Roy Keane Warns of Liverpool-Style Title Drought at Man Utd as Club Legend Rants at Derby Defeat

​Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has warned of a potential Liverpool-esque title drought at his old club, while claiming current manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer could meet the same fate as José Mourinho by being thrown “under the bus” by the players at Old Trafford.

The 47-year-old was speaking before and after Manchester United’s defeat to rivals City on Wednesday, where goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sané saw Pep Guardiola’s side return to the top of the Premier League table.

Keane suggested that the current crop of players will be quick to throw first-team manager Solkjaer “under the bus” if their form doesn’t improve, while the former Republic of Ireland international also brought the club’s lack of leadership into question.


It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing for Manchester United or Altrincham. You have to be up for every game of football,” Keane told Sky Sports

I don’t fall for this carry on that there will be a brilliant reaction from this set of players. These are the same players that threw Mourinho under the bus and they will do exactly the same to Ole. Leopards don’t change their spots.

We spoke about leaders and characters – I just don’t think they have enough of them. These young players need examples around the club and that’s the big question mark.

I think there are talented players in there but who’s going to lead them? Who’s going to get them through this tough period? There’s no quick fix.”

Keane also singled out midfielder Paul Pogba for his failure to shoulder any responsibility during Manchester United poor run of form this season, claiming that the Frenchman is proving to be a “big problem” for the decision makers at Old Trafford.

The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same thing over and over again,” he added. “The number of times we’ve seen him in games where he is not sprinting or running back. He’s a big problem for United.

He’s a senior player, played in big competitions and won big trophies. I don’t think he leads by example, from what I see.”

Keane later hinted that the Red Devils could go the way of rivals Liverpool, who are currently 29 years without a top flight title, after an extended period of dominance in the 1970s and 80s.

He said: “When we were playing, if anyone had said Liverpool would go 30 years without winning the league, they’d have thought you need locking up! United, the years soon go by, and unless there’s an improvement…

“If you invite me back next year, hopefully I’ll still have a job at Forest, you’ll be having the same conversation.”


WSL Week 19 Preview: Arsenal Look to Claim Title at Brighton as Manchester City Host Yeovill

The Women’s Super League is back at full throttle this weekend with the division’s penultimate full round of fixtures, and we could see new champions crowned when Arsenal travel to Brighton. 

Of course, as the season draws to a close, we have numerous other clashes to look forward to, with ten sides in action on Sunday. 

Here’s what’s on the agenda for matchweek 19. 

Brighton vs Arsenal

Brighton have little left to play for​ in their maiden WSL season, but the same certainly cannot be said for Joe Montemuro’s Arsenal. Four points clear of Manchester City in second place, they can put the season to bed with a victory on the south coast. 

Having not lifted a domestic title since 2012, they have been particularly keen to claim some silverware for months now. They have recorded six wins on the bounce since a wobble that saw them fall to both City and Chelsea over the festive period, but those two defeats remain the only dropped points so far this season.

Instrumental to that incredible run has been the form of Vivianne Miedema. The 22-year-old sensation has hit 21 goals already this season, and having netted what proved to be the winner against Everton last time out, a similar showing here would go a long way towards a famous victory. 

Birmingham City vs Liverpool​

Birmingham have been mainstays of the WSL since its formation in 2011, and sitting in a respectable fourth place at present, they’ll be keen to finish the season as strongly as they can and leapfrog Chelsea into third. 

For the Reds, it’s a different story. They’ve had such a poor season, and though they won convincingly against Bristol City in their last outing, two wins in the 12 matches that preceded it  really sum up where they’re at at present. 

That said, they have the opportunity to make a statement against one of the league’s big-hitters here. 

Everton vs Reading​

Although they held their own against Arsenal last weekend, readjusting to life in the top flight has not been easy going for Everton. While their first season back up saw them pick up just 14 points, they only seem to be going backwards, and have collected just nine so far this season.

Their eyes will undoubtedly be on the Merseyside derby on the final game of the season, but before that, they have Reading to contend with. Their visitors have been one of the chasing back at the top of the division throughout the season, but know they cannot catch fourth-placed Birmingham, and will turn their attention to those behind them in the standings. 

Incidentally, Fara Williams’ nine goals see her as the joint top scorer of non-Arsenal or City players this season, so she will be keen to build on what has been a very good personal season and get into double figures. 

Manchester City vs Yeovil Town

If ever there was a tale of two sides with differing fortunes, this is it. City, having joined the top  flight in 2014, have been there or thereabouts ​in the title picture since lifting the trophy for the first time in 2016. They finished runners up to Chelsea last season, and have a fleeting chance of besting Arsenal this time around, although the four point gap and their opposition’s formidable form means that remains unlikely. 

Still, they will be keen to keep racking up the wins to keep the pressure on their title rivals, and with no disrespect to Yeovil, they won’t get many better chances to do so than this one. 

Town have managed to win just twice this season – incidentally both against Everton – and sit bottom on a points tally of -3 after going into administration in March. On occasion, they have shown they can be a decent side, but have their work cut out for them against the likes of Nikita Parris and Georgia Stanway, who have 29 WSL goals between them this campaign. 

