Manchester United starlet reveals he wants to be next Wayne Rooney

Manchester United have found their own next star in the form of young Mason Greenwood, and in a very short period of time, the teenager is making a serious name for himself.

Lauded by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as one of the greatest finishers he has ever seen, Greenwood looks set to have bright future at the Red Devils, and he certainly looks up to the right people.

In a recent interview conducted by Daily Mail, Greenwood revealed that Wayne Rooney was one of his idols, and that the Brazilian Ronaldo was another one he looks up to.

“It has to be Rooney,” he said.

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“The Brazilian Ronaldo, too. They’ve always stood out for me and I’ve always looked up to them. Ronaldo was quite a while ago but my dad used to show me clips of him.

“Rooney is such a great goalscorer and that is what I want to be. You have to have a role model. I’ve never seen him, though. I’ve watched his games and the highlights on YouTube. Hopefully I’ll get to meet him one day.”

The striker also discussed working under Solskjaer and his development under the Norwegian.

“The manager is a really nice person,” Greenwood revealed.

“Obviously he was a great goalscorer at United and I know about him, I’ve watched him. He’s a great manager in my eyes. I’ve got so many role models around me and Marcus is another one. I just want to follow in his footsteps.”

BREAKING: Arsene Wenger returns to football, finds new top position

Arsene Wenger is officially back in the football world, and is returning to the game as FIFA’s new chief of global football development, it has been announced.

Wenger’s new job will focus on overseeing the rules-making panel at FIFA known as IFAB, coaching programs and technical analysis of matches at various FIFA tournaments.

The man Wenger effectively replaces is no stranger either, as the legendary Marco van Basten, who was FIFA technical director till October 2018, makes way for the equally historic Arsene Wenger.

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“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global,” the former Arsenal manager said after being handed the position.

“I believe that the new FIFA we have seen emerging in recent years has the sport itself at the very heart of its objectives and is determined to develop the game in its many different components. I know I can contribute to this objective and will put all my energy into this.”

This ends all rumours that Wenger could possibly replace Niko Kovac as the next manager of Bayern Munich.

Reports: Barcelona youngster on Manchester City radar after falling out with Lionel Messi

Manchester City may have fallen to a stunning 3-1 defeat at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday, but they know they can still catch the Reds with a string of positive results, and possibly a good bit of investment in the January transfer window.

Looking to the January window might end up being key for City boss Pep Guardiola, as a number of injuries have forced him to look to his impressive squad depth that may still need a bit of strengthening.

Don Balon are now reporting that City’s current defensive problems could be the catalyst for the arrival of a player in that position, and it might well be a young man from Barcelona.

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Junior Firpo arrived at Barca this year with serious pedigree and a bright future ahead of him, but he has struggled to find a spot in Ernesto Valverde’s first team, resulting in some obvious frustration.

Versatile as he is, Firpo is still unable to find a position in the Blaugrana side, and his well documented problems with Lionel Messi from the past could come back to haunt him.

The report says that old tweets from Firpo directed towards Messi might still be an issue, and with a lack of playing time and belief, perhaps moving to Manchester could be the right platform for the 23-year-old to fulfil his true potential.

Robbie Fowler reveals he doesn’t want Steven Gerrard as Liverpool manager

Liverpool are flying high with Jurgen Klopp at the helm, and after lifting the UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy last season, are well on course to win the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Despite the good work done by Klopp in recent years, some sections of the Liverpool support are still considering the idea of having one of their own back at Anfield and possibly take over the reins at some point.

That man would be Steven Gerrard, who has been Mr. Liverpool for a long time, but chose to further his coaching career after retirement by taking up a job at Rangers.

Though his love for Liverpool is there for all to see, another club legend in Robbie Fowler isn’t so sure he wants any change in the Reds for a long time to come.

“You can never say never is football, and Steven is doing a wonderful job up at Rangers,” Fowler said to talkSPORT.

“You’ve got to ask the question, are they a better team now since he took over? Of course they are, they really are.

