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Gary Neville casts doubt on Man United’s chances of signing this midfielder

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Man United have been on the radar of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish for the past transfer windows and are yet to secure his service as he has continued to pitch tent with his beloved club.

The Red Devils legend Gary Neville takes a deep look into the chances by his former team to secure the signature of the midfielder and he is not too sure about it.

Gary Neville described Jack Grealish as a ‘brilliant’ player who has all it takes to play at the top level.

Man United had made inquiry about his availability before moving on the sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax in the last summer transfer window.

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Now it is being speculated that the Red Devils are hoping to land him again and Gary Neville who is a big fan of the Aston Villa captain said it is very unlikely for his former club to win his signature, knowing his importance to the team.

Jack Grealish was able to produce another influential performance for Aston Villa on Friday in their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Speaking during the Premier League clash, Neville told Sky Sports: ‘I think it’s very unlikely that Manchester United will move for Jack Grealish, as good as he is. When you think of Van de Beek, Pogba and Fernandes, the type of players Man United have…

‘There’s no doubt there was accusations a while ago about whether Grealish was style over substance, but he’s now delivering on a far more consistent basis. ‘He’s a brilliant player for Aston Villa.”

Also lending his voice, former Manchester United striker Andy Cole says Grealish is more than good enough to represent the Red Devils.

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“I think what he’s showing at the moment and in the past few seasons is that he could play for any of the top four teams. I’m not being disrespectful to Aston Villa but he’s their talisman and everything goes through him. They won’t want to lose him. We all know he’s a quality player.’

When asked if he had played his final game at Villa Park, Grealish said: “I’m not too sure at the moment. I have one aim and that is to keep this club in the Premier League, where this whole fanbase know we belong.

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The Carabao Cup has lived with different names, and most people never learn about the reason behind this. So today, we’ll go through the history of the cup, the most winners in history, and many more.

Brief History of the Carabao Cup

Established in 1960, the Carabao Cup (or EFL Cup) is England’s second most prestigious football tournament. Originally the League Cup, it became The Milk Cup in 1981, the first significant cup with a sponsor. 

Over the years, it changed names due to sponsorships, including The Coca-Cola Cup and The Carling Cup. Today, it’s known as The Carabao Cup, sponsored by Carabao Energy Drink.

The prize money for the Carabao Cup is £100,000, £50,000, and £25,000 for the winner,  runner-up and semi-finalist respectively. 

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The top team wins the Most Carabao Cup.

Since its kickoff in 1960, the EFL Carabao Cup has been a wild ride of highs and lows, with 23 teams hoisting the trophy. Legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, and Wayne Rooney won the silverware.

Now, let’s dive into the top 5 most successful teams in Carabao Cup history. 

5. Chelsea

Chelsea has clinched the Carabao Cup title five times, triumphing in 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007, and 2015. Their inaugural victory was a thrilling 3-2 win over Leicester City. Followed by dramatic wins against Middlesbrough in 1998 and Liverpool in 2005. 

During the Roman Abramovich era, they secured victories over Arsenal and Tottenham in 2007 and 2015, respectively.

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In the latest fixture, Chelsea booked their spot in the 2024 Carabao Cup Final by defeating Middlesbrough with a score of 6-2, setting the stage for a thrilling final against Liverpool.

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Aston Villa Carabao Cup

4. Aston Villa

Aston Villa boasts five Carabao Cup titles, clinching victories in 1961, 1975, 1977, 1994, and 1996. They made history as the inaugural winners, defeating Rotherham United 3-2. 

Fourteen years later, they secured their second title with a 1-0 win over Norwich City. In 1977, late goals sealed a triumph against Everton. Aston Villa continued their success by defeating Manchester United in 1994 and Leeds United in 1996. 

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Marcus Rashford with the Carabao Cup

3. Manchester United

In 1992, Manchester United finally broke their EFL Cup curse, ending a 114-year drought with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest, thanks to Brian McClair’s heroics. That victory sparked a golden era, netting them four more titles between 2006 and 2017. 

Highlights include a smashing 4-0 triumph over Wigan and a thrilling late header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2017 against Southampton. Their sixth title came in 2023, sealing the deal with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United. 

2. Manchester City

Manchester City shines bright with an impressive eight EFL Cup victories, edging past rivals Manchester United. Their journey commenced in 1970 with a thrilling comeback against West Brom, sealed by Glyn Pardoe’s unforgettable extra-time winner. 

