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Manchester United’s Predicted XI To Face Middlesbrough: Mkhitaryan To Start!

The Red Devils will be looking forward to continuing their winning run in the league and in a bid do they do that they will not able to get the service of Luke Shaw yet again who has been nursing an injury for quite some time now.

The captain Wayne Rooney is also unviable to be fit for the match against Boro and the chances to be out of squad again are high. Good news for the Red Devils fans is that Mkhitaryan will be ready to play from the first minute.

GOALKEEPER: David De Gea

As always, the Spanish keeper will begin the contest against Boro in the starting XI.

DEFENCE: Valencia, Jones, Rojo & Blind

Three clean sheets in the last five matches, Mourinho appears to have brought the balance in the back four.

Rojo and Jones have made 146 clearances in the Premier League, more than any other CB combination, that means Eric Bailly will be out of the starting XI again. While Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind will occupy the full-back roles.Manchester United’s Predicted XI To Face Middlesbrough: Mkhitaryan To Start! 1

MIDFIELD: Herrera, Carrick & Pogba

During the recent weeks, United midfield three has given a perfect balance, and Mourinho will see no reason to change it up against Boro.

Carrick will continue to dictate the play from deep, allowing Herrera and  Pogba to do the damage further up the field by supplying Ibrahimovic up front.

ATTACK: Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic & Lingard

The in-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the line and will be flanked by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingad, although Mourinho could also opt to rotate in one of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to keep his wide players fresh ahead of more upcoming matches.

 

 

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Mourinho Names World’s Best Midfielder Currently And Receives Epic Banters

Jose Mourinho watched on as his Manchester United side recorded a convincing 3-0 victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford this afternoon.

The Red Devils outclassed David Moyes’ men – with the goals coming from Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and this extraordinary effort from Henrikh Mkhitaryan – to register their fourth straight Premier League victory.

Ibrahimovic, for scoring and providing two assists, is surely the leading contender to win United’s Man of the Match award, which is voted for by the fans. Mkhitaryan might also be in with a shout after scoring what will be a serious contender for the Goal of the Season award.

But it was another player who secured WhoScored’s Man of the Match accolade.

Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive footballer, was outstanding from start to finish and, although he didn’t score, it was his overall contribution which caught the eye.

MOURINHO: POGBA IS THE WORLD’S BEST MIDFIELDERFBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-SUNDERLAND

The France international provided the assist for Ibrahimovic’s goal and generally looked a cut above his opponents.

Is there a better midfielder in the Premier League right now?

Not according to Mourinho. In fact, the Portuguese coach believes there’s not a better midfield player on the planet at this moment in time.

Speaking exclusively to SFR Sport – with the quotes translated by Get French Football – before the Sunderland match, Mourinho said: “If the perception change, Paul can win it because Paul is not a goalscorer, Paul is a midfielder [that] will score more and more goals. Because I think he has conditions to score goals. But Paul is a midfield player. In my opinion, the best. The best midfield player in the world.”

NOT EVERY FOOTBALL FAN AGREES

Mourinho’s comments have divided opinion.


 

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Sportzwiki Year Review 2016: Top 5 Midfield Pairs In The Premier League

The Premier League is host to some of the best talents in world football which has made it one of the most competitive leagues. The amount of money that is spent on players in transfer windows has seen top quality starts attracted to clubs in the country and the summer transfer window before the current season has seen clubs spend over £1bn on purchases. Some teams made some world record signings while some managed to get players who fit into their styles during the transfer window.

Though there are a number of top class goal scorers in the league who take away all the credit, every once in a while, midfielders around the country stand up and get noticed. It is not a surprise to see a pair of midfielders operated in tandem, helping get the best out of each other and this year has been no different. A number of midfield pairs have taken the league by a storm and here are the 5 best midfield pairs in the Premier League this season:

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Steven Gerrard’s Advice: These Three Players Should Help Ibrahimovic Or United Will Lose Everything

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 10 goals in nine games in Manchester United’s 2-0 win against West Brom on Saturday.

The Swede is quashing those pre-season concerns about whether or not he could cut it in the Premier League with each passing game. Only Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez have scored more league goals than Ibrahimovic this season, who now has 16 in all competitions.

