Inevitable Aroldis Chapman Deal Domino Falls After Jorge Soler Trade

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All the dominoes are falling in the Chicago Cubs hot stove, but there will still likely be more to come yet.

It’s also having ripple effects on the south side of town, as the White Sox have been extremely active. You knew the Jon Jay signing would lead to at least Cubs outfielder, if not two, being shipped out of town. We’re still awaiting the departure of Dexter Fowler to become official, but Jay’s arrival makes it seem even more inevitable.

Across town earlier today, the Chicago White Sox absolutely fleeced the Washington Nationals in their deal for Adam Eaton, and when you saw the price the Nats paid, you can bet that Fowler is going to get way overpaid as well.

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Fellaini, Depay, Schneiderlin All Drawing January Loan Move Interest

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The last remaining advocates of Marouane Fellaini within the Manchester United fan base likely jumped ship on Sunday. I can’t imagine there are too many hold outs left, but what happened this past weekend will no doubt force the last dead-enders to abandon that cause.

United fans would love to see Fellaini jettisoned. Remember the vitriol for Tom Cleverley?

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Jose Mourinho Rips Icy, Frozen Pitch Conditions in Europa League

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Manchester United travel to war torn Ukraine to take on FC Zorya, with the home team moving the match over serious security issues. However, the sociopolitical climate isn’t the only kind of climate having adverse effects on this tie. Heading to this part of the world to play a UEFA Europa League match in December means having to deal with the wintry elements, as that issue is rearing its ugly head.

The pitch is freezing over and the icy conditions have been pointed out by United manager Jose Mourinho. The Portugese has ripped UEFA over this. Indeed he has not holding back.

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Mkhitaryan, Mourinho Press Conferences Previewing Zorya (Full Video)

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Manchester United have an away tie in the Europa League against Ukrainian opponents Zorya Luhansk Thursday night. It’s a very meaningful match for the Red Devils, but the European implications are overshadowed by the horrible conditions of the pitch.

It’s so icy that it’s frozen over and Manager Jose Mourinho has called out UEFA for scheduling this match at this time of the year in this part of the world. You can read his comments at this link.

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MUFC Unavailable List: Smalling, Shaw, Carrick, Valencia and More

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Manchester United have revealed their travel roster for their UEFA Europa League tie at FC Zorya, and a lot of notable names were left out. The still injured defender duo of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw will not be available, as expected.

However, the Thursday night clash will also see Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian left out as the trio are getting some rest. United need at least a point in order to advance to the knockout round. A loss, coupled with a Feyenoord win, would see the Red Devils eliminated from Europe this season.

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Has the Third Man United Kit for 2017-18 Been Leaked?

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As you’ll recall, Manchester United are holding a contest to determine an alternate kit for next season. Yes, fans have the opportunity to influence Adidas when it comes to the third kit in 2017-18, and here’s a link to the design that we endorse, for what it’s worth.

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Titans, Browns Will Participate in ‘My Cause My Cleats’

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The ‘My Cause My Cleats’ weekend provides a unique opportunity for teams to make a statement about the causes they care about.

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Predicted Man United Starting XI vs FC Zorya

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Manchester United will head to the war torn region of Ukraine for Thursday night’s Europa League clash against FC Zorya Luhansk. This is their last chance to advance in Europe’s consolation bracket, and as we detailed here, maybe their best chance overall to reach the Champions League next season.

A Red Devils loss, plus a Feyenoord winner gets Jose Mourinho‘s side eliminated from Europe. United have lost eight of their last nine European away matches, registering a draw in the other. 

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Catholics vs Convicts Review: Compelling Amalgam of Previous 30 for 30s

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The next ESPN Films 30 for 30, “ Catholics vs Convicts ”, premieres 9 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, directly after the Heisman Trophy presentation. The timing of this debut is understandable, as it nicely helps fill the gap on the one specific Saturday during the college football season in which there isn’t much actual football; bridging the gap between the regular season and the bowl season.

However, a golden (pun intended) opportunity was missed, as the University of Miami just came to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish on October 29th; with ND winning an exciting, tightly contested affair.

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Jose Mourinho is Not on the Hot Seat at United, Claim Reports

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While Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho made a lot of great points during his postgame media opportunities Sunday, results are still results. While Mourinho’s rhetoric relating to the style versus substance debate has a lot of merit, he still seems to be ignoring the “you are your record,” cliche.

It’s a cliche because the saying is still entirely true. The Red Devils got off to their worst start ever after their first 13 games, even worse than during the David Moyes disaster year, and Jose Mourinho is the man accountable for that.

Results and results, and your point total is your point total, no matter how Mourinho tries to spin that.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Says Blame Him, not Jose Mourinho for Slow Start

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When Manchester United routed West Ham United last week 4-1, ousting the Hammers from the EFL Cup, it was kind of an arrival for attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The previous Sunday, United played to a 1-1 draw against the very same team in Premier League competition, and like the midweek clash, also at Old Trafford, it was a Red Devils domination.

The difference is that United finished in the EFL Cup, and didn’t finish in the fixture.

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Jurgen Klopp Took Liverpool to Barcelona for Training, Watch UCL

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Jurgen Klopp is took his Liverpool team to train in Barcelona, and then watch the club’s UEFA Champions League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.

This according to ESPN FC, who write:

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