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The second triumph followed in 1976, overcoming Newcastle United. Since the millennium, City has asserted dominance, clinching six titles in just eight years. 

Notably, they secured four unprecedented consecutive wins from 2018 to 2021, triumphing over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa, and Tottenham. 

1. Liverpool

Liverpool leads the pack with ten triumphs, edging past Manchester City’s eight. Their journey kicked off in 1981 with a thrilling 2-1 victory over West Ham, setting the stage for three consecutive wins. 

They clinched their fifth title in 1995 against Bolton Wanderers and their sixth in 2001 with a nail-biting penalty shootout against Birmingham City. The Reds added 2003, 2012, and 2022 wins to their legacy. 

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Interestingly, their ninth and tenth victories are against Chelsea. A dramatic penalty shootout against Chelsea in 2022 and an extra-time header from Van Dijk in 2024 solidified their status as the Biggest Carabao Cup legend.

Conclusion 

The EFL Cup has lived with different names, including the Carling Cup and Coca-Cola Cup. The top winners of the cup include Liverpool, Manchester United, and Aston Villa, among others. 

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Rasmus Hojlund is out for three weeks

Man United star Rasmus Hojlund will miss up to three weeks due to a muscle injury sustained in training, ruling him out of key matches, including the Manchester derby and an FA Cup clash. 

Despite his recent prolific form, United hope for his return for the crucial match against Everton on March 9.

Manager Erik ten Hag remains optimistic about United’s Champions League qualification prospects, emphasizing alignment with stakeholders, including new minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Ten Hag highlights the team’s progress and determination to secure Champions League football, viewing every upcoming game as crucial to achieving their goals.

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Manchester United lost to Fulham

Manchester United played Fulham today and lost to the visitors by 2 to 1. The West London side had a perfect finish from Alex Iwobi to thank for their victory. 

The game started with Fulham dominating the host, playing beyond the own half. Manchester United struggled to keep possession of the ball due to the imperious display of the visitor.

However, the first half ended in nil, with no team scoring. During the second, Bassey scored a volley at 65 minutes, and Harry Maguire canceled it out at 89 minutes. Iwobi sealed the deserved win at 90+7 minutes.

This is Fulham’s first victory at Old Trafford in 21 years. The absence of Hojlund is felt as Man United could have used some of his help.

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Full list of Chelsea and Liverpool injured players ahead of Carabao Cup final

Ahead of Sunday’s big game, the  Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool, both teams are missing some crucial players because they’re injured. 

In Sunday’s Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool, both teams will miss some key players due to injuries. For Chelsea, players like Reece James, Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella, Benoit Badiashile, and Wesley Fofana won’t be playing. Similarly, Liverpool will be without Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Diogo Jota, and Thiago. These absences could impact the game, but both teams still have plenty of talent to put on the field.

 So, even though some top players are missing, it will still be an exciting match at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea tipped to win the Carabao Cup against Liverpool.

In the forthcoming Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium, the odds favor Chelsea’s triumph over Liverpool, owing to a combination of tactical depth, player availability, and recent performance trends. Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea squad, though plagued by injuries to key players like Reece James and Thiago Silva, possesses a resilience and adaptability that could prove decisive in outmaneuvering Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.

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Despite Liverpool’s formidable reputation, their injury crisis looms large, with significant absences in key positions, including Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold. This absence of top-tier talent weakens Liverpool’s defensive stability and attacking potency, potentially leaving them vulnerable against a well-prepared Chelsea.

Strategically, Chelsea has demonstrated an ability to exploit opponents’ weaknesses, as seen in their earlier encounter with Liverpool this season. They narrowly missed victory. Their recent draw against Manchester City further underscores their capacity to compete at the highest level, signaling a peak-form team ready to seize the moment.

Moreover, with reinforcements like Axel Disasi and Conor Gallagher ready to step up, Chelsea’s squad depth offers tactical flexibility and resilience in the face of adversity. In contrast, Liverpool’s reliance on a narrower pool of players, exacerbated by their injury woes, leaves them more susceptible to fatigue and tactical limitations throughout a grueling cup final.

Ultimately, the stage seems set for Chelsea to capitalize on their momentum, exploit Liverpool’s vulnerabilities, and clinch victory in the Carabao Cup final. With Mauricio Pochettino at the helm and a squad brimming with talent and determination, Chelsea stands poised to emerge triumphant and claim the coveted silverware.

