Manchester United boss Solskjaer fires warning to Jesse Lingard

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Jesse Lingard that he needs to produce a better level of performance in order to command a regular starting role next season. The England international had an average 2018/19 season with the Red Devils and he ended the campaign with just five goals across all competitions.

For the current pre-season, Lingard has been a regular feature for the side without success and Solskjaer has cited that the attacker must seek an improvement in terms of the performances, he said:“Jesse has proved before with his big-game goals that he’s valuable. But of course I’m going to demand more of him. I think he will be the first one to know that his last season was not up to standard. What we have discussed can be between the two of us, but I expect more from him and he knows what I want. “Jesse knows what it is to be a Manchester United player. At times maybe he’s made one or two bad decisions but he’s made more good decisions than bad. He’s a top boy.”
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Ian Holloway backs Tammy Abraham to make an impression at Chelsea

Former Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway has said that he is excited to see Tammy Abraham make an impression with Chelsea next season. The England international struggled during a Premier League stint with Swansea City between 2017 and 2018 and that meant that he was loaned out to the Championship with Aston Villa last term.

The move worked out perfectly for the Villains and the striker himself, who scored 26 goals in the Championship and Holloway is looking forward to the striker making a mark with the Blues, he told TalkSPORT: “I’m so excited because I can see Tammy Abraham playing for Chelsea. I was fuming the other day when he was subbed for the England Under-21s.

“OK, when he went to Swansea it didn’t work for him because it was his first season in the Premier League, but he’s ready now. The boy is an immense talent.He was the second-highest goalscorer in the Championship last season and he’s the record goalscorer in their youth set-up. So I’m delighted. I think he’s ready for it and it’s got to happen now.”
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Neville believes Leicester City will be under pressure to keep Maguire

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that Leicester City face a huge battle to keep hold of Harry Maguire this summer amid interest from both Manchester United and Manchester City. The England international was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils last summer but the Foxes managed to sway away the interest by convincing the centre-back to sign a new long-term deal.

Despite this, the speculation regarding the defender’s future has refused to cease and recent reports have claimed that United and City could go head-to-head to pursue the services of the former Hull City man. Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said that Maguire has improved immensely in the past couple of seasons and he can be placed in the bracket of John Stones, considering his composure and ball-playing abilities.
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Darren Anderton insists Jack Grealish won’t improve Tottenham

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers ace Darren Anderton has said that Jack Grealish may not necessary improve Tottenham Hotspur, should the north London club make an approach for his services. The 23-year-old was heavily linked with Spurs during last summer’s transfer window but ultimately the midfielder decided to stay put with the Villains and sign a new long-term deal.

Since then, he has captained the west Midlands outfit to a second-straight Championship play-off final but Anderton does not believe the midfielder has the credentials to walk straight into the starting lineup at Spurs, he told SportingBet: “Jack Grealish wouldn’t improve Tottenham’s team and they’ve got better players in his position already.
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Pochettino confident of Dele Alli participation in the Champions League final

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Dele Alli will be available for the Champions League final against Liverpool next month despite appearing exhausted during the final Premier League game of the campaign against Everton. The England international appeared jaded in a lacklustre performance in the first period which saw him substituted at the break.

Speaking to reporters, Pochettino acknowledged that Alli was not in the best of shape for the curtain closer and he had doubts whether the midfielder would start the game in the first place. He added that the substitution was taken as a precaution and the playmaker should return to the mix for the Champions League final in Madrid.
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Harry Kane acknowledges Tottenham Hotspur could have a tough road ahead

England international Harry Kane has acknowledged that it would be difficult for manager Mauricio Pochettino to bolster the first-team squad due to the financial restrictions for the new stadium. The north London giants have finally succeeded in preparing their new home ground for the Premier League next month, but the same could hamper the transfer proceedings in the forthcoming years.

Speaking to ESPN, Kane admitted that the current team is one of the best in the club’s history but that would make no sense, if they end up without winning any silverware. He added that rebuilding the squad would be difficult under the current circumstances but the players need to do the best on their part to end the club’s trophy drought which has extended more than a decade.
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Jamie Vardy Will Not Come Out Of International Retirement, Claims Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is of the opinion that Jamie Vardy will not change his decision on retiring from international duty even if the injury to Harry Kane means that the 32-year-old may feature for England at the UEFA Nations League in June. Tottenham forward Harry Kane has suffered a serious injury that is likely to keep him out of the Nations League final that will take place in June. This leaves manager Gareth Southgate with a major headache when it comes to the strikeforce for the national team. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is one of the players who can replace Kane without second thoughts but it does make the squad thin up front.

This has led to potential talk aboutVardy being forced to come back from retirement. In order to focus on his club career and give youngsters a chance,Vardy pretty from international action a year ago just after the World Cup 2018. The 32-year-old claimed that international retirement had been on his mind for a few years, as Southgate was with a view of nurturing young talent in order to benefit the national team. Brendan Rodgers recently took over as the manager of Leicester City and he has madeVardy as the focus of every attack. This has led toVardy once again rediscovering his form that led to England call-up in the first place.
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Rio Ferdinand believes Phil Foden should part ways with Manchester City

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Phil Foden should consider a fresh challenge away from Manchester City in order to secure regular playing time. The England youth international has managed nine appearances in the Premier League this term, but each of those have come from the substitutes’ bench.

Speaking to Talk SPORT, Ferdinand said that Foden has a bright future in front of him, although he may have to leave the Citizens to realise the same. He added to give the example of compatriot Jadon Sancho, who has transformed into one of the best young talents in the world amid his impressive showingat Borussia Dortmund.
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Burnley manager heaps praise on Tottenham Hotspur star

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane ahead of the weekend’s Premier League meeting between the sides. Burnley have been one of the league’s most improved teams since the turn of the year but they face a tough challenge against Spurs after managing just one point from the previous five encounters.

Speaking ahead of the game, Dyche talked about the form of the north London giants, who have managed four successive victories despite the injury absence of Kane. He added that the Englishman does not have any weaknesses in his game and highlighted the marksman’s movement and decision-making during the press conference, he said: “He’s a top striker, although they have fared pretty well without him. He is one of the best around when fit. He does more or less everything. He is quick with his brain, he’s quick in is movement and he sees things really quickly.”
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Sean Dyche: Peter Crouch has the hunger to make a mark

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said that Peter Crouch has the hunger to make a mark in the Premier League after making his comeback to the division. The ex-England international had been with Stoke City for the past eight years but he was tempted by the prospect of joining the Clarets after the opportunity came by to return to the top-flight.

Speaking after his arrival, Dyche indicated that the former Liverpool man still has more to offer in the Premier League despite approaching the twilight of his professional career at 38, he said: “He has a hunger to come and make a mark. We know he’s a good character and he still has a desire. The main thing for me is having motivated people. It is difficult to let Sam go, but he hasn’t played as regularly, it could become a win-win situation.”
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