Premier League champions Manchester City have been handed a big injury blow ahead of the crucial league clash with Liverpool following the news that star goalkeeper Ederson will miss the game.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson will miss the Liverpool game as a result of the injury sustained in the Champions League in midweek.
Ederson went off injured during the Champions League game against Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta which ended in a 1-1 draw.
He was replaced by Claudio Bravo during the Atalanta game before the Chilean international was sent off for a professional foul.
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Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker ended up in goal for the Premier League champions.
The absence of Ederson for the away game at Liverpool is a big blow for Manchester City as the top two teams battle each other in the Premier League.
Manchester City have won just one of their last 18 league games at Liverpool.
The Reds have a six-point lead over Manchester City ahead of the game at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Apart from Brazilian national team goalkeeper Ederson, Manchester City will also be without influential playmaker David Silva who sustained an injury during the last league game, a 2-1 win at home to Southampton.
Rio Ferdinand welcomes the ‘new Pogba’ to Man United
Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Paul Pogba is now a new player after seeing a rejuvenated France international.
According to Ferdinand, Paul Pogba has been a different player since the restart of football, noting that it has really helped the team.
He stressed that Pogba is now playing like the player the Red Devils paid £89 million to buy from Italian Serie A outfit Juventus about four years ago, adding that his energy level has been incredible.
Rio Ferdinand therefore, claims that the new Pogba was born with the coming of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
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He noted that Fernandes is the motivation the World Cup winner needed as he will not like to be outplayed in any way.
However, the perfect match of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes has helped the Red Devils form as they have been scoring a lot of goals since the restart of the season.
The Red Devils are now confidently pushing to secure a Champions League spot, hoping to displace Chelsea in the fourth position as they are just two points apart.
No doubt, fans will have to wait until the final game of the season before knowing the fate of the teams.
Paul Scholes faults Man United transfer decision on Haaland
English Premier League outfit Man United were linked with Erling Haaland in the January transfer window but failed to put a deal through.
The Red Devils failed to meet with the reported demand of German Bundesliga
club Borussia Dortmund and that messed up the deal.
Erling Haaland is one of the best strikers the world can boast of today which has been confirmed by the Red Devils legend Paul Scholes who gave a detailed analysis of the player.
Paul Scholes faults his former club for missing out on a striker with such quality in the winter window, insisting that no amount was too much for the young land.
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The United legend stated that he has properly watched the 20-year-old in the restart of the season and is surprised any team can claim to seek a bargain of any sort for his fee.
He noted that Erling Haaland is a good and young player who is an “out-and-out goalscorer”.
In giving a detailed analysis of Erling Haaland, Paul Scholes stated that he is quick with a good pace and that gives him a good presence to score goals.
The Man United legend hopes that Man United will be able to land the striker in future but hinted that they will have to pay big to make that happen.
Solskjaer to have first brawl with Ed Woodward, see why
There could be some skirmishes at Man United between manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club’s chief, Ed Woodward in coming days.
It is reported that the United boss is ready to confront Ed Woodward to discuss issues of the summer transfer window.
The Norwegian manager is keen on the coming summer transfer window as he expected to add depth to his squad. He wants to be sure that he is on the same page with the club hierarchy, reason why he would be meeting Ed Woodward in the coming days, according to reports.
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However, there are fears that there could be unease between Solskjaer and Woodward if an agreement is not reached.
Since taking over at the Old Trafford in 2018, Solskjaer has been able to sign 5 players but that has not helped the team to meet the target of competing for titles.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that more is needed to be done to be able to achieve his dreams at the Old Trafford.
A major concern is the Man United defence that must be equipped to be able to compete for titles and that is expected to be the target for Solskjaer when the summer window is opened.
Contract termination: Antonio Valencia returning to Europe?
The contract of former Man United captain Antonio Valencia with LDU Quito has been terminated.
The former Red Devils player only left the Old Trafford about 12 months ago after having 339 appearances at the Old Trafford before returning to his homeland of Ecuador with LDU Quito.
The Coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world has affected the club and its finance, they will no longer be able to meet with the contract agreement with Antonio Valencia, reason why it was terminated.
Valencia played 28 games for LDU Quito, scoring one goal and providing two assists before the latest development.