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Conclusion

Rasmus Hojlund is out till March. Manchester United lost to Fulham at home, giving away 21 years of not losing against the West London side.

Ahead of the Carabao Cup final, Chelsea is tipped to win the silverware over Liverpool, and both teams stand to play without crucial players due to injury.

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EPL Transfer Updates: Chelsea and Manchester United 

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Ivan Toney is overpriced, says Jim Ratcliffe

Manchester Under the management of Erik ten Hag, Manchester United is eyeing reinforcements for their attack and has Ivan Toney of Brentford on their radar. 

However, they are reluctant to engage in a bidding war, especially considering Brentford’s reported asking price of £100 million. United’s joint-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, deems Toney’s valuation too high, valuing him closer to £70 million. Ratcliffe is unwilling to participate in bidding battles with rival clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal.

Despite Toney’s impressive goal-scoring record for Brentford, Manchester United’s decision-makers know his limited experience in top-tier European competitions and his relatively low international caps. Additionally, they recognize that Toney may hold little resale value in the long term.

Furthermore, the club faces a decision regarding Mason Greenwood, who is currently on loan at Getafe due to off-field issues. United must determine whether to reintegrate Greenwood into the squad or consider selling him before the start of the next season. This decision adds another layer of complexity to United’s striker situation.

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Jim Ratcliffe said Mason Greenwood could still have a future at Man Utd.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Manchester United’s new co-owner, has hinted that Mason Greenwood, currently on loan at Getafe, may still have a future at the club. 

Despite Greenwood’s tumultuous past, including a suspension and loan following behavioral issues, Ratcliffe suggests a decision on his future will be made during the close season. 

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Ratcliffe stresses the importance of evaluating Greenwood’s character and alignment with the club’s values, emphasizing the need to focus on facts rather than speculation. 

He underscores the significance of determining if Greenwood can represent Manchester United and if the fans would support his return. Ratcliffe’s comments hint at a potential reprieve for Greenwood, suggesting the club will take a measured approach in deciding his fate.

Competition ensues on who to sign Sverre Nypan.

Chelsea and a dozen other clubs are competing to secure the signature of Sverre Nypan, the 17-year-old midfielder from Rosenborg, who has been likened to the Arsenal talent Martin Odegaard. 

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Despite Nypan’s commitment to Rosenborg until 2026, interest in his services remains fervent, with a host of European clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Brighton, Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, AS Monaco, Lyon, Benfica, and FC Porto, closely monitoring his progress.

EPL Transfer update; Sverre Nypan

Chelsea’s transfer strategy has been influenced by Todd Boehly since 2022. It emphasizes the acquisition of young talents. However, the competition for Nypan’s signature is intense. The impending appointment of a new sporting director at Manchester United, along with Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s oversight, adds further complexity to the transfer scenario.

Despite his young age, Nypan has already made significant strides in his career, breaking records in Norwegian football and earning recognition at the international level with appearances for Norway’s youth teams. His exceptional talent and potential make him a highly coveted prospect for top European clubs.

Conclusion 

Manchester United want to bolster their attack and is considering signing Ivan Toney, but the striker’s price tag seems unreasonable, according to Jim Ratcliffe. Toney has no UCL experience and limited international caps.

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In other news, Manchester United is considering giving Mason Greenwood a second chance after his tomentous off-field problem a year ago.  As part of improving the team’s ability to challenge for a significant title next season, Greenwood could be instrumental to the team’s success if forgiven of his controversial past.

Chelsea and numerous other European clubs were vying for Sverre Nypan’s signature. The youngster is tipped to be the next Martin Odegaard, making him a priority of most European teams.

 

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Manchester United are keen on Dan Ashworth due to his proven track record in player recruitment. With successful stints at Brighton, West Brom, and Newcastle United, Ashworth’s expertise aligns with United’s vision for squad revitalization. 

His strategic approach and ability to identify talent make him an appealing target as the club aims to strengthen its recruitment strategy and remain competitive.   

Dan Ashworth’s Top Signings

Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie left an indelible mark at West Brom, tallying 31 goals and 17 assists in 90 appearances from 2010 to 2013. Despite a controversial transfer saga with QPR, he remains a cherished figure among West Brom fans. 

