Eden Hazard Advised by Pundit to Reject Real Madrid, Join Barcelona

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Eden Hazard is incessantly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but every time he’s asked about the topic he gives the same answer. The Belgian always maintains that he’s happy right where he is at Chelsea, but also consistently leaves a tiny bit of wiggle room with the industry standard “you never know” kind of talk.

Everyone has an opinion of course on what the stellar Blues forward should do with his future, with the player’s father often making headlines whenever he gives his take.

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Liverpool FC Shoot Up to Fifth this week in Global Power Rankings

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Liverpool FC have certainly provided quite the roller coaster for their supporters this season. When they are good, they are about as impressive as it gets, as evidenced by their superlative rout of FC Porto this week in the UEFA Champions League knockout round. Their 5-0 blowout of the Portugese side was described by Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp as perfect, and usually not that easy.

The Reds are also the only team to beat Manchester City in Premier League play this term, in another match that conveys just how special they can be when they are on.

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Paul Pogba to Miss FA Cup Due to Falling Ill Overnight

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Paul Pogba was the main topic of the Jose Mourinho news conference yesterday, as the Manchester United manager vehemently defended his player, the season the midfielder has had, and the manner in which he utilizes him. Mourinho also denied reports of a rift between himself and Pogba, and called stories claiming the Frenchman wants to leave Old Trafford as “big lies.”

Mourinho also made it clear that Pogba would play today, in the FA Cup fifth round match at Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

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Mourinho Hopes Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford Will Be Fit for UCL

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Neither midfielder Ander Herrera nor striker Marcus Rashford will be involved in Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Both players are suffering from undisclosed muscular problems, which kept them out of action in the 1-0 loss at Newcastle United last weekend.

It is hoped that the duo will both be fit in time for next week’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash versus Sevilla. Wednesday night will see United travel to Spain for the road leg of their knockout round tie with the La Liga side. Mourinho said on Friday, during his news conference that the duo is ruled for this weekend, but could be back for midweek.

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United Seek Michael Carrick Replacement in Transfer Market, Mourinho Reveals

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has not been shy about his club’s objectives for the upcoming summer transfer window. He’s revealed them on more than one occasion already, and at his news conference on Friday (video at this link), he plainly stated his need and ambition to replace Michael Carrick. The club captain and defensive midfielder is strongly expected to retire at the end of the season and join Mourinho’s coaching staff. 

“We need to sign a midfield player because we are going to lose Michael Carrick,” Mourinho said during an emotionally charged press conference that was dominated by the manager’s defensive responses to a few Paul Pogba related topics.

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Eric Bailly Returns, Likely Sending Chris Smalling to the Bench

Manchester United central defender Eric Bailly will officially be back in action tomorrow at Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round clash. Both the club and manager Jose Mourinho have confirmed that the Ivory Coast international has recovered from his ankle injury and subsequent surgery, which has kept him out of action since November.

Bailly, who has missed United’s last 21 competitions, was projected to return in March, or perhaps the end of February. Thus, he’s back well ahead of schedule. It’s also not a moment too soon, as the central defense has really been suffering lately.

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Jose Mourinho Hits Back Hard at Critics of His Paul Pogba Positioning

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Jose Mourinho held an extremely defensive and very combative media session today, as he zealously hit back at both critics of the manner in which he plays Paul Pogba, and the media reports claiming a rift between the Manchester United manager and his player. Mourinho met the media a few hours ago to preview tomorrow’s match at Huddersfield Town A.F.C. in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and it was certainly an explosive session.

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Jose Mourinho Labels Paul Pogba Rift Stories as Big Lies

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“Big lies,” in relation to Paul Pogba, was the main theme of Jose Mourinho’s extremely defensive and very combative media session today. The Manchester United manager met the media a few hours ago to preview tomorrow’s match at Huddersfield Town A.F.C. in the fifth round of the FA Cup. 

The Portugese was quite zealous in the manner with which he defended his midfielder, the specific position he plays him in, and the health of his relationship with him. It all began when a reporter queried Mourinho about all the “speculation” surrounding the player-coach-relationship. Mourinho didn’t care for the word “speculation,” as he sees that term to be rather mollifying and inaccurate.

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Jose Mourinho Press Conference Previewing Huddersfield FA Cup Clash (Video)

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few hours ago to preview tomorrow’s match at Huddersfield Town A.F.C. in the fifth round of the FA Cup. We have video of the media session for you here below via YouTube.

There were a whole host of topics covered in this news conference, including: how Paul Pogba has been handling his demotion, how journalists have been covering the Pogba-Mourinho relationship, “the big lies” Mourinho says the press is currently telling about how he and Pogba get along and much much more.

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Chelsea Loanee Michy Batshuayi Immediately Impressing at BVB

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Michy Batshuayi wasn’t deemed good enough by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to be even his back-up striker behind Alvaro Morata. In the January transfer window, it was Batshuayi out, going on loan to Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal man Olivier Giroud in. So how is the “Batsman” doing at BVB?

Well, Dortmund have scored eight goals in the three games since Michy Batshuayi arrived, and he has had a role in all of them. He’s scored five, assisted one, and played the pass before the assist for the other two. Included in those goals were the equalizer and stoppage time winner in a 3-2 UEFA Europa League comeback over Atlalanta on Thursday.

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United Injury Report vs Huddersfield (FA Cup): Rashford, Ibrahimovic, Fellaini, Bailly

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Manchester United will be sans Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera when they head to St. John’s Stadium to take on Huddersfield Town. This FA Cup fifth round clash means that the two sides will meet for the third time this season. The Red Devils and Terriers split the first two meetings, both coming in Premier League action, so this will be the so-called “rubber match” of the 2017-18 campaign.

Prior to this term, the two clubs had not faced each other in 46 years.

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Man United Starting XI Prediction vs Huddersfield Town (FA Cup)

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Manchester United return to St. John’s Stadium, scene of one of their worst results this season, as they fell 2-1 to Huddersfield Town back in October. This will be the third meeting between United and Huddersfield this season and second of this month. United bested the Terriers 2-0 on February 3.

United will be sans Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera, with Marcus Rashford a doubt. The young striker may return in time, and if so this would be a natural situation for him to make the first team. Since that’s up in the air for now, we left Romelu Lukaku in our predicted starting XI.

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