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Manchester United draw blank with AZ Alkmaar as Jesse Lingard limps off

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 21:14

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is still looking for his first away win as Manchester United’s permanent manager. Newcastle on Sunday would seem an inviting opportunity but Solskjær is going to have to alter his team and his tactics from this limp showing to have any hope of beating even such demoralised opponents as Steve Bruce’s side.

This was just as presentable a chance to turn a corner, yet a United side sorely lacking in ambition and creativity were unable to take it, merely adapting to Alkmaar’s level and in the end being quite fortunate to escape with a draw.

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AZ Alkmaar v Manchester United, Besiktas v Wolves: Europa League – live!

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 17:01

5.01pm BST

Besiktas v Wolves team news

Besiktas (4-3-3) Karius; Douglas, Vida, Uysal, Pedro Rebocho; Tokoz, Elneny, Ljajic; Lens, Yalcin, Nkoudou.
Subs: Roco, Mehmet Nayir, Ozyakup, Hutchinson, Gonul, Erkin, Yuvakuran.

5.00pm BST

AZ Alkmaar v Man Utd team news

The young left-back Brandon Williams makes his first start for United, while Mason Greenwood is up front.

4.57pm BST

Young Boys v Rangers team news

Young Boys (4-4-2) Ballmoos; Janko, Sorensen, Zesiger, Garcia; Fassnacht, Aebischer, Lustenberger, Gaudino; Assale, Nsame.
Subs: Wolfli, Petignat, Ngamaleu, Burgy, Mambimbi, Lotomba, Schupbach.

10.55am BST

Hello. You’ll not believe this, but there’s more football on tonight. Yep, it’s time for Matchday 2 of the Europa League, with 24 games in all. It’s too early to talk of must-win game for anyone, though Wolves could do with at least a draw in Turkey after their disappointing defeat to Braga in the opening game. And Manchester United would like to win in the Netherlands to take a bit of heat off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose pitiful inability to instantly turn someone else’s sow’s ear into a silk purse has been exposed.

The storm damage to Alkmaar’s home ground means the match will be played on a synthetic pitch at ADO Den Haag’s ground. Alkmaar are a good side, only one point behind Ajax and PSV in the Eredivisie, and are generously priced to win this game. We’ll have team news for all the 5.55pm kick-offs any minute now.

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Football transfer rumours: N'Golo Kanté to leave Chelsea for Juventus?

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 09:07

Today’s tell-all is asking the president of Finland a question

The Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, has decided his midfield is missing a key ingredient in the pint-sized French enforcer N’Golo Kanté and has instructed the vice-president, Pavel Nedved, to pull out all the stops to lure the Chelsea midfielder to Turin. With more than three years left on his contract, the midfielder is unlikely to come cheap and will probably cost north of £70m if Chelsea are to even bother entertaining the notion of letting him go.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær not risking Paul Pogba because of ‘worst’ pitch

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 19:29
• United manager not happy with surface for Alkmaar game
• Pogba not a definite starter against Newcastle at weekend

Ole Gunnar Solskjær would not confirm whether or not Paul Pogba will return to the Manchester United squad for the Premier League game at Newcastle on Sunday, though he did admit that the chief reason he has stayed at home for the Europa League match on Thursday night is fears over AZ Alkmaar’s synthetic surface.

Strictly speaking the artificial pitch in question belongs to Den Haag – the game is at a borrowed venue because of storm damage at Alkmaar’s own ground – but Solskjær is something of an expert on artificial turf and confessed he would not have risked the player anyway.

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Massimiliano Allegri learning English as he targets Manchester United job

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 19:55

• Former Juventus manager keen on move to Old Trafford
• Allegri attending Tottenham v Bayern Munich match

Massimiliano Allegri has been learning English as the former Juventus and Milan manager targets a new role in the Premier League, with the Italian understood to be keen on taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjær should Manchester United sack the Norwegian.

