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Three things Ralf Rangnick got wrong in Man Utd’s abysmal Southampton draw

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Manchester United once again dropped points from a winning position, as Ralf Rangnick’s side were pegged back by Ralph Hasenhuttl’s lively and determined sideManchester United were once again left to rue their missed chances as Southampton came back from behind to secure a 1-1 draw.Ralf Rangnick’s side got off to the perfect start when Jason Sancho tapped home his first Premier League goal at Old Trafford in the first-start.

The £73million summer signing was inspirational in the first-half, creating numerous chances for the Reds, the best of which falling to Cristiano Ronaldo.However, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men emerged from the dressing room with purpose, and immediately levelled the contest through Che Adams precise finish in the 47th minute.While the away side may be slightly disappointed they did not find a winner, all the pressure will be mounted on Rangnick;’s shoulders.Daily Star Sport takes a look at three things Rangnick got wrong.Lack of killing instinctIn what is becoming a far too familiar trait for United fans, the Red Devils were unable to make their first-half dominance count.

After creating more than enough to wrap up the points within the opening 45 minutes, Southampton stayed in the game and levelled the scored with their first chance of the second half.Ronaldo’s missed opportunity within the first ten minutes, which saw him skip around Forster, but drag his resulting effort so much, Perraud had enough time to clear off the line.

The draw against the Saints was the third time in four Premier League matches that they have dropped points from a winning position.If they cannot stem this frustrating habit, then the next permanent manager will not take over a Champions League side.

Cristiano RonaldoRonaldo came into the contest with his longest goal drought in 12 seasons.Unfortunately, the normally unfazed and focused Portuguese legend looked to be playing with even more pressure on his shoulders.

All his efforts were either under-hit, slammed straight at Forster, or both, as the former Real Madrid and Juventus ace seemed to lack conviction in his efforts.

Defence issues againWhile Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, and Paul Pogba seemed to work well as a midfield trio, United’s back four struggled once again.Harry Maguire, in particular, has found himself on the brunt of fierce criticism, but summer signing Raphael Varane also struggled against the Saints.

Adams ghosted behind him for Southampton’s levelling goal, while Kyle Walker-Peters flew past him to create a huge chance in the first half.

While it is easy to focus on the errors of individuals, something is not ticking in the United defence.Rangnick will need to address these issues, and quickly, if he is to depart the club at the end of the season with United in the top four.

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Tuchel hands 22-year-old his first Chelsea start – predicted starting XI against Leeds this weekend

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Blues dominated proceedings in the London derby against Spurs last week, however only came out of things with a point following Harry Kane’s late equaliser.

Thomas Tuchel operated a fluid and unique system at Stamford Bridge, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount especially thriving in the new look system.

However, the Blues could turn back to the recognised back three this weekend, with our predicted lineup for the game against Leeds.

GK and Defence

Edouard Mendy made a brilliant save just before Spurs’ late equaliser at the end, and his position in the squad is more than secure for this one.

With there still being no breakthrough on the Wesley Fofana front, Cesar Azpilicueta will return to the starting lineup as captain at Elland Road.

Fixtures are yet to pick up in the early stages of the season, so Thiago Silva should still be fresh and okay to participate again.

The centre-backs will be completed by Kalidou Koulibaly, who showed his quality again in an emphatic display against Spurs.

Midfield

Reece James scored almost instantly after being moved back to wing-back on Sunday, and the Blues will look to get the attacking best out of him on Sunday.

Jorginho may have been at fault for the first conceded goal last week, although his great performance will still see him start again against Leeds.

Injuries have ruled N’golo Kante and likely Mateo Kovacic out of the game, there is a big choice to be made to partner the Italy internatonal. While Ruben Loftus-Cheek starred against Spurs, Conor Gallagher will be chosen to partner in midfield, being handed his first start for the club.

Marc Cucurella will look to build on his impressive performance last week with another start against Leeds, with Ben Chilwell still not quite at match fitness.

Attack

The Chelsea attack will have a familiar look to the last two weeks, with Mason Mount occupying the free-roaming role in the attack against an opponent he has had a lot of success against before.

Raheem Sterling will try again in his quest to open his Chelsea league account, with him missing a glorious chance last week.

Kai Havertz is another man who missed a great opportunity to win the game for the Blues at the weekend, although his work in the front three was enough to see him start again.

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Atletico Madrid do not want to pay €40 million for Barcelona attacker

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Atletico Madrid are in a precarious situation in regards to their ownership of Antoine Griezmann.

The Spanish giants had signed the Barcelona forward on a two-year loan deal last summer. The contract included a mandatory purchase option worth €40 million if the player features in 50% of the matches with a minimum of 45 minutes between the games across two seasons.

Last season, Griezmann featured in 82.5% of the matches, meaning Atletico Madrid may have to virtually leave him out on the bench throughout the 2022/23 campaign if they are to avoid paying the fee for the Frenchman in 2023.

However, with Luis Suarez leaving the club, Atletico Madrid consider Griezmann a viable part of the club’s attacking unit and Los Colchoneros must get the best out of him, if they are to regain their lost status in the title race in this new season.

At the same time, the club are not too keen on meeting the mandatory €40 million purchase clause set on Griezmann’s contract. This has been reported by Mundo Deportivo which suggests the club are looking to reduce the overall valuation of the clause.

While Barcelona are yet to respond to Atletico’s overtures, there is a clear indication that the capital club have no intention to pay anywhere near the €40 million for the services of Griezmann, who was barely even a starter for Diego Simeone’s men last season

The Frenchman was even left out on the bench in Atletico’s opening game against Getafe. However, coming on as a substitute in the final half an hour, the attacker was able to break his scoring duck by netting the third goal in a 3-0 victory.

It will be interesting to see whether the little cameo compels Simeone to start him in future matches, although his performances should not deter Atletico Madrid from their attempts to lower the price tag of the star striker.

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Barcelona star’s move to Chelsea is now ‘heating up’ – report

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be close to securing a move to Chelsea from FC Barcelona, with the move now heating up, reports Victor Navarro on COPE.

Aubameyang joined Barça only eight months ago, arriving as a free agent from Arsenal in January. He helped the Catalans finish second in La Liga last season and finished the campaign as the club’s joint top scorer in all competitions along with Memphis Depay

And, Barcelona could now lose both their top scorers this summer. Depay is closing in on a move to Juventus, having reportedly agreed a two-year contract with the Italian giants.

And now Aubameyang could be on his way to Chelsea imminently, with the move ‘heating up’ recently. The Blues have made the 33-year-old Gabonese striker their top target after losing both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel enjoyed a successful relationship with Aubameyang during their time at Borussia Dortmund and is now pushing for a reunion.

Reports earlier on Thursday indicated that Chelsea were planning to submit a formal offer for the former Arsenal captain imminently.

Now, Victor Navarro is claiming that the two clubs are negotiating over the transfer of the 33-year-old, with all parties intent on getting the move over the line.

Barcelona need to get rid of players so that they can register Jules Kounde and make more additions, with a new right-back and left-back on the club’s agenda.

The departure of Depay alone will not be enough to register Kounde. And with Frenkie de Jong unwilling to leave and no offers arriving for Sergino Dest yet, Aubameyang’s exit seems the best option for Barça.

The ex-Arsenal superstar has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou this season following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski. A move to Stamford Bridge could see him become the first-choice striker and enjoy regular game-time.

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