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Moyes speaks on report linking United star to West Ham

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West Ham United boss, David Moyes has reacted to speculations linking Man United player, Jesse Lingard to the London side.

The England international will be out of contract next summer but there are chances that he will move on as he has been limited to just substitute appearances in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while talks of a new deal has collapsed.

Following claims that he would region, West Ham where he earlier was on a loan deal, David Moyes claims it is not happening anytime soon.

‘He’s a Manchester United player and I’m not going to talk about players at other clubs,’ the Irons manager told reporters.

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‘All I can say is we really enjoyed having Jesse, he made a great contribution to the team and he’s helped the team.

‘The team’s moved on, we’ve kicked on again so, look, Jesse is a Manchester United player and it’s up to them to decide what he does.’

Meanwhile, West Ham United are currently in the top four of the league table, proving to be title contenders but the manager said that is not the target.

Asked whether his side could even be title challengers, the Scot replied: ‘No, but I want to challenge the top four. I said that right at the start of the season. We finished two points outside of the Champions League last year.

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‘Can we challenge the top four? I don’t know who the top four are going to be.

‘But I felt that would be a good target and a realistic chance to say, “Come on! Can we take them on, can we challenge them, can we give them a better game? Can we be as consistent as we were last season?”, and at the moment I’d have to say the players have shown they can do that.

‘But we’re only a third of the season through and we’ve got a good way to go yet.’

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EPL: Chelsea and The Manchester Duo’s Game Report

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Over the weekend, Manchester’s football scene was exciting, but for different reasons. Manchester City soared to the top of the English Premier League after thrashing their opponent 5-1.

Meanwhile, Manchester United had a close call, salvaging a draw. Chelsea destroyed their opponent in an easy match to increase their chances of finishing the league in a higher position.

Manchester United secure another Draw

Manchester United narrowly avoided defeat with a 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth. Bruno Fernandes’ two goals salvaged a point for Erik ten Hag‘s team, trailing twice. United, in seventh place, failed to close the gap in the top four.

Manchester United manage another Draw against Everton

Bournemouth, in 12th, had goals from Dominic Solanke and Justin Kluivert. The referee dismisses a potential penalty after a foul was considered outside the box.

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Man United Versus AFC Bournemouth Game Report

The game between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was full of ups and downs. Bournemouth got an early lead thanks to a mistake by Kambwala, with Solanke scoring.

But Fernandes equalized for United soon after. Then, Kluivert scored again for Bournemouth. Fernandes levelled the score once more with a penalty kick.

Bournemouth thought they deserved a penalty later on, but VAR said otherwise. Solanke’s excellent performance highlighted Bournemouth’s push for a good finish this season.

However, United’s defense still looked shaky, worrying their manager, Ten Hag. Fernandes’ two goals saved United from a loss, but they need to improve to qualify for Europe next season.

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United can only afford to make defensive mistakes with only six games left.

Manchester City Versus Luton Town Game Report

Manchester City had an impressive 5-1 win against Luton Town, putting them back at the top of the Premier League for the first time since November. City’s unbeaten streak extended to 27 games, with goals from Doku, Gvardiol, Hashioka (own goal), Kovacic, and Haaland. Despite Barkley’s late consolation, Luton still faces relegation worries.

How the match unfolded

Manchester City’s win wasn’t just impressive; it put them at the top of the league table. And to make it even better, their prominent rivals lost their matches.

City showed they meant business from the start, with Haaland’s attempt leading to an own goal. Despite Luton’s goalie making some good saves, City kept pushing forward. Kovacic’s fantastic volley in the second half was a real highlight, showing off their attacking skills.

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Even though Luton tried to come back, City stayed in control. Haaland’s penalty and goals from Doku and Gvardiol sealed the deal. This win showed how strong City are and sent a clear message to their rivals: they’re serious about winning the league title.

Chelsea Destroys Everton

Chelsea Destroys Everton

In a similar version to Manchester City’s Victory, Chelsea destroyed their opponent— Everton. It happened in such a breeze, thanks to Cole Palmer‘s sensational hat trick and a penalty.

Everton made futile early attempts before Chelsea took control of the game. The win boosted Chelsea’s Premier League journey and reignited the hope of ending the campaign at a higher position.

