After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November, Ralf Rangnick leading the team on an interim basis did not steady the ship. Instead, reports circulated that players struggled to buy into the tactics and vision of the German manager. Poor performances and inevitably missing out on Champions League football next season only justifies why a major rebuild is required at Old Trafford. Therefore, the appointment of a manager with a reputation for significant rebuilds and the ability to reshape a team should fill the squad with confidence.
The Mail claim Oliver Skipp is ‘on the verge’ of penning a £35,000-a-week, long-term contract at Tottenham – a deal that will see the midfielder earn £1.8million a year. Skipp remains injured, but is seen as a key Spurs player. Skipp, 21, is close to entering the final two years of his Tottenham contract – which expires in June 2024. But Antonio Conte sees the England Under-21 midfielder as a key part of his plans at Tottenham and a new deal is close.
Indeed, the Mail report that Skipp is ‘on the verge’ of putting pen to paper on a new long-term Spurs contract. That is, despite playing just eight times in the Premier League under Conte before suffering a niggling groin issue.
The likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid have until the end of April to meet the release clause of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian's future set to be clarified soon. Haaland is one of the most in-demand players on the planet, and has shot to prominence with his prolific goalscoring records for RB Salzburg and more recently Dortmund, who he joined ahead of Manchester United in December 2019.
While it's been fairly certain for some time that Haaland will leave Dortmund for a bigger club this summer - with a release clause of €75m (£63m) active in his contract - German publication Bild have revealed on Wednesday that interested parties must meet the clause by April 30, when it expires.
In the past decades, the major battle that was also regarded as the biggest in the English Premier League was the fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool. The two teams dominated English football back in the day and with the giant clubs also the most successful in the land, especially talking about trophies won, they are both crucial pieces of the history of the Premier League.
However, tables have turned in recent years and Manchester City have replaced United as Liverpool's fiercest rivals and major Premier League threat.
Leeds United midfielder Robin Koch has been ruled out of the rescheduled Premier League game with hosts Liverpool on Wednesday night after he suffered an head injury in the last league game at home to Manchester United on Sunday. Koch was confirmed as an absentee for the Liverpool game by Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during his pre-match presser on Tuesday ahead of the league clash billed to take place at Anfieldlater this week.
West London giants Chelsea are still a long way from knowingtheir Carabao Cup final opponents after the semi-final first leg encounter between hosts Liverpool and Arsenal ended in a goalless draw.