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There Will Be No January Exit For This Liverpool Playmaker

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Xerdan Shaqiri

Liverpool playmaker Xerdan Shaqiri has shut down the transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the reigning European champions during the January window.

Swiss international Xerdan Shaqiri has been the subject of transfer reports in the media in recent days with Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray mentioned as one of the clubs interested in signing him.

In an exclusive interview with The Athletic, Xerdan Shaqiri said that he has no reason to leave Liverpool.

It had been reported that the former Inter Milan and Stoke City winger was weighing up his options ahead of the January transfer market mainly due to his lack of playing time.

Xerdan Shaqiri has not played much this season due to injury and has not been involved in much match action whenever fit.

That changed recently when he was given a rate start by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during one of the biggest games of the season in the Premier League.

Shaqiri was selected for the Merseyside derby clash with Everton and he didn’t disappoint his manager after netting one of the goals in a 5-2 win at home to the Toffees.

Belgian international Divock Origi was the star of the Merseyside Derby after his brace in the first half of the league clash.

Segun is a regular contributor to Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including BEIn and talkSport.

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What Solskjaer Said Ahead Of Liverpool Crunch Clash

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked the fire ahead of the Premier League trip to arch-rivals Liverpool in one of the games of the season.

Solskjaer ignited the fury of Liverpool fans after he said that Manchester United won’t go without a league title for three decades like what’s obtainable with the Reds at the moment.

The Manchester United manager ripped into Liverpool during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the league meeting between the two traditional English teams this weekend.

Liverpool have not won the league title for 30 years with the last one coming during the 1989/90 season.

The Premier League era began during the 1992/93 season and Liverpool are yet to lay their hands on the trophy since then.

Liverpool have a perfect opportunity to end that long title drought as they have a 14-point advantage at the top of that league table and they have played a game more than their closest rivals Manchester City who are the reigning champions.

Manchester United are the only team to take points off arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League this season and they can put spanner in the works of their title challenge when they visit Anfield on Sunday.

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Thomas Lemar Finally Makes Transfer Decision

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Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar has made a decision on his future in the Spanish league finally according to the newest reports coming out of his native France.

Thomas Lemar has struggled for form at Atletico Madrid since he joined the Spanish La Liga giants at the start of the 2018/19 season and that led to the transfer rumours of him moving away from the Spaniards with the likes of Arsenal, Lyon and Tottenham Hotspur interested in him.

Recent reports even talked about the possibility of a swap deal involving Thomas Lemar and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.

French international Lacazette came close to signing for Atletico Madrid before his move to Arsenal from Lyon and he would have signed for the Rojiblancos if not for the FIFA transfer ban imposed on them in the summer of 2017.

It was not really surprising that Lacazette was linked with an Atletico Madrid transfer again in a swap deal that will see Lemar join the Gunners but that won’t be possible after the former AS Monaco man made a decision on his future at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

According to Le10Sport from France, Thomas Lemar has decided to stay at Atletico Madrid who paid £51m to sign him from AS Monaco in 2018.

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Arteta Willing To Sanction £90,000-a-week Sale At Arsenal

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Shkrodan Mustafi

According to The Sun, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told defender Shkodran Mustafi that he won’t stand in his way if the German wants to leave the Gunners in this window.

Mustafi earns £90,000 per week at Arsenal and he has just 18 months left on his contract.

The Arsenal centre back is reportedly willing to leave the club this month in search of regular football and Mikel Arteta has given his blessing for him to move away from the North London outfit.

Mikel Arteta has made his position known on a potential Mustafi exit despite the lack of centre back options at his disposal mainly due to injuries and loan deals.

Apart from Mustafi, Arsenal have just three centre back options namely Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, David Luiz and Rob Holding.

Calum Chambers has been the best centre back at Arsenal this season but the England international won’t play again until next season after his knee surgery last month.

He sustained the injury during the home game against Chelsea in December 2019.

Another centre back options Kostantinos Mavropanos has joined Nurnberg in the German Bundesliga II on loan for the rest of this campaign.

Turkish giants Galatasaray are the obvious transfer options for Mustafi in his quest to leave Arsenal.

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Solskjaer Gives Marcus Rashford’s Injury Update Ahead Of Crunch Liverpool Meeting

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Manchester United player turned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on the injury picked up by star player Marcus Rashford during the Wolves game in midweek.

Rashford sustained a back injury during the FA Cup third round replay with Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Solskjaer was asked about the fitness update on Rashford during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning but the Manchester United boss was not confident that his star player will be fit for the Liverpool game at Anfield.

