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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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LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal

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Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.

Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.

The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.

However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.

It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.

But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.

The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.

David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.

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Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title

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Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.

According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.

“I follow the league with great attention.

“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.

“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.

Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

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2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes

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Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.

Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.

With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.

Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.

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