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Four Man United players who will regret disappointing performances v Young Boys



Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick used the match against Young Boys to take a look at his squad players.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw and despite an eighth minute opener, it did not turn into the carnival atmosphere supporters had hoped for.

United’s fringe players largely failed to impress, and only played well in flashes. Amad had a couple of nice moments only for his final ball to let him down. Anthony Elanga got into good positions and could not finish.

Both of those players can be afforded a little leniency. This is all part of the learning process. For others, it was more of a wasted opportunity.

It was a chance for the fringe starters to break into Ralf Rangnick’s starting XI for the weekend. With plenty of games coming up, they could have made a real case for themselves.

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Here is a look at four players who could regret not being able to take their chances…

Juan Mata

Not too much is expected from Juan Mata at this stage of his career and this was just his second appearance of the season. It was a chance for him to change his fortunes.

Unfortunately Mata did not do too much to suggest that he will feature in the Premier League any time soon.

He blazed a free-kick over the bar and then wasted United’s biggest opportunity in the first half after Greenwood’s goal when his shot was saved.

It is very possible this is Mata’s final Champions League game in a Manchester United shirt.

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Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek gave the ball away for the Young Boys equaliser with a sloppy pass on the edge of his own box.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick said after the game he had warned the players about Young Boys’ pressing and the dangers they presented, expressing frustration that United had given a goal away in this manner.

Van de Beek failed to do anything to suggest he should displace either Fred or Scott McTominay at the weekend.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Arguably United’s worst performer on the night was Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was also involved in the poor defending leading to the equaliser.

Wan-Bissaka’s performance included mistimed tackles, and getting dragged out of position to open up spaces on his side of the defence.

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With the ball he lacked quality and failed to complete a cross. The biggest winner from the game was probably Diogo Dalot, whose place at the weekend looks secure.

Jesse Lingard

This was the chance Jesse Lingard had been waiting for, and he blew it. The attacking midfielder did not seem at the races and turned in an anonymous performance.

United needed to see a spark from Lingard, to get himself into contention for the weeks ahead. Instead it looks like he will be spending more and more time on the bench.

With his contract up in the summer and clubs interested in January, it genuinely would not be a surprise if this was his last start in a Manchester United shirt.


Tuchel hands 22-year-old his first Chelsea start – predicted starting XI against Leeds this weekend



Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Blues dominated proceedings in the London derby against Spurs last week, however only came out of things with a point following Harry Kane’s late equaliser.

Thomas Tuchel operated a fluid and unique system at Stamford Bridge, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount especially thriving in the new look system.

However, the Blues could turn back to the recognised back three this weekend, with our predicted lineup for the game against Leeds.

GK and Defence

Edouard Mendy made a brilliant save just before Spurs’ late equaliser at the end, and his position in the squad is more than secure for this one.

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With there still being no breakthrough on the Wesley Fofana front, Cesar Azpilicueta will return to the starting lineup as captain at Elland Road.

Fixtures are yet to pick up in the early stages of the season, so Thiago Silva should still be fresh and okay to participate again.

The centre-backs will be completed by Kalidou Koulibaly, who showed his quality again in an emphatic display against Spurs.


Reece James scored almost instantly after being moved back to wing-back on Sunday, and the Blues will look to get the attacking best out of him on Sunday.

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Jorginho may have been at fault for the first conceded goal last week, although his great performance will still see him start again against Leeds.

Injuries have ruled N’golo Kante and likely Mateo Kovacic out of the game, there is a big choice to be made to partner the Italy internatonal. While Ruben Loftus-Cheek starred against Spurs, Conor Gallagher will be chosen to partner in midfield, being handed his first start for the club.

Marc Cucurella will look to build on his impressive performance last week with another start against Leeds, with Ben Chilwell still not quite at match fitness.

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The Chelsea attack will have a familiar look to the last two weeks, with Mason Mount occupying the free-roaming role in the attack against an opponent he has had a lot of success against before.

Raheem Sterling will try again in his quest to open his Chelsea league account, with him missing a glorious chance last week.

Kai Havertz is another man who missed a great opportunity to win the game for the Blues at the weekend, although his work in the front three was enough to see him start again.

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Atletico Madrid do not want to pay €40 million for Barcelona attacker



Atletico Madrid are in a precarious situation in regards to their ownership of Antoine Griezmann.

The Spanish giants had signed the Barcelona forward on a two-year loan deal last summer. The contract included a mandatory purchase option worth €40 million if the player features in 50% of the matches with a minimum of 45 minutes between the games across two seasons.

Last season, Griezmann featured in 82.5% of the matches, meaning Atletico Madrid may have to virtually leave him out on the bench throughout the 2022/23 campaign if they are to avoid paying the fee for the Frenchman in 2023.

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However, with Luis Suarez leaving the club, Atletico Madrid consider Griezmann a viable part of the club’s attacking unit and Los Colchoneros must get the best out of him, if they are to regain their lost status in the title race in this new season.

At the same time, the club are not too keen on meeting the mandatory €40 million purchase clause set on Griezmann’s contract. This has been reported by Mundo Deportivo which suggests the club are looking to reduce the overall valuation of the clause.

While Barcelona are yet to respond to Atletico’s overtures, there is a clear indication that the capital club have no intention to pay anywhere near the €40 million for the services of Griezmann, who was barely even a starter for Diego Simeone’s men last season

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The Frenchman was even left out on the bench in Atletico’s opening game against Getafe. However, coming on as a substitute in the final half an hour, the attacker was able to break his scoring duck by netting the third goal in a 3-0 victory.

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It will be interesting to see whether the little cameo compels Simeone to start him in future matches, although his performances should not deter Atletico Madrid from their attempts to lower the price tag of the star striker.

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Barcelona star’s move to Chelsea is now ‘heating up’ – report



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be close to securing a move to Chelsea from FC Barcelona, with the move now heating up, reports Victor Navarro on COPE.

Aubameyang joined Barça only eight months ago, arriving as a free agent from Arsenal in January. He helped the Catalans finish second in La Liga last season and finished the campaign as the club’s joint top scorer in all competitions along with Memphis Depay

And, Barcelona could now lose both their top scorers this summer. Depay is closing in on a move to Juventus, having reportedly agreed a two-year contract with the Italian giants.

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And now Aubameyang could be on his way to Chelsea imminently, with the move ‘heating up’ recently. The Blues have made the 33-year-old Gabonese striker their top target after losing both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel enjoyed a successful relationship with Aubameyang during their time at Borussia Dortmund and is now pushing for a reunion.

Reports earlier on Thursday indicated that Chelsea were planning to submit a formal offer for the former Arsenal captain imminently.

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Now, Victor Navarro is claiming that the two clubs are negotiating over the transfer of the 33-year-old, with all parties intent on getting the move over the line.

Barcelona need to get rid of players so that they can register Jules Kounde and make more additions, with a new right-back and left-back on the club’s agenda.

The departure of Depay alone will not be enough to register Kounde. And with Frenkie de Jong unwilling to leave and no offers arriving for Sergino Dest yet, Aubameyang’s exit seems the best option for Barça.

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The ex-Arsenal superstar has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou this season following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski. A move to Stamford Bridge could see him become the first-choice striker and enjoy regular game-time.

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