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The Jose Mourinho reign as Manchester United manager has come to end. The so called `special

one’ was given his marching orders on the morning of Tuesday 18th of December after a short

meeting with Ed Woodard.

The writing was on the wall for Jose after another well below par performance against arch rivals

Liverpool. That was to be the last time we would see Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager.

As the news broke, there where serval names doing the rounds on social media outlets from Michael

Carrick, Laurent Blanc and Gary Neville. Not long after the sacking Manchester United confirmed

that there would be a caretaker manager put in place until the end of the season.

To most people’s surprise, the name that was mentioned most was the Malmo manager and United

legend, Ole Gunner Solskjaer. The next morning it was confirmed that Ole Gunner Solskjaer would

be in charge until the end of the season. Along side him will be former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson

Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick.

The Right Man For The Job

With the Man Utd job up for grabs come the summer, is it still one of the most wanted jobs in the world?

world?

The short answer is yes. If you ask any manager in the world if Man Utd came calling they would be

very hard pushed not take up the offer from the biggest club in the world. Of course, they would find

it hard to turn down, because it might never come around again.

Who could end up in the most prestigious job in football?

At 5/2, the `Baby Faced Assassin’ has first crack at bringing Man Utd back where they belong. Let’s

be honest, he has an easy job coming into the role after Jose. When he gets them playing attacking

football and putting on performances that they should be putting in with the depth of talent in the

squad, then it’s not a million to one shot that Solskjaer could start next season as the permanent

manager.

Solskjaer, being a Man Utd hero, will hopefully be able to put across to the players what it means to

be a Man Utd player. The pride they must show when putting on the famous red shirt and remind

everyone that Old Trafford is a place no one wants to go.

He as iterated that he would `love the job, but it is something that have not talked about’. Only time

will tell if he has learned a lot from his stint at Cardiff and is good enough to fill the huge void that is

still there from when Sir Alex called it a day on his managerial career.

The one that every pundit and Man Utd fan thinks is the perfect fit for the job is current Spurs boss,

Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino, who is 6/4 favourite to be in the Utd dugout come the first game

of next season is proven in the Premiership and will have no problem adapting to the demands of

the Premiership unlike so of the other names been mentioned for the job.

His philosophy of giving young players a chance, with his attaching style of play is something every

Man Utd fan wants to see. But, will he leave half way through a project with Spurs and about to go

into a brand new, state of the art stadium.

The pro of him moving will be he can be the man to turn Man Utd back to the attack force they

should be, and will have endless funds to get the players he thinks will improve the squad.

The pull of Man Utd calling for him at such a young age in terms of a manager, might be too much to

turn down. Spurs chairman Daniel Leavy is well known to be a hard man to deal with when it comes

to striking a deal.

Another name that is linked with every big job since he left Real Madrid in the summer is Zinedine

Zidane. No doubt he done an amazing job at Real Madrid in his 3-year spell, winning 3 Champions

Leagues in a row along with playing attacking and attractive football, he would fit the mould of what

is needed at Man Utd.

But the other side of it is, did he have one of the easiest jobs to come into with the squad at his

disposable with the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, Modric and Sergio Ramos making up the spine of his

team. Could he do the same with the likes of Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford and Fred?

If he was to walk into the dressing room on his first day, he would have respect right away for what

he achieved in his playing days, but with the way players are now is it enough to be a former world

class player walking into the dressing room to lead a dressing room full of young players and older

egos?

Zuzu, if given the chance could bring the wow factor to the hallowed turf at Old Trafford.

Others to mention, Laurent Blanc who is 14/1. The former Man Utd defender has made a good

transition from player to manager with the likes of PSG and his home nation France.

Current Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is on the short list for the job at 6/1. But I think it would

not go down well with the Utd faithful because his style of football would be a typical Italian

manager, in where you don’t concede you can’t lose. Where what United want, as the fans have

shouted for the last few months, is `Attack, Attack, Attack’.

Verdict

I think at the end of the summer we will be seeing Mauricio Pochettino being revealed as the new

Manchester United. The way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, with his positive style of play

would set United on the road to recovery if given the chance.

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Tottenham’s best bet for replacing this outbound No. 9 would be to sign any of these two goalscoring aces

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Tottenham Opinion: 2 Fernando Llorente replacements Spurs should look at

Athletic Bilbao president Aitor Elizegi has told reporters that Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente is an option for the club when the Spaniard’s contract expires this summer.

Fernando Llorente, 34, has had an underwhelming time with Tottenham over the past two seasons. He joined Spurs from Swansea City in the summer of 2017 and has made 54 appearances since then in all competitions, scoring just 12 goals for the club.

But since arriving in north London, the giant Spaniard has been a back-up option to Harry Kane and as a result, Llorente has found opportunities very tough to come by.

The 34-year-old, however, has netted some vital goals for Tottenham and been a productive striker in recent weeks but as Kane has returned from an ankle injury, he could again find himself on the periphery.

Llorente’s contract expires this summer and a move back to Spain to join his former club Athletic Bilbao might just be ideal to revive his fading career. As far as Tottenham are concerned, Pochettino can definitely find a better back-up option for Kane by letting go of Llorente.

That being said, here are two Llorente replacements Spurs should consider when the transfer window re-opens.

1. Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo)

Maxi Gomez scored a sensational 17 goals in La Liga last season, his first in European football. But with Celta Vigo in the relegation zone, Gomez has netted just once in his last 11.

If Celta end up getting relegated, Tottenham could find it easy to prise the Uruguayan away from La Liga to north London. The 22-year-old has been one of the few shining lights in a tough season for the Spanish side.

Gomez is a powerful, quick and athletic centre-forward, who excels with his link-up play and movement in the final third. The Uruguayan is also a clinical finisher in front of goal, whilst being aerially efficient in the box.

