Scott McTominay Confident Over New Era at Manchester United Ahead of Milestone Game

?Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay believes that the club are about to turn a corner and start challenging for trophies once again thanks to their latest batch of academy players who are being introduced into the first team.

It’s a landmark weekend for United as they prepare for their 4,000th game in a row with an academy graduate named in the starting lineup, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side preparing to host a revitalised Everton at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s run of youth players being in the side stretches back to 1937, and McTominay is confident that their latest crop of youngsters could help to bring in a new era of winning titles in the north-west.

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This place is special. I’ve said it many times before and we’re coming back up,” McTominay said, quoted by The Daily Mail“You have to have top class players, but then you also have to have top young players who are wanting to come in and learn as well. That’s the balance that not every club in the world can get.

“It’s not just playing academy players for the sake of it, it’s playing them because the manager believes in those players and believes he can win trophies playing us.

“Hopefully next season and in the seasons to come we can go on and win trophies as well. That’s got to be the dream. I need that thrill of winning trophies and especially at this football club – there’s nowhere better to do it.”

McTominay has been able to establish himself as a key first-team player since making his debut under José Mourinho, while the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and James Garner are now being bled into the senior side.


Speaking about United’s 4,000-game milestone, McTominay added: “It’s amazing. Whenever we were in the youth team, we always had different members of staff saying to us about the consecutive games we’ve had with a player from the academy.

“When you think you have 50 to 60 games a season, to get to 4,000 is incredible.”


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Everton Turn to Mikel Arteta as Search for New Manager Continues

?Everton are considering making a move for Manchester City assistant manager and former Toffee Mikel Arteta in their search for a new permanent boss.

The Merseyside club parted ways with Marco Silva in early December and placed Duncan Ferguson in charge of the side while they search for a new long-term manager.

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Club officials have considered a number of names for the position, but the ?Liverpool Echo claim that Arteta is the latest to have his name brought up in the ?Everton board room.

They are understood to have discussed ‘at length’ the idea of approaching Arteta, but they are yet to make a final decision as majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is currently considering all available options.

Former ?Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti remains high on their wish list, while Unai Emery and David Moyes have both met with club chiefs over a potential move, but Everton are yet to make any real progress in the search.

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Arteta became a fan favourite at Goodison Park during his playing days. Between 2005 and 2011, the Spaniard made 209 appearances for Everton, racking up 35 goals and 33 assists from midfield.

However, Everton are not the only one of Arteta’s former employers who have taken a keen interest in him. ?Arsenal are understood to be incredibly keen on him as they look for their replacement for Emery.

The Gunners are believed to see Arteta as the ‘?leading candidate’ for their vacant managerial role, so Everton may be forced to act quickly if they want to win the race for his signature.

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Fortunately for Everton, director of football Marcel Brands is said to have a good relationship with ?City counterpart Txiki Begiristain, which could help ensure that negotiations go smoothly.

As it stands, Ferguson remains in the dugout at Goodison. He led the side to a fantastic 3-1 win over ?Chelsea in his first game, and he will hope to use that momentum when his side travel to Old Trafford to face ?Manchester United on Sunday.


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Adam Lallana Poised to Leave Liverpool at the End of the Season

Adam Lallana is set to leave Liverpool once his contract expires at the end of the season after seven years on Merseyside.

The 31-year-old had been tipped to sign a new deal after impressing Jürgen Klopp at times this season, although his lack of game time since the start of the campaign left many feeling as though he was an expendable member of the squad.

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?Liverpool are understood to be closing in on a £7.25m deal for Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino, who can operate in a similar role to ?Lallana. When asked whether the Japan international will take Lallana’s place in the squad, The Athletic’s ?James Pearce revealed that the Englishman is set to leave the club next summer.

I’m not sure if [Minamino] is viewed as the Lallana replacement but it certainly strengthens that area of the squad,” Pearce said. Lallana will leave at the end of the season.”

The Englishman has managed ten appearances in all competitions this season, but has started just two ?Premier League games as Klopp has struggled to find a place for him in Liverpool’s exciting attacking line.

