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11 points behind Chelsea, can Manchester United qualify for next season’s Champions League?




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Manchester United’s problem is not lack of quality defenders, neither is it the Glazers’ incompetence. It’s far more than that.

Mourinho’s men have failed to rise to the occasion when it matters most. They were thrashed once again by a top-four club as impressive Liverpool were too much for them to curtail in yesterday’s clash.

The Reds were rampant from start to finish and they deservedly picked maximum three points at Anfield.

Having played against all the top-four clubs so far this season, Mourinho managed to get just one point, thanks to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October.

Despite playing at home, the Portuguese manager saw his side crumbled to a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Pochetino’s Tottenham.

Manchester City were too good for Manchester United when both sides met in Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium last month.

The Citizens put three goals past David De Gea while the Red part of Manchester couldn’t score more than a single goal.

Irrespective of the fact that Guardiola’s men were in front of their fans, United ought to have done better but the team lacked inspiration and unity.

Luckily for Mourinho, his team recorded their first point against a top-four club as they played a 2-2 draw against Maurizio Sarri’s high-flying Chelsea.

Last night’s defeat to Liverpool was United’s last game against all the Premier League title contenders before next year. However, the question is can Mourinho qualify the team for next season’s Champions League.

Will United end this season among top-four clubs?

Having picked just 26 points from possible 51, it is increasingly looking like the Red Devils are set to miss out on next year’s Champions League campaign.

They currently occupy the 6th position, you might want to say that only Arsenal separate them from Chelsea right?

Before you think in that direction, it is important you know that they are 11 points off the Blues in the League standings.

This Means the Blues must be defeated in four games while United win as many matches as possible, to stand a chance of making it to the fourth position.

With Chelsea’s current form, losing four games might not come to pass throughout the campaign. The Blues are looking more determined to return back to Champions League competition after seasons.

Arsenal are very much in the contest for a top-four spot despite their 3-2 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s stadium last night.

Emery’s side are not pushovers and Manchester United will have to overtake them in the rankings before thinking about Chelsea and Tottenham.

If things won’t turn around for Mourinho at Old Trafford, the Portuguese manager could be shown the exit door before the season comes to an end.

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Mourinho Is A Spent Force – Frank Lebeouf

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Lebeouf believes that Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho is a spent force.

The Chelsea legend talked about the former Blues boss while he was doing his punditry job on popular media outlet ESPN.

According to the ex-Blues player, Jose Mourinho is past his best despite winning league titles in four different leagues including the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho was formerly the Chelsea manager.

The Portuguese tactician spent two different spells at Chelsea and he won the league title in each of the spells.

In one of his recent interviews, Jose Mourinho told BeIN Sports that he would return to management this summer.

Mourinho has been without a managerial job since he was sacked by Manchester United in December.

The Portuguese tactician paid the price for a poor start to the season with his job at Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho was sacked shortly after Manchester United were beaten by arch-rivals Liverpool.

The Reds won 3-1 thanks to a brace from substitute Xerdan Shaqiri.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was swiftly replaced by ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has done well to lead the Red Devils to the quarterfinals of the Champions League before they were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by Spanish champions Barcelona.

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Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea Targets Named On Team Of The Week List

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Two Chelsea targets have made the Team of the Week list in the Premier League after helping their club to a significant away win over top-four chasers Arsenal.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha have both been linked with Chelsea and the two players were in very good form for Crystal Palace who stunned the Gunners with a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal and Chelsea are two of the four teams battling to qualify for Champions League football next season via the league route.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also in the four-way battle to secure two spots for England in Europe’s premier club competition.

Arsenal needed a win to jump ahead of the other three competitors on the table but Crystal Palace had other ideas.

Wan-Bissaka produced a very good defensive showing against the Gunners while Zaha scored the second goal for his team.

Christian Benteke was given a start by Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson and the Belgian international striker repaid his manager’s faith with the first goal of the game in the first half.

The other goals didn’t come until the second half.

Mesut Ozil equalised for Arsenal before Zaha and James McArthur added further goals for the visitors to go 3-1 up.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for Arsenal with 13 minutes left on the clock but it turned out to be mere consolation as Crystal Palace held on for a famous win.

