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Manchester United vs Arsenal: Three key battles ahead of the Old Trafford showdown

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Manchester United would entertain Arsenal on Sunday as hostilities ensue between both sides in the Premier League.

The clash would see both EPL giants do battle on the pitch for the all-important three points.

Arsenal would be aiming to undo their recent poor showings having recorded no wins at Old Trafford since 2015.

But with the Red Devils in top form, especially with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in the game positive result will be highly anticipated from Solskjaer’s men.

Here, We evaluates the three (3) key battles ahead of the Sunday showdown between Manchester United and Arsenal.

Harry Maguire vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

This battle is likely to be the most fiercely contested one out of this entire match. The two skippers will aim to get the better of each other as Aubameyang would aim to underline his goals scoring instinct in the tie.

Harry Maguire’s leadership qualities will best be evaluated by his ability to bring calmness to the Red Devils defence.

While withstanding the pressure, the Arsenal superstar’s talent remains to be seen in the course of the match.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs. Bukayo Saka

The Manchester United right-back has been outstanding for the Red Devils side although last season and he will be up against one of the most impressive Arsenal players in recent times.

As battle looms at the Manchester Arena, the duo of Saka and Wan-Bissaka would test their steel and propensity going forward, depending on the position they’ve been deployed to play in.

Their talent would come face to face as Bukayo’s attacking talent would go head to head with Bissaka’s defensive awareness in the course of the contest.

Bruno Fernandes vs. Thomas Partey

The Manchester United star man Fernandes would be up against the intelligent tackles coming from the Ghana midfielder Partey as both players meet on the pitch.

Partey’s technical strength should see him compete effectively against Fernandes while the Portuguese International is in a rich vein of form at the moment.

It promises to be a mouth-watering rumble between the two as much as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets his side up against Mikel Arteta’s challenge in the Sunday duel.

Partey should man-mark Fernandes as anything short of that could necessitate a low-key performance from the visiting Arsenal side.

 

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Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus

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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.

Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.

It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.

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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.

The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.

Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates

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France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.

Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.

France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.

The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner

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Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.

The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.

Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.

Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.

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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.

Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”

Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.

“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.

“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.

“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.

 

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