The highlight games for this weekend’s action are LIVERPOOL versus ASTON VILLA and ARSENAL versus MANCHESTER UNITED. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 4 matches with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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LUTON v WEST HAM
20.00 in England
The Hatters faithful finally get the chance to see their idols in the flesh at home for the first-ever Premier League game.
The previous fixture against Burnley was postponed so that the Kenilworth Rd ground could be upgraded and made ready for the rigours of the Promised Land.
Luton are now 2 from 2 in the loss column following last Friday’s defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The scoreline of 3-0 to the home team needs to be quickly put to bed as this year Chelsea are a different proposition than of last season and will be a match for most teams at the Bridge.
The Hatters did have 11 shots at the goal, however, 10 of those were missing the target, so that’s maybe where Rob Edwards and his Coaching Staff need to work on this week.
Hit those nets boys, you won’t score otherwise!
West Ham probably gained the result of the weekend, with the Hammers inflicting a defeat on the Seagulls by a 3-1 score.
James Ward-Prowse, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio and with the goals before Pascal Gross replied for Brighton late on.
It was documented in last week’s EverTip column that it will be David Moyes who will benefit from the signing of JWP and not Erik Ten Hag, who decided not to take a chance on the excellent Midfielder.
James once again, showed the rest what a talent the lad is, scoring his first Hammers goal and endearing himself to the Bubbles with another superb performance.
It will be a surprise if James Ward-Prowse is not in the England Squad for the upcoming Internationals against Ukraine and the 150th Anniversary Match against the Old Enemy Scotland at Hampden Park on the 12th of September.
Most will probably think,
‘Yes, of course, Gareth will choose James!’
Well, Mr Southgate didn’t include the New Bubble in the England Squad for the last two International Breaks, omitting the lad in March and June.
Added to that, Gareth chose Kalvin Phillips, even when the City Boy wasn’t chosen by Pep Guardiola.
It was 30 years ago that West Ham last played at the home of Luton in a league fixture in the Championship, in which the Hatters inflicted a defeat on the Hammers by a 2-0 score.
The two met in the following season’s FA Cup where Luton progressed following a replay after the initial game at Upton Park finished in a draw by a 0-0 score.
Betfred offer Luton at 16/5, the draw at 13/5 and slight Odds On 4/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 23/10 that Jarrod Bowen Scores Anytime and 15/8 that West Ham Win To Nil.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v EVERTON
12.30 in England
Despite suffering a defeat against Man City on Sunday by a narrow 2-1 scoreline, Sheffield United did put in a great display that should give everyone connected some confidence for the next few fixtures.
When a penalty is awarded in a game, there is always an argument as to whether it was or wasn’t, even when the dreaded VAR are involved.
The penalty awarded to Man City in the 1st-half when the ball hit John Egan’s arm was still disputed by the Sky Sports pundits (some refer to them as puddings!).
What was probably a giveaway was when John punched the ground in frustration knowing that his indiscretion had cost a penalty, yet the pundit/puddings still argued it wasn’t a spot-kick.
Fortunately, for the watching Blunts, Erling Haaland kicked the ball onto the post and missed.
After conceding a goal in the 2nd-half, Jayden Bogle scored a cracker in the 85th minute to give the home team hope of a surprise draw.
Sadly for the faithful, the parity was short-lived when Man City scored the winner a couple of minutes later.
It was still a great effort by Paul Heckinbottom’s Blades that needs to be replicated again today against a struggling set of Toffees, who literally can’t score for toffee.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane still celebrated the defeat wildly and was straight into the local Spoons for some Fruit Cider and a packet of Pork Scratchings.
The lad was last seen trying to get into the Crucible Theatre shouting,
‘Come on Ronnie, I’ll beat you at Pool’
As mentioned, Everton literally can’t score for Toffee and have now, not only suffered 3 straight defeats but have failed to score in those 3 outings.
In last week’s column, it was offered that either Everton or Wolves wouldn’t score that many and if it wasn’t a 0-0 score then it was more than likely that either would get the victory by a 1-0 score.
As it turned out, it was the away team in Gold and Black who scored the solitary winning goal to leave Sean Dyche’s Toffees at the bottom of the table with Nil Points, along with the new boys, Luton, Burnley and Sheffield United.
