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Man United Women are going to regret letting this player go

Man United, unfortunately, lost their first game in the Women’s Super League. The Football Manc Cave are looking at a player that they go who they may regret letting leave in the future.

When I went to the Etihad Stadium last weekend to see Man United Women take on Man City. I expected about a 2/3-0 win and the blues to make it look easy. This wasn’t exactly the case as Man City only just managed to keep it 0-0 at half time. A brilliant save from Ellie Roebuck kept Man City in it and a moment of magic from Caroline Weir, allowed City to take all three points.

Man United looked like they are prepared for this league and ready to contend for a good spot in it. It’s early doors so fans will have to see them take on some more teams first to get an idea of their game plan but so far, things look good.

If United manage to keep the standard up. Alongside, Casey Stoney keeping them in the league, she has said before that she won’t give up until she’s achieved winning the Super League with Man United

I know that’s ambitious, but it could well happen in the future as Stoney’s plan of winning the league would result in them taking a Champions League spot. If this happens in the future, will they regret letting their ex-captain go?

Alex Greenwood

The 25-year-old defender was Man United’s captain and even broke into the England team. She was a part of the original Casey Stoney squad that helped them gain promotion to the Super League. Personally, I think she was a big part of the clubs plans for this season and the motivation for some of the players.

Unfortunately, she left for Olympique Lyon over the summer and fans was gutted. She’s currently out injured at the minute but will be looking to recover and develop.

If Man United Women do end up in the Champions League at some point in the future, they could end up facing their ex-captain. Although that is a big if. The fans, players and club as a whole will always hold a special place in their hearts for Greenwood, as she was a part of the original squad.

They’ll always regret letting her go, however, it will be nice for United fans to see her progress.

Man City Women are going to regret letting this player go

Man City women got off to a great start in the Women’s Super League and the Champions League, however, are they going to regret losing this player later down the line?

Nick Cushing’s side started sloppy against Man United in the opening game of the season but thanks to a bit of magic from Caroline Weir, they managed to take all three points. They were back in action again this week against Lugano and were much more impressive as they won 7-1.

Ahead of their campaign in the Women’s Super League, Nick Cushing’s has some recruiting to do and brought in England favourite, Ellen White. The only issue was, he had to let go of Nikita Parris. She signed for Olympique Lyon and is now playing alongside England teammate, Lucy Bronze.

Regrets

Man City won’t look back now that Parris has moved on, however, Nick Cushing may regret letting her go if the Blues manage to advance in the Champions League. 25-year-old Parris is a goal scorer and she’s proved that already for Lyon when she scored after only 3 minutes against Marseille.

Lyon is also second in their league after taking all 6 points from 2 games and their goal difference also stands on an impressive 11.

Man City obviously had a great opening campaign in the Champions League, although, so did Lyon. They managed to beat Ryazan 9-0. So let’s say both teams advance to the later stages of the competition, they could end up facing each other.

They’ve met before in the semi-final stages and Man City have been knocked out by Lyon. If this happens again, Nikita Parris could be a threat to the Blues and this is where the regrets will come from.

Man City has the strength and options of other talented players to fill positions, so they shouldn’t be too bothered by the loss of Parris until it comes to the latter stages of the Champions League.

Her experience and talent will see her perform well for Lyon and only get better. However, it will be nice for Parris to return to Manchester to see her old teammates, it just won’t be nice to see her being on the winning team if City can’t go all the way.

Man City needs Pep to achieve these 2 essential things this season

Man City was paving their way to success before Pep Guardiola sent his CV to the Etihad. Ever since their success has been astronomical. However, there are two things missing that he has to achieve this season…

Pep Guardiola has concocted a squad filled to the brim with the highest quality of players in European football. They have a stunning training complex in Manchester, a domestic quadruple under their belt and a clear structure from top to bottom.

Almost sounds like the opposite of Man Utd right?