With Palmer’s remarkable feat and a clean sheet after 13 games, Chelsea’s path ahead looks promising. The Blues will face Manchester City and Newcastle United in their next games at the FA Cup final and EPL Match Day 32, respectively.

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Conclusion

In closing, the Manchester teams and Chelsea had their ups and downs. City’s success and United’s resilience were evident, but now the next six games are make-or-break. If City keeps winning, they could clinch the league.

United must tighten up and play their best to secure a European spot. These upcoming matches will be crucial for both teams, so they must stay focused and give it their all.

On the other side, Chelsea needs to keep up the pace; if they win their next seven games, they may end up qualifying for the Champions League.

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Manchester United are having a terrible EPL campaign due to injury woes. Players like Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Anthony Martial are injured. 

Here we bring you The Red Devil’s injury update as some key players are set to return ahead of schedule.

Rasmus Hojlund is set to return against Liverpool this weekend

Exciting news for Manchester United fans! Rasmus Hojlund, the 21-year-old sensation, is gearing up for a triumphant return just in time for their FA Cup showdown against Liverpool. Can you feel the anticipation building?

Hojlund’s incredible form lit up the pitch and gave hope to the fans. Scoring goals left, right, and centre before an unfortunate muscle strain sidelined him in February. But fear not because he’s been on the road to recovery, and it looks like he’ll be back just when United need him most.

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Denmark’s coach, Kasper Hjulmand, spilled the beans, confirming that Hojlund is set to feature in their upcoming matches against Switzerland and the Faroe Islands. And guess what? He’s been in touch with United, ensuring everything’s on track for Hojlund’s grand comeback against Liverpool.

But it’s not just about the FA Cup glory. United’s top-four hopes hang in the balance, and Hojlund’s return couldn’t come at a better time, especially after recent setbacks against Fulham and Manchester City.

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Harry Maguire is set to return ahead of the date.

Mason Mount Set to Return 

Mason Mount’s journey at Manchester United has been quite the rollercoaster ride.  It has highs, lows, and a fair share of setbacks. Fans have eagerly anticipated his magic on the pitch since he arrived from Chelsea last summer for a hefty price tag of £60 million. However, the midfielder’s been a tough road, especially with injuries throwing a wrench in his plans.

Mount’s time on the sidelines began in early November when a calf injury forced him to watch from the sidelines as his teammates battled on without him. Despite hopes for a quick return, his comeback has been delayed, leaving fans and coach Erik ten Hag anxiously waiting for news of his return.

During his absence, United has felt the absence of Mount’s spark and creativity in midfield. The team has faced its fair share of challenges, needing to maintain consistency and falling short in crucial moments. But with Mount back in training, fans have renewed hope that his return could be the catalyst for a turnaround in fortunes.

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It’s been a frustrating wait for Mount, who has had to endure months of rehabilitation and setbacks. But now, as he steps back onto the training pitch, there’s a sense of optimism in the air. With upcoming fixtures against tough opponents like Liverpool and Brentford, Mount’s return couldn’t come at a better time.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka Spot in Training Ahead of Liverpool Game

Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made a welcome return to training after a two-month absence due to a leg injury, missing the past nine games. 

Manager Erik ten Hag hinted at his availability for the FA Cup clash against Liverpool. With Wan-Bissaka back, Victor Lindelof’s stint at left back may end, easing the strain caused by Luke Shaw’s injury.

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The return of fullbacks like Wan-Bissaka gives the coach more options, as Ten Hag expressed frustration over the absence of a left back. Despite injuries to Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, and Anthony Martial, Ten Hag expects Harry Maguire to recover for the Liverpool match.

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Conclusion 

Good tidings to the camp of Manchester United as they are set to have a fuller camp against Liverpool. Rasmus Hojlund may return sooner than initially announced, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Mason Mount has returned to training after four months without action. Harry Maguire is expected to make a full comeback at the FA Cup Quarter-final.

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Arsenal Defeat Brentford in a tightly contested match

The game between Arsenal and Brentford had fans on the edge of their seats. However, the Gunners clinched a hard-fought 2-1 victory against The Bees, extending their impressive winning streak to eight matches. The number 28 EPL game unfolded with brilliance and unexpected twists, making it a satisfying watch for fans and stakeholders.

The opening act saw Declan Rice stepping up in the 19th minute, showcasing his attacking prowess with a perfectly timed header from a Ben White cross. Arsenal took the lead, setting the stage for what turned out to be a challenging battle against a resilient Brentford.

