Premier League side Manchester United extended their winless run to four games in all competitions after the Red Devils’ blunt attack fail to fire against Spanish side Valencia in their Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Both sides played out a goalless draw with England international forward Marcus Rashford going close through a free kick which hit the top of the crossbar in the second half.
Manchester United went into the Valencia game on the back of their worst league start in 29 years and with manager Jose Mourinho under immense pressure as a result of this but the outcome of the game has failed to ease the high level of scrutiny on the Portuguese tactician.
Mourinho made four changes to his starting XI from the weekend game with recalls for the quartet of club captain Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford.
The recalled attacking duo of Sanchez and Rashford inspired the Red Devils to start the game on the front foot but the team largely struggled to create scoring opportunities.
Valencia players initially found it hard to impose themselves in the early stages but later gained confidence into the game and went on to create the best chances either side of halftime which they didn’t convert.
Rashford thereafter hit a free kick onto the bar after French international Anthony Martial was fouled as both teams settled for a share of the spoils.
With the draw, Manchester United (4 points) drop to the second spot behind new leaders Juventus (6 points) who thrashed Young Boys FC of Switzerland 3-0 at home in the other Group H game.
Valencia (1 point) stay in the third spot ahead of bottom team Young Boys (0 point).
Why Arsenal Need To Sign A New Striker This Summer
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been able to oversee a remarkable improvement in performances and results since the Spaniard was named the new manager of the North London club.
Arteta was part of the playing personnel at Arsenal for five years between 2011 and 2016 before he retired as the captain of the club.
He joined Pep Guardiola at Manchester City after his playing career had ended at Arsenal and was the assistant manager with the Citizens until the end of last year when the Gunners came calling for the second time.
Mikel Arteta had been interviewed for the Arsenal job in the summer of 2018 after the exit of legendary manager Arsene Wenger and he came close to getting the job before it was given to Unai Emery.
Spanish tactician Unai Emery didn’t last long in the job after his dismissal last year November. He spent just 16 months as the Gunners boss.
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Unai Emery left Arsenal in a bad state and Mikel Arteta has been able to resurrect the club from that slump in just two months but the Spaniard won’t be judged on this season.
Arteta will be critically analysed as from next season and he might need a new striker to make his work effective going by the form of Alexandre Lacazette.
French international Lacazette recently ended his drought in front of goal during the league game at home to Newcastle United.
Alexandre Lacazette has been below average in front of goal this season as the Gunners’ main striker. He has scored just eight goals in all competitions.
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta might need to sign a new striker that will score goals on a consistent basis if the team will achieve the targets of next season.
Top strikers like RB Leipzig star Timo Werner and Lyon hitman Moussa Dembele are expected to be available this summer, and Arsenal can take advantage by swooping on one of them.
Three Reasons Why Liverpool Won’t Sign Mbappe This Summer
Liverpool are closing in on a first league title in three decades after a sensational form in the Premier League this season but that has not stopped the Reds on working to bolster their squad for the new season.
The Reds are cruising to their first Premier League title ever after winning 26 of their 27 games this term to open up a 22-point lead at the top of the table.
Despite their dominance this season, Liverpool were able to boost their squad with Takumi Minamino from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and they have also been linked with a sensational transfer for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) hitman Kylian Mbappe.
Apart from the league, Liverpool have also won the UEFA Super Cup this season after the penalty shootout victory over Chelsea. The two teams shared a four-goal thriller at the end of regulation time and extra time.
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Liverpool have also added the FIFA Club World Cup title to their trophy haul after the tournament held in Qatar in December.
Liverpool fans have been dreaming about the prospect of Kylian Mbappe playing for their team but they may have to wait for some time before the transfer can happen due to these three reasons:
1. Too Expensive – Liverpool will have to break the bank if they want to sign a player like Kylian Mbappe who cost PSG around £166m to make the move to the French champions permanently having initially signed for the capital club on loan from AS Monaco.