But there are 2 things that their neighbours in Red have achieved throughout their history, that Man City need to match to be considered one of Europe’s biggest clubs…

Champions League

Guardiola has failed to get any real momentum in the Champions League for Man City. Despite mass amounts of success in England.

With the quality of their squad and the resources and funds put into it, Guardiola must do this justice with a Champions League trophy. Or, at least, a fantastic Champions League final for the fans to enjoy.

Man City have clearly mastered English football, with only Liverpool looking like chasing them down.

Next step… Europe!

Youth Academy

Man City’s squad majors in getting talent from other European clubs, at a fairly high price. Man Utd, on the other hand, has always had a tendency to either produce their own talent or purchase promising young players from other clubs. Something new manager Solskjaer is re-initiating.

Man City, for the sake of their development and world-status, must begin to follow suit. Glimpses of this is being seen with the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Nevertheless, having a flowing system of the academy to first-team could see Man City rule European football for the foreseeable future.

2 Man City Women that will be key to causing Lugano Women problems

The Football Manc Cave are reflecting on Man City women’s performance on Saturday and which two players will have the biggest effect in their Champions League clash with Lugano.

The Women’s season has started and games are coming in thick and fast. Now that the Women’s Super League has kicked off, it’s time for the Champions League. Man City will take on the Swiss side, Lugano on Thursday the 12th of September. The return leg will be played on Wednesday the 25th of September.

In 2017 and 2018 Man City have gone on to get to the Semi-Final only to be knocked out to Lyon. They also suffered a heartbreaking blow in the round of 32 last season to Atletico Madrid. This will be the start of City’s campaign to try and get to the final.

In order to succeed, they’ll have to start off better than they did against Man United this weekend. A brilliant save in the first half kept them in the game and a screamer of a goal let them take away three points. However, Nick Cushing’s side will have to perform better as a whole. Which 2 players will stand out and help Man City win their first clash with Lugano?

Ellie Roebuck

I was surprised to see the 19-year-old perform so well on Saturday. For me, she was the standout player for the blues. Man City had a shaky start that allowed Man United to have a few chances. If it wasn’t for Roebuck, the score sheet could have been very different, especially at half time after this amazing save…

And another angle because it was that good…

Lugano will have to produce something special to get past her.

Caroline Weir

Yes, the only goal scorer in the Manchester Derby and what a goal it was.

This goal isn’t the only reason why I’m picking her. She’s admitted herself that finding the back of the net like that was a ‘bit of magic.’ She found some space and went for it. The reason why she will cause problems for Lugano is because of the space she covers and manages to find. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this…

Good luck to the girls!

Man City’s stand out player in the opening month of the Premier League, agree?

In a Man City squad filled with depth and quality, picking out the one-star man could be tricky. However, with the calibre of performance that this player is giving the club, the choice is much more simple than expected…

Man City currently sit at second place in the Premier League table, a feeling they are not accustomed to. Liverpool currently stands atop the league, having won every game so far. Man City’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur is was separates them from the Champions League winners.

However, one player, in particular, looks well on his way to clinching his side a third consecutive Premier League title.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling, who left Liverpool for Man City in 2015, has been in the shadow of striker Sergio Aguero who regularly scores the most goals for Man City in the Premier League amongst other competitions. The Argentine won the golden boot in the 2014/15 season.

As Gabriel Jesus edges his way into first-team football as Aguero edges towards 32 years old this season, it appears that Raheem Sterling is stepping up his game as he wants to be Man City’s number one goal scorer.

In the 17/18 Premier League season, Sterling scored 18 and assisted 15 in 33 games. Last season (18/19) the Jamaican-born Englishman scored 17 and assisted 12 in 34 games.

As it stands in the current season, Sterling has 5 goals and 0 assists in 4 games. But Aguero has 6 goals and 1 assist in 4 games.

Sterling and Aguero have been seen to bicker over penalty-taking rights as he looks to out-do his teammate in the goal-scoring department.

