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MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER CAVANI TO LEAVE MAN UTD

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MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER CAVANI TO LEAVE MAN UTD

Manchester United striker Cavani to leave Man UTD , Edinson Cavani, has said he wants to “leave something positive behind” at the club.

MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER CAVANI TO LEAVE MAN UTD

The 34-year-old moved to Old Trafford on a short-term deal in the summer of 2020 as a free agent.

That agreement is coming to a close, there has been speculation linking with a switch to Boca Juniors.

MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER CAVANI TO LEAVE MAN UTD

Cavani, in an interview with Inside United, spoke about the role he fills and what he hopes to achieve in Manchester.

He said: “Honestly speaking, I don’t really like to just give out advice.

“But if a young player comes up and asks me something or they see me do things during a training session that they would like to incorporate into their game, then that’s great.
“If they want to take something I say or do and take it as an example to use in their future development, then I would be very happy, because it’s important to leave something positive behind.”

Cavani has scored 12 goals for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since he arrived and the club is trying to extend his stay for one more year at least.

 

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FIFA POSTPONES 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIES IN AFRICA

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FIFA POSTPONES 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIES IN AFRICA

FIFA POSTPONES 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIES IN AFRICA

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers game has been rescheduled, FIFA announced.
This was confirmed by FIFIA in a statement released on Thursday, May 6. Naija News reports that the game earlier scheduled for June have been rescheduled to commence in September due to the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic and stadiums not meeting international standards.

FIFA POSTPONES 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIES IN AFRICA

The statement revealed that there will now be double matchdays in September, October and November with the 10 group winners advancing to the final round next March. Africa has been allocated five places at the 32-nation tournament in Qatar, which has been moved from its traditional mid-year setting to November and December because of extreme summer heat.
understands that the main stadiums in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Uganda have been ruled out for use in the competition, but they had alternate venues capable of hosting internationals.

Meanwhile, Spanish professional football club, Real Madrid will retain Belgian national, Eden Hazard for one more year at least, Marca confirms.
Naija News reports that Madrid got kicked out in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, May 5 after a 2-0 defeat to English Premier League club, Chelsea FC.

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MAN CITY FINDS RELACEMENT FOR SERGIO AGUERO THIS SUMMER

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Man City FINDS RELACEMENT FOR SERGIO AGUERO THIS SUMMER have identified the player to replace their top striker, Sergio Aguero, this summer transfer window.
Pep Guardiola’s side are already preparing for life after Aguero, who will leave Etihad at the end of this season.

MAN CITY FINDS RELACEMENT FOR SERGIO AGUERO THIS SUMMER

Man City had announced that Aguero would leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Aguero’s deal with Man City will end at the end of the current campaign, and the Premier League leaders said they are not renewing.

The 32-year-old joined City in a £35 million deal from Atletico Madrid in July 2011 and has gone on to win four Premier League titles.

According to the UK Sun, Man City want Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, as a long-term replacement for Aguero.

FINDS RELACEMENT FOR SERGIO AGUERO THIS SUMMER

City board are hoping emotional leverage will play in their favour for a potential deal for the Norway international, with Haaland’s father Alf-Inge having played for the club between 2000 and 2003.

The Citizens will face stiff competition for Haaland, with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona also interested in the 20-year-old.

Haaland has scored 25 goals and provided one assist in 25 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund so far this season and has ten goals from six games in the Champions League.

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10 KEY STATS ON LIVERPOOL LOST OF FORM

Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Fulham on Sunday, registering their sixth successive defeat at Anfield in the Premier League; Liverpool have slipped to eighth in the table with Gary Neville describing their recent drop off in form as “bizarre”
So why has it gone so terribly wrong?

Liverpool are now smashing records for the wrong reasons. Having steamrolled to glory last season, the Reds have now lost six home games on the bounce
Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 1-0 by Fulham at Anfield on Sunday and have now slipped to eighth in the Premier League table, leaving their title defence in tatters and further diminishing their hopes of making the top four.
Here, we look at 10 stats that highlight the spectacular collapse…
Six home defeats on the bounce.
This is the first time Liverpool have ever lost six consecutive home league games. To compound that, six home defeats is the most the Reds have suffered in a single league season since 1953/54 (when they also lost six). They last suffered more in 1937/38 (when they endured seven home losses).

10 KEY STATS ON LIVERPOOL LOST OF FORM

Just how bad is that?
Incredibly, Klopp’s side have the worst home record in England’s top four tiers this calendar year – having picked up only one point from their seven games at Anfield in 2021.

10 KEY STATS ON LIVERPOOL LOST OF FORM

That record is worse than other strugglers on home soil since the New Year, including Charlton, Walsall, Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon and Carlisle United.
When did it go wrong?
Arguably, the pivotal moment was Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending injury at Everton in October, followed by centre-back partner Joe Gomez being ruled out for the campaign after suffering a knee injury in November on England duty.

Indeed, the chart below reveals the wheels began to loosen shortly after these injuries, plunging through the festive period to an unprecedented low in recent times.

10 KEY STATS ON LIVERPOOL LOST OF FORM

Weakness in attack or defence?
Has Liverpool’s collapse resulted from defensive or attacking dips?

The Reds have conceded 36 goals during their 28 games to date, having shipped merely 20 after the same number of games last season – meaning the Reds’ defence is 80 per cent less effective this term.

And their goalscoring output has also declined 26.6 per cent, which has contributed to collecting 45.6 per cent fewer points this time out.
Shots drying up
Digging down deeper at the much-covered declining effectiveness of the famed front three, the number of shots on target and, thus, goals scored have plummeted since the turn of the year.

The injuries in defence could well have had a knock-on effect here, with the Reds losing the essential high press to protect a high line when midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho were forced to cover as makeshift centre-backs.
Are injuries an excuse?
According to Premier Injuries data, Liverpool had lost a league-topping 1,029 days from injuries this season as of March 1 – factoring all reported injuries sustained since the opening weekend and lasting nine days or more.

So the current injury crisis has certainly contributed, if not caused, the collapse in form – but also highlighted a lack of depth, reliance on key players and dependence on playing style.

Centre-back partnerships
To emphasise the extent of their injury crisis, Klopp has now deployed 20 different centre-back partnerships across all competitions this season – calling upon Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams for the defeat against Fulham on Sunday.
European comparisons
Liverpool surpassed all champions across Europe’s top five leagues last season with a staggering 2.8 points-per-game ratio. However, their title defence ranks bottom – crashing to just 1.5 points per game, equating to a -46 per cent drop.

Paris Saint-Germain (-14.9 per cent), Juventus (-13.3 per cent) and Real Madrid (-3.6 per cent) have all dipped in form, while only Bayern Munich (+6 per cent) are the only champions among the five leagues to record an upturn this term.
Projected table
If all teams were to maintain their current ratios per game for points, goals scored and conceded, then the Reds would finish the season in ninth – behind Aston Villa on goal difference and 30 points behind league-topping Manchester City.
Worst title defence ever?
So, would that 41-point dip be the worst title defence in Premier League history? Well, in terms of drop-off, yes. Chelsea (2015/16) and Leicester (2016/17) currently hold that unfortunate mantle – both collecting 37 fewer points in the season after being crowned champions.

 

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