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Why Sarri Disagreed With Olivier Giroud Over Playing Time

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has disagreed with one of his players over the amount of playing time being given to him at the club this season.

Earlier this month, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud told reporters that he’s frustrated with his lack of quality playing time at the club.

Giroud further revealed that he might need to change his situation as he attempts to get more playing time under his belt.

Sarri addressed the situation concerning Giroud and the playing time alloted to him during his pre-match thoughts ahead of the crucial Premier League game with Burnley.

Chelsea host the Clarets at home with the hopes of securing the win that would take them as high as third spot on the league table.

Sarri told reporters that French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud has played 39 games for Chelsea this season and that he doesn’t agree with the player on his lack of playing time at the club.

Giroud has always been the second choice striker at Chelsea this season especially in the Premier League.

He has played second or even third fiddle to the likes of Alvaro Morata (presently on an 18-month loan deal to Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard as far as the star striker role at Chelsea is concerned.

Majority of his playing time has been in the cup competitions especially the Europa League where he’s the topscorer with 10 goals.

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OGC Nice could make transfer move for Chelsea player

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French Ligue 1 club OGC Nice could make a summer move for Chelsea player Olivier Giroud according to their president Gauthier Ganaye.

The Nice supremo made this known in an interview with popular French media outlet Telefoot as he said that the transfer is a possibility ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Ganaye was also quick to point out that his current salary is expensive.

Olivier Giroud has been linked with a return back to his native France this summer though Chelsea are still hopeful about keeping him at the club beyond his current deal.

The 32-year-old has few months left on his present contract at Chelsea though the West Londoners have the option to activate an additional year clause in his Chelsea deal to take him until 2020 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea signed Giroud from London rivals Arsenal at the start of last year after they paid around £18m for his services.

Giroud went on to sign an 18-month contract with Chelsea until this summer with the option of another year.

The French striker has grown frustrated at the lack of playing time with Chelsea this term and he’s seriously contemplating a new challenge in his urge to play regular football at the top once again.

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Why Gonzalo Higuain No Longer Pay Attention To Critics

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Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that he no longer pays attention to his critics as he tries to make a positive impact at Stamford Bridge.

The Argentine international star has been heavily criticised for his poor showings for Chelsea since his loan move to the club from Italian champions Juventus during the winter transfer window.

Higuain disclosed that he’s ignoring his critics in an interview with ESPN Argentina.

The former Napoli and Real Madrid hitman has not had the best of times for Chelsea since he joined them in January.

Higuain has scored just three goals for Chelsea since his transfer earlier this year and those goals came in the Premier League games against the bottom two clubs Fulham and Huddersfield Town.

The recently retired Argentine international would be hoping to do better starting from the Premier League home clash with Burnley on Monday night.

Higuain would be hoping to add to his tally of three goals.

Chelsea have a fantastic opportunity to take a step closer to securing a top-four spot on the Premier League table when they entertain Burnley at home.

A win over the Clarets will take West London giants Chelsea two places higher to third place on the Premier League table.

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Chelsea Reject Brighton Bid For 19-Year-Old Defender

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West London giants Chelsea have turned down a big bid for one of their young players according to widespread reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Chelsea loanee Reece James has been turning heads with his form this term and it’s not surprising that several Premier League clubs are interested in him.

Reece James has impressed a great deal since he joined English Championship club Wigan Athletic on loan.

According to the specific publication from The Sun, Chelsea have rejected a £10m bid from fellow Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion for the young defender.

The England u-20 international is seen as the one for the future at Chelsea and the Blues are reluctant to the idea of selling him.

The 19-year-old has been attracting the interest of a lot of Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Chelsea want to retain his services though he could still go out on loan next season probably to a Premier League club.

Reece James is seen as the heir to the throne of Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta who has been a wonderful servant for the Stamford Bridge outfit since joining the club from French Ligue 1 giants Marseille.

The Spanish international is the Blues’ vice captain behind club skipper Gary Cahill who’s expected to leave when his contract ends this summer.

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Ex-Chelsea Player Aleksandar Mitrovic Boosts Fulham Job Hopes With Away Win

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Interim Fulham manager Scott Parker has boosted his opportunity of getting the job on a permanent basis after he led the club to their first away win of the season.

