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Man United linked with moves for four stars

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Manchester United will go all-out to bring in a new left-sided player, according to reports.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United are looking at a left-footed player to arrive in the summer transfer window with Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil and Danny Rose all key targets.

Jose Mourinho admitted last week that his team aren’t scoring enough goals, with the Red Devils scoring seven goals in their last five Premier League games which included just once against Huddersfield, Tottenham and Brighton, plus firing a blank against Chelsea.

United spent $96.5 million on Romelu Lukaku in the summer and despite his fast start to life at Old Trafford the goals have dried up for the big Belgian striker in recent weeks. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have also struggled to score in recent weeks with Rashford failing to score in his last seven outings for United and Martial netting just once in his last 11 outings.

Mourinho is obviously concerned that if Lukaku isn’t scoring, he can’t rely on veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic to step up with the goods long-term.

So, who would be the best fit for United from next summer and beyond?

Griezmann has long been linked with a move to United, so too has Bale. Their profile and goal-scoring ability would slot in with what United need but that will not come cheap with a transfer fee of over $120 million likely. In Griezmann’s case, Barcelona are said to be chasing him hard and he did sign a new deal at Atletico last summer during the height of speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford. As for Bale, his agent continues to say he will remain at Real Madrid for the rest of his career but things can change very quickly at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ozil is said to be a fan of Mourinho and vice versa during their time together at Real Madrid and he could be available on a free transfer from July 1 with his situation at Arsenal uncertain, while Rose’s future at Tottenham also remains uncertain given his issues with Mauricio Pochettino and being left out of the Spurs team as he continues his recovery from a lengthy knee injury.

Yes, he’s not a fully-fledged attacker but Rose would be a wonderful option at left-wing back, especially with Mourinho using the 3-4-3 formation increasingly often this season.

United have chased a left-sided attacking option for the past six months as they went hard after Ivan Perisic in the summer but the Croatian winger signed a new deal at Inter Milan. Mourinho then waxed lyrical about Bale before Real said he wasn’t for sale.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s future at United seems uncertain with Mourinho hitting out at the Armenian playmaker and it appears if Mourinho can move some of his attackers on in January and next summer he has big plans for new players to arrive.

Osorio: Jonathan Gonzalez has a “promising future” with El Tri

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The Jonathan Gonzalez situation still stings for many U.S. Men’s National Team supporters, and the encouragement from Mexico’s camp regarding the midfielder’s bright future isn’t making things better for Americans.

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El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio reaffirmed his belief that Gonzalez is one of the many promising prospects within the Mexican national team ahead of the country’s friendly against Iceland on Friday.

Gonzalez, who switched his national team allegiance to Mexico from the U.S. earlier this year, has been called up for the match after the 18-year-old made his Mexico senior team debut against Bosnia back in January.

“Jonathan, to start with, is part of a group of Mexican players that I’ve referred as having a good present and a promising future and that excites me to continue, along with Edson Alvarez, Omar Govea and others that aren’t here like Orbelin [Pineda] and Erick [Gutierrez],” Osorio said at a news conference on Thursday.

“Gonzalez is a good midfielder and can fight for a place with anyone. Like everyone, he has to improve a lot of things to win a place.

“After deciding to play for Mexico, it is our responsibility to give him a platform to develop and consolidate himself as a player.

“That’s why he’s in this call-up, and hopefully he can establish himself and show the qualities I mentioned.”

The former USMNT youth prospect has quickly become a regular for club side Monterrey, who currently sits sixth in the Liga MX table.

Gonzalez has appeared in 38 matches across all competitions for the four-time league champions and earned honors in the Liga MX Best XI following the 2017 Apertura season.

USMNT reveals new kits ahead of Paraguay friendly

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U.S. Soccer’s teams has donned some pretty sweet kits in the past, but this go around has particularly patriotic feel about it, and we like it.

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The U.S. released a video on Friday (below) with several USMNT stars, including Bobby Wood and Tyler Adams wearing the new kits ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against Paraguay.

The home jersey features a flag design engraved on a white kit, which is representative of the American flag. Meanwhile, the away version holds a similar design, but with a blue base for the jersey.

Meanwhile, the USWNT will don their new kits on April 5 when they take on Mexico in the first two matches in the U.S. The two rivals will meet three days later for the second meeting.

What do you think of the latest U.S. Soccer kits? Let us know what you like or dislike about it in the comments section below.

UEFA Nations League gets $94 million prize fund for 55 teams

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA says it has created a 76.25 million euro ($94 million) prize fund for the inaugural Nations League.

The first champion will earn 7.5 million euros ($9.25 million).

The Nations League is replacing most international friendlies. All 55 UEFA members will play group matches in four tiers through November. The Final Four will be in June 2019.

UEFA says 12 top-ranked teams in League A will each get 1.5 million euros ($1.85 million). Group winners will get 1.5 million euros ($1.85 million) extra and advance to the final tournament, and the winner will get another 4.5 million euros ($5.55 million).

League B will pay 1 million euros ($1.23 million) per team, while in League C it’s 750,000 euros ($925,000) and in League D it’s 500,000 euros ($617,000). Group winners will double their money.

Alexis Sanchez discusses Man United struggles

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Alexis Sanchez appears to be struggling with his disappointing start to life at Manchester United.

The Chilean star, 29, became the highest-paid player in the Premier League when he arrived from Arsenal in January in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Sanchez has scored just one PL goal.

Sanchez has failed to make his mark on a consistent basis as United have also crashed out of the UEFA Champions League.

What does Sanchez put his lack of form down to?

In an Instagram post he left a caption saying that he was mentally exhausted: “I know you are tired. I know you are psychologically and emotionally exhausted. But you have to smile and continue”.

Speaking to the Chilean media ahead of their friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on Saturday, Sanchez revealed he has been struggling with the lack of impact he has had at United.

“The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I’ve changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult… As I am self-demanding, I expected something better. After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. I even hesitated to come here [to Sweden].”

Sanchez has looked better in a central role behind Romelu Lukaku but he hasn’t been used there often enough by Jose Mourinho.

At Arsenal he had the license to roam free in the attacking third but in Mourinho’s more defensive, rigid system he appears to be struggling to get on the ball in the right areas in and around the box. Sanchez has cut a frustrated figure out on the left wing and has given the ball away on multiple occasions as he tries to make the difficult passes and open up opposition defenses.

It appears that Sanchez is perhaps trying to hard to impress United and given his all-action displays, that is not easy to do.

United need more of him in the final third than out wide or tracking back to help out his own defense if they’re going to seal their top four spot and win the FA Cup to see out the final months of the season.

There’s no doubting Sanchez’s quality as we all know just how good he can be from his four seasons at Arsenal.

Yet, as he acknowledged himself, something at United isn’t quite right.