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Preview: Aston Villa v Man Utd

Manchester United will face off against Aston Villa on Thursday in their Premier league game in the West Midlands at Villa Park. The match will be televised in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event with a 20:15 kick-off. The match can also be seen on MUTV. In the US at 3:15 pm on NBCSN the match will be televised. Jon Moss will be the referee.

Victor Lindelof may be a doubt for the fixture after the central defender picked up a back problem against Bournemouth. He will be assessed after Ole told us the injury was “not bad” and he “might” feature in the Midlands. If Lindelof is ruled out, then Eric Bailly will replace him. Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are still injured. Scott McTominay could also feature in the squad.

ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS

Centre-back Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish should fine to play, even though they sustained knocks in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. “Tyrone took a whack on the calf against Liverpool and Jack had tight calves, but they both came through training yesterday,” Smith told reporters during Wednesday’s pre-match media briefing. Tom Heaton, Matt Target and Wesley are all out.

Defenders Frederic Guilbert and Bjorn Engles will also be absent. Pepe Reina is expected to start in goal, with Keinan Davis likely to play as the sole striker for the opposition.

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Is it time for Jesse Lingard to leave United?

Jesse Lingard needs to get himself back on track before he is sold by United. Credit: The Sun

Jesse Lingard has come through the ranks of the United academy to become a first team player for one of the biggest if not the largest football club in the world. He and his best friend Marcus Rashford came through the United youth system together and has done well for us since they graduated to the senior team. However in two consecutive seasons Lingard’s good form has deserted him.

Last season and this season not only he has struggled to score goals, but the midfielder just looks like he’s going through the motions whenever he’s on the field for Manchester United. Not only does he lack confidence, but he seems to have no desire, determination or show any effort in his performances to overcome his poor form.

It was baffling that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued to keep the faith in him from last season and even well into this season before the coronavirus pandemic struck the world that caused the football leagues to come to a halt. Lingard would start consistently in matches and his form never improved. In fact it just regressed, and he was getting opportunities to start in games that could’ve maybe gone to another player or players instead.

Since Bruno Fernandes has arrived at Old Trafford along with a Nemanja Matic’s resurgence in form we’ve seen a lot less of Jesse Lingard. There has been rumours that he’s been going through some personal issues in his life and that has affected his form at United. I don’t know what is the nature of his personal problems, but he needs to rescue himself from being totally left off the team.

When you also consider the fact that Paul Pogba is back and now has formed a formidable partnership with Fernandes, Lingard may see himself being sold by United at the end of this season. I don’t see how he can get back into the side with Pogba, Matic, and Fernandes playing extremely well.

Unless all three or two out these three players gets injured then maybe you’ll see him back in the fold. There hasn’t been any talk of Jesse Lingard being sold by United so far, but it could happen because we don’t need him right now or in the near future. You also have Andreas Pereira, Fred and Scott McTominay that have also been in fine form.

I like Lingard personally, but whenever he does have a few chances to prove himself, he needs to make sure that he takes advantage of the opportunities if he has any chance of remaining a United player beyond this season.

Do you think United should sell Lingard, or should he stay? Tell me your thoughts regarding this post.

Do we need another striker with Mason Greenwood’s meteoric rise?

Mason Greenwood is having an amazing season. Image: goal.com

Mason Greenwood has been on fire even before the start of the coronavirus hit the globe. He hasn’t put a foot wrong in his performances ever since earlier this season when boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave him opportunities to start or come off the bench more often to help to change the trajectory of matches.

Its a joy to see the 18-year-old blossom into a striker that can possibly be great sooner than we think. He has matured quickly under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff. Greenwood’s talent has been nurtured in just the right way.

The attributes that I love in his game is his willingness to always want the ball, and he always takes the initiative to shoot first rather than to pass the ball to another teammate. All he thinks about is scoring which a striker should think of instinctively whenever he is open. But not only that, he can create opportunities for himself. We saw that on display where in one of his goals he twisted and turned his defender and fooled him with his neat dribbling footwork to open up just enough space to score the goal.