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However, just before halftime, the script took an unexpected turn. Arsenal’s usually reliable goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, was at the centre of a dramatic moment. A seemingly routine back-pass turned into a calamity as Ramsdale hesitated, allowing Brentford’s Wissa to pounce and level the score at 1-1. The Emirates Stadium fell silent, and Brentford seized an opportunity gifted by an uncharacteristic error.

The second half unfolded with both teams locked in an EPL game, and Brentford’s Ivan Toney nearly stole the show with a spectacular attempt in the 55th minute. The game’s momentum swung back and forth, keeping the outcome uncertain until the final moments.

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In the 87th minute, the decisive moment arrived. Kai Havertz, with a forceful leap, met a precise cross from Ben White with his head, sending the ball into the back of the net. Havertz’s goal secured the much-needed three points for Arsenal, propelling them to the top of the Premier League.

Reflecting on the match, Havertz acknowledged the team’s desperation for victory and spoke of the collective effort. He recognised mistakes as inherent to the game but underscored the unity within the squad.

MANCHESTER UNITED Outclass EVERTON

In a crucial showdown at Old Trafford, Manchester United snagged an essential 2-0 win against Everton, reviving their hopes for a top-four finish in the Premier League. The star of the match was Alejandro Garnacho, who played a key role by winning two penalties in the first half.

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Kicking off the action, James Tarkowski’s mistimed tackle on Garnacho in the 11th minute led to Manchester United being awarded their initial penalty. Bruno Fernandes confidently stepped up, securing the spot-kick and giving United an unexpected 1-0 lead.

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Garnacho continued to shine, displaying impressive dribbling skills. In the 34th minute, his dynamic run forced Ben Godfrey into a foul inside the box, resulting in United’s second penalty. Marcus Rashford calmly converted the spot-kick, extending United’s lead to 2-0.

Despite Everton’s possession, they struggled to capitalise on opportunities, with a resilient United defence thwarting their attacks. The visitors faced further setbacks, conceding two penalties due to Garnacho’s impactful play.

The final whistle left Everton without a win in their last 11 Premier League matches, deepening their struggles near the relegation zone. Meanwhile, United closed the gap on fifth-placed Tottenham to three points and remained eight behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.

The match showcased United’s determination to secure a top-four finish, with manager Erik ten Hag expressing belief in the team’s chances. Former United defender Rio Ferdinand emphasised the need for wins and reliance on other teams dropping points for a shot at Champions League qualification.

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Alejandro Garnacho, named Player of the Match, played a decisive role in the victory, earning both penalties with his dynamic contributions. Garnacho’s impact highlighted United’s pursuit of a Champions League spot, with a commitment to winning every game.

As Manchester United gears up for the FA Cup quarter-finals against fierce rivals Liverpool, Everton faces a three-week break before seeking their first league win of the year against Bournemouth on March 30. The lingering question revolves around whether United can sustain their push for the top four, with opinions divided on the team’s defensive vulnerabilities and consistency.

Conclusion

Arsenal continued to lead the EPL table by defeating Brentford in a close game. Aaron Ramsdale’s mistake could have cost The Gunners a precious two points. Luckily, Kai Havertz’s header saved the day.

Manchester United defeated a charitable Everton, who committed two fouls in the box during the first half of the game. Bruno Fernandez and Marcus Rashford converted the spot-kick, giving The Red Devil another home win.

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Manchester United currently sits in 6th position and is over ten points away from the coveted champion league spot.

To improve their standing to challenge for a major title next season, they have begun necessary arrangements.

We cover them in detail below.

Man Utd ‘reach verbal agreement’ for £21m Ashworth 

Manchester United is gearing up for a major shake-up, with Dan Ashworth reportedly set to join as sporting director, pending a £21 million deal with Newcastle.

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This move follows Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s recent stake in the club, signaling a new direction. Ashworth’s arrival aims to revamp United’s recruitment strategy, long criticized since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

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Alongside Ashworth, United eyes Dougie Freedman from Crystal Palace and Jason Wilcox from Southampton for crucial roles.

Looking at the transfer window, Ashworth has ambitious plans, with talks of a £120 million swoop for Serie A stars Gleison Bremer and Nicolo Barella. 

