Danny Murphy believes United can break into the top four this season

Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy believes Manchester United could make the push for the top four after missing out on the same during the previous campaign. The Red Devils finished a disappointing sixth in the league last season with an average defensive record but they have managed to sort the concerns with the signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.

In a report covered by The Mirror, Murphy said that there are no concerns regarding the title race this season with Manchester City and Liverpool once more expected to compete at the top. He added that Tottenham Hotspur should take up the third Champions League spot available with the Red Devils completing the top four.

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Liverpool legend Ray Clemence urges Reds to spend big to catch Manchester City

Liverpool legend Ray Clemence has said that the Reds must spend big during this summer’s transfer window in order to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League crown. The Reds failed to win their maiden Premier League title last term by the margin of just one point but they still ended the season on a high note by winning the Champions League title.

Speaking to The Mirror, Clemence said that the Reds must keep getting better to compete with the Citizens and they should make a few notable signings this summer, he told: “The thing is – and Liverpool and Klopp will know this better than anyone – you’ve got to keep trying to get better. What they did last year was great, but they still finished second and I’m sure City will be looking to improve.

“For Liverpool to keep up, they need to make purchases as well. They have to go up another level because of the way City play. They got 97 points, lost one game all season and came second. That’s just incredible and it’s why I’m delighted they won the Champions League. To have won nothing would have been unbelievable.”

The Reds have so far remained quiet in the transfer window with PEC Zwolle graduate Sepp van den Berg being the only player purchased. On the contrary, the same has been the case with the Citizens but it is quite evident that the Mancunian giants are aiming to strengthen the squad with Rodri and Harry Maguire eyed from Atletico Madrid and Leicester City respectively.

As such, Jurgen Klopp’s side cannot afford to rest on their laurels for the summer and it remains to be seen whether the club make any marquee signing during the remaining five-and-a-half weeks of the transfer window. The Reds start off the new Premier League campaign with a home game against newly-promoted Norwich City.

Jurgen Klopp admits Mane and Salah worry after Huddersfield win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he was concerned with the regular running from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane during the Premier League triumph over Huddersfield Town. The Merseyside outfit romped to a comfortable 5-0 win over the relegated side on Friday night and both Mane and Salah starred with a brace apiece.

Speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that he was worried by the fact that both Salah and Mane was constantly chasing after every ball, considering they have a Champions League semi-final tie against Barcelona in midweek, he said: “It’s difficult. I didn’t want them to chase back and stuff like that. Both looked really good and were running with each ball. You think: ‘What the heck are you doing?’ But it’s good. Today was a day where you have to leave then on the pitch and manage the game in a very offensive way, which they did.”
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Manchester United favourite urges club to look elsewhere than Samuel Umtiti

Manchester United favourite Mikael Silvestre has urged the Red Devils to pursue players with the X-factor rather than going with the reputation. The club have recently been linked with a potential move for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti but Silvestre does not believe his compatriot offers the credentials to suit the club’s style of play.

In a report covered by The Star, he said: “Man United will always look to sign players with the X-factor but I don’t see Samuel Umtiti as necessarily a Manchester United player. I think Eric Bailly has all the qualities Man United need in defence but United will always target the best, so who knows who might come in and they will always look to strengthen the squad. “For me the focus would be the midfield.”
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Unai Emery praises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s personality after Manchester United win

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised the personality and confidence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he took the penalty in the 2-0 triumph over Manchester United on Sunday. The Gabon international recently missed the penalty in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur which ended in a 1-1 draw but he managed to make amends by converting against the Red Devils.

Speaking in a press conference, Emery spoke positively about the performance of Aubameyang and stated that he was the designated penalty-taker despite fumbling a similar chance at Spurs last weekend, he said: “Aubameyang has experience and he’s a specialist with scoring. Lacazette can also shoot and today I had the same confidence with both.
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Maurizio Sarri Becomes Favourite to Lose Job

Maurizio Sarri has been made as the favourite Premier League manager to lose his job after watching his Chelsea team crumble to a 6-0 defeat against Manchester City. The blues were always expected to struggle against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, but the manner of the defeat has asked question marks about the future of the manager. After a great start to life at Chelsea, Sarri has been unable to get his team going when things have been difficult. Chelsea have been especially woeful in recent away matches as they have lost by a 10-0 aggregate in the last two away games.

It was not long ago that Chelsea were able to get a 2-0 victory over Manchester City and Maurizio Sarri was receiving a lot of plaudits for becoming the first manager to beat City in the league this season. However, things have quickly gone wrong for the former Napoli manager, who has decided to persuade the club to bring in a 31-year-old striker as a replacement for Alvaro Morata, who is in his prime at 26. The drubbing against Bournemouth and the heavy loss against Manchester City are some of the least problems for Maurizio Sarri, who has admitted that he has been unable to motivate his players.
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Eden Hazard refuses to rule out Real Madrid move

Belgium international Eden Hazard has once more refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid, although he has not discarded the option of staying put with Chelsea. The attacker currently has just 18 months remaining on his contract with the west London club and so far, he has not shown any ambition of penning a renewal.

Owing to this, the 28-year-old has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid and when asked on the same, Hazard admitted that he harbours the ambition of succeeding with the European champions, he said: “Why not? You know it very well. You’re asking the question, but you know what the answer will be so you don’t have to ask it.”
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Willian thinks Sarri’s comments were justified

Willian has no problems with Maurizio Sarri coming down hard on the team in the aftermath of the loss at the hands of the Spurs. Chelsea was one of the consistent teams in the Premiership in the first three months of the on-going season and hadn’t been beaten by any side before their trip to Tottenham last weekend, but that trip broke their streak as the Spurs absolutely belted them and handed them their first league defeat of the season.

The Blues’ performance at Wembley didn’t amuse Sarri at all and he didn’t hesitate in using the strong words for his boys as he spoke in the post match press conference. While he seemed to be unhappy with the entire team, one player that he was specifically unhappy with was N’Golo Kante. According to Sarri, Kante was given a particular role on the pitch and he should have remained focused on that role only rather than deviating and trying to do a different role.
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Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City can still improve on their performance

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that the Citizens can improve on their performance despite securing a comfortable 4-0 triumph over West Ham United on the road. The Citizens had gone into the international break with a two-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool and they managed to maintain the lead after picking up maximum points at the London Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola highlighted that he was delighted with the outcome but stressed that the team were rather lucky that the Hammers could not find the scoresheet with the chances they had. Meanwhile, the Catalan tactician also happened to make a name check on the disappointing performances for Real Madrid and Manchester United on the same match day and suggested that there is room for improvement for his team.
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Vote: What Rules Should Change In The Premier League?

IFAB discusses one-shot sanctions and conscious handball rules. ‘One-shot’ penalty issues, new handball rules, limited changes in injury time – what laws must be changed in football? The International FA Board (IFAB) – the body governing football laws – meets this week to consider possible changes and discuss whether to submit proposals for their annual meeting in March or not.

Among the reported changes discussed are “one-shot” sanctions and clearance of handball. New penalty issues may mean that if a penalty is saved or returned from the post, the ball will be “dead” and a goal kick will be given. Under these new rules, Paul Pogba would not have had the chance to score his penalty against Everton last month after Jordan Pickford rescued his first move.
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