West Bromwich Albion will visit Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup after the two sides were drawn together in the fourth round draw on Monday evening. The Baggies, who squeezed past Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns in the third round thanks to a goal from Bakary Sako, have been rewarded with a trip to the south coast to take on the Premier League Seagulls. Albion did beat Chris Hughton’s men at The Hawthorns last January, but were well beaten on their last trip to the Amex Stadium in September 2017. Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, will make a relatively short trip in the fourth round - though they don’t yet know their opponent. Wolves toppled a much changed Liverpool side at Molineux on Monday thanks to goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves and they’ll head to either Shrewsbury Town or Stoke City, depending on the outcome of their third round replay. Elsewhere, other eye-catching ties include Arsenal against Manchester United and Crystal Palace v Tottenham. … [Read more...] about The full list of FA Cup 4th round fixtures as Manchester United draw Arsenal
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Mike Dean will take charge of Chelsea and Manchester United's Premier League meeting on Saturday. Dean refereed United's 2-1 September win at Watford, where he sent off Nemanja Matic, and presided over Chelsea's goalless draw with West Ham the following week. Dean has also sent off Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and Cardiff's Joe Ralls this season. Wirral referee Dean, 50, is arguably the most unpopular in the Premier League due to his ostentatious style and ability to antagonise supporters of just about every club. He refereed three United games last season; the 4-0 stroll against Crystal Palace, their 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City and slender win at Burnley. Dean officiated United's 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in April 2015 when he booked Ander Herrera for simulation in the second-half. He has previously dismissed Juan Mata in a 2016 loss at West Brom, Fabio da Silva in the 2014 FA Cup elimination by Swansea, Paul Scholes in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and Rafael da Silva … [Read more...] about Chelsea vs Manchester United to be refereed by Mike Dean
Daniel Levy must have welcomed the dispatches from Barry University in muggy Miami. Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling were conspicuous by their absences for Manchester United's open training session on Monday morning, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof have just returned from post-World Cup breaks and Marcos Rojo is effectively on standby for a departure to Everton. So the only fit and available specialist centre-back against Real Madrid on Tuesday night could be 20-year-old Axel Tuanzebe, who has played eight games for the club and only one at centre half. Real are without Raphael Varane but have Sergio Ramos and Nacho. Toby Alderweireld's value might have just crept up again. Coincidentally, Tuanzebe's sole outing in his preferred position was in a back three at Swansea in the League Cup last October. He fared well, confidently emerging from the backline to spark the attack which was finished adroitly by Jesse Lingard, but a defensive trident has never convinced Jose Mourinho and his … [Read more...] about Is Jose Mourinho demanding a major Manchester United transfer with his tactics?
Cast your minds back to Manchester United's last post-World Cup season opener and Tyler Blackett was in defence, Jesse Lingard at wing-back and Phil Jones on penalty duties against Swansea. Jones, who hoofed a spotkick into a Scoreboard Ender's face seven months earlier, was so nervous at the prospect of United getting a spotkick he approached Wayne Rooney at the interval and requested he assume the responsibility. Rooney started with Javier Hernandez, who was replaced by Nani at the interval. Both were farmed out on loan by the end of the transfer window and it feels peculiar that seven of Louis van Gaal's starting XI who lost to the Swans are still attached to the club. That summer, United cleaned up in pre-season, winning their six games and averaging three goals per match. They won four of their opening 12 competitive matches, which should offer Jose Mourinho some comfort on his Tour de Farce. United could be without up to 10 players for Leicester's Friday night visit on August 10, … [Read more...] about How Manchester United could look vs Leicester with new signings
CARLOS QUEIROZ'S illustrious CV includes managerial jobs with Portugal and Real Madrid, and two lengthy spells as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant boss at Manchester United. But this World Cup, he is hoping to lead Iran to new heights. Who is Carlos Queiroz? Carlos Queiroz was born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique. After a spell with Portugal Under-20s, he was appointed boss of the full national team in 1991, where he remained for two years. Following spells in the Middle East, Japan and the United States, Queiroz led South Africa to an impressive performance at the 2002 World Cup where he caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson. A year later he was on the more again to take over as manager of Real Madrid, but he ultimately ended up sacked and returned to United for a second, four-year spell as Fergie's assistant. He then took over Portugal in 2008 and remained in the job until 2010 when they were knocked out of the World Cup by Spain. Why is Carlos Queiroz managing Iran? Queiroz has not … [Read more...] about Why is Carlos Queiroz managing Iran? Former Manchester United assistant resigned four times before leading Team Melli to World Cup