Fabrizio Romano confirms Saudi interest in Casemiro

Fabrizio Romano hints at Saudi interest in Casemiro, but no offers yet. Meanwhile, Manchester United keeps tabs on Benfica’s Joao Neves.

Casemiro’s dip in form raises eyebrows as it added to current United’s struggles, adding pressure on manager Erik ten Hag. 

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With midfield issues in focus, Casemiro’s situation symbolizes broader concerns. As the transfer window approaches, United faces pivotal decisions that could shape their season.

Man United lose two of their Summer Targets

Reports suggest that Mathys Tela,  Manchester United target, is on the verge of extending his contract with Bayern Munich.

The 18-year-old, who made a €20 million move from Rennes in 2022, has impressed with 59 appearances and 13 goals for the German giants. 

Initially considering a departure due to issues under Thomas Tuchel, Tel has had a change of heart after Bayern’s directors assured him of a significant role in the club’s future. 

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This news blows United, who had expressed interest last summer, as Tel commits to Bayern until 2029.

Meanwhile, United’s pursuit of Benfica’s Antonio Silva faces competition from Bayern, with a potential summer transfer in sight. 

Despite Silva’s hefty €100 million release clause, a deal in the region of €70-80 million is being discussed.

Bayern’s interest in Silva depends on the futures of Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano, with United also in the mix for de Ligt, whom manager Erik ten Hag holds in high regard from their Ajax days.

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Man United have to Pay £51m-£60m to sign Gleison Bremer

Man United has their sights set on Juventus defender Gleison Bremer, with reports suggesting they may need to shell out between £51m-£60m to secure his services. 

There’s potential good news for United as Juventus appears open to selling Bremer, which could pave the way for United’s pursuit.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace is preparing for the possibility of losing Marc Guehi, another target for United. 

Guehi, valued at over £50 million, could attract interest from Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham. United’s interest in shoring up their defense comes after a tough season, with their Premier League title hopes dwindling. 

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Having conceded 39 goals in 27 games, strengthening the defense is a top priority for United as they look to turn things around.

Gleison Bremer is a crucial target as United needs to overhaul its backline under the potential guidance of incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth.

Conclusion

Manchester United needs to revamp their teams, and reinforcements like Gleison Bremer and Marc Guehi are part of their bigger plan to do so.

Additionally, Dan Ashworth could be joining the team earlier than predicted.

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Also, Casemiro might be leaving in the summer, along with a potential new manager. It’s an exciting time for United fans.

As we approach the summer transfer window, all eyes will be on Old Trafford for game-changing signings that could shape the team’s future. 

Stay tuned for the latest updates as Manchester United reclaims the top spot.

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Premier League: Managers who Could Lose their Job

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ELP Manager who could lose their jobs

Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag shared more than the touchline during a match. With their recent loss against Liverpool and Manchester City respectively,  their job is now on the line more than ever.

These are the top four managers who could lose their jobs by or before the end of the season.

  • Vincent Kompany (Burnley)

Vincent Kompany‘s role as Burnley’s manager is in jeopardy as the team faces multiple challenges. They’re at the bottom of the Premier League table with just four points from 13 games, which doesn’t reflect well on Kompany’s leadership. 

Despite his reputation as a defensive genius, the team’s defense is struggling, conceding 27 goals and ranking second worst in the league. 

On top of that, Burnley’s attack could be better, with only eight goals scored so far this season. These issues raise significant doubts about Kompany’s ability to lead the team effectively. 

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It’s a challenging situation, and many fans are questioning whether a change in management might be needed to turn things around and avoid the looming threat of relegation.

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  • Mauricio Pochettino (Chelsea)

Pochettino is feeling the heat at Chelsea, especially after disappointing results. While there have been some moments of hope, like the comeback against Crystal Palace, the recent Carabao Cup final loss has cast doubt on Pochettino’s ability to lead the team to success. 

Despite glimpses of potential via occasional victories, the pressure is on, especially given Chelsea’s history of changing managers quickly. 

It’s a tough spot for Pochettino, especially considering the team’s current league position – 12th in the Premier League after a tough defeat at Everton.

This contrast is stark, especially considering the hefty investment of over £1bn made by Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali. Pochettino’s acknowledgement of the team’s need to improve adds to the pressure cooker atmosphere, as fans and management expect better returns on their significant investment.