Dan Ashworth signed Odewinge for West Brom

Signed for a modest £1.5 million from Lokomotiv Moscow, Odemwingie hit the ground running, emerging as the top scorer with 15 goals in his debut season. His consistent performances propelled West Brom to commendable Premier League finishes, securing 11th, 10th, and 8th places.

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Odemwingie’s 30 Premier League goals still stand as a club record. Former sporting director Dan Ashworth lauds him as one of West Brom’s finest signings, alongside Romelu Lukaku, underscoring his immense value to the team.

Alexis Mac Allister

Dan Ashworth’s time at Brighton was like hitting the jackpot, especially with signings like Alexis Mac Allister. Ashworth had this knack for finding hidden talents, and Mac Allister was one of his best discoveries. 

The guy was just 20 when he joined in 2019, and he went on loan to both Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors before settling in Brighton. It took some time to get going, but once he did, he scored 20 goals and made nine assists in 112 games. 

And then Liverpool came knocking, paying around £35m upfront, with the potential to go up to £55m. Talk about a success story for both Mac Allister and Ashworth!

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Moises Caicedo

Dan Ashworth did a great job at Brighton. He had a clever way of finding good players. One of his best signings was Moises Caicedo from Ecuador. He wasn’t well-known, but Ashworth saw his potential. 

Brighton got him for just £4.5 million. Then, within two years, they sold him to Chelsea for a whopping £115 million! This shows how good Caicedo was and how brilliant Ashworth was to sign him.

Ashworth also found other talented players from South America for Brighton. So, people praise him for his intelligent moves in making Brighton a successful team.

Dan Ashworth signed Mitoma for Brighton

Kaoru Mitoma of Brighton FC

Kaoru Mitoma

Dan Ashworth keeps finding great players for Brighton. Leandro Trossard and Marc Cucurella are good, but Kaoru Mitoma stands out. People get excited whenever the Japanese have the ball because of his flair and talent. Brighton got him from Kawasaki Frontale for just £2.7m. 

Even though they initially loaned him out, Mitoma has been outstanding since joining Brighton in August 2021. He’s scored 13 goals and made 14 assists in 66 games. 

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Many top Premier League teams are interested in him now. This shows how good Ashworth is at spotting talented players like Mitoma and helping them shine.

Dan Ashworth at Newcastle United

Dan Ashworth’s transfer magic didn’t stop at Brighton; he brought his wizardry to Newcastle, too, thanks to the backing of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. 

Ashworth’s nose for a deal remained sharp despite a different game plan. Take Nick Pope, for example. He joined from Burnley for just £10m and hit the ground running, much like Lallana or Veltman did at Brighton.

Then there’s Alexander Isak, Newcastle’s big-money move at around £60m from Real Sociedad. Ashworth and his recruitment buddy Steve Nickson practically camped in San Sebastian to seal the deal. Isak’s had his injury woes, but when he’s fit, he’s been a revelation, banging in 24 goals and setting up three more in 52 games.

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Conclusion

With such an impressive record of tangible results, it’s no wonder Manchester United is going all the way for the seasoned sports director.

Ashworth’s eye for talent and knack for sealing the deal continue to shape Brighton’s and Newcastle’s fortunes, making him a transfer guru worth his weight in gold.

 

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EPL transfer update covers news from Man United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Manchester United are going after Dan Ashworth of Newcastle United. Old Trafford could be Matthijs de Ligt’s new home, as he’s not enjoying his stay at Bayern Munich.

Arsenal confirmed their interest in Kylian Mbappe, and four stars could leave Liverpool at the end of this summer.

Dan Ashworth Under Man United Radial

Manchester United is ready to reach deep into its pockets as they’re reportedly ready to dish out a hefty seven-figure sum to swipe Dan Ashworth from Newcastle. 

Ashworth, the maestro behind Newcastle’s sporting scene since 2022, boasts a solid track record with gigs at Brighton and West Brom. He’s been pulling strings at St James’ Park, making moves like bringing in the record-breaking Alexander Isak.

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Back in November, Ashworth was all love for the north-east, saying, “I’m really happy. It’s a brilliant city, club, and project.” But now, the lure of the big bucks might be swaying his stance.

Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal’s interest in Kylian Mbappe 

Mikel Arteta just spilled the beans – Arsenal is eyeing Kylian Mbappe! The PSG superstar has dropped the bombshell that he’ll leave as a free agent after the 23/24 season. Real Madrid and Liverpool were in the mix before, but now Arsenal is throwing its hat in the ring.