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Manchester United v Arsenal felt and looked like a mid-table game | Jonathan Wilson

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 11:05
One of football’s great lies is that success is cyclical and that if you are big enough and wait long enough you will sooner or later be back at the top

Everywhere you turned, there were the memories. In the tunnel, there was Roy Keane telling Patrick Vieira he’d see him out there. By the touchline there was Gary Neville kicking José Antonio Reyes. Just outside the penalty area, there was Martin Keown jostling Ruud van Nistelrooy. Remember? Remember how every man knew when we reached out to claim the throne? Remember when we were kings?

Those pre-Abramovich days when this was the biggest game in English football seem a long time ago now, two decades gone with atrocious haste. Manchester United and Arsenal aren’t even the best sides in their respective cities any more and on nights like Monday it was impossible not to wonder how long it will take them to get back to where they were, whether they ever will get back.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær backs his players despite worst start in 30 years

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 00:09
• Solskjær: ‘This is a steep learning curve for us’
• Unai Emery supportive of Granit Xhaka after United goal

Ole Gunnar Solskjær insisted he was still confident of Manchester United having a successful year after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal condemned the 20-times Premier League champions to their worst start to a season for 30 years.

United’s tally of nine points from their opening seven fixtures is the first time since the 1989-90 season they have not reached double figures but Solskjær argued that his team’s performances had merited a better return – and he took a swipe at the media who, he believes, have exaggerated their problems.

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Highlights fail to hide plight of two fallen giants lost in transition | Barney Ronay

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 23:49
A nice goal and VAR controversy could not disguise the truth that Manchester United and Arsenal are far from their peak

Are you not entertained? Actually. Now you mention it: not so much. On a rain-sodden night at Old Trafford the Premier League dished up the usual ration of bread and circuses.

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This was like a tribute night off the main Vegas strip, two grizzled old A-listers crooning out the same old standards

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Aubameyang and VAR earn Arsenal draw to leave Manchester United in mire

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 23:00

Such is life for the modern Manchester United the first point to make is that their supporters no longer need to check the bottom half of the Premier League table to find their team.

This result lifts them from 11th to 10th, just above the jagged line. It still isn’t where they want to be – but Arsenal did enough, ultimately, to warrant a point from a thud-and-blunder evening that demonstrated how far these old rivals have to go before they can harbour realistic title ambitions. On this evidence, it is going to be a long way back. Scott McTominay did score a peach of a goal for United but, last season included, the difficult truth for Ole Gunnar Solskjær is that his team have not managed more than one goal in 11 of their last 12 league fixtures.

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Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal: Premier League player ratings

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 22:45
Scott McTominay produced Manchester United’s best moment while Bukayo Saka again looked bright in Unai Emery’s team

David de Gea Had little to do in the first half until double save kept contest level before United’s opener. 7

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Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 20:31

8.31pm BST

30 min: And another. It’s Pépé this time. It’s hopeless but it still counts. He’s in a decent amount of space on the corner of the United box but wangs his effort way over the bar.

8.30pm BST

29 min: What’s this? A SHOT! Pereira skitters forward, angling his run in from the right and getting defenders backpeddling. David Luiz is beaten with aplomb but his shot from the edge of the box is smartly stopped by Leno.

8.28pm BST

27 min: Rashford joins Chambers in the book after sliding in slightly wildly on Sokratis.

27 - There have been no shots in the opening 27 minutes of #MUNARS, the longest wait for a first attempt in a single @premierleague game this season. Stale.

8.26pm BST

25 min: The good news is that the rain seems to have eased a touch. I’m not sure we can blame the weather for the lack of goalmouth action but we’ve got to lay the responsibility somewhere …

8.24pm BST

24 min: Pepe completely wastes a free-kick on the left, looping the ball miserably out of play.

8.24pm BST

23 min: Halfway through the first half and neither keeper has had to make a save. In fact, no one has had a shot yet. Not a one.

8.23pm BST

22 min: Leno gathers James’s low cross after a nice but of work from McTominay in midfield.

8.21pm BST

20 min: Players from both sides surround Kevin Friend: Arsenal players want Lingard booked for pulling back Pepe; United’s are eager to point out that their should’ve been a handball against Guendouzi just prior to Pepe’s break. Neither set of players seem particularly satisfied by Friend’s response.

