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Summer Transfer Window Shut after a Busy Period

Deadline day came and gone, and for some clubs, it was a time of significant investment and others were more on the receiving side. Following is just a sneak peek on what happened during the window period at many selected clubs.

Manchester United

The season started promising but ended up deflated. They had success in acquiring Harry Maguire for a mere £80 million from Leicester, but the midfield needed more additions, and it seems to be a little on the light side now. Their major outs of the period include Romelu Lukaku transferring to Inter for £70 million. His departure also left the team a little light up front too. They had interest in Paulo Dybala, but his price tag seems to be too heavy to complete the deal.

Arsenal

Arsenal seemed to have been able to get to the end of the transfer window period with satisfaction. Their most significant financial investment went into Nicolas Pépé. They transferred him in for £72 million from Lille. Together with Kieran Tierney, moved from Celtic for £25 million, they should provide significant incision from the flank side. Their most significant achievement to trade out was Laurent Koscielny transferred to Bordeaux for £4.6 million.

Liverpool

Klopp expected a quiet season. Last year they have invested tremendously during the period and followed that up with lucrative contract extensions. They managed to surprise the league with the degree to which Klopp took the lack of activity during the transfer period. The only senior addition to Liverpool was transferred from Zwolle. Liverpool paid £1.3 million for Sepp van den Berg.

Ashton Villa

During the period of transfer, Villa spent £146 million on 13 new additions to the club. This money was, however, spent with much thought put into the matter. It is considered to be a strategy from Dean Smith to put the Villa back where it belongs. Their most enormous single financial contribution went to Bournemouth for Tyrone Mings at £26.5 million. Villa didn’t transfer anybody out, although there were a couple of names released, with Glenn Whelan, Alan Hutton and Mile Jedinak being some of the names on that list.

Leicester City

They got paid well for Harry Maguire, but they have left afterwards with too little time to replace him, and now fans are left with the question of who is going to fill his spot in central defence? The rest of the field seems fine with some significant recruitments. Their considerable investment went into Youri Tielemans for £40 million from Monaco, which is small change compared to the £80 million which they got paid for Harry Maguire from Manchester United.

Everton

It started as productive and well thought through, but then took a turn to what seemed more like a haphazard effort towards the end. Some title-winning players got signed with the highest price paid for Moise Kean at £29 million from Juventus, and their most damaging transfer out was that of Idrissa Gueye who went to PSG for £29 million.

Bold Predictions in Football Over the Next Few Years

Things occur so quickly in the world of football that bold predictions are tough to create. However, we always accept a challenge when it comes to football. With that in mind, let’s take a look at things that will, positively, absolutely happen in the world of European football over the next few years.

Neymar Signs with Manchester United

At the moment, the saga that seems to never end with the potential return of Neymar to Barcelona is taking way too long for it to occur. However, he needs to leave PSG, but where exactly does he go? He essentially requires a club with lots of money with absolutely no clear plan, and who is incredibly desperate. The only club that comes to mind is Manchester United.

Klopp Walks Away from Liverpool

When Klopp’s contract ends at Liverpool in 2022, he will be with the Reds for seven years. This is a manager that never overstays his welcome, as evident by his stay at both Borussia Dortmund and Mainz where he also spent a total of seven years. He departed from both clubs as a superhero and looked to do the same at Liverpool in a few years. The only reason he would stay is that Liverpool hasn’t claimed the Premier League yet. However, this is possible because of Pep Guardiola Will Leave Manchester City

Manchester City is currently under suspicion of breaching regulations surrounding financial fair play, and if they are found guilty by UEFA on a single charge, the team will be banned from the Champions League. It seems like Guardiola only manages under optimal situations and therefore we expect that he will leave the club if they are unable to perform at the most elite level in football.

