Manchester United FIFA 20 ratings predicted

3 Sep

FIFA 20 is almost upon upon us and gamers across the globe are itching to get their hands on a copy.

With a release date of September 27, 2019, you can be sure it won’t be long before we’re kissing goodbye to our families and friends for a few months.

Ahead of the launch, as is customary, many people are desperate to know just what the new ratings will be this season.

A countdown is soon to tell us the Top 100 stars on FIFA 20 but how will Manchester United player fare after a tumultuous 2018/19 season at Old Trafford.

Here at talkSPORT.com we took a look at FIFA 19 and have decided on our predicted ratings for this season’s game and you can see them below.

1. David de Gea

FIFA 19 rating – 91

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 89

2. Victor Lindelöf

FIFA 19 rating – 79

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Lindelof will be key for the Red Devils this season
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3. Eric Bailly

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

4. Phil Jones

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

5. Harry Maguire

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

Maguire has had a decent start to his United career
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6. Paul Pogba

FIFA 19 rating – 88

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 88

7. Alexis Sánchez (on loan at Inter Milan)

FIFA 19 rating – 87

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

8. Juan Mata

FIFA 19 rating – 83

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

9. Anthony Martial

FIFA 19 rating – 84

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 85

Anthony Martial celebrates opening the scoring for Manchester United against Wolves
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10. Marcus Rashford

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 83

12. Chris Smalling (on loan at Roma)

FIFA 19 rating – 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

13. Lee Grant

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 73

14. Jesse Lingard

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Jesse Lingard has come under fire for his form
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15. Andreas Pereira

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

16. Marcos Rojo

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

17. Fred

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

18. Ashley Young

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Ashley Young in action for Manchester United
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20. Diogo Dalot

FIFA 19 rating – 72

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

21. Daniel James

FIFA 19 rating – 59

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 72

Daniel James celebrates his goal against Cardiff
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22. Sergio Romero

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

23. Luke Shaw

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

26. Mason Greenwood

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70

Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood could be called upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
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28. Angel Gomes

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

FIFA 19 rating – 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon
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31. Nemanja Matić

FIFA 19 rating – 86

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

37. James Garner

FIFA 19 rating – 63

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

38. Axel Tuanzebe

FIFA 19 rating – 73

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

39. Scott McTominay

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

Scott McTominay has looked good for Manchester United this season
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40. Joel Castro Pereira (on loan at Hearts)

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

44. Tahith Chong

FIFA 19 rating – 65

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70


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Manchester United transfer news: Fred reportedly assured of first team chances to fend off Fiorentina transfer interest

27 Aug

Manchester United outcast Fred is set to stay at Old Trafford this summer, according to reports.

Fiorentina are believed to be interested in signing the Brazil international, who is valued at £27million.

Fred has not been a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Fred has failed to live up to expectations after joining Manchester United in a £52million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer.

He started just seven Premier League games under Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his debut campaign in England and is yet to feature in any match day squads this season.

Fred is currently behind Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic in United’s midfield pecking order.

The Times claim Fred has been assured by Solskjaer first-team chances will come his way if he continues to work hard in training.

United are reluctant to lose another midfielder after Ander Herrera joined Paris Saint-Germain over the summer and earlier this month, Solskjaer tipped Fred to have ‘a big season’.

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“Your team will always play better if it is settled and has a good foundation and is not conceding goals,” he said.

“Good teams I played in we always had a strong base, a keeper, settled backline and we hope to provide that for our atttackers and midfielders.

“We believe Fred is going to have a big season as well.”


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Transfer news and football gossip: Fred linked with Man United exit, Tottenham could lose Eriksen for £30m, Ashes hero Ben Stokes set for Newcastle role?

26 Aug

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has said he would consider playing England’s Ashes hero Ben Stokes as the club’s new centre-half next week. (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan have re-opened talks with Manchester United over a loan deal for Alexis Sanchez and want to complete the transfer in the next 72 hours. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Fred is a target for Fiorentina, with the Serie A side said to be preparing a bid for the 26-year-old Brazilian who only joined the Red Devils last summer. (Calciomercato)

Fred has made 25 appearances, scoring one goal, for Man United since his £52m arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is unsure about the future of Christian Eriksen, and also says this is the ‘most unsettled’ the Spurs squad has been since his arrival six years ago. (Daily Mail)

