Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Tottenham (FA Cup Semifinal)

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Heading into last night’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the midweek league clash would be an open tryout of sorts for the FA Cup semifinal versus Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

Don’t buy it; Mourinho will select his best team possible this weekend. He was always going to pick the best XI, regardless of who did what versus the Cherries. While there is reason to doubt the veracity of that Mourinho commentary, what he said after the match was definitely honest and spot on.

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Arsene Wenger Doesn’t See Problems with Attendance, Empty Seats

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Once again the prevalence of empty seats at Arsenal home games is a hot topic, and again Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is in denial about the problem. Attendance has been decreasing as the Gunners have long been out of the race for a top four finish, and we really didn’t have a league title race this season as Manchester City took off right out of the gate and never looked back.

Arsenal are currently in sixth place, and still in danger of losing their position to Burnley and finding themselves, potentially, out of Europe all together next season. Almost one third of seats at the Emirates have been in empty for recent league games, but the last time Wenger discussed dwindling attendance, he blamed it on Easter Sunday.

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Liverpool FC Reveal New 2018-19 Home Kit (Photos)

It’s that time of year again- when clubs reveal their new home kits for the next season (available for purchase of course). Late April to early May is also a great time for supporters to go online and get the current kit at a greatly reduced rate.

However, today is all about “out with the old, in with the new” at Liverpool FC, and just a few hours ago, their shirt manufacturer partner New Balance unveiled these sharp beauties.  The new kit comes with a smaller collar, and a nice clean, basic red and white combination throughout.

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Antonio Conte Says Chelsea So Much Harder to Manage than Burnley

When Burnley upset Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on opening day it was sign of bad things to come for the Blues this season. For Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, it’s been a year of much strife, both public and private. There’s been a ton of speculation, over the course of this season, about his potential sacking.

Expectations are higher at Chelsea than at most clubs, and if you don’t produce, then you are out. Chelsea will have their rematch with Burnley tomorrow night at the Turf Moor, and ahead of this clash, Conte described the vast difference between managing at a club like Chelsea and managing at a club like Burnley.

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Jose Mourinho Defends Paul Pogba From Paul Scholes’ Criticism

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Paul Pogba has certainly had an up and down couple of weeks recently. In the 3-2 Manchester derby win at the Etihad, he was arguably the most dominant player in the Premier League that week. In the 1-0 West Bromwich Albion loss this past weekend, the Frenchman was totally abominable. Tonight, in the 2-0 win at Bournemouth, he was again elite.

After the match, United manager Jose Mourinho had a lot of praise for Pogba, and he also defended his midfielder against the criticisms made by club legend Paul Scholes.

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Eight Manchester United Players Who Could Leave this Summer

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All signs point to a massive overhaul at Old Trafford this summer, as there could be as many as ten player arrivals and departures combined. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the team will not spend “crazy” money to try and catch up to rivals Manchester City, but clearly some change is coming, and it is certainly needed.

United will definitely need to buy a midfielder, as Michael Carrick will retire and join the Red Devils coaching staff. So while the Captain is the only player 100% certain not to be on the roster next year, let’s look at who else could leave, and we ranked them in descending order from most likely to leave Manchester United to least.

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Liverpool Winger Mohamed Salah Leads PFA Team of the year

Liverpool Winger Mohamed Salah is the favorite to win the PFA Player of the Year award, and later this month the winner will be announced. The Egyptian magician on the pitch did win one honor today however, as he was named to the PFA Team of the Year.

Joining him on the team today are four of the other five players named to the PFA POY short list: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, and Manchester City duo- Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

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Marouane Fellaini Reportedly Headed for Old Trafford Exit this Summer

As they said during the Watergate scandal “follow the money.” Or to be more contemporary, as he heard rapped in Hamilton, “follow the money and see where it goes,” and that’s apparently what Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini intends to do this summer.

The polarizing player, looking for a substantial wage hike above his current salary of £120,000 per week, has reportedly turned down two contract extension offers from Old Trafford.

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Anthony Martial Drawing Interest From Juventus, Bayern and Barcelona

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Manchester United have two stellar young forwards who just can’t seem to find regular, consistent first team football in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Given how both players have loads of potential, but too often find themselves on the bench, the transfer rumors have been flying fast and furious.

Earlier this month, there were plenty of reports about a potential Rashford exit. Not the transfer rumors are shifting more towards Martial. Multiple reports have suggested that Martial rejected a new contract offer over concerns about his lack of playing time. He’s only started only four games, and has not scored a single goal since Alexis Sanchez arrived from Arsenal in January.

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Mourinho Says Man United Won’t Spend “Crazy” in Effort to Catch Man City

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On more than one occasion this season, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho complained about not having the resources that Premier League champion Manchester City possess. Mourinho griped about the difficulties that accompany trying to catch up to a club that has so much more money to spend.

City clinched the title on Sunday, with five games still remaining, with United’s colossal flop at home to West Brom. As it stands right now, City have acquired 16 more points this season than second place United. In other words, the Red Devils have a a big gap to fill if they are to catch up to the Citizens next season.

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Chelsea FC Injury Report vs Burnley: Luiz, Drinkwater, Arfield, Defour

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Chelsea head to the Turf Moor Thursday night to take on Burnley in a match-up of what could be England’s two entries into the UEFA Europa League next season. While the Blues may be significantly favored, it’s going to be a very tough battle for Antonio Conte’s men. Burnley are riding a hot streak, winners of five in a row, and they hold a nice advantage in the all time series.

The Clarets have won 33, the Blues 23, with 16 stalemates in the all time series.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Burnley FC

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Chelsea FC head to the Turf Moor for a midweek evening Premier League clash at Burnley FC. This match has some league relevance as Burnley are just two points behind Arsenal for sixth place, and a Europa League berth next season. What a coup that would be for a club that was just promoted in 2014 to usurp one of the Premiership’s big six.

As for Chelsea, they are seven points adrift of arch-rival Tottenham Hotspur for the final spot in the top four, meaning their hopes for Champions League next year are all but extinguished.

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