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Why Everton might be wasting time in pursuit of Shinji Kagawa

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It was earlier reported that Everton are seeking for the signature of former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa in the January transfer window.

Kagawa currently plays in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund after joking in 2014 from the Old Trafford.

Pundits have therefore warned that the pursuit of the player remains a waste of time because he would end up failing to impress again in the Premier League, just like what happened when he was with the Red Devils.

It was also noted that the tense level of the Premier League is different from what was obtainable when he first came in at a younger age. He might not be able to survive the competition.

Also, the Japanese might not find a place in the Everton with the availability of playmakers like Gylfi Sigurdsson who is in fine form and might not be risked to be left out of any game.

Compared to Kagawa who is doing very badly, Sigurdsson has scored a total of five goals and two assists this season.

However, it is not clear if Everton will be willing to pay the sum of £12 million for a player as Kagawa who has not been very competitive in recent time.

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Solskjaer sends “threat” to misfiring players

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Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not made it hidden his decision to have a total overhaul of his squad as soon as the summer transfer window is reopened.

The Red Devils team have not been doing good for the past weeks as they have seen six defeats in eight games which are a bad record to identify with, as the last defeat was suffered against Merseyside outfit Everton by 4-0.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no doubt growing in frustration as he is unhappy with the result and he has blamed some of the players for not giving their 100% to the team in some of the defeats.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a very big start when he took over the job as the Red Devils boss in December last year, after former manager Jose Mourinho was sacked as he returned to winning ways and ensured his team played better.

All of these immediately changed as soon as the former Red Devils boss was handed a permanent contract by the club as he has not won as many games as he should.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has therefore stated that he will be left with no choice than to bring in players that will help him succeed while others will be shown the way out.

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Real Madrid close to wrapping Pogba deal

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The latest report hints that Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid are close to wrapping up a deal for Man United star Paul Pogba as it is reported that talks with the player’s camp have reached an advanced stage.

The France international has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital over time and he has fuelled the speculation by confessing his love for the club and his willingness to work under football legend Zinedine Zidane.

Reports in Spain had earlier revealed that the Los Blancos launched an “operation Pogba” and they were ready to land him in the coming summer window.

However, reports claim that Real Madrid are already in contact with the former Juventus player and will hope to wrap up the deal at the end of the season with Paul Pogba also keen to move on.

Meanwhile, Man United are keen to keep the star player as he is their most-priced and they are reportedly ready to splash a high price on the player that will be huge for Madrid to pay.

The Spanish giants were earlier facing competition from French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona and former club Juventus but he is set to move to the Spanish capital.

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Solskjaer speaks on being the right man for United job

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended himself by claiming that he is the best man for Man United job despite the poor results suffered by his team in recent weeks.

A lot of doubt has been cast on the credibility of the former player after seeing his team suffer six defeats in 8 games as well as the elimination from the Champions League which has not gone well with the club fans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that he is not the one to make the call on who is best to take up the role at the Old Trafford but stressed that he is confident in himself to deliver great result at the club ahead of the coming season.

He stressed that he is confident in himself and his team to deliver despite having the big challenge to do so as they hope to secure a top-four finish in the English Premier League so as to secure a space in the Champions League next season.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will have to face Man City and later Chelsea before the end of the season but all hope is not lost as his team can still deliver a win in all of their games left until the end of the season.

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Why Zaha should be respected amidst United link

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Scott Dann has opined that Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha should be respected after he claimeed he is ready to move to a higher level of his career by playing in a big side for Champions League football.

Wilfried Zaha earlier stated last week that he wishes to move ahead from Crystal Palace to a bigger side where he can have a Champions League football as he claims he has worked hard to deserve it.

Meanwhile, he has been linked with a return to the Old Trafford as he continues to fire for the English Premier League side.

Wilfried Zaha has been tipped to be one of the hottest strikers in the English Premier League and has been tipped to succeed at a bigger stage should he land the opportunity.

Scott Dann stated that the player should not be blamed for seeking a move away from Crystal Palace, noting that every other player will want a step forward in his career at one point or the other.

He noted that there are a number of players who do not have the same level of quality as Wilfried Zaha but are at a bigger stage and the player should not be criticized for being ambitious.

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Solskjaer reveals Man City’s tactics

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English Premier League outfit Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how their Wednesday opponents Man City always have a way of defeating teams as he warns his players to be aware.

The two Manchester teams will clash in an all-important game as Liverpool also have their fate this season dependant on the game, knowing that they will have a better chance of winning the English Premier League should the Red Devils secure a win in the game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that he expects Man City to press his side from the start of the game to the end because they have got the quality each time they have hold of the ball.

He, however, noted that his team must be steadfast in their defending after getting the ball from manager Pep Guardiola team because they are going to be aggressive and offensive in their bid to get the ball back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stressed that Man City will not allow his side have it any cheap or easy which leads to a foul against them but his players must keep focused in the game from the start to the end.

A win for Man United will brighten their chances of finishing in the top-four in the Premier League table.

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Hudson-Odoi Injury Is A Serious One – Chelsea Coach

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Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola has revealed that the injury suffered by young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is a serious one.

