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Eyebrows were raised when Manchester United signed Brazilian Fred for £52 million back in 2018 and a string of average performances after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk seemed to prove the doubters right.

However under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Fred is having something of a resurgence. He was an integral part of United’s wins ove PSG and RB Leipzig and quietly goes about his job in the middle of the pitch.

Fred has produced a run of more consistent displays in recent weeks to suggest he could become integral to Solskjaer’s future plans. Indeed the manager was full of praise for the 27-year-old saying: 

“He’s got incredible attributes and we are seeing the better side of Fred, definitely. “We’ve waited for it, but I think he played a fantastic season last season and he did what we wanted of him.

“He’s a humble boy, he works really hard and, as he said after the Leipzig game, he missed a couple of passes but that’s in his genes as well, to always look to improve and look at his own performance.

“He’s high energy, he’s a little small but his point of gravity, his balance is fantastic, he’s so sharp to get to balls, wins the ball and he can also play a good pass, so we’re delighted with his development.”


Kalidou Koulibaly is a name that always comes up concerning centre-back transfers and he has been linked with Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool in recent times.

City’s interest cooled after the signed Ruben Dias but United are still being linked with the 29-year-old.

However, the Napoli defender opened up about his future telling Sky Sports: 

“I love Naples and Naples loves me, that’s the most important thing.

“I always make myself available game after game, I still have three years of contract, I’m calm, the teams are looking for me but I’m still here.

“I play at my level and I help this team and these people because I want to give something back to them then we’ll see what happens.”


Former Arsenal player Nigel Winterburn says that a fixture between Arsenal and Manchester United no longer has a edge to it because of how the game has changed.

He points to the less physical nature of the current game as a reason for the fixture losing it’s sense of drama. He told FreeSuperTips: 

“Manchester United and Arsenal has lost its cutting edge as the game is not as physical as it once was, and both teams are no longer feared in the Premier League like they were when I was playing.

“When I was coming through, Manchester United were the team that everyone in the Premier League was desperate to beat. At Arsenal, you always felt that if you beat Manchester United in the league, then you would finish ahead of them and have a great chance of winning the title. Those games you had added intensity because of the history and incidents that would happen that made those games so special, and as a player you wanted to be a part of those games.

“They are still two huge clubs, but they’re not teams that are fighting for the title and have both fell down the pecking order when it comes to signing the best players. Arsenal were always going head-to-head with Manchester United for league titles, and that is where the intensity stemmed from and where they have both fell off in recent years, the game has lost its edge. It must be said that the rivalry is not what it was, but it is still a huge game which the players should be able to motivate themselves for.”


Manchester United have turned around their form with three wins and a draw since being humiliated at home by Tottenham when they lost 6-1.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains how the club responded to the worst defeat in their history: 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals how Manchester United responded to ‘brutal’ Tottenham defeat

Solskjaer pleased with how United have turned form around


Despite not playing a minute of Serie A football yet this term Diogo Dalot is already impressing at the San Siro.

His Man of the Match performance on Thursday night hints at a bright future for the 21-year-old at the Italian club who may be thinking of signing the loanee permanently. 

Dalot arrived at the club with no buying option for the Rossoneri in the loan deal but Manchester United instead agreed they could negotiate a potential transfer in the future, should all parties be willing. 

However, the better Dalot performs, the more Milan will want to keep him and the more his parent club will value him.


This weekend’s match against Arsenal will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100th game in charge of Manchester United.

The Red Devils have been in good touch since losing 6-1 at home to Tottenham with wins over PSG and RB Leipzig in the Champions League and a draw against Chelsea in the Premier League.

Solskjaer is hoping to celebrate with a win against their North London opponents. 

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Manchester United and England legend Nobby Stiles dies aged 78

Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78 after a long illness.

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup two years later, when they beat Benfica in the final at Wembley.

A statement issued by the Stiles family read: ‘The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today (30/10/2020) surrounded by his family after a long illness.

The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time.’

