As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all football leagues have been suspended indefinitely. There are plans to restart the Premier League so that the season could be completed, but this would mean that the end of the campaign would be postponed to August. This disrupts the TV schedule immensely and subscribers have been left in the limbo about the availability of games. After having paid for the subscription already, it appears that Sky Sports and BT Sports would not be providing extension to the packages. Instead, many Premier League games were expected to be shown as a free-to-air.
This, however, this not appear to be the case when it comes to games involving Manchester City and Manchester United. Some of the games involving these two clubs might be shown only with a subscription. Even if the Premier league returns to action by June as it is now suggested, the games are likely to be played behind closed doors in order to prevent spread of the virus. Sky and BT could have a huge resistance for this proposition after having paid several billion dollars for the TV rights. Both share a good chunk of the 760 live Premier League games in a year. It is expected that both television companies will demand around £1 billion back from the Premier League.
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Spanish journalist Guillem Balague believes Barcelona could sanction the sale of Antoine Griezmann in order to recoup funds for the purchase of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Neymar has been regularly linked with a return to the Camp Nou over the past 18 months and reports claim that the Catalan giants will make a formal approach for his services this summer.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Balague spoke positively about the impact of Griezmann, who has opened the scoring for the Blaugrana on 10 occasions this term. He added that the Blaugrana don’t have the funds to re-sign Neymar this summer and the deal could be dependent on the possible departure of Griezmann.
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Bruno Fernandes as a top player after the Portuguese came up with a brilliant delivery from a corner which contributed to Harry Maguire’s first-ever Premier League goal for the club. The 25-year-old only made his second appearance in the United shirt on Monday night against Chelsea and he produced a good performance from the number 10 spot with three key chances created.
As a result, he was voted by United fans as their player of the match and Solskjaer was likewise appreciative of the display from the club’s January signing. He told: “He’s a top player, he wants to get on the ball. But at set-ball delivery he’s top class, one of the better ones I’ve seen. And Harry, we know if he can get a run on the ball he’s dangerous and he got the goal.”
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Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has claimed that he is dreaming about the prospect of winning titles with the Red Devils. The Scottish midfielder is of the expectation that United will once again start challenging for trophies from next season. If so,McTominay will play an integral role in the success since he has established himself as one of the regular first team players in the United team this season. Jose Mourinho was the first manager to hand the Scot with a chance in the first team during the 2017-18 campaign. The combat displays from the midfielder were able to Mourinho’s trust, which is never easy to do.
Now, the 23-year-old has started performing exceptionally well and he was pulled into the team by reining was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It is remarkable that Solskjaer has not dropped him from a league match since April of last season. The current season has witnessed the Scotland international making 18 appearances in all competitions. He has returned with a reasonable outcome of three goals and one assist.McTominay has already been able to make his name as a big game player, which have increased suggestions that he might be named as the future captain of the club.
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Jesse Lingard claims that his Manchester United career seemed almost down the drain before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in as the manager to rescue him. The Englishman had been on a very poor form that had cost him a place in the England and Manchester United setup. He recently ended a goal drought that stretched almost a year during the 2-1 defeat against Astana. There has been a remarkable improvement in form from the 26-year-old, who has completely credited this revival to the manager. Solskjaer’s arrival has had a positive influence on several players in the United squad and it was a major reason behind the club’s form taking a turn north.
Solskjaer was focused heavily on disciplining him so that Lindegaard did not make mistakes of the past. A lot of criticism has come Lingard’s way – especially on social media. Meanwhile, the winger posted a responsible video on Snapchat when he was on a holiday with friends. This led to an immediate disciplinary action from the manager. Lingard has now revealed thatSolskjaer gave him a final warning about his future at the club.Solskjaer made his name at United by being an incredible professional under Sir Alex Ferguson. Even when he was not playing,Solskjaer remained very professional and he became known as the best super sub ever.
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ESPN FC pundit Steve Nicolas believes Manchester United have pretty much reached an agreement to sign Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January. The Croatian striker was strongly linked with a move to the Red Devils during the summer transfer window but the club were put after the Bianconeri placed a £14m price tag on his head.
Mandzukic has since been excluded from the first-team plans of manager Maurizio Sarri at Juventus and reports have emerged that he could be available for a cheaper price of around £9m when the transfer window reopens. Speaking on ESPN FC, former Liverpool star Nicol believes the Red Devils are on course to land the signature of Mandzukic and the veteran should prove a worthwhile signing, considering the club’s struggles upfront this term.
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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not believe Manchester United have the credentials to compete for the Premier League title this term. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to offer opportunities to a number of young players this term but that has not necessarily enhanced the club’s performances at the beginning of the season.
Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger said that the current United side have plenty of potential but they have not been able to provide a collective performance, he told: “When you see United, they are one of the examples where there’s a potential. But they have not found a collective way. Maybe these players are not mature enough to carry the play of a team like United, altogether. That’s the question mark now. You feel there is something coming out but it’s not ready. When you watch them play, they are not a candidate to fight for the championship. Will they emulate what Giggs, Scholes and Beckham did over a number of years? I’m not convinced.”
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