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Mourinho to drop skipper for Champions league opener

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Mourinho to drop skipper for Champions league opener

Manchester United will be playing the first match of their Champions League campaign today.

But coach, José Mourinho has revealed he will not be including right back, Antonio Valencia in the starting lineup due to the fact that they will be playing on a synthetic pitch.

United’s first match of their campaign will be played away to Swiss side Young Boys on a synthetic 3G turf and because of this, the United boss has decided not to include the team’s skipper in the match to avoid worsening the knee injury the defender is already nursing.

We decided not to include Antonio Valencia in the match because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch at all, Mourinho told reporters at his press conference prior to the game.

In the situation of Valencia, we have to protect his clinical situation, apart from that, we go with everything we have and we have to try and win.

Then, we returned Luke Shaw back to the squad.

I already said that Luke Shaw is playing and, apart from him, we have Diogo, Ashley Young and Darmian ready to play.

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Mourinho, has insisted that he does not consider the Young Boys turf as an excuse not to deliver the result.

I do not want to use the pitch, especially before the match, as a possible excuse for a poor performance, he added.

Marcus Rashford is going to be handed a chance by Mourinho, with the forward ready to partner Romelu Lukaku in front.

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Man Utd Attacker Out Of France Squad With Injury

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Manchester United star Anthony Martial won’t play any part for the French national team in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland due to the recurrence of his knee injury.

He has withdrawn from the France squad named by manager Didier Deschamps to prosecute the aforementioned games.

Martial won’t be able to add to his 18 caps for the French national team after his knee flared up again.

The 23-year-old has battled with injury in his right knee in recent games.

The Manchester United player sustained the new injury during the FA Cup quarterfinal clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves claimed another scalp in what has been a fantastic season after they defeated the Red Devils 2-1 at home to setup a semifinal meeting with Watford..

They are in search of a first title since 1960 when they won their fourth FA Cup title.

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored the goals for the hosts against Manchester United who got what proved to be mere consolation through Marcus Rashford in added time.

Anthony Martial played the entire duration of the Wolves game.

He was starting his first match against Wolves since returning from the injury suffered in the Champions League last 16 first leg clash with French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at home.

French manager Didier Deschamps has called up Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar as his replacement.

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Man Utd Legend Left Managerial Job For THIS Reason

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The footballing world was thrown into a state of shock after former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes resigned from his job as the manager of English League Two club Oldham Athletic.

The Manchester United legend had earlier been named the Oldham boss in February only for the former England international to decide to resign from the post after one month in charge.

Paul Scholes talked about the reason behind his decision in an official statement from him.

According to him, Oldham failed to implement the mode of operation agreed before he took the job at the English League Two club last month.

While he was in charge, Paul Scholes managed the team to just one win, three draws and three losses from seven games.

Paul Scholes attained legendary status at Manchester United after winning several Premier League titles at the club in addition to two Champions League titles.

During his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Scholes’ former Man Utd teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, talked about the ex-England international and the Oldham job.

Solskjaer revealed that he had a chat with Paul Scholes about the situation and that the former Red Devils is welcomed at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian tactician was speaking ahead of the Red Devils’ FA Cup quarterfinal clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester United travel to take on Wolves this weekend with a place in the final four of the competition up for grabs.

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Diego Simeone Not Surprised With Dramatic CL Games Involving Man Utd, Madrid

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Diego Simeone Not Surprised With Dramatic CL Games Involving Man Utd, Madrid

Several football fans were stunned by the level of drama in the Champions League games involving Manchester United and Real Madrid except a few.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was part of the few people unsurprised with the level of drama witnessed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Diego Simeone was not surprised with the outcome of the Champions League ties involving Manchester United and Real Madrid.

In one of his recent press conferences, Diego Simeone told reporters that there’s a lot of competition in the Champions League this season.

He further added that the teams have improved and that played a major role in the results recorded in the Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday.

When asked about their last 16 second leg clash with Italian champions Juventus, Diego Simeone said that the focus is on the league game against Leganes.

Atletico Madrid are in the driving seat after they won the first leg 2-0 at home and favourites Juventus have a lot of work to do to overturn that deficit when both teams meet again for the second leg scheduled for the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night.

Champions League holders Real Madrid were stunned on Tuesday night following the 4-1 thrashing they received at home against Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam who triumphed 5-3 on aggregate.

On Wednesday night, Manchester United overturned a 2-0 deficit from their home leg to beat French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

The result was enough to take Manchester United to the quarters on away goals.

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