RUDIGER, JAMES TRAIN AHEAD OF UNITED Palace.

 

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has disclosed that the defensive duo of Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are ready to return ahead of the rescheduled Premier League encounter with hosts Manchester United on Thursday night. In his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of the game, Tuchel told reporters that both James and Rudiger have returned to training in time for the trip to take on Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Tuchel has been boosted with the return of Rudiger and James after they both missed the slim win at home to 10-man West Ham United at the weekend. The two defensive players missed out on the London Derby outing with the Hammers which ended in a 1-0 thanks to the goal from American substitute Christian Pulisic in the final minute of the game off the assist from Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso.

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RONALDO ON TWO-MATCH DROUGHT BEFORE NORWICH

Cristiano Ronaldo showed that he can still turn it on at the veteran age of 37 when he scored three times to lead Manchester United to a 3-2 home win over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last month and he might need to turn it on again when Norwich City are the guests at Old Trafford just like what was obtainable with North London club Tottenham Hotspur in March.

With his three goals against Spurs, Ronaldo was able to take his tally to four goals in two games against the North London team. He had earlier scored one of the goals in a 3-0 away win when they met for the first time in the league towards the end of last year. His three goals in the win over Tottenham Hotspur ensured that Manchester United did the double over them. It also took his tally to 18 goals in all competitions with 12 of the goals coming in the Premier League. The other six goals were scored on the Champions League. (more…)

HOW ARSENAL CAN EXTEND TOP-FOUR LEAD

North London club Arsenal are in a keenly contested race to finish in fourth spot on the Premier League log at the end of this season alongside rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.The Gunners have the advantage at the moment as they are in the much-coveted fourth spot with 51 points from 27 games.


Arsenal have one more than Manchester United with two games in hand, while they have three more points than North  London rivals Tottenham Hotspur with one game in hand. The Gunners also have three more points than London rivals West Ham United with two games in hand and five more points than Wolverhampton Wanderers with two games in hand. (more…)

RONALDO ON COURSE FOR SPURS RETURN

Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to make his return from injury against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend. He missed out on the Manchester Derby in the same competition last weekend as Manchester United were beaten 4-1 at the home of Manchester City.


Ronaldo missed the Manchester City game due to a hip injury and he was reported to have returned to his native Portugal for a brief warm weather break when it became obvious that he won’t make the Manchester Derby. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has since returned to Manchester and he’s expected to be part of the squad for the home clash with top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are in a battle for fourth spot alongside the London duo of West Ham United and Arsenal. (more…)

UNITED CLOSE GAP ON FOURTH SPOT

Manchester United have closed the gap on top four on the Premier League log after the away win over newly promoted team in a rescheduled game on Wednesday night. The Red Devils knew they had to win the game against the Bees to boost their top-four hopes which will guarantee Champions League football for next season and they did just that.

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Brentford came into their home game against Manchester United on the back oftwo successive losses in the Premier League and they made it three losses in a row with the 3-1 defeat suffered at the end of the game.
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RANGNICK: THREE WINS IN FOUR LEAGUE GAMES

Interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has now overseen three wins and a draw in his four league games in charge of the team. The Red Devils made it three wins from four Premier League matches under the German tactician on the back of the 3-1 victory over Burnley.

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Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo both contributed a goal and an assist as Manchester United recorded a win over the Clarets. Scotland national team midfielder McTominayscored the first goal and provided the assist for   the third goal scored by Ronaldo. On his part, Ronaldo provided the assist for the first goal from McTominay before the Portugal senior national team skipper applied the finish to the assist from the midfielder for the third Manchester United goal.
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UNITED EYEING THIRD WIN AGAINST Y/BOYS

Manchester United have been getting results since the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager last month and they can secure a third win ina row if they beat Young Boys at home in their final group game.

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Former club striker Solskjaer was sacked as the Manchester United manager shortly afterthe demeaning 4-1 away loss to newly promoted team Watford. In his last game as the Manchester United boss, Solskjaer watched on as the Hornets were outclassed by a team who secured Premier League promotion at the start of this season. Watford are one of the  three newly promoted teams in the English top flight alongside London club Brentford and Norwich City. Josh King, IsmailaSarr, Joao Pedro and the impressiveEmmanuel Dennis found the back of the net for the Hornets, whileManchester United substitute Donny Van De Beek scored the only goal for the visiting team during the game.
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POGBA OUT OF FRANCE GAMES

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of the upcoming France games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to injury. Pogba will miss games against Kazakhstan andFinland in Group D of the European qualifiers.

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France are the defending champions as far as the World Cup tournament is concerned and they are on course to seal a place at the next edition in Qatar without Manchester United star Pogba when they take on Kazakhstan at home. A win over their latest World Cup qualifying opponents would be enough to book their place at next year’s World Cup tournament on Qatari soil. France became the defending champions in Russia three years ago when they defeated Croatia in the final to emerge victorious. Manchester United star Paul Pogba was one of the French players who scored in a 4-2 win over the Croatians.
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SALAH ESTABLISHES GOLDEN BOOT LEAD

Egyptian national team hitman Mohamed Salah has been able to establish a three-goal lead at the top of the scoring chart in the Premier League after his three-goal performance against Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.

Salah started the latest round of Premier League games with a tally of seven goals and he was level with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. The England international was the first in action in the bid to add to his tally but he could not do much in his time on the pitch. Vardy played just 45 minutes before being replaced by Zambian striker PatsonDaka due to injury. (more…)

UNITED FAVOURITES FOR EVERTON CLASH

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Manchester United have the opportunity to bounce back at the first time of asking when they take on Merseyside giants Everton later this week. The clash between hosts Manchester United and Everton is the first game on the Premier League stage this weekend.


Solskjaer and his Manchester United players were one of three unbeaten teams in the English top flight this season until that run was halted by Aston Villa last week Saturday courtesy Courtney Hause who came into Dean Smith’s side for the ineligible Axel Tuanzebe. (more…)