Ole Gunnar Solskajer Rules Out Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for 2-3 Weeks

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Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer dropped a bombshell at his press conference today- young stellar forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will be out injured for 2-3 weeks; meaning they’ll miss both the FA Cup 5th round clash at Chelsea Monday night and the league clash at home against Liverpool next weekend.

Both suffered muscular injuries in the loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. For Martial, it’s a groin issue and with Lingard a hamstring problem. It turns out the home loss to PSG in midweek damaged a lot more than just United’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Newport County (FA Cup 5th Round)

Manchester City have a real solid chance of winning a treble this season, and if we’re really going glass half full, a long shot opportunity to enter the rarified air of accomplishing a quadruple. Go here for more on that. The next step is to win on Saturday at Newport County, a tiny club that resides in 15th place in the fourth tier of English football.

Four days after this clash comes a restart of their UEFA Champions League campaign, as the Citizens will visit German side FC Schalke in the first leg of their round of 16 tie. Then four days after that another meeting with Chelsea, in the EFL Cup final. With so much fixture congestion, expect Sky Blues boss Pep Guardiola to heavily rotate his squad.

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Manchester City at Newport County Injury Report: Kompany, Mendy, Bravo, O’Brien, Labadie

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Manchester City heads to Newport County tomorrow for the first ever meeting in the FA Cup between the two sides and the first contest in any competition since City beat Newport in a 1962 League Cup clash. Newport County Association Football Club, based in Newport, South Wales, are currently in 15th place of League Two, the fourth tier of English football.

Obviously, they are massive underdogs in this fifth round clash and one should expect City manager Pep Guardiola to do a lot of squad rotation in this one. He’ll have one eye on this match, and another on what is ahead- their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie at FC Schalke four days later and the League Cup final four days after that.

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Alexandre Lacazette Apologies to Arsenal Fans After Bate Shock Gunners

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Arsenal were absolutely shocked tonight in UEFA Europa League action as they fell 1-0 at Bate Borisov, a tiny Belarusian club. Bate has just a tiny fraction of the resources that the London giants do, but here they are heading to London a week from tonight up 1-0 on aggregate in the round of 32 tie.

The misery is compounded by the fact that one of their primary weapons, striker Alexandre Lacazette, was sent off in the 85′ and will now miss the next leg due to his red card. Lacazette threw an elbow late, and the call was very cut and dry. He was well aware of his being in the wrong and issued an apology to fans via social media:

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Ed Woodard Expresses Gratitude to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Comments on Manager Search

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Happy Valentine’s Day Manchester United fans- embrace the holiday spirit by reading and analyzing the news surrounding Club CEO Ed Woodward holding an investor conference call today. After all, what’s more romantic than some fiscal ledger sheets?

That’s a little joke of course, but in all seriousness, Woodward did make a lot of news today, by finally breaking his silence on the topic of the managerial and football director searches. Woodward, whose official title is Executive Vice President, sacked Jose Mourinho on December 19, and appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interim boss for the rest of the season the very next day.

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Mesut Ozil Approves of Social Media Post Questioning Unai Emery

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Whatever the issue is between Arsenal manager Unai Emery and midfielder Mesut Ozil, it does not appear to be resolving itself. If anything, it seems to be only worsening as the highest paid player in club history was left out of the squad that will take on Bate Borisov tonight in the first leg of a round of 32 UEFA Europa League tie.

Ozil did not even travel with the team, and this season has seen him benched or even omitted from match day squads when healthy for reasons unspecified. Emery has been mostly evasive when asked about the German international’s omission, and on the occasions that he’s provided an answer, it has tended to keep evolving.

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Maurizio Sarri Says He Hasn’t Spoken to Roman Abramovich Since Man City Debacle

In his prematch press conference ahead of his side’s visit to Malmo, for a Europa League round of 32 clash, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he has not heard from club owner Roman Abramovich since the disaster at Manchester City last weekend. City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 this past Sunday, prompting speculation that Sarri’s job could be in danger.

Abramovich is known for not having a whole lot of patience with his managers, but after the game Sarri said on Sunday that he would welcome a conversation with his ultimate boss. He also said that he never really hears from the Russian oligarch, but on Wednesday Sarri said those comments were mistranslated.

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Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez Doubts for Chelsea FA Cup Clash

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Manchester United play their second of three straight matches against big money, brand name clubs when they visit Chelsea for a FA Cup fifth round clash on Monday night. The Red Devils will hope that their attack, and with it the result will be much better than last time out, a disastrous 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the home leg of their UEFA Champions League knockout round tie.

Anthony Martial was very uncharacteristically in poor form before leaving early due to injury. Jesse Lingard also had an injury force him into an early exit. Both will be further assessed as kickoff draws closer, but as of now the pair are very serious doubts for the Chelsea clash.

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Arsene Wenger Reveals he Tried to Bring Jadon Sancho to Arsenal

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Long time former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed Wednesday night that he tried to bring Jadon Sancho to north London while the young Englishman was still with Manchester City. The Borussia Dortmund winger left City for Dortmund in August of 2017, on a transfer fee reported to be about £8 million.

Sancho was struggling to get major minutes with the Citizens, and Wenger hoped then that the chance to come home would be appealing have enough appeal to get the deal done. Sancho has been sensational at BVB, leapfrogging Christian Pulisic in the pecking order for the side leading the Bundesliga.

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Juventus Boss Says Arsenal Haven’t Player Aaron Ramsey in Right Position

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Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici has revealed the specific manner in which his club plans to position their new midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Two days ago, the Bianconeri announced that they had acquired Ramsey on a free transfer, with his move to take effect in the summer.

The Welshman’s new deal will see him earn more than £400,000-per-week, according to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein.If that salary seems high, well that’s because it is, and Juve have extra cash to splash given how they didn’t have a splurge on a transfer fee in this deal.

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Sadio Mane, Naby Keita Lobby for Timo Werner to Join Liverpool

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It’s never too early to start bantering about the major players who could be on the move this upcoming summer transfer window, and Timo Werner will definitely be one of those, should he hit the open market. The German striker will be entering the final year of his deal at RB Leipzig, and the Bundesliga side could be looking to make sure they get some kind of financial restitution; lest they risk losing him the next summer on a free.

Where could Werner land this summer? Well, in 2017, while being targeted by Liverpool, he did speak of his desire “to play at a big club.” However, last year he dropped a hint that he would choose Manchester United over their arch-rivals at Anfield, if given the chance.

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Angel Di Maria Says He Anticipated Hostile Reception at Old Trafford

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Angel Di Maria broke not just the club, but the English transfer fee record when he moved to Manchester United from Real Madrid in 2014, but his stint with the club was underwhelming to say the least. Di Maria clashed with then manager Louis van Gaal and just never found himself, nor his game really clicking at Old Trafford.

The very next year Di Maria was off to Paris Saint-Germain, sold off at a price that incurred a big financial loss for United. When the Argentine midfielder came back to the Theatre of Dreams for the first time as an opponent last night, he was jeered and booed. During PSG’s 2-0 win over United in the UEFA Champions League knockout round, Di Maria had lighters and beer bottles thrown at him.

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