8.19pm BST

18 min: Tuanzebe calmly and confidently deals with a dangerous through-ball under pressure. He’s started well.

8.17pm BST

16 min: James again runs at Chambers but this time his touch is too loose and the Arsenal man can deal with the situation. Pretty clear what United’s plan is at the moment – get the ball to Daniel James and ask him to run at the Arsenal defence.

8.14pm BST

14 min: Kolasinac charges forward into space and looks to curl a pass into the danger area. He does … but his teammates aren’t on the same wavelength and De Gea can collect with little bother.

8.12pm BST

12 min: McTominay and Pogba are getting the better of Arsenal’s midfield trio thus far.

8.10pm BST

10 min: Chambers goes into Kevin Friend’s Big Book Of Very Naughty Boys for a pulling back Daniel James. It’s 2-0 to the United winger so far.

8.09pm BST

9 min: … slung deep to Maguire, who wins the header but Rashford can’t bring the loose ball under his spell.

8.08pm BST

8 min: James gets a chance to run at Chambers and gets the better of his man. David Luiz blocks the low cross – corner to United …

8.06pm BST

6 min: It’s been a bit of a scrappy start, with United enjoying most of the ball but things all a little untidy.

8.05pm BST

5 min: … which comes to nothing.

8.04pm BST

4 min: Xhaka takes a quick free-kick looking long for Chambers flying forward. Tuanzebe nods behind for an Arsenal corner …

8.02pm BST

2 min: The rain continues to hammer down at Old Trafford. Guendouzi gives away the first free-kick of the evening with a trip on McTominay.

8.01pm BST

1 min: Interestingly Tuanzebe has started at left-back for United, with Ashley Young switching to the right.

8.00pm BST

Peep! Off we go then. Arsenal, in yellow, get us under way.

7.56pm BST

The players are in the tunnel … handshakes, hugs and smiles seem to be the order of the day rather than angry words and jabbing fingers. Ashley Young and Arsenal’s newly-confimed full-time captain Granit Xhaka lead the teams out.

7.43pm BST

A bit of pre-match Ole: “It’s two good attacking teams. We have to stamp our authority on the game. Getting the first goal is always important in these games.”

7.41pm BST

Roy Keane is on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football for the first time. He’s been reminiscing about his rivalry with Patrick Vieira and some of those classic Arsenal-Manchester United meetings – and he’s been great in all honesty. He’s much better on these topics than he is in Old-Man-Shouts-At-Cloud mode.

7.33pm BST

I should point out as I made an error in the team lineups earlier: Maitland-Niles is not suspended; he’s on the bench having served his one-match ban in midweek.

7.29pm BST

A bit of pre-match stattage: Bukayo Saka, at 18 years and 25 days old, is the youngest player ever to start in this fixture in the (apologies) “Premier League era”. Axel Tuanzebe, meanwhile, hasn’t started a game for Manchester United since May 2017.

7.19pm BST

Ozil might quickly become the hill Emery lives or dies on. Start him in PL; rest him from EL to keep him fresh for PL; drop him from PL and make him skipper for Carabao; drop him for PL again. Just doesn't add up at all.

7.18pm BST

A bit of pre-match Unai. He’s asked about the absence of Mesut Ozil. “Not today!” he says of the Germany midfielder, which is as goos an answer as any I suppose.

7.17pm BST

Weather watch: it’s hammering it down at Old Trafford.

7.07pm BST

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Pogba; Andreas Pereira, Lingard, James; Rashford. Subs: Romero, Rojo, Williams, Fred, Mata, Matic, Greenwood.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Leno; Chambers, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Xhaka, Torreira; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka. Subs: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Ceballos, Willock, Nelson, Martinelli

6.51pm BST

A bit of pre-match reading:

Here’s Jonathan Wilson on the malaise at Manchester United: “It may be that a squad this piecemeal, patched together from the remnants of four very different managers’ inclinations under a board that has demonstrated little in the way of football expertise, makes the act of management almost impossible …”

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3.09pm BST

Hello all. And welcome to what could be a wet and wild night in Manchester and this clash between perhaps the two most interesting teams in the Premier League right now.

