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Ashley Young leaves Man United to join Inter Milan

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Ashley Young is officially an Inter Milan player.

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The 34-year-old former Manchester United captain completed what is believed to be a $1.6-million transfer to the Serie A side on Friday, bringing to an end his eight-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford. Young’s contract with Inter is for an initial six months with an option to extend the deal for the 2020-21 season.

According to various reports, Man United will receive an additional payment from Inter should they dethrone Juventus and win the Serie A title this season.

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Following Young’s departure, Harry Maguire has been named the Red Devils’ new captain. The 26-year-old England international joined United in the summer and has quickly established himself as the first name on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team sheet.

Solskjaer: Man Utd star Rashford “probably” misses Liverpool clash

Marcus Rashford Injury update
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The good news for Manchester United supporters is that Marcus Rashford‘s back injury doesn’t seem a long-term worry.

That doesn’t help them much if he cannot go Sunday versus Liverpool, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Rashford is a likely absence.

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Rashford limped off the field in United’s FA Cup defeat of Wolves, as Solskjaer said playing the well-used forward “backfired.”

There’s a chance Rashford can go Sunday, but Solskjaer won’t hold his breath.

From The Manchester Evening News:

“I can’t tell you now,” Solskjaer said. “As I said with Harry [Maguire] a few weeks ago, of course we’re going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out. We’ll do some more checks and treatment with him today, yesterday, of course, was just a recovery day and some treatment for him. I’ve not seen him this morning. I’m not going to hold my breath. I would probably think he wouldn’t be ready but let’s see. it’s 48 hours [away], more than that, so let’s see.”

Rashford made sub appearances in both FA Cup dates with Wolves, but started eight other matches in the last 34 days. He went 90 minutes in five of those outings.

The 22-year-old forward has 19 goals and five assists in 31 matches this season, and would be key to any United hopes of ending Liverpool’s unbeaten season this weekend.

Manchester United names Harry Maguire captain

Manchester United names Harry Maguire captain
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When you have it, you have it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen enough from Harry Maguire in the last six months to name him the next captain of Manchester United.

Maguire, 26, will replace Ashley Young, who the United site claims is “on the verge” of a move to Inter Milan.

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Young had been the captain since 2019, replacing Antonio Valencia. Other United captains in recent history include Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, and Nemanja Vidic.

Here’s Solskjaer, from ManUtd.com:

“He’s come in and been a leader in the group. I’ve been, not surprised, but I’ve been impressed by his leadership skills, so Harry will keep on wearing the armband. He’s come in and everything about him tells me he is a leader. He’s part of a group that we’ve had, that have been leading this young group.

Maguire signed for United this summer in a club-record deal for a defender. He’s played 90 minutes in all 22 of the Red Devils’ Premier League matches this season, captaining the team seven times.

Solskjaer explained Young’s departure, saying the 35-year-old defender is being offered a two-year deal by Inter. United “weren’t ready” to offer two years.

Premier League Storylines: Matchweek 23

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The January schedule is filling up, and teams are hoping to navigate the crowded fixture lists with injuries piling up through the winter months. With the FA Cup returning next week and managers hoping to limit minutes as much as possible, this weekend’s games will be critical.

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The race for the Champions League spots is heating up, and a number of teams can make serious moves this weekend.

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  • Watford v. Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN)

Tottenham doesn’t have Harry Kane. We know that. It’s time for Jose Mourinho to put up or shut up. Spurs haven’t scored in either of their last two Premier League games, and now Mourinho has had the time to figure things out. They now travel to Watford who is running on a high, having won each of their last three league games despite some discipline issues. The Hornets haven’t lost since December 4, which feels like an eternity ago.

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  • Arsenal v. Sheffield United, Saturday (Watch live, 10:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN)

The Gunners have shown real – but slow – improvement under Mikel Arteta. There are still serious flaws, however, and Sheffield United is a team that can take advantage if given the chance. This is a litmus test match for the Gunners, and a win could get them as many as three places in the table. They were held off the scoresheet against the Blades last time around, and could complete their first double over Arsenal since the 40’s. Oh yea, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out suspended, a massive loss for the Gunners up front.

