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The joy is not complete, United fans still have one regret over Fernandes

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Bruno Fernandes

The man of the moment for Man United is new recruit, Bruno Fernandes as he has come in to help the team get better with his impressive performance.

Bruno Fernandes joined the Red Devils in January and has since improved the team with goals and assist.

Despite all of these reasons to behold for smiles, Man United fans are still having some regrets for not landing the player in the last summer transfer window.

MEN Sport claims that the Red Devils were interested in the star player but did not press for a deal as it ended only in admiration. It is claimed that United would have landed the 25-year-old if they had shown more seriousness and will in the deal.

There is now no doubt that Man United would have had a better season if Bruno Fernandes was around much earlier.

He has now scored six goals in 13 appearances for his new side after his goal against Brighton. Record also shows that the Red Devils have not lost any game since the former Sporting Lisbon player arrived.

While it’s too late to cry, United are still hoping that with Fernandes, they can still hit the target of a Champions League spot especially as they are just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

With few games left to the end of the season, the consistency Man United enjoy could help at the end of the day.

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

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Man United blasted for bad treatment

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Ander Herrera

French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain player, Ander Herrera has blasted his former club, Man United for treating him badly when he was at the Old Trafford.

Ander Herrera recalled his experience during his last months with the Red Devils ahead of the Champions League encounter that will have him face his former teammates.

According to him, he was happy at the Old Trafford and wanted to stay at the club for more years but he was snubbed by the club. He lamented that not even a call was put to him despite winning the player of the year award.

Ander Herrera stressed that he was pained because he felt he was giving his all to the Red Devils but did not get the same love in return.

While expressing his respect for the Man United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and the board, Ander Herrera stated that he does not expect everyone to think the same way and that made him respect their decision.

Howbeit, Ander Herrera added that he is now happy at Paris Saint Germain and will definitely give his best for his new club against his former team in an encounter that promises to be fierce as a result of their last meeting.

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Odion Ighalo given fresh Man United hope

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Odion Ighalo

Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo has been given fresh hope to see more games and deliver what he has to offer for the club before he leaves in January.

The former Watford striker has not been favoured for games since the start of the season as he has only started in the Carabao Cup for the Red Devils. The situation has been made worst for him with the presence of Edison Cavani in the team. It is understood that the former PSG star would be favoured ahead of him.

According to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Odion Ighalo still has a lot to offer to the club because he is a very important member of the Man United squad before he leaves.

Ighalo joined Man United from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua and was impressive in his early days at the club with five goals in four games before the lockdown. He was forced to extend his loan deal with the club until January 31 but he has not been favoured for games.

Sadly the Nigerian international striker is expected to be named for a bench role in the game against French Ligue 1 outfit, Paris Saint Germain, despite the absence of Edison Cavani after he was ruled out by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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How true is PSG boss’ claim about Paul Pogba

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Thomas Tuchel, the Paris Saint Germain manager has described Man United midfielder Paul Pogba as one of the best in the world ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

The French Ligue 1 giants will host the Premier League outfit to begin the Group H encounter and according to Thomas Tuchel, during a news conference, Paul Pogba is one of the best as he adds that this must be recognized before he can be stopped in the game.

Thomas Tuchel fears that the midfield could be Man United’s strongest angle to pull counter-attacks with the presence of Bruno Fernandes but he is more specific about the Frenchman who has been previously linked with a move to PSG.

However, former Man United player who is now with PSG, Ander Herrera has stated that the former Juventus player has all it takes to win the Ballon d’Or because of the qualities he possesses.

He added that Paul Pogba can do everything, one-on-one, box-to-box, as well as playing as a deep midfielder to make him a complete player.

However, this is coming when some pundits hold the option that Paul Pogba has not given his best to Man United as he has been involved in controversies for some seasons as a result of his future.

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Arsenal have this to boast of despite Man City defeat

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Bernd Leno

The majority of Arsenal fans have been left disappointed after seeing the team fall by a goal to Man City at the weekend as it hints that the situation has not changed.

The goal by Raheem Sterling was enough to condemn Arsenal for not having what it takes to win any of the big six teams since 2015.

However, goalkeeper Bernd Leno suggests that there are positives that must be celebrated from the game as he boasts that the North London outfit have been able to close the gap on Man City at the top.