2. Klopp’s Statement – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about Kylian Mbappe and the prospect of signing him. According to the Reds boss, the club can’t afford the money required to sign Mbappe.
3. Fearsome Attack – Liverpool have a fearsome attack already and they don’t have an immediate need for a new high profile striker like Kylian Mbappe.
Man United ‘Only Three Signings’ Away From Challenging Man City, Liverpool Next Season
Manchester United have been told that they are three signings away from competing with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Manchester City have won the last two Premier League titles, while Liverpool are on course to win the Premier League trophy for this season after a sensational league campaign till date.
Liverpool have 22 points more than Manchester City in second place with 11 league games left this season. Four more wins would be enough to win the league title this season.
Former Manchester United player Robbie Savage was responsible for the aforementioned statement on the Red Devils winning the Premier League again and what they have to do to achieve that.
In his column with the Daily Mirror, the footballer turned pundit advised his former club to make three quality signings in order to get to the level where the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are operating at the moment.
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He went on to mention those three players required to challenge arch-rivals Liverpool and city rivals Manchester City.
According to Robbie Savage, Manchester United might need to spend £250m on three players namely Kalidou Koulibaly, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho to get to the level of challenging for the Premier League title.
1. Kalidou Koulibaly – The Napoli centre back is expected to leave the Italian Serie A outfit this summer and Manchester United would be one of the clubs in the running to sign him. The Senegalese international has suffered many injury setbacks this season.
2. Jack Grealish – The Aston Villa skipper has been the star of his team this season and recent reports stated that the 24-year-old has given his go ahead for a potential move to Manchester United.
3. Jadon Sancho – The England international has painted Europe with goals and assists for the last two seasons. He is a major target for the Red Devils.
What Arsenal Boss Arteta Will Be Asking Mesut Ozil Before Making Transfer Decision
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has revealed the criteria that will decide whether playmaker Mesut Ozil will stay at the club beyond this summer.
According to him, new Mikel Arteta will have a discussion with Mesut Ozil in the summer and the outcome will determine whether or not the German will see out the final year of his contract at Arsenal.
It was revealed that Mikel Arteta will weigh up the defensive capability Ozil adds to the team before making his decision this summer.
Nigel Winterburn spoke to gentingbet about Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has been at Arsenal since the summer of 2013 following his big money move from Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight.
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Arsenal paid around £42m for Mesut Ozil and it was their club-record as at then. That record has since been broken three times.
The arrival of Ozil ushered in a new era at Arsenal under legendary manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners had gone eight years without any form of trophy but that ended with the presence of Ozil that season as the North London club went on to win the 2014 FA Cup title after their come from behind win over Hull City in the final.
Mesut Ozil has been the main man at Arsenal throughout his career at the club until the start of last season when Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as the Gunners boss. The German World Cup winner struggled to get along with Unai Emery and that saw him play a small role under the Spanish manager.
Ozil was dropped from the Arsenal squad for several games under Unai Emery but that situation has changed for the better under Mikel Arteta within two months of his appointment.
He scored his first goal of this season in the league win over Newcastle United last weekend.
Arsenal Warned They Have To Settle For £40million Transfer Fee For This Attacker
Arsenal have been warned that they might need to cash out on star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
According to club legend Nigel Winterburn via Gentingbet, the Gunners will need to sell Aubameyang in the summer if he does not extend his contract at the club.
The Arsenal skipper has just one year left on his Arsenal deal at the moment and his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium is in serious doubt.
Aubameyang addressed those transfer rumours of a move away from Arsenal earlier this season as he pointed out that his commitment is to the North London club especially since the arrival of new manager Mikel Arteta.
Former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta has been able to turn the fortunes of Arsenal around for the better in comparison to where the club was when he took over the first team in December 2019.
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According to ex-Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn, his former club might need to settle for a transfer fee of £40m for Aubameyang this summer and that they have to sell him to avoid a free transfer move when his contract expires in 2021.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Borussia Dortmund in Germany for Arsenal in January 2018 in a £57m deal. His transfer was a club record as at then.
