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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed bigger contract responsibility

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New Manchester United interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now been handed a bigger responsibility in terms of having to decide contract issues regarding some players in the club.

Although the former United player is only to take charge of the club until the end of the season, he has been asked to make a decision on the future of five United players whose contract with the club expires in a couple of months.

The likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira and Antonio Valencia will be out of contract this summer with a decision needed to be made by the club latest this month which makes the club hand the responsibility to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give his thought on what should be done.

Although, Andreas Pereira is bent on leaving the club having failed to impress and having limited playing time at the club but should he gain the trust of the interim manager, he could reconsider his stand.

However, the Red Devils are yet to successfully convince Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea to remain at the club after the next 12 months as he is currently at the Old Trafford against his wish.

The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has insisted on leaving the club following his fallout with former United boss Jose Mourinho.

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Manchester United are running out of games in their quest to make the top-four at the end of this Premier League season thereby qualifying for the Champions League next season.

The Red Devils trail Arsenal in fourth place by two points and they have five games left to claw back that advantage starting with the Everton game on Sunday afternoon.

The Toffees face Manchester United at home with an agenda of their own which is a possible qualification for the Europa League via a seventh-place finish at the end of the season.

Just like what’s obtainable with Manchester United, Everton are in a four-team battle to finish in the seventh spot with the likes of Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.

On the part of Manchester United, the Red Devils are in a battle for the third and fourth positions alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night by Spanish champions Barcelona meaning that they can’t qualify for next season’s competition by winning it this season.

The Red Devils will start as slight favourites ahead of the Toffees who have winning odds of 3.05 according to Surebet247.

Manchester United have victory odds of 2.35 while the possibility of a stalemate is at 3.45.

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Barcelona Legend Predicts Tough Semifinal Clash vs Liverpool

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Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol is certain that the Catalans will face a tough semifinal clash with Premier League giants Liverpool in the Champions League.

The Barcelona legend talked about the tough Liverpool tie during an exclusive interview with popular media portal Goal.

According to him, Jurgen Klopp and his players will pose a big problem to the Catalan giants’ quest to win the treble this season.

Barcelona are in the hunt for three trophies namely the Spanish La Liga, the Spanish Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.

The Spanish champions sealed a last four meeting with Liverpool with an emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory over another English club, Manchester United.

The Catalans had earlier won 1-0 at Old Trafford through a Luke Shaw own goal before the Red Devils were beaten convincingly in their second leg clash on Tuesday night.

Barcelona thrashed Manchester United 3-0 courtesy a brace from star player Lionel Messi who has now scored 10 Champions League goals.

The Barcelona skipper is the topscorer in the competition with 10 goals.

Barcelona are also on course to win a second successive league title with just three wins needed from their remaining six matches.

They will also play Valencia in the Copa Del Rey final.

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Fear Of Chasing Two Trophies Dismissed At Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the notion that the Reds are in a state of fear as they try to chase down two major trophies namely the Champions League and the Premier League.

In his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the Premier League clash with Welsh side Cardiff City.

Klopp and his Liverpool players travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City on Sunday evening with the Bluebirds fighting for survival in the Premier League.

The Reds would be targeting the win that would continue their quest for a Premier League title.

Klopp told reporters that his team has embraced the idea of chasing down the two aforementioned trophies rather than being fearful.

The Reds start the new set of league games at the Premier League summit with a two-point lead over champions Manchester City who have played one more game than the Merseyside giants.

Manchester City will win the league title for a second successive season if both teams win their remaining games.

Liverpool are also in the Champions League where they’ll face Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the semifinals.

The Reds booked their spot in the last four of the competition after the 4-1 thrashing of Portuguese champions FC Porto in their away leg secured a 6-1 aggregate victory.

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Ex-Chelsea Striker Shuts Down Monaco Exit Rumours

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AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has dismissed transfer reports linking him with a move away from the French Ligue 1 club when the transfer window reopens this summer.

While fielding questions from reporters, the Colombian international star said that his immediate future is at the Principality club despite the intense transfer reports of a transfer out of Monaco.

The former Chelsea striker has been linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid but it looks like he might stay in France.

Falcao has maintained a good form for Monaco in what has been a disappointing campaign for the French Ligue 1 giants.

He has scored 12 league goals this term and his output has been very important for a Monaco side currently flirting with the relegation zone.

AS Monaco are just four points above the relegation zone at the moment.

They have had to make two managerial changes since the start of the season.

Portuguese tactician Leonardo Jardim won the league title for Monaco during the 2016/17 campaign but he was initially dismissed at the start of this season after a poor start to the season.

He was replaced by club legend Thierry Henry who was in charge for just three months before the aforementioned Jardim was reappointed.

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Unai Emery reacts to claims that Lacazette is unhappy

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reacted to claims that France international Alexandre Lacazette is unhappy over playing time at the club.