Mourinho Will Become Manager of Bayern Munich

Even though the achievements by Guardiola was derailed with Bayern Munich at Bundesliga, Germany. It is the only achievement that is missing from the bedpost in Jose Mourinho’s home. Although the team managed to claim the title last season, the current manager was not convincing enough. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a shock when he gets sacked only to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Inter Millan Stops Juventus

Juventus has managed to win a total of 8 Serie A titles consecutively. However, their incredible run needs to come to an end eventually, and it looks like it will be this season if the methods from Maurizio Sarri doesn’t take quick enough. Napoli seems to be the team that is up for the challenge. However, Inter Millan has appointed a steely-eyed winner thanks to Antonio Conte. Who on earth would bet against him?

Suarez to Leave Barcelona in 2020

Suarez has declined in recent years, and Barcelona is well aware of this fact. They need to move on from this forward and soon. With the appointment of Antoine Griezmann, it looks like he will leave in the middle of the 2020 season.

The Worst Is Still To Come for Manchester United

The most troubling aspect for Manchester United at the moment, after their last hope, to qualify for the Champions League was ripped away on Sunday due to a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield, is that there’s no guarantee that things will get any better going forward.

Football players will come and go when summer approaches as Solskjaer finally get his first opportunity to design the squad he wants. However, we’ve been in this position before. Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, and David Moyes have each received money to spend, a total of £600 million in total between the three of them. For the fourth time in the last six years since Sir Alex Ferguson departed, Manchester United will finish outside of the top four in the Premier League. It’s precisely what they deserved to be honest.

Manchester United vs Huddersfield

Within the first 15 minutes of the game, Manchester United was able to lead thanks to the second goal of the season by Scott McTominay. However, by the time Mr Mason blew into the whistle, Manchester United was merely hanging on for dear life. During the second half, Isaac Mbenza managed to score the equaliser after a long punt from Jonas Lossl as a goalkeeper.

The ball was in the back of David De Gea’s net only 13 seconds after the corner was taken by Manchester United on the other side of the field due to the miskick by Luke Shaw. The ball travelled over 60 yards beyond Shaw, and the goal was even worse for United as Mbenza kicked the ball through the legs of David De Gea to send Manchester United home with a draw instead of a win, ending the hopes to make it into the top four of the Premier League standings.

Huddersfield managed to lose a total of 22 matches out of 24 in all competitions. However, the team was genuinely disappointed that they couldn’t’ claim a win against Manchester United on Sunday. Solskjaer stated after the match that his team was not good enough. However, even though he was spot on with his assessments, it’s something that can be applied to almost every Manchester United game since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.

The coming summer is filled with promises of a new and fresh beginning for Manchester United. However, with just a week away to the end of the season, there are more questions than answers at the moment. To give you an idea, De Gea will be entering his final year as per his contract, Pogba is unsure of his future, and there’s still no technical director at the club. This leaves Solskjaer to drive the recruitment stages with Ed Woodward as executive vice-chairman.

There’s one more match to play before the season ends and that’s when Cardiff visits Manchester United at Old Trafford. Once that match is completed, everyone will start talking about the fresh start and their optimism for the new season. Let’s hope they are right this time around.

Champions League Quarter Final Predictions

The draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions League has provided some genuinely classic ties as the biggest clubs in Europe attempt to reach the Champions League final in Madrid. Manchester City will face Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus will face Ajax, Liverpool will go head-to-head with Porto, and Barcelona will take on Manchester United. So, how exactly will the Champions League quarterfinals play out?

Juventus vs Ajax

Juventus are heading into this tie, which is necessarily a repeat of the final in 1996, as clear favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals, even though Ajax managed to defeat Real Madrid during the round of 16. Ajax has been one of the most glorious stories in the Champions League this season, with emerging stars, such as Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong blending with experienced players, including Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind to restore Ajax’s reputation in the world’s biggest football tournament. However, are they able to provide another shocking upset against Christiano Ronaldo and Juventus? Highly doubtful.