His passing and movement on and off the ball is very good and he knows where he should be in the box to get on the end of crosses or passes. So the question is Do we really need another striker next season to join the stable of strikers? Well Odion Ighalo will leave in January of 2021 and we will be short by one striker.

Also as good as Greenwood is he is still learning his trade as a striker. We shouldn’t forget that with many young strikers they could have a hot streak of goals and then suddenly they become inconsistent in their form because they haven’t matured as yet. We should get another striker also just in case we were to lose Rashford or Martial or both to injuries at the same time. So I think that its wise to get another one. Especially with the fact that last season and even earlier this season we had about 10 players injured at one time. So Solskjaer should be wise in making his choices.

But it seems that Greenwood is a special talent and he doesn’t seem to be a one hit wonder because for several months he has continued to score goals in England’s top flight. This isn’t a case where he scored 6 goals in 8 games and then all of a sudden he hasn’t scored in his next twelve or fourteen games. The youngster has showed real consistency.

He has eight goals in the Premier league and five goals in other competitions for a total of 13 goals so far this season. We already know that he’ll get more because at the rate he is going scoring these goals. I believe that he can get maybe 18-20 goals this season especially if he scores a hattrick in one of his matches and he gets a few more goals before the end of the season, then he can surely reach that mark.

Next season let’s see if he can emulate what he has done this campaign or even better. If he does, then we know we have a striker that we can rely on to score goals consistently for us.

Report: Man Utd 5 Bournemouth 2

Mason Greenwood showed his class again today with some wonderfully taken goals. Credit: CNN.com

Manchester United defeated a Bournemouth side 5-2 today in the Premier League that looked like they’re on the way down to the Championship. In a entertaining goalfest that featured some wonderful goals by Mason Greenwood (2), Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial (2) and Bruno Fernandes ensured that United continued their undefeated streak.

The visitors struck first through Junior Stanislas who gave Bournemouth the lead with a low drive past David De Gea at the near post. However Greenwood equalized just before the half-an-hour mark with a thumping drive. Then Rashford slotted home a penalty at the 34th minute mark. After that Martial got his 20th of the season with a superb finish to end the first-half.

In the second half Josh King’s penalty made the contest more interesting in the 49th minute to make it 3-2. But it was Greenwood who replied with a stunning right-footed shot. United were not done yet as Bruno Fernandes added a 5th goal for good measure with an extraordinary free-kick that keeper Aaron Ramsdale couldn’t keep out.

United were at their rampant best today again and this is a team that is hungry to prove that they can compete with Liverpool and Manchester City in the league. They are brimming with confidence and has that attacking flair back that they initially had under Solskjaer under his reign in the first two-and-a-half months last season. Long may it continue.

What are your thoughts on this exciting game? What did you think of Greenwood’s performance? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

Here are video highlights of the match:

Preview: Man Utd v Bournemouth

Manchester United welcomes Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Saturday at 13:55 BST, for their Premier League match that can be seen on MUTV and BT Sport 1 in the UK on NBCSN at 10 am ET in the US. The referee will be Mike Dean.

Manchester United has a couple of players with some knocks and bruises. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at a press conference had this to say regarding an update on the fitness of the team. “It would be nice to play the team that performed so well against Sheffield United at home last time and played so well against Brighton.”

“Let’s wait and see how everyone is training – I’ve not seen them this morning. I’ve got many reasons to play the same team, but I’ve also got a few reasons to rotate one or two who have played so well earlier in the season.”

Bournemouth Team news

Defenders Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis are also set to be absent with knee injuries, although there was a small piece of good news for Howe this week as Joshua King returned to the starting line-up after missing out on the trip to the Black Country through injury.

Bournemouth have lost each of their three Premier League matches since the restart, with Wednesday’s 4-1 reverse at home to Newcastle following on from defeats to Crystal Palace (2-0) and Wolves (1-0). The Cherries have failed to score in the league from open play in over five hours and have taken just 11 points from 21 games since beating United at the Vitality in November – the lowest amount in the top-flight.

Angel Gomes leaves Man Utd

Angel Gomes left United after 14 years at the club. Image: Manchester Evening News

According to SkySports Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes has left the club. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed earlier in the week that most likely the midfielder was going to leave the club. However the club and Solskjaer wanted the talented player to stay.