Spurs fear they will lose Eriksen for as little as £30m before the European transfer window shuts on September 2. (Daily Star)

Spurs and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama has been offered a five-year £65,000-a-week deal by Belgian side Club Brugesas he closes in on a move. (Scottish Sun)

Arsenal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny is a target for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on loan. (Foot Mercato)

Leeds will immediately open talks with midfielder Kalvin Phillips over a new contract. The 23-year-old wants £40,000 a week to stay at Elland Road. (Football Insider)

Christian Eriksen could be on his way out of Spurs
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Norwich will make a move for Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland in January if his price tag drops. (The Sun)

Former Leicester right-back Danny Simpson, 32, is in talks with Ligue 1 side Amiens over a move. (The Sun)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has invited Exeter midfielder Ben Chrisene to train with the club. The 15-year-old England youth player made his first-team debut for the League Two club. (The Sun)

After scoring twice in Chelsea’s win at Norwich, Tammy Abraham was left behind by the team coach – because it took so long to complete a drugs test. (DailyStar)

Barcelona have made a fresh bid for Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27, that includes “more money and more players”. (Telefoot)

 

Manchester United can challenge for Premier League title, but need experienced players to fight Liverpool and Manchester City

15 Aug

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must rely on his experienced Manchester United players to help them challenge for the Premier League this season.

That’s according to former midfielder Kleberson, who thinks the manager has already become stronger since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

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Senior players like David de Gea, captain Ashley Young and even Marcus Rashford, will be crucial to Man United going forward[/caption]

Solskjaer started the new season well by beating Chelsea 4-0, with 21-year-old Marcus Rashford scoring twice and Anthony Martial, 23, and Dan James, 21, scoring the others.

Rashford, despite his age, can be considered one of the more senior players, having played in the Champions League and World Cup matches in his short career already and even revealed he offers younger players advice. 

And Kleberson said that will be vital this term.

“There are still great teams who play better football like Liverpool or Manchester City – that’s the real challenge for United,” he told talkSPORT via yourpromotionalcode.co.uk.

“I don’t know if they’ll have the success of those teams. But if the team can play like they did against Chelsea by being very positive with the ball and taking their chances, it is possible they could fight for the title. To do that, they’ll need to rely on their experienced players to help all the young players.”

Solskjaer took over in December, initially as caretaker boss, but was given the full-time job before the previous campaign ended as the club finished sixth.

Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford celebrate during the 4-0 win against Chelsea in their first game of the season
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“It’s too early to say whether they can fight for the title but of course he can do better than last season,” Kleberson added, careful not too put too much pressure on his former team-mate.

The former midfielder, who joined from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense in 2003, was also asked about compatriot Fred, who arrived for £52million in 2018, but has been unable to cement his place in the first team yet.

Kleberson thinks Solskjaer has become stronger in his decision making and believes he has a good opportunity to be a success
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“Solskjaer tried to use him as an offensive player too much last season,” he said. “I didn’t like seeing Fred on the bench, It’s tough for him. I think he’s very technical and fast – but it’s hard for him to adapt to United’s style of play. He hasn’t had his opportunity in the Premier League because the football is faster, so he needs to commit more to his defending.

“I can’t compare his time to mine at Man United because we have different styles, but he likes the ball at his feet and tries to create space. It’s going to be a tough time but he’s a very good player so I think he can come good.”

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Pereira was impressive against Chelsea and, with some consistency in the Premier League, could eventually be a mainstay for Brazil[/caption]

On another Brazilian, Andreas Pereira, Kleberson believes he needs time to show his importance and will eventually play for Brazil.

The 23-year-old played against Chelsea and even recorded an assist.

“It’s hard to see Andreas Pereira playing a lot more for Man United this season,” he said. “But he must continue to fight for his position at United because he has the quality.

“I know he can play at any club in Brazil but maybe for him, he needs more games to show his style and quality in important games; then he’ll get his chance to play for the national team.

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The most disappointing Premier League transfers in 2018/19, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United flops

21 May

When Sir Alex Ferguson signed Eric Cantona for Manchester United in 1992, few anticipated just how much of an impact the striker would go on to have.

Having failed to sign Alan Shearer and David Hirst, the Scot found his team slumped in eighth place in the Premier League and floundering behind their rivals.