Porto vs Liverpool

Liverpool enjoyed a 5-0 win against Porto in the round of 16 last season before they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Anfield so that Liverpool will have no fear against the champions from Portugal. Porto managed to overcome Roma in the round of 16 and have loads of experience in Hector Herrera, Pepe, and Iker Casillas as their goalkeeper. However, it’s impossible to imagine that Liverpool is not the overwhelming favourites to go through to the semi-finals to face Barcelona or Manchester United.

Manchester City vs Tottenham

Tottenham is a dangerous team at home, and they will play at their brand-new stadium for the quarterfinals against Manchester City. However, City has far more quality and depth along with the experience of being in this position before. Manchester City is also attempting to secure a quadruple by winning the FA Cup, the Premier League, and the Champions League cup. They are also looking to keep the Carabao Cup that they recently claimed against Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out. Therefore, it will not be surprising to see Manchester City enter the semi-finals to play against Juventus or Ajax.

Barcelona vs Manchester United

This is undoubtedly the best tie of the Champions League. This will mark the first time two of the biggest clubs in the world meeting during the quarterfinals. This hasn’t happened since Manchester United won during the 2007/08 semi-finals on route to winning their third trophy in the Champions League. Since then, Barcelona has defeated Manchester United in two finals, including 2011 and 2009, and there’s no doubt that Barcelona is considered the overwhelming favourites in this tie this time around as well.

Manchester United need to find a brilliant way to stop the incredible Lionel Messi. However, that is just one of the enormous challenges that await Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team. If Manchester United can win against Barcelona, they will pull off the most significant result in European history. They haven’t seen the semi-finals since 2011.

Unai Emery’s Gamble Pays Off Against Manchester United

Unai Emery has been slipping under the radar in his debut role as manager for Arsenal. The pressure is definitely on Emery since he replaced Arsene Wenger. However, in comparison to his rivals, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla head coach has had to battle to get honestly noticed.

He hasn’t been showered with the same praise that is usually lavished on Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino. Managing to escape the scrutiny that has been weighing down Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. As for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, the ups and down for Emery at the Emirates have been wiped out by the noise surrounding the two managers at Old Trafford at the beginning of the season.

Arsenal vs Manchester United

However, the 2-0 victory against Manchester United this weekend saw Emery give a perfect reminder of his credentials and managed to answer a wide range of questions in the process. This was a match that Arsenal had to win if they wanted to finish in the qualification places within the Premier League’s Champions League. Also, the team also had to bounce back after a 3-1 defeat against Rennes in the Europa League.

With the return fixture on the horizon later this week, Arsenal’s season was hostile to hence on the outcome of two huge matches. Defeat in the first match, against Manchester United who claimed a phenomenal win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, would have been a devastating setback for the Gunners top-four hopes. However, Emery decided to be bold.

Most believed that he was reckless to choose a complete attacking line-up against a team that hasn’t lost a game since Solskjaer joined in December. It seemed like Emery was about to make the same mistakes Wenger did against elite teams, by overloading on the attack and hoping for the best.

Nonetheless, he decided to include Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey ahead of Granit Xhaka along with Nacho Monreal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Laurent Koscielny as the back three. This was all set up correctly to stifle Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

Apart from the bad finishes that were produced by Manchester United, Arsenal’s approach worked beautifully. Defending was a significant issue for Arsenal under Wegner. After watching the game over the weekend, there’s no doubt that all of this has been rectified under Emery. During the closing stages of the match, supporters of Arsenal sang that they were coming for Tottenham Hotspur who are only one point away on the Premier League table.

The Upcoming Battle

With Tottenham getting destroyed by Southampton over the weekend, it dragged Hotspur back into the fight. Therefore, we are going to see a marvellous battle for fourth place between Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal has played all their elite games, while Tottenham still has to face Man City and Liverpool. United also need to host Chelsea and Man City before the Premier League comes to an end.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Outclassed and Outsmarted by PSG

There is absolutely no hiding place when it comes to the Champions League. However, we are quite confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was searching for one. This was after his team was outsmarted and outclassed by PSG in the first leg of the round of 16 while playing at Old Trafford.

