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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an undroppable player at Man United



Manchester United emerged as victors from their clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the bold move to change formations in order to try and solve some of the issues that have been plaguing the team this season.

Changing from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-5-2 allowed the midfield to be more compact, meaning Spurs were unable to cut through the United midfield as Liverpool did in their 5-0 win at Old Trafford the previous weekend.

The extra defender also allowed United to crowd out Spurs attackers Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, though it must be added that United’s opposition were terrible on the day, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men failing to record a single shot on target.

While United looked far more solid defensively, their attack also looked a lot more threatening than they did against Liverpool, with Solskjaer’ s tactical tweak again playing a huge part in this improvement as the 3-5-2 formation allowed him to facilitate two strikers in his starting XI.

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Cristiano Ronaldo registered a goal and an assist in the game but it was his striker partner Edinson Cavani who truly impressed the United fanbase.

Everything about Cavani ‘s game was perfected and polished and he was the catalyst for the majority of United’s forward play.

I don’t feel like I’m exaggerating by suggesting the Uruguayan has made himself undroppable.

Solskjaer lauded the veteran forward’s efforts in training and against Spurs when he spoke to the media after the game, saying: “Tuesday morning’s training session by Edinson Cavani is the best I’ve seen by an individual since I came here.

“He led the line as a good example for everyone, how to go about changing the mood, changing the performance. The two [Cavani and Ronaldo] were told early on they would play up front as a two and they have been like two peas in a pod. It worked today, two excellent goals.

“They’re fit lads and the experience showed through today. Both of them have led the line well this week, all week from training on Tuesday morning to tonight.

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“The performance was really good from the start, it was really good from Tuesday morning when we worked on something we thought would work and it did.”

Cavani’s work rate has never been in question and it was clear how much this contributed to United pressing the Spurs backline on Saturday.

The opposition were never given a moment’s peace as he constantly hounded them, forcing them to play sloppy long balls which more often than not handed possession back to United.

This acted as the perfect foil for Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford when he entered the fray as Cavani allowed the pair to focus on their positioning.

Cavani’s relentless pressing meant Ronaldo and Rashford were able to conserve their energy and the pair subsequently looked lethal whenever United were afforded the opportunity to hit Spurs on the counter.

He also showed some fantastic link-up play, with his clever movement and neat passing opening up space for the likes of Fred, Luke Shaw, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay.

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, he was a constant goal threat. His movement in the box is some of the best in world football and when his big chance arrived he never looked like missing, dinking the ball over Hugo Lloris to make it 2-0 to United.

Cavani gives absolutely everything on the pitch and he’s exactly the kind of player United fans want to see representing our club. Solskjaer would be making a huge mistake if he chooses to drop him in the coming weeks and it could severely hamper his bid to get United back on track.

If you asked United fans who the player they can’t afford to drop is, they’d probably say Fernandes – but in this new system Cavani may just be the most important player in the squad.


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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