With that in mind, one can’t look past a home win for the Blades today, giving the Blunts and Little Jimbo a great Saturday Night out in Sheffield, singing their famous ‘Chip Butty Tune’.
It was on Boxing Day 2020 that the Blades last hosted the Toffees both under the guidance of different Managers.
Chris Wilder was still at Bramall Lane, with Carlo Ancelotti in charge of the visitors.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute to give Everton the away day victory by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Sheffield United at 2/1, the draw at 11/5 and 13/10 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/2 that Ollie McBurnie Scores Anytime and 4/1 that Sheffield United Win To Nil.
BRENTFORD v BOURNEMOUTH
15.00 in England
The Bees gained a point against the Eagles on Saturday with Kevin Schade scoring in the 1st-half, which was later equalised to give both a share of the spoils from a draw by a 1-1 score.
That was actually the 5th game in succession that Brentford and Crystal Palace have played out a draw so in truth, most should have bet on the stalemate and won a few quid.
That leaves Thomas Frank’s Bees the only team out of the 20 with 5 points from a win and 2 draws and one of 6 left that remain unbeaten from the opening 3 fixtures.
Bournemouth felt the New Spurs Effect on Saturday with Andoni Iraola’s Cherries suffering a home defeat by a 2-0 score.
That leaves Bournemouth with 1 point from the opening 3 fixtures, with 2 losses and a draw.
Whilst the New Boss Andoni has changed the way the team plays, the faithful will become restless if a victory doesn’t happen in the coming weeks.
Today’s game against Brentford will be a tough ask so the fans may just have to wait until after the International Break for that elusive win.
An Ivan Toney converted penalty in the 1st-half and a Mathias Jensen goal midway through the 2nd-half were enough to give Thomas Frank’s Bees the victory over Gary O’Neil’s Cherries in last season’s encounter between these two at the GTech Stadium.
Betfred offer Brentford at Odds On 4/6, the draw at 3/1 and 7/2 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Bryan Mbeumo Scores First and 7/5 that Brentford Score in Both Halves.
BURNLEY v TOTTENHAM
15.00 in England
Burnley are finding life in the Top Flight much tougher than the Championship which most teams do.
After the opening game against Man City resulted in a defeat, Vincent Kompany’s Clarets had the week off due to Luton’s Kenilworth Rd Ground being out of action.
The 2nd game of the return to the Premier League ended in another defeat against Aston Villa by a 3-1 scoreline.
After conceding 2 goals, Lyle Foster pulled one back to give the home fans hope, however, this proved to be just a consolation, with Villa adding a 3rd soon after to take home the points.
Like Everton, Luton and Sheffield United, Burnley have Nil Points, however, as mentioned, have only completed 2 games, not 3.
Tottenham are a different team under Ange Postecoglou and remain unbeaten following Saturday’s victory against Bournemouth by a 2-0 scoreline.
The excellent James Maddison scored the opener with Dejan Kulusevski adding the 2nd to give Spurs 2 wins from 3, with the other being a draw.
James had a brilliant game and should be included in Gareth Southgate’s England Squad which will be announced on Thursday.
The International Break sees England play the Ukraine in a Euro Qualifier plus a 150th Anniversary Match against Scotland at Hampden Park.
England v Scotland is the oldest International Fixture on record with the 2 playing each other in 115 official matches, more than any other Nation,
England have the better record overall in the fixture, with 48 wins to Scotland’s 41.
There have been 26 draws, only 4 of them goalless, with 98 years separating the first and second of those matches.
Hopefully, Gareth will include players who are in form and not the usual same old same old.
One of those is Eric Dier, who hasn’t featured in any of the opening 3 games for Tottenham this season.
It’s debatable as to whether Eric is injured or just hasn’t been chosen because Big Ange doesn’t fancy him.
From watching Tottenham over the last few years, Mr Dier does need to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else and it’s more than likely that Mr Postecoglou has said this to the lad.
Ben Mee scored the solitary winning goal when Burnley last hosted Tottenham back in February 2022, when both teams were under the guidance of different Managers.
Sean Dyche was at the Burnley helm, with Antonio Conte still in charge of Tottenham.
Betfred offer Burnley at 13/5, the draw at 3/1 and slight Odds On 5/6 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Richarlison Scores Anytime and 6/5 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
CHELSEA v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
15.00 in England
Chelsea come into this back-to-back home fixture at Stamford Bridge off the back of a superb performance, albeit against the New Boys Luton, last Friday.
