Jose Mourinho backs Luke Shaw to be more than just a £27 million bench warmer

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By John O’Leary

When Manchester United completed the transfer of defender Luke Shaw as an 18 year old from Southampton in 2014, the £27 million price tag made him the most expensive teenage signing in Premier League history. This year, there are those who have said that they would be happy to warm the United subs bench for half the money, but boss Jose Mourinho insists that the youngster’s time to shine is here at last.

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Chelsea vs Barcelona, Real Madrid vs PSG Headline UCL Round of 16

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It’s quite safe to say that UEFA truly got it right with the round of 16 pairings today. The Champions League knockout round draw was held on Monday two massive headliner draws here- Chelsea vs Barcelona and Real Madrid taking on Paris Saint-Germain.

The two time defending European champions will take on the French side which is establishing themselves as the most aggressive, big money spending club when it comes to acquiring new players.

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Man United Draw Sevilla, Liverpool Get Porto in UCL Knockout Round

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England set a record by sending five different teams through to the UEFA Champions League knockout round. Four of the five went in as group winners, with Chelsea the only side finishing second, and that was by a single point on tie-breakers. Chances for the British clubs to advance even further in Europe are quite high, as a few of them drew some favorable match-ups on Monday.

The Guardian did a power rankings for the knockout round clubs, and England’s representation came in very favorable on their list.

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Harry Kane Revels in Rout, Looks Forward to Busy Period Ahead

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Tottenham Hotspur blasted Stoke City today 5-1 at Wembley Stadium, a performance that Spurs talisman Harry Kane hailed as “on fire.” The rout at the national stadium was exactly what Spurs needed, as they came into this one desperately seeking a win.

Tottenham had just one victory in their last six entering the weekend, and now was the perfect time to try and right the ship.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction, Injury Report vs Stoke City

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Stoke City to Wembley Stadium tomorrow afternoon looking to right their form and get a winning streak going again. They have just one win in their last six, to go along with three losses and two draws.

They are essentially eliminated from Premier League title contention as there is pretty much no room for error when it comes to keeping up with Manchester City. Table topping City has taken 43 points from their first 45, and that means Spurs will now play domestically for top four.

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Manchester United #5 in Champions League Power Rankings

When someone composes a UEFA Champions League power rankings they are also essentially creating a world power rankings. If you can beat everybody in Europe, then you can beat anybody on Earth. The Guardian concocted a hierarchy of the 16 teams who advanced to the knockout round, and Manchester United came in fifth.

It sounds about right, and it’s hard to argue against that. It’s also difficult to take issue with where United’s opponents this weekend in the Manchester Derby placed- #1.

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Chelsea FC Fall Short of Group Win, but Help England Make UCL History

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England has officially become the first nation to ever place five teams into the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. Four (Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City) of the five British teams won their groups, while Chelsea FC fell short by just one point.

Spain is the only country other than England to ever put five teams even into the group stage. Chelsea FC drew with Atletico Madrid 1-1 in their final group stage match, and finished second in Group C to AS Roma.

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Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial Among World’s 10 Most Valuable U21 Footballers

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Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial may compete with one another sometimes for minutes on the pitch, but both remain productive scorers for Manchester United and extremely valuable commodities in the football world. Rashford scored the game winning goal today, punching United’s ticket to the UEFA Champions League knockout round.

Rashford ended a mini scoring “drought” while helping the Red Devils end their own round of 16 mini drought.

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Full FA Cup Draws Released, Manchester United Get Derby County

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Monday saw the FA Cup draws released, and the headliner tie is Liverpool versus Everton, a Merseyside derby taking place at Anfield in the oldest competition. The only other match-ups between two Premier League sides are Burnley at Manchester City, and Crystal Palace at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Manchester United host Derby County while Chelsea will travel to Norwich City. Arsenal begin their defense of the FA Cup title with a trip to Nottingham Forest.

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Ashley Young, Anthony Martial Crack Top 20 Individual Player Power Rankings

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Ashley Young is one of three Manchester United players to crack the NBC Sports Premier League individual player power rankings for this week. The list is 20 deep, and Young is joined by teammates Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. The very versatile Young doesn’t often make lists such as these, but he grabbed the final spot here.

Pogba, a regular to individual player power rankings, is #12 while Martial is #14. Manchester City lead the way with four representatives, while Liverpool, Leicester City and Arsenal each have a pair in the group.

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Five of the Most Offside (And Off-Pitch) Football Investments In Recent Years

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Given how many footballers are incredibly overpaid, sometimes we don’t think about how much they plough through their money and see their fortunes disappear faster than Chris Coleman’s tenure with Wales. Naturally, as the career of a footballer declines, the options are to either go into managing or start investing. But many footballers and their associates have made some real messes as far as investments are concerned, so let’s have a look at some of the big ones.

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Erik Lamela Returns, Discusses “worst of time of his life” Away from Game

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While last night saw Tottenham Hotspur pretty much eliminated from the Premier League title chase, there is a still a true feel good story to report. Spurs winger Erik Lamela made a substitute appearance in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City, and this was his first game in exactly 400 days.

Lamela missed 13 months of action due to hip injuries that required two operations, and the long lay-off had him fearing that he may never play the game again. He also described his time away from the pitch as “probably the worst time of my life.” The 25-year-old Argentine certainly did not hold anything back, opening up about his struggle and the long road back in interviews with the media.

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