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Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names four ‘exciting’ stars who can clinch Liverpool win



Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named four players he thinks can have a big role to play ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The Red Devils go into the match looking for a first win in the competition since September. But Jurgen Klopp’s side certainly won’t be easy.

Manchester United have been hit and miss under Solskjaer this season, despite backing the Norwegian during the summer transfer window.

But the 48-year-old thinks Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford can all make a difference.

He said: “I’d expect us to improve in the next couple of months, definitely.

“Of course Cristiano has been here for a month, Jadon has been here for two months and Marcus Rashford is just coming back.

“Edinson Cavani had to wait longer in the run up to when he could join us as well.

“It is exciting to have these types of players to work with, but then it is about finding the right balance.”

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In recent years, there’s been a power shift.

Whereas United were dominant under Sr Alex Ferguson, Liverpool have won the Champions League and Premier League titles under Jurgen Klopp.

And Solskjaer feels United have to beat their fierce rivals to boost their chances of winning the Premier League title.

“It’s a massive rivalry because of the history of the two clubs – and the amount of titles and trophies we have won,” he said.

“There is a history between the two cities and the two football clubs. It’s a rivalry you have to embrace. You have to take it up.

“You have to hold your hands up and say they (Liverpool) are a very good club and a very good team.

“And then you have to make sure you’re better than them.

“For the last four years, Liverpool have been tremendous – and we’re chasing them.

“Over the last four years, the results mean we’ve been behind them.

“But we have taken steps – and the next step is to be above them again.

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“Last season is history now and hopefully this season we can achieve something better.”

Regarding Ronaldo, meanwhile, the Portugal international has faced criticism over his lack of pressing this term.

That, despite the 36-year-old scoring six times since his Hollywood homecoming from Juventus.

And Ronaldo, speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, has sent a defiant message to his critics.

“I know when the team needs my help defensively,” he said.

“But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win and to score goals – [the defensive side] is part of my job.

“The people who don’t want to see that is because they don’t like me but to be honest I’m 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep good at night.

“I go to my bed with my conscience very good. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things.

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“Criticism is always part of the business. I’m not worried about that.

“And I see it as a good thing to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it’s because they know my potential and value in football still.

“So it’s good. I’ll give you an example: if you’re in a school and you’re the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they’ll say they don’t like him.

“I think the main word is that I’m still happy and enjoying football.

“It doesn’t matter how many things I won in my career. I win everything but I’m still motivated.

“I’m in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here – to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I’m here to help.”


Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar




Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante




Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report




Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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