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'Magician's assistant' Llorente won't pull a rabbit out of United's hat

Manchester United need midfield reinforcements. Again.  It feels like the middle third has been an area United have been looking to improve for a number of years now and, though they’ve invested heavily by spending around £85million, they’ve failed to get it just right.  Nemanja Matić and Fred joined Paul Pogba in that part of the pitch while academy graduates Andreas Pereira and Scott McTo...

3 days ago
Selling Lacazette is the tough call rookie boss Arteta has to make

Mikel Arteta’s start to life as manager of Arsenal is showing signs of promise. Though results aren’t sending shockwaves across Europe, performances have been much improved. Of the five games the former Manchester City assistant has been in charge for, two have ended in victories for the Gunners. A hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup win over Leeds United was, perhaps, undeserved but a win all the same. Meanw...

3 days ago
Who is Watford new-boy Ignacio Pussetto?

It’s been more than two years since Watford signed someone from sister club Udinese, but the arrival of Ignacio Pussetto has changed that. The Athletic first reported the deal was close on Sunday with Sky Sports News weighing in on Tuesday to confirm the Argentine attacker was undergoing a medical ahead of a move which will cost €8million (£6.8million). A wide forward had been on the Hornet...

4 days ago
Lyon gem Aouar can be stepping stone in Silva succession

The long-term successor to David Silva was supposed to be Phil Foden. The 19-year-old has been exposed to more first-team football this season, Silva’s last in Manchester, and it felt as though the torch was, slowly, being passed.  Pep Guardiola singled the academy graduate out for praise recently.  “If we didn’t believe in him [Foden] we might go to the market to replace David [Silva], but we ha...

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