He has a lot of potential and if Pochettino can convince Gomez to join Tottenham, the north London outfit would get a top replacement for Llorente.

2. Borja Iglesias (Espanyol)

Borja Iglesias has taken La Liga like a duck to water after banging 22 goals in the Spanish second-tier with Real Zaragoza last season. He has been in impressive form for Espanyol in the La Liga, scoring 11 goals thus far.

Given his goal-scoring exploits, Tottenham should definitely consider moving for Iglesias as he could be a great alternative option to their mercurial Kane. Iglesias is a powerful centre-forward, who’ll add a different dimension to Tottenham’s attack with his hold-up play and aerial presence in the box.

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To convince Espanyol to sell their prized asset after just one season, Tottenham have to spend really big in the summer.

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Derby County have surely struck gold by triggering an extension in this veteran midfield maestro’s contract

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Derby County Opinion: Tom Huddlestone’s extension can be a big boost


According to BBC Sports, Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone has triggered an extension to his current contract which will now run until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

The same report adds that the 32-year-old had an extension clause in his contract which has been activated based on the number of appearances he has made for the Rams.

Huddlestone played 47 times in all competitions last season and he has already made a total of 26 appearances this term.

The veteran has found himself in and out of the first-team under Frank Lampard in the Championship but he has still managed 19 starts in the league this season.

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Huddleston, now 32, made his senior debut for Derby County back in 2003 as a 16-year-old and joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2005 where he enjoyed his most fruitful spell as a player.

The Englishman returned to Pride Park in 2017 following extended spells at Spurs and Hull City and has made a total of 165 appearances for Derby over the course of two spells.

In all, Huddlestone boasts of a mammoth 548 senior competitive appearances for Spurs, Derby, Wolves and Hull over the course of his illustrious 16-year-long professional career, accumulating 26 goals and 49 assists.

The 4-cap English international has always been known as a robust, all-action and tough-tackling central midfielder with high levels of energy. However, it would be fair to say that age has taken a toll on his performances.

He is not quite the same engine that was capable of dominating the midfield with his energetic presence and well-rounded passing ability. The goals and assists have dried up for the veteran and he is nowhere near the player that he was in his youthful days.

Well, that’s not to say he is a bad player nowadays. Huddlestone has slowed down a bit and his reflexes aren’t quite the same anymore but he still has enough left in his tank to be a useful squad player for a promotion-chasing side in the Championship.

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It is a long and hard slog for all the teams in the second tier, and given his age, he is unlikely to be handed a start in each and every game, but his experience of playing at the highest level is an invaluable asset to a team like Derby County.

Moreover, he is still a good passer of the ball, knows how to use possession to good effect and has a penchant for scoring goals from range.

There is another reason, though, why the news regarding Huddlestone’s contract extension is bound to please the fans at Pride Park. The Rams look set to lose the services of Craig Bryson at the end of the season, with Rangers,  Kilmarnock and Hearts all weighing up moves for the out-of-contract midfielder.

Undoubtedly, losing two experienced players in the same position simultaneously would have been a huge blow for Derby and they do not have good enough alternatives to fill the void.

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Bryson’s departure might just see Huddlestone enjoy more first-team involvement next season and it is quite easy to figure out why the fans should be happy to see their former academy product prolong his stay for another season.

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace signing this £14m West Brom ace would be an absolute steal for Hodgson and here is why

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Eagles should sign Oliver Burke in the summer

According to the Daily Record, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Celtic loanee Oliver Burke in the summer, with the Eagles’ Scottish Sporting Director Dougie Freedman reportedly an admirer of the 21-year-old attacker.

The same report claims that Celtic also want to turn Burke’s loan spell into a permanent deal but the Hoops will face stiff competition from Roy Hodgson’s side.

A product of Nottingham Forest’s youth system, Burke made a big-money move to the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig but he returned to English football with West Brom in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £14 million.

He was tipped for big things at West Brom but the 21-year-old was neglected significantly by former manager Darren Moore prior to his January loan switch to Parkhead.

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Burke managed just three substitute appearances for the Baggies in the Championship this term but he has rejuvenated himself at Celtic since the turn of the year, scoring 5 goals in 14 outings for Neil Lennon’s side. His change of fortune and red-hot form have urged Celtic to sign him permanently at the end of the season and now Palace have also entered the race to land the Scottish starlet.

Essentially a right-winger by trade, Burke is also capable of playing out wide on the left and through the centre. Predominantly a right-footed player who is noted for his pace, power, acceleration and flair on the ball, Burke has an intricate first touch and wonderful ball control which allow him to keep the ball at his feet and run at his opposite number.

When deployed on the left as an inverted winger, Burke likes to cut inside with his stronger right foot, either picking out the right pass for his teammates or having a crack on goal himself. The Scotsman, though a bit raw and rough-edged, looks like a very flamboyant player when he plays with conviction.

To put things into perspective, Crystal Palace should go all out to sign the Scottish prodigy in the summer to bolster their forward line. Hodgson is a hugely experienced manager who knows how to extract the best out of the young players and Burke should be able to take his game to a new level under his tutelage.

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Palace’s struggle for goals in the Premier League this season has been quite apparent, and although they have the likes of Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend as regular faces down the wide areas, Burke’s versatility to play on either flank and also as a striker up front should make him a useful addition to the squad. Given that Hodgson has often preferred a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 system, Burke would also provide competition for the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp, James McArthur and Max Meyer in the midfield.

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Still very much in the developmental phase of his career, Burke is not quite the finished article but he has enough raw talent to develop into a future star. Working with Roy Hodgson in the Premier League should appeal to the player and there is no reason why Palace shouldn’t go forward with the deal.

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