Zola is the assistant manager to Blues boss Maurizio Sarri and he talked about Callum Hudson-Odoi during his post-match thoughts after Chelsea were forced to a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley.

The ex-Italian national team player told reporters that the Achilles injury sustained by Callum Hudson-Odoi during the Burnley game is a serious one.

Recently capped England international Hudson-Odoi was subbed off for Pedro Rodriguez after 41 minutes.

Kante allayed fears on the injury sustained by N’Golo Kante.

According to Zola, the rib injury sustained by the former Leicester City player is not a serious one.

Both Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante suffered their respective injuries in the first half of the home league game against Burnley.

Chelsea missed out on a big opportunity to secure three important points and take a big step towards sealing Champions League football for next season via a top-four finish on the Premier League table.

Kante scored to cancel the opener from Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick before Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain scored a second goal for the West London giants.

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes found the back of the net for a 2-2 scoreline after just 24 minutes.

Both sides settled for a 2-2 draw at the end of the final whistle.

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Burnley Slammed for Anti-football At Chelsea

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has ripped into Burnley for the style of play adopted when both sides met for the second time in this season’s Premier League.

Both teams played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the end of proceedings.

In his post-match reaction to the disappointing result for hosts Chelsea, Brazilian international David Luiz berated the Clarets for the anti-football approach adopted during the game.

Burnley were resolute in defence as they frustrated Chelsea for the majority of the game.

The Clarets were full value for the draw which has all but guaranteed their stay in the Premier League for at least one season.

They took the lead as early as the eighth minute through Republic of Ireland international midfielder Jeff Hendrick.

Chelsea swiftly recovered from that early setback to score two quickfire goals through N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain.

Kante scored the equaliser for Chelsea after good work from star player Eden Hazard just four minutes after the opening goal from the aforementioned Hendrick.

Higuain added a second goal two minutes later off an assist from Spanish international defender Cesar Azpilicueta to give the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

Ashley Barnes equalised for Burnley in a whirlwind first half but neither side added to the goals scored at the end of 90 minutes.

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Ex-Liverpool Star Demands Stricter Sanctions For Racism

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Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has called for stricter sanctions for racism abuse as he continues to spearhead the fight to stamp the scourge out of football.

The former Liverpool player made this known in a chat with popular English media portal The Times.

Sterling demanded for a nine-point deduction for offenders.

He was speaking ahead of the Manchester Derby clash in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Sterling has been in superb form for both club and country this season and he has been a key player for a Manchester City side chasing a fantastic treble.

Manchester City have already won the Carabao Cup title via a penalty shootout victory over London club Chelsea and they have also been knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham Hotspur.

The Citizens can still win the Premier League and the FA Cup final.

Manchester City have an FA Cup final meeting with Watford next month while they can take a big step towards retaining their league title ahead of rivals Liverpool by beating Manchester United in their derby meeting later this week.

Sterling is expected to play a big part for Manchester City against the Red Devils.

He has scored 17 goals for Manchester City in the Premier League this season and he’s in contention for the Golden Boot Award ahead of the trip to take on Manchester United.

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Liverpool Trio Singled Out For Praise

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised the work rate of the famed front trio at the club as he tries to mastermind the double between now and the rest of the season.

The famed front trio at Liverpool are Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Klopp lauded the recent output of his forward trio in a chat with the official website of Liverpool.

The former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 was particularly impressed with the work rate shown by his forwards in the 2-0 win over Welsh side Cardiff City.

Relegation battlers Cardiff City made the game very difficult for Liverpool as they tried to frustrate the Reds who have to win their remaining games to have a chance to usurp Manchester City as the English champions.

Cardiff City stopped Liverpool in a first half that ended in a goalless draw.

Liverpool stepped up the tempo in the second half and they were rewarded with goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner (penalty).

Reds substitute Milner clinched the points for his team after Mohamed Salah was said to have been fouled by Cardiff City skipper Sean Morrison by centre referee Martin Atkinson.

As a result of the tough victory over the Bluebirds, Liverpool secured the Premier League summit from Manchester City who has beaten Tottenham Hotspur by a lone goal 24 hours earlier.

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Chelsea Duo Suffer Respective Injuries In Burnley Draw

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Chelsea fans were left in a state of disappointment after the Blues played out a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley in the Premier League.

They also had to deal with two major injury setbacks from the same game.

Key players like N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi were forced off with different injuries against Burnley.

French World Cup winner Kante suffered a rib injury and he was replaced by Croatian international Mateo Kovacic at the halftime interval.

He had already scored for Chelsea in the opening 15 minutes of the game.

Kante levelled proceedings for Chelsea in the 12th minute after Burnley has shot into an eighth minute lead through Jeff Hendrick.

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain then ended a six-game scoreless run to give the Blues the lead in the game for the first time off an assist from Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Chelsea lead lasted for just ten minutes after Ashley Barnes scored the equaliser for the visitors as both sides settled for a 2-2 draw at the halftime interval.

Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered an Achilles problem and was swiftly replaced by Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez with four first half minutes left on the clock.

Kante was subbed off as a result of the injury at halftime.

Chelsea felt the impact of the two injured players as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at full-time after struggling to break down a resolute Burnley side.

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