After the Wolves game on Wednesday night, Solskjaer rued the recurrence of the back injury that forced Rashford off just 16 minutes after entering the FA Cup third round replay clash.

According to him, he had a slight back pain and was left on the bench for the Wolves game before his introduction in the 64th minute with scores at 0-0.

Marcus Rashford was involved in the only goal of the game shortly after he was subbed on.

Juan Manuel Mata was the goalscorer as the Red Devils were able to secure a fourth round place in the FA Cup.

Rashford lasted for just 16 minutes before being taken off in the 80th minute of the game.

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Exclusive Report Of The 5 Players That Would Leave Manchester United This January

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The transfer window gets busy daily, with a number of teams in the Premier League making some vital signings this season.

The likes of Liverpool and Watford have signed players this January, If we consider the feuds between the big six teams in the English Premier League and the competition of finishing within the top four.

Many football fans are expecting their teams to follow suit for them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

As signing get bigger, there is need for some team to restructure their squad by selling some of their players that are surplus to requirement.

Manchester United is considered one of the teams in the League who need to sign new players during this transfer window.

However, there are some of their players who had become old woods in the squad. These set of players might need to be replaced; this piece will discuss five players the Red Devils might sell this transfer window.

Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder moved from Chelsea to Manchester United for 46 million Euros, the attacking Midfielder was voted Chelsea players of the year for two consecutive seasons. His career got declined at Chelsea when Jose Mourinho was appointed Stamford Bridge manager for the second time. 

Jose who prefer using Brazilian attacking midfielder, Oscar ahead of him due to his inability to support the team defensively.  The Real Madrid Castilla once again discovered his form at Old Trafford, assisting a goal in his debut match against Cardiff City in a 2 nil victory.

The world Cup winner his reputed for his numerous assist in the Premier League. He has scored 51 goals and 50 assist in 255 Premier League campaign.

The signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the team manager reduced Mata playing opportunity, the Attacking midfielder has been relegated to the bench.

The United’s manager prefers using Paul Pogba has the only attacking midfielder in his famous 4-2-1-3 formation.

The former Chelsea player has been rarely used this season, he only appears 12 times on the pitch of play with 7 of the appearances coming off the bench. 

The Spanish Midfielder who recently extend his contract with Red Devil at the beginning of the season, signing 2 years which ends at 2021 campaign. However, leaving Manchester might be best option for the 31- years –old Spanish player. 

Various teams in the Spanish La Liga still want his service of the out favored united midfielder, the likes of Arsenal, Paris Saint- Germain and Valencia are currently monitoring his situation at Old Trafford and a return to Valencia might be the best option for the midfielder.

Jesse Lingard

The England midfielder joined Manchester United academy at age seven and had become a popular figure at Old Trafford.

The Manchester midfielder was re-instated into the first team after spending 4 seasons on loan at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County respectively.

The United player scored his first senior goal for the Red Devils in a 2 nil victory against West Bromwich Albion.

Currently, he had scored 17 league goals, assisting 10 goals in 129 Premier League outings. Lingard’s statistic shows him performances have not been impressive, his form is dropping at a tremendous rate, over the last 365 days; he finished 2019 without a single goals or assists

The box to box midfielder career is currently declining. He is not showing any sign of improvement even though, he has been playing regularly for the team. 

With the look of things, it seems Solskjaer doesn’t trust his abilities any longer, the United’s legend opted to use him as a bait to lure Leicester City in selling their creative midfielder James Maddison in Player plus cash deal.

With Gunnar’s decision to sign an attacking midfielder this January and has earmarked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish as the top priority since Brenda Rodger is adamant towards selling any players this January. 

 Jesse leaving Old Trafford might be the best option for him; having lost his place at both United squad and in the National team due to his poor performance, his dream to represent England in the upcoming Euro 2020 might not be accomplished if he choose to stay behold January.

Ashley Young

It has been confirmed that Manchester United have agreed with Inter Milan over transfer of Ashley Young.

Young started his career at Watford, making his senior appearance for the team in 2003.

The former England winger was signed by Manchester United from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, reportedly within the region of 15-20 million Euros.

The former Aston villa player started his career playing at the wing  for the Red Devils under Six Alex Ferguson where he was given the 18 jersey that was previously worn by Paul Scholes.

The winger was first deployed as a wing back under Louis Van Gaal’s first competitive game in his famous 352 formation against Swansea City, although the match ended in City’s favour, defeating Manchester United in a 2-1 victory.

Young’s days as a winger ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed as United’s manager.

Jose prefers using Juan Mata and Mkhitaryan at both wings. The England player was restricted to just 4 appearances at the first half of the season.