As if being defeated 2-0 by a venomous PSG wasn’t bad enough, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also had to witness two of his sensational forwards, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, limp off the pitch with injuries. He also watched as Paul Pogba received a red card in the closing stages of the match. That will rule him out when Manchester United plays the second leg in his home city on 6 March 2019.

Manchester United vs PSG

It was essentially one of those night for Manchester United. The home side went into the match with extremely high optimism. However, the experience and class of PSG shined through against the limitations and naivety of Manchester United.

“This match was essentially a reality check for the level of experience and class from top-tier teams,“ Solskjaer stated. “You can clearly see that we haven’t played matches at this level for a long time. It was an experience that could have gone either way, but it will definitely not be a defining one for the team this season. It’s going to be a match that we will learn a great deal from. Once we make our way to Paris, we will certainly give it a go. There’s no denying that it’s a mountain to climb, but it’s definitely not impossible.”

Since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho in early December 2018, he has done an incredible job as Manchester United’s caretaker manager as he won 10 out of 11 matches and drawing with another. However, this was an evening when reality kicked him hard.

Paris Saint-Germain was missing key players due to injury including Edinson Cavani and Neymar. However, their absence was hardly noticed as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, and Kylian Mbappe helped lead them to victory. That allowed them to get one foot into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Solskjaer’s Streak Comes to an End

The unbeaten start by Solskjaer came to an end when he faced PSG as his game plan and selection were both exposed by his opponents. Momentum can only take you that far, and PSG showed the need to win on an unforgiving stage within the Champions League. Solskjaer might have had the tactical plan in the locker room, but it failed to materialise on the pitch that evening in front of a home crowd. Marquinhos was the man-maker on Paul Pogba, who has managed to be the central figure in Manchester United’s resurgence. As you can imagine, Paul Pogba was entirely nullified.

Solskjaer failed the test against PSG in the Champions League, and it seems like he is not the permanent manager we all hoped he would be. However, he still has a chance to turn things around in the next couple of weeks.

Jose Mourinho Sacked by Man Utd


Celebrations are definitely going around in Manchester after Jose Mourinho was finally sacked by the popular football club. The Red Devils constantly underachieved during the two and a half seasons under Mourinho, but they’ve been even worse at the beginning of the 2018/19 Premier League season. The end of Jose Mourinho took place after a shocking 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend. The announcement was made on Tuesday morning to inform everyone that Jose Mourinho has left the club.

What Happened During the Liverpool and Manchester United Game?

Liverpool might have defeated Man Utd 3-1 last weekend, but the score definitely didn’t reflect the true result. Liverpool had a total of 36 shots on goal which is the most in the 2018/19 Premier League season. Man Utd, on the other hand, only had 6 shots on goal of which 2 were on target. In fact, their only goal during the game came from a mistake by Allison Becker, the Liverpool goalkeeper.

The result against Liverpool left Man Utd in 6th position on the grid with an enormous 11 point gap from the top four clubs. What’s even more devastating is that Utd has an even goal differential which is equal to Leicester, West Ham, and Wolves. A 2-1 fluke against Juventus during the Champions League is basically the only reason why Mourinho was kept for so long.

Third Season Strikes Mourinho Once Again

This is the fourth time in Jose Mourinho’s career that has seen his job security and team fall apart during the third season of his career. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity at Inter Milan and he was poached by Real Madrid before it could occur. However, it’s happened a total of four times in five jobs.

During his leadership at Chelsea, Jose’s relationship with Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea, caused a lot of havoc as the boss handled more power when it came to the transfer policy between Piet De Visser and Frank Arnesen. His second stint at Madrid took place when the team lost 4-1 against Dortmund. During both stints, Mourinho achieved fantastic things before he managed to lose the dressing room. However, at Man Utd, he never managed to get anything going. He now left without winning the FA Cup, the Champions League, or the Premier League.

