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Man United team news: Expected XI for Chelsea with Michael Carrick missing five key players



Manchester United face a daunting trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, eyeing two wins in two under Michael Carrick.

The stand-in boss has injury and suspension issues at the end of a turbulent November. Idusport looks at the latest team news and how United could line up on what could be a tricky afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Goalkeeper: De Gea

David de Gea kept United in the game at Villarreal before Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jadon Sancho secured a crucial 2-0 win.

It’s not the first time he’s done that this season, in which he’s arguably rediscovered his best form, keeping Dean Henderson on the bench.

Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Telles

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will have to be at his defensive best to mute Thomas Tuchel’s dangerous wide attackers.

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Captain Harry Maguire is suspended after his red card at Watford, joining Raphael Varane in the list of absentees.

Carrick will have to field his second-choice partnership – Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof – against a likely-returning Romelu Lukaku.

After missing the Villarreal triumph, Luke Shaw is still a doubt, meaning Alex Telles should keep his place in a heavily rotated defence.

Midfield: McTominay, Matic, Fernandes

With Fred also a doubt after twisting his ankle in Spain and Paul Pogba sidelined with a thigh injury, United are also weakened in midfield.

Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic could receive a chance for redemption after starting the Red Devils’ 4-1 humiliation at Watford last weekend.

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Carrick made the bold move of dropping Bruno Fernandes on Tuesday, but he should return in place of Donny van de Beek in west London.

Attack: Sancho, Rashford, Ronaldo

Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are both expected to miss another game on Sunday, but United may have settled on their preferred attacking line.

After scoring his first United goal against Villarreal, Sancho will be riding high and should start on the right again.

In midweek, Marcus Rashford made way for Anthony Martial but will likely switch with the Frenchman again on the left flank.

There is concern over whether Ronaldo will suit Ralf Rangnick’s pressing style this season, but he continues to remind people why he’s deemed undroppable with consistent goal contributions.

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With Ralf Rangnick’s interim appointment imminent, the Chelsea trip should be Carrick’s last as United’s caretaker boss.

And he has backed his successor to quickly implement new ideas ahead of Thursday’s clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

He said: “You can get ideas across pretty quickly. I think history shows that. Sometimes it’s not the ideas but just a different voice or a freshness.

“There’s a good group of players here, so whoever comes in and whatever style he’s implementing, I’m sure they [the players] can adapt.”


Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report



As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m



Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m



Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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