Man United News and Notes: Darmian, Pereira, Captaincy, Pogba, Valencia

Manchester United travel to Brighton & Hove Albion, to take on the Seagulls in Premier League action on Sunday. With Manager Jose Mourinho having completed his So let’s take a spin through the latest Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors items making the rounds on the internet right now.

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Pep Guardiola Blames Kevin De Bruyne Injury on Big Workload

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Manchester City midfield maven Kevin De Bruyne will have to wait about three months to commence his 2018-19 Premier League season. The Belgian superstar suffered ligament damage in his right knee during a training session on Wednesday, and a club statement confirmed that he suffered a “lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee.”

The bad news is that he’ll be out for three months, and that could certainly be a game changer in regards to the Premier League title race. The good news is his injury recovery process won’t require surgery.

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Matteo Darmian Likely Staying at Manchester United For Now

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Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has made his feelings clear this summer that he wants out. United manager Jose Mourinho has made it known that he will allow the Italian international to leave the club if he so desires. However, it doesn’t look like the defender is going anywhere.

He’s been linked this summer with moves to Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan, but with the Italian transfer window set to close in less than three hours, there is no movement to report. It looks like Darmian isn’t returning to his home country, and he’s staying put until January, at the very least.

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Jose Mourinho Addresses Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial Drama in Weekly Presser

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has just completed his Friday press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion. It was an extremely news worthy session, and it was about a whole lot more than the league fixture against the Seagulls. Mourinho gave some real meaningful answers when repeatedly pressed about his widely reported rift with Paul Pogba.

“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now, that’s the truth,” Mourinho responded Friday when asked about his relationship with his star midfielder, who he also said keep serving as captain as long as Antonio Valencia remains injured.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Brighton & Hove Albion


Manchester United will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday for league clash against the Seagulls. A couple of key players to watch in this one are Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw, the two players who have been publicly called out the most (arguably) by manager Jose Mourinho during his time at United thus far.

Both players started in the season opening win over Leicester City, and both put in a man of the match level performance. Mourinho had praise for both.

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Manchester United Injury, Fitness Report vs Brighton & Hove Albion


Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to the AMEX Stadium to take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho gave some team news. He provided this news ahead of his Friday news conference actually. Mourinho indicated the return of Jesse Lingard for week two, as he was not involved in week one.

Mourinho also said we should expect to see more of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba, who saw all featured, but saw limited time.

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Mauricio Pochettino Conveys Major Venue Issues for Scheduled Man City Game


On Monday, Tottenham Hotspur announced another delay in the opening of their new home stadium at White Hart Lane. The new venue, which was had been slated to open in early-mid September will now be delayed until mid-late October at the earliest. Thus, Spurs moved home games against Liverpool on Sept. 15 and Cardiff City on Oct. 6 to Wembley Stadium, the ground that has served as their temporary home until Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is ready.

On October 28, Spurs will host Manchester City, but where as of yet is still to be determined. They can’t play at Wembley, because a National Football League game is slated to the national stadium that day.

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Jesse Lingard to Return vs Brighton, Jose Mourinho Confirms

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Jesse Lingard, who missed Manchester United’s season opening win over Leicester City due to his extended post World Cup holiday, could feature at Brighton & Hove Albion. United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the return of the young Englishman, adding that we could also see more minutes from four World Cup stars who returned to the team late.

Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba all featured in week one of the regular season, but Mourinho expects a larger role from the quarter in week two.

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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Match Preview, Injury Report, TV Info

For the first time in 23 years, Chelsea will take on an Arsenal team that won’t be led by Arsene Wenger. The Blues host Gunners Saturday afternoon in what will be a London derby featuring two managers in just their second game ever in charge at their new clubs. For the second week in a row, the Gunners are in the weekend’s blockbuster fixture, and the only match-up of two teams that finished in the top six last season.

Chelsea finished fifth last season, while Arsenal placed sixth, so this is a match-up of two teams are trying to get back into UEFA Champions League next season. Whoever wins here will make an early statement of their intentions by getting a big three points.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Chelsea


Chelsea FC host Arsenal on Saturday in a match-up of two giant clubs fighting to get back into the top four, at minimum, this season. The London derby featuring two bosses managing their second ever Premier League contests is this weekend’s Premier League main event.

Arsenal are dealing with a bit of a selection headache in the back, due to a series of injuries. Ashley Maitland-Niles, who was in the first team against Manchester City, picked up an injury in the season opener and will now be out for six to eight weeks.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Arsenal FC

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This weekend’s headliner fixture in the Premier League is a London derby at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea FC host Arsenal on Saturday evening in a match-up between two big clubs which found themselves on the outside looking in last season. Heading into this one, Chelsea are very fortunate in that they have no new injuries and overall a very match fit side.

Superstar Eden Hazard made a brief cameo in the rout over Huddersfield Town last weekend and should be selected for the first team in this one.

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Arsenal FC Goalkeeper David Ospina Set for Napoli Medical, Loan Move


While current Arsenal FC #1 Petr Cech Twitter feuds with the former club of the man who could eventually supplant him, another Gunners goalkeeper, David Ospina, is also making news.

The Colombian international, who saw action with the national side at the World Cup, is currently not in the mix for the starting shot stopper gig in north London, and thus set to go out out on season long loan. Ospina is set to have a medical with Napoli, according to Sky Sports in Italy.

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