It’s becoming clear that United’s hopes of finishing in the top four could rest on the 35-year-old’s shoulders.Steven Gerrard’s Advice: These Three Players Should Help Ibrahimovic Or United Will Lose Everything 2

That’s probably not the situation Jose Mourinho hopes to find himself in the spring. Though Ibra is shining at the minute, it wouldn’t be a major surprise if his form tails off towards the latter stages of the season.

The former Paris Saint-Germain was afforded an extended break before joining up with his new teammates in the summer but he won’t have the luxury of a winter break – which he had in France – this time around.

At the minute, Ibra is the key man. Via Squawka, he’s the only United player to score more than 10 goals in the Premier League this season – he only arrived in July.

Steven Gerrard was a pundit for BT Sport as Mourinho’s side buried West Brom, and the former Liverpool midfielder believes Ibrahimovic’s supporting cast must do more.

“The worry for United would be if [Ibrahimovic] got an injury, or he has a dip in form,” Gerrard said, via the Daily Mail.

“Is there enough goals around him? The likes of Pogba, Mata, Rooney they do have to help him by chipping in a bit more.”

Gerrard has a point. While Ibrahimovic has bagged 16 goals, Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata have combined to score 13 times.

Gerrard didn’t mention Marcus Rashford’s name but the 19-year-old starlet has had an underwhelming season. He burst onto the scene last season but is finding extensive minutes hard to come by under Mourinho and hasn’t scored in his last 16 appearances.

Mourinho has admitted that he needs to rest Ibrahimovic to avoid burnout, but he knows he can’t.

At the minute, the United boss is getting away with playing Ibrahimovic in every game, but for how much longer?

 

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Man United Player Ratings vs Zorya: Mkhitaryan Steals The Show, Rooney Struggles

Initial struggles after a summer move from Borussia Dortmund appear to be a thing of the past, with the 27-year-old impressing on his return to a country where he plied his trade for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mkhitaryan’s fine goal and a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike saw already-eliminated Zorya beaten 2-0 as United ended a seven-match wait for an away win in Europe and finished second in Group A.

Here is how Manchester United players fared in a chilly Ukrainian night.

Sergio Romero 7 – Not the nicest evening for Romero: forced to stand around in sub-zero temperatures for 90 minutes whilst being attacked with firecrackers. Still managed to make two important saves.

Ashley Young 8 – Produced a wonderfully dedicated, reliable display at right-back. Made a number of perfectly timed tackles and never looked troubled in possession.

Marcos Rojo 6 – Occasionally struggled with Zorya’s aggression on the break but looked growingly composed on the ball as the game went.

Eric Bailly 7 – A really convincing return to first team action after spending nine games on the sidelines, replete with raw power and superb control.

Daley Blind 6 – One of his easier games. Hardly troubled on the left hand side, making a number of incisive passes forward.

Ander Herrera 7 – In Michael Carrick’s  absence, the 27-year-old was asked to occupy a more defensive role and he performed diligently at Man United’s axis, controlling proceedings all game.

Paul Pogba 7 – Recovered incredibly well from a shaky start to produce a composed and powerful performance in midfield.

Juan Mata 6 – A characteristically tidy performance from the Spaniard, linking up well with his teammates all evening. Could have displayed more attacking intent at times in the first half.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 8 – Provided the game’s one moment of sublime brilliance with a sumptuous goal after 48 minutes. Quite literally ran through the entire Zorya defence. Tidy and enterprising on the ball throughout what was a gritty encounter.

Wayne Rooney 5 – Never looked comfortable on a challenging pitch. Too slow, too immobile, and ultimately detrimental to the side’s speed going forward.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7 – Managed to pick up a goal in the closing minutes of the game and although he struggled earlier on, closed the game in superb fashion.

Substitutes 

Jesse Lingard N/A

Marouane Fellaini 6 – Managed to not make a complete fool of himself, partially atoning for his horror show last weekend with a generally solid display from the bench.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah N.A

 

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Revealed: How Paul Pogba Is Creating Major Problem In Arsenal Dressing Room

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be a happy man with the performances of his side recently. The Gunners managed to put 5 past West Ham at the weekend in the Premier League as they managed to jump into the 2nd place, 3 points off the top of the Premier League table, 14 games into the season.

The manager will know that the core of the side has been performing well and will hope that they can keep them high on confidence and happy going into the busiest part of the fixture schedule in England.

So it does not come as a surprise that the manager is looking to tie key players in the squad to long term contracts to avoid disrupting the chemistry in the team.

