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Premier League player Power Rankings

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With Matchweek 27 of the Premier League season almost here, it is time to take a look at which players are on top form right now.

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With big wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Cardiff and Tottenham last time out in the PL, plenty of their players feature in our latest rankings.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

  1. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Up 2
  2. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Even
  3. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Up 4
  4. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Up 1
  5. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – Down 4
  6. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  7. David De Gea (Man United) – Up 4
  8. Ben Foster (Watford) – Down 2
  9. Anthony Martial (Man United) – New entry
  10. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – New entry
  11. Fernandinho (Man City) – Down 3
  12. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – New entry
  13. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
  14. Chris Wood (Burnley) – New entry
  15. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – New entry
  16. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – Down 2
  17. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 2
  18. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – New entry
  19. Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City) – New entry
  20. Matt Doherty (Wolves) – New entry

New development in David de Gea contract situation

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It seemed like David De Gea‘s future at Manchester United was up in the air, with the Spanish goalkeeper having just over a year left on his current deal and some reports suggesting an impasse had been reached.

But it appears that United are willing to pull out all of the stops to keep DDG around.

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De Gea, 28, has been named United’s Player of the Season in four of the last five campaigns and since Sir Alex Ferguson retired he has bailed United out of sticky situations time and time again.

It has been reported that De Gea would be handed a new five-year deal which would see him pick up the largest basic salary of any current player in the Premier League, and therefore any PL player in history.

Our colleagues from Sky Sports News in the UK have more on the situation regarding De Gea:

United have been surprised at reports they rejected wage demands of £350,000-per-week, as Sky Sports News understands they would be prepared to pay that amount, but agent demands may be driving the price higher still.

In the past few months Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay have all signed new contracts with the Red Devils and Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told investors in a call last week that he wants to “finish off the final few as rapidly as we possibly can.”

It is expected De Gea’s deal is at the top of that list, with Ander Herrera and Juan Mata (both out of contract this summer) the other top priorities to tie down to new deals.

De Gea’s importance to United is clear and just as star strikers and attacking players are rewarded handsomely, the value of having a star goalkeeper should not be understated. Even if, historically, they haven’t earned quite as much as outfield players.

The Spaniard has played 347 times for United in all competitions since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.

After almost leaving in the summer of 2015 (United’s staff must do a daily salute to Real Madrid’s dodgy fax machine which scuppered the deal at  the eleventh hour) it is clear he is their most important player. Wonderful displays recently against Tottenham Hotspur and at Arsenal have proven De Gea’s worth, if anyone ever doubted it.

FA Cup: Chelsea, Man Utd set to battle for last QF place

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The eighth and final place in the 2018-19 FA Cup quarterfinals on line the line Monday (2:30 p.m. ET), when Chelsea host Manchester Untied at Stamford Bridge.

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Following their 2-0 home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday, the FA Cup stands as Man United’s most only realistic chance at a trophy this season. Given the fact Chelsea are due to play Manchester City — the same Man City that just beat the Blues 6-0 a week ago — in the League Cup final in under two weeks’ time, and the number of rounds standing between the and the Europa League final, the same could perhaps be said for Chelsea as well.

To say this is an important one for both sides would be an understatement.

While their respective seasons have taken very different paths ahead of Monday’s showdown, a battle for fourth place — separated by one point in fourth and sixth — is where United and Chelsea, respectively, find themselves with just over three months left to play.

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Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku‘s names could make a rare appearance when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names his starting lineup, largely due to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial missing out through injuries.

Chelsea were 1-0 victors when the two sides met in last season’s final. Their first meeting this season finished 2-2 at Stamford Bridge back in October, courtesy of Ross Barkley‘s 95th-minute equalizer.

Honest Alexis Sanchez on why Mourinho struggled at Man United

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Alexis Sanchez didn’t beat about the bush when discussing why Jose Mourinho’s time at Manchester United ended abruptly.

Sanchez, 30, spoke with the BBC alongside Ander Herrera before United’s FA Cup last 16 clash at Chelsea on Monday.

Speaking to Spanish reporter Guillem Balague, the Chilean forward gave his extremely honest opinion on why it went wrong for Mourinho.

“I’ll tell you personally. I say things as they are and in my opinion, Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world. In the way that he coaches, how he studies videos, the way he goes about things,” Sanchez said. “But, then within the group there was that feeling that you were in the team then out. Sometimes I didn’t play, then I did, then I didn’t and as a player you lose confidence, each player lost their confidence, do you understand?

“And then an atmosphere was created that was very… confusing. Sometimes I’m playing well and I score a goal and he took me off. And I’d say ‘I love football, I love football.’ I’ve played football since I was five and if I have the ball taken away from me, it’s as if I love my joy.”

In a nutshell: Mourinho changed the players around too much, didn’t explain what he was doing and sucked the confidence out of every single Manchester United player.

Sanchez is saying what we were all thinking and perhaps this kind of honesty will allow the Chilean to move on from the worst period in his career so far.

He has struggled massively at United since Mourinho signed him from Arsenal last January — Sanchez has scored five goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils —  and those struggles have got even worse under new caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, the former Arsenal star now has a huge opportunity to play regularly as both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are out injured for a few weeks. Sanchez now has a chance to show he can deliver on a consistent basis but after so many months either injured, or battling back to fitness after a lack of game time, there is a long road ahead for Sanchez.

FA Cup preview: Lampard hopes for upset; Chelsea host Man Utd

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The FA Cup’s fifth round kicks off with some underdogs and finishes with a pair of giants.

That first match, QPR versus Watford at Loftus Road, kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET Friday, with the Championship hosts hoping to overrun Abdoulaye Doucoure and the visiting Hornets.

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The weekend was scheduled nicely by the FA, with only one match conflicting with another via a Sunday morning 11 a.m. kickoff.

There are no signs that any of the Premier League sides are taking this lightly, including Pep Guardiola’s claims that Newport County is a more physical side than his City.

There’s a guarantee of at least two non-PL sides in the quarterfinals, and either Chelsea or Manchester United will not be alive for the FA Cup title come Monday evening.

United will have neither Anthony Martial nor Jesse Lingard against a Chelsea side capable of looking unbeatable… or flat-out terrible.

Maybe Frank Lampard will outlast his former team (well, at least the one most often associated with the English midfielder). Derby County leads his side into Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

“I’m not sure how much recent form will matter.

“We are unbeaten (in six) but we’ve got room for improvement,” Lampard said of his Rams. “Brighton are a very strong team, with a really good manager, and it will be a hugely tough challenge for us.”

Full FA Cup fifth round schedule

QPR v. Watford — 2:45 p.m. ET

Brighton and Hove Albion v. Derby County — 7:30 am. ET
AFC Wimbledon v. Millwall — 10 a.m. ET
Newport County v. Man City — 12:30 p.m. ET

Bristol City v. Wolves — 8 a.m. ET
Doncaster Rovers v. Crystal Palace — 11 a.m. ET
Swansea City v. Brentford — 11 a.m. ET

Chelsea v. Manchester United — 2:30 p.m. ET