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Feyenoord down Manchester United in Europa League opener



Manchester United suffered defeat in the hands of Feyenoord as the host ran out deserved 1-0 winners on Thursday in the Europa League opener.


Their much-changed line-up boasted quality but looked unconvincing in Rotterdam as United failed to create much, as the dutch team stifled Jose Mourinho’s men providing numerous chances.

Jose rang the changes introducing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young and Memphis Depay but all proved to be aabortive as the men in blue failed to dominate the game.

Looked like it was going to end in a stalemate, but Feyenoord found the back of the net thanks to Tonny Vilhena after he had  teed up by Jorgensen.

It wasn’t the kind of performance Mourinho expected after Saturday’s derby defeat at the hands of arc rivals Manchester City.

Anthony Martial’s strike which went off the mark was the best United could conjure in a poor first half performance that showed no sign of improvement and urgency after the break.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Memphis Depay and Ashley Young were introduced as Mourinho attempted to rally his side, but their introduction could not prevent United’s winless run extending to a sixth European trip.

They left Holland pointless as the Eredivisie leaders struck a decisive blow as offside calls against Nicolai Jorgensen ignored and his cross was turned home impressively by Vilhena.

It was a disappointing night at the ground where United won the Winners’ Cup against Barcelona in 1991, with parts of De Kuip closed this time as Feyenoord attempted to avoid triggering suspended punishments handed down by UEFA for crowd trouble.

Istanbul-based Fenerbahce and Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk lie in wait over the coming months, which is part of the reason why Mourinho chose such a strong side for the trip to Rotterdam.

It was an impressive show of strength but the eight changes from the derby loss struggled, rarely clicking into gear.

David de Gea saved a fine effort from Steven Berghuis and  a strike during the opening stages, which saw Paul Pogba’s free-kick dealt with brilliantly by Brad Jones.

The former Liverpool goalkeeper had precious little to do in the first half but will have breathed a sigh of relief in the 24th minute when Martial fizzed wide after a Matteo Darmian cross.

It was United’s only moment of inspiration in a tepid half that ended with Juan Mata just failing to reach a Marcus Rashford header, having seen Jens Toornstra flash over minutes earlier at the end of a quality Feyenoord move.

Unlike Saturday’s Manchester derby the United boss refrained from any changes at the break, which Mourinho emerged from around a minute before his players and staff.

Pogba fired wide soon after play resumed, with former Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi doing better when coming close with his own long-range effort.

Despite the decision to change attack the Dutch side were looking most likely score, with Jorgensen blocked before Bilal Basacikoglu tried his luck.

Feyenoord fans cheered when Depay missed with a wild attempt, before the noise ratcheted up several notches. Jorgensen appeared offside when put through down the flank, making the most of defensive disarray and cutting the ball back to the edge of the box for Vilhena to turn home.

Ibrahimovic slammed a half-volley into Jan-Arie van der Heijden’s shin. Bailly headed just wide at the death.

This was United’s fourth consecutive away defeat in Europe after losses to Liverpool, Midtjylland and Wolfsburg and Mourinho really does need to return to winning ways at Watford on Sunday. “We go back to a normal team, obviously without so many changes,” Mourinho said.

Feyenoord (4-4-3): Jones; Karsdorp (Nieuwkoopat 91’), Botteghin, Van Der Heijden, Kongolo; El Ahmadi, Kuyt, Trindade; Berghuis (Basacikoglu 67’), Toornstra, Jorgensen.

Subs: Hansson, Woudenberg, Vejinovic, Tapia, Framer.

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Pogba, Herrera; Mata (Young 63’), Martial (Memphis 63’), Rashford (Ibrahimovic 63’).

Subs: Romero, Carrick, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini.

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Premier League Transfer News Update: Ozil, Morata, Paquet, Martial, Ramsey




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Though the transfer market is currently closed, clubs are being linked with some players ahead of the upcoming winter transfer window.

Here are some players making headlines in the transfer media.

Mesut Ozil and Anthony Martial could be engaged in a swap deal

Manchester United are reportedly set to offer want-away striker Anthony Martial plus cash to Arsenal so as to receive Mesut Ozil in return.

According to Daily Mirror, Mourinho is willing to reunite with the retired Germany international at Old Trafford and he’s ready to do everything to see that happen in January.

Arsenal target Brazilian Lucas Paquette despite United’s interest

Le10 Sports are reporting that United and Arsenal are set to compete for Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paquette, who has two caps for the Selecao. The youngster is valued at £44m by Flamengo but it’s yet to be seen if both clubs are ready to spend big on his signature.

West Ham target Chelsea striker

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be joining the Hammers in January as Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to lure the Spaniard to the Bet365 Stadium.

The former Manchester City manager hasn’t hit the ground running with the team after five round of matches this season and he’s looking to bolster his team’s attacking prowess in the second half of the season.

Ramsey’s uncertain future

Arsenal are yet to convince the Welshman to commit his future to the Emirates stadium, despite all their efforts to see that happen before the end of this month.

Though talks are still ongoing but the Express claims both parties are not having a smooth talk as many would have wanted.

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It is surprising to see that Liverpool star is still carrying a strap on his shoulder

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Liverpool fans got the shock of their lives after Egypt International, Mo Salah took off his shirt to change to another one.

However, the camera moves close to the Liverpool star and we noticed that he is still carrying a strap over his shoulder after the face-off between him and Sergio Ramos in the Uefa Champions league.

Mo Salah has suffered a shoulder injury that saw him leave the field of play in tears after a collision between him and Spain International, Sergio Ramos.

The injury had dampened the morale of the  Reds players as the went on to lose the final to Real Madrid.

This injury affected Mo Salah in the world cup tournament in Russia as he was unable to perform for his home country Egypt.

With four months passed in the injury that took place at Kiev, many would have believed that Salah will have been back to normal.

However, the strapping may be a precaution owing to the fact that shoulders that have been dislocated are prone to popping out of the joint again.

With this new revelation, Liverpool fans hatred for Real Madrid defender and Spain International has just soared higher as fans still believe he injured Salah on purpose.

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Video: What PSG fans did to Xerdan Shaqiri whenever he wanted to play a corner

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The first leg of the UEFA champions league between Liverpool and French side, Paris Saint Germain, which went down on Tuesday ended in victory for the Reds but the effect from the match still lingers on.

Liverpool had led the scoreboard in the first half with goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner only for Kylian Mbappe and another PSG player to equalize the goals for their club.

However, before the late goal from Roberto Firmino, Coach Jurgen Klopp brought in 26-year-old Swiss player, Xherdan Shaqiri to find a last-minute goal.

The Swiss player was seen making diverse efforts in other to get a victory goal for the Reds.

One of the efforts from Shaqiri was playing corner kicks for the Reds.

However, the shocking thing was that every time Shaqiri moves to play a corner kick for Liverpool, PSG threw bottles of water at him.

Despite this, Xherdan Shaqiri would turn to the Reds fans and urge them to jeer their team on and cheer up.

Well, it turned out the match ended in a victory not just for Liverpool but for Shaqiri, who refused to give up.

The winning goal for Liverpool came from Brazil star, Roberto Firmino.

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