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  • Brighton Hove & Albion v. Aston Villa, Saturday (Watch live, 10:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold)

Aston Villa was pummeled by six Man City goals last time out, and the feeling around Villa Park is one of trepidation. Still, the results are there to give fans some hope, and one this weekend would turn things around completely. Three points on the road at Brighton would draw them level with the Seagulls in the table and give them a huge boost in the crowded relegation battle. Jack Grealish has been a motor for Villa this season, but the critical component in a game like this is the defense, a back line that’s given up 43 goals in 22 matches. Will Brighton punish the Villains at the Amex?

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  • Newcastle United v. Chelsea, Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Chelsea has been extremely Jeckell & Hyde over the past month, with wins over Arsenal and Spurs but losses to Bournemouth and Southampton and a draw with Brighton. All told, it’s been two months since their last back-to-back wins. Newcastle, meanwhile, put together a draw against a scrappy Wolves side before punishing Rochdale in their FA Cup replay. Christian Pulisic is still injured, but the Blues remain one of the strongest attacking threats in the Premier League. A road loss, however, and the five-point gap to Manchester United could thin considerably.

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  • Liverpool v. Manchester United, Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

What a test for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Defensive problems at key moments have plagued Manchester United this season, and like Chelsea, inconsistencies have proven vital. This game is critical for Solskjaer in the top four race, because a loss risks them falling a significant eight points back of the Champions League places. Still, while the United defense doesn’t instill fear in Premier League opponents, they’ve pulled out solid shifts against good teams this season, like holding both Spurs and Manchester City to a single goal in early December.

Liverpool can afford a few missteps, and Jurgen Klopp has managed his players’ minutes to perfection this campaign. A 14-point lead at the top of the table and a game in hand over Man City means we could see more players rested, and that gives the Red Devils even more hope.

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  • Manchester City v. Crystal Palace, Saturday (Watch live, 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold)

No Man City manager has ever won on his birthday. Good luck, Pep!

How will Liverpool, Man United line up?

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Liverpool host Manchester United this Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as the Premier League leaders welcome their bitter rivals to Anfield.

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With Jurgen Klopp‘s side 14 points clear at the top of the table, Man United would love to play the role of spoilers and they are the only team to take points from Liverpool so far this season as they are in a battle for a top four finish. And, just leaving this here, Man United have only lost one of their last 11 Premier League games against Liverpool…

The big team news surrounding this game is whether or not Marcus Rashford will be fit after coming on as a sub in the FA Cup replay against Wolves, then injuring his back and having to come off 16 minutes later.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a big decision to make as it is certainly not worth risking Rashford’s long-term fitness, even for a game as important as this one. With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay injured, United’s midfield will likely be manned by Fred and Matic, with either Jesse Lingard or Andreas Pereira playing ahead of them and Mata starting in place of Rashford on the left. In defense it will be interesting to see if Brandon Williams gets the nod over Luke Shaw as he continues his impressive rise, while the rest of the back four picks itself.

The big worry for United is that if Rashford is out injured, they will lose a lot of their pace on the counter as their plan will likely be to sit back and look to hit Liverpool on the break. The gamble will then be whether or not it makes sense to play Mason Greenwood in attack to replace Rashford, with the teenager showing huge potential but an atmosphere like the one at Anfield may be too risky.

As for Klopp, things are very straightforward for him. Liverpool Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren back in training after their lengthy absences but it is unlikely the two center backs will start given Joe Gomez looks steady once again after a run of games alongside the silky brick wall that is Virgil Van Dijk. Oxlade-Chamberlain will play alongside Henderson and Wijnaldum in midfield with Keita and Milner out injured, while Fabinho is also back in training but is unlikely to be rushed back. The front three and full backs pick themselves.

Below we share our potential starting lineups for both teams for the intense battle at Anfield this Sunday.


LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)

—– Alisson —–

— Alexander-Arnold — Gomez — Van Dijk — Robertson —

—- Henderson —- Wijnaldum —- Chamberlain —-

—- Salah —- Firmino —- Mane —-


MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)

—– De Gea —–

— Wan-Bissaka — Lindelof — Maguire — Williams —

—- Fred —- Matic —-

—- James —- Pereira —- Mata —-

—– Martial —–