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  • Erik ten Hag (Manchester United)

The club’s significant investment has yielded no significant impact, and football is not just a game but a business for the sea of investors and owners involved. Since his arrival, Erik Ten Hag has spent approximately 500 million USD.

Erik ten Hag’s tenure at Manchester United appears precarious as the team’s poor performance raises concerns. With 11 league losses and dismal Champions League displays, questions about his ability to deliver results loom large. 

Additionally, their early Carabao Cup exit fuels the existing bomb. The last straw that broke the camel’s back came last weekend during the Manchester derby when Manchester City showed down his side. 

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  • Eddie Howe (Newcastle)

Eddie Howe’s position at Newcastle is hanging by a thread as the team’s performance nosedives, with a string of defeats and a leaky defense conceding a staggering 31 goals in just 13 games. 

Despite a promising start, doubts loom over Howe’s ability to steer Newcastle towards their Champions League dreams, especially as they currently languish in 9th place, trailing behind Chelsea. 

While a recent FA Cup victory provided a brief respite, heavy defeats against top-tier teams like Spurs, Liverpool, and Arsenal haunt Howe’s tenure, raising concerns about his future at the club.

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Conclusion

In football, success is measured in results, and the current struggles of premier league managers like Erik Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, and Eddie Howe signal a need for change. 

Football is a business driven by cash and passion, and there’s no passion in losing. While some of these managers have seen a better past, their teams’ current situation emphasises the need for fresh leadership to reignite competitiveness and ambition. 

Whether through tactical adjustments or new managerial appointments, clubs must prioritise their long-term success. 

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Manchester Derby Report

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In a thrilling Manchester derby, Manchester City came from behind to secure a crucial 3-1 victory over rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Despite Marcus Rashford’s early rocket giving United the lead, City fought back with determination and resilience.

United’s goalkeeper Andre Onana performed well, which could be better. He frustrated the City’s attacks, only to give in during the second half. 

City’s Phil Foden emerged as the match’s hero, scoring a brace to turn the game in his team’s favor. Foden’s first goal, a sublime left-footed strike from the edge of the box, leveled the score, while his second, assisted by Julian Alvarez, sealed the victory for the hosts.

The match showcased the local talent, with three out of the four goals coming from Manchester-born players, with Erling Haaland being the only outsider on the scoresheet. 

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Foden, who was dubbed the Sniper after the impressive display, and Marcus Rashford scored United’s only goal. However,  it was Foden’s brilliance that stole the show.

City’s comeback victory highlighted their resilience, as they have now recovered 21 points from losing positions this season, a testament to their character and determination under Pep Guardiola’s leadership. 

Guardiola praised Foden’s impact, emphasizing his love for the game and his ability to win games, thus cementing his status as a world-class player.

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Despite a promising start and an admirable defensive display for United, the defeat was disappointing. Managerial decisions, such as Bruno Fernandes’ role and tactical setups, could have been more inspiring, and the lack of attacking threat was evident, with only three shots attempted throughout the match.

Looking ahead, City pursues the Premier League title, with crucial fixtures against Copenhagen and Liverpool on the horizon. Meanwhile, United faces the challenge of regrouping before their upcoming match against Everton.

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Tactical Approach

United adopted a robust defensive strategy, marshaled by McTominay and Fernandes in a 4-2-4-0 formation. Their aim? To stifle City’s attacks and launch swift counterattacks led by Garnacho and Rashford. Yet, City’s cunning tactics, notably Stones and Rodri’s movements, proved too crafty for United’s backline to handle.

Player Ratings 

Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United saw Phil Foden shine with a superb brace, earning him a rating of 9. Goalkeeper Ederson and defenders received a solid 7, while Rodri impressed with an 8. 

De Bruyne got a 6, Silva a 7, but Doku struggled with a 5. Haaland earned a six despite missed chances, and substitute Alvarez made an impact with a 7. City’s cohesive performance secured a crucial win in the title race, while United’s top-four hopes took a hit.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford dazzled with an early goal but faltered later, earning a 5 rating. Goalkeeper Andre Onana shone with a 5 for his errors. Defenders Varane and Lindelof earned a 6 and 5, respectively. 

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Midfielder Mainoo disrupted City’s play, securing a 6. Rashford missed chances, while Fernandes contributed with a 6. United’s mixed performance saw them succumb to City’s dominance.