His determination to be the face of Manchester City has to lead to some fantastic performances and even better goals. His fight for the golden boot against his own teammate will likely go to the brink should both players remain injury-free.

Forget De Gea: Man Utd should look at these 2 replacements with Italian giants circling

Man Utd needs to look at goalkeeping alternatives as David De Gea looks like leaving the club next summer…

David De Gea, amongst other Reds, has garnered interest from European giants Juventus as transfer targets to pursue over the coming year.

De Gea is currently in contract talks with Man Utd, looking at a whopping £350,000 per week wage. However, this will dramatically decrease to £263,000 per week should Man Utd fail to gain Champions League football for next season.

As it stands, Man Utd reaching Champions League football looks increasingly unlikely. Reaching Europa League football doesn’t even look certain.

In order to prepare for this worst-case scenario, Man Utd should be looking at these alternatives for David De Gea.

Dean Henderson

Henderson made a name for himself in the Championship last season with Sheffield Utd reaching a second place with the least amount of goals conceded. He has been re-loaned to Sheffield Utd to test his abilities in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has only conceded one more than De Gea this season, both keepers having one clean sheet so far. But it is important to remember that Henderson has a lower quality defence in front of him for protection.

Wojciech Szczęsny

Should David De Gea make his move to Juve, Szczesny would ultimately become their second goalkeeper. In a market where world-class goalkeepers aren’t cheap or even available, Szczesny may be the most viable option to replace the Spaniard between the sticks.

Szczesny is a talented goalkeeper, who has Premier League experience with Arsenal. However, he is definitely a step down from De Gea. This means that Juventus would get the best goalkeeper in Europe for free, plus cash for their current goalkeeper. Once again, Man Utd’s business strategies are harming the future, history and integrity of the club.

Can these two players cost Man City a third title?

Man City and Guardiola have dominated the league for the past three years, and little has been done to stop them. However, could these two injuries be the undoing of a third consecutive Premier League title for the Citizens?

Manchester City will have to survive without Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte for a big portion of the campaign. The Blues are known to have a squad filled with depth and quality, but it is enough to keep them at the top? In a season where Guardiola will be aiming to put Man City on the map with success in European football, these injuries can do nothing but harm their chances.

How will injuries to Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte affect Man City this season?

Aymeric Laporte played a large part of Man City’s trophy wins last season, as the side only conceded 23 goals in the Premier League. John Stones has already suffered a minor injury at the beginning of this season, relying on him week-in week-out could result in aggravation and see their choices of defenders dwindle down even further.

Leroy Sane was used as a super-sub last season. He has scored 10 goals in each of his last two Premier League campaigns, with 15 assists in 2017/18 and 11 in 2018/19.

He was also prolific in their most recent Champions League run, getting 4 goals and 4 assists in 8 games.

It is fair to say that without Sane, Man City are losing out on 20 Premier League goals and a young player who thrives in the heat of competitive European football. Furthermore, current and potential injuries to the defence could hinder their play style, as Laporte and Stones are hailed for playing out from the back.

Despite having players to step in, Guardiola has a mountain to climb, though he already near the top of it. Will he mastermind a survival plan or will the Citizens slip down?

90m Man Utd star looking to see out his contract and leave for free

It is no secret that the financial and footballing decisions at Man Utd have been below par in recent years. Man Utd needs to learn from the past and let Pogba go at the end of the season…

According to a report from Marca, Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has ensured Man Utd that the Frenchman will not to renew his contract ending in June 2021 and that the US owners demand close to 200 million euros.

Ander Herrera recently departed Man Utd to PSG, for absolutely free. Herrera was a fan favourite at the club, being the second-best midfielder. His work-rate, passion and skill left him being sought after by Europe’s top clubs. They would surely have still seen an interest if they had to spend some cash for him. Transfermarkt suggests that the Spaniard’s current value stands at £22.5million. Had he left for even £15million, that could have gone some way to improve the squad for the current season

David De Gea finds himself in a similar situation. Being offered a new contract of £350,000 per week, it appears the great goalie is stalling in order to see whether Man Utd have a shot at Champions League football next season. Should they fail, De Gea’s weekly wage would decrease from £350,000 to £263,000.

