Man United Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs AZ Alkmaar

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Having already secured qualification to the knockout round, Manchester United are now seeking to claim the top spot in their UEFA Europa League group when they host AZ Alkmaar tomorrow night. Just a draw will suffice to see United earn a place among the seeds when the draw for the round of 32 takes place on Monday.

Of course, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will play to win, and if they do so, it’ll be three wins in three home European matches this season. You might remember the reverse fixture, which ended in a goalless draw and zero shots on goal for the Red Devils as the match where Solskjaer came off as extremely tone deaf. He labeled the outcome, in which AZ were forced to play in a different stadium due to a natural disaster, as a good result.

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Fred Speaks Out About Racism, Lighter Incident in Manchester Derby


Yesterday’s Manchester Derby at the Etihad, won by United 2-1, was marred by an ugly racist incident. Manchester United midfielder Fred was subjected to racial abuse by a City supporter, and hit by a cigarette lighter that was hurled on the pitch.

The supporter has been publicly identified and Manchester City Football Club released a statement indicating that they are investigating the incident. Fred has spoken out about what transpired, saying that he didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but learned the details upon seeing the video in the locker room.

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Manchester Derby: Starting XI Predictions for United and City

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The Manchester Derby is always special, and a fiercely contested rivalry match, every single time that it is staged. Saturday brings the first of this season’s two editions, with both clubs already out of the title race. Well, if Liverpool suffer an unforeseen collapse, and City get really hot, perhaps the defending champs can get back in the race for the league lead, but that’s a very long shot at best.

Currently third in the table, the Citizens host their intra-city rivals, who now sit sixth in the table. It’s going to be interesting to see what both managers do with their lineups in this one, as each side have a slew of injuries to contend with.

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Manchester Derby Team News: Pogba, Martial, Rojo, Zinchenko, Aguero

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The Manchester Derby is no doubt the highlight fixture of the Premier League weekend, but it’s a match that will see many star players out due to injury on both sides. For visiting Manchester United, this clash has long been declared the return date for midfielder Paul Pogba, but his status for this one still remains in doubt.

England’s most expensive player ever has not featured since late September due to ongoing ankle and foot problems. He has just five appearances and two assists (no goals scored) in Premier League competition this season. If he doesn’t go, and at this point no one can really sat for sure if he will/won’t, United’s midfield could still see a boost in the return of Nemanja Matic, who might likely be ready to feature for the first time since October.

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Jose Mourinho Expects Warm Reception at Old Trafford Tomorrow

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While it ended in disaster, with typical “third season syndrome,” Jose Mourinho still had a decent run as Manchester United manager. He brought the club their first Europa League title in history, a League Cup title and Community Shield win.

Mourinho also led United to the highest league finish the club has seen since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down, when he guided the Red Devils to a second place finish in 2017-18. Tomorrow night, he’ll return to Old Trafford for the first time as the man leading the opposition. He expects a warm reception on Wednesday when he’s introduced to the Theatre of Dreams crowd as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Calls Reports He’ll be Sacked “blatant lies”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no insecurity about his job right now. He even went so far as to call the “reports” claiming he’ll be sacked if United lose at home to Tottenham Hotspur just “blatant lies.” Yes, three Premier League managers have been canned in the last two weeks, but Solskjaer isn’t worried about joining them in the ranks of the unemployed.

“I am good. Absolutely no problem. Sometimes you laugh when you read stories about what I’ve said and stuff. At least I know the sources everyone is talking about aren’t sources, they are just made up, blatant lies,” Solskjaer said.

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Solskjaer Makes Tone Deaf Remarks About Man United Place in Table

Either Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t “get it,” or he knows he’s so secure in his gig that he doesn’t need to “get it.” For at least the second time this season, the Norwegian made remarks about United results that convey just how out of sync he is with the expectations and standards of the fan base.

That’s quite puzzling, given how he’s a former player himself.

After the goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar in early October, a Europa League clash in which his side didn’t even register a shot on goal, OGS called it “a good point away from home against a difficult opponent.” He also added that he was “very pleased” with the result.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Manchester United

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Think Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho will be fired up for this one? The polarizing Portugese returns to Old Trafford, for the first time as an opponent, Wednesday night when Spurs visit Manchester United. Just a couple weeks ago, this looked like little more than a blah match-up between two overpaid, under-achieving big six sides holding out faint hopes of getting back into Europe, some how, some way.

Now it’s a revenge match for one of football’s most intriguing and entertaining figures, and that narrative cannot be over-appreciated this season, with the Premier League title chase almost decided already.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Tottenham Hotspur


You got to wonder just how much rope Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really has left at Old Trafford. With yesterday’s utterly dismal draw against newly promoted Aston Villa yesterday, the team now sits ninth in the table, and off to their worst beginning since 1988-89, when they finished 11th.

While the Norwegian’s seat may or may not be hot, it’s worth bringing up as Arsenal have now sacked Unai Emery for much lesser crimes. The Gunners are one spot ahead of United in the table, and Emery had a 20% better win rate in the Premier League than OGS does now.

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Tottenham at United Team News: Mourinho, Lamela, Davies, McTominay, Matic

Here we go, a bonafide “circle the date” fixture as Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur and their new manager Jose Mourinho. The Special One returns to Old Trafford, this time leading the opponent of the club that sacked him a little less than a year ago.

No more hype needed, so let’s take a look at the team news for this one, starting with the hosts. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who now has a putrid 27% win rate as permanent manager at United, winning just six out of 21 league fixtures since having the interim label removed on March 28, is hoping to have Scott McTominay back for this one.

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David de Gea Says Quality, Not Effort, United’s Biggest Problem

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Hours away from kickoff at home against Aston Villa on this Sunday, Manchester United currently sit ninth place in the Premier League table and nine points off the pace of the top four. Off to their worst start ever in the Premier League era, this very expensive to construct side is only mid-table.

They have miles to go in order to reach the level of a Champions League qualifying side, but it’s not due to any lack of effort, says the team’s best player, David de Gea. The Spanish goalkeeper, who has dominated the team’s player of the year award in recent seasons, says there is “much to improve” for the Red Devils and that they have a “lack of quality in certain areas.”

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Aston Villa

Manchester United has really got to like their chances tomorrow when they host Aston Villa, given the recent history in this fixture. United have lost just once in their last 24 Premier League contests against AVFC, and that was way back in December of 2009.

Should United win tomorrow it would make it 13 of the last 14 and seven in a row over the Villans at the theatre of dreams. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may select in his first team, in hopes of taking all three points from this one. Anything short of a convincing victory would be a total disaster as Villa are a lower tier side and United are struggling to secure European football qualification again.

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