This is coming after he was substituted shortly after scoring the only goal in the 1-0 Europa League win against Italian Serie A outfit Napoli for Alex Iwobi in the 70th minute.

This has raised speculations that the player is unhappy, especially after he spoke to the press by claiming that he would have been happier if he had more time in the game just like any player, stressing that it is a thing of joy to always be on the pitch.

However, Unai Emery cited the case of legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech who only plays in the Europa League, noting that other players must learn from him.

He noted that every player wants to be on the pitch for 90 minutes but that will not be possible because of the need for the manager to make use of the available time to achieve a lot.

The Spanish boss argued that some situation will require that he have two strikers on the pitch but that cannot happen all the time because of the need to get the best out of every moment.

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How Pogba and De Gea plan to win United

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The latest report claims that two Man United players David De Gea and Paul Pogba have demanded a huge pay rise as they seek a new contract from the club.

This is coming after concerns that the Red Devils might not see a qualification to the Champions League next season as they are currently in the sixth position in the league table after losing two of their last four games.

The rule at Man United is that every layer will have a wage cut by 25 percent if they fail to secure qualification to the Champions League and that seems to be avoided by the two players who are linked away from the club.

France international Paul Pogba currently earns £290,000 with 2 years left until the end of his contract while David De Gea earns £200,000 and he is also linked with a move away from the club.

With Man United keen to keep the duo at the club ahead of next season, they have been placed in a difficult situation knowing that both players are important to the squad and are needed to be able to challenge for titles next season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been identified as the destination of the former Juventus star.

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Alex Iwobi makes big Okocha claim

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Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has made a special claim of performing better than his uncle and former Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha ahead of the country’s bid to storm Egypt for the AFCON title.

Alex Iwobi will be having his debut AFCON competition in Egypt later in June and that has gotten him excited as he seems to have something related to Okocha other than blood.

It would be recalled that the former Bolton midfielder won his maiden tournament with Nigerian in 1994 when the country won their second AFCON title by defeating Zambia in the Tunisia final.

Alex Iwobi is, therefore, seeking to win the Super Eagles’ fourth AFCON title and his first in his debut year as he noted that he has seen the highlight of the 1994 Super Eagles and will hope he is able to make his own record.

The 22-year-old has been impressing with the Arsenal team and he is a major part of the Unai Emery team and he would be hoping to replicate the performance for the national team when the African competition is opened.

Meanwhile, Iwobi represented England at the junior level in the U16, U17 and U18 before agreeing to represent his father’s home country.

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First United departure revealed

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It has been revealed that Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to begin the overhaul of his squad ahead of the coming summer transfer window and he has identified Belgium international Romelu Lukaku as the player who should leave the club.

The Red Devils were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unhappy that his team failed to spark to challenge the victory. He is reported to have blasted his players in the dressing room.

According to the Red Devils boss, the players failed to give their 100 percent in the game and that was why they lost without any regard.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be willing to part ways with Romelu Lukaku after reports that he is now ready to listen to offers from suitors.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku’s agent will not be taken by surprise as he has earlier stated that his client is ready and open for a move away from the Old Trafford.

The Belgium international will not be the only player to be axed as a number of old players will be leaving the club at the end of the season with new additions expected when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer storm the coming summer window.

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Emery makes incredible claim of Arsene Wenger

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North London outfit Arsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken on taking over from former manager Arsene Wenger, about a year after the French boss announced his decision to quit.

Arsene Wenger had a 22 years reign at the Emirates Stadium and was reportedly compelled to draw the curtain which he did on 20th April in 2018.

In his departing speech, he urged the supporters and his successor to ensure that the values of the club are kept as it has been the bedrock of the successes they have been able to achieve over the past years.

However, manager Unai Emery has now affirmed those words as he claims to be doing the job that was done by his predecessor, noting that the achievements and progress of the team come with a level of progress.

Unai Emery stressed that he has big respect for manager Arsene Wenger and the good job he did at the club before leaving.

However, the former PSG boss says he would be continuing in the progress and will hope to achieve big success at the North London outfit in his reign.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery said he is happy with his first season as he earned respect from the fans and also have a hope of landing a trophy.

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Former England international reveals why Solskjaer decision was a wrong one

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A former England international Jermaine Jenas has blasted the Man United for hiring former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he claims that their decision was an emotional one.

The former Red Devils forward was asked to join the club on an interim basis in December after former manager Jose Mourinho was sacked for failing to win games and losing control of the dressing room.

The whole situation changed as soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as he returned the club to winning ways and also ensured they played fine football which brought a remembrance of the era of legendary manager Alex Ferguson.

When he first took over, the Red Devils won 10 out of 11 games but that has now changed as they have lost 5 out of their last seven games across all competitions since he was handed the job on a permanent deal.

The former England international stated that the decision to make the job permanent for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a wrong one because it was made out of emotions.

Meanwhile, he argued that Reds Devils team have struggled to replicate Alex Ferguson and it is high time to get away with that style for a new Man United.

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