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His injury struggles have plagued his time at Anfield. Lallana managed just 13 league appearances last season, while he only made 12 in the campaign for that, and Liverpool have certainly moved on since Lallana was last able to play a major role for the team.

The likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner are well ahead of him in the pecking order, so a move away from the club at the end of the season certainly seems inevitable for Lallana.

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A return to ?Southampton has been suggested, while a spectacular switch to Paris Saint-Germain was bizarrely mentioned back in November (which is obviously not going to happen).

Clubs from ?Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League are also thought to be monitoring Lallana, so he will likely have no shortage of offers to choose between when he does eventually leave Anfield.


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Jürgen Klopp Names 5 Liverpool Youngsters Who Are Nearing First-Team Breakthrough

?Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has named five youngsters at the club who he believes are close to commanding a place in his first-team squad.

Klopp has not shied away from using his young players in cup competitions this season, while the Reds are even set to name a squad made up almost entirely of academy stars when they face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

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The boss penned a new contract on Friday, and he explained his reasons for doing so to the club’s ?official website. One factor in his decision was the recent development of the academy, and Klopp was happy to name five specific players who have caught his eye.

“We want to go, we had to go, to the academy to bring it closer together because that will be our future,” Klopp said. 

“In the moment we have four fantastic players really close to the first team: Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams, plus we have Caoimhin [Kelleher] as a goalkeeper. That’s five boys who I would have no problem to line up tomorrow if needed. 

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“Curtis now had his first ?Premier League minutes and of course they have time as well to develop, but that’s four or five and we want to increase that number in the future.”

Klopp insisted that youth development is one of the most important parts of the club. Not only does it give youngsters the chance to make it at the top level, but it could also encourage some of the world’s most talented young stars to head to Anfield in the future.

“With Brexit and stuff like this then things will change, and for the youth departments as well – where can we get the players from?” he added.

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“So these players need a perspective and they need to feel ‘if I go to ?Liverpool then I have the best chance compared to all the other top six clubs, for example, to make my first steps in the Premier League’.

“That’s all very important and we are constantly thinking about ‘how can we solve the problem today and tomorrow?’ but we are also thinking always about ‘how can this club look when we are not here anymore?’ because this club is not only bigger than pretty much all other clubs, it’s bigger than us for sure as well so it needs to have a bright future and we are all working on that.”


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Jürgen Klopp Hints at Future RB Salzburg Dealings After Takumi Minamino Deal

?Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has suggested that he would be open to signing even more RB Salzburg players in the near future.

The Reds are understood to be on the verge of completing ?a £7.25m deal for 24-year-old Japanese forward Takumi Minamino, who impressed during his two meetings with Liverpool in the Champions League this season.

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When asked to comment on the deal, Klopp insisted (via Metro) that he would only speak once everything was completed, although he could not resist praising some other members of the Salzburg squad.

“There is nothing else to say about it actually,” he said. “We speak about it really in the moment like we do about all transfers, potential transfers and whatever, you know when it’s sorted. Not earlier. So there’s nothing really to say about it. 

“He’s a very good player, I can say that. But I saw a few very good players in the Salzburg team to be honest – much more than I wanted, especially in the first half! Yeah, that’s it.”

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Minamino was one of his side’s top performers in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to ?Liverpool, but there were also impressive showings from the likes of forward Hwang Hee-chan, centre-back Jérôme Onguéné and midfielder Enock Mwepu.

The Reds have also been linked with a move for 19-year-old midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai in the past, so there could be plenty of players who caught Klopp’s eye during the game.

Current Liverpool stars Sadio Mané and Naby Keita have both previously played for Salzburg, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Reds’ hierarchy were keeping their eye on the production line in Austria.

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Klopp, who penned a new contract until 2024 on Friday, has previously hinted that he would be ?prepared to spend whatever he needs to to sign the right players in January, which is likely why the cut-price Minamino deal was too good to turn down.

Liverpool are said to value the Japan international at over £20m, so his bargain release clause of just £7.25m appears to have made life much easier for the club.


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