Archives for April 2017

United Injury Woes Escalate with Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly Getting Hurt

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Manchester United are not remarkably healthy, even for this time of year, when almost every club has experienced the toll that the long season takes. For United it’s been especially hard, because they still alive in four different competitions for so long and they’re still alive in two. It can put a lot of wear and tear on a given roster.

Today, an already injury depleted mash unit suffered even more setbacks. Jose Mourinho said he fears the worst for Luke Shaw.

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Old Trafford Becomes Social Media Punchline After MUFC Drop Home Points Again

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Just imagine where Manchester United would be if they could just finish at Old Trafford against mid and lower table teams. It happened again Sunday in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City, a club that’s literally fighting for Premier League safety. Even with all the injuries, there’s still absolutely no excuse for dropping points at home against the mediocre, the bad, and the very bad of England’s top flight.

On paper, United should be getting these results, obviously. Of course, football isn’t played on paper.

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Tom Cleverley Says Man United and Man City will Finish Top Four; Not Liverpool

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Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley gave his two cents on how he feels the race for the top four of the Premier League will turn out. The former Manchester United man says both his former club, and the second team in town, Manchester City, will both make the cut.

Given that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both locks to get in, it leaves Arsenal, and more relevant to his situation, Liverpool, are on the outside looking in. The Gunners are in such a deep hole now that almost no one will be projecting them making a top four finish.

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Yaya Toure Makes Remarks that Will Likely Fire Up Manchester United Supporters

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Yaya Toure is certainly a polarizing figure, and he made comments today that will only further increase that polarization. It was a very dull to watch, but still very emotionally charged Manchester Derby this past Thursday, and Toure added more verbal kindling to the fire. Both sides are already very fired up due to the Sergio Aguero-Marouane Fellaini incident.

The Manchester City star called out Manchester United celebrating the goalless draw, and says that’s a badge of pride for how far City have now come.

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Chicago Bears 2017 Draft Grade: Participant Trophy

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Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace will either a.) be ultimately proven a genius for his outside the box 2017 NFL Draft selections or b.) soon looking for a new gig.

Coming off a 3-13 season in which the Bears hit rock bottom, Pace went with a very high risk/very high reward strategy which yielded just five total picks, out of a draft that lasts seven rounds. The end result will be extremely hit-or-miss, sink-or-swim, choose your all-or-nothing cliche.

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Predicted Man United Starting XI (4-2-3-1) vs Swansea City

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There was a prevalent theme when Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media today to preview the Swansea City match- injuries! When figuring out your first team prediction, it’s rather easy- just pick anyone who’s left still standing. Thus Mourinho made a comment re-assuring fans that reinforcements are on the way to his extremely injury depleted squad.

So injury depleted that the manager himself might have to play centre back, Mourinho joked.

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Man United Injury Report vs Swansea: Pogba, Mata, Jones, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media to preview Sunday’s match against Swansea City. The Portugese promised some summer transfer window signings, so he’s re-assuring fans that reinforcements are on the way to his extremely injury depleted squad.

So injury depleted that the manager himself might have to play, Mourinho joked.

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Antonio Conte Drops Hint About Returning to Management in Italy

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Chelsea FC Manager Antonio Conte has a contract that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2019, but there’s been talk he could be on the move before his deal is up. The former Italy and Juventus boss has been linked to a slew of clubs including a return back to his home country.

Friend of Antonio Conte and agent Federico Pastorello said earlier this month: “if offers from clubs arrive, new opportunities may arise, especially at historical clubs.”

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Antonio Conte Calls for Schedule Change Amongst Final Title Contenders

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Chelsea FC Manager Antonio Conte, in his weekly news conference today, called on the league to alter the fixture schedule, claiming it is unfair that Tottenham Hotspur and his side are playing at different times during the stretch drive. Chelsea visit Everton on Sunday, kickoff at 2 pm time local.

They are currently on top of the table, leading Tottenham by just four points. Spurs host Arsenal in the weekend’s marquee fixture on Sunday. The north London derby kicks off at 4:30 local time.

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Mourinho Promises Additional Reinforcements this Summer Transfer Window

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Last night Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media to preview Sunday’s match against Swansea City. The Portugese promised some summer transfer window signings, so he’s re-assuring fans that reinforcements are on the way to his extremely injury depleted squad.

So injury depleted that the manager himself might have to play, Mourinho joked. However, Mourinho says there will be additions this summer transfer window and that they will join up with the current players to win “big things.”

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Mourinho Says Juan Mata Will Return Before Chris Smalling or Phil Jones

Of all the players who will be out for Manchester United in the long-term, midfielder Juan Mata is the closest to making return. That’s what United Manager Jose Mourinho said Thursday night. Following the goalless draw in the Manchester Derby, Mourinho met the media for two “sessions” that were combined into one.

First he did Q&A in regards to the derby, and that was released immediately to the public. Then came the session which was embargoed until Friday- the Swansea City preview discussion.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Add More Illini Flavor by Drafting Dawuane Smoot

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In the Jacksonville Jaguars organization, the man at the very top is an Illini grad.

As of Friday night, so is the newest member of the club- Defensive end Dawuane Smoot.

The 6-3, 264-pound tackles-for-losses machine was selected with the fourth pick in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Smoot was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 68th overall pick.

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