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New Bruno Fernandes already found at Man United

Timothy Aiyeku

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Bruno Fernandes

Man United have been all agog with the presence of Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes has he has come in to deliver good performances on the pitch for the club.

The Red Devils secured the services of the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon and there has not been any regret as he has become a force in the team, scoring goals and delivering assists. More to the results he has helped to improve is the fact that he has brought out the best of controversial France international Paul Pogba, as well as helping him to settle at the club.

However, Man United fans have reasons to be happy as they might have gotten a new Bruno Fernandes in the club with like-performance and quality.

Hannibal Mejbri is the young 17-year-old that has been tipped to step into the shoes of Bruno Fernandes in no time. He joined the Red Devils academy from French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco just 12 months ago and has attracted a lot of attention with his performances.

The analysis rates him as the sixth on the ranking of midfielders at the Old Trafford, starting from the senior team which makes him closer to working with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hannibal Mejbri will continue his progress with Man United and will continue to learn from the Portuguese international.

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

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Nicolas Pepe is told he risks getting Mesut Ozil treatment

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Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe was impressive in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Dundalk on Thursday night but he has been warned by former player Martin Keown that he risks getting the same treatment as Mesut Ozil if he does not get better with his consistency.

Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal squad for all major competitions this season and that means he would be forced to leave with the January transfer window being considered to save his career.

The attitude and performance of the former Real Madrid playmaker are cited as the reason why manager Mikel Arteta continued to snub him from games before deciding to leave him out of the team after he refused to improve.

Martin Keown, reacting to Nicolas Pepe’s goal and performance in the Europa League game said “These are the moments from Pepe that we were expecting when he first arrived.”

He lamented that the fans are yet to see enough of the former Lille player, adding that his best must be seen more often to be able to seal his place in the team.

Martin Keown noted that Mikel Arteta might have claimed to fail Mesut Ozil but such an excuse cannot be given of the Ivory Coast star because he has been given the opportunity but he has to get the best for himself.

“We’ve all talked about Ozil not being around and the manager saying he failed the player. What about Pepe now? We’re moving onto the next generation. How do you get the best from him, and is he getting the best for himself?”

However, manager Mikel Arteta has promised to help Nicolas Pepe and guide him towards consistency of performance.

The Spanish boss is encouraged by the fact that Nicolas Pepe is willing and he has hinted on helping him to be at his best every week.

The Ivory Coast international scored five league goals in his first season in England, against the 22 he scored in his final season with Lille.

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Chelsea VS Burnley predictions

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Chelsea return from their 4-0 victory over FC Krasnodar in the Champions League to face Burnley for a Premier League challenge on Saturday as favourites as they have extended their unbeaten run to three games.

After goalless draws against Sevilla and Man United in the Champions League and Premier League respectively, the Blues have now returned to winning ways with the sweet victory on Wednesday night.

The West London outfit will be travelling to Turf Moor against the Burnley team that is yet to win a single game this season after six matched in the Premier League.

There is very little to talk about the host team on Saturday because their past results have revealed that they are not in the best of form but we will not be surprised if they turn things around against the Blues team.

However, the Blues team seems to have started scoring again with Hakim Ziyech getting his full debut and marking it with a goal, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic were also all on the score sheet. Frank Lampard hopes on nothing less than more goals from his team at the weekend. They have recorded just one win in their last Premier League game.

Frank Lampard will still count on his summer transfer signing, Edouard Mendy to stand in between the sticks as he has been instrumental to the team’s resurgence this season. We also expect N’Golo Kante and Jorginho to give the depth in the middle.

Thiago Silva, who missed the Champions League game, has been confirmed to be available for the Burnley clash while the attacking quartet of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner might be unleashed on the Saturday opponent.

See predicted Chelsea lineup:
Edouard Mendy, James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.

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Mikel Arteta says what will happen at Old Trafford

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After securing a 3-0 win in the Europa League against Dundalk on Thursday, Mikel Arteta has stated that his team will go to Old Trafford at the weekend to win the game.

Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, and Nicolas Pepe were all on target for the Gunners in the easy win to give the club a perfect record in the Europa League this season.

The North London outfit will now face a crucial Premier League game against the Red Devils on Sunday with the hope of continuing their winning streak. The Gunners have lost their last two league games against Man City and Leicester City and cannot afford another this weekend.

Mikel Arteta, who spoke after the Europa League game, urged his players to turn their attention to the weekend trip to Old Trafford against an unbeaten Man United team for the last four matches.

“After losing the way we lost against Leicester, it was painful at home and took us a few days to digest that defeat.

“But you have to react straight away with a win with this type of attitude and let’s get ready

“We go to Old Trafford and we try to win against them” he concluded.

Mikel Arteta hailed his team for the easy win on Thursday night, stating that ir was made easy with discipline and seriousness noting that any opponent can cause damage if they aren’t 100 percent.

However, the North London outfit cannot boast of that record of wins against Man United at the Old Trafford but with the new system and attitude under the Spanish boss, much more can be expected from the game.

The North London outfit will seek to regain their respect from the Red Devils and that makes it a game to look forward to with the Gunners now having the presence of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes in the team.

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