Man United Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Rochdale (League Cup)

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It’s a quick turnaround for Manchester United, and that’s a good thing as yesterday was a complete disaster. They will begin their League Cup campaign versus Rochdale AFC, in a third round tie, at home on Wednesday night. The Dale currently competes in League One, the third tier of English football.

United Striker Marcus Rashford went down with a groin injury in Sunday’s catastrophic 2-0 loss at West Ham United. After the loss, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the English international will be out for awhile.

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Frank Lampard Explains Why Christian Pulisic Isn’t Playing

Christian Pulisic was an unused substitute today for Chelsea, in their 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool. For the third straight game, the 21-year-old did not see a minute of playing time, despite being perfectly match fit. This came on the heels of his being in the first team for the UEFA Super Cup and three Premier League fixtures.

At this point, the $73 million acquisition in January is behind both Willian and Pedro on the depth chart, and he will likely see himself below Callum Hudson-Odoi once he’s returned to fitness as well.

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Groin Injury Will Keep Marcus Rashford Out for Awhile

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Manchester United have been hit by another injury at the position group where they can least afford it. Striker Marcus Rashford went down with a groin injury during United’s 2-0 loss at West Ham. After the loss, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the English international will be out for awhile.

This leaves the side with literally zero centre forwards match fit at the current moment. Youngster Mason Greenwood missed the trip to London because of illness while Anthony Martial remains a long term injury absentee. Solskjaer is hopeful of having at least one of the two back for potential selection in the League Cup versus Rochdale at home on Wednesday night.

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Northwestern Football: Recent History of Slow Starts, Fast Finishes

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After yesterday’s 31-10 (a score that doesn’t do justice to the lopsidedness) home blowout loss to unranked Michigan State, Northwestern football Coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked about his team’s bad record in September. He seemed to channel his inner Billy Joe Armstrong as his response evoked the Green Day anti-Iraq War song “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

“Is it over yet?” Fitzgerald responded. It was then pointed out to him that one more game remains this month, a trip to #13 Wisconsin. “Awesome. All right, let’s go,” he responded in a fun manner.

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Media Industry Declining, Public Relations’ Role an Overlooked Factor

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It feels like public sentiment for the media is at an all time low, and much of that is truly deserved. “The media” as many call it, is indeed biased by and large, but it’s not in regards to a political agenda. The bias is towards getting eyeballs and getting paid. Media outlets are biased towards producing the stories that will require the least effort and cost.

And everyone has had a role here in causing the severe decline of the media industry. Consumers want news, but refuse to pay for it. Most consumers are more interested in junk and fluff than what actually matters, and they don’t click on banner ads, so native advertising and sponsored content popped up.

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Marcus Rashford Suffers Injury, Leaves United with No Fit Strikers

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Another dreadful showing for Manchester United and an overall nightmarish day for Marcus Rashford in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham United. The young English international, the only true, legitimate centre-forward/striker currently on United’s roster, blew a brilliant scoring chance, and just looked off in form all day.

It’s been a major problem all year, the inability to finish off scoring chances, and it led to Rashford becoming a top trending topic on social media, due to all the online criticism he received.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Discredits Paul Pogba to Real Madrid Rumors

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Once again, we have reports and rumors linking Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba with a move to Real Madrid, and it is widely expected that this trend will not only continue, but perhaps ramp up come January.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t phased by this, as he believes the Frenchman re-acquired from Juventus in 2016 for a then record £89.3 million transfer fee, isn’t going anywhere.

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MSU Coach Mark Dantonio Achieves Milestone Amid Horrific Week

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One has to wonder how much longer Mark Dantonio is going to stick around Michigan State. As of today, the 63-year-old Spartans head coach is now the sole holder of the program’s career coaching wins record. Additionally, all the off-the-field drama surrounding the program and the athletic department could eventually take his toll on him. 

With an extremely one-sided 31-10 victory at Northwestern on Saturday, in front of 40,114 fans (about evenly split in partisanship), “Coach D.” notched win 110 (against 52 losses), separating himself from Duffy Daugherty (109-69-5), a man who won four national championships (1955, 1957, 1965, 1966) and two Big Ten titles in East Lansing.

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Paul Scholes Expresses Real Concern with Manchester United’s Attack

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is known for his strong takes on his former club. He does not hold back, and his strong opinions are backed up with facts.

While he was known for not wanting to talk much during his days as a player, his life as a pundit has seen him really open up and showcase his knowledge and personality. Scholes believes that midfielder Paul Pogba wants out, and that the club should grant him his wish. He also thinks it was major mistake to let striker Romelu Lukaku go without lining up a proper replacement.

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Paul Pogba Reportedly Set for Manchester United Contract Extension Talks

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Paul Pogba is most certainly a polarizing figure, with Manchester United club legend Paul Scholes blasting him only two days ago. While Scholes sees Pogba’s potential sale as no big deal to get upset about, the club itself has a starkly contrasting view of the French midfielder.

According to an ESPN report today, United are set to meet with Pogba’s “agent Mino Raiola to discuss a contract extension in the coming weeks.” This report comes amid rumors linking the Frenchman with a move to Real Madrid. Pogba, re-acquired from Juventus in 2016 for a then record £89.3 million transfer fee, has two years left on his deal with a club option for a third.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Aston Villa

Arsenal FC, fresh off a very decisive win over Eintract Frankfurt in the Europa League group stage competition last night, will have a quick turnaround when they host Aston Villa on Sunday. Manager Unai Emery, having rotated his squad for the Euro affair, will now have to some selection decisions for the domestic tilt on Sunday.

Defender Sead Kolasinac was subbed off Thursday night due to a minor issue, but he still might be fit in time. Rob Holding may be in contention as well. Joe Willock scored versus Eintracht Frankfurt, and he’ll look to hopefully feature again, but with Mesut Ozil having been rested, one can expect the German to come back into the team.

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Jurgen Klopp Has Very Extensive Praise for Christian Pulisic

Ahead of the headliner fixture this Premier League weekend, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his opponents Chelsea. The Reds will travel to Stamford Bridge in search of their first win there since September of 2016.

Klopp said that Frank Lampard’s side is the only club that could handle a transfer ban (the west London side wasn’t allowed to sign players this summer, and will be prohibited again this winter), and that’s because of all their impressive young talent. Klopp said that with highly rated young players like Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, they have what it takes to cope.

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