Eric Cantona went on to become a legend at Manchester United
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But the enigmatic Frenchman saved the Red Devils’ season and proved to be (at just £1million from rivals Leeds United) to be a truly remarkable signing.

However, this is a rarity in today’s market and United are a prime example of that.

While their financial clout is certainly not to be sniffed at, the club’s policy of splashing the cash has seen them slip behind rials Manchester City and Liverpool.

United are not the only side to have fallen victim to this. With the influx of television money, clubs can afford to spend more money on signings than in previous years – meaning their transfer mistakes are all the more scrutinised.

This season has been no different and talkSPORT.com has compiled a list of the 10 most disappointing signings from the 2018/19 season.

Scroll down to see if any of your club’s signings feature!

Jack Wilshere – West Ham United (Free)

Injuries have continued to plague Wilshere in the East End
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After being informed by Unai Emery he was surplus to requirements at the Emirates, Wilshere decided to hop on the London Overground and join Manuel Pellegrini’s revolution at West Ham United.

However, after starting the first four games of the season and losing every single one, the England international underwent ankle surgery.

Speculation he would miss the rest of the season began to intensify, but the 27-year-old returned to action in April.

Appearances from the bench during the wins against Southampton and Watford suggest those who have written Wilshere off may be premature, but he has a lot to prove next season.

Gonzalo Higuain – Chelsea (Loan w/option to buy)

The Juventus striker has struggled against the best teams in the Premier League
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When Maurizio Sarri took over in the summer of 2018, it became apparent he wanted to replicate his success from Napoli.

‘Sarriball’ initially thrilled Blues fans, but as Jorginho began to suffer, so did the team.

Recruiting the Argentina international may not have been a long-term option, but Sarri hoped he would at least provide some short term relief.

But with a transfer ban incoming and with just five goals from 15 Premier League appearances, it is safe to say the Italian’s gamble on Higuain has not paid off.

Kenedy – Newcastle United (Loan)

Kenedy had an afternoon to forget in Wales – a game which summed up his season
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Kenedy’s loan move from Chelsea to the Toon in 2018 proved to be a masterstroke by Rafael Benitez as the Brazilian (alongside Martin Dubravka) helped secure Premier League football.

However, a return to St James did not prove to be as successful for the 23-year-old.

His season at St James Park can be best summed up by one unforgettable afternoon against Cardiff City in August.

Having not completed a single pass in the first half and after having lashed out at Victor Camarasa, Kenedy then inexcusably missed a 95th minute penalty and the chance to secure all three points – disappointing to say the least.

Jean Michael Seri – Fulham (£25million)

Once courted by Barcelona and Arsenal, Seri looked out of his depth at Fulham
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Fulham beating top clubs to the signing of Seri was probably the highlight of their season.

The Ivory Coast international shot to international prominence with Nice in Ligue 1 and had the biggest sides in Europe fighting over him.

However, it was Slavisa Jokanovic who pounced first and brought the 27-year-old to the Premier League.

The central midfielder looked off the pace and never adapted to the demands of English football.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Brighton and Hove Albion (£17million)

The Iranian is Brighton’s record signing and must start delivering for whoever replaces Chris Hughton
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With skills as complicated as his surname, Brighton thought the signing of the Iranian trickster would take them to the next level in the Premier League.

But with Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray failing to fire, it became clear goals were hard to come by for the Seagulls.

Jahanbakhsh failed to record a single assist, nor did he score in his debut season in England.

Whoever replaces Chris Hughton at the Amex must now choose whether to stick with the 25-year-old or try and recoup some of the record £17million for him.

Stephan Lichsteiner – Arsenal (Free)

Unai Emery’s face says it all really
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If you had told an Arsenal fan before the start of the season they would be signing a serial Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia winner from Juventus, few would have believed you.

If you had then said the player in question has more than 100 caps for his country and was known as ‘Forrest Gump’ in Italy, chances are the Gunners fans would have entered meltdown.

Alas, 35-year-old right-back Stephan Lichsteiner was never going to set the world alight, but his performances this season have been woeful.

With time not exactly on his side and Hector Bellerin closing in on a return from injury, do not expect to see the ‘Swiss Express’ feature too prominently at the Emirates next season.

Fred – Manchester United (£52million)

The diminutive midfielder will be desperate to show his quality next season
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The last time Manchester City signed a Brazilian defensive midfielder from Shakthar Donetsk it ended up being rather beneficial.

