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Kluivert: ‘De Ligt regrets leaving Barca, following Juventus’

Player Patrick Kluivert said that compatriot Matthijs de Ligt is regretting choosing to join Juventus after leaving Ajax last summer.

“I won’t say that I tried to persuade De Ligt. I only said good things about the city of Barcelona and the club to him. He and his agent were the ones who decided. De Ligt had a choice, and I think he’s a bit sorry about that. In life, when you make choices, sometimes you make the right choices, or very badly. You have to learn from your decisions”, commented Kluivert.

De Ligt currently plays not really comfortable at Juventus. Thanks to the long-term injury of Giorgio Chiellini, the 20-year-old Dutch midfielder has the main position. De Ligt also suffered a lot of criticism for making mistakes in the early stages of the season.

Before joining Juventus for $ 84 million, De Ligt had a long time to contact Barca. The former Ajax captain has also consulted with Kluivert, who has played successfully for Barca and is currently the club’s young football director.

Contrary to De Ligt, former teammate Frenkie De Jong is very comfortable at the Nou Camp. After the summer transfer of 2019, the young Dutch midfielder quickly took a main position and received many compliments from experts.

“De Jong is a very high quality midfielder,” Kluivert said.

Regarding the possibility of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman returning to Barca in the future, Kluivert said: “I do not know. That may happen, but with respect for incumbent coach Valverde, I do not want to talk about other coaches. In terms of competence, Koeman is a good coach. He is leading the Netherlands very well. “

Recently, the Dutch Football Federation has revealed, the contract with Koeman has a clause that allows the coach to go to Barca at any time without compensation. Time player, Koeman has played very successfully for Barca. He has just led the Netherlands to qualify for Euro 2020.

Man Utd risk losing three pillars when playing Bournemouth

Rashford, Maguire and Lindelof all had to be looked after by medical staff, two days before Man Utd’s trip in the 11th Premier League.

“All three asked the doctor to take care of yesterday and today too. Right now I cannot tell their exact situation. Hopefully they can recover to play tomorrow,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at the meeting. foreshadowed round 11 Premier League on Friday 1/11.

Besides Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, Man Utd certainly does not have the services of Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe on Saturday night 2/11. “They are not ready. Even after a team rally, we will be at great risk if we let the three return soon. But two weeks later, everything will be more possible.”

Maguire and Lindelof have been Solskjaer’s top priorities at the Man Utd defense center since the beginning of the 2019-2020 season. And Rashford is in high form, with four goals in the last four matches. Thanks to the sublimation of the English striker, “Reds” won three away matches. Solskjaer also escaped the scene of constantly receiving public opinion axes.

“In football, sometimes you need luck. On Chelsea‘s trip we won with an unbelievable free-kick from Rashford. Before that, the Man Utd defense had stood firm in Belgrade. We also There is a good game in Norwich. The whole team is full of confidence. Obviously, the gap from success to defeat is very small, “continued Solskjaer.

In early October, after losing to Newcastle 0-1, Solskjaer once thought that the match against Liverpool on October 20 would change the situation. Everything went as expected of the Norwegian military leader. Man Utd drew on a victory with the top team, before opening a series of three away wins.

“The preparation of a two-week break for the national team to give us a good game against Liverpool. As a result, the Man Utd player is energized. They are satisfied with the work and the results. achieved, “said Solskaer. “Every match is an opportunity to prove yourself. As a player, I always try every game to show the coach that I deserve to be on the next game. Hopefully, my students now have that feeling too.”

Viv Anderson: ‘Solskjaer’s mission is harder than Ferguson’

The former Man Utd player sees many similarities between incumbent coach Solskjaer and legendary Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

“When I joined Man Utd, the team was in the transition period as of now. There are many similarities between the work of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now and Alex Ferguson before,” Viv Anderson said. “In the time of Ferguson, the brand of Man Utd was enough to attract the players, and the attraction of football is completely based on the Champions League at the moment. If not attending the Champions League, Man Utd is very difficult to attract players.”

Solskjaer has been the temporary manager of Manchester United since the end of December 2018, replacing Jose Mourinho. He started well, with a series of eight wins, while helping “Reds” overcome PSG in the 1/8 round of the Champions League. However, after signing the formal contract, Solskjaer’s miracle disappeared. Old Trafford Stadium played a decline and did not have a ticket to Champions League season 2019-2020.

Starting the new season with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea, but Man Utd failed to maintain his form. They fell in the middle of the scoreboard, and will host Arsenal in the late game round 7 of the Premier League on Monday night 30/9. If he cannot improve his performance on the pitch, the Norwegian coach is in danger of being fired.

“The old Ferguson and Solskjaer were different now. The current job is more scrutiny. However, I know Solskjaer had a great job. He was aware of that as soon as he got the job.” Anderson continued. “Solskjaer has spent a record sum on defender Harry Maguire, but he still needs more faces. To revive Man Utd, Solskjaer needs at least four or five new players.”

Viv Anderson, 63, was a former England defender. He was Alex Ferguson’s first signature at Man Utd, when he accepted to leave Arsenal in the summer of 1987. Anderson devoted four years to the “Red Devils”, and the Old Trafford owner won the 1990 FA Cup.

In January 2000, Anderson was awarded the MBE (Members of the British Empire) Medal, the lowest level of the year of the system of royal titles. Mr. Ferguson was twice awarded a medal, in 1985 and 1995. The highest level of the former Scottish coach was the CBE medal (British Empire Commander). Earlier, he was awarded the ODE (British Imperial Officer) Medal. Both are higher than MBE.

