Why Sunday’s match is an absolute “must have” for Manchester United

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Saturday’s match for Manchester United against Fulham is suddenly a little more difficult than it appears. Yes, the bunch from Craven Cottage is looking more and more likely like a relegation side, the kind once known as “easy pickings” for a Manchester United side.

But David Moyes’ men are having a bit of injury trouble, as Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones are all now in doubt.

And you know what: it doesn’t matter.

United still has the game-breakers, still has the Old Trafford edge and still has better talent throughout the lineup. So make no mistake: Sunday’s match is an absolute, positive must-have for Moyes (pictured) and Co.

That’s not just about the relatively weak opposition; Fulham currently sit very bottom of the table.  It’s about United getting up, dusting off and showing a bit more fight, about proving the stores of stubborn resignation remain intact.

Bouncing back after last week’s gut punch against Stoke City (a shocking 2-1 loss at Old Trafford) would have been important in any case. That loss, by the way, came shortly after taking a 3-1 thumping at Chelsea. So, Moyes’ men are reeling.

Then came the mid-week news that Nemanja Vidic would soon put Old Trafford in his Serbian rear view mirror. This piece from The Guardian called Vidic “a centre-half of authentic greatness, often the best pure defender in English football.” So, yes … something else going wrong around Old Trafford this year.

Wouldn’t it be easy for the men of mighty United to feel a little sorry for themselves? Wouldn’t it be easy to lose the plot just a little as a top four spot drifts further and further from view, as doubt about what the future looks like creeps in like a grim fog?

On the other hand, win Saturday and a real run at that top four doesn’t look so far-fetched. Next up is a match at Arsenal, a team that might be reeling at bit, too, after today’s fiasco at Anfield.

It’s the first of three consecutive road matches for United – all the more reason Saturday sets up as one the Red Devils cannot afford to squander.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following: