The Old Trafford outfit will face Manchester City in the Manchester Derby for one of two semifinal games, while the other semifinal clash is between Leicester City and Aston Villa.
Manchester United qualified for the last four of the Carabao Cup after the convincing win at home to Colchester United from English League Two.
Star attackers Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were instrumental to the win by Manchester United over their fourth tier opponents.
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After a goalless affair in the first half, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford gave the Red Devils the lead as he capitalised on some loose defending from the visitors for his 14th goal of the season for the Red Devils in all competitions.
His goal came with six second half minutes gone before Colchester United defender Ryan Jackson put through his own net to double the hosts’ lead.
Anthony Martial secured the result with a third goal after the hour mark as Manchester United confirmed their place in the semifinals.
The first leg games in the semifinals take place on January 7/8, while the second leg matches are expected on January 21/22.
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.
EPL: Liverpool Legend Gives Verdict On Klopp Selling Salah This Summer
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on the news that manager Jurgen Klopp could sell star forward Mohamed Salah in the summer as he bids to add new players to the Reds attack.
The former Reds defender was surprised that Liverpool will think about selling Mohamed Salah who’s the topscorer at the club this season.
Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool won’t sell Salah this summer before adding that Klopp will sign new players to improve his frontline ahead of next season.
It had been reported that Liverpool wants to sign both Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner.
Jadon Sancho plays his club football for Champions League last 16 recipient Borussia Dortmund, while Timo Werner plays his club football for another Champions League last 16 recipient in RB Leipzig.
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Liverpool have been linked with the club-record £120m swoop of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund as the Reds want the young England international to return to the Premier League.
On his part, Timo Werner will set Liverpool back to the tune of £42m for his transfer from RB Leipzig to England next season.
The two players would cost around £162m and the possible sale of Mohamed Salah could fund the two transfers.
Timo Werner is also a target for both Chelsea and Manchester United though the petite German striker is said to favour a move to join Jurgen Klopp and his players at Anfield.
Jadon Sancho is also in the same situation with Chelsea and Manchester United also interested in him. He was a Premier League Player at Manchester City before his exit three years ago.
Liverpool are clearly not ready to relax despite a spectacular league season that has seen the Reds fail to win just one game. They have a 22-point lead over the chasing pack in the league with 11 games left.
Why Jadon Sancho Is A Perfect Fit For Manchester United
Manchester United are one of the teams in the Premier League keen to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho who has been in devastating form for his team for the better part of the last two years.
Recent reports claimed that Manchester United are ready to spend more than £100m on the 19-year-old England international and he has shown that he has the quality to be the right fit for the Red Devils.
Jadon Sancho was on the books of city rivals Manchester City before he made the decision to leave the Premier League champions in search of regular first team opportunities.
The Three Lions of England winger signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and that decision has been the right one for his career.
Sancho became the youngest player to scored 25 league goals in the German Bundesliga earlier this season. He has scored 13 goals and added 13 assists in 20 league matches.
He has been able to form a potent partnership with new Borussia Dortmund signing Erling Haaland. Both players showed their potent partnership during the Champions League last 16 first leg clash at home to French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
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Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 to hold a slender advantage ahead of the second leg billed for next month with Erling Haaland netting twice.
Jadon Sancho is a perfect fit for Manchester United in the following ways:
Jadon Sancho is a step up in quality in comparison to the wingers at Manchester United at the moment. The Englishman has more quality than the Manchester United options like Daniel James, Juan Manuel Mata etc.
Goals and Assists
Jadon Sancho will add more goals and assists to the Manchester United attack. He has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund this season in addition to providing 14 goals to the other Borussia Dortmund players.
Top Three Replacements For Kepa Arrizabalaga Revealed
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could leave the club this summer after manager Frank Lampard dropped him from his starting XI.
The Spanish international has sat on the bench in the last two games in the Premier League after some questionable performances in the Chelsea goal.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has one of the worst save ratio in the Premier League this season and that prompted Lampard to drop him for the away game at Leicester City in the league.
The Spaniard was replaced in the Chelsea starting XI by 38-year-old ex-Argentine international shot stopper Willy Caballero for the Leicester City game which ended in a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Willy Caballero was then retained for the next league game at home to top-four rivals Manchester United on Monday night. He was unable to influence the result which was in favour of the visitors.
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Manchester United completed the double over Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League era after the 2-0 away win at Stamford Bridge via the goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire either side of the halftime interval.
The Red Devils had thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at home in the reverse fixture on the opening weekend of the season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in world football after Chelsea paid £71m to sign him from Athletic Bilbao. Here are four goalkeepers that could replace him:
1. Nick Pope
The Burnley goalkeeper is one of the best shot stoppers in the Premier League this season and he has emerged as a strong contender to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Chelsea number one.
2. Dean Henderson
Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson has been in good form since his loan move to Sheffield United from the Red Devils. French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Sheffield United and many more are interested in a permanent deal for him.
3. Bartlomiej Dragowski
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EPL: Arsenal’s Top Centre Back Target Revealed
The top centre back target for Arsenal ahead of this summer’s transfer window has been revealed via popular German newspaper SportBild.
According to the popular media portal, Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah is the top centre back target for the Gunners later this year.
It was further disclosed that Jonathan Tah has a release clause of £40m.
The Arsenal defence has been shaky in the past years but there have been signs of improvement in recent times under new manager Mikel Arteta.
Under Arteta, Arsenal have conceded just seven goals in eight appearances in the Premier League.
In addition, the Gunners signed two defenders in the January winter transfer market.
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Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari joined the Gunners on respective loan deals last month but they are yet to make an appearance for their new team.
Portuguese international right-back Cedric Soares is presently injured as a result of the knee injury sustained last month during the league game between his former club Southampton and visitors Crystal Palace.
He joined Arsenal on loan from the Saints on deadline day of last month’s transfer window.
Cedric Soares is expected to return to full fitness by the end of February.
For Pablo Mari, the Spanish centre back signed on loan from Brazilian Serie A giants Flamengo last month after the Gunners paid around £4m for the transfer with the option of a permanent transfer for £8m this summer.
He has already played for the Arsenal u23s during the 2-1 loss to the Chelsea u23s earlier this week.
Arsenal have been linked with a lot of centre backs ahead of this summer including the aforementioned Jonathan Tah.
Apart from the German international, the Gunners are also interested in RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano and Premier League star Nathan Ake who is on the payroll of Bournemouth.