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EPL: Confirmed Manchester United Lineup vs Burnley

Timothy Aiyeku



Manchester United

Manchester United have the opportunity to bounce back from the disappointing loss to league leaders Liverpool at the weekend when they take on Burnley at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday.

Liverpool continued their sensational run in the Premier League with the aid of a 2-0 win over the Red Devils who could have gotten something out of the game if they had been a little clinical in front of goal.

Manchester United played the first league game of the season without Marcus Rashford against Liverpool and that is set to continue into the game against Burnley at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford has scored 19 goals in all competitions and he won’t be able to add to that tally after he was ruled out till March because of a double stress fracture in his back.

In his absence, Mason Greenwood is expected to step up in his place though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be reluctant to overwork the teenager who has scored 4 goals in the Premier League this season.

Probable Manchester United XI vs Burnley:-

David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Fred, Nemanja Matic, Juan Manuel Mata; Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Welsh winger Daniel James.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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EPL: Man United Identify Replacement For Outgoing Paul Pogba

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paul pogba

Manchester United have resigned to the fact that star player Paul Pogba could leave the club this summer despite the reluctance to let him walk out of the Old Trafford door.

Paul Pogba has been at Manchester United for four years since his then world-record move of £89m.

The Frenchman joined the Red Devils for the second time after a four-year stint at Italian champions Juventus.

He had left Manchester United for the Italians as a teenager.

Pogba has one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford with the option of another year and the general consensus is that the player will leave the club this summer for a new challenge.

Former club Juventus and Real Madrid are some of the options at his disposal.

He has hardly played for Manchester United this season and that’s down to a troublesome ankle problem sustained during the first month of this campaign.

Pogba underwent surgery on that troublesome ankle earlier this year and he’s gradually closing in on a return.

The French international has played in just seven  league games and eight games in total this season.

With his future in serious doubt, Manchester United officials have lined up a replacement for him in Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish who has been one of the best playmakers in the Premier League this season.

This is according to the Manchester Evening News (MEN).

It was also revealed that the player has a £45m release clause in his contract at Aston Villa.

Jack Grealish has been in very good form for Aston Villa this season and he’s in line to make the England squad for next month’s friendly games.

He has scored seven goals plus six assists in the Premier League. Jack Grealish has been involved in 38% of all the Aston Villa goals in the league this season.

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EPL: Arsenal Willing To Meet €50m Release Clause To Sign This Midfielder

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Thomas Partey

Premier League giants Arsenal are prepared to meet the release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey according to the latest media reports emanating from the European nation of Spain.

Libertad Digital said that the Gunners want to meet the €50m release clause in the contract of the Ghanaian international player and that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta sees the player has one to improve the options that he has in his midfield.

The media outlet also revealed that Atletico Madrid want to offer him a new contract that will see his release clause increase significantly from the aforementioned figure.

Thomas Partey has scored three goals and provided one assist from the Atletico Madrid midfield in 33 appearances in all competitions this term and the Ghanaian midfielder was immense as Atletico Madrid stunned Liverpool in the first half of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Partey produced a man-of-the-match performance in the colours of Atletico Madrid as he helped the Rojiblancos to establish a slim 1-0 lead from the first leg of the Champions League first knockout stage with Liverpool who are the defending champions.

That defeat was only the second for an unbeaten Liverpool team in the Premier League after the 2-0 loss to Italian Serie A giants Napoli in the first match of their Group E campaign.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone would be hoping that Thomas Partey comtinues his fine form when they travel to Liverpool to face the European champions in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Spaniards have to avoid defeat or maintain a one-goal defeat that involves them scoring to advance to the quarterfinals at the expense of the defending champions.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will definitely improve his squad in the summer in virtually all the departments and Thomas Partey is a big option for him in midfield.

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Chelsea Offer Swap Deal To Sign This Player After Suffering Heavy Defeat

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Jan Oblak

West London club Chelsea are said to have  offered a swap deal for one of the best goalkeepers in the Spanish La Liga ahead of this summer.

According to Spanish media outlet El Chiringuito TV, Chelsea have offered €30m plus Kepa Arrizabalaga to Atletico Madrid in their bid to sign Jan Oblak from the Spanish capital club.

