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The deals Manchester United will still seal this transfer window

Timothy Aiyeku

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The summer transfer window might have ended in the Premier League and other top European leagues but that does not close the door on domestic transfers.

Man United are still hoping to complete some deals by sending some of the Academy players on loan before the opportunity would be unavailable again.

Manchester Evening News confirms that the Red Devils will still send out some players before the transfer window is closed to the Championship clubs.

Di’Shon Bernad and Ethan Laird are the two players that have been pencilled down to move out of the Old Trafford on a season-long loan because of the need to continue their development as they have been tipped to have a future at the club.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been investing in youth players since he joined the club but some of them will have to find playing time at a higher league to aide their development.

It is also understood that a number of youth players have left the Old Trafford for season-long loan deals to secure playing time and experience.

Howbeit, we expect to see more youth players in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team as he has already made it a priority.

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

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Can Jurgen Klopp’s team defend Premier League title?

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It has not been an easy task for Liverpool to defend the English Premier League title with the injury-plagued the club is currently battling with.

The Merseyside outfit are on level points with their rivals, Everton on top f the league table but the journey has not been as easy as it seems. Jurgen Klopp’s team have been hurt with the 7-0 humiliation against Aston Villa in the Premier League despite having a smooth run in the Champions League so far.

However, the latest development on reports of Egyptian international Mohamed Salah limping heavily down the tunnel after their 2-0 win over Midtjylland is a major concern in Liverpool’s bid to reclaim the Premier League title.

The Egyptian international started the game from the bench in the second half to lift his team by scoring from the spot to seal the three points against the Danish team. The contact between Mohamed Salah and Paulinho seems to have had an effect on him.

This is yet to be confirmed by manager Jurgen Klopp as he did not make any claim concerning the injury in his post-match but fans are left disturbed with the footage of him limping.

Also, Liverpool have lost Fabinho to injury and that is a major concern for Jurgen Klopp especially as he will not have Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk for the who season again.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the Brazilian has a muscular injury and awaits the result of the medical examination but it remains a blow because he has been at the centre-back.

All of the injuries are sure to be a big challenge to Liverpool’s bid to defend the league title and how they manage these injuries and other selections will determine if they will come out of it or not.

The German manager is expected to storm the January winter transfer window to secure a defender as a cover for the injured centre-backs.

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Jurgen Klopp makes major confession after Champions League win

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confessed that his team struggled to get the 2-0 win against Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night at the Old Trafford.

According to him, it was a hectic game as his team was unable to calm down the pressure until the final sound of the whistle.

It would be safe to state that the Reds wouldn’t have struggled with if the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino were in the starting XI for the game as they only had a second-half share of the game.

Last weekend goal scorer Diogo Jota was also on the score sheet as he drove home the opener before Mohamed Salah came from the bench to seal the three points from the spot.

The German boss in his post-match interview with the club’s official website said “We made a lot of changes and it’s my job to decide obviously, I have all the information about what the boys did.

“But for different reasons again, the game was really tricky. They pressed like crazy, they made a really hectic game of it and we couldn’t calm it down in the decisive moments” he said

Liverpool played without most of their first-team players and that is a major reason to give for their struggling but it would have been unacceptable if they had suffered a defeat in that game at Anfield.

Losing Fabinho to injury is another testimony that they really had a hectic game and that sends a message to the former Borussia Dortmund boss on how he must manage his squad to be able to compete as their injury list continue to grow.

The January transfer window should bring relief to the Liverpool team as it will present manager Jurgen Klopp with the opportunity of reinforcing his team for the second half of the season.

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EPL: Arteta given reasons to play William Saliba

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French defender William Saliba is yet to get his competitive debut for Arsenal in the Premier League as he has also been omitted from the Europa League squad for the season.

Mikel Arteta insists that he is yet to be ready for the challenge, stressing that the young defender needs a year of transition, yet he is kept at the club without a loan move.

Now that Rob Holding has been declared injured and is joined by David Luiz on the treatment table, the Spanish boss is left with little options for the centre-back role and that makes it necessary to consider William Saliba for a role in the Premier League.

Shkodran Mustafi is also available for selection in the Premier League with his return from injury but the dream partnership of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes will be a delight to the fans against Man United.

William Saliba’s former manager Claude Puel has blasted Mikel Arteta for not making use of the French defender, insisting that he is a talent and would have remained with the French Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne.

Mikel Arteta has now been told that William Saliba will be a top signing by his old team-mate in the French Ligue 1 outfit.

Saint Etienne defender Hoard Moukoudi says the youngster has enormous potential can he can fulfill at the Emirates Stadium with the qualities he has. He, therefore, stressed that William Saliba needs the chance.

“With the qualities he has, I’m sure he will take the chance when he gets it.

“He has enormous potential and will succeed, I am sure of that” he told French outlet Football Transfer.

The decision is left for manager Mikel Arteta to make on the readiness of the player but from all indications, William Saliba is relaxed and ready to wait for his chance.

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