Bristol City vs West Ham United

Rounding out Sunday’s matches is West Ham’s trip to Bristol City, which has arguably the least on the line of all the ties. 

The two sides sit firmly wedged in mid-table, with City five points ahead of the Hammers, having played a game more. They’ve lost their last two outings, so securing a win against one of the sides around them in the table to restore some pride towards the end of the season​ will be their priority. 

They come up against a West Ham side who have enjoyed a solid, if not hugely successful, first foray into the WSL. They have an FA Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City in a week’s time, however, so will likely use this tie as a warm-up for the big one. 


Arsenal Summer Transfer Budget Revealed as Gunners Again Falter in Race for Top 4

Arsenal might have as little as £40m to spend on new players this summer, sparking the need for frugality unless the Gunners can seriously trim a vast wage bill and raise additional funds by securing Champions League qualification for the first time since 2016.

Arsenal have been absent from Europe’s premier club competition for two consecutive seasons and their hopes of getting into the Premier League top four took another huge hit on Wednesday night after a 3-1 loss away at Wolves, a second defeat in as many games.

Matt Doherty

The club has spent heavily in recent transfer windows, breaking their club record to buy Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Big money has also been spent on Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno since 2016, while Mesut Ozil signed a monstrous new contract last season.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal manager Unai Emery might only be afforded £40m worth of new signings this summer. It is a figure that would rise if the club can secure Champions League football, but the report describes a necessary ‘purge’ on the current wage bill.

Mesut Ozil

Cutting wages is likely to mean player sales, although exactly who remains to be seen. Ozil, for example, hasn’t been a regular starter for Emery this season, but the club may struggle to move him on if potential suitors refuse to match his existing salary.

The Arsenal hierarchy will have to find a way to give Emery fresh players on a strict budget. The Mirror claims the Spanish coach is seeking a wide forward, potentially Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, a box-to-box midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey, as well as a new defender.

Signing someone in even just one of those targeted positions could eat most if not all of the rumoured £40m budget, seemingly making sales an absolute must.


Real Madrid Line Up Sensational €180m Deal for Manchester United Target Jadon Sancho

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has shortlisted Jadon Sancho as a transfer target for the club at the end of the season.

The England international has been one of European football’s breakout stars in his second full season at Borussia Dortmund, scoring 12 goals and claiming 18 assists across all competitions for die Schwarzgelben.

Sancho has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League some two years after leaving Manchester City, but Bild report that Real Madrid have now joined the race for the 19-year-old this summer.

Jadon Malik Sancho,Marco Reus,Mario Goetze

Heach coach Zidane has personally selected Sancho as a target for the club following his decision to come back earlier this year, but Los Blancos have been told that it would cost €180m – a club record for Real Madrid – to lure the Englishman away from Germany.

Sancho only joined Borussia Dortmund in a €7m deal in 2017, but he’s already gone on to make 51 appearances for the first team.

His most recent goal against SC Freiburg saw him overtake Christian Pulisic’s goal tally in the Bundesliga, taking just 42 appearances compared to the American’s 86.

Real Madrid have invested heavily in youth players in recent years, signing the likes of Vinícius Júnior, Brahim Díaz and Rodrygo (who will arrive later this year) for a combined €107m.

But they will be forced to spend a club record fee, which at €180m would only sit behind Neymar as the most expensive player of all time, and it had appeared that Borussia Dortmund would rather hold onto Sancho for at least one more season.

The 19-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Manchester United, still has a contract in Germany until 2022.


Fernandinho Sent for Scan on Injured Knee Sustained in Man City’s Win Over Man Utd

​Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho will undergo a scan on Thursday to judge the severity of a knee injury which he picked up during City’s 2-0 win over Manchester United.

The score was still deadlocked when Fernandinho was forced off the pitch and replaced by Leroy Sané in the second half, although City were on top by keeping David de Gea the busier of the two goalkeepers throughout the match

Sergio Aguero,Fernandinho

Bernardo Silva opened the scoring just three minutes after the substitution, before Sané fired a left-footed effort that proved to be too powerful for Manchester United’s shot-stopper.

With the derby bragging rights in the bag, Manchester City are now looking to assess the extent of Fernandinho’s injury as soon as possible and the midfielder claimed after the game that it will be up to the doctors to decide if he’ll be back on the pitch this season.

We will see [on Thursday]. We are going to make the scan and we will see. I will talk to the doctor and he will make the best decision for everybody,” Fernandinho said, quoted by Goal.

When I blocked the shot from Paul [Pogba] I felt my knee. It twisted a little bit. I could continue playing but I came off. That’s what it is.”

While hopes of a historic quadruple have been dashed at the Etihad, Manchester City are still on course to win a domestic treble.

They’ve already wrapped up this season’s Carabao Cup and they’re in the final of the FA Cup where they’ll face Watford, but most importantly they’re also top of the Premier League table with just three games left to play.