Man City must win to deny Liverpool the title for another week
Man City's reign as Premier League champions may have been extended by a few more days but a loss against Burnley will give Liverpool the chance to clinch the title on Wednesday against Crystal Palace.
Man City’s reign as Premier League champions may have been extended by a few more days, but defeat to Burnley will give Liverpool the chance to clinch the title on Wednesday against Crystal Palace.
Pep Guardiola’s side come into the match off the back of a comfortable win over Arsenal, defeating the Gunners 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Etihad.
It wasn’t quite the perfect evening for Pep, however, with 19-year old Eric Garcia leaving the pitch on a stretcher after an accidental collision with City goalkeeper Ederson.
Initially there were fears that Garcia had suffered a serious injury but after a trip to the hospital, where precautionary tests were completed, he was quickly released.
Fellow defender John Stones and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo are also unlikely to be available after picking up niggles ahead of the Arsenal game.
It is unclear what role Leroy Sane will play in the squad, and indeed for the rest of season, after Pep confirmed that the German player had rejected numerous contract offers and would leave the club “this summer or at the end of his contract.”
The City manager admitted he was “disappointed” with Sane’s decision but said he had “nothing against him” and would “help him until the last day he is here”.
Man City’s Monday night opponents Burnley have yet to play in the rebooted season and it couldn’t be a more difficult start for the Clarets, who currently sit 11th in the table.
Sean Dyche’s side have only beaten City once in the last 23 meetings between the clubs in all competitions and their last league away win to the blues was back in 1963.
The Clarets will have some confidence coming into the game though. They are seven games unbeaten in the league (W4, D3), which is their longest run in over a year.
They may have trouble keeping that run going without forwards Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, however, with the injured duo responsible for 18 of Burnley’s 34 goals in the league this season.
Dyche’s side will also be without winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who has picked up a calf injury during training.
Man City v Burnley will kick off at 8pm on Monday the 22nd and will be shown on Sky Sports.
United new boy Antony moves into Pogba’s £3 million mansion
22-year-old Brazilian, Antony dos Santos, joined the Red Devils just before the transfer window slammed shut on 1 September and now looks to have moved into former United midfielder Pogba’s luxury home, located just outside of Altrincham.
The property itself was valued at around £2.9m when the Frenchman bought it back in 2017, who went on to build a custom indoor football pitch, a gaming pad as well as numerous other luxury additions, many of which bore his personalised ‘PP’ branding.
Pogba finally left Old Trafford in June after a lengthy saga which spanned several seasons and three managers — four if you count Erik ten Hag, though he was virtually out the door before the Dutchman even arrived.
Anthony did joke that it will take some time to remove/replace all of Pogba’s branded furnishings with his own ‘AS’ initials. I mean, it’s a footballer’s gaff, needless extravagance is pretty much a given.
His contribution in the derby on Sunday might not have been enough to spare United’s blushes, but he’s certainly looked like a player doing his utmost to live up to an £86m price tag, let alone a £3m home.
Piers Morgan calls Erik ten Hag an ‘arrogant deluded twerp’ after ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Ronaldo
Piers Morgan wasted no time in blasting Erik ten Hag following the Manchester derby, dubbing the manager’s treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘disgraceful’.
The 37-year-old striker was left out of Manchester United‘s starting line-up that went on to be hammered 6-3 by Manchester City and wasn’t even brought on despite the Dutch coach making all five substitutions.
Ronaldo fan first and Arsenal fan second, Morgan criticised the United manager’s squad selection and further decision to leave him on the bench in one of the biggest games in the season.
As you can see, not only did he take issue with ten Hag’s claims that he chose to keep Ronaldo out of the six-goal thrashing “out of respect for his big career“, but even he went so far as to label him an “arrogant deluded twerp”. Not like Piers to get Personal…
While the scoreline may have made it look like the red half of the city had some foothold in the game, anyone who watched will know that was far from the case, as those wearing blue went in at half-time already 4-0 up.
Even most United fans couldn’t even make it to half-time.
The 57-year-old broadcaster and journalist went on to say that “the way [ten Hag’s] treating Ronaldo is disgraceful”, with many also questioning why newly signed and experienced Casemiro was left out of the starting 11.
On the other hand, some fans branded the footballing veteran’s behaviour as ‘childish’ and questioned his conduct over the course of the last few months:
The Portuguese star has played just 207 minutes in this year’s Premier League campaign and has just one goal so far: a penalty which came in a Europa League game against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.
The derby day mauling saw United’s run of four wins brought to an end and the team pick up their third loss of the season. They now sit in sixth place though still with a game in hand on those in the top three.