But with Fernandinho nearing the end of his career, Pep Gaurdiola identified compatriot Fred as the ideal replacement.

But, as with Alexis Sanchez six months prior, United gatecrashed the party and pounced with a colossal £52m bid and snared the 26-year-old.

Fred surely has more to offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the United boss begins his rebuilding job, but he must do so quickly or else find his name associated with the likes of Eric Djemba-Djemba and Massimo Taibi amongst those who frequent Old Trafford.

Mohamed Elyounoussi – Southampton (£16million)

As the season wore on, the Norway international’s confidence drained away
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Southampton thought they had snared a potential world beater when they made a £16million move for Norway international Elyounoussi last summer.

Tricky, skilful and with an eye for goal, the Basel forward earned comparisons with Mohamed Salah who also earned a Premier League move after impressing in Switzerland.

But unlike the Liverpool forward, Elyounoussi has struggled to carry his good form over to the Premier League with him.

The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance at St Mary’s, but desperately needs to work on his consistency if he is to make it in the top-flight.

Joe Hart – Burnley (£3.5million)

Hart will surely struggle to get regular game time at Turf Moor now
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When Pep Guardiola ruthlessly cut Hart from his Manchester City squad at the start of the 2016/17 season, fans and critics were stunned.

The England international had arguably been City’s most consistent player for several years and was England’s No.1

Fast forward three years and after loan spells at Torino and West Ham it is hard to argue with the Spaniard’s decision making.

Times have been equally tough at Turf Moor for the shot-stopper, who instantly usurped between the sticks by Tom Heaton upon his return to full fitness.

Max Meyer – Crystal Palace (Free)

Meyer hasn’t shown what all the hype is about at Palace yet
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Should you search online for videos of Max Meyer you will be inundated with compilations of goals, skills and technical brilliance.

Despite being linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, Schalke never cashed in on their star midfielder and he was allowed to run his contract down.

Having shown the technical ability to play as a both a holding or an attacking midfielder, Crystal Palace fans will surely have been delighted to see Roy Hodgson gleefully posing next to the 22-year-old.

But doubts about Meyer’s physical attributes have continued to blight the youngster and he has struggled to feature consistently for the Eagles this season – despite all the hype.

Manchester United transfer news: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could look next season WITHOUT Paul Pogba, but with top targets, including Dan James and Bruno Fernandes

10 May

Manchester United are a club once again caught in a state of flux, with a transfer revamp required once again this summer.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, United have appointed four permanent managers who have spent a combined £686.7MILLION to try and stop the rot.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty to do this summer

However, with bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool threatening to leave the Red Devils in the proverbial dust, the situation at Old Trafford seems more desperate than ever.

Paul Pogba’s future at the club continues to get murkier by the day as his public flirtation with Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane begins to border on nauseating.

Paul Pogba could be set for a second acrimonious Manchester United exit

The France midfielder has admitted it would be a ‘dream’ to move to the Bernabeu, with Zidane doing little to stifle talk as the rumours begin to gather pace.

However, Solskjaer does look like embarking on a summer spree in order to cope with the loss of their mercurial midfielder.

According to The Sun, the Norwegian is ready to spend £330million in order to get United back to the top table of English football.

Swansea City forward Daniel James is reportedly closing in on a £15million move, while Ed Woodward is said to have promised the manager a marquee signing.

United have ‘agreed a deal’ with Paulo Dybala, according to reports

That could well be Paulo Dybala from Juventus, with former football journalist Ian McGarry telling The Transfer Window Podcast a €100million deal has been agreed for the Argentina international.

Reports also suggest Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes could be on his way to Manchester, although it is unclear if it is United or City the 31-goal midfielder will choose.

With an influx of so many signings, it is difficult to imagine how Solskjaer could assemble his new look side.

But fear not, talkSPORT.com has assembled a hypothetical staring XI for United next season with a host of potential new signings. Check it out below.

DEFENCE

Kostas Manolas has been linked with a move to Old Trafford

Even though he has had a dip in form, David De Gea remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Having kept faith with the Spain No.1 throughout the season, it is unlikely Solskjaer will include De Gea in any exodus which may take place in the summer.

The full-back areas are also relatively well stocked for United, with Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot nowhere near the peaks of their careers. Dalot has shown incredible promise in a variety of positions this season, while Shaw was voted as United’s Player of the Season at their end-of-season awards.