Spanish full back Hector Bellerin was the first player to sign an extension at the club this season but Wenger is still sweating over new deals for former La Liga duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

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Two of the most influential players for Wenger, Sanchez and Ozil, have been in superb form recently and have helped the side to within 3 points of the top of the table, after a slow start to the season.

The manager has already offered both the players new lucrative deal, as an improvement on their pervious deals, to try and get them to sign but neither player has put pen to paper yet.

With both players having just over 18 months left on their contract and Wenger has little choice but to give in to their demands but if reports today are to be believed, Wenger will be very upset.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsene Wenger is ready to offer the duo a significant pay rise which will see them earn £200,000-a-week on their new contract.

Mesut Ozil, 28, currently earns £140,000-a-week, which is the highest in the team while Alexis Sanchez, 27, earns £130,000-a-week making Wenger’s offer very much an attractive offer.

But with money being spent like crazy all over the league, the star duo are not ready to accept the new wages they are offered and are demanding more.

(L-R) Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott, Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez and German midfielder Mesut Ozil take part in a training session in St Albans, north London on 28 September, 2015 before a Group F Champions League football match against Olympiakos. AFP PHOTO/Olly Greenwood (Photo credit should read OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

They are demanding record salaries to be precise if the Sun is to be believed.

According to the reports from the Sun, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are now demanding Arsenal to pay a salary close to what Paul Pogba earns at Manchester United.

The French midfielder gets £290,000-a-week at Old Trafford which is a world record and the Gunners duo want the Emirates outfit to meet that amount to sign a new contract.

Arsene Wenger, who is the third highest paid manager in the Premier League is not really happy with these demands and rightly so.

If Wenger offers the duo their required salary, it will mean that they are drawing more than Wenger himself from the club and the manager is reportedly not too comfortable with such wage structure.

The manager will know the importance of both the players, who are already linked with moves away from the club. They are close to irreplaceable but their wage demand is a bit ludicrous and Wenger might have to think about it long and hard before taking a decision.

 

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Pogba Rates Former Club Juventus Ahead Of His Current Employers Man United

Expectations were sky high when Paul Pogba ,after a very successful four years stint with Juventus, returned to Old Trafford. The midfielder, who won four Serie A titles with the Italian outfits, left Old Trafford in 2012 and became one of the finest midfielders in the world. His impressive display compelled the Red Devils to re-sign their former player in a world record deal but so far he has not been able to justify his huge price tag. He has scored two goals and assisted only once in 13 Premier League games this season, a stat that is far from impressive by his standards.

And the midfielder, it seems, is still missing his old club as he took to Facebook to reveal that the Italian outfit is the most important club of his life so far.

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The France international wrote on his Facebook page:”A few days ago I was asked how I feel about the CITY of Manchester and not about clubs.”
“One of the reasons why I chose to come to Manchester United is because it’s where I spent my childhood and it feels like going back home.

“Juventus is the most important club of my professional career so far. On the other hand, I am willing to prove more and working for that here.

“I am very grateful and happy for the love, trust and opportunity Juventus gave me. They played a crucial role in making me the player I am today.
“In Juventus I developed and learned and I will always be thankful for that. I do not like or accept that my words are wrongly interpreted so let me be clear:

“Juventus has a special place in my heart, the tifosi, the club and the city. They made me feel home, always supported me and are fantastic.

He further wrote that Manchester United will always hold a special place in his heart.

He wrote: “At the same time, Manchester United is my childhood home and the club always had a special place in my heart. I will do my best to be successful here, make my club and fans proud of me and make my dreams come true.
“I am a positive person. Negative things are interpretations of negative people who clearly do not know who I am or what I am made of.”

 

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Manchester United 1-1 West Ham: Here Is How Jose Mourinho’s Men Fared

It was another frustrating night for Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford as they were held to a fourth consecutive draw at home by West Ham. A run of poor games has now left the Red Devils eleven points shy of table-toppers Chelsea, while they trail fourth-placed Arsenal by eight points.

It was a dream start for Slaven Bilic’s men as Diafra Sakho fired the visitors into the lead after just two minutes when he headed in Dimitri Payet’s free-kick. But Jose Mourinho’s men responded well to the early setback and restored parity in the 21st minute when  Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed in Paul Pogba’s cross. But it was a story of so near yet so far for the home team throughout the match as Jose Mourinho’s men missed several chances. Their night turned worse when Mourinho was sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle while expressing his frustration when Pogba was booked for diving.