Mourinho’s Issues with Paul Pogba

In the 2017/18 season, Paul Pogba was dropped on numerous occasions for Scott McTominay who still hasn’t shown his worth for the club. Pogba stated that he was unhappy with Jose Mourinho and was possibly looking for a transfer. Then, an argument was filmed in September that managed to strip Pogba from his vice-captaincy title where Mourinho told him he will never be captain during his time at United. Pogba was also dropped during the match against Liverpool where Mourinho stated that Man Utd is greater off the ball without him. Obviously, Man Utd did nothing off the ball during the match.

Can Manchester City Continue to Handle the Pressure?


Mind games, heat of battle, pressure: these are all key factors in every single title clash – apart from when a football team manages to win by 19 points in the Premier League and leave the rest of the brigade trailing in their wake.

Manchester City was so undisputed dominant during in the previous season that the normal rules when it came to engagement simply didn’t apply to the team. The race to the finish line from Manchester City was so brilliant that it became more of a procession as opposed to an examination in terms of their credentials.

Chelsea’s Defeat Over Manchester City

However, after the surprising 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea this weekend, the missing ingredients have returned, and Manchester City are now facing a completely different test if they want to retain the crown before the end of the tournament. This Premier League season will be about how the current leaders decide to deal with it and if they are able to handle the pressure.

“Our primary objective is to accumulate one point more than our opponents. However, Liverpool is better than us at the moment,” Pep Guardiola started. “We were favourites before the weekend, but Liverpool claimed that spot. They are both unbeaten and at the top. Our level of performance is the same as last season, but our rivals are stronger.

“You won’t find a sport anywhere in the world where only one team is winning constantly,” Guardiola continued. “This is simply an illusion. Losing is, unfortunately, part of the competition. During our match against Chelsea, we dominated when it came to possession and had outstanding passes, but Chelsea dominated where it mattered most, scoring.”

Defining Moments in the 2018/19 Premier League Campaign

Every single title race in the Premier League will have defining moments which will mark a fork in the road for those that are involved at the sharp end, and the first was certainly the stoppage-time winner from Divock Origi during Liverpool’s clash against Everton.

The strike by N’Golo Kante during the Manchester City vs Chelsea match, minutes before halftime and after his squad had been flooded by Man City men for 44 minutes was undoubtably another significant moment as it placed Sarri’s team on the right path for victory that managed to inflict the first defeat for Manchester City.

The results for these two moments, including the second-half header from David Luiz, is that Liverpool received a turbo boost which made Manchester City realise instantly that an all out war is going to take place this season for the prestigious title. If Origi didn’t nod home a spectacular goal during the 99th-minute, Manchester City would have had a 4-point lead along with a psychological advantage when they witnessed their closest rival slip. However, they, unfortunately, had the pressure placed on themselves this time round.

Liverpool is currently leading the chase. The question is, can they maintain their lead or will Manchester City make a return to the top?

Manchester United’s Situation Remains Dire under Jose Mourinho


There’s no one at Manchester United who wants the club in the shape it is now. Certainly not Ed Woodward, who is busy with agents representing some world-class footballers. Certainly not the staff, most of whom are Man Utd supporters situated in Manchester who merely want their favorite club to start winning matches like before.

Certainly not Jose Mourinho, who is currently defending himself and his phenomenal record against several detractors. Certainly not the players who are currently destroying their reputations for being below par in relation to their enormous salaries and the huge expectations that have been placed upon them, and certainly not the fans who are completely bored with the way things are turning out for the squad.

Jose Mourinho’s Current Reputation

As much as the 91st minute goal from Marouane Fellaini was celebrated earlier this week, several United fans had mixed feelings about it. If Manchester United failed to win, it would have brought the decision to replace the current manager much closer.

