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Man United’s three-manager shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool defeat



Manchester United were embarrassed by Liverpool on their own turf as Jurgen Klopp’s men put five past the Red Devils on Super Sunday.

In all honesty, it was a result that was a long time in the making as United have been struggling for form all season and relying on Cristiano Ronaldo to bail them out on several occasions.

But he could do nothing about Mohamed Salah’s sublime hat-trick as the Reds piled more pressure on Solskjaer.

United are adamant they will stick by the Norwegian, but it doesn’t get any easier for him with a tough run of fixtures coming up.

Solskjaer will need to respond quickly and climb back up the table or United might have no choice but to part ways with him.

Here are three candidates who are in prime position to replace the Old Trafford boss if he leaves.

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Antonio Conte

The former Chelsea boss would be the front runner given his previous experience of the Premier League, winning silverware and also the fact he is currently out of work.

Antonio Conte left Inter Milan in the summer after winning the Serie A title and ending Juventus ‘ nine-year dominance.

Wherever he goes, he wins.

Why wouldn’t that appeal to United given that their squad is good enough to be competing for titles right now, never mind later?

He knows England’s top flight inside out after an impressive spell at Stamford Bridge where he won the league with the Blues in 2016/17.

Conte is biding his time for the right job to come along after his San Siro exit and it helps that United wouldn’t have to pay a club a hefty fee to buy him out.

The Italian is reportedly open to joining United too as he is looking for a team that is good enough to challenge for trophies.

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Zinedine Zidane

The former Real Madrid man is in the same position as Conte after leaving Real Madrid in the summer.

Zinedine Zidane’s four Champions Leagues with the Spanish says everything you need to know about the manager.He’s a winner through and through.

When he returned to Madrid for his second spell, they were in dire straights and somehow managed to turn them into title winners that very same season.

If United don’t want to wait until the end of the season, Zidane could be the answer as he could come in and give them an instant lift – this season isn’t a write-off yet.

Brendan Rodgers

If Man Utd are looking for a long-term candidate, Brendan Rodgers has to be seriously considered.

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The Northern Irishman is thriving at Leicester as they continually punch above their weight.

The Foxes might have narrowly missed out on a top-four finish the previous two seasons, but the truth is they should never have been there in the first place.

But wherever Rodgers goes, he always builds a great team, it’s not about the individuals.

His sides play free-flowing football which is necessary at a top team like United, but he has proven that he can deliver silverware alongside that since he left Liverpool.

Rodgers helped Celtic go unbeaten in a full domestic season en route to a ‘Treble Treble’ before Leicester’s famous FA Cup victory over Chelsea last season.

Rodgers is extremely happy at the King Power Stadium but could have his head turned if United come calling.


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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