With only 20 points in 13 games, it is quite safe to say that United’s hope of winning the title is effectively over while a top four finish is also looking bleak now.

Let us see how Jose Mourinho’s men fared:

David de Gea: 6.5/10

Could do little to prevent Sakho’s opener and had few saves to make.  Did well to deny Ashley Fletcher late in the game.

Phil Jones: 6/10

Repaid Mourinho’s faith with another solid display at the back. Did not have much to do but did well whenever he was called into action.

Antonio Valencia: 7/10

Was a constant threat for the Hammers with his searing runs down the flank. Managed to keep Dimitri Payet quiet for majority of the time in the match.

Marcos Rojo: 6/10

Was looking shaky early on but little pressure from the visitors did not test him much.

Matteo Darmian: 5/10

Had a below par game both in defence as well as attack. Was struggling to contain Antonio while his long balls left a lot to be desired.

Ander Herrera: 6/10

As usual, worked hard to help United dominate the midfield.

Juan Mata: 6/10

Failed to replicate the form that has made him one of the finest players in the team. As a result, he was subbed off 25 minutes from time.

Jesse Lingard: 6.5/10

His foul helped the Hammers to score the goal. Was threatening for the Hammers on several occasions with his quick and clever passing in the final third. Came agonisingly close to taking the lead for his team late in the first half but was denied by a brilliant save.

Paul Pogba: 7/10

Finally showing a glimpse of the form that made United pay such a hefty fee for him. Distributed the ball brilliantly and made provided some dangerous crosses. Assisted Ibrahimovic for the equaliser.

Marcus Rashford: 5.5/10

Apart from a few dangerous runs, the youngster did not have an impressive night. Missed a sitter when he only had the goalkeeper to beat.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 6.5/10

Failed to mark Sakho that allowed him to open the scoring. Made amends with the equaliser. Struggled to convert the chances.

Substitutes:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 5/10

Replaced Mata with 25 minutes left. Made an impressive start but failed to keep hold of the tempo.

Wayne Rooney: 5/10

Came on for Rashford in the 65th minute. Provided some good crosses.

Marouane Fellaini: 4/10

Came in the 85th minute and had little time to make an impact. Received a

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Man United Predicted Line-Up vs West Ham: Ibrahimovic Returns, Martial To Be Dropped!!

Two sides in need of a quick upswing in form face off at Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United host West Ham.

Neither side have fully lived up to expectations since August, though 17th placed West Ham’s need for points is the most pressing after picking up just one in their last three games.

But under new manager Jose Mourinho Manchester United have not lived up to lofty expectations and could find themselves as many as nine points off the top four when they kick off the weekend’s final fixture.

Strugging attacker Anthony Martial most probably will be left out of the starting XI against West Ham.

Jose Mourinho would be looking to make four changes to the team that beat Feyenoord 4-0 on Thursday in the Europa League, with David de Gea, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford returning to the line-up.

Sergio Romero, Daley Blind, Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to be dropped despite their positive performances.

Martial, 20, did not feature in the European encounter, but started the club’s last league match against Arsenal.

The France international is yet to find any consistency this season and scored just two goals in 13 appearances.

Rashford should start ahead of Martial on the left wing and Mkhitaryan would also miss out despite his display against Feyenoord, with the attacker not featuring in the Premier League since September.united-predicted-leneup

United’s strongest defensive set-up would be with De Gea in goal, with Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia in the full-back positions.

Rojo and Phil Jones should play at centre-back as defenders Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly are both sidelined through injury.

Michael Carrick and Herrera would form the strongest midfield as they are set

to be tested against a physical and positive West Ham side.

France international Paul Pogba should push further forward into a number 10 position and show the attacking side to his game, with Wayne Rooney unlucky to miss out after his display on Thursday.

Mkhitaryan certainly impressed supporters against Feyenoord on his return to the side, but he is not yet ready to start a Premier League match and could be a useful option off the bench.

Rashford would be the best option to damage the West Ham defence and should get the nod ahead of Martial and Jesse Lingard, with consistent performer Juan Mata occupying the right wing.

Ibrahimovic will return to lead the attack and will be keen to redeem himself after missing the Arsenal game through suspension.

The striker scored a brace in his last league game against Swansea and currently has eight goals in 18 appearances for United.

 

 

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