“Will he want to leave and go back to the Premier League? No doubt about it and in the future he probably will do.

“He’s the name on everybody’s lips should Liverpool be looking for a new manager, but as far as I’m concerned I don’t want them to be looking for a new manager.

“I want Jurgen to stay for a long time because if he stays for a long time it means Liverpool as a club are successful.

“So all the talk about should Steven be there, of course, he’ll be the name on everyone’s lips, but I hope it’s not for a long time.”

Gareth Southgate reveals why Raheem Sterling, Joe Gomez bust-up went public

Raheem Sterling was surprisingly left out of the England squad that was set to play a Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro, and it became clear that this was because of a bust-up with Joe Gomez in the England camp.

Gareth Southgate revealed that the behaviour was unacceptable, and Sterling faced the brunt of the repercussions, missing out on a chance to represent his country against Montenegro.

Now, the England manager has explained his actions and the need to go public so quickly.

“I wouldn’t normally speak at this stage but there have been statements coming out of our camp it is important to speak publicly about this so that the players don’t need to deal with that moving forward,” Southgate said in a press conference.

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“I think I’m dealing with a very young squad and we’re in a sport where emotions often run high.

“Raheem in his post last night explained that for a very brief moment, his emotions ran over. It would be correct to say that was not the same for Joe. These things happen in football.

“My priority is always the care and wellbeing of all of my players. All of my players. Then, you have a decision to make as to whether there needs to be further which is the right thing for the group moving forward, which is my reason for not selecting Raheem for the game Thursday.

“In regards to whether that should be made public or not, when you’ve made a decision like that, it’s going to be public Wednesday or Thursday anyway. I’d have to deal with it then, I’d rather deal with it now, so we can all focus on the game. The decision has been made. We move forward.”

Alvaro Morata claims Chelsea players drove him crazy, led to him leaving

Alvaro Morata was a shadow of his former self during his time at Chelsea, and despite coming to Stamford Bridge with a serious reputation of being a goal scorer, he failed to make an impact.

The Spaniard was expected to light up the Premier League as possibly the next Sergio Aguero, but he could only manage 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues in a troubled spell at the club.

Morata himself has shed light at his time in England, and claims that self doubt and injury troubles led to him being unable to provide his best form of himself in the Premier League, and led to him eventually joining Atletico Madrid on loan.

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“I’m happier now,” Morata told COPE radio.

“It wasn’t a good time in my football life, I’d stopped enjoying it. At times I didn’t believe in myself.

“I was playing some games in England and I had the feeling that when I got into space, my teammates looked at me and I knew they thought I wouldn’t do anything good with the ball.

“It was driving me crazy. I had a bad time.

“I’ve smashed my phone after games. I’ve got home and thrown it against a wall.

“I had a back injury. I went to Germany for treatment… Two days later I played, my back hurt again, I had a terrible game. I had all these messages on my phone saying ‘don’t worry, good times are coming’ and I threw it against the wall.”

Reports: Manchester United frontrunners to sign £85m target after Barcelona pull out

Manchester United have been handed a major transfer boost in their pursuit of landing Erling Braut Haaland in the summer transfer window, after Barcelona reportedly pulled out of a move for the youngster.

ESPN FC are reporting that Haaland was considered as an option to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona, but his £85m price tag proved to be too much for the Catalans to cough up.

As a result, the ball is now back in the court of Manchester United, who failed to replace Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer, and may not be able to do too much transfer business of their choice in January either.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United, is someone who knows Haaland really well, handing the Norwegian his debut back when he was manager of Molde.

This makes United a frontrunner to sign the striker who has been prolific this season for Red Bull Salzburg, scoring 26 times in just 18 appearances for the Austrian side this campaign.

His recent exploits in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) have particularly caught the eye of several top European clubs and it could end with a big money move taking place next summer and possibly even this January.