Of course, being interesting isn’t necessarily a good thing. There are strains of fungal infection that are presumably extremely interesting (to some) but that doesn’t mean you want to get intimately involved with them. Or follow their progress through thick and thin over nine months.

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Arsenal have edge as they and Manchester United try to regain old glory | Nick Ames

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 10:00

This fixture used to revolve around the likes of Vieira, Keane and Keown as both sides have work to do to be title contenders

It caused a flutter of interest last week when Arsène Wenger was quoted referring to the manager’s position at Manchester United as a “dream job”. He had apparently outlined his old foes’ failings in some detail while admitting “I have ideas” when it comes to any potential vacancy at Old Trafford. As it happened, Wenger had made no such comments during a broadcast interview in which his actual observations were considerably more moderate. Somebody had completely made them up and, in a parable for these times, undue haste in places that should know better ensured the nonsense quickly spread.

The rush to inform the world that the former Arsenal manager had dangled vaguely provocative remarks in relation to United told of something else, too. Where there would once have been a queue of protagonists capable of fanning the flames before this fixture, the most expedient way to set pulses racing before Monday night’s meeting was to stir controversy through voices from the past.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær accepts Manchester United need more strikers

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 22:30
• ‘We’re looking for some creativity and goals’
• 17-year-old Mason Greenwood in line to play against Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is open to signing a striker in January, with Manchester United’s manager admitting a rocket scientist is not required to identify his need for one.

Romelu Lukaku, United’s top scorer of the past two campaigns, was sold in the summer, while Alexis Sánchez was loaned to Internazionale. Neither player has been replaced.

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Ditching Ole Gunnar Solskjær will not stop the rot at Manchester United | Jonathan Wilson

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 07:59

By now the malaise at Old Trafford has deep roots – only equally deep systemic change can put it right

All in all, it’s been an excellent week for Manchester United. There was progress in the Carabao Cup and the announcement of record revenues of £627.1m. What more could anybody want?

Excellent, that is, as long as you don’t worry about details such as the limp 2-0 defeat at West Ham last Sunday. Or that the weekend kicked off with United eighth in the Premier League table. Or that a club with a proud cavalier tradition have scored just 18 goals in their last 20 games. Or that the one outfielder of undoubted outstanding quality spent the summer trying to leave. Or that Old Trafford, essentially undeveloped in more than two decades, has an entirely appropriate air of shabbiness. Or that this is, relative to the rest of the league, the worst Manchester United squad in at least 30 years. Or that the share price has fallen 36% since its peak at the end of August last year.

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Manchester United v Arsenal: match preview

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjær will take any kind of win over Arsenal as he seeks to lift the mood at Manchester United. The manager has up to eight players missing and may have to start the 17-year-old Mason Greenwood at centre forward. Unai Emery’s side have won their last three games in all competitions and have only lost once, against Liverpool in August. Jamie Jackson

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‘I never said it was going be easy’: Ole Gunnar Solskjær is staying positive

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 15:15
Manchester United are not winning enough games and are not scoring enough goals but their manager is not paying attention to the level of criticism aimed at him and his team

The incessant scrutiny and pressure? That is Manchester United’s “rightful place”, says a bullish Ole Gunnar Solskjær as he prepares for Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday.

Results may be flatlining, performances diffident and the team possibly without Paul Pogba, yet Solskjær breezily contemplates all this after a few days in which United lost at West Ham and scraped past League One Rochdale via penalties in the Carabao Cup.

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Eighth wonder: the pleasure in the pain of being a Manchester United fan these days | Tim de Lisle

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 13:13
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left supporting United has become far more exasperating and yet arguably far more interesting

“And Manchester United,” said Mark Chapman on Match of the Day 2, “are eighth.” To supporters of other clubs, this may be a case of how the mighty are fallen. And yes, it is a crashing come-down from Sir Alex Ferguson’s day, but some of us go back a bit further than that.

