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Manchester United manager José Mourinho has stated that he will rotate his side again for Thursday's Manchester derby.

United's squad is depleted from injuries and struggling with fatigue, according to Mourinho, which means he is forced to spread out the game time across his squad. Hence, he made eight changes last weekend for the win over Burnley after the victory over Anderlecht three days previously in the Europa League. Eric Bailly is the only Man Utd player to have completed both games. Mourinho emphasised that United are aiming to win the Europa League, and he views rotation as to achieving that feat: ""We cannot give the club the Premier League, we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League and we have to put everything on it... So I will rotate players again, I will give rest to some players again and let's see what we can do.
Apr 24 - 10:07 AM

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hopeful that he will be fit for selection before the end of the season.

The Spaniard underwent surgery on a groin injury in March, and manager Jose Mourinho had ruled him out for the remainder of the season. However, in his weekly blog, Mata posted a more upbeat prognosis, revealing that he will be back with the team soon: "But the truth is I’m feeling much better now and I hope to be back with the team soon, to try to help in the last spell of the season. I hope so, because that’s all I want: being always available to help and to contribute as much as I can, both on and off the pitch," he explained. This will come as welcome news to Man Utd, who are struggling with a mounting injury list as they continue to fight on two fronts for Champions League qualification.
Apr 24 - 9:55 AM

Southampton will have Spanish defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu available for their match against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Romeu, 25, has been hugely important to Southampton's defensive strength this season in spite of losing Jose Fonte to West Ham and Virgil Van Dijk to injury. He has been very effective in controlling the space in front of the back four, making tackles and interceptions at a higher rate than any of his teammates. Romeu will presumably retake his place in the starting XI on Tuesday when the Saints visit Stamford Bridge after serving a two match suspension for accumulating ten yellow cards this season. His manager has lauded him in his pre-match press conference, comparing him to PL Player of the Season N'Golo Kanté: ""I think he’s not far off Kante," Puel said. "If we see the quality of his games since the beginning of the season, for me, he [Romeu] is not far off Kante because he’s very consistent and every game he gives good performances, with consistency and quality."
Apr 24 - 7:56 AM

Southampton manager Claude Puel had plenty of good news in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's clash with Chelsea.

The major news was the imminent return to training of both striker Charlie Austin and full-back Matt Targett, both of whom have been out of action for a number of months. His side are also bolstered by the return of influential defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu from suspension, although Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has prospered in his absence. Young full-back Sam McQueen is the only other short term absentee unavailable to face the Blues on Tuesday. He is out with a groin issue.
Apr 24 - 7:44 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the man of the match as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to advance to the FA Cup final.

Arsenal started slowly against Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's men had the better of the possession and chances in the first half. As Arsenal tried to assert themselves it was Oxlade-Chamberlain, switching between the center of the park and a right wingback role, who was their brightest performer. After City went up 1-0 on a lightning-fast breakout it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who got them back in it with an excellent cross that found Nacho Monreal whose odd man rush saw him unmarked in the penalty area. While The Ox had been substituted by the time Alexis Sanchez pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box for the winner, it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who stood out the most for the Gunners as they booked their third FA Cup finals appearance in the past four seasons.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 23 - 12:52 PM

There was nothing Burnley could do against an in-form Manchester United in a 2-0 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday.

Despite facing a Manchester United defense down three starters, one that has played three games in the last seven days, Burnley couldn't even manage a shot on target against Jose Mourinho's stalwart side. The Clarets have only one win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but they still kept their distance with a five-point lead over the bottom three. Defender Ben Mee left the match at half-time with an injury while striker Daniel Agyei came on late as Sean Dyche looks to get the youngster more playing time as he enters the final year of his contract with rumors linking him to Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:00 PM

Burnley's penchant for results at home hit a wall today, as they conceded two unanswered goals to Manchester United in a 0-2 final.

The match began in typical Turf Moor style, with Tom Heaton making a couple of big saves in the first 20 minutes while the Claret attack were creating chances, mainly by Robbie Brady, who delivered several crosses over the contest. Andre Gray look the likeliest to finish one of those chances, but the Clarets failed to find an end product. Meanwhile, the fortress that is Turf Moor was penetrated, first on a swift counter-attack and then a second goal was conceded after a loose ball in front of Heaton was smashed in by Wayne Rooney. That put the match out of reach as United were in cruise control throughout the second half. Five points above relegation, one imagines Burnley may need at least one more positive result in their final four matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:34 AM

Manchester United close the gap to one point between themselves and crosstown rivals Manchester City for the coveted fourth spot in the table after a comprehensive 0-2 win over Burnley.

The two sides traded blows over the first twenty minutes, with United having the edge in the middle of the pitch. After a couple of attempts were stopped by Tom Heaton, United broke through on 21 minutes, when Ander Herrera led a counter attack, picking out Anthony Martial who slotted home for just his fourth league goal of the campaign. The Red Devis then doubled their lead before halftime, with Wayne Rooney smashing in a loose ball after Martial initially delivered a shot on target. United focused on error-free football and protecting their lead in the second half, which they did successfully. The stage is now set for a huge Manchester derby on Thursday night.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:19 AM

It's difficult to imagine Manchester United this season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but a familiar face helped to fill his shoes.