Alvaro Morata reveals why he left Chelsea after troubled spell

Alvaro Morata was expected to light up the Premier League after being considered by the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, with the latter signing him up too. It is fair to say that things didn’t quite go to plan.

An injury hit spell at the Blues resulted in Morata being dropped from the Spain squad, and the constant media pressure and scrutiny became too much to handle for the talented Spaniard.

Finally, his miserable run at Chelsea was ended when Atletico Madrid came calling, and the rest is history. Morata has exceeded expectations since making a move back to La Liga, and he has now spoken out about his troubled time in England.

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“I didn’t feel like doing anything, leaving home, talking to people, nothing,” Morata revealed, as was reported by AS.

“The only thing I had in mind was going to the World Cup, playing and being happy … and in the end I was quite the opposite of happy.”

When asked if he considered retirement, Morata gave a clear answer.

“No, but I did think about playing somewhere very far away, without pressure, without having to win every Sunday, without having to concentrate for matches.”

Thankfully, things improved for the forward once he joined Atleti on loan, and he continues to remain an integral part of Diego Simeone’s side.

India vs Bangladesh Test Series: India’s Predicted XI for Indore test

India are set to take on Bangladesh in the first test match of their two-test series starting on Thursday at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, and a few changes are expected.

The big guns are set to return for India, who fielded a different looking team for their T20 series against the Bangladeshis, and still managed to come away with a 2-1 series win in the limited overs format.

However, Virat Kohli is back leading the line for India this time around, and that could spark a string of changes right from the batsman down to the bowlers.

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India looked specially impressive in the test matches against South Africa recently, and it would seem unlikely that captain Kohli would like to tweak too much when it comes to personnel in the longer format.

The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma proved that they have still got that bit of edge that many believe was possibly lost with age, and having them at their best could prove vital to India’s bowlers doing the business.

At the top expect Mayank Agarwal and the reinvigorated Ajinkya Rahane to set the tone for what Team India want to achieve with bat in hand.

Predicted XI for India against Bangladesh

Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami.

Patrick Vieira explains why Cristiano Ronaldo looks unhappy at Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo had to be brought off by Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri after failing to make a significant impact against AC Milan at the weekend, sparking a rather heated response from the Portuguese superstar. In the aftermath, Patrick Vieira has spoken out about why Ronaldo looks unhappy at the club.

The Arsenal legend believes that while managing a player as big as Ronaldo, it is key for the man in charge to know exactly what is bothering the player.

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“This shows how difficult it is to be a coach,” Vieira said to Sky Sport Italia, per Bleacher Report.

“Ronaldo is of different class, together with [Lionel] Messi and Neymar. They are the image of football today. It’s important to understand why he is unhappy. From the outside, it seems like he is going through a difficult period. When a player like him stops scoring, there will be some frustration.

“I am not surprised to see Juventus always in first place, as here the player is at the service of the club, and when things are clear, the player can give his best on the field. At Juventus, the club is the real star.”

Juventus confirmed that there would be no action taken against Ronaldo after he vented his frustration at being replaced by Paulo Dybala during the AC Milan game.

Reports: PSG consider moving for Barcelona superstar as Kylian Mbappe replacement

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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) face a crucial few transfer windows with the futures of their top stars in serious doubt. Neymar Jr could be headed back to Barcelona or even Real Madrid, while Kylian Mbappe continues to be linked with practically every top team in Europe.

To deal with this transfer trouble, the Parisians might be trying to cover their bases, and Marca are reporting that should Mbappe make a move away from the French Champions, they could have a replacement ready.

The man considered to be Mbappe’s successor is Antoine Griezmann, who moved to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid just this summer, but life at the Catalans hasn’t been too friendly to the World Cup winner.

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Question marks remain over his relationship with Lionel Messi in the Barca side, and his hot and cold form is posing a problem for a team looking to win both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League (UCL) this season.

PSG are reportedly monitoring the situation closely, and should they have reason to believe that Mbappe is set for a departure, they could look at Griezmann as the man to fill his place.