Stiles was credited with playing a key role in neutralising the threat of Portuguese star Eusebio in the World Cup semi-final. In total he won 28 caps, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side.

Stiles was born in Collyhurst, Manchester, in May 1942, during an air raid. He agreed apprentice terms with United in 1959, at a time when the club was still recovering from the Munich air disaster a year earlier in which eight players were killed.

He won league titles with the Red Devils in 1965 and 1967, before the continental success the following year. Stiles left United in 1971, going on to play for Middlesbrough and Preston. He later managed the Lilywhites between 1977 and 1981, before coaching Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986.

He returned to United as a youth team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989 for a four-year stint. Stiles suffered a series of health issues in later life, including a dementia diagnosis.

In 2010, after a mini-stroke, he decided to sell his medals in order to leave something to his family. United bought them for £200,000 and the medals are now housed in the club’s museum

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Manchester United vs Arsenal, preview, team news, kick-off, channel

New Man Utd signing Alex Telles remains sidelined due to coronavirus restrictions; Arsenal regulars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette to return; Man Utd vs Arsenal is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off at 4.30pm

Friday 30 October 2020 14:00, UK

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Man Utd vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday; Kick-off 4.30pm.

Team news

Alex Telles, who tested positive for Covid-19, will be absent for Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to cap his 100th match at the helm with a victory.

Asked if he would be available to face Arsenal, Solskjaer said: “Alex won’t be ready, no, so apart from that I would think everyone else at the moment looks like they could be involved.”

Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard also remain on the sidelines and are expected to be out until after the November international break, while forward Anthony Martial completes a three-match domestic ban.

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Arsenal will welcome back a host of regular names who were rested for the Europa League win over Dundalk on Thursday.


The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette are in line for recalls, while Willian is fit following an ankle injury.

Mikel Arteta is without a number of defenders with David Luiz (thigh), Rob Holding (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Calum Chambers (knee) all missing through injury, although William Saliba is available to make his debut if called upon.

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    Jones Knows’ prediction

    My gut is telling me to trust Manchester United here. It is chipping away at me with the fact I backed United to win the Premier League at 25/1 when they were in rampaging form last season and to keep the faith. The signs are positive in that regard; against PSG and RB Leipzig, they looked an elite team again.

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    But my gut has held me back before. My head puts forward the case that United do come a cropper against well-organised defences and Mikel Arteta has proven to be a master at upsetting the flow of the big boys since taking the job. Wins over Liverpool, Manchester City, United and Chelsea prove that. I am torn. And in times of confusion, the draw makes most appeal.

    The match odds have not tempted me to part with any of my cash but I will certainly be backing Bukayo Saka to score first at a very exciting 18/1 with Sky Bet.

    Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang takes up a fair chunk of this market but his numbers have taken a big nosedive since signing his bumper new contract, has he lost his edge?

    Saka’s position in a counter-attacking role down the left is a tricky one for opposition players to track with the youngster very clever with his movement into the box. Since Aubameyang signed his deal, Saka is averaging the most shots per game than any Arsenal player (2.72) and did find the net against Sheffield United.

    JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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      Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith on this week’s show to look ahead to Sunday’s showdown between Man Utd and Arsenal and says there are more questions than answers at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares for his 100th game in charge.

      Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor has the latest on Liverpool’s injury problems and discusses the young players who could cover at centre-back.