This is my 50th season. I started off as a fairly typical United fan: born and bred in London, idolising George Best, no previous connection with Manchester. In that first season, 1969-70, the number eight loomed large. The first game I wouldn’t forget was the famous FA Cup tie at Northampton, the 8-2 win in which Best, returning from one of his many bans, scored six. The first league position I remember was the one at the end of that season. “And Manchester United are eighth.” Best, Law, Charlton, Stiles and Stepney: eighth.

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Daniel James gives nervy Manchester United shootout win against Rochdale

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 22:18

Manchester United squeezed through to the fourth round, 5-3 on penalties, Daniel James confidently dispatching the clincher on a night when League One Rochdale gave Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men an almighty scare.

United had been taken to spot-kicks by a 16-year-old right-back named Luke Matheson, who will long remember his 76th-minute equaliser then sprinted to celebrate in front of the travelling Rochdale fans he had sent into ecstasy.

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MK Dons v Liverpool, Manchester United v Rochdale: Carabao Cup – live!

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 19:29

7.29pm BST

And the teams for tonight’s one all-Premier League encounter:

Brighton: Button, Roberts, Duffy, Bong, Archie Davies, Baluta, Jenks, Cochrane, Richards, Connolly, Gwargis. Subs: Steele, Jordan Davies, O’Hora, Radulovic, Yapi, Spong, Longman.
Aston Villa: Steer, Elmohamady, Konsa, Hause, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, Jota, Davis, Trezeguet. Subs: Wesley, Grealish, El Ghazi, Guilbert, Nyland, Mings, Ramsey.
Referee: Graham Scott.

7.28pm BST

Axel Tuanzabe captains Manchester United at Old Trafford:

Man Utd: Romero, Wan Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Jones, Rojo, Fred, Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Lingard, Chong, Greenwood. Subs: Lindelof, Mata, Grant, James, Garner, McTominay, Williams.
Rochdale: Sanchez, Matheson, Morley, McNulty, Norrington-Davies, Dooley, Williams, Rathbone, Camps, Keohane, Henderson. Subs: Andrew, Lynch, Wilbraham, Ryan, Bradley, Tavares, Thomas.
Referee: John Brooks.

7.18pm BST

Team news from the Pirelli Stadium:

Burton Albion: O’Hara, Akins, O’Toole, Nartey, Hutchinson, Edwards, Wallace, Fraser, Broadhead, Boyce, Sarkic. Subs: Buxton, Templeton, Anderson, Beardsley, Dyer, Livesey, Sbarra.
Bournemouth: Travers, Francis, Mepham, Simpson, Kelly, Lewis Cook, Surman, Kilkenny, Ibe, Fraser, Solanke. Subs: Callum Wilson, Danjuma, Harry Wilson, Dobre, Camp, Dennis, Jordan.
Referee: John Busby.

7.17pm BST

The Chelsea team in full. And Grimsby’s:

Chelsea: Caballero, James, Guehi, Zouma, Alonso, Gilmour, Barkley, Pulisic, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi. Subs: Jorginho, Abraham, Mount, Tomori, Cumming, Anjorin, Maatsen.
Grimsby: McKeown, Hewitt, Hendrie, Pollock, Davis, Gibson, Clifton, Hessenthaler, Whitehouse, Green, Hanson. Subs: Cook, Robson, Rose, Vernam, Wright, Ogbu, Russell.
Referee: Keith Stroud.

7.14pm BST

This just in from Molineux:

Wolverhampton: Ruddy, Vallejo, Bennett, Kilman, Doherty, Bruno Jordao, Neves, Ruben Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Pedro Neto, Cutrone. Subs: Sanderson, Rui Patricio, Coady, Perry, Joao Moutinho, Shabani, Cundle.
Reading: Virginia, Howe, McIntyre, Miazga, Richards, Blackett, Barrett, Adam, Rinomhota, Meite, Boye. Subs: Walker, Baldock, Swift, Ejaria, Olise, Osho, Puscas.
Referee: Peter Bankes.

