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Manchester United ‘eye Eric Dier as Nemanja Matic replacement’

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier as a replacement for Nemanja Matic. Manchester United have reportedly identified Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier as a potential replacement for Nemanja Matic. United’s sixth-placed finish in the Premier League has resulted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to reshape his first-team squad, and the Norwegian is looking to make alterations to his defence and midfield. The Times claims that Matic could be one of the players to depart Old Trafford, with Dier on the shortlist to take the spot of the Serbia international. United and Spurs are known to hold a mixed relationship behind the scenes, although the report suggests that the North-West giants are confident of being able to do business ...

Manchester United fans vote for Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford

Sports Mole’s poll reveals that 95% of Manchester United fans want Alexis Sanchez to leave the club this summer, while a majority also want Paul Pogba out of Old Trafford. Manchester United‘s dismal 2018-19 campaign came to a fitting end when they were beaten at home by relegated Cardiff City on the final day of the campaign, by which point many fans were already looking ahead to a summer of change. The club’s previously bar-setting standards were not met on or off the field, leading to calls for a major summer overhaul which could involve allowing a number of high-profile players to leave the club. Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have already announced that they are on their way out of Old Trafford, while the futures of a host of other players – from David de Ge...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester United and Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s top-four showdown between the two sides. Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford this Sunday in what could prove to be a pivotal match in an unpredictable top-four race. Three points separate the sixth-placed hosts from their visitors in fourth, although it would take victory by four clear goals – and a defeat for Arsenal earlier in the day – for United to end the weekend in the Champions League places and have their fate back in their own hands. As things stand it is Chelsea who have control over that lucrative fourth spot – helped largely by back-to-back league defeats for both Arsenal and United – and if they can heap more misery on their ...

How Manchester United could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford. Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday knowing that they are running out of lives in a top-four race that no-one seems to want to win. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have all dropped points during the run-in, but it is United’s slump which has been the most dramatic with seven defeats from their last nine games across all competitions – their worst run of form since 1962. Wednesday’s derby loss to Manchester City left them still three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, and anything other than a victory this weekend over the team they are trying to catch would leave them facing the prospect of Eu...

Result: Everton hit four in dominant win over Manchester United

Everton move into seventh place in the Premier League table with a dominant 4-0 victory over Manchester United in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Goodison Park. Everton have heaped further misery on Manchester United by registering a dominant 4-0 victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side in Sunday’s Premier League at Goodison Park. Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott all got on the scoresheet as Everton moved into seventh position in the standings, while United remain in sixth place after a third top-flight defeat in five matches. Both Marco Silva and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have demanded a positive response after poor peformances over the past eight days, but it was Everton who completely dominated the opening 45 minutes. David de Gea made a ...

How Manchester United could line up against Everton

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up against Everton as they look to bounce back to winning ways following their Champions League exit. Manchester United take on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend knowing that they can ill-afford any more slip-ups in the top-four race. Following their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, the Premier League is now the only remaining route into next season’s competition for the Red Devils, but they are currently losing the race. Two points separate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side from the top four, and their run of five defeats from their last seven outings is threatening to derail the good work they did in the immediate aftermath of the Norwegian’s arrival. Here, Sports Mole looks at how United could ...

Scott McTominay to remain at Manchester United?

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly has no interest in loaning out Scott McTominay ahead of next season. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly decided to keep Scott McTominay in his first-team squad. McTominay has only played a bit-part role for United for much of this season, but the Scot has recently impressed when deputising for Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera. There had been the possibility of McTominay being allowed to leave on loan in the summer but according to The Sun, that may now not be the case. The report claims that Solskjaer has already spoken to the 22-year-old to reassure him that he will remain in his plans for the next campaign. McTominay has made a total of 11 starts and seven substitute outings in all competitions this season, wit...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona. Manchester United face a quick turnaround in matches as they take on Barcelona just three days on from grinding out a 2-1 win against West Ham United. Paul Pogba netted twice from the penalty spot to keep the Red Devils on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League. Next up for United is a trip to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, which they trail 1-0 from the first leg. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team ahead of their showdown in Catalonia. © Reuters Status: Slight doubtType of injury: IllnessPossible return date: Apri...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Barcelona and Man United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest triumph on Tuesday night, aiming for a repeat of the 1999 Champions League final when Manchester United take on Barcelona at Camp Nou in a blockbuster quarter-final second leg. United’s recently-appointed manager scored a memorable late goal against Bayern Munich to win the second of three European Cups for United, and his side require a result of similar magnitude two decades on as they trail Barca 1-0 from the opening 90 minutes. Barcelona © Reuters Barcelona did not really get out of first gear in last Wednesday’s first leg at Old Trafford, but nor did they have to. Ma...

Preview: Manchester United vs. West Ham United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Ham United. After tasting defeat in four of their last five matches, Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League. The Red Devils’ top-four hopes are looking bleak following defeats to Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, either side of victory over Watford, and they could do with getting three points on the board this weekend. Man United © Reuters © Reuters As well as seeing their Premier League campaign derail over the past month with those back-to-back away losses, United have also exited the FA Cup to Wolves and trail Barcelona 1-0 following the first ...

Result: Luke Shaw own goal hands Barcelona first-leg advantage

An own goal from Luke Shaw sees Barcelona record a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. An own goal from Luke Shaw saw Barcelona record a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. United arguably shaded the match against an off-colour Barca, but the Spanish champions did enough to secure a narrow advantage ahead of the return fixture at Camp Nou next week. © Reuters Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera both missed out for United, meaning that there were spots in midfield for Scott McTominay and Fred. There was also a position in the XI for Diogo Dalot, who started as a wing-back. As for Barca, Ousmane Dembele was only fit enough for the bench, so Philippe Coutinh...

Manchester United ‘to grant Nemanja Matic exit if Declan Rice joins’

A report claims that West Ham United youngster Declan Rice is being viewed as a replacement for ageing midfielder Nemanja Matic at Manchester United. Manchester United will reportedly shove Nemanja Matic towards the exit should they agree a big-money deal with West Ham United for Declan Rice. The Red Devils are rumoured to have targeted the West Ham academy product to bolster their ageing midfield ranks. With Matic turning 31 before next season, and Ander Herrera seemingly edging towards a move away, the Irish Independent suggests that United want 20-year-old Rice to add some much-needed energy to the side. Rice has played nearly 70 games for the Irons, including 30 appearances in the Premier League this term, but he is deemed experienced enough to slot into holding midfield alongside Paul...

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