One position the Red Devils must strengthen is at centre-back. Jose Mourinho tried, and failed, to bring in a marquee signing last summer but was ultimately thwarted in his attempts.

Roma colossus Kostas Manolas has a €36million release clause in his contract with the Serie A side and possesses the physicality and technical attributes to be a Premier League star.

MIDFIELD

Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed an incredible season in front of goal for Sporting

With Paul Pogba set to leave in the summer, Solskjaer knows he cannot repeat the mistakes of previous managers.

With Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin failing to deliver in the United engine room in the post-Ferguson era, a strong midfield is vital.

Scott McTominay has emerged as a real leader in the Red Devils team, with his manager likely to build a team around the 22-year-old. Similarly, Fred is showing glimpses of the player United spent more than £50million on last summer.

Having beaten rivals City last season to the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, Woodward will be hoping to repeat the trick and beat Pep Guardiola to the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The 24-year-old has enjoyed an incredible season in Portugal.

ATTACK

James has been one of the Championship’s best players this season

This is an area United fans can seriously begin to get excited about. If Pogba leaves, it is likely the club will sanction the signing of similar stature and commercial lure to prove to the world they have global appeal.

Signing Dybala would be a real marker for the rest of the Premier League that the club are still serious players. At 25, the forward still has his best years ahead of him, but would need time to adjust from Serie A to the rigours of English football.

Although Daniel James is a signing for the future, the 21-year-old has shown in the Championship this season he has the potential to go right to the top. Blessed with blistering pace and an eye for goal, the comparisons with Wales wingers from past and present have already begun.

When Solskjaer took over, Marcus Rashford was one of the biggest beneficiaries from the man management style of the 46-year-old. Although his form has dipped of late, a summer break and a full pre-season could allow him to rejuvenate and get back to his very best in a red shirt.

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West Ham United captain Mark Noble has as many Premier League assists as Mesut Ozil, Kevin De Bruyne and Fred combined

6 May

Mark Noble is enjoying something of an Indian summer in his career.

Despite a tricky start to the season, the West Ham United captain is finishing the campaign strongly as the Hammers target a top half finish.

Mark Noble has recorded five Premier League assists this season

After bossing the midfield against Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, Noble again delivered a composed performance from midfield as Southampton were put to the sword at London Stadium.

It was Noble’s scything pass which set up Marko Arnautovic for the first goal, leaving the midfielder on five Premier League assists for the season with just one game left to play.

The former England Under-21 captain turns 32 next week, but has impressed in Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge.

In fact, he now has as many assists in the league as Kevin De Bruyne, Mesut Ozil and Fred COMBINED.

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With Declan Rice dominating the midfield, Noble has been granted license to get a little further forward and is targeting a strong end to the season away to Watford next Sunday.

“The last two weeks have been fantastic,” he told the club’s official website. “We didn’t want to waste Saturday after last week. Six points at Spurs and Southampton at home were two great results and fully deserved.

“I think we’ve made real progress with the way we’ve played this season, in a certain style.

“Even away to Spurs, we played a certain way.

Mesut Ozil has struggled at times this season

“Don’t forget we missed Dec [Rice] and Felipe [Anderson] on Saturday but Pedro came in and was fantastic and Grady came in who hasn’t played for a while and it’s been really good.

“It’s a shame it always seems to end when we’re playing so well. We just hope we can get the three points next week against Watford and finish on such a high.”

Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: Roy Keane blasts Fred for his role in visitors’ second derby goal

25 Apr

Roy Keane pulled no punches in his assessment of Manchester United following their derby defeat to Manchester City.

The Red Devils were outclassed by their local rivals 2-0 at Old Trafford, with City moving back top of the Premier League thanks to second-half strikes from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane.

Fred has struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford

It was United’s seventh defeat in nine matches and, prior to the match, Keane had already launched a scathing attack on midfielder Paul Pogba, labelling him a ‘big problem’ for the club.

He said: “The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same things over and over again.

“The number of times I’ve seen him in games where he’s not sprinting back or running back. He’s talking about body language, throwing his arms up in the air, he’s a big problem for United.

“I don’t know what he’s like around the training ground or when they travel, but he mentioned body language and pride, I don’t see it, I don’t see it in his performances. And my eyes don’t lie to me.

“I’m not disagreeing he’s a talented player, but you need more than just talent.

