper went on to say that the Arsenal dressing room was quiet after the stunning defeat to Crystal Palace before revealing that Gunners boss Unai Emery was quick to lift the players by shifting their focus to the next battle, the away league game at Wolves.

Shkrodan Mustafi and Bernd Leno are international teammates with the German national team but the two players had a little clash after the second goal scored by Wilfried Zaha.

Mesut Ozil had canceled out the first half Crystal Palace lead from Christian Benteke at that stage.

Mustafi was culpable in the second Palace goal scored by Zaha before James McArthur added a third goal for the visitors.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for the Gunners but it was too little too late for the hosts who fell to a first defeat at the Emirates Stadium since August.

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Pochettino Hopeful Man Utd Target Will Sign New Deal

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is keeping his hopes up on midfielder Christian Eriksen who’s yet to sign a new deal at the club.

Argentine tactician Pochettino spoke to reporters about Christian Eriksen after the Danish international player started in their Premier League meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

Spurs beat struggling Brighton by a lone goal to strengthen their grip on third position on the Premier League table.

After the game, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters during his post-match press conference that he’s hopeful about Christian Eriksen signing a new deal at the club.

Christian Eriksen is a summer transfer target for fellow Premier League club Manchester United.

The Danish international playmaker has also been touted as a potential transfer signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

He has just one year left on his current deal at Tottenham and the North London club might need to sell him this summer if the former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder fails to sign a new deal.

Christian Eriksen scored the only goal of the game for Tottenham Hotspur in their game against Brighton who are battling to avoid relegation from the top flight of English football.

Eriksen has now scored seven league goals this season in addition to 12 assists.

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Arsenal In Three-Way Fight For £75m-rated Zaha

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Three-time Premier League winners Arsenal face threat from the top flight of English football in their quest to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summer.

This is according to a publication from the Daily Star.

It was revealed that Arsenal, North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are all interested in a move for the aforementioned Zaha.

Crystal Palace want £75m for their prized asset but the interested clubs are not willing to pay that much for him.

In his recent interview this month, Zaha revealed that he wants to play Champions League football again.

The Ivorian international player was on the payroll of Premier League giants Manchester United before he returned to Crystal Palace permanently in 2015.

Zaha signed for Manchester United from Crystal Palace in January 2013 in a transfer that was the last one conducted under the managerial era of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Crystal Palace winger struggled to make a positive impact at Manchester United before he returned to Selhurst Park.

Arsenal witnessed what Zaha can do first hand during the London Derby clash with Crystal Palace.

Zaha was one of the goalscorers as Crystal Palace stunned the Gunners 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium to dent the North London giants’ quest to qualify for Champions League football via a top-four finish in the league.

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PSG Star Reiterates Dream Premier League Move Amidst Man Utd Interest

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Thomas Meunier has talked about the possibility of a dream move to the Premier League amidst the interest from Manchester United.

In a chat with French media outlet L’Avenir, the Belgian international reiterated his interest in a move to the Premier League before adding that he has never hidden his desire to play in the top flight of English football.

Thomas Meunier also revealed that he has interest from clubs in China and the Middle East.

The Belgian right-back has made 99 appearances for PSG since his move from Belgian top-flight side Club Brugge three years ago but his time with the French champions could be coming to an end this summer.

He has just one year left on the four-year deal that he signed when Meunier joined the club in 2016.

Manchester United are expected to strengthen their team this summer especially on the defensive front.

The right-back position is one of the areas that the Red Devils are looking to strengthen this summer and they have reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist in their quest to sign a new player for that position.

Apart from Meunier, the three-man shortlist also includes Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) and Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

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“I’m Still The Right Man For United Job”-Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant that he’s still the right man for the permanent job at the club despite the slump in form.

Results have dropped for Solskjaer and Manchester United in recent weeks but the Norwegian tactician is certain that he has the qualities required to turn the fortunes of his beloved club around.

The former Manchester United player was speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Manchester City Derby in the Premier League.

Solskjaer and his Manchester United players welcome Manchester City to the Theatre of Dreams in a league game that could decide the destination of the title with Liverpool and Manchester City going head-to-head for the right to win this season’s Premier League title.

Manchester United are in bad shape ahead of the game billed for Old Trafford this night.

The Red Devils suffered their worst loss of the season following their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Merseyside club Everton at the weekend.

Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and substitute Theo Walcott scored the goals for Everton for the convincing victory over Manchester United.

Manchester United have suffered six defeats from the last eight games in all competitions and they are in danger of missing out on Champions League football as a result.

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Guardiola In Support Of Underfire Solskjaer Ahead Of Manchester Derby

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is certain that his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man for the Red Devils job.

Guardiola talked about Solskjaer who’s under pressure following the Red Devils’ poor run of form in recent weeks ahead of his first league meeting with him.

During his pre-match press conference before the Manchester Derby clash at Old Trafford, Guardiola told reporters that being a manager can be a lonely road before adding that Solskjaer will lead Manchester United out of their present state.

Solskjaer and Manchester United have not had the best of months following a run of six defeats in eight games including the 4-0 thumping at the hands of Everton at the weekend.

Everton thrashed Manchester United 4-0 in their Premier League meeting on Sunday afternoon to dent their hopes of making the Champions League next season.

Manchester United will have to finish the season in the first four places on the league table to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Red Devils trail the top four places by three points ahead of their league meeting with champions Manchester City who are bidding to retain their title.

Manchester City have to win the game to secure top spot ahead of Liverpool.

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