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Erik Ten Hag could lose his job soon.

Erik Ten Hag handed Man Utd sack warning after Man City’s loss 

The pressure is building up on Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, after their disappointing loss to Manchester City – and it’s not just the fans who are concerned. 

One of the club’s part-owners, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, isn’t too happy, having lost two of their last four League games. This setback leaves United trailing in the Premier League standings and casts doubt on Ten Hag’s ability to compete at the highest level. 

With Ratcliffe openly expressing ambitions to rival their neighbors, City, this defeat could trouble Ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford.

Conclusion

Manchester United’s early dazzle faded against Manchester City’s relentless might, resulting in a 3-1 loss. While Rashford’s rocket ignited hope, missed chances and defensive slips dimmed United’s spirits. 

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Meanwhile, City’s brilliance, led by Foden’s magic, showcased their title-worthy prowess. The derby drama adds spice to the season’s narrative, with City marching on confidently while United regroups for their top-four quest. 

 

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Get ready for an exhilarating clash at the Etihad Stadium on March 3rd, 2024, as Manchester City squares off against arch rival, Manchester United in the highly anticipated Manchester Derby.

With both teams in top form, brace yourself for a captivating showdown filled with tactical battles and standout performances. 

Manchester City vs Manchester United Stats

  • Manchester United holds a strong historical record against Manchester City, securing 78 victories out of 191 matches, while City has attained 60 wins.
  • City has emerged victorious in four of their last five Premier League encounters against United, mirroring their total wins in the preceding 13 games.
  • United has suffered consecutive defeats in their last two away matches against City in the Premier League, conceding a total of 10 goals in these fixtures.

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  • Matches between the two sides in the Premier League have witnessed a total of 22 away victories, sharing the highest tally in the competition.
  • Manchester City has managed to find the back of the net in each of their last 54 home matches across all competitions.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Prediction

Manchester City is the firm favorite to win against Manchester United today. With their recent form and home advantage, City is expected to outclass United, especially considering United’s shaky defense.

The predicted score of 3-1 in favor of Manchester City reflects their superiority on paper.

Despite United’s recent improvements, City’s dominance and quality make them likely winners in this crucial match for Champions League qualification. 

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The predicted line-ups further underline City’s strength, with top players like Haaland leading the charge against a determined United side.

Overall, City’s form, home advantage, and superior quality suggest they will emerge victorious in what promises to be an intense battle at the Etihad Stadium.

Key Players to Watch in the Manchester Derby

In the much-anticipated Manchester Derby, all eyes will be on key players who can sway the game’s outcome:

For Manchester City:

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  • Erling Haaland: After his stunning five-goal performance against Luton Town, Haaland’s form makes him City’s main goal threat.

 

  • Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian midfielder’s creativity and precision passing can unlock any defense.

 

  • João Cancelo: With his attacking prowess and defensive solidity, Cancelo is a force to be reckoned with on the right flank.

For Manchester United

  • Bruno Fernandes: United’s playmaker, Fernandes, holds the key to their attacking prowess and goal-scoring opportunities.

 

  • Marcus Rashford: Rashford’s pace and skill on the left wing pose a constant threat to opposing defenses.

 

  • Raphael Varane: The experienced defender will be tasked with containing Haaland and ensuring defensive stability.

Additionally, keep an eye on Alejandro Garnacho, whose set-piece prowess could prove decisive for United. The collective performance of these critical players will ultimately shape the outcome of the derby.

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Manchester United Injury Woes

Manchester United’s injury list is a real headache ahead of their clash with Manchester City. They’ve got a whopping 28 players out.

The list includes big names like Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Mason Mount, Anthony Martial, and Rasmus Hojlund. 

It’s not just the numbers; it’s who’s missing that’s really hurting them. Without Shaw and Maguire at the back, they’re vulnerable, and up front, they’re lacking firepower without Martial and others.

Manager Erik ten Hag will have to get creative to fill the gaps. Against a strong City side, United’s injury problems could seriously dent their chances in the derby.

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Conclusion

As we eagerly await the Manchester Derby, excitement mounts for the showdown between Manchester United and Manchester City. With both teams primed for battle, fans anticipate a thrilling spectacle filled with passion and drama. 

Get set for an unforgettable display of football prowess as these fierce rivals go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium.

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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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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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