Scott Parker masterminded the Cottagers’ 1-0 win at Bournemouth courtesy a second-half penalty from topscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The victory over the Cherries made it two successive league wins for already relegated Fulham for the first time this season.

After the game, Scott Parker told reporters that he has already been planning for next season in the English Championship despite the fact that his permanent appointment has not been confirmed.

Scott Parker is a former Chelsea player having played for the Blues between 2004 and 2005.

The 38-year-old joined Chelsea from Charlton Athletic in January 2004 after the Blues splashed a princely sum of £10m on him.

He didn’t secure a first team spot in the then star-studded Chelsea team before leaving for fellow Premier League club Newcastle United in 2005.

Scott Parker became the interim manager at Fulham in February with Premier League relegation almost certain for the Cottagers.

He replaced experienced manager Claudio Ranieri who was sacked after an underwhelming time in charge of the Fulham team who won just three times under his watch.

Italian tactician Ranieri had replaced Slavisa Jokanovic who started the season with Fulham having masterminded promotion to the top flight at the end of last season.

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PSG Eyeing £65m Summer Move For Chelsea Target

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French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are plotting a big money move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

This is according to the specific report from the Daily Express which claims that the French champions can deliver Champions League football for the Ivorian international player.

They are said to be plotting a big bid of around £65m for the player.

Zaha recently voiced out his desire to play Champions League football after some years off the European scene.

The former Manchester United player has been strongly linked with a move away from South London club Crystal Palace despite the fact that he still has four years left on his current deal with the Eagles.

Major European clubs like German Bundesliga chasers Borussia Dortmund, Champions League semifinalists Tottenham Hotspur and 2012 European champions Chelsea have all registered their interest in Zaha.

Chelsea see him as one of the candidates to potentially replace Eden Hazard at the club with the Belgian international expected to leave the West London giants for Real Madrid this summer.

A possible move for Wilfried Zaha is dependent on the lifting of the transfer ban on Chelsea.

The Blues were handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA after they were found guilty of dealing with footballers under the age of 18.

Chelsea have already appealed the ruling and are anxiously waiting for the verdict.

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Chelsea Targets Praised For Palace Impact Ahead Of Arsenal Game

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Crystal Palace players Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have drawn the praise of the Arsenal manager ahead of the London Derby clash between the Gunners and the Eagles.

In his pre-match thoughts ahead of the game between Arsenal and Palace at the Emirates Stadium, Gunners boss Unai Emery lauded the two aforementioned players for their impact on the Eagles.

Arsenal and Unai Emery need a win at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday evening to maintain their spot in the Premier League top-four.

As a matter of fact, an Arsenal victory will catapult the Gunners above North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and into the third spot on the Premier League table.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha have both been linked with respective moves away from Crystal Palace ahead of this summer.

England junior international right-back Wan-Bissaka is the subject of transfer interest from clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea.

The young defender has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Crystal Palace after usurping experienced player Joel Ward as the first choice right-back at Selhurst Park.

On the other hand, Zaha has been linked with clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), German Bundesliga chasers Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.

The Ivorian international has already talked up the need to play Champions League football meaning that he could be open to a transfer away from Palace.

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26-Year-Old Chelsea Target Hints Ajax Stay

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Ajax Amsterdam winger Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he could stay at his present club beyond this summer’s transfer window despite the intense rumours of a move away from the club.

In a chat with Inside Ajax, Hakim Ziyech hinted a possible stay at Ajax as he said that he’s picky and that an exit would only be considered if something exciting to him comes along.

He was also quick to point out that anything can happen.

Hakim Ziyech has been in very good form for Ajax Amsterdam this term and he has been linked with major European clubs like Arsenal, German champions Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax have exceeded expectations this season especially in the Champions League where they have knocked out more illustrious clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus.

Ajax thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 in front of their home fans in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie to seal a 5-3 aggregate win over the Spanish giants.

The Dutch club then stun Italian champions Juventus 2-1 in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie to seal a last four berth with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Hakim Ziyech and Ajax are at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie as well.

The Moroccan Ziyech has scored 15 goals and provided 12 assists in the league.

The 26-year-old is seen by Chelsea as a possible replacement for wantaway talisman Eden Hazard.

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