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      • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 13 home league games against Arsenal (W8 D5) since a 0-1 loss in September 2006.
      • Arsenal have won two of their last three Premier League games against Man Utd (D1), as many as they had in their previous 15 against them (W2 D5 L8). Indeed, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four league games against Man Utd, last having a longer such run against them between 1989-1992 (5 games).
      • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 29 home league games against Arsenal in games in which they’ve scored (W21 D8), last losing when scoring at home to the Gunners back in November 1977 (1-2).
      • Manchester United are winless in their three home league games so far this season (D1 L2), last failing to win any of their first four at Old Trafford in 1972-73. In fact, the Red Devils are winless in their last five league games at home, their longest such run since February 1990 (6).
      • Manchester United have lost just two of their last 19 matches in the Premier League (W11 D6), although both defeats have come in the last five games and against London-based teams (Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur).
      • Mikel Arteta is looking to become just the second manager in Arsenal’s history to win both of their first two games against Manchester United, after Herbert Chapman in 1925-26. The last Gunners manager to win their first away game against the Red Devils was Billy Wright in May 1963.
      • Since scoring twice against Arsenal on his Premier League debut in February 2016, Marcus Rashford hasn’t netted in any of his last nine games against them in all competitions, including five starts in this run.
      • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone five league matches without a goal for the first time since November 2014, while playing for Borussia Dortmund. During this five-game streak, the striker has attempted only five shots in total and failed to land a shot on target on three occasions.

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      Manchester United 'enter race to sign Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch'

      Manchester United ‘enter race to sign highly-rated Ajax youngster Ryan Gravenberch’ but face competition from Barcelona and Juventus for midfielder’s signature

      • Manchester United are eyeing up a move for Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch
      • The promising Dutch teenager is also wanted by Barcelona and Juventus
      • Gravenberch featured against Liverpool in the Champions League last week
      • He has scored four goals and made three assists in just 19 appearances for Ajax  

      Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on signing Ajax’s talented midfielder Ryan Gravenberch – but face competition from Barcelona and Juventus.

      The 18-year-old has been attracting interest from a host of Europe’s biggest clubs after emerging from Ajax’s famed youth academy to then star in Erik ten Hag’s first team.

      And according to the Mirror, the Red Devils are now in the race to sign the highly-rated midfielder, whose playing-style has been compared to the United’s French maestro Paul Pogba.

      Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch

      The report goes on to claim that the Eredivisie club will be reluctant to cash in on one of their most promising talents just yet, given that Gravenberch recently signed a new three-year deal with the club back in June.

      However, after starring in Ajax’s 1-0 defeat by Liverpool last week, a number of Europe’s elite have started keeping tabs on him while an offer could be on the horizon in the next two windows. 

      Gravenberch has enjoyed a fine start to life as a professional footballer for the Amsterdam club, having made 19 appearances for the club while scoring four goals and making three assists.

      The teenager’s efforts on the pitch have already been recognised by a wide audience after he made the final 20-man shortlist for this year’s Golden Boy award.

      Gravenberch (left) featured against Liverpool in the Champions League last week

      The 18-year-old Dutchman has been compared to United’s midfield maestro Paul Pogba

      Gravenberch faces competition from Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood for the award, with the winner set to be announced before the end of the year.

      Should United win the race to sign Gravenberch, he would follow in the footsteps of Ajax academy graduate Donny van de Beek, who completed his £40million move to Old Trafford earlier this summer.

      Van de Beek’s move to the north west of England may come as a warning to Gravenberch, given the fact that his compatriot has struggled to nail down a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI as of yet.

      Van de Beek did make a meaningful impact in United’s 5-0 demolition job of RB Leipzig on Wednesday but the Dutchman will need more minutes and consistent performances if he is to nail down a spot any time soon. 

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      Manchester United vs RB Leipzig result: Five things we learned as Marcus Rashford scores Champions League hat-trick

      Upamecano proves his prodigious talent

      Manchester United fans are no stranger to Dayot Upamecano, a player whom they courted and ultimately rejected as a teenager. The centre-back who Bayern Munich failed to snatch under the Red Bull system’s noses, and has since risen to being possibly the world’s best young centre-back. The quiet, unassuming Frenchman plays in complete contrast to his personality; uncompromising and assertive in defence, deft and audacious with the ball at his feet, regularly stepping into the midfield, slipping through balls into space and even at one stage marauding around 30 yards upfield. Liverpool and United continue to be linked with approaches for him and, despite the occasional unnecessary risk, his ceiling is frighteningly high for a player just who is still only 22-years-old.  

