Bastian Schweinsteiger would be a perfect signing for Manchester United

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As the transfer rumors continue to swirl, the latest name being whispered around the red half of Manchester is that of German national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger, 30, is said to be on the radar of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and the Red Devils could be preparing a swoop for the Bayern Munich midfielder this summer.

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With just one-year left on his deal at Bayern, it is believed that Schweinsteiger could be picked up for relatively cheap — a ballpark figure of $15-20 million has been mooted — and his experience in the engine room could prove hugely beneficial to United. Yes, he is soon to be 31, but with LVG’s short-term project to return United to glory, acquiring Schweinsteiger’s considerable experience would be massively beneficial on many levels.

Last season United struggled to find a consistent starter in the engine room with new signings Ander Herrera and Daley Blind having varying degrees of success at shielding the back four. However, when veteran midfielder Michael Carrick was fit then he used all of his nous and superb positional sense to provide a wall in front of United’s defense. Carrick’s ability to keep the ball and start attacks with a pin-point long-range were also crucial but due to injury he played just 22 times for the Red Devils. At the age of 33, he probably has one or two more seasons left in the tank.

As for Schweinsteiger, he is 30 and could carry on for another five years as he’s adapted his game to become a destroyer in the engine room who can use the ball well and help spring attacks. When he burst onto the scene as a teenager he often played out wide or just behind the striker but under van Gaal at Bayern in 2009-10 he excelled in a deeper role and has played there ever since. He is superb at shuffling across the pitch and not only winning the ball, but using it well when he gets it. You have to think that a player of Schweinsteiger’s intelligence would relish the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney and if he sat in the center of the pitch he would help link everything together seamlessly.

United saw that first hand in 2014 when Schweinsteiger scored against them at Old Trafford in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and put in a dominant display in the center of midfield but also saw red for a challenge on Rooney. He has that desire to succeed which sometimes spills over but van Gaal needs a general in midfield and Schweinsteiger fits the bill perfectly.

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World Cup winner Schweinsteiger would have a huge impact at United.

Schweinsteiger has been at Bayern his entire career but after 13 years in the first team and eight Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League crown in 2013, perhaps now is the time for the German national team captain to move on and test himself overseas. There is a chance that Schweinsteiger is generating interest from United purely to boost what will likely be his final contract as a pro with Bayern, but there seems to be genuine interest from both parties. With Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso around for Bayern in the central midfield area, the German giants could actually afford to lose Schweinsteiger and not be impacted too much.

That said, Schweinsteiger would have an incredible impact on United’s side as the German has the physicality to prosper in the Premier League but also a sublime footballing brain to help lock down United’s midfield and allow the mercurial talents of Angel di Maria, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Memphis Depay to support Rooney in attack.

If United can seal a deal for Schweinsteiger, plus add a top class center back and either keep David de Gea or replace him adequately, they may just find the final piece of the jigsaw they need to challenge for the Premier League title and be a force in the UEFA Champions League once again.

Premier League injuries, 2020-21

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Premier League injuries: With the 2020-21 Premier League season set to kick off this weekend, it’s time to take a look at the players who might be unavailable for the opening weekend.

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Prior to every matchweek of the 2020-21 season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Note: Any player listed for COVID-19 reasons — whether a positive test or additional precautions — will always be deemed “questionable” until they make their return to action.

Arsenal injuries

QUESTIONABLE: David Luiz (back) | OUT: Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (thigh), Pablo Mari (ankle), Calum Chambers (knee)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Tom Heaton (knee), Wesley (knee), Ahmed El Mohamady (thigh)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

QUERSTIONABLE: Ben White (ankle) | OUT: Jose Iquierdo (knee), Florian Andone (knee), Christian Walton (ankle)

Burnley injuries

OUT: Jack Cork (ankle)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Timo Werner (thigh), Hakim Ziyech (knee), Cesar Azpilicueta (thigh), Ben Chilwell (ankle), Thiago Silva (undisclosed) | OUT: Mateo Kovacic (suspension)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (thigh), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder), Christian Benteke (ankle), Gary Cahill (thigh), Jairo Riedewald (undisclosed)

Everton injuries

OUT: Mason Holgate (ankle), Cenk Tosun (knee), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (calf), Fabian Delph (calf)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Jean Michael Seri (undisclosed), Stefan Johansen (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Gaetano Berardi (knee), Adam Forshaw (groin)

Leicester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Wes Morgan (thigh) | OUT: Ricardo Pereira (knee), Jonny Evans (thigh), Filip Benkovic (groin)

Liverpool injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Xherdan Shakiri (undisclosed), Konstantinos Tsimikas (COVID-19) | OUT: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee)

Manchester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Sergio Aguero (knee), Bernardo Silva (undisclosed) | OUT: Aymeric Laporte (COVID-19), Riyad Mahrez (COVID-19)

Manchester United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Paul Pogba (COVID-19) | OUT: Axel Tuanzebe (ankle), Phil Jones (knee)

Newcastle United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Matty Longstaff (thigh) | OUT: Martin Dubravka (ankle), Fabian Schar (shoulder), Paul Dummett (thigh), Dwight Gayle (knee)

Sheffield United injuries

OUT: Lys Mousset (ankle)

Southampton injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Nathan Redmond (knock) | OUT: Stuart Armstrong (thigh)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Serge Aurier (undisclosed) | OUT: Japhet Tanganga (thigh)

West Bromwich Albion injuries

OUT: Kenneth Zohore (calf)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Jack Wilshere (ankle)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Jonny (knee)

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League Cup fourth round draw results

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Following the completion of the second round of the League Cup on Thursday, the draw for the fourth round was held prior to the third round, which is set to be played next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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The potential gem of the round depends upon Chelsea beating EFL Championship side Barnsley, and Tottenham Hotspur getting past EFL League Two Leyton Orient. Liverpool v Arsenal is another tasty possibility.

The draws for the third and fourth rounds of the 2020-21 League Cup are as follows…

League Cup third round draw

Lincoln City v Liverpool
Bristol City v Aston Villa
Morecambe v Newcastle United
Luton Town v Manchester United
Preston North End v Brighton
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Manchester City v Bournemouth
West Ham United v Hull City
Millwall v Burnley
Chelsea v Barnsley
Stoke City v Gillingham
Leicester City v Arsenal
West Brom v Brentford
Newport County v Watford
Fleetwood Town v Everton
Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur

League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
West Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull City
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United

UEL roundup: AC Milan, Rangers reach next qualifying round

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Europa League results: AC Milan and Rangers were victorious in the second round of UEFA Europa League qualifying on Thursday, advancing to within two more wins of the group stage.

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Shamrock Rovers 0-2 AC Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored early and Hakan Calhanoglu added a second-half insurance goal to secure Milan’s passage into the third qualifying round.

Up next for Milan is a home clash with Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt with a place in the playoff round, the final level of qualification to reach the group stage, on the line.

Lincoln Red Imps 0-5 Rangers

James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Alfredo Morelos (twice) and Jermain Defoe bagged goals for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side as they cruised to a 5-0 victory over Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps.

Rangers will now be away to Dutch side Willem II in the third qualifying round.

Notable Europa League results

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (RECAP)
Kekesi 0-4 Wolfsburg
Hibernians 0-1 Fehervar
Coleraine 2-2 *Motherwell
Viking 0-2 Aberdeen
Servette 0-1 Reims
Budapest Honved 0-2 Malmo
Teuta Durres 0-4 Granada
FK Neftchi 1-3 Galatasaray