Raheem Sterling scored twice with Nicolas Jackson adding a 3rd to give the Blues the victory over the Hatters by a 3-0 scoreline.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea are one of three teams that have the Full House from the opening 3 fixtures, that being a Win, a Draw and a Loss.
Crystal Palace and Fulham are the others.
Those good at Math will know that all 3 Londoners have 4 points from the opening 3 fixtures.
Coincidentally, the last time Raheem scored and then added a second was against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge back in May.
Chelsea have had 3 indifferent games so far which could mask the current state of affairs but from the outside looking in and having no allegiance towards the Blues, Mauricio’s team do look to be in better shape than that of last season.
Nottingham Forest played out a great game against Manchester United on Saturday but ultimately suffered another defeat, the second out of the opening three.
Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees shocked everyone in and out of Old Trafford by scoring twice in the first 4 minutes.
Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly with the early goals.
That was Taiwo’s 9th goal scored in the last 7 consecutive Premier League games, (including the 4 at the end of last season).
Unfortunately for the travelling Trees, Manchester United scored 3 to get the victory by a 3-2 scoreline, leaving Nottingham Forest with 3 points from a Win and 2 Losses.
Tottenham are still sniffing around in the hope of signing Brennan Johnson with a deal likely to be done before Friday’s Transfer Deadline Day.
That said, Brentford want the Winger too and it’s then a matter of who is going to offer the most, with bids of around £40 Million likely to persuade Forest to sell.
It was that man Taiwo Awoniyi who scored a brace against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in last season’s encounter between these two at Stamford Bridge.
Raheem Sterling scored twice for the Blues in between the two Forest goals to earn both a point from a draw by a 2-2 score.
The Archbishop was happy.
Betfred offer Chelsea at Odds On 4/11, the draw at 18/5 and 13/2 for Nottingham Forest to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 13/10 that Raheem Sterling Scores Anytime and 11/4 that Taiwo Awoniyi Scores Anytime.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Robert Sanchez- Chelsea
RIGHT-BACK- Matty Cash- Aston Villa
CENTRE-BACK- Thiago Silva- Chelsea
CENTRE-BACK- Willy Boly- Nottingham Forest
LEFT-BACK- Ben Chilwell- Chelsea
MIDFIELDER- Mateo Kovacic- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Joao Palhinha- Fulham
MIDFIELDER- Roadie Rodri- Man City
FORWARD- Taiwo Awoniyi- Nottingham Forest
FORWARD- Darwin Nunez- Liverpool
FORWARD- Raheem Sterling- Chelsea
STAR MAN- Darwin Nunez- Liverpool
MAN CITY v FULHAM
15.00 in England
If anyone has chosen a non-alcoholic beverage over the past few years, one will understand the following.
Back in the day, when John Newsome was a youth, non-alcoholic beer was pointless (it still is but one will come to that!) it sort of tasted like a beer but didn’t get you drunk.
Nowadays, apparently, according to the Marketing Department (therein lies the answer!) non-alcoholic beverages have supposedly improved (they haven’t!)
Companies are now offering non-alcoholic Gin, Vodka, Beer, Lager, Cider and even Wine, for extortionate prices.
Are these drinks not just Coca-Cola, Lemonade, Apple Juice etc..
If this EveryTip contributor was going out for the night then copious amounts of alcohol would be consumed, mainly to get a wobble on, to have fun and to take away the hurting, that’s what alcohol was invented for.
John wouldn’t decide to go out and drink non-alcoholic drinks such as Stella Avnone, Guinless or any of the made-up drinks that don’t contain alcohol.
It would just be a Coke or an Orange Juice, (just 2!) then home!
There’s no real point in going out to drink Pop!
The point one is trying to make (probably badly!) is Man City on Sunday at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United, were like a non-alcoholic drink.
They looked the same, wore the same clothes but without the alcohol (Pep Guardiola) in attendance, tasted and performed differently.
Pep was at home recovering from back surgery, however, Juan Manuel Lillo who was put in charge, lacked the Pep Factor.
The boy (well one says boy but Juan Manuel Lillo looks older than Gods Dog!) never got out of his seat (maybe it was heated and good for the Old Lad) which allowed the City players to perform like when the Teacher was off and a Relief Person was sent in to control the class.