      Pogba finds harmony in formation

      The debate around Paul Pogba’s best position continues to rage, a seemingly insolvable conundrum, and yet tonight, perhaps, Solskjaer finally stumbled upon an answer. Playing a diamond in midfield, Nemanja Matic guarding the defence, Fred scampering maniacally around him, Pogba found his rhythm, the freedom to express himself without the unlimited constraints whereby supporters demand everything from him at once. He assisted Greenwood’s opener, ran well with the ball, and used his vision to pick holes in Leipzig’s defence. There will always be more demanded of him and it was by no means a standout display, but United can ill-afford to leave out a player of his quality. Instead, it must be a mutual relationship, a formula that allows both the team and player to thrive. Tonight, was certainly a step in the right direction.

      United’s embarrassment of riches off the bench

      It was something of an embarrassment of riches to bring off the bench. Holding onto a one-goal lead, in control but not without nerves, Solskjaer introduced Marcus Rashford and Fernandes. The pair were imperious, practically unplayable, and combined to devastating effect for the second goal as Rashford sprung the offside trap. 

      The England international, while concerting such incredible efforts off the pitch, was utterly electric from the moment he came on, too fast and skilful for Leipzig’s crumbling defence, his speed and intelligence in a dimension of its own during such a dazzling cameo. The substitutions completely transformed United as a team, and it was an option to which Leipzig simply had no answer.

      As full-time neared, and Rashford completed his hat-trick despite selflessly passing Anthony Martial the ball for a penalty, Solskjaer even afforded himself a smile and a giggle in the dugout, because while this might not necessarily be the beginning of a new chapter, you have to savour nights like these, and certainly in this competition, they are only becoming more common.

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      Manchester United star absent from squad to face Red Bull Leipzig

      Manchester United defender Alex Telles was not spotted at the team’s hotel as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side met before tonight’s Champions League clash against Red Bull Leipzig.

      The Brazilian impressed on his debut for the club in a 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain last week but he was subsequently left out of the squad for Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

      Solskjaer had been expected to make several changes for the visit of Julian Nagelsmann’s side to Old Trafford and Telles had been in line to feature.

      However, Telles was not spotted with his team-mates that arrived at the Hilton Hotel on Wednesday afternoon.

      The left-back is staying at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester’s city centre – which United normally stay at before home matches.

      However, Leipzig booked the accommodation, meaning United were forced into a change.

      Should Telles be unavailable, Luke Shaw is likely to continue at left-back and the Brazilian’s absence would make it more difficult for Solskjaer to convert to the 3-4-1-2 that he played against PSG last weekend.

      Anthony Martial is expected to start, given he’s fresh as he’s serving a three-game ban in the Premier League.

      Edinson Cavani will be hoping to feature after making his debut against Chelsea, while Paul Pogba could be given a starting berth after starting the last three matches on the bench.

      Manchester United’s squad to face PSG: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Teden Mengi, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Facundo Pellistri, Marcus Rashford, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani

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      Manchester United modify Old Trafford to accommodate over 23,000 socially-distanced supporters

      Manchester United have modified Old Trafford to accommodate 23,500 socially-distanced spectators, the Premier League club have said.

      United’s chief operating officer Collette Roche is convinced fans could safely attend games in person and says the ongoing ban due to the Covid-19 pandemic is “bemusing”.

      Roche told Sky Sports News: “It’s quite bemusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as on an aeroplane or in a restaurant, or even in a cinema to watch football, when we know we’ve got the plans and the process is ready to deliver a match day here safely.

      “We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures to make sure that we can have around 23,500 people in this stadium safely social distancing.”

      Plans for stadiums to be reopened in October were postponed by the government because of the resurgence in Covid-19 cases and Tier 3 restrictions were imposed on Greater Manchester last week.

      “We were really disappointed when the government decided not to allow fans back in the stadium in October because we’ve got everything in place to make sure we can do so safely,” Roche added.

      “The government gave us guidelines and it’s those guidelines that we have followed. I’m convinced that would be able to do so safely.”

