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Man United boss Ralf Rangnick have to move back to unique Harry Maguire selection as quickly as possible



The centre-back’s struggles withinside the coronary heart of defence are nicely documented and had been all over again at the vanguard of every other disappointing United end result on Tuesday.

United had been in determined want of a high quality sport following on from their surprise FA Cup removal to Championship aspect Middlesbrough and matters did begin brightly for them.

Rangnick’s aspect, simply as that they’d withinside the beginning forty five mins in opposition to Boro, absolutely ruled their fighters and regarded on route for a cushty victory.

The frustration after Maguire’s mistimed run and clumsy block on Jay Rodriguez which brought about Raphael Varane’s opener being disallowed did not final lengthy as there has been no denying Paul Pogba’s thumping shot into the top corner moments later.

Another disallowed goal minutes after the legal strike was even more egregious yet United were still in the ascendency against a team struggling at the bottom of the table.

After the break, however, Burnley came out fighting as if their lives depended on it and drew level shortly afterwards through Rodriguez. Maguire did not cover himself in glory.

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Firstly he somehow managed to make the 6ft6″ Wout Weghorst look as if he had the elegance of Zinedine Zidane as he was easily turned.

Having advanced so far forward to challenge the giant forward, Maguire was hopelessly out of position and left a gaping hole for Rodriguez to advance through following Weghorst’s pass.

The Clarets’ forward took his time to bear down on goal but still Maguire was slow to get back and when he finally did his challenge was meek, doing nothing to stop the ball from being prodded home.

It was yet another dismal piece of defending that is becoming all too common for the most expensive defender of all time.

Rangnick had recognized this and moved to take him out of the crew ultimate month.

A chest harm dominated Maguire out for 2 video games on the begin of the year – the loss to Wolves and FA Cup win in opposition to Aston Villa – however upon his go back to health he wasn’t right now reinstated to the crew.

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Instead, he sat at the bench as United threw a two-intention lead away at Villa Park and he become benched once more withinside the following 3-1 win in opposition to Brentford, approaching for the very last 19 mins as Rangnick switched to a back-3 to peer out the game.

It’s pretty safe to assume that the 28-year-old would have remained on the bench for the following game against West Ham, too, but circumstances outside of Rangnick’s control meant he came back into the side.

The interim manager has been starved of centre-back options in recent weeks as Eric Bailly was away at the African Cup of Nations and returned injured, while Victor Lindelof has understandably been allowed time off after his family suffered the terrifying ordeal of burglars entering their home while they were there while he was playing at Brentford.

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That has left just Phil Jones, who has only played two matches in over two years, as competition for Maguire to partner Raphael Varane. So it makes sense that he the skipper has been reinstated.

But he hasn’t taken his chance over the last couple of games and remains a cumbersome, weak link in the heart of a back-line that otherwise has improved since Rangnick’s arrival.

Whether it is a disaster of confidence, fatigue or a hopeless lack of form, both way, Rangnick had made the proper choice through pulling Maguire out of the firing line.

Fate has conspired to intend he could not live there for longer however it is apparent he wishes greater time to refresh and get returned to his best.

As quickly as he can – which may not be for some time yet – Rangnick wishes to drop Maguire all over again for his very own sake and the sake of United’s Champions League hopes.


Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season




According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

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The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

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However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

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Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract




The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one




Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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