His second campaign under the Portuguese manager was spectacular, he started the season as a right backs in a 3 nil victory over Basel in the champion League. 

Since then, he become a huge impact in Red Devils defense line, where he plays as both a right back and wing back in many occasions. 

The signing of Wan Bissaka makes him surplus to requirement, things might not turn his away when we considered his age and intensity, however leaving Old Trafford might be the best option for him.

Nemanja Matic

The Serbia International was signed from Chelsea on 30 of July 2017. The defensive midfielder has been prolific since he re- united with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The left footed play career was blooming under the Portuguese, his defensive ability earn the Red Devils a UEFA Europa league Trophy.

The rise of Scott Mc Tominay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reduces Matic effectiveness on the pitch of play.

His brilliant performances make the Serbia international fall out of favor in Solskjaers’s first team squad. 

His situation has fueled speculation,a move to Jose Mourinho’s Tottehman could be on the card for him this January.

Matic who has enjoyed best of his performance under Jose, who he was his manager at Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, with six month left on his contract at united, it will be better option for United to sell him this January or might need up losing him for free next season.

A number of clubs in the Serie A are hoping to sign him this transfer window. Leaving Manchester United might be the best option for the retired Serbia Midfielder.

Diogo Dalot

The speedy Right back was signed from Porto for 19 million Euros by Jose Mourinho.

The defender was bought as a perfect replacement for Young.

His first season at Old Trafford was promising; he recorded 22 appearances in all competition during his previous season.  

The arrival of Wan-Bissaka form Crystal Palace distorted the Portuguese growth at Old Trafford.

Rumors suggest that Manchester United is willing to listen to offer for the 20- years-old player.

Staying at Old Trafford might limit his development;  the young defender will have to compete with Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian for the backup spot.

Dalot who still have 4 years contract at Old Trafford would not be allow to leave cheaply, however going out on loan might be a better option to the promising defender, some clubs in the Championship will love to sign him on loan.

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Good News! Bruno Fernandes To Miss Benfica Clash For This Reason

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Sporting Lisbon player Bruno Fernandes could miss the league clash with leaders and arch-rivals Benfica as his transfer to Manchester United edges closer.

This is according to CMTV, A media outlet in his native Portugal.

It was stated that his transfer to Manchester United might be completed by the end of Friday thus leading to him missing the Benfica game.

The Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United transfer saga have dominated this winter transfer period and it looks like its coming to an end.

The aforementioned report said that only small details are left for the transfer to be made official.

Bruno Fernandes will have to wait for his Manchester United debut if he’s able to complete his transfer from Sporting Lisbon before the end of this weekend.

The Premier League trip to league leaders Liverpool will come too soon for him though the home game against Burnley next week in the Premier League is a more realistic option for the Portuguese national team star.

Bruno Fernandes was part of the Portugal team that won the inaugural UEFA Nations League title last year.

He provided the assist for the winning goal scored by Goncalo Guedes as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final of the competition held on home soil.

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Man Utd Urged To Complete Second Blockbuster Transfer After Bruno Fernandes’ Signing

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Manchester United have been advised to pursue a big-money move for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison once they have sealed the transfer of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

Bruno Fernandes is close to becoming the first signing of this January winter window and an official announcement of his transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United is expected this weekend.

Manchester United have been told to go after Leicester City star James Maddison by former player Louis Saha who’s a former teammate of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Louis Saha talked about James Maddison and Manchester United in one of his latest interviews with a betting company as monitored by the Daily Express.

Leicester City have always maintained that James Maddison is not for sale and a move to Manchester United is more likely in the summer than during this January winter transfer market.

For now, the attention of Manchester United is on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes whom they hope to sign before the end of this week.

Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United have been in negotiations for days over the transfer fee that works for both parties.

The player has already agreed a salary with Manchester United that will see him earn £150,000 weekly as per The Sun.

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EPL: New Man United Captain Confirmed Ahead Of Liverpool Clash

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed summer signing Harry Maguire as the new Manchester United skipper.

The Manchester United manager named Harry Maguire as the man to replace Ashley Young as the Red Devils captain during his pre-match presser on Friday morning.

Harry Maguire is in his first season at Manchester United and the Three Lions of England centre back has assumed the captain role for a lot of the Manchester United games this season in the absence of Ashley Young in the starting XI and will now take the role permanently with the imminent transfer of Ashley Young to Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.

Inter Milan have agreed a transfer fee of €1.5m plus bonuses for Ashley Young and he has been given the permission to join the Italians by Manchester United officials.

Ashley Young signed for Manchester United from Midlands club Aston Villa in 2011 and he started his career at Old Trafford as a winger before he reverted to fullback either as a left-back or as a right-back.

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