      United’s plans would see staggered arrival times for fans and temperature checks before entry to the stadium.


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      Ian Wright says Manchester United made 'big mistake' not signing Liverpool star

      Ian Wright believes Manchester United made a ‘big mistake’ by not completing the transfer of Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane.

      Mane was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford before leaving Southampton to join Liverpool in 2016.

      Since moving to Anfield, he has won the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and the Premier League Golden Boot – becoming one of the most feared attackers in Europe.

      Wright, the former Arsenal striker, is a big admirer of the Senegal international and insists he is ‘now easily one of the best in the world’.

      And he believes Manchester United lived to regret failing to secure his signature four years ago.

      ‘Remember Man United were all over him, you know,’ Wright said on his new podcast Wrighty’s House.

      ‘I think they spoke to him but he said no. Manchester United weren’t right for him.

      ‘Again, you feel like Man United made a big mistake by not making that signing. By not being in the position to make that signing.

      ‘As a football team, they were nowhere near giving him the kind of philosphy, what they’re going to do to attract a player like Mane.

      ‘He’s now easily one of the best in the world.’

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      Donny van de Beek: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at critics over use of new signing

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Donny van de Beek will play a “big part” in Manchester United’s season despite being criticised for not playing the Netherlands international regularly.

      Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League or Champions League game since his £35m arrival from Ajax during the summer transfer window and was an unused substitute in Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.

      Solskjaer’s use of Van de Beek was criticised by former Ajax forward and Netherlands manager Marco van Basten earlier this week, while ex-United defender Patrice Evra questioned whether the signing was necessary.

      But Solskjaer defended himself ahead of United’s Champions League meeting with RB Leipzig, and reiterated that Van de Beek would have a key part to play in a congested, busy season.

      “When Donny has played, he’s played really well. I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every single game because we have other players as well,” the United manager said.

      “I also think it says everything about our ambitions. We want to push on, we want to challenge for trophies this season. Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.  

      “At the moment, I realise the topic is Donny van de Beek and it’s nice for some players or commentators to have a little go.  

      “I know you’re short for time when you’re on telly and you have to put your points across very quickly but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important player in the squad.  

      “I’d be disappointed if some of my team-mates said that I wasn’t important at Man United but I didn’t start many games, so Donny’s going to be very very important for us, don’t worry about that.”

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      Sergio Aguero: Manchester City striker doubtful for Liverpool game with thigh injury

      Sergio Aguero is a doubt for Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on November 8 due to a thigh injury.

      Pep Guardiola revealed on Monday evening that he expects Aguero, who was substituted at half-time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham, to be out for a minimum of two weeks, with City set to take on champions Liverpool at the Etihad in 13 days’ time, live on Sky Sports.

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      Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Marseille, Guardiola confirmed: “It will be two or three weeks, Sergio (Aguero) and (Benjamin) Mendy as well.

      “Sergio was injured in the last game, muscular. When you are out for four or five months with a knee problem you always have a risk when you come back.

      “We tried to handle it as much as possible, just 50-55 minutes every game. But it was not possible. It depends on the injury. We expect 10-15 days for sure minimum, or it could be three weeks or a month.”


      Aguero joins Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Nathan Ake and Fernandinho on the sidelines.

      The positive news for City is that defender Aymeric Laporte was fit enough to travel to France after a knock.

      Guardiola added: “Kevin (De Bruyne) is back again and played a few minutes against West Ham. Aymeric is back too, Nathan is so close. Gabriel is close – one week to 10 days to come back. The rest will be two or three weeks.”

      ‘We could not afford Aguero or Jesus replacement’

      With Aguero and Jesus out, City are without an experienced specialist centre-forward.

      Asked if he wished the club had strengthened in that position in the summer transfer window, Guardiola said: “Maybe. We considered it and thought about it, and another type of striker, but we could not.

      “You know when you decide to buy a striker they have to be at the level of Aguero and Jesus and we could not afford it. This is the reality.”

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