There was a deal for the youngster on the table for a long time, but apparently the numbers didn’t make sense for him and his advisors to move forward with a deal. Gomes became the youngest ever player to feature for the first team since Duncan Edwards when he made his debut in May of 2017.

He spent 14 years at Old Trafford and the 19-year-old struggled to obtain playing time under Solskjaer. Gomes made two appearances off the bench in the Premier League this season while starting three times in Europe. He was one of the highly-rated young players at the club and was destined for potential greatness in his future.

The club said in a statement: “Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club.”

Well, I am not really surprised by this story because there have been other young players who left Manchester United for other clubs like Paul Pogba when he left to go to Juventus some years ago. However the good thing is that he returned to the club that nurtured his talent under Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish him all the best along with the Manchester United fans around the world.

Report: Brighton Hove & Albion 0 Man Utd 3

Manchester United were winners today in their Premier League encounter after they defeated Brighton Hove & Albion 3-0 at the American Express Community stadium. Thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes and one from Mason Greenwood.

United now has gone 15 games unbeaten in all competitions and are back in 5th place. Manchester United dominated the match from the start with Fernandes rocking the post with a powerful shot from 20 meters outside the box. After that Mason Greenwood was the man to break the deadlock for visitors in the 16th minute after a solo run with a left-footed drive inside the near post.

Bruno Fernandes would make it 2-0 with his deflected shot in the 29th minute following a wonderful build-up. After that Luke Shaw ran down the left flank and the ball fell to the Portuguese player on the edge of the penalty area. The form of Bruno Fernandes has continued to be fantastic since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon. He also has good chemistry with Paul Pogba in midfield which is a big plus for United.

The third goal was a beauty when Nemanja Matic sparked a counter-attack with an exceptional long ball that found Greenwood surging forward and he produced a sublime pass to Fernandes to volley past keeper Matthew Ryan. Daniel James missed a chance to grab a fourth for his team in the 86th minute when he only had Ryan to beat, but the keeper denied him instead with an excellent save.

Manchester United under Solskjaer is looking even better than when we embarked on that long unbeaten streak in Solskjaer’s first two and a half months at the club before things fell apart for us. I believe that playing Pogba and Fernandes is a given now and Matic can’t be denied playing time either with his superb performances in midfield.

All in all, things are looking great for United and I hope that they can win the FA Cup and the Europa League at the end of the season.

What did you think of the game? What did you think of the performances by Pogba, Fernandes, and Greenwood? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Here are the video highlights below.

Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion v Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a virtually healthy squad to choose from before Manchester United’s Premier League match with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday. You can watch the match at 20:15 BST in the UK and at 3:15 ET in the US. The boss made eight changes to the eleven for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Norwich. Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Fred, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Odion Ighalo all coming into the line-up.

Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were introduced as substitutes, as Ole became the first manager in English football to make six changes in a competitive game.

Solskjaer said that the players that were involved in the quarter-final game against Norwich will be available for a starting berth.

“Apart from, of course, the after-effects of the physical work-out and coming back late, they had a recovery day yesterday and today will be an easy day and we’re just preparing for tomorrow,”

“I think the buzz and the energy that the win and the semi-final place will give you will help us tomorrow night.”

Luke Shaw was praised by the boss for his recent form that he has shown and hinted that he could get a fourth consecutive start, against the Seagulls.

“We manage a squad, we manage players differently and Luke has had a good upturn in form. He’s playing some good football, let’s see if he starts this one,” Ole added in his pre-match press conference. One Red who is yet to be called into action since the Premier League resumed is Angel Gomes.

The young midfielder is still under contract until July 1 (Wednesday) and available to play, although Ole admitted to reporters that it appears likely that a new deal will not be agreed.

Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain on the sidelines for the Reds, with neither defender have featured recently.

BRIGHTON TEAM NEWS

Graham Potter will be without long-term absentees Steven Alzate (groin) and Jose Izqueirdo (knee).

Tariq Lamptey, who impressed during the Seagull’s goalless draw at Leicester last Tuesday, is a doubt with a head injury he picked up in that game, while Adam Webster also faces a fight to be fit after he suffered a hamstring problem in the first half at the King Power Stadium.

