Chelsea legend Craig Burley has picked his penalty taker between two Manchester United players.
The ex-Chelsea player talked about Manchester United and their penalty takers while he was doing his punditry work on popular media channel ESPN.
Manchester United and their penalty takers Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are in the spotlight after the stop kick miss from Monday night.
Pogba missed a second half penalty for Manchester United in their last league game at Wolves and it proved to be a crucial one for his team at the end of the game.
Many fans and pundits believe that Marcus Rashford should have taken the penalty rather than Paul Pogba having been successful on Matchday 1 during the 4-0 home win over Chelsea.
On the issue of the penalty taker for Manchester United, Craig Burley said Marcus Rashford should be the designated penalty taker for the Red Devils ahead of Paul Pogba.
Manchester United were given a spot kick in the second half of the Wolves game after Pogba was brought down by Conor Coady, the Wolves skipper.
His penalty was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw to end the perfect record for Manchester United at the start of the new league season.
Chelsea boss set to land ‘new John Terry’
One of the best defenders the English Premier League side Chelsea has ever had in their club history is John Terry and they are seeking for similar quality.
Before his retirement, John Terry, a Chelsea legend had 712 appearances, winning 5 EPL titles and 5 FA Cups. This adds to the Champions League he won in 2012, playing a big role in all of the wins.
Manager Frank Lampard is keen to bring in a player with such quality as his former teammate and has identified Declan Rice from West Ham United as the best fit ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
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The West London outfit seems to be the most active club ahead of the summer window, having spent about £75 million already on Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. They are obviously not stopping at that as the defensive department will be the next focus, having identified Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice.
Frank Lampard will prefer the West Ham player after claiming he has the attributes of John Terry, expressing confidence that Declan Rice will achieve more than John Terry if he eventually makes the switch.
Declan Rice has impressed with West Ham having had 34 appearances in all competitions, and earning a national team call-up.
How Liverpool gifted Chelsea with Timo Werner
West London outfit Chelsea have confirmed the signature of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner even before the opening of the summer transfer window with Liverpool legend, Michael Owen claiming that the development is a gift from Liverpool.
According to Owen, Chelsea will be no way close to landing the star player if Liverpool had shown interest in him because the Anfield was a preferred destination for Timo Werner.
The Reds legend stated that an asking price of £45 million was given to Liverpool for by the German club but the Reds saw no need because of Divock Origi’s presence.
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He noted that the moment Liverpool handed a new deal to Divock Origi, it means they were not ready to part ways with him any time soon.
However, he claimed that Timo Werner would have been a better choice for the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp because he would have provided a better competition in the attack than Divock Origi.
Timo Werner was a force to reckon with in the German Bundesliga, scoring 34 goals in 45 games as well as providing 13 assists in all. Chelsea will now hope to enjoy his service of the German international at the Stamford Bridge in the coming season.
Virgil van Dijk reveals career mistake he almost made
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed that he almost made a major mistake that would have cost his career.
Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2018 for £75 million and has since experienced a turnaround in his career.
From being nominated as the best football player in the world to winning the Champions League and now the Premier League.
The star player noted that all of these wouldn’t have happened if he had made a wrong choice on his career.
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This, he said,l after revealing that Chelsea also made an offer for him which was also considered until he heard from manager Jurgen Kopp.
Virgil van Dijk stated that clubs that approached him had a good team and history, forcing him to consider the managers.
He found manager Jurgen Klopp more inviting, revealing that the German boss has excellent man-management skills which were very important.
Virgil van Dijk added that Jurgen Klopp will always hug players and relate with them better than others which helps to bring the best out of them.
Man United and Chelsea were also interested in the defender but failed to secure his signature as Liverpool won the race, all thanks to manager Jurgen Klopp’s conviction.
Top four race: What Lampard said after United win
As the race for the top-four finish gets hotter, Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard hailed Man United after their Saturday win.
Both Chelsea and Man United recorded wins on Saturday which makes the race for a Champions League spot more interesting.
The Blues defeated Watford 3-0 while the Red Devils slammed Bournemouth 5-2 earlier on Saturday.
The wins now keep Man United 5th on the table with two points below Chelsea.
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Frank Lampard has reacted to the wins by hailing the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team but noted that his team can still finish in the Champions League spot if they remain focus to win the remaining games left.