Jan Oblak is widely regarded as one of the best shot stoppers in the Spanish La Liga and he has been instrumental to the successes recorded by his club in recent seasons.

The Slovenian international goalkeeper is one of the top goalkeepers on the European football stage and he’s widely renowned for his shot stopping abilities.

He has been linked with the Premier League [EPL] in previous transfer windows with clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has decided that first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga is not good enough and that the Spaniard will be sold this summer.

Kepa Arrizabalaga had one of the worst stats for a Premier League goalkeeper this season before club legend Frank Lampard decided to drop him from his starting XI for the away game at Leicester City in the league and he has not regained that number one spot since that game which ended in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea centre back Antonio Rudiger netting twice for his team.

38-year-old Willy Caballero was the Chelsea back-up goalkeeper until that Leicester City match when he was promoted to the starting XI.

Ex-Argentine shot stopper Caballero has stayed in the Chelsea starting XI since that day and he was in goal for the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Willy Caballero conceded three goals in the second half as Chelsea were convincingly beaten 3-0 at home by the German champions in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

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EPL: Liverpool Could Get This Attacker For £20m Less Than Previous Report

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Timo Werner

EPL table toppers Liverpool have been boosted by the news that they can sign one of their top transfer targets for this summer in a deal that would see them pay less money for him.

Liverpool have made RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner their top transfer target for this summer as manager Jurgen Klopp tries to build their attack for the new season which starts after the 2020 European Championships this summer.

Klopp and Liverpool are expected to win the league title and they are not ready to rest on their laurels.

To this effect, they want to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig who are in a big battle with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich for the German Bundesliga title this season.

Liverpool need just four wins from their last 11 league games to be crowned champions for the first time in the league in three decades.

The Reds would also be bagging their first Premier League title ever.

Timo Werner has been flirting with the idea of Liverpool in recent interviews as he said that he was flattered by the interest of the Reds in him before adding that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is the best manager in the world.

The petite German international was said to have a €50m release clause in his present RB Leipzig deal and that Liverpool were trying to do a deal for him before that clause expires in April.

Recent reports have revealed that the release clause is €20m less and that Liverpool could sign him for a paltry sum of €30m for a striker of his calibre.

According to Sport1, the release clause is less than first thought.

Timo Werner has scored 21 goals plus six assists in 23 German Bundesliga games for his team this term in addition to four Champions League goals.

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Europa League: Top Three Favourites To Win The Title Revealed

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Manchester United

The Europa League has entered the business end this season after the first leg of the various last 32 ties last week Thursday as the favourites tried to build a first leg advantage ahead of the second leg billed to take place on Thursday night.

Chelsea are the defending champions but they are not able to defend the title they won last season by beating London rivals Arsenal in the final.

The Blues are in the Champions League this season as a result of that win plus their third-place finish from the last campaign in the Premier League.

With the Blues out of the competition this season, the stage is set for a new winner to emerge after the latest edition of the competition this summer.

Let’s examine the top three favourites for the Europa League title this term in the absence of holders Chelsea:

1. Inter Milan

Italian giants Inter Milan are one of the top three favourites and that’s partly due to the influence of manager Antonio though the Italian tactician don’t have a very good in Europe.

He would be hoping to correct that notion by leading Inter Milan to their first form of title since they won the Champions League title in 2010. The Nerazzuri are yet to win any trophy for a decade.

Inter Milan have a star-studded squad that could cope with the demands of both Europa League and the Serie A where they are in a three-team battle with Juventus and Lazio for the title.

They have a foot in the last 16 of the Europa League after the 2-0 away win over Ludogorets Razgrad in the first leg of their last 32 tie.

2. Arsenal

Last season’s finalists are one of the favourites for the competition this season. They won their last 32 first leg via a 1-0 away victory at Olympiacos FC of Greece.

3. Manchester United

2017 champions Manchester United are one of the Europa League favourites this season but they have work to do in their last 32 tie with Club Brugge FC of Belgium. Both teams played 1-1 in the first leg ahead of their clash at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

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Liverpool Told Why Salah Must Not Be Sold…Even If They Get A £130m Bid

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Mohamed Salah

Premier League table toppers Liverpool have been informed that they can’t sell star player Mohamed Salah even if they receive a Premier League record transfer fee of £130m for him.