Everyone understands that feeling.
Erling Haaland had the chance to give City a 1st-half lead when the Blues were awarded a penalty, however, the Norwegian/Leeds lad kicked the ball against the post.
It’s rumoured Pep’s dog ran off when Erling missed as the Gaffer looked around the house for something to boot.
Mr Haaland made up for the missed spot-kick by heading home a Jack Grealish cross to give Man City a lead early in the 2nd-half.
A quick note regarding the assist by Jack is it was the first time that the City man went to his left and crossed the ball.
Throughout the game, although being out on the left, Jack constantly turned back to his right foot.
Not to tell a team such as Man City, managed by Pep Guardiola and a £100 Million player but maybe try and do that more often, it obviously works and the Defenders will then not know what’s happening.
The goal should have allowed City to push on, however, it was Sheffield United that gained momentum and scored an equaliser in the 85th minute.
Luckily for Pep’s dog at home, Roadie Rodri scored the winner just after the Blades levelled to give Man City the victory by a 2-1 away day score.
It’s rumoured that Mr Guardiola who is at home recovering from surgery, had switched over the telly and was watching Frozen on BBC 1.
Let it Go!
Man City are now the only team that has a 100% record with 3 wins from 3 and sit at the summit of the fledgling Premier League table.
The Wolves Midfielder Matheus Nunes is apparently a target for Man City and has reportedly gone on strike at Molineux to force a move.
City have offered £47 Million but the Wolves hierarchy want £60 Million, so let’s see how that deal pans out over the next few days.
The Miners United Will Never Be Defeated.
Pep’s High Flying Blues usually start the season slowly so it is ominous for the rest that Man City are at the top so early and once again, John Newsome wants to state that City could quite easily go the whole season unbeaten.
Fulham put a dent in Arsenal’s start to the new campaign by gaining a point from a draw by a 2-2 score at the Emirates on Saturday.
Probably what is encouraging for the Cottagers was the equaliser by Joao Palhinha scored after Fulham were reduced to 10 men following Calvin ‘Shirley’ Bassey being shown 2 Yellow Cards and the ultimate Red to put the kettle on for his mates.
Andreas Pereira stunned the home team by scoring after a minute before Arsenal scored twice and saw the dismissal of Calvin, which would have seen the home fans confident of a victory until Joao scored the equaliser.
There is talk that Manchester United are after the Portuguese Midfielder so Marco Silva will be wanting the Transfer Window to close and still be able to pick Mr Palhinha for today’s game.
When Fulham last visited the Etihad to face Man City, the ex-Manchester United Midfielder Andreas Pereira equalised an earlier Julian Alvarez goal to take both teams in level at the break.
What wasn’t level was the number of players on each side, with Joao Cancelo being shown a straight Red Card midway through the 1st-half.
City had to wait until the 95th minute to get the winner when the home team were awarded a penalty.
Erling Haaland converted and earned Man City the hard-fought victory over a resilient Fulham team by a 2-1 scoreline.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 1/7, the draw at 6/1 and 14/1 for Fulham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that Erling Haaland Scores Two Plus Goals and 7/4 that Man City are Awarded a Penalty.
BRIGHTON v NEWCASTLE
17.30 in England
The Seagulls v The Magpies.
Brighton were completely outplayed against West Ham on Saturday at the Amex, succumbing to a home defeat by a 3-1 scoreline.
Pascal Gross scored a consolation goal late on but the damage had already been done leaving Roberto De Zerbi’s men with 6 points from 3 played.
Brighton had 78% of the possession against West Ham, 26 goal attempts compared to 12 and 10 shots on target as opposed to the Hammers having 7.
This just goes to show that stats or statistics are just that and sometimes have no bearing on the result with the only statistic that counts being the one in the top left-hand corner of the Telly which says,
‘Brighton 1 West Ham 3’
Brighton join Aston Villa and Manchester United in a little group of 3 who all have 6 points from the opening 3 games played.
Newcastle somehow snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory against Liverpool at St James Park on Sunday.
After Anthony Gordon had scored the opener in the 25th minute which quickly followed the sending off of Virgil Van Dijk, it seemed that the Magpies would go on to register an easy victory.
