Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his work cut out ahead of the return to club football this weekend.
Solskjaer and his players were on the end of a 6-1 mauling at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match played just before the international break.
The Red Devils manager is under pressure to produce results immediately ahead of the next league game, a trip to Tyneside to face Newcastle United, this weekend or risk aggravating calls for his sack.
Solskjaer also has to face the poor form plaguing his captain Harry Maguire ahead of the Newcastle United game with several people calling for the player to be taken out of the firing line.
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Harry Maguire was heavily criticised following his poor showing in the scandalous defeat at home to Spurs in the Red Devils’ last game. That Spurs defeat also heaped serious pressure on Solskjaer.
Things went from bad to worse for Maguire during the international break as he was sent off for England in just half an hour of the 1-0 home defeat to Denmark.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand told BT Sports that Harry Maguire needs a breather to get his head straight and he’s one of many to call for him to be dropped.
However, England manager Gareth Southgate has backed him to return to form as he said in his post-match press conference after the Denmark game that the player is too important to be dropped for both club and country.
It remaina to be seen whether he’ll be in the Manchester United starting XI this weekend.
Some have suggested fatigue/tiredness is behind his poor form having played 55 games in all competitions last year. He had just a two-week break before the new season and that break was even cut short by his squabble with the authorities in Mykonos, Greece.
Mikel Arteta told how he can feel more of Thomas Partey’s impact
Arsenal manager Mikel Aretta has been told that he can feel more impact from Thomas Partey’s presence on the pitch if he is able to secure the signature of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The North London outfit were all out for the signature of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar but failed to land the France international, instead, they snapped up the signature of the Ghanaian international on the summer transfer deadline day by activating £45 million his release clause.
The French Ligue 1 outfit were uninterested in the bargain for Houssem Aouar, leaving no chance for the North London to make an attempt before the transfer window was shut in October.
However, Arsenal have been told by the club legend Ian Wright that the presence of Houssem Aouar will do a lot for the team as more would be enjoyed from the presence of Thomas Partey in the team.
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The North London outfit might have suffered a defeat against Leicester City but Ian Wright is impressed by the performance of the Atletico Madrid midfielder
Ian Wright noted that Thomas Partey is exactly the type of player Arsenal have been looking for and he will help to get Granit Xhaka and Dani Becallos to operate better especially with his interceptions and ability to calm situations in the middle.
What we cannot say at the moment is if the North London outfit will be moving in for Houssem Aouar again and whether his asking price will be higher or not.
It has already been revealed that the Gunners are not done with the rebuilding of the team by bringing in new players and that is expected to continue in the coming transfer windows.
Meanwhile, reports claim that the North London outfit are not alone in the chase of the France international again and will be facing competition from other teams when they return for his signature.
The big mistake made by Jurgen Klopp but is unknown to him
Manager Jurgen Klopp has been full of praise of his new signing Diogo Jota as he is happy to have made the decision to bring him to the Liverpool team but he has been told that he made a big transfer blunder by securing the service of the Portugal international.
The Merseyside outfit signed Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanders for an initial fee of £41 million and he has already hit the ground running, especially scoring the winner for Liverpool in their Premier League clash against Sheffield United at the weekend.
Tony Cascarino is of the opinion that the former Borussia Dortmund boss made a huge mistake to have gone ahead with the signing of Diogo Jota ahead of Wilfried Zaha who is also available in the summer market.
He stated that would have been a better fit for the Reds team because his pattern of play fits their style, recalling how the Crystal Palace forward gave Trent Alexander-Arnold a run for his money in one of their meetings.
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Tony Cascarino will not put all blame on Liverpool boss as he noted that Wilfried Zaha might have been priced out of the market by Crystal palace and that might be the reason for the decision to move for other options.
The signing of the 23-year-old is a surprise to many and Tony Cascarino is one of the but manager Jurgen Klopp has been credited for making some unusual signings and making the best use of them to get the results he has recorded since he joined the club.
However, Tony Cascarino claims he has never questioned the quality of Wilfried Zaha as a tremendous player and he is surprised he has not been given the opportunity to play again in any of the big teams.
Meanwhile, it will not be a surprise to see Diogo Jota in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven against Midtjylland later in the week.
EPL: Frank Lampard gets another strike from Chelsea legend
Chelsea legend Alan Hudson is the latest to give manager Frank Lampard a strike over his tactics at the club and he is unsure if the Blues legend and lead the West London outfit to a Premier League title.
The West London outfit have continued to be inconsistent with the delivery of good results under the former Blues midfielder and more to that is the fact that they have conceded nine goals which is the worst defensive record in the history of the club.
Alan Hudson noted that Fran Lampard cannot be compared with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, adding that his tactics against Man United was wrong, the reason why he failed to win the game last Saturday.
The West London outfit recorded goalless draws in their Champions League game against Sevilla before the Man United draw to make it two successive clean sheets but that has not stopped Alan Hudson from criticizing the team.
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Alan Hudson stressed that Frank Lampard has not learned lessons as he continues to make excuses for experienced players who are guilty of defensive blunders, noting that the same happened to Chelsea last season but for the fact that Liverpool were far ahead of most teams, it was unnoticed.
He added that the Chelsea boss will be more exposed because the likes of Everton and Wolves are better teams now and Arsenal are beginning to pick up again to close the gap that existed before now.
Reacting to the two goalless draw results from the Champions League and the Premier League games, Alan Hudson stated that Frank Lampard was desperate to correct his defensive blunders and had to stall out by not having adequate shots on target just to stop the opponents from scoring goals.
However, it is feared that Frank Lampard would be sacked if the results don’t improve in subsequent games.