Since his transfer to Arsenal, the Gabonese international has scored 58 goals in 94 matches in all competitions. In addition, he has 13 assists from those games.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spent a large portion of his playing time on the wings as present and past Arsenal managers have not been able to accommodate him and Alexandre Lacazette upfront at the same time.
His position might not influence his decision as to the Gunners’ failure to qualify for Champions League football since he became an Arsenal player.
Manchester United and Barcelona have both been touted as his next destination in recent weeks.
Manchester City has been banned, is PSG next?
Manchester City was banned from competing in the European Football competitions for two seasons, with a fine of 30 million Euros for bridging the UEFA’s financial fair play rule (FFPA)
The Premier League champion has been spending heavily ever since the club was brought by the deputy prime minister of UAE, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who is an Emirati royal in Qatar.
The Premier League side recorded total revenue of 630 Euros thereby becoming the fifth richest club in the world.
Manchester City’s current squad, assembled and financial at a cost of more than I billion Euros, which includes 10 players for whom city paid between 47-76 million Euros.
However, since the Premier League club was sanction for spending more than the total revenue of the team, Paris Siant-Germain might be the next.
Ever since the Qatar investment authority began to bank roll on Paris Saint Germaine, the club has gone from been a middle club in the League to become the top club in the Ligue 1. The transformation, of course, has not come cheap, this require a lot of millions of Euros invested by Nasser Al Khelaifi.
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The Ligue1 champion also replicate on the investment, thereby winning the League 6 times within a decade. The Ligue one side has spent more than 1 billion Euros in their search for the champion League trophy.
Just of recent, PSG broke the transfer market signing Neymar Junior from Barcelona for a record fee of 222 million Euros. Afterward, the team also splash close to 180 million Euros on Kylian Mbappe from Monaco in the Ligue 1.
Many of the team big signing left the club on free Transfer after their contract expired. If Manchester City can be sanctioned by UEFA after generating annual revenue close to 700 million Euros, PSG might as well experience such Situation.
The Ligue 1 club has also agreed to close to 100 million Euros to sign Mauro Icardi who was currently on loan from Inter Milan at the end of the season.
The Paris team lost to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, the France will hope to edge thought the Bundesliga Giant at the second leg of the fixture in France.
It appears that Paris Saint Germane might continue to splash out cash on players since their mission to win the Champion League has not been accomplished. The France team signed Neymar during the team of the Brazilian at Barcelona, with the hope that the attacker will help the team push for the Champion League Trophy.
However, the Brazil international has been looping in injury and drop in performances ever since his record move. It looks certain that the former Barcelona attacker will love to live the Paris in the summer if their Champions League woes continue.
The Ligue 1best champions League performance was against Chelsea in the round of 16, the team was later knock out by Barcelona despite beating the Spanish giant at Parc- Des Princes.
Can Benzema win The Pichichi Award ahead of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi?
Lionel Messi has won the Pichichi award for three consecutive seasons now in the Spanish La-Liga, the Barcelona all-time goals scorer still holds a joint Pichichi award with Telmo Zarra, having scooped the award 6 times at Camp now. The Barcelona Striker will hope to scoop the award one more time to become the highest Pichichi award winner.
The Argentinian forward has scored more than 30 League goals in all the six occasions where he barged the award. Messi who is arguably considered as one of the greatest footballers of this generation, the striker is well known for his scoring abilities both in the League and other UEFA competitions.
Goalscoring has not been prolific in the Spanish League this season, the current top scorer in the Spanish League is Lionel Messi, the forward has scored 14 goals in the League, one above Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema who has 13 league goals this campaign. This season is arguably one of the poor seasons in Spain, unlike other top League in Europe in which their strikers have scored more than 20 league goal this season.
The Spanish La-Liga has produced a lot of Top Scorers both in Europe and in the Champion League, the League have been ruling European football for more than a decade now, They have been Producing FIFA best players, Champion League top Scorer for more than ten Year. Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the only players scooping the award. This season has not been impressive for the Ballon d’Or winner, the Argentinian forward has been lagging behind in front of goals this season. however, the question that keeps ruminating in the heart of some football fans is“ can Benzema win the Pichichi award ahead of Lionel Messi this season’’?.