In a 2-0 win against Burnley, Wayne Rooney made a surprise cameo appearance in the starting lineup after only just returning from a month sidelined by various injuries to his aging ankle, and the Manchester United captain reminded fans that he can still deliver with a goal in the 39th minute, pouncing on a saved shot from Anthony Martial for his third goal of the season. But it was Martial who stole the spotlight, scoring a goal and recording an assist after also returning to the starting lineup for Marcus Rashford, who started and played 120 minutes on Thursday in Europa League.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:10 AM

Hull City were right to feel aggrieved after striker Oumar Niasse was sent off harshly during their 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

The Senegalese striker was controversially given his marching orders in the first half by Bobby Madley after a tackle on Watford's M'Baye Niang. Replays showed after that Madley's action was perhaps more than was necessary for the offence, but luckily for the Tigers the decision didn't prevent them earning another crucial three points in the battle for Premier League survival. When asked about the red card afterwards, manager Marco Silva said: "Of course, we will appeal," before adding: "I don't want to talk too much (about it) because I respect the work of the referee, it's not easy." He added that he felt the foul merited a yellow card, if even that. If the appeal succeeds, Niasse will be available for selection to face Southampton on April 29.
Apr 22 - 8:31 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcos Rojo will miss the best part of a year after tests confirm they have suffered cruciate knee-ligament injuries.

Both players were injured during Thursday night’s Europa League win over Anderlecht, and for Ibrahimović at least, it could be his last game for the club, or maybe, even his career. The 35-year-old is said to have suffered damage to his anterior and posterior ligament, which could, after surgical intervention, take around a year to heal fully. Zlatan is out of contract in the summer and the club are under no obligation to extend his current deal. The prognosis for Rojo is a little better, but reports of a return within four months appear to be a little wide of the mark. If the anterior cruciate has ruptured, his recovery will be closer to 9 months. Jose Mourinho said that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones may need to play through the pain: "They have injuries and they cannot [be involved on] Sunday. There are no miracles but with special spirit you can sooner than expected. So instead of mid-May you [return] beginning of May."
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 12:53 PM

The remarkable change in Hull's fortunes since Marco Silva arrived at the club has almost brought safety after they won 2-0 on Saturday against Watford.

Immediately after the kick off, neither side threatened, with Hull subdued and Watford mainly relying on long-balls to get behind the Tigers' sluggish centre-back pairing of Maguire and Ranocchia. However, the first half became controversial when referee Bobby Madley sent off Oumar Niasse for a tackle on Niang. The Senegalese striker could be accused of trailing his leg but seemed to lack any intent to bring down Watford's man. However, the decision didn't spoil the home side's chances and instead they rallied after the break. Hull broke after Capoue had a fine effort saved by Jakupovic, and Grosicki crossed in for Markovic who headed past Gomes. Sam Clucas copper-fastened the lead on 70', rifling a shot into the top corner from distance to confirm his side's victory.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 12:16 PM

There wasn't anything for the vaunted Everton attack to brag about following a dull scoreless draw against West Ham.

Everton hasn't been held scoreless in two months (since a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough in Gameweek 25), but to be held without a shot on target is a new low for a side that boasts the Premier League's top goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku. The Toffees entered Saturday afternoon with 21 goals in their last seven Premier League matches, only to put together a sluggish showing against a second-rate West Ham side plagued by injuries. The only news of any value was the return of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who has not featured for the club since Gameweek 17.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 12:14 PM

Antonio Conte named Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the Chelsea bench for Saturdays FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Former England international, and current BBC pundit Gary Lineker, revealed via his personal Twitter account around 3:30pm that the pair had been dropped, news which was confirmed officially 45 minutes later. Undoubtedly, Conte picked his side with one eye on Tuesdays Premier League clash vs Southampton, with today’s opponents pushing hard in second place just four-points behind. As expected, Chelsea were able to welcome back Thibaut Courtois [ankle], Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso [both illness] but despite a return to training, Gary Cahill was not risked at Wembley. Nathan Ake was named in the starting XI for the first time since February while Michy Batshuayi comes in for only his third start of the year.
Apr 22 - 12:09 PM

Tom Carroll scored his first goal for Swansea City and it helped the Jacks to a 2-0 win over Stoke City, as the Jack continue their struggle to rise above the relegation zone.

Paul Clement told his squad that today's match was a must-win and the Swans did not disappoint. They enjoyed the benefit of an early goal, as Fernando Llorente turned the ball in from a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner on ten minutes. They suffered a blow a few minutes later, as Leroy Fer collided with Jack Butland and could not continue. The Jacks preserved their lead into halftime and past the hour mark, but they got lucky when they conceded a penalty chance. However, Stoke wasted the opportunity and, less than a minute later, Tom Carroll took a short pass from Jordan Ayew and sent a deep left-footed strike that looped in over the keeper and sealed three massive points. The Swans are still in the relegation zone, with Hull being the likeliest club they could catch, but the Tigers also won today, so the pressure continues in South Wales.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 12:07 PM



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