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Man Utd Handed Big Injury Boost Ahead Of Barcelona Clash

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Premier League giants Manchester United have been handed a big boost on the injury front following the news that one of their key players has recovered in time for the Champions League quarterfinal first leg clash with Spanish champions Barcelona

The Red Devils take on Barcelona at home on Wednesday night before the second leg in Spain next week Tuesday.

Ahead of the first leg at Old Trafford, Manchester United have received a big injury boost after Marcus Rashford returned to training.

The England international trained with his Manchester United teammates at the AON Complex in Manchester on Tuesday morning.

This is good news for the Manchester United faithfuls who have seen their team lose three of the last four games in all competitions.

Rashford has been struggling with an ankle injury which saw him miss the last game, a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of FA Cup semifinalists Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester United suffered their third defeat in four games without the aforementioned Rashford as Wolves came from a goal down to beat the Red Devils 2-1 and dent their top-four hopes.

Marcus Rashford famously scored an added-time penalty spot to give Manchester United a 3-1 win over French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at the Parc des Princes and a spot in the quarterfinals via the away goals rule.

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Ernesto Valverde Warns Griezmann After Underwhelming Barcelona Debut

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has called out summer signing Antoine Griezmann after he underperformed in his debut for the Catalan giants.

French World Cup winner Griezmann was largely anonymous during the opening La Liga game of the season.

Barcelona traveled to the new San Mames to take on Atheltic Bilbao and it ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat made possible by a spectacular 89th-minute bicycle kick from substitute and ageless striker Aritz Aduriz.

After the match, Ernesto Valverde told reporters that long-term Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has to be more involved in subsequent games.

Antoine Griezmann caught a lone figure upfront for the large part of the game following the absence of star player Lionel Messi who was missing in action as a result of a thigh injury sustained in training.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez also got injured in the first half of the Athletic Bilbao game thus leaving Antoine Griezmann on his own upfront.

Griezmann is expected to deliver at Barcelona following his big money move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid this summer.

Barcelona paid €120m (£107m) for his transfer thus making him the second most expensive signing in the history of the club after Philippe Coutinho.

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Bayern Confirm Loan Deal For Coutinho

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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have confirmed that they have reached a loan agreement for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Bayern’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge made this known while he was fielding questions from reporters shortly after their league opener on Friday night.

Bayern Munich didn’t have the best start to the defense of their Bundesliga title after they played out a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.

After the game, the Bayern Munich supremo told reporters that Philippe Coutinho will undergo his medical at the start of the new week.

Bayern Munich have reached a one-year loan agreement for the Brazilian international with the option to sign him permanently at the end of the loan spell next summer.

Philippe Coutinho came close to returning to the Premier League on the deadline of the English top flight transfer market. Fortunately, the move fell through.

The 27-year-old was linked with the North London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the Premier League transfer window.

Coutinho has had to leave Barcelona on loan after he became surplus to requirements following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer in a £107m deal.

Barcelona are also on the trail of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar.

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Update On Ballon d’Or: Mane Identifies Award Recipient

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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has backed Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or award this year.

When asked if he’ll be frustrated if Messi wins the award, his answer was ‘NO’.

According to him, Lionel Messi deserves to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Messi had a very good season after helping Barcelona win a second successive league title at the end of last season.

The Argentine international star emerged as the topscorer in both the Spanish La Liga and the Champions League.

Messi was also part of the Argentina squad that reached the semifinals at this summer’s COPA America tournament in Brazil.

The Argentina players were beaten by Brazil in the semifinals before they won third position at the expense of then COPA America champions Chile.

Lionel Messi recently returned to training after a busy summer with the Argentine national team but he will miss the opening Spanish La Liga on Friday.

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao face off in the first game of the new Spanish La Liga season.

For Sadio Mane, he scored 26 goals in all competitions last season and the Liverpool star has continued that form this season after he scored twice during the 2019 Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.

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La Liga: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao (Full List)

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has named a 19-man squad for the Spanish La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night.

Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona players travel to San Mames to take on Atheltic Bilbao in what’s the first game of the new Spanish La Liga season.

The big news is that Barcelona will be without the services of skipper and talisman Lionel Messi.

The petite Argentine superstar will miss the game after sustaining a thigh injury in training.

The injury ensured that Messi missed the final preseason games against Napoli including the final match which ended in a 4-0 win over the Italian Serie A giants.

Barcelona got their goals through the trio of Antoine Griezmann (first goal for his new club), Luis Suarez (a brace) and long-term Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele.

Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona earlier this month after an extended break on the back of his participation with Argentina at the COPA America tournament in Brazil.

Full Squad: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Denis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha, Christian Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Carles Aleñá, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie De Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña and Carlos Pérez.

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Nigeria Star Hits Brace As Barcelona Beat Arsenal

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Super Falcons of Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala was the star of the show after she scored a brace to propel Spanish giants Barcelona to a 5-2 in what was a preseason friendly.

Asisat Oshoala faced her former club Arsenal in the club friendly and she showed the North London giants what they have been missing.

The 25-year-old left the English champions in January 2017.

Asisat Oshoala continued her good preseason form with two goals against the Arsenal Ladies thus taking her tally to six goals in the last three games.

She had scored four goals in the last two games before the friendly clash with the reigning English champions.

Asisat Oshoala scored twice in the 13-0 win over Amed before the Nigerian striker hit a brace to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 over Marseille.

The former African Female Footballer of the Year took her tally to six goals in the last three games with the brace against Arsenal.

Asisat Oshoala as been in very good form for Barcelona since signing for the club earlier this year.

She signed her contract at Barcelona this summer having scored as a second half substitute during the Champions League final.

The Spaniard lost 4-1 to French club Lyon in that final.

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