Solskjaer: ‘Man Utd is building the foundation’

Man Utd coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that young players are the foundation for the team revival.

“You learn a lot more when you use young players,” he told Sky Sport. “You want them to come on and express themselves, so you have a platform to rise. I think that has been successful against Astana. I know that young players sometimes feel pressure, but they are able to. “Of course, we have to protect them, of course we have to protect them, find the right time to bring them on the pitch. And you have to give them instructions behind the scenes as well.”

Adult players from the Man Utd academy, such as Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes or Tahith Chong, were all featured in a 1-0 win over Astana in the Europa League on September 21. Marcus Rashford also started, but Greenwood was the one who left the mark when scoring the only goal of the match. The 17-year-old striker became the youngest player to score for Man Utd in the European arena. Therefore, coach Solskjaer promises to continue to give opportunities to young players in the domestic arena.

“Young players are almost ready to play in the Premier League,” he said. “That’s why they trained with us, and they practiced very well. You will see young players often in the Europa League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, or some part of the Premier League. If we play well in the Europa League, we will have a chance to win the championship. In the early stages of the group stage, we can take some risks, and give opportunities to young players. it’s time for them to show their ability, to see if they are ready to play in the Premier League. “

The 46-year-old military leader also stressed that because of not using many young players, Man Utd lowered the target. “Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe are young, we can develop many things. The foundation is being built from young players,” he said. “I want Man Utd to return to his position. Of course, the Premier League is different now, Man City and Liverpool last season played very well, and we are in the restart phase. Many players have gone and have. “We have a number of injured players, but it’s an opportunity for young players, and to see if I can make the best use of them.”

Barca does not buy Neymar for January 2020

Barca president Bartomeu denied the possibility of returning to negotiations with PSG on the transfer of Neymar.

“Neymar is not in Barca’s recruitment plan for January. At the end of the transfer window, Barca was unable to meet PSG’s demands. We have never included players in negotiations, but it is demanding asked PSG. We did everything we could, “said Barca president Bartomeu.

On the last day of the summer transfer – September 2, the negotiations between Barca and PSG ended with no results. According to the Spanish press, the reason for the failure is PSG’s demand: 165 million with Rakitic, Todibo, and Dembele. Meanwhile, Barca is only ready to buy off for about 180 million or borrowed with the terms of the following season.

“This transfer is not easy, in terms of both economic and influence to the fans,” Bartomeu said.

The Barca president also denied that some pillars of the team urged leaders to buy Neymar. He asserted: “Messi never told me about buying Neymar. It was a lie. Other players did not say anything about this. The technical department and leadership are the decision-makers.”

Before the deal to buy Neymar failed, Barca promptly bought Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo, Neto, and Frenkie De Jong. In addition, defending champion La Liga has also released a number of surplus players such as Coutinho, Malcom, Rafinha, Juan Miranda, Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, or Cardona.

“This summer we prepare very quickly. The team is less, with 21 players, but it is more competitive,” Bartomeu said.

Regarding the purchase of Griezmann for $ 135 million, the Barca president revealed how to turn the money: “We borrowed $ 70 million. The rest is the money that other clubs pay when buying our players.”

Coach Sarri returned to the Juventus training ground

The treatment of pneumonia by coach Maurizio Sarri is progressing well.

Sarri returned to the Juventus training ground on September 4. He works with a group of players who don’t have to play for their national team. Most of the Juventus squad have returned to the team to play in the Euro qualifiers or friendlies.

Man Utd bid farewell to Smalling and Darmian

Man Utd coach Solskjaer confirmed defenders Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian to Italy on loan.

According to Sky Italy on March 30, AS Roma reached an agreement to borrow Chris Smalling for $ 3.2 million a year. “The summer transfer window of 2019 is only a few days away. This opportunity belongs to Smalling and we discussed it very carefully,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the same day, during a press conference before the match against Southampton in the fourth round of the Premier League.

After recruiting Harry Maguire, Man Utd panic crisis of center-back. Bailly was injured, while Maguire, Lindelof, and Tuanzebe were prioritized by Solskjaer. The remaining people will be liquidated from now until the end of the transfer period.

“We have too many center-backs and I cannot guarantee Smalling’s starting kick. He has been on his way to Roma. It’s a good club, in a good tournament. Hope Smalling likes the experience, “Solskjaer added.

Before Smalling, Man Utd also parted with Alexis Sanchez. Former Arsenal player on loan to Inter Milan. Besides, the redshirt team also moved farewell to Matteo Darmian. The Italian defender has returned home to complete a $ 1.7 million contract with Parma

In the summer of 2019, Man Utd sold and loaned five players, Romelu Lukaku, Sanchez, Smalling, Darmian and Joel Pereira. They also let the three of them leave on their own as Antonio Valencia, James Wilson, and Ander Herrera. However, their first team still has 26 players.

Man Utd lost Martial and Shaw

Striker Anthony Martial and defender Luke Shaw were unable to make it to the Southampton game in the Premier League this weekend.

Both players were injured in last week’s defeat of Crystal Palace. According to the medical department of Man Utd, a seven-day break is not enough for the two to return.

Martial’s absence will put significant pressure on Man Utd. In the first three games of this season, the French striker was the author of two goals against Chelsea and Wolves.