Report: Norwich City 1 Man Utd 2

Harry Maguire scored the winner for United. Image: Goal.com

Manchester United outlasted a spirited Norwich City team 2-1 in extra time at Carrow Road on Saturday in their FA Cup quarter-final game. Thanks to goals by Odion Ighalo (51′) and Harry Maguire (118′) the Red Devils moved on to the semi-finals.

Odion Ighalo put United into the lead in the first-half when he neatly turned and guided the ball with his right-foot into the net past keeper Tim Krul. But in the 75th minute, Todd Cantwell would equalize for Norwich City after a wonderful right-footed shot from outside the box that landed in right-bottom corner of the net.

Solskjaer brought on Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic to try to engineer a winner and avoid extra-time. But United got a big break when Norwich defender Timm Klose was sent off for pulling down Ighalo on the edge of the box in the 89th minute.

United applied pressure to the homeside with many shots on target that keeper Tim Krul was equal to. Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire all have their attempts saved by the Dutchman.

But it wasn’t until two minutes before the end of the extra-time period that the deciding goal came. Harry Maguire slid into the six-yard box as the Norwich defense failed to clear the ball, and he poked home the winner past Krul that ensured that Manchester United qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup. With this win our unbeaten win streak in all competitions is now at 14 matches and this will be the club’s 30th appearance in the FA Cup for United.

What did you think of the match? Did we deserve to win in the end? Make your opinions known in the comments section.

A video of the highlights of the game is below.

FA Cup Preview: Norwich City v Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has offered an indication to his team selection for Manchester United’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Norwich City on Saturday (17:30 BST). The game will be at 12:30 pm ET in the US. The Reds head into the match fresh from a comprehensive 3-0 Premier League triumph against Sheffield United, and now switch focus to the cup, where we are just one win away from a semi-final at Wembley. 

The boss has decisions to make, with the games coming thick and fast since the season’s resumption. United travel to Brighton for a fourth game in 12 days on Tuesday, and the final minutes of Wednesday’s game against Sheffield United saw him take off five players, in a bid to retain as much freshness within the squad as possible.

In his exclusive pre-match interview with us, the Norwegian told us there were no new injury concerns, while one player, Jesse Lingard, has recovered from a short illness. 

“Are there any new injuries? No. I think we came through unscathed,”said Solskjaer. “It’s still Axel and Phil, they’re out. They are the only two absentees.”

However, the boss admitted there were likely to be a few changes to his starting line-up. Solskjaer kept his selection reasonably similar for the first two games that followed the restart, against Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United.

There were just three changes between the matches, with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Mason Greenwood replacing Scott McTominay, Fred and Daniel James, respectively. But the prospect of Brighton following so quickly after the game at Carrow Road means changes are inevitable. 

“It’s the situation we’re in, and circumstances,” explained the 47-year-old. 

“Of course we’re playing so many games in a short space of time, and it’s great seeing the players being in good form. I know that we’ve got so many others wanting to play as well, so there will have to be a few changes, because there’s a game again on Tuesday and then Saturday.

“That’s the pleasure of being a manager: when to give players a chance and when to give players a rest. Because we are still early on in this restart period, and it’s going to be a long period.

Hopefully it’ll end on 21 August [the day of the Europa League final], so we’re going to have many games ahead of us. But we’re solely focused on this one now. The FA Cup is a great tournament, and we’ve started the preparations.”

NEWS FROM THE NORWICH CAMP 

Canaries boss Daniel Farke confirmed before Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton that defenders Grant Hanley, Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann would play no further part in the season due to injuries. The loss left Norwich six points adrift from safety at the foot of the Premier League. However, there was more positive news with the return of attacking midfielder Marco Stiepermann, who had missed several games after testing positive for COVID-19.

The German was available once again for the meeting with the Toffees, though he remained an unused substitute. Farke started key players Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia, Todd Cantwell and Tom Trybull on the bench for the match – which was decided by a goal from former United defender Michael Keane – which suggests he may already have had one eye on the starting line-up for the cup tie with United. 

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