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The club made it known that the decision was reached after mutual talks with the player over the issue.
Antonio Valencia is now a free player who still seek to continue his football career, even at age 35 as there are no expectations that he would retire anytime soon.
It is, therefore, believed that Europe will be his next destination and will be available in the summer transfer window.
Hopefully, EPL clubs will still come begging for his signature.
Major concerns about his fitness would be his only barrier to getting a new club as he has not played for the past four months.
Diego Forlan to help United with this big transfer decision
Manchester United are considering the signature of Uruguay starlet Facundo Pellistri and are hoping to be helped with advice by Diego Forlan, reports claim.
The Athletic, as quoted by Metro, claims the Red Devils are soon to make a bid for the 18-year-old in the coming summer transfer window.
It is believed that Forlan has firsthand knowledge of the highly-rated winger, especially now that he is a coach at Penarol.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to benefit from his relationship with Forlan as his former teammate to make the best decision for the club.
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The young player is valued for £10 million and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to meet the price after being impressed by scouting reports and evidence.
Man United boss is hoping to be fast to get ahead of Man City and Real Madrid who are also interested in Facundo
Reports also claim that Facundo Pellistri already has an English passport which is a boost for Man United as there will not be any itch having him travel to England to seal a deal with Man United.
Facundo Pellistri is expected to join the ranks of young talents in Man United should a deal for him succeeds.
Mourinho slams Arsenal, issues damning threat
Tottenham manager has blasted Arsenal for a post he claims to be mocking his side.
The North London outfit suffered a defeat against Sheffield United and Arsenal posted on their Facebook page, highlights of their FA Cup win at Bramall Lane last weekend, with the caption: “It’s not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.”
The Portuguese boss feels offended with Arsenal’s post and claims their North London rivals do not have any success to celebrate, hence have no moral right to mock his team for suffering a defeat.
Mourinho told Sky Sports that if the Gunners were top of the league or fighting for top four, they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others.
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He noted that Arsenal are not in a better position than his team in any way but stressed that he is not sure the person behind the post is the club manager, Mikel Arteta or any of the players but one of the club media team.
The former Man United boss, therefore, issued a threat ahead of their North London derby clash on July 12, stating that “we will be waiting for them”
Tottenham will be playing their game against Everton later on Monday but there is no doubt that Mourinho already has the game against Arsenal in mind.
Arsenal ready to welcome in Hat-trick hero
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to land Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin in the coming summer transfer window, according to reports.
The flying winger has been in top form for Newcastle since the restart of the season and the highlight of his performance is the hat-trick he scored against Bournemouth.
The France international is reportedly ready for a move with Newcastle ready to let him leave for the right price. Allan Saint-Maximin joined the club for a fee of £20 million and they will be hoping to make some profit from his sale.
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With speculations that Arsenal will be doing away with Alexandre Lacazette in the summer window, Allan Saint-Maximin could be a good replacement and he could as well join the Arteta team without Lacazette’s exit.
This is because manager Mikel Arteta made it very clear that he will now make more use of the former Lyon striker in the coming games, noting that he has got a lot to offer his team.
The Spanish boss, therefore, stated that he will be waiting patiently for the end of the season to have contract extension negotiation with the former Lyon striker as the focus, for now, is to secure a ticket for European football ahead of the coming season.
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Against all odds, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta still has his head up high on the bid to secure a Champions League qualification for next season.
About two weeks ago, the Gunners were not sure of qualification to the Europa League and the Champions League respectively but that seems to be turning around following their victory against Wolverhampton.
With Arsenal hosting Leicester City on Tuesday, a win will further brighten their chances and Mikel Arteta is urging his players to do more to win the game, stressing that there is no room for error in the game.
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Five games are left to the end of the season, Arteta believes Champions League football is still possible but they must win all games to stand the chance.
Leicester City with 58 points will face Arsenal who boasts of 49 points, 8 behind fourth-placed Chelsea and 6 behind fifth-placed Man United, a win against the Foxes will mean a lot to the North London outfit and have an effect on the EPL table.
Mikel Arteta stated that preparation for his team is key and they must remain focused and committed in all of their remaining games.
No doubt, a Champions League qualification for Arsenal will mean a lot to Mikel Arteta as the manager in charge.