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14 Aug
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Posted by content at 06:01

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has indicated that the Red Devils don’t stand much of a chance of competing for the Premier League title next term, considering the lack of experience within the forward ranks. The likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have impressed with their frontline duties in the past few seasons but Matic does not believe they are prepared to take up the challenge of winning the English crown.

He said: “Quality and experience brings you the title. In this squad we have quality and no experience.We have five or six top players, but they are still young like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. They have shown their quality on the pitch but they are too young to lead the team of course. Football always wants results but the fans need to be patient so they can improve. In the future I am sure these players will take United back where they belong.”

13 Jul
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Posted by content at 05:45

BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein has revealed that Arsenal are looking at the prospect of selling Shkodran Mustafi this summer owing to the inconsistent performances over the past few seasons. The centre-back was one of the most lauded Gunners signings when he joined them from Valencia three years ago but he has struggled to produce a string of top-notch displays.

In a report on BBC Sport, Ornstein has revealed that Mustafi has been on sale in every transfer window since joining the Gunners, though the club have not been able to find the right suitor. He added that the defender has lost the confidence of manager Unai Emery after making several high-profile errors in the recently-concluded campaign.

27 Jun
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Posted by content at 06:39

Manchester United are understood to have eventually reached an agreement over a contract extension with midfielder Juan Mata. The Spain international has been in a contract standoff with the Red Devils over the past year but it appears that he has eventually agreed a renewal after being handed with a multi-year deal.

According to The Guardian, the former Chelsea man had been the subject of interest from the likes of Barcelona and Valencia in recent weeks but United have managed to find a breakthrough in terms of a new contract. The same publication claims that the midfielder won’t receive any raise on his current £140,000-a-week wages,

11 Jun
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Posted by content at 11:41

Chelsea defender David Luiz has indicated that it took a couple of training session to convince Maurizio Sarri that he had a future with the club. The Brazilian had a difficult 2017/18 campaign where he was regularly on the sidelines through injury and that saw him restricted to just 10 league appearances over the course of the season.

Speaking to The Mail, Luiz acknowledged that he was not in the good books of Maurizio Sarri shortly after the Italian was appointed as the new head coach last summer. However, he added that he was able to convince the 60-year-old over his abilities after going through a few training sessions under his tutelage.

27 May
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Posted by content at 11:05

BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has said that Maurizio Sarri’s future at Chelsea remains doubtful regardless of the Italian’s efforts during the ongoing campaign. The 60-year-old helped the Blues reach their objective of Champions League for next season but there are nonetheless concerns with a section of the fans critical regarding the style of play.

Speaking on BT Sport, Jenas applaud the efforts of Sarri through the season despite the ups and downs at the west London side. He added that the Italian’s position remains far from secure ahead of the summer, given he does not share a fond relationship with the club’s faithful, he said: “The problem at Chelsea is a huge turnaround with [Maurizio] Sarri coming in, but they have finished third. On the points and where they have finished, it is great, but there is a breakdown between the manager and the fans and that started earlier on in the year, and it is one of those things with Chelsea where you always fear it is not going to end well.”

27 Apr
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Posted by content at 06:22

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joe Gomez has returned to contention for the first-team squad after making a complete recovery from a foot problem. The England international has been sidelined with the injury since December, but he has managed to return to the mix after an hour-long run-out with the Under 23s.

Speaking in a press conference, Klopp revealed that Gomez is available for selection for the first-team after missing nearly four months of action, he said: “Absolutely [he looks strong]. Ox and Joe both did really well at Leicester, it was a brilliant game by all of the boys, to be honest, I watched it back. It looked really good.

17 Apr
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Posted by content at 08:06

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus claims that he will be fighting for a first-team spot with Sergio Aguero even if he has been on the losing side more often than not the season. The Brazilian forward has enjoyed an inconsistent 2018-19 campaign. Even by his own admission, the 21-year-old’s form has not been at its best after a scintillating start to his life in the Premier league since coming from Brazil – as an unknown entity in 2016. Jesus was able to come up with a remarkable seven goals in just 10 league outings but he has since scored only six over the last 23 matches.

Jesus is back on international duty with the Brazilian national team and he has admitted that the start to his life in the Premier League was almost unbelievable. However, he is now at a time when he has to fight for his first-team spot knowing that an established centre forward like Sergio Aguero is in front of him in the pecking order. Aguero has the most number of goals in Manchester City’s history and his reputation will be going in front of him. Even though Jesus is on the bench for most of the games, the Brazilian says that he will continue to fight for a starting spot.

15 Mar
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Posted by content at 08:07

Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed as the permanent manager of the club during the forthcoming international break. The Red Devils have made an outstanding comeback in the Premier League under the guidance of the Norwegian and they continued the same trend in the Champions League, where they secured a shock triumph over Paris Saint-Germain after trailing 2-0 from the first leg of the round of 16.

Speaking after the game, Neville acknowledged that he has been surprised by the stellar 3-1 comeback at Parc des Princes and insists the former Champions League winner has done enough to bag the permanent head coach role with the club, he said: “I can’t believe what’s happened. I thought when he first came in it was just to reconnect the club with the fans, the players, get everybody happy. The right time for me was always mid-March to the end of March and that’s when the international break is. I will be surprised if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not awarded the job during the international break in the next couple of weeks.”

12 Mar
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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has heaped praise on the team after they secured a 2-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The Magpies missed the chance to claim maximum points in the previous gameweek against Wolverhampton Wanderers but they managed to respond with a strong showing against the league’s bottom side.

Speaking after the game, Benitez was really pleased with the performance from the Magpies, who managed to curb the early threat from the visitors to dominate the proceedings, he told Sky Sports: "I was really pleased with the performance of the players. Obviously it was more difficult for them with ten players, but they still had chances at the beginning. We created a lot of chances - I think we hit the crossbar or the post four times. We needed to win, and we won well. It does not matter for me whether we pick up three points at home or away, but as we play Burnley next at home, hopefully we can carry our good home run."

27 Feb
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Posted by content at 05:32

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has expressed his delight over the performance of Sergio Aguero in the 3-1 triumph over Arsenal. The Citizens were on the wrong side of a shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United earlier in the week but they managed to make amends by beating the Gunners with Aguero starring with a 10th Premier League hat-trick.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola was pleased with the showing of Aguero, who managed to score for the fourth successive match across all competitions, he told Sky Sports: “Everybody knows about his [Aguero's] goals. It's important how you fight, so I think he is incredible. I know it is not for his body to run like Gabriel [Jesus] or Bernardo [Silva] or the other ones, but he tried to do absolutely everything and that for the team will never be a problem for us. Of course he scores a lot of goals and in that way it is important.”

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