Keane labelled Fred a ‘cheat’ for his tame defending against Sterling in the match

“We talk about the real top players, the great players, they make their team better and they make their teammates better. He doesn’t do that. He plays for himself.”

Following the match, Keane went in even harder on his former club.

The ex-midfielder lamented the performance of Fred, the Brazil midfielder, especially highlighting the role he played in City’s second goal.

The Brazilian allowed Raheem Sterling to breeze past him, before laying the ball off to Sane to smash home.

Fred moved to Old Trafford in the summer for £50million but has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Keane said: “That’s cheating, what he’s (Fred) done is cheating, letting the guy run off him.”

But his colleague Gary Neville intervened, saying: “Watching Fred all season, he commits to challenges, he gets skipped past and he can’t get back, he can’t recover, he’s not got the legs. I think that’s what he is.

“There’s nothing I’ve seen from United that makes me think they could’ve given more. They could’ve not made mistakes, but that’s the best they’ve got I think.”

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Keane was only infuriated more by his former team-mate’s attempt to play down the performance, saying: “Look Gary, they’re strolling across! Fred sells himself short here. He gives the ball away, which can happen, then compounds it.

“You do not let (Raheem) Sterling then get goal side of you. Why aren’t people trying to stop the shot?

“If that’s a player giving it their all, then Manchester United are in even more trouble than I think, and I think they’re in huge trouble.”

Sterling breezed past Fred for the second City goal

Meanwhile, the PFA Team of the Year was announced on Thursday morning and many were surprised by Paul Pogba’s inclusion.

The Frenchman has struggled for form for large parts of the season, apart from a period of superb displays following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United’s caretaker manager.

However, his recent performances have again dipped as United continue to struggle.

Other supporters have also been left shocked by the fact that Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been left out the season’s so-called best XI.

Manchester United news: The Sir Alex Ferguson legacy lives on with just four players in starting XI vs Barca signed after his retirement

19 Apr

The legacy of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United is clearly evident six years after his retirement as manager of the club.

Since Ferguson called it a day in 2013, after 1,500 games in charge, the Red Devils have had four different permanent bosses.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Sir Alex Ferguson

They have also spent more than £800million on transfers with a net spend of £552million.

Despite the enormous amount spent on players, in the starting line-up against Barcelona, a game they lost 3-0, there were just four players signed in the post-Ferguson era.

The rest were either signings made by the legendary manager or have come through the youth ranks.

It perhaps illustrates the need for an extensive overhaul in the summer under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, something the boss has said is likely to happen.

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David de Gea (Ferguson signing)

Signed by United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid for £18.9million and has gone on to play more than 300 times for the club.

Victor Lindelof (Mourinho signing)

The 24-year-old was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings at the club for around £30.75million from Benfica.

Phil Jones (Ferguson signing)

After impressing with Blackburn as a teenager, he was snapped up by United in 2011 for £16.5million.

Jones was signed by Ferguson in 2011 and won the Premier League in the boss’ final season in charge
Chris Smalling (Ferguson signing)

The defender’s rise from non-league to Manchester United was quick. He went from Maidstone to the Red Devils, via Fulham within two years.

United paid around £12million for Smalling in 2010.

Ashley Young (Ferguson signing)

Young has transitioned from a winger to a defender over his United career.

He was signed for around £20million in 2011 from Aston Villa.

Paul Pogba (Mourinho signing)

A former United youth player who left the club in 2012 seeking first team opportunities.

He shined at Juventus and eventually was brought back to Old Trafford for £89.3million in 2016.

Paul Pogba was signed by Mourinho in 2016
Jesse Lingard (From youth)

Lingard has been at the club since he was a seven-year-old and signed his first professional contract in 2011.

Fred (Mourinho signing)

United paid Shakhtar Donetsk around £52million for the Brazilian last summer but he has so far failed to live up to the price tag.

Scott McTominay (From youth)

Another product of the club’s youth set up – McTominay has been with the club since 2002 and signed his first professional deal in 2013.

Marcus Rashford (From youth)

The third United player in this team to rise through their academy. He played his first game for the club in 2015.

Anthony Martial (Van Gaal signing)

The France international signed as a teenager for the Red Devils in 2015 in a deal worth up to £58million.

One under-performing player at every Premier League club this season including Kieran Trippier, Fred and Marcos Alonso

24 Mar

The closing stages of the 2018/19 season is round the corner so for some players it’s time to reflect on how they feel they’ve performed.

