Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed relief after Harry Maguire netted his first Premier League goal for the club – and insisted that the star didn’t deserve to be dismissed against Chelsea.
The club captain guided home Bruno Fernandes’ corner to seal a crucial victory at Stamford Bridge, but was fortunate to escape a red card after appearing to kick out at Michy Batshuayi.
After his side moved within three points of fourth spot, Solskjaer backed the England international and highlighted an ongoing joke between the pair.
Speaking after yet another shutout for United, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: Read more... (291 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
It’s no surprise, but Frank Lampard agrees with the majority of people who watched Monday’s match between Chelsea and Manchester United that VAR cost the Blues at least a point, if not all three points.
Harry Maguire should’ve been sent off for a kick to the groin of Michy Batshuayi, and VAR also missed the shove before the shove on Brandon Williams that negated a Chelsea equalizer in a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
Here’s what Lampard had to say about both incidents:
“Decisions are crucial. Maguire should get a red. I think that is what VAR was brought in for. I think the Zouma one should have stood: Azpilicueta was shoved. Read more... (452 words, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
Football is finally back for Chelsea tomorrow night as they prepare to take on Manchester United in the Monday Night Football clash.
The Premier League clubs have experienced the first ever winter break over the last couple of weeks, meaning The Blues did not have a fixture last weekend and had the week off.
Frank Lampard and his players had a free week and many chose to go away and relax, before regrouping and starting training again at the start of this week. Read more... (462 words, estimated 1:51 mins reading time)
Mikel Arteta picked out three Arsenal stars who impressed in their 4-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates stadium.
Newcastle edged a first half in which Arsenal failed to get going, but the Gunners were a completely different team after the break, as Mesut Ozil started to find more space to cause the visitors problems, and youngster Bukayo Saka superb throughout.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a fine header, Nicolas Pepe turned in a Saka cutback before Ozil and Lacazette ended their respective goal droughts to finish off a fine second-half display.
Arteta told BBC Sport: Read more... (316 words, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
Manchester City’s top-flight triumph in 2014 could be chalked off if a Premier League investigation finds financial wrongdoing by the club, according to a report.
An investigation by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has already led to City being banned from European competition for the next two seasons, after the club allegedly overstated its sponsorship revenue.
City are set to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after releasing a statement saying they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the ruling. Read more... (291 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho played down talk of a place in next season’s Champions League after Son Heung-min’s dramatic 94th-minute winner against Aston Villa, although the Spurs manager accepted Manchester City’s troubles may have opened a door.
Opposite number Dean Smith was left to bemoan Martin Atkinson’s decision to award Spurs a penalty on the stroke of half time after VAR’s intervention.
But Mourinho could praise his side’s resilience and ability to create chances while placing the uncertainty created by City’s two-year Uefa ban in context.
“I haven’t lost a minute analysing Uefa,” Mourinho said. Read more... (645 words, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)
According to ESPN, Barcelona and Real Madrid are working together to stage an El Clasico in the United States this summer.
The two great rivals of Spanish football have played each other in the International Champions Cup in the United States in Miami in 2017 when a crowd of 66,014 watched a 3-2 win for Barca. This years fixture is anticipated to be staged between the end of the European Championships and Copa America. Although no date is yet confirmed for the 2020-21 season, the 2019-20 campaign began on Aug. 16. Read more... (225 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged the distance between Liverpool and the rest of the league by saying what most fans think: It’s “insane” how much better the Reds are.
The Reds picked up a typically assured three points at the weekend, winning with a combination of solid defensive work and having enough attacking quality to take a chance.
It might have been a little closer than other games this season, but a win-to-nil has been a familiar scoreline when it comes to the Reds over the last few months. Read more... (360 words, estimated 1:26 mins reading time)
Manchester City were on Friday night banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.
The Champions League ban has been rumored to be happing for months, but the announcement still sent shockwaves through football and may now see questions raised over their domestic success.
The reigning English champions were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 2016 and have been fined €30 million.
City’s problems are not just with the UEFA. Serious questions will asked by the Premier League, with a points deduction plus removal of City’s titles in 2012 and 2014 all possible outcomes. Read more... (476 words, estimated 1:54 mins reading time)
Any Arsenal fans hoping that Mikel Arteta would provide the rocket boost their season so desperately needed have been left sorely disappointed.
The Spaniard has won just one of seven Premier League matches since taking charge but conversely he has only lost one.
The Gunners have become even more of a draw specialist, with 13 from their first 25 matches setting a new Premier League record.
Their sorry tally of just six wins is the club’s lowest after 25 games of a league season since 1912-13, when they suffered relegation from the First Division. Read more... (1155 words, estimated 4:37 mins reading time)