Anthony Gordon has history against Liverpool and Trent Alexander Arnold when previously playing for Everton, with the Scouse Magpie being a constant thorn in Trent’s side.
TAA was lucky to stay on the pitch before Virgil’s straight Red Card, having already received a Yellow for throwing the ball away, the Liverpool Right Back then hauled Anthony back moments later and should have received a second Yellow plus the Red.
Whilst watching the game unfold, one had to scratch one’s head when somehow Newcastle conceded 2 goals to a side with a man less and ultimately suffered a defeat by a 2-1 scoreline.
As Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara would say,
Newcastle have now lost twice so far which on the face of things looks pretty bad but can consider themselves slightly unfortunate and the Toon Army shouldn’t panic just yet.
The boys and girls will be home late though on Saturday night, following this late afternoon kick-off.
It was in August 2022, that the Magpies flew the long way South to take on the Seagulls in last year’s Game Week-2 affair at the Amex.
After a tiring flight, neither team could offer up a goal with the game finishing in a draw by a 0-0 score.
Whilst nothing in football is guaranteed it’s more than likely that both Flyers will see goals today.
Betfred offer Brighton at 6/4, the draw at 13/5 and 6/4 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/1 that Kaoru Mitoma Scores First and 13/8 that Alexander Isak Scores Anytime.
LIVERPOOL v ASTON VILLA
14.00 in England
As mentioned in the Newcastle preview, somehow Liverpool, who had Virgil Van Dijk sent off just before the half-hour mark, gained a brilliant away day victory at St James Park.
The home team scored the opener and then went on to score a 2nd when Virgil brought down Alexander Isak and following a review from the dreaded VAR, was shown a straight Red Card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
There appeared to be no way back for Jurgen’s Reds but after introducing Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott in the 2nd-half, Liverpool were the better team with Darwin scoring twice to send the Anfield Rappers wild up high in the away end at St James Park, giving the Reds the surprise victory by a 2-1 score.
A quick note regarding Harvey Elliott,
Jurgen has signed Wataro Endo from Stuttgart and started the Japanese Midfielder against Newcastle.
Against Chelsea in the season opener, Liverpool were second best until Harvey replaced Mo Salah.
Liverpool were second-best against Newcastle until Harvey came on and inspired the comeback, yet has been a substitute in all 3 fixtures.
Not to tell Klipperty Klopp what to do but John Newsome would start with Harvey Elliott before any of the others.
Liverpool are in a group of 4 teams with 7 points, who remain unbeaten from the opening 3 games.
West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal are the others, with 2 Wins and a Draw on the scorecard.
Aston Villa come into this fixture at Anfield off the back of a victory against Burnley on Sunday.
Two goals from Matty Cash and a 3rd from Moussa Diaby gave Unai Emery’s Claret and Blues the win against Vincent Kompany’s Claret and Blues by a 3-1 score.
Burnley notched just after Matty’s 2nd.
That leaves Aston Villa in a group with Brighton and Manchester United who have 6 points from 2 Wins and a Loss.
Aston Villa face Hibernian of the Scottish Pub League in the 2nd-leg of the Europa Conference League Qualifying Round on Thursday, taking a 5-0 scoreline back to Villa Park, so it appears that tie is done and dusted and Unai can rest a few players for the Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
Jacob Ramsey scored the opener for Aston Villa back in May 2023, in the penultimate game of the 2022/23 campaign.
Ollie Watkins had missed a penalty prior to Jacob’s goal.
Liverpool left it late to salvage a point when Roberto Firmino scored an equaliser in the 89th minute to give both teams a share of the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Betfred offer Liverpool at slight Odds On 4/6, the draw at 3/1 and 10/3 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/2 that Darwin Nunez Scores First and 11/10 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
CRYSTAL PALACE v WOLVES
14.00 in England
Joachim Andersen was the unlikely scorer of the equaliser against Brentford on Saturday, with both teams sharing the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
That was the 5th draw in succession between the 2 Londoners leaving Roy Hodgson’s Eagles with 4 points from a Win, a Loss and a Draw, matching Chelsea and Fulham.
Wolves gained a great away day victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, with the predicted 1-0 scoreline bearing fruit.
Both teams are struggling to score goals at the moment so it was never going to be a goal fest on Merseyside.