Manchester United is closer to the bottom of the Premier League than the top when it comes to points and Jose Mourinho’s squad has never been this low among fans at Old Trafford. Fan polls indicate that between 70% and 80% want to replace Jose Mourinho and the vocal support from the Old Trafford club is extremely minimal. Less than 3 weeks ago, fans were cheering Mourinho’s name, and therefore the club shouldn’t dismiss him now that’s there trouble around the camp fire.

Jose Mourinho can certainly still turn things around for the club. Let’s judge him after the requested three years is over and let’s enjoy him as he cups his ears for haters and laugh at how he throws water bottles around when one of his strikers finally scores a goal towards the end of a match. Jose’s sacking is definitely not imminent while Manchester United still has loads to play for. They managed to defeat Juventus away from home, so there’s certainly still hope that they can get somewhere in the Champions League.

The Recent Win Has Helped Jose Mourinho

The recent win against Young Boys on Tuesday has certainly helped, even if it’s only a little. Mourinho was obviously disappointed with Rashford due to the fact that he missed multiple chances during the game, transforming it into a huge talking point all week. However, Alex Ferguson reacted in the same manner whenever Christiano Ronaldo missed a golden opportunity as he matured during his stay with Manchester United.

Should Mourinho make it through to 2020, things within the team undoubtably need to change. The team will be required to provide much more entertainment, especially at Old Trafford as seats are getting emptier and emptier with each passing match. The squad also needs to obtain a lot more points going forward to keep the manager in his current role and will need to finish in the top 5 at least to keep the dreams alive for both the manager and the players.

Jose Mourinho Wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic Back at Man Utd

If the rumours going around the Manchester football club are true, Jose Mourinho is planning a move to return Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United in early 2019.

While Jose Mourinho has yet to deny or confirm his interest, there are several reasons for him to do everything in his power to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the Manchester United squad, even if it’s just for a few months.

Zlatan’s Impact on Man Utd

From a football perspective, Ibrahimovic’s tail end of his 2017/18 career at Manchester United, when he only scored once in 7 appearances after making a return following his ligament injury, would suggest that his impact in a match would be minimal should he return to the Premier League during the off-season of the MLS.

Although Ibrahimovic is 37 years old, his record of 21 goals in just 25 matches for LA Galaxy proves that there is still life in the former Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Barcelona forward. However, his value when he returns to Man Utd will be measured in the number of goals he scores by Jose Mourinho. Ibrahimovic’s true worth the Mourinho, who is currently under a great deal of pressure, will be the influence he has in the dressing room. There’s no denying that disharmony within the Manchester United squad started the day Ibrahimovic left the club.

Jose Mourinho is Struggling

It’s no secret that Jose Mourinho is struggling to manage certain members in the Manchester United squad where plenty of senior players are growing frustrated and angry with him due to the way he treats players, his negative demeanour, and his tactical decisions when it comes to training.

Obviously, Ibrahimovic can’t offer a miracle cure for the disharmony in the squad, but while he was playing for Manchester United for 18 months, his presence was significant where all players considered him to be the leader. In addition, Ibrahimovic was essentially a buffer between Mourinho and the dressing room due to his longstanding relationship with the United manager as they previously worked together at Inter Milan.

Trouble at Manchester United


After Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford, along with the departure of Rooney who was transferred to Everton last summer, there hasn’t been a player to successfully fill the void left by Rooney and Ibrahimovic.

Although Paul Pogba is the most valued player at Manchester United, he hasn’t been able to gain the same respect that Zlatan instantly earned due to his career achievements and persona. United’s highest-paid player, Alexis Sanchez, is considered a remote figure who lacks the charisma of Ibrahimovic, while others have simply formed small groups based on their shared language and nationality.

Ibrahimovic has always led by example where he inspires youngsters in the club with his dedication and humility and is able to lead from the front when it comes to speaking to the press. So, moving Ibrahimovic back to Manchester United is not the craziest idea as the manager is in desperate need of resolving the current issues in the squad and Ibrahimovic will certainly help with that.