There are three fixtures in the Premier League today, with the opener seeing Everton make the relatively short trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
United have found some form in recent weeks and will be looking to continue that today. However, Everton rediscovered their fight last time out under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson, so this is set to be an intriguing clash.
The match kicks off at 2pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* United won this fixture 2-1 last season. However, the Toffees thumped them 4-0 in the return at Goodison Park.
* The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions at Old Trafford.
* Meanwhile Everton have lost 6 of their last 7 away matches in the Premier League.
* United haven’t registered a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches.
* Everton best Chelsea last time out, but haven’t won consecutive matches in the Premier League since April.
A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.
German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.
Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.
It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.
It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.
However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.
Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.
Manchester United are reportedly one contact with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representatives about a sensational return to Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic spent two seasons in Manchester, scoring 29 goals despite a serious knee injury ruling him out for a large chunk of his second season.
He departed for LA Galaxy and the MLS in 2018 and has become a star in that league too – scoring 31 goals in as many games. However, his contract is up in January and it doesn’t look like he will be signing a new contract there.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb has claimed that United could turn to the 38-year-old as a short-term solution to the club’s lack of striking options.
United sold Romelu Lukaku and let Alexis Sanchez leave on a season-long loan – both went to Inter Milan – but weren’t replaced. This has left United light up front, especially when Anthony Martial was injured.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January, but a move for Ibrahimovic would no doubt be popular.
However, United are likely to face competition to sign the Swede. He has been linked with a move to AC Milan and Bologna in Italy recently and others would surely be interested in signing him.
But what Ibrahimovic does will be down to him – as is everything he does – and retirement has not been ruled out either.
Only one match in the Premier League today but it is one of the biggest of the season – Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford.
This rivalry goes back decades but has always been intense – the two sides genuinely dislike each other, especially if one is doing well and the other is struggling, relatively speaking, as is the case now.
The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Last season, it ended 0-0 at Old Trafford. Earlier in the season, Liverpool beat United 3-1 at Anfield.
* Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 5 league matches against Liverpool at Old Trafford – they’ve won 3 of those
* Indeed, Liverpool have only beaten United once in their last 10 attempts in the PL – that win at Anfield last season, which prompted Jose Mourinho’s departure from the manager’s chair at United.
* If Liverpool win it will be their 18th in a row, equalling Manchester City’s top-flight record.
* A win for the Reds today will also the equal the Premier League record for most wins at the start of the season – 9. Chelsea achieved this in 2005.
* But United are out of form, winning just 2 of their last 13 league matches, losing 6.
* If United score twice they will be the first to reach 2,000 goals in the Premier League.
* However, United haven’t scored more than once since they thumped Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day of the season.
* If United lose, it will be their worst start to a season since 1986/7 – the season that one Alex Ferguson took over as manager.
* Only one side has ever won their first 9 league matches and not gone on to win the title – United in 1985/6. They won their first 10 that season but collapsed to let Liverpool take the glory.
Manchester United are hoping to put an end to their problems up from by signing Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January.
The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the season – they are 12th in the Premier League with 9 points from 8 matches – and are looking to strengthen in January.
Attacking options have been limited for United after Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both left for Inter Milan in the summer and weren’t replaced. An injury to Anthony Martial has compounded matters. United have scored just 8 league goals this season.
But Italian outlet Tuttosport is reporting that this is being addressed and Mandzukic has verbally agreed a deal to move to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens again.
United has targeted the 33-year-old Croatian in the summer but a deal never materialised. However, Mandzukic has yet to feature for Juve this season and was not included in their Champions League squad.
It is thought he wants a move to another European side – he turned down a deal to join Al-Rayyan in Qatar – and appears to be set on joining United.
While Mandzukic isn’t the sort of young player United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking to buy, he would bring a wealth of experience and a proven goalscoring record wherever he has played – something United desperately need.
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