Talking ahead of the Burnley match, Arteta admitted they’re in the conversation for a player of Mbappe’s caliber. But he hinted it’s a bit complicated, saying, “It looks differently.”

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Kylian Mbappe

What’s intriguing is Mbappe’s nod to Arsenal, possibly due to the influence of French legend Thierry Henry‘s legacy. The Independent reports that Mbappe sees Arsenal as a good fit, appreciating the history and legends, as a game-changer in his career plan.

While Liverpool seemed like a strong contender last year, concrete offers still needed to materialize. Arsenal, with its historical appeal, is stepping up. The rumor mill hints at a Madrid move, but the plot thickens. The summer transfer saga just got more exciting – will Mbappe choose Arsenal’s legacy over others? Time will tell!

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Matthijs de Ligt hands Man Utd transfer boost with bombshell Bayern Munich admission

Bayern Munich might not be his happy place, and Manchester United is on standby. He jumped on the Bayern train in 2022, but lately, Tuchel prefers other defenders, leaving De Ligt warming the bench.

After a rough 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen, De Ligt’s not hiding his frustration. When asked if he was fit, he casually dropped a “Top fit” with a side of attitude.

Tuchel had earlier vouched for De Ligt staying put, but reality check – he’s the fourth wheel in defense. Manchester United is probably raising an eyebrow or two, considering a potential reunion with Erik ten Hag eyeing summer upgrades.

Four Players might leave Liverpool this Summer. 

Now, on to Liverpool – things are getting interesting. Rumor has it that Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and others (Joel Matip, Thiago, Cody Gakpo, and Konstantinos Tsimikas) are eyeing the exit door this summer. 

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Mo Salah and Alexander Arnold

Klopp’s departure is the root cause of this, as the Reds are in for a significant overhaul. New philosophy, new faces, and even the so-called “untouchables” might not be spared from the chop. Liverpool’s gearing up for a seismic shift, both on and off the pitch.

Conclusion

Arsenal’s pursuit of Mbappe, influenced by Thierry Henry’s legacy, promises a summer saga. Ashworth’s seven-figure compensation dance with Manchester United unveils the intricacies of managerial moves. 

De Ligt’s time at Bayern could end soon, hinting at a possible Manchester United reunion. Lastly, four players might exit Liverpool following Jurgen Klopp’s departure.

As these tales unfold, the football world braces for a summer filled with suspense, negotiations, and the anticipation of pivotal player and managerial shifts.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe of Manchester United

Things are looking up for Manchester United lately. They’ve been on a winning streak under Erik ten Hag, breathing new life into their top-four dreams. This weekend’s game is a chance to climb even higher in the Champions League race after their early exit this season.

Off the field, Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s influence is starting to show. They’ve brought in CEO Omar Berrada, and there’s a buzz about the club’s interest in Jason Wilcox and Newcastle chief Dan Ashworth.

Manchester United are eyeing Jason Wilcox

Manchester United is shaking things up under Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS. They’re eyeing Jason Wilcox for his talent-spotting skills. Omar Berrada from Man City is the new CEO, a bold move by Ratcliffe. 

Dan Ashworth will likely be the sporting director, leaving Newcastle with a hefty compensation deal. They’re also bringing in a Head of Recruitment under Ashworth; more updates are coming soon. 

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Wilcox, Southampton’s Director of Football, is on their radar for his solid track record. There has yet to be a formal approach, but talks are happening. With Wilcox’s Premier League-winning background, he could be a game-changer for United. 

This restructuring shows a clear shift in leadership, signaling their commitment to building a solid foundation. It’s all part of Ratcliffe’s vision to bring top talent for long-term success.

United’s Argentine Quest

So, here’s the scoop on United’s latest scouting mission in South America – they’ve got their eyes on four Argentine talents: Franco Mastantuono, Aaron Anselmino, Ian Subiabre, and Tomas Parmo. But guess what? Barcelona, Real Madrid, and even our city rivals, Manchester City, are sniffing around too. Mastantuono, the 16-year-old wonder, made waves by becoming Argentina’s second-youngest goalscorer – you bet United’s paying attention.