The Chelsea legend noted that every game left will come with a level of pressure but that will not be an issue if his team can maintain a level of focus and have the strong mentality to deliver on each game.
Frank Lampard will always give respect to Man United and other teams around them but that will not mean losing the Champions League spot to them in any way.
With five matches remaining, it is still unclear, the teams that will join Liverpool and Man City for a Champions League ticket while the same applies to the Europa League.
Chelsea target in crunch talks over future
Chelsea target Kai Havertz is set to hold talks with his German Bundesliga employers Bayer Leverkusen over his future.
Kai Havertz is one of the hottest prospects in Europe as Chelsea are not alone in his chase. Man United and Real Madrid are also keen to land the star player.
In a bid to know what the future holds, Kai Havertz will be sitting with the club chiefs for discussions
Bild reports that the 21-year-old is aware of the interests and want to be sure of the plans for him so as to make decisions for the future.
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With a number of options available, it’s important to know what the future holds to be able to make a good choice.
Chelsea are tipped to be favorites to land the star playmaker with Frank Lampard hoping to beat competition from Liverpool and Man City in the EPL.
The Blues boss is already making the Stamford Bridge lively with the additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of next season. No doubt, the Blues fans can’t wait for a new start of the season.
However, Leverkusen CEO Rudi Voller has made it clear that club will not be stopping any player from leaving as ling as necessary agreements can be reached.
Arsenal not favoured in latest analysis
Arsenal have not been favoured in the latest analysis of who makes it to the Champions League next season.
Jamie Redknapp gave this analysis after seeing Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United recording wins at the weekend.
According to him, Man United could finish third ahead of Chelsea because they have been consistent in their fine form, especially after defeating Bournemouth by 5-2.
He predicts that Chelsea will be toppled by the Red Devils and they could find themselves finishing fourth which still guarantees them a Champions League spot.
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However, Jamie Redknapp ruled Arsenal out of any chance to make it to the top four after claiming Leicester City will finish fifth leaving Arsenal and Sheffield United to battle for the sixth and seventh positions.
It was earlier thought that the Gunners will make it to the Champions League but the two defeats suffered in the restart of the league caused the setback with their chances looking very slim.
Unfortunately, Jamie Redknapp’s analysis could just become a reality and Arsenal will add one more year away from Champions League football but it is almost certain that they will book a ticket to the Europa League.
This will largely depend on their performances in the remaining games to the end of the season.
Chelsea earn from another completed deal
English Premier League outfit Chelsea have earned the sum of £3 million from the transfer deal of Brazilian talent Nathan.
Nathan is not known at Chelsea because he has long been out on loan deals. He signed the player in 2015 from Atletico Paranaense after he impressed with Brazil’s youth teams. he lived in his shadow, and he could not beat the competition in the Chelsea team.
The Brazilian international has had loan spells at Vitesse, Amiens and Belenenses but they were all unsuccessful which forced him back to his homeland to join Mineiro on an initial season-long loan where he enjoyed little success. He is lucky to have his loan made permanent.
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The Sun reports that the West London club splashed a £6.5 million price-tag for the now 24-year-old but was forced to take £3 million in order to part ways with the player.
The former Brazil youth international has scored five times in over 35 appearances for Mineiro to date.
While he could not give his best for Chelsea, there are hopes that he still has plenty to offer with time also at his advantage. Nathan is now 24 and can still establish himself in the Brazilian top-flight’s most dangerous attackers.
What you do not know about Willian’s transfer speculation
Brazilian International Willian is already being linked away from Chelsea as issues of his contract extension is yet to be settled.
It is claimed that he would be leaving the Stamford Bridge this summer window with Chelsea hoping to cash in on him.
Man United and Arsenal, as well as other clubs in Europe, are reported to be jostling for the signature of the star player while he is still calm, looking forward to finishing the season on a good note.
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What has been untold over Willian’s transfer speculation is the fact that he is not interested in leaving the West London outfit while Frank Lampard is still a big fan of the Brazilian and doesn’t want to see him out yet.
The Blues boss has now come out to state that he is still fighting hard to convince Willian on a new deal at the club.
Willian is insisting on a 3-year deal while Chelsea who are only ready to hand him 2 years because of the club’s policy on players who are more than 30 years of age.
Frank Lampard has made it clear that he will only be wishing Willian the best in his career if he eventually fails to agree with the club but efforts will be put in place to convince him for more years at the Stamford Bridge.