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Michael Owen agrees with Paul Merson over Manchester United vs Burnley score prediction

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Manchester United return to action in the Premier League this evening as they travel to Burnley.

Ralf Rangnick’s side will be looking to bounce back from a shock FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough on Friday night.

For Sean Dyche’s men this will be their second league fixture in four days.

Burnley drew 0-0 with Watford in a result that did little to improve the fortunes of either side.

Rooted to the bottom of the league, the Clarets will be desperate to pick up three points to help their relegation battle.

Here is how both Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson see Tuesday night’s short trip to Turf Moor playing out.

Mark Lawrenson

“I thought we’d see a different Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick, and I thought they would press more – but it has not really happened,” he explained to BBC Sport.

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“He has had some decent results but they have not strung together a good performance under him for 90 minutes so far – with Friday’s FA Cup defeat by Middlesbrough the latest example – so you are left thinking what on earth is the problem for them.

“United are still fourth, despite all their problems this season, but they will have to improve if they are going to stay there.

“If they are going to find some consistency, their players have to play their part too. At the moment, it seems as if there is no-one in the dressing room to rally them when they need it.

“Having said all that, United should still beat Burnley – who are bottom of the table with only one win all season. If they don’t, it will probably be for the reasons we have seen already.”

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Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

Michael Owen

“The signing of Wout Weghorst is a real boost to the Burnley squad,” Owen told BetVictor.

“They probably needed another striker even before Chris Wood left the club. Sean Dyche was desperate to get a couple more bodies in though, so I worry they didn’t do enough business.

“As for United, it was a window in which they didn’t get anything done. They’ve trimmed the squad a little, which in a way might not be a bad thing. At least now Rangnick can settle on an 11 without having to worry about appeasing a huge squad of players.”

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

Paul Merson

“Manchester United had a bad result against Middlesbrough, but I thought they played quite well in the first half,” Merson told Sportskeeda.

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“They don’t have much of an identity at the moment.

“If you’re going to play a 4-2-2-2 with a midfield two, you want someone like N’Golo Kante in there.

“I think Ralf Rangnick is trying to keep people happy at times. He’ll need to change it up and switch to a 4-3-3 eventually.

“He’s got a lot of square pegs going into round holes, and they’re all over the place if I’m being honest. He has a squad full of players he doesn’t need.

“I’m disappointed with Burnley’s Premier League form this season.

“They manage to keep clean sheets, but they never look like they’re going to score.

“I’d be amazed at the highest level if Manchester United lost this game.”

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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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

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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

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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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