Manchester United target Aaron

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Hojlund’s transfer stance

Word is out that Real Madrid is eyeing Manchester United’s rising star, Rasmus Hojlund. The guy’s been on fire, scoring five goals in five games, bringing his total for the season to a solid 11 across different competitions. 

Despite Real Madrid’s buzz, Hojlund feels at home with Manchester United. His recent goal against Aston Villa just seals the deal on his goal-scoring prowess.

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In a recent chat from his home turf in Denmark, Hojlund talks about aiming high and how Manchester United perfectly fits him. He’s not just about personal success – he wants to be part of the club’s growth. 

He sees a great match between himself and the ongoing development at the club. So, while Real Madrid might be eyeing him, Hojlund focuses on winning trophies and being a key player in Manchester United’s journey.

Top team’s battle for Amadou Onana’ Signature

Barcelona is entangled in a fierce battle for Everton midfielder Amadou Onana, who is facing competition from Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea. 

The snag, however, lies in Onana’s hefty £51 million price tag, a figure straining Barcelona’s financial capacity. Despite their financial constraints, Barcelona closely monitors Onana’s situation, hinting at a potential bidding war this summer.

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Manchester United target Amadou Onana

Amadou Onana

Simultaneously, financial pressures may force Barcelona to contemplate selling Frenkie de Jong. Manchester United, led by manager Erik ten Hag, is keen on acquiring the Dutch midfielder. 

This interest stems from their shared history at Ajax, where Ten Hag and De Jong collaborated closely. While De Jong had initially pledged loyalty to Barcelona, recent developments suggest a shift in his stance, with the allure of a move to Manchester United gaining traction.

Conclusion 

Today’s football journey: Manchester United wants Onana and Jason Wilcox. The Red Devils are also interested in four talented Argentinians, and Hojlund wants to remain at Manchester United despite Real Madrid’s interest. 

Football isn’t just games; it’s transfer talks and team shifts that keep us hooked. Here’s to the ever-exciting world of football – where each rumor and shake-up keeps us buzzing for what’s next!

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VAR in the EPL

Let’s dive into VAR’s game-changing world and how it flips the script in English football. From tweaking red card stats to shaking up how matches unfold, we’re unraveling the VAR saga. Is it a hero or a troublemaker? 

Join us for a quick tour through the VAR rollercoaster, and let’s figure out if it’s giving our beloved sport a makeover or just stirring up the pitch!

VAR and EPL

The 2023/24 Premier League is turning into a real VAR soap opera, and Howard Webb’s apologies are practically a regular feature now.

VAR, supposed to be a ref’s sidekick, is more like that friend who always brings drama. Aston Villa’s been on the receiving end, losing out on potential wins, and Liverpool’s left scratching their heads too.

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What is Manchester United’s journey like? It’s been impressive, as they’ve been denied penalties, among other things. Brighton is another unlucky victim. The Seagulls felt the pain, too, with goals canceled and penalties turned over. It’s chaos, driving both teams and fans crazy.

VAR

VAR—the Video Assistant Referee—started with good intentions, boosting ref decisions from 82% to 96%. Sounds great, but here’s the catch: complaints about VAR taking its sweet time and making too many checks. Fans and experts are grumbling, saying it’s slowing the game down and killing the vibe of goal celebrations.

While Premier League bigwigs claim most fans are okay with VAR, it’s stirring up trouble for every club, with some taking a harder hit. The burning question is: Is VAR truly assisting refs, or is it draining the joy out of the beautiful game?

VAR on Red Cards and Penalty 

VAR has shaken things up regarding red cards in the Premier League. According to Spreadex.com, there’s been a noticeable drop of 5.8% in the number of red cards since VAR joined the party. 

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The 2022–23 season hit a record low with just 17 straight Reds Cards – the lowest in Premier League history. What’s intriguing is that three red cards got overturned, and six were handed out after VAR stepped in during the same season.

We’ve seen nine red cards in the 2023–24 season, but we’re still determining how many got the VAR treatment. VAR is playing a role in bringing down the total number of red cards in the Premier League. It’s like this tech genie is waving its wand and changing the whole vibe of how cards are dished out.

Shifting to penalties, the introduction of VAR has seen a surge in awards. Before VAR, the average number of penalties per season stood at 95, as reported by Sportsgazette

With VAR in play, this average has risen to 104.26 per season. Furthermore, the data reveals that approximately 21.5% of penalties are awarded with VAR. Using VAR has resulted in a significant uptick in penalty decisions in the Premier League.

