Evra ridicules Arsenal ´babies´ after Sheffield United defeat

Patrice Evra accused Arsenal of being weak-willed “babies” following their 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Monday. Lys Mousset’s first-half goal punished Nicolas Pepe’s earlier close-range miss and condemned the Gunners to a second defeat in nine Premier League games. Unai Emery claimed his side did not deserve to lose but former Manchester United defender […]

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Robertson relishing Old Trafford battle with ´excellent´ compatriot McTominay

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is relishing Sunday’s battle with Scott McTominay and says his Scotland team-mate has been “excellent” for Manchester United this season. The international colleagues will come face to face when Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League this weekend. McTominay has started all eight league games of a disappointing campaign for […]

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BREAKING NEWS: De Gea & Pogba out of Man United v Liverpool

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed David de Gea and Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

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Longstaff to be offered new contract

After the entire summer we have been hearing about Manchester United wanting to sign Sean Longstaff, the player stayed at St James’ Park. Then the rumours started again about his potential move to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, but now it looks like it is Matty Longstaff who is taking the spotlight for […]

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Opinion: Reported January target could secure the title for Celtic if he joins

Opinion: Reported January target could secure the title for Celtic if he joins – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has been linked with a move to Celtic for a while now.

Wanyama is unwanted at Spurs and he is no longer a key first-team player for Mauricio Pochettino. The defensive midfielder was expected to depart in the summer but his move fell through.

It will be interesting to see if Celtic bring him back to the club this season.

A January move would be ideal for all parties. Wanyama needs to play regularly and Spurs would like to get his wages off their books.

Furthermore, Celtic could use a powerhouse like him at the heart of their midfield.

Wanyama is a top-class player on his day and he would be a star in the Scottish Premier League. He would make a huge difference for Celtic.

It would be the kind of signing that transforms a side. He will improve Lennon’s side defensively and will allow the attacking players to play with more freedom.

Also, he will take the burden off experienced players like Scott Brown.

Rangers are pushing hard for the title this year and someone like Wanyama could help Celtic pull clear of their challengers and retain their domestic crown.

It could be a season-defining signing for them.

Celtic should do everything in their power to bring him back to the club when the transfer window reopens in January.

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Guillem Balague explains how Tottenham’s new stadium has hindered Pochettino’s tactics

Guillem Balague explains how Tottenham's new stadium has hindered Pochettino's tactics – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are currently going through a very rough patch following a woeful start to 2019-20.

They have been dumped out of the League Cup, suffered a 7-2 loss at the hands of Bayern Munich at home and have won just three of their eight Premier League games.

Spurs headed into the international break with a 3-0 loss to Brighton Hove and Albion, and will look to turn things around when action resumes this weekend.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has cut a frustrated figure in the dugout and during some of his press conferences, and is without a doubt under a lot of pressure.

The Argentine has been widely backed to get Tottenham back on track, but Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reckons the club’s new stadium could have played its role in the side’s struggles.

“In his first years the system used most often was 3-4-3 or a 4-4-2 with offensive full-backs and mobile forwards, but it suddenly became clear to Pochettino and his team last season that their squad possessed an abundance of defensive players and so they began to play five at the back,” Balague told BBC.

“That stops that pressure high up the pitch as the number of players upfront is reduced. The players in the squad are also older and, frankly, many of them simply do not have the ‘legs’ they had three or four years ago. The youthfulness and vigour of the side when Pochettino first arrived, if not totally a thing of the past, has diminished.

“It is also worth noting that it is considered easier to play a high-pressure game on the smaller White Hart Lane surface they used to call home, compared to the longer and slightly wider pitches of Wembley and the new stadium.”

It will be interesting to see if Pochettino can come up with a different style of play as his current tactics are clearly not working.

Given Tottenham’s limited financial strength, a complete squad overhaul isn’t on the cards, but key departures are expected in the next two transfer windows.

Moreover, the club could do with new legs with some of their key players ageing, and how Pochettino sorts things out in the coming months will put his managerial and tactical prowesses to test.

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Report shares what triggered Snodgrass’ international retirement decision

Report shares what triggered Snodgrass' international retirement decision – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Sun, West Ham United winger Robert Snodgrass decided to call time on his international career with Scotland after he learnt he was being dropped from the starting line-up for the San Marino game.

That became obvious during Saturday’s training when he was excluded from a 10 v 8 match-up – which featured six changes from the team that lost to Russia on Thursday.

The 32-year-old forward was also likely not to have made Steve Clarke’s XI for next month’s games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan after the manager decided to ring the changes following the 4-0 defeat to Russia.

Snodgrass made his Scotland debut in 2011, going on to earn 28 caps and scoring seven games.

The West Ham man announced his decision on social media on Tuesday, and will now look to fully concentrate on his club career.

Snodgrass initially withdrew from the Scotland squad on Saturday after a calf injury had flared up before informing Clarke of his decision on Monday night, and it remains to be seen if he will be fit for the Hammers’ trip to Everton this weekend.

He has started just a Premier League game for West Ham this season, coming off the bench thrice.

The attacking midfielder featured in both of the Hammers’ League Cup clashes and will now hope his international retirement can help boost his chances at the London Stadium and keep his club career going for a few more years.

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