Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives update on injured Man United star in wake of hefty collision during FA Cup triumph

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shed light on the condition of Eric Bailly after the centre-back was withdrawn during Manchester United’s victory over Watford.

United’s win over the Hornets was less than convincing, but they returned to winning ways and progressed to the next round of the FA Cup – what else matters?

All that will be of concern to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in wake of the game is the condition of Bailly, who was forcibly taken off as a substitute after a hefty collision with goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

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At the time of the incident it looked as though it could have been a head injury, concussion being the assumption, hence why the physios were so insistent to get him off the field.

Koeman talks Messi, Puig, Griezmann, Umtiti following Granada victory

Ronald Koeman’s Barça won three games in a row for the first time this season. After beating Huesca and Athletic Club, the Catalans had a superb performance in Granada. With this win, Barça are now two points behind Real Madrid, who play today against Osasuna.

Koeman addressed many subjects in the post-game press conference (quotes via Barça TV+). The Dutchman responded to questions concerning the league, his side’s performance against Granada, Antoine Griezmann’s game, Riqui Puig and Samuel Umtiti’s return.

A superb performance to cap off a great week

On the three wins in a week: “We played three games this week, and had three wins. That’s a good thing.”

On the team’s improved effectiveness: “We needed more chances to score earlier, now we are more effective in front of the goal.”

On Barça’s chances in the league: “We know our situation in the league, and we know that … Read the rest

Fraser Forster reveals he always wanted a second bite of the cherry at Southampton and was never interested in returning to Celtic

Southampton goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, was pursued by Celtic for some time in pre-season. The goalkeeper was also linked with a return to the Glasgow club this month, as the Hoops look to fill the void between the sticks since he left. However, his recent start and clean sheet against Liverpool meant that was looking unlikely, before Forster put the final nail in the Celtic transfer coffin today.

The former England international told the Daily Echo : “It’s been a strange few years, it’s been a tough few years Obviously it’s a club I love a lot. I had some fantastic times here in the past and I’ve always been keen to come back and try and play here.

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“That’s all I wanted to do in the summer. I wanted to come back and give … Read the rest

Ronald Koeman blocked the transfer of Barcelona’s jewel last summer

According to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona were close to letting Pedri leave for Bayern Munich as part of a loan deal, but the transfer was blocked by Ronald Koeman, who was impressed by his performances in training.

The 18-year-old was signed from Las Palmas for a meagre amount of €5 million, which is turning out to be a huge bargain. However, Barcelona were not the only team in race for Pedri’s signature, with Bayern interested even then, along with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Ramon Planes, Barcelona’s first-team secretary, was quick to close the deal, as Bayern Munich sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, was closely tracking the Spaniard’s situation in the Spanish second division.

Since signing for Barcelona, Pedri has gone from being loan-listed by Koeman to becoming a first-team regular after a series of spectacular training displays. In fact, he has overtaken ‘superstars’ like Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho … Read the rest

West Ham transfer news: Haller set for record-breaking move tomorrow, Lyon identify a replacement for Moussa Dembele

David Moyes has been pretty outspoken on his attacking options (or lack of them) in recent weeks so we can only presume that Sebastian Haller is leaving the club to make way for an upgrade.

The Ivorian striker just hasn’t lived up to his early billing since moving to England so it makes sense to move him on, but it turns out it will still be a record breaking fee if that move goes through:

West Ham minds will immediately turn to who the replacement will be, so it’s definitely exciting news to see that Lyon striker Moussa Dembele has been … Read the rest

All-time top 3 Lionel Messi perfomances in La Liga

FC Barcelona’s weekend fixture against Huesca saw Lionel Messi play in his 500th La Liga game and 750th with Barcelona. It’s a testament to his longevity and astounding ability to remain at a world-class level for over 17 seasons. With this new milestone, he’s now only five appearances away from surpassing Xavi Hernandez’s record. 

A young 17-year old Messi made his league debut in 2004 against Espanyol, and the rest, as they say, is history. In many cases, in fact, Leo has defined, written, and re-written history. Across 500 appearances, Messi has tallied a staggering 451 goals and 185 assists, as well as 369 wins. He’s also led Barcelona to ten league titles. 

More than just recording mind-boggling statistics, the Argentine has had countless performances that took the world by storm. Performances that trigger tweets … Read the rest

Bruno Fernandes hilariously trolled by SAVAGE compilation after Man United are beaten by Man City

Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has been brilliantly trolled by a savage ‘compilation’ put together by a rival fan on Twitter after an uncharacteristically illusive display during his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

Fernandes has arguably been the player of the season so far in the Premier League, with his influence a major contributor to how and why United find themselves in an unlikely contention for the title. However, he was unable to prevent his side from being beaten by City at Old Trafford.

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The Portuguese midfielder, who oftentimes pops up with a moment of magic to save United’s blushes in their time of need, had no tricks up his sleeve tonight which could overturn the deficit and turn the contest in the Red Devils’ favour. As a result, it’s City … Read the rest

Athletic Club 2-3 Barcelona: Match Review; Messi runs the show

After winning their first game of the year, Barcelona went to Bilbao to play Athletic Club. Last weekend, the Basque club sacked Gaizka Garitano and got one of the best Spanish managers in Marcelino. Ronald Koeman had to make the right decisions: Ousmane Dembélé started alongside Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi, together with the usual Barça midfield and defence. Below, you can find our match review of the halves.

First half:

As Athletic Bilbao got the ball rolling against Barcelona, disaster struck quick when Clement Lenglet and Ronald Araujo’s ill-disciplined positioning helped Inaki Williams run through the Barcelona defence. The Spaniard made the most of his chance, and Barcelona were already trailing in the second minute.

However, Ronald Koeman’s system looked cohesive, and with Frenkie de Jong and Pedri running the midfield, Barcelona got their equaliser soon enough. Lionel Messi spotted de Jong making a deep run. The Dutchman reacted … Read the rest

Report suggests Arsenal outcast has given his approval to re-join his former club

Although Arsenal struggled to offload several squad members in the summer, it appears that the January window could be kinder to them.

Only they will know if it’s a case of other clubs getting more desperate or some players reducing their wage demands in a search for regular football, but Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have already completed moves this month.

Greek defender Sokratis has also been at the centre of rumours about a January exit, and it appears that a reunion with Genoa is a real possibility:

It’s worth noting that nothing has been agreed yet and the report also hints that Mustafi has been sounded out as an alternative, but they do confirm Sokratis has given his approval to return to the Serie A club.

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Transfermarkt: Pedri and Fati are currently the most-valuable 18-year-olds in the world

Ansu Fati and Pedri are among Barcelona’s most important players at the moment. Even though we are talking about two 18-year-old players, they are so undeniably good that the world has already taken notice.

Not only that but now that Transfermarkt’s market values have been updated on 5 January, the duo have become the most valuable 18-year-olds on the planet.

At the start of the season, Pedri was only valued at €15m but following a series of excellent performances, he now sits at €50m, the same as well-established stars like Philippe Coutinho and Eden Hazard.

Fati, on the other hand, is leading the way with his incredible figure of €80m and he is, at the moment, the most valuable 18-year-old player in the world of football.

It should also be mentioned that Pedri is sharing the second place with Eduardo Camavinga but that won’t really diminish his success.

Needless to … Read the rest