With Mbappe reportedly unwilling to sign a new contract, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this move actually happen.

Former Liverpool star reveals how Manchester City can still win Premier League

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and City counterpart Pep Guardiola

Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to go nine points clear of the defending Premier League Champions, but one former Red believes that it would be naive to count Pep Guardiola’s side out of the title challenge just yet.

Don Hutchison believes there is plenty of time left in the season, and explained how Liverpool’s Club World Cup ambitions could result in a way for City to claw their way back into the title race.

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“They can claw this back,” Hutchison said to Premier League Productions.

“Man City can beat Liverpool at the Etihad and take the number back to six.

“When Liverpool go away to the Club World Cup, they play Leicester, Man City.

“If Man City beat Leicester, potentially, the numbers are coming down.

“There’s 78 points to play for. This is not Liverpool’s yet, no chance.”

Liverpool may be currently nine points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, but the Sky Blues are not the only team posing a significant challenge this season.

Leicester City and Chelsea are both just eight points behind the Reds, and with some interesting fixtures still to come, this title race could end up being a lot more exciting than first thought.

Chelsea star reveals what happened after Raheem Sterling, Joe Gomez England bust-up

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Raheem Sterling found himself left out of the England squad that takes on Montenegro in the nation’s next Euro 2020 qualifier after a reported bust-up with teammate Joe Gomez, and plenty of stories about the incident are now coming through.

Sterling sent out a message regarding the incident on social media, and assured the world that everything was fit and fine between him and Gomez after an obviously heated exchange.

Fellow England International Callum Hudson-Odoi has now spoken in a bit of detail about what he saw took place during the altercation.

“We have moved on it,” Hudson-Odoi said, per Goal.

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“We have all discussed it as a team, we have had a little talk with each other, and make sure everything is OK. We just want to move on as a team and focus on the game on Thursday.

“I wasn’t really there, I didn’t see anything. I don’t even know what happened, I just heard about it.

“They all had a discussion, [and are] moving on as a team. And now we are just focusing on the game on Thursday.”

The Chelsea star then spoke about the influence that Sterling had on him and how he continues to be an inspiration.

“Raheem’s a very nice guy, he’s very encouraging, very positive about everything he does.

“When I first came in [to the squad], I didn’t expect him to be so nice. Of course he is a nice person but when you see somebody always welcoming you, just talking to you, giving you advice on how he plays and just being around you a lot it makes you feel so welcome in the team. All the other boys around were just being positive making sure you’re doing well, and everyone’s going good.

“Someone like Raheem is like an idol to me. The position he plays, and what he’s doing for club and country, is an amazing thing, which I will try to replicate myself. It is an amazing feeling to have someone like him doing what he’s doing and being around you every time. I want to keep learning off what he does. He is a nice person to be around, very positive.”

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid star says Christian Pulisic will not be next Eden Hazard

Christian Pulisic arrived at Stamford Bridge with plenty of hype surrounding him, but has been gradually integrated into the Chelsea first team by new manager Frank Lampard after the exit of Eden Hazard in the summer transfer window.

Since Pulisic’s arrival, comparisons between him and Hazard have been plenty, but Lampard has kept the pressure off the American, who is now starting to show his true potential.

Amidst all the talk, former Real Madrid star and Pulisic’s former teammate Nuri Sahin gave some insight into how the attacking player feels about his role at Chelsea.

“Which player can be compared to Hazard, though?” Sahin told The Times.

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“There is only a handful of players on the level of Hazard. As I know, Christian doesn’t put himself under pressure to be the next Hazard.

“I spoke to him and he also doesn’t have that pressure from the club, from his manager, so he will be OK. He will be a great player for Chelsea, but he will not be the next Hazard. It’s important to be the best version of Christian Pulisic.

“It’s not easy to go to a huge club like Chelsea and play the same way he did in Dortmund but I was sure he would be OK.

“And now you can see some goals and some great games. If he is in full flow, he will be a big player for Chelsea — he already is.”