He confessed to being disappointed by the defeat, noting that the team felt down but he is proud of the good display in the game because the team competed against Man City which led to the slim win.

Bernd Leno affirmed that the last game against Man City at the Etihad ended in a 3-0 defeat against but that has been slimmed down with the big difference that was witnessed.

According to him, his team’s inability to get past Man City goalkeeper Edison was the only stumbling block in their game as they should have delivered a win or shared the spoil.

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Dortmund come out clean to hand United Jadon Sancho hope

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Jadon Sancho

As long as England international winger, Jadon Sancho remains a top target for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he will always be linked with a move to Man United.

The Red Devils were on the case of the Borussia Dortmund player although the summer transfer window but failed to agree on a fee with the Bundesliga outfit.

Man United eventually had their £90 million offer rejected which made them dump his chase for future transfer windows.

Now, the Red Devils have been told by the German Bundesliga outfit that they misjudged the situation and that is the reason why he was not told out.

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insists that there was a clear line on what is needed to prise away the Man City academy product and there was no need for controversies in that case.

According to him, no player is unsellable as they are opened to having him leave but that must happen under the right circumstances and the right conditions.

However, the German Bundesliga outfit have made it clear again that Jadon Sancho will not be leaving the club in the January winter transfer window, stressing that he will be with the club for the whole season.

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Arsene Wenger finally reveal the reasons why he left Arsenal

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For about 22 years, legendary French manager Arsene Wenger was in charge at Arsenal before he shocked the fans to leave the Emirates Stadium in 2018.

The last few years of the Frenchman was characterized by an internal crisis at the club and that was motivated by the bad results from games and the inability to secure the top four qualification.

When he resigned, Arsene Wenger only told us that it was time for him to leave, not citing any reasons behind his decision.

Now he has decided to open up by stating that he was confused about the happenings at the club as he did not know who was in charge because of the disunity and uncertainty.

He, therefore, added that things look to be changing now with the club making efforts to invest, he said Arsenal are now making effort to create a unit which will be followed by making good technical decisions.

Arsene Wenger stated that the target going forward is to find stability and balance between defending and attacking in the team and that is what manager Mikel Arteta must do.

However, the former Arsenal boss hailed Mikel Arteta as he noted that the club has regained its values but it is yet to be known if the values will continue in the long run or not.

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Mikel Arteta has already made one major mistake

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams is of the opinion that manager Mikel Arteta has made a mistake in allowing former goalkeeper Emi Martinez to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Emi Martinez left the North London outfit to join Aston Villa for a fee of £20 million after he was instrumental in the Gunners victory in the FA Cup as a result of Bernd Leno’s injury.

The best of Emi Martinez was just seen when he left the club and the Arsenal legend insists that he should have been kept at the club at all cost.

Still reacting on the 1-0 defeat suffered by the North London outfit against Man City, Tony Adams stated that Emi Martinez was still needed at the club because of his quality and what he has to offer.

However, the North London outfit have already secured the service of Alex Runner as a replacement but he is yet to make a Premier League debut.

Howbeit, Emi Martinez insisted on leaving the club as he was no longer interested in being a second-choice goalkeeper. Mikel Arteta has never hidden the fact that Bernd Leno will always be called ahead of him especially for the big games as the Premier League and the Europa League.

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Mikel Arteta delivers damning Thomas Partey news

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Thomas Partey

Going by the hype on Arsenal’s new recruit Thomas Partey, the expectations of the fans is that he will go straight into the team to make the difference that has been wished for.

Sadly for the Gunners fans, he did not get a full debut as he only had a few minutes in the 1-0 defeat against Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

There have been questions coming as to why Mikel Arteta refused to start the Ghanaian international and he has an answer already.

The Spanish boss noted that he was pleased with what he saw in the few minutes handed to the 27-year-old but told the fans that they have to respect the process and timing for Thomas Partey.

He stated that Thomas Partey only trainee once with the team before the game and there is a need for him to understand the new models and information at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the North London outfit will be in action again in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna on Thursday and that could be the first full debut for Thomas Partey knowing that he would have trained more with the team.

Thomas Partey joined Arsenal on the summer transfer deadline day after his £45 million release clause was activated.

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