Sasa Kalajdzic scored the only goal of the game to give Gary O’Neils Gold and Blacks the first 3 points of this campaign, which puts Wolves in a group of 3, with Newcastle and Nottingham Forest, all having 1 Win and 2 Losses from the opening fixtures.
Both teams are under different Managers from last season’s encounter between the Eagles and the Wolves.
Patrick Vieira’s Palace gained the home victory over Steve Davis’ Gold and Blacks by a 2-1 score.
Adama Traore opened the scoring for the away team, to give Wolves a lead at the break.
Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha scored for Palace in the 2nd-half to give the home team all 3 points.
It will be Roy Hodgson v Gary O’Neil this time.
Betfred offer Crystal Palace at slight Odds On 10/11, the draw at 12/5 and 11/4 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 10/1 that Jordan Ayew Scores First and 2/1 that Crystal Palace Win To Nil.
ARSENAL v MANCHESTER UNITED
16.30 in England
What a fixture to round off the weekend’s football and draw a close to the Premier League for a couple of weeks due to the International Break.
Arsenal were held to a draw at home against Fulham on Saturday.
The Cottagers opened the scoring after 1 minute stunning the watching Gooners inside the Emirates.
It took until the 70th minute for Arsenal to get back on level terms when Bukayo Saka converted a penalty.
Eddie Nketiah then added a 2nd a couple of minutes later and when Fulham were reduced to 10 men, the victory looked a certainty.
Not so, the 10 men from West London scored an equaliser to grab a point from a draw by a 2-2 score.
Arsenal sit with West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool, all having 7 points from the opening 3 games.
Manchester United kicked off against Nottingham Forest in a rare 3.00 PM start at Old Trafford and within 4 minutes were trailing by 2 goals to Nil.
Erik Ten Hag started Anthony Martial, which did surprise a few people, none more so than John Newsome, that offered up the debate of why is Anthony Martial starting and who else is there.
As Gary Neville often says,
‘This is Manchester United!’
Anthony, god bless him, has had countless opportunities to cement a place in the starting lineup but never pulls up any trees.
That was evident again, not pulling up any Tricky Trees and personally, Jadon Sancho would start before Anthony Martial.
Jadon started in a pre-season friendly against Arsenal over in America and started as the Number 9, down the middle.
United won that game and Jadon played well.
So that’s an option for Erik if there isn’t anyone else.
The other option is to actually go out and buy someone, as Gary says,
‘This is Manchester United!’
In July, United signed a 10-year deal with Adidas, worth £900 Million.
Surely some of that money can go towards buying a Striker as well as a couple of others
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been linked and could come to Old Trafford before Friday’s Deadline.
Christian Eriksen pulled a goal back against Forest before Casemiro and a converted Bruno Fernandes penalty scored in the 2nd-half to give Manchester United the victory by a 3-2 scoreline.
United sit with Brighton and Aston Villa, all having 6 points from the opening 3 fixtures.
It does appear that the Glazers don’t want to offer up any more money but are going to receive £20 Million from Crystal Palace for Dean Henderson and then pay out £4 Million for the Fenerbahce Goalkeeper Altay Bayindir.
Marc Cucurella has been linked with a move to Old Trafford due to injuries for Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
However, it does appear that the incomings have more to do with the necessity for cover as opposed to the improvement of the squad.
Harry Maguire is still a Red Devil and won’t leave unless the Centre Back gets the money he is owed.
Although that does sound mercenary, it is right.
Why should a player who has a contract that doesn’t expire until 2025, on X amount of money, for the next couple of years, leave to take less money elsewhere?
If United want rid of Harry then pay the lad to leave and come up with a deal so that both parties are happy.
Another surprise bit of news is Bayern Munich are supposedly interested in signing Scott McTominay.
Is it April the first?
Arsenal gained a narrow home victory at the Emirates last season, from a 5-goal thriller.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the 17th minute that was equalised by Eddie Nketiah 7 minutes later.
In the 2nd-half, Bukayo Saka gave Arsenal the lead, before Lisandro Martinez equalised for United.
Eddie then scored the winner, to give Arsenal the victory over Manchester United by a 3-2 score.
Betfred offer Arsenal at Odds On 8/11, the draw at 3/1 and 3/1 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 15/8 that Bukayo Saka Scores Anytime and 11/8 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.