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Conclusion

VAR in the EPL and, by extension, in football is like a mixed bag of surprises. Studies show better decisions, jumping from 82% to 94%. Fewer ref blunders and a slightly tamer red card count—sounds good, right? But hold up; the drama’s not over.

There are still lingering debates about handballs and offsides, those never-ending VAR reviews, and the constant interruptions we all hate.

And here’s the kicker: more penalties and longer matches. Everyone’s arguing if VAR’s a game-changer or just a headache. Fans and pundits are split. The real MVP move? Fix the tech, talk better, and stick to the rules. That’s the VAR playbook, which is still a work in progress. 

 

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Football News: Manchester United and Chelsea Match Report, Injury Update

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Chelsea remained in the trenches after a devastating loss to the Wolves, preceded by a loss at Anfield the previous week.

Manchester United’s Coach Shows Concern worries over Lisandro Martinez’s Injury

Manchester United‘s solid 3-0 win against West Ham took a challenging turn with Lisandro Martinez’s potential knee injury, and it’s got me concerned. 

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Coming back from a foot injury not long ago, Martinez had to leave the pitch after a tussle with Coufal, making Ten Hag call it a “personal disaster” for the guy. It hits hard because Martinez brings football skills and positive vibes to the team.

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We’re waiting for a detailed diagnosis of Martinez’s injury, but it’s worrying. Despite having strong defenders like Varane, Maguire, Evans, and Lindelof, losing Martinez for the long haul is a big blow.

His contribution to United’s recent unbeaten run is clear, so this injury leaves a gap that could shake up the team’s dynamics. 

Moyes from West Ham even acknowledged how Martinez’s calm influence on the ball is crucial for United’s comfort in building up play.

..Kobbie Mainoo was beyond Impressive against West Ham United

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Who is Manchester United Wonderkid

Kobbie Mainoo is causing a stir, and rightfully so! His recent standout performance against West Ham United has everyone talking about his incredible skills on the field. 

Imagine, he’s just 18 and already making waves as a midfielder for the prestigious Manchester United in the Premier League.

Kobbie’s been part of the Manchester United youth system since he was a little nine-year-old, and now he’s stealing the show with his creativity, vision, and technical wizardry in the midfield.

The guy bagged the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2023 – a sign of his exceptional talent.

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He debuted for the first team in an EFL Cup game early last year and has been representing England in youth international football at different levels.

Let’s remember his role in Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup win in 2022, where he even scored a couple of crucial goals.

Kobbie Mainoo is not just a rising star; he’s the real deal, and we should keep our eyes on this young talent as he continues to shine on the football stage.

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Chelsea suffered yet another loss at Home.

Chelsea had a tough one at Stamford Bridge. Even though we got the lead early on, things went south.

Wolverhampton Wanderers turned the game around with some tricky counter-attacks, getting three of their four goals from deflections. 

Cole Palmer kicked off with a brilliant goal, but the defense struggled, leading to deflections off Thiago Silva and Rayan Ait-Nouri. 

They ended the first half trailing. It got worse with Cunha’s second goal and a penalty after Malo Gusto’s foul. Despite Thiago Silva’s late header, the Blues suffered a 4-2 loss.

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Pochettino talks ahead of Aston Villa Game.

Mauricio Pochettino is on a mission to reconnect with Chelsea fans as his team gears up for an FA Cup showdown against Aston Villa. 

After a tough loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Pochettino openly acknowledges the criticism thrown at him and the players.

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With the Carabao Cup final on the horizon and the Premier League stakes high, Pochettino will revive that special bond between the players and the fans.

In his pre-cup talk, Pochettino underlines the need to build a positive connection with the fans.

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He passionately assures supporters that the players genuinely care about the club and are willing and eager to deliver top-notch performances and clinch victories. 

Despite recent bumps, including an unexpected home defeat to Wolves. Chelsea Manager, Pochettino looks ahead optimistically, pointing out the team’s impressive record with six wins in domestic cup competitions this season.

Conclusion

Manchester United has a new concern following Lisandro Martinez’s injury. Martinez influenced the team, but there was a cost for his participation. 

Also, Kobbie Mainoo is the new Clarence Seedorf, as he played an impressive role in United’s victory on matchday 23.

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Chelsea suffered another loss at home, and Pochettino hopes to use the next game to win fan support.

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