Stunning statistic shows why Rashford declined in second-half of season

Manchester United fans are probably still licking their wounds following their loss to Sevilla and Marcus Rashford was one of the players who couldn’t save his team.

The talented Englishman faced some criticism from his fans as his form after football resumed has been sketchy, to say the least.

Rashford was United’s saviour in the first half of the season and was arguably their standout performer, putting in talismanic displays match after match from the left-wing.

However, his season was brutally interrupted by a long-term injury and he was not meant to play any part in the remainder of the campaign.

The global health crisis and temporary suspension of the league meant Rashford would be able to recover in time but he has been a little disappointing.

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Scholes makes ridiculous point about Manchester United’s spending as LFC’s rivals crash out

Manchester United spend more money than any other club, bar Manchester City.

That is a fact, too. In the past five seasons, only their local rivals have spent more.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Romelu Lukaku, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Fred, to name but a few, have arrived for monstrous money.

But Paul Scholes thinks the only way forward for his former side is to spend some more!

He made these comments on BT Sport last night as Sevilla knocked United out of the Europa League – and naturally there was an online backlash…

Liverpool finished 33 points ahead of United in the Premier League after spending nothing last summer.

We think United will probably splash plenty of cash once again – but this won’t change the fact Ole-Gunner Solskjaer is th manager, David de Gea the keeper and Maguire the centre-half!

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Valencia crisis deepens as players refuse to accept wage deferral

If the sales of Ferran Torres to Manchester City as well as Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin to Villarreal weren’t a big enough sign that Valencia are once again in crisis, news that players left at the club aren’t being paid is only making a bad situation much worse.

According to Cadena Cope and cited by Football Espana, Valencia’s remaining club captains, Rodrigo Moreno, Jose Luis Gaya and Jaume Costa met with president Anil Murthy to speak about the lack of any form of salary payment since June.

As if that weren’t bad enough, a suggestion that the players accept IOU notes for now, essentially because the payment will be delayed and may not be made at all, hasn’t been received well by the dressing room.

MARCA, cited by Football Espana note the expiry dates of the IOU’s as being September 2021, meaning that it could be up … Read the rest

Arthur Melo to be released early?

A report from Spainish newspaper La Vanguardia suggests Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo will terminate his Barcelona contract early in order to begin training with Juventus.

The 24-year-old refused to return to training with Barca earlier this month, prior to their Champions League elimination at the hand of Bayern Munich.

Initial reports suggested his decision to remain in Brazil would result in a hefty fine and possible sanction from the club, with Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu condemning Arthur’s decision:

“We reached an agreement for him to complete the season here, in both league and Champions League games,

“He is an important player, and he should be here to help the team. But he has made the decision not to come back.

“This is an unacceptable act. This is why we are exploring our options, and will open up a case against him, as there is no justification for his absence.” Source:

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Raul Sanllehi’s departure can spark a new era at Arsenal

How do you become the most important executive at a football club like Arsenal? Given the size of the organisation, the scale of the job, and the requirements of it, and the amounts of money involved, you would imagine there is rigorous process to ensure you are the best possible candidate of the many who would be interested in such a position.

But what if you’re lucky, in the right place at the right time? What if there was no rigorous process, and when the previous guy left, he recommended you and the owners just said ‘Ok, sounds good’?

It’s a bit simplistic, but that’s essentially how Raul Sanllehi became the most powerful man at Arsenal. It didn’t happen overnight. Originally brought in by Ivan Gazidis, he was part of what was supposed to be a balanced, coordinated executive trio headed by the former CEO. Sven Mislintat arrived at more … Read the rest

Shaqiri hints at Liverpool stay in new interview: “It’s going to be an exciting season”

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he may stay with the Reds for the upcoming season, after reports linked him with a move away.

The Swiss international joined the reigning Premier League champions from Stoke City in 2018 and has been a very useful squad player since.

Jurgen Klopp surely wouldn’t want to lose a player of Shaq’s quality, and his latest interview with LFC journalist Glenn Price suggests he’s staying.

Everybody is excited to play again and to defend the season we had last season,he told the club’s official website while on training duty in Austria.

It’s very difficult but we try to achieve again a lot of things and we want to win a lot of games. We have the capacity, we have the team who is still hungry and wants to win many titles.

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Video: Chelsea target Reguilon bags fine assist for Sevilla vs Man United as Suso scores

In the 25th minute of Sevilla’s Europa League semi-final tie against Manchester United, the Andalusian outfit were back on level terms after a brilliant counter-attack.

Star full-back Sergio Reguilon showed his marauding style as he was played in behind with a well-worked one-two, the Spaniard then drilled the ball across the box.

United ace Brandon Williams was well out of position, leaving Suso free to slot the ball into the back of the net at the far post to cap off a well-worked move from Sevilla.

According to ESPN, Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign the ace, he’s enjoyed a wonderful campaign whilst out on loan at Sevilla, with the talent valued at around €25m.

Take a look at Sevilla’s equaliser below:

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Blaise Matuidi: ‘Sarri surprised me’

Blaise Matuidi explained his reasons for leaving Juventus this summer and revealed former coach Maurizio Sarri surprised him during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old midfielder agreed to terminate his contract with the club by mutual consent in order to David Beckham’s Inter Miami following three successful seasons in turin.

“The time had come for a change of direction,” Matuidi told L’Equipe newspaper, “The first contact with Inter Miami was in December, but at the time, I said it was too early in my career, as the Euros were coming up, and we didn’t have all these COVID problems. The way I saw it, I’d obviously stay at Juve.

“When they called me again in June, the context had changed. Staying in quarantine made me realise I had to think about my family and spend more time with them. I looked back over my career and thought, what else are you … Read the rest

Man United and Solskjaer get plans for the summer going with latest deal

Manchester United have announced academy graduate Tahith Chong has joined Werder Bremen on loan for the 2020/21 season.

Chong joined United from Feyenoord in 2016 and has been limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions since being promoted to the first team in 2018.

The winger, 20, signed an improved contract in March, keeping him with the club until the end of the 2022 season.

Negotiations between the two European clubs concluded after a decision was reached over how the player’s wages will be split.

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Versatile Willian a Swiss Army Knife signing

It was interesting to read Mikel Arteta talk about the reasons behind the signing of Willian on a free transfer. There was a financial element, of course, in that he is nominally ‘free’, in as much as we didn’t have to pay a fee for him.

“That really suits us at the moment,” said the manager, and you can understand why. He also spoke about the player’s character, calling him a ‘winner’, and making it clear that’s something he feels the squad needs. In his seven years at Chelsea, the Brazilian racked up plenty of medals and trophies, including two Premier League titles and a Europa League win in a game I have no recollection of whatsoever.

But if you’re looking for the real insight into this deal – from a footballing perspective at least – Arteta says:

We had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and

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