7.13pm BST

Team news from Bramall Lane:

Sheffield Utd: Moore, Jagielka, Stearman, Bryan, Kieron Freeman, Luke Freeman, Besic, Morrison, Osborn, Robinson, Mousset. Subs: Stevens, Fleck, Basham, McBurnie, Norwood, Verrips, Clarke.
Sunderland: Burge, Conor McLaughlin, Flanagan, Lynch, De Bock, McGeouch, Power, Maguire, O’Nien, Embleton, Wyke. Subs: Dobson, Grigg, Leadbitter, Hume, Patterson, Taylor, Connelly.
Referee: Tim Robinson.

7.12pm BST

Here’s a quick Carabao Cup changeometer:

Liverpool 11
Chelsea 11
Sheffield United 10
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10
West Ham United 9
Manchester United 9
Aston Villa 9

7.09pm BST

Top rainbow action at Burton tonight:

7.04pm BST

Meanwhile in Oxford:

Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels, Hall, Brannagan, Thorne, Baptiste, Forde, Mackie. Subs: Taylor, Woodburn, Fosu, Stevens, Sykes, Agyei, Jones.
West Ham: Roberto, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Wilshere, Fornals, Holland, Ajeti. Subs: Fabianski, Cresswell, Felipe Anderson, Noble, Goncalo Cardoso, Haller, Coventry.
Referee: Robert Jones.

7.02pm BST

Here are the full line-ups from Milton Keynes, where Liverpool win the team-change tally 11-5:

Milton Keynes Dons: Moore, Williams, Poole, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu, McGrandles, Gilbey, Dickenson, Bowery, Nombe. Subs: Nicholls, Lewington, Agard, Martin, Houghton, Boateng, Harley.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Hoever, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Keita, Elliott, Brewster, Jones. Subs: Lonergan, Chirivella, van den Berg, Longstaff, Kane, Lewis, Clarkson.
Referee: Oliver Langford.

6.59pm BST

Chelsea give full debuts to Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and Reece James for their home game against Grimsby. Here’s the team:

Here's your Chelsea team tonight! #CHEGRI pic.twitter.com/DmB3DiyzcX

How old are they in Chelsea's #CarabaoCup squad:
1️⃣7️⃣Maatsen, Anjorin
1️⃣8️⃣Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi
1️⃣9️⃣Reece James
2️⃣0️⃣Cumming, Mount
2️⃣1️⃣Abraham, Pulisic, Tomori #CFC #CHEGRI

6.50pm BST

The fourth round draw will take place at Stadium MK after the Liverpool game tonight. Here are the all-important numbers:

The numbers for the Fourth Round draw have been confirmed.https://t.co/GdssjiiqqO#EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/hZxobiGA2C

6.42pm BST

Liverpool have announced their team, with debuts for Kelleher, Elliott and Brewster, a Keita comeback and all sorts of excitement:


How we line-up for our @Carabao_Cup clash with @MKDonsFC

4.28pm BST

Hello world!

Last night Tottenham tasted the vile brew that is League Cup humiliation. Tonight Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United will be desperately attempting to avoid a similar fate. The first and last of those are at home, which coupled with having much better players should give them enough of an advantage over their lower-league opposition, though stranger things have definitely happened. Liverpool meanwhile are expected to field an entire classroom of youngsters in Milton Keynes, with Rhian Brewster, Caomhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Sepp van den Berg, Yasser Larouci and Ki-Jana Hoever among the teenaged wizards jostling for a place on the team sheet.

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Manchester United are no longer a team that averages a goal a game

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:15

Since Manchester United beat PSG in the Champions League in March they have played 19 games and scored just 17 goals

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Manchester United were lethargic against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday and their shortcomings were punished. It was the first game of the season in which United failed to score, but their toothlessness in attack has been a real issue for some time. Having previously been concerned about their team’s defence, fans should be worried about the state of their attack. This team is struggling to exert any dominance in matches.

Since their stunning 3-1 victory over PSG in the Champions League in March, United have played 19 games and scored just 17 goals. They have only scored more than a single goal in three of those 19 games (their 2-1 win against Watford in March, 2-1 win against West Ham in April and 4-0 victory over Chelsea on the opening day of this season).

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