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Man United vs Arsenal: Erik ten Hag points accusing finger on one player’s defensive error



Man United vs Arsenal: Erik ten Hag points accusing finger on one player’s defensive error

Erik ten Hag claims that Casemiro’s defensive blunder against Manchester United and Arsenal had “hard consequences.” Casemiro may have made a mistake against Arsenal to end Manchester United’s season.

Casemiro may have made a mistake against Arsenal to end Manchester United’s season. Manchester United was already having trouble scoring goals against Arsenal, and Casemiro, their defensive midfielder, may have handed the game away with a defensive blunder. The Brazilian’s error created the Gunners’ lone goal, and the Red Devils fell 1-0 as a result.

Casemiro failed to mark Trossard who snuck in to finish the cross put in by Kai Havertz and put his team up by a goal. While Jonny Evans should also be blamed for not closing in on time, the Brazilian really should’ve done a better job at covering his man.

Then again the fans can’t blame him because he’s only there due to the team’s ongoing injury crisis. Erik ten Hag doesn’t seem to blame the Brazilian either. Let’s have a look at what he had to say while speaking about Casemiro’s mistake. (h/t BBC)

“In that situation, he is a midfielder playing in that position and making a small mistake, but it has hard consequences”

While it surely had ‘hard consequences’ Casemiro gets the benefit of the doubt since he is not used to playing as a centre-back. Ten Hag also indicated that his team doesn’t realise what’s at stake, he said Manchester United needs to realise that every game needs to be played like a final.

However, with just three games left, the Dutchman doesn’t have any real chance at a comeback anymore. Man United could win all of their remaining games and it still won’t guarantee them a place in Europe next season.

Their fate is no longer in their hands and all the team can do now is play their best game and avoid making mistakes like they did today.

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The team can still lift the FA Cup with a win over Man City. However, as long as Casemiro and Jonny Evans are Ten Hag’s first-choice CBs, this Red Devils squad might not win anything at all.




Man Utd’s pledge may need to be broken by Pep Guardiola as Manchester City moves one step closer to history

FULHAM 0-4 MANCHESTER CITY: Pep Guardiola’s