This is according to Liverpool legend Stan Collymore in his column with the Daily Star.

According to him, Mohamed Salah adds goals and assists to the Liverpool team and that the Egyptian international is almost irreplaceable.

There has been transfer rumours surrounding Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid.

The Spaniards have been linked with the Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The aforementioned £130m bid would be a Premier League record surpassing the £89m transfer fee paid for Paul Pogba by Manchester United when they secured his signing from Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

Mohamed Salah has been a key player for Liverpool since his move from AS Roma in the Italian Serie A in a deal reported to be around £40m.

In his first season, Mohamed Salah scored 32 goals as he finished as the leading goalscorer in the Premier League.

He was able to set a new record for the most goals scored in a 38-game season.

In total, the Egyptian international scored 44 goals in all competitions in the colours of the Reds.

In that first season, Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool to the Champions League final before Real Madrid see off the Merseysiders to win the competition for the third season in a row.

Salah and Liverpool went one better in the following season with the Champions League title for the first time in 14 years as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League derby.

Mohamed Salah was one of the goalscorers as Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 to win the competition.

He has scored 15 league goals for Liverpool this season as the Reds close in on the Premier League title for the first time.

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EPL: The Real Reason Hakim Ziyech Joined Chelsea Revealed

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Hakim Ziyech

New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has disclosed the reason behind his move to Stamford Bridge.

Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech has been confirmed as a Chelsea player though he won’t join his new teammates until this summer.

He has already penned a five-year deal with the Blues until the summer of 2025.

Earlier this month, Ajax Amsterdam announced that they have reached an agreement with Premier League giants Chelsea for the transfer of their player Hakim Ziyech and that the player will team up with the Blues at the end of the season.

The Dutch champions will receive £38m for the transfer of the attacker who can play in a lot of positions.

Hakim Ziyech can play as a striker, as a second striker, as a left winger, as a right winger and as the player behind the lone striker.

In his first interview with Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech revealed the reason behind his transfer to the club.

According to him, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was a big reason for the transfer.

Ziyech also said that the move had been alive during the January transfer window but the parties involved decided to wait till the summer.

He has been a major player for Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam for the better part of the last three years.

Hakim Ziyech played a big role for Ajax Amsterdam as they won two trophies at the end of the last campaign.

Ziyech and Ajax beat rivals PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch league title and also played a big role in the Dutch Cup which his team won by beating Willem II 4-0 in the final of the competition.

His biggest influence was evident for everyone to see in the Champions League as he helped Ajax Amsterdam reach the semifinals of the competition.

Ajax were the surprise team of the competition last season.

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Top Three Clubs To Sign Matic When He Leaves Manchester United Nemanja Matic

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Nemanja Matic

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is attracting interest mainly from the Italian Serie A as his football career in the Premier League gradually comes to an end.

Serbian international Matic has played for two clubs in the Premier League namely Manchester United and Chelsea. He signed for Manchester United from the Blues three years ago.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was responsible for bringing Matic from Chelsea to Manchester United in a £40m deal.

Nemanja Matic signed a three-year deal until the summer of 2020 upon signing for Manchester United and was a regular under Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese manager was sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.

His position in the Manchester United has been less certain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Red Devils manager and that informed his desire to leave the club in January but that was no longer possible especially with the injuries to several midfielders at the club.

The injuries to the likes of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba meant that the Serbian midfielder had to see out the remainder of his contract at Old Trafford until this summer despite the interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid etc.

Matic has made 22 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions this season including the last three games.

Calcio Mercato revealed that Manchester United won’t offer him a new contract and several clubs are on his trail. Here are the top three favourites to sign him this summer:

1. Juventus

The Italian champions are one of the clubs keen to sign the Serbian international but the Old Lady will wait till the summer before deciding on their plans for the player.

2. Inter Milan

The Nerazzuri were interested in him before they opted for Christian Eriksen whom they signed from Tottenham Hotspur in January.

3. AC Milan

The salary package for Nemanja Matic could scupper a possible move to AC Milan. He earns €10m annually at Manchester United.

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