Karim Benzema was signed by Real Madrid from Lyon in the year 2009; the France International has scored 240 goals and 133 assists in 496 appearances at Santiago Bernabeu. The former Lyon forward who just surpassed the Portuguese in Real Madrid assists chart with a decisive pass to Lucas Vazquez against Osasuna in the La-Liga Santander. The match ended in Madrid’s favour, beating the Struggling team 4-1.
Karim who is ready to show the world that he is capable of filling the void left by Christiano Ronaldo; the France international has endured a lot of criticism by many football pundits due to his inability to produce a sterling during Ronaldo’ era at the club.
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It appears that the Real Madrid striker has been under the shadow of Christiano Ronaldo who has won the Ballon d’Or 5 times, Although the Portuguese is never considered a hero in the team despite winning four Championship League and 4 Ballon d’Or at the capital. His impact was overlooked even though he still remains an all-time goal scorer at Real Madrid despite his controversial move to the Serie A.
Their Champions League loss to Ajax in the round of 16 brought a lot of criticism by many football lovers who believe Real Madrid should have edge through if Ronaldo Real is present in the team, Although the Holland team how their class once again by eliminating Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the Portuguese still shows his class, scoring Onana twice In the two encounters.
The current Madrid team star is Benzema, the France international is arguably the best player in the squad right now, this is the right time to show his class in the squad.
Beating Lionel Messi for the Pichichi award should be one of his major targets. He has not featured for his country for more than a season now, if he can intensify his scoring, he could be considered by the France manager who is losing hope on Oliver Giroud.
Both Messi and Benzema are currently in a looping in goal drought, they have not score a goal in their 3previous matches in League, but have been prolific in these matches creating assists for other players to score.
Benzema who is under Ronaldo’s pressure will want to show the Madrid fans he can perform better. The only way to prove he can shoulder the Spanish team by scoring more goals. The Real Madrid team will be having a difficult Schedule in March they will be playing Man City, Barcelona and Real Sociedad in their next five fixtures.
Madrid are currently leading Barcelona with a point on the League table, their 3 points above Barcelona was reduced after playing 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in the League.
The team will solemnly depend on the France international since their summer signing from Chelsea, and Eden Hazard is still struggling to adapt with the pattern of play in the Spanish League.
Bruno Fernandes Transfer Details Confirmed Including Jorge Mendes’ Fee
Manchester United made one of the most expensive signings of the January transfer window after they splashed the cash to recruit Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
The details of the transfer has now been made public by CMVM, Portuguese Securities Market Commission, via Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
According to the media outlet, Manchester United have paid an initial fee of €55m (£46m) for the Portuguese international midfielder and that they could receive up to €25m (£21m) in add-ons.
Sporting Lisbon inserted a sell-on clause in the contract that makes them get 10% of his next transfer fee. Former club Sampdoria FC of Italy also benefitted from a similar arrangement as they collected part of his transfer fee to Manchester United.
It was also revealed that around €5.5million (£4.61m) was paid to intermediaries for the transfer to go ahead and this said money was split between super-agent Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency and PositionNumber.
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PositionNumber is the agency that represents Bruno Fernandes and managed by Miguel Pinho, who’s his brother-in-law.
In the end, Sporting Lisbon got €34.13m (£29m) from the Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United after all the other parties have collected their monies.
Bruno Fernandes has had a good start to his football career at Old Trafford and has already made three appearances across all competitions including two starts in the Premier League.
He made his Manchester United debut just two days after joining the Red Devils on January 30.
Bruno Fernandes played his first game in the red and white of Manchester United during the goalless draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He went on to provide an assist in his second game for the Red Devils during the 2-0 win at Chelsea in their league clash on Monday night.
Harry Maguire wrapped up the result for Manchester United in the second half after Anthony Martial had given his team the lead via a first-half header.