There have been great performances this campaign, however, others have not been so good, including Tottenham full-back Kieran Tripper, who admitted he could have done “a lot better” in 2018/19 in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

Trippier has struggled for form this season

And Trippier’s comment got us thinking, which other players have not performed to the standard that is expected of them?

Below you can see one under-performing player for every Premier League side this season.

AFC Bournemouth (Asmir Begovic)

Asmir Begovic had a decent 2017/18 season but he has been far from his best this campaign, so much so that the Bosnian has lost his place between the sticks to veteran Artur Boruc, 39.

Begovic has been in bad form this season

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe denied reports of a bust-up with the goalkeeper in February but admitted Begovic’s future is in his own hands.

Arsenal (Mesut Ozil)

However, it’s pretty obvious that there’s friction between Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and manager Unai Emery.

The German’s work-ethic has been questioned for a number of seasons and Emery has done what Arsene Wenger didn’t have the stomach to do and has dropped Ozil from the team and sometimes from the matchday squad altogether.

Has Emery’s treatment of Ozil actually been a masterclass in man management?

But Ozil has started the last few games for the Gunners as they mount a challenge for the top four so the No.10’s season could finally be on the up.

Brighton (Jurgen Locadia)

Brighton are not blessed with huge amounts of talent so when they splashed out on the Dutchman for a club-record fee of £14million, you’d have thought they would be getting a bit more back.

But forward Jurgen Locadia has been a bit of a disaster since moving to the Amex from PSV Eindhoven in January 2018, scoring just four goals this season and six overall.

Burnley (Joe Hart)

Joe Hart was handed a lifeline at Burnley, who signed him in the summer following injuries to goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Nick Pope.

Hart is no longer first choice keeper at Burnley

And he got off to a storming start, making saves that he would have made during his peak years at Manchester City.

However, just as Heaton started to get fit again, Hart went back into the rut he was experiencing during his bad loan spell at West Ham last season and Hart has now been demoted to the bench with seemingly no way back into the first-team.

Cardiff City (Oumar Niasse)

It may be a bit harsh to judge Oumar Niasse’s Cardiff career as he’s only made seven appearances since signing on loan in January.

Neil Warnock is happy to have Niasse among his ranks

But Cardiff are in a relegation battle and don’t have the time to let him settle in so the striker needs to start scoring promptly especially given Niasse’s new team-mates are limited in terms of their quality.

Chelsea (Marcos Alonso)

This was a difficult one as the only Chelsea player who can really say they’ve played consistently well this season is Eden Hazard.

Jorginho has been nowhere near the player he was at Napoli and Chelsea fans are still wracking their brains about just what Mateo Kovacic’s purpose is.

But we’ve given this prize to Marcos Alonso, who’s form really has dropped this season.

Alonso has had a very frustrating season

When you compare how good he was in the days under Antonio Conte where Alonso played as a formidable left-wing back, he has looked out of his depth as an out-and-out full-back.

Crystal Palace (Max Meyer)

A few players for Crystal Palace have not been at the races including Christian Benteke, who is a shadow of the player who bullied defences and scored many goals at Aston Villa.

However, Benteke has been awful for a while so we’ve given this award to Max Meyer, who has really struggled to adapt to the Premier League despite his good reputation in Germany.

Meyer hasn’t shown what all the hype is about at Palace yet

The former Schalke man has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season but has only scored twice and made two assists in a frustrating campaign.

Everton (Cenk Tosun)

Again, there were almost too many players to choose from at Everton, who have been in free-fall ever since they were beaten by Liverpool in cruel fashion in December.

And it seems almost harsh to give this award to Cenk Tosun as new manager Marco Silva doesn’t give him many opportunities to play but when the striker has come on, he just can’t give a good account of himself.

Tosun has scored just two Premier League goals in 21 appearances this season, awful stats for a striker who had a fierce reputation in his homeland Turkey.

Tosun has failed to set the Premier League alight at Everton

Fulham (Luciano Vietto)

Fulham made 12 new signings last summer and very few of them can be considered a success, however, we’ve picked out Luciano Vietto as the biggest let-down at Craven Cottage this season.

Vietto, 25, arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid but judging by how he’s played this season, it’s easy to see why the LaLiga giants allowed him to leave.