With his one year extension triggered in summer, David De Gea could leave for free after this season. Should he be sold instead, he would most definitely bring in a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Why should Pogba be granted a move?

Pogba’s price falls the longer he reaches the end of his contract, in June 2021. With public knowledge that the Frenchman wants to leave, it gives Real Madrid the upper-hand in forcing a lower fee. Should they not find agreement and Pogba honours the full length of his contract, the Reds would be losing out on well over £100million.

Should the US owners have wanted at least £150million, he should have been some this summer. With only one year left after this season, the desperation to sell will drive a lower bargain for Zidane’s Madrid, his favoured destination.

Should Man Utd had the appropriate football staff to conduct such transfer negotiations, Pogba could have been sold for £150million this summer and had those funds turned into a brand new midfield for Solskjaer, solving almost every problem they currently have on the pitch.

‘Man City can get out of that group with their B team’ Confidence is high following ‘easy’ draw

The UEFA Champions League group stage has been announced, and football fans on Twitter have a lot to say about Man City’s group after the official draw…

Man City have been drawn into Group C, comprised of themselves, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta. Guardiola is looking to be the first manager to ever win the Champions League for Man City this season. With this group, Twitter feels they’re already off to a good start…

But some are going as far as to say that Man City have a habit of getting ‘easy’ groups…

It is a popular opinion on Twitter that Man City seem to get an as easy ride in the Champions League. Last season, Man City’s knockout stages were Schalke and Tottenham and would have faced Ajax in the semi-finals had the Guardiola beaten Pochettino.

However, the side are eager to make their mark on the Champions League, and could have to beat the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich along the way…

It appears that even if Man City do win the trophy, but have an easy ride getting there, people would be outraged. Citizens will have to beat a team or two of the highest quality to gain the approval of the rest of Europe.

What would Man Utd’s most difficult Europa League group look like?

In the Champions League last season, Man Utd’s knockout fixtures were PSG, Barcelona, and had they won, Liverpool. Compared to Man City’s Schalke, Tottenham, and had they won, Ajax. It’s fair to say that the Reds don’t get much luck in cup draws. The same could hold true this year in the much less regarded Europa League if their group stage looks like this…

Today, the Europa League draw will be taking place. The 48 teams are divided into 12 groups of 4 teams, each belonging to a different pot labelled 1 to 4. Although the teams within each pot are yet to be confirmed, Squawka has carefully deduced from research which teams will be in each pot, and their calculations will be what the following ‘Group of Death’ for Man Utd will be based on.

Man Utd will be in Pot 1, meaning the remaining three teams will be from pots 2, 3 and 4…

Pot 2: Young Boys

Man Utd faced Switzerland’s Young Boys in the Champions League group stage last season under Jose Mourinho.

The Reds beat Young Boys 3-0 away, but only won 1-0 in an unconvincing victory at Old Trafford.

Without one of the world’s best managers guiding them, and a much thinner squad than last season, plus the fact that Man Utd should be focusing on domestic football, Young Boys will see an opportunity for revenge.

Pot 3: St Etienne

Saint Etienne had their best season in a long time last season, finishing fourth in Ligue 1.

With the likes of PSG, Lille, and Lyon likely to continue surpassing them in domestic football, Europa League success may be their only route to Champions League football.

With the French side being hungrier for European success this season than Man Utd, we could see them top the group well above the Reds.

Pot 4: Rosenborg

Rosenborg is the most prolific side in Norwegian football. With Man Utd’s best squad only able to beat 7th place Norwegian side Kristiansund with a dubious 1-0 penalty, Rosenborg will up for the fight.

They will be keen to out-do their fellow Norwegian side and show the Reds up with a defeat, possessing more experience and fire-power than Kristiansund.

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