All-out attack? Man United, Liverpool collide

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  • Last four games in all competitions between these teams have ended in a draw
  • Mourinho has one just once in eight games v. Klopp
  • Liverpool have won 25 points from their last 10 games

There is an overriding notion that Jose Mourinho will once again back up his bus and park it to stop Liverpool from prevailing on Saturday at Old Trafford (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via against Manchester United.

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Yet, with both second-place United and third-place Liverpool way behind Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title (City are 16 points clear at the top of the table, in case you were wondering) perhaps the shackles will be off on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku are the main attacking stars in form but we know that Liverpool’s attacking intent will clash with the defensive and pragmatic approach of United. This will be a real clash of styles but the impetus will surely be on United to go for the win as the home team.

Ahead of the game Mourinho has been downplaying the rivalry, while Jurgen Klopp has called it “the biggest game he could imagine” as these giants of English soccer collide aiming to cement their top four hopes.

In team news United will have Marouane Fellaini back fit, while Liverpool should have Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum available for selection.

What they’re saying

Mourinho on the rivalry:Β “In my mentality, every match is the same. I have never looked to AC Milan as the biggest rival, I never looked at Atletico Madrid as the enemy. I never looked to Spurs or to Arsenal as a big rival. I’ve never been very good on it,” Mourinho said. “To me it is just a big match. Two historical clubs not just in England but in the world. I still don’t look to some matches as special opponents. It is just a big match because we are speaking about two big clubs.”

Klopp on Liverpool’s attacking approach:Β “I have no problem with defending. People say we play a specific style, they play a specific style. But it’s about winning and there are different ways to win. We have to defend with all we have. Not gambling and were are flying. Nobody flies. It’s not a battle of systems or philosophies, it’s a game between two very good teams. When we defend, I want all our players to defend. I don’t think there will be a lot of space in a lot of moments, how derbies are in general.”


Getting an early goal in this game will be pivotal and if Liverpool strike early, you get the sense that United will be sparked into action. I’m going for a 2-2 draw.

Ronaldo: “I always believe I am the best”

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You’ve got to appreciate the over-sized ego of Cristiano Ronaldo, even if it is deserved.

The 33-year-old Real Madrid striker was bestowed the 2017 Player of the Year award from the Portugal FA, earning 65 percent of the vote. But more than winning yet another trophy to add to his burgeoning case was what he told the media after accepting the award.

“We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight (for the top awards),” Ronaldo said, via AS. “I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it in the field. We are in the fight year after year.”

Ronaldo did score 42 goals last year for Real Madrid and has scored 18 goals in 2018 alone already for Los Blancos as the club look to go back-to-back-to-back in the UEFA Champions League.

Miazga: “We’re all ready to make an impression” with USMNT

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Last October, for reasons unknown, Matt Miazga didn’t make the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for its final two World Cup qualifiers.

Five months later, he’s risen to the top of the centerback depth chart.

[MORE: Digging into the USMNT roster]

The hulking centerback spoke on Tuesday as the USMNT started off its training camp in Cary, N.C., noting that the youth-laden squad wanted to make an impression to stay in the picture moving forward. With four years until the next World Cup and still more than a year until competitive matches, there is still plenty of shuffling and expanding of the player pool to do before then.

Have a listen to Miazga and enjoy the sights and sounds of the USMNT training camp ahead of its friendly match against Paraguay.


Banker Gaetano Micciche elected Serie A president

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MILAN (AP) Bank boss Gaetano Micciche has been elected president of Serie A.

Micciche, the president of Banca IMI, was chosen unanimously on Monday by the Italian league’s 20 clubs.

He succeeds Maurizio Beretta, who left the position nearly a year ago.

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The league has been under emergency leadership, first by former Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio then by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago.

Malago recommended Micciche for the position.

The federation remains under emergency leadership following Tavecchio’s resignation in the wake of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Report: Liverpool to resist all offers for Salah

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Liverpool has a message for any club looking to sign Mohamed Salah this summer: Not gonna happen.

The Merseyside club has reportedly said it will “not sell Salah under any circumstances this summer” as the Reds look to hold off the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to The Telegraph. Salah’s four-goal tally against Watford on Saturday took his goal total to an incredible 28 in 32 Premier League games, with another seven goals in cup competitions.

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Liverpool famously kept Barcelona – and Arsenal – off Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan striker wanted to leave in 2013, but Liverpool was only able to stop Barcelona from signing Philippe Coutinho for six months.

As things stand, Liverpool are qualified for the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League with the club sitting in a top four Premier League place, and keeping Salah is absolutely vital if the Reds want to make a deep run in the competition and compete for a Premier League title. It remains to be seen though if Salah is happy to stay at Liverpool or if a big-money offer from Spain or France can tempt him otherwise to set himself and his family financially for life.