The Argentine, who plays as a forward only has one goal and four assists this season in all competitions. A poor campaign for Vietto and Fulham.

Vietto has been pretty anonymous this campaign

Huddersfield Town (Aaron Mooy)

To pick out Huddersfield’s most under-performing player was also quite difficult as the type of play at the club is very workman-like let’s say.

So we’ve gone for Aaron Mooy, who produced a few magical moments last season as they somehow managed to maintain their status in the top flight.

The Australian has not been at his best this season but let’s face it, even Lionel Messi would struggle to keep the Terriers up.

Mooy and Huddersfield are destined for the drop

Leicester City (Kelechi Iheanacho)

Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to Leicester in the summer of 2017 seemed a very astute signing as he showed signs of being a natural goalscorer at Manchester City.

But things just have not worked out for the Nigeria international and he’s been a huge let-down for the Foxes this campaign, making just nine Premier League starts in 2018/19 and scoring one goal.

Liverpool (Naby Keita)

There was huge build-up to Naby Keita arriving at Liverpool and it was heavily implied he would take the Premier League by storm.

But the midfielder, 23, has struggled to make an impact at Anfield so far, showing only snippets of what he is capable of. Keita has yet to score a goal this season which will bother him.

Keita has struggled to live up to his £48million price tag

Manchester City (Nicolas Otamendi)

Nicolas Otamendi played a big part in Manchester City coasting to the Premier League title last season but this time around he’s been more of a fringe player.

It’s not really Otamendi’s fault he’s only made 15 league appearances this campaign but John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have forged a very effective partnership at the back together.

However, most of City’s players have been right on it this season so Otamendi is the unfortunate recipient of this prize.

Manchester United (Fred)

Signing a player for over £50million is not as significant as it would be ten years ago, but Manchester United midfielder Fred has still looked like a complete waste of money so far.

Fred has struggled hugely this season

The Brazilian has had a pretty torrid time at Old Trafford but admittedly has played his way back into the fold in recent games. He Still needs to improve hugely though.

Newcastle United (Kenedy)

After a good loan spell at Newcastle last season, Kenedy was brought to St James’ Park on a season-long loan this campaign.

Although the Magpies may wish they hadn’t bothered as the Brazilian has been ineffective, scoring just one goal in 22 Premier League appearances this season.

His second spell at Newcastle was arguably epitomised by his poor penalty miss at Cardiff earlier in the season – just a bit rubbish frankly.

It’s going to take a bit more than a bum pat to improve Kenedy’s season!

Southampton (Alex McCarthy)

Alex McCarthy appears to go through spells where he looks unstoppable at one point and then other points where he seems like a distinctly average goalkeeper.

And this season, McCarthy is not in a particularly good way and his form has led to new Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl playing Angus Gunn between the sticks instead.

Tottenham Hotspur (Kieran Trippier)

Kieran Tripper is big enough to admit he’s not done as well as he would have liked this season but he said it with good reason.

It’s been a stop-start campaign for the full-back who has had a number of injuries probably due to him not having enough time off following England’s semi-final performance at the World Cup.

Kieran Trippier has failed to replicate his World Cup form

Trippier has made sloppy mistakes though, including a daft own goal against Chelsea and a penalty miss during Tottenham’s FA Cup exit at Crystal Palace in Feburary.

Watford (Isaac Success)

It’s ironic that Isaac Success has been a failure this season!

But this is no laughing matter for the Watford striker who only has one goal in 15 Premier League appearances this season.

The Hornets are stuck with him for a while though as Success signed a five-year contract with the club in November.

Success hasn’t been getting it right this season

West Ham (Lucas Perez)

Lucas Perez’s move to West Ham last summer seemed like a fresh start for the striker following his unsuccessful two-year spell at Arsenal.

But the Spaniard has shown very little to suggest he’s cut out for the Premier League, scoring just two goals in the league all season.

During a win at Everton in September, it appeared Perez refused to warm up after Marko Arnautovic needed to be substituted off but this is something both Perez and West Ham both denied.

Perez has struggled in the Premier League

Wolves (Adama Traore)

It’s been a wonderful season back in the top flight for Wolves but this is not the case for Adama Traore.

The former Barcelona man signed for Wolves last summer and was expected to provide more goals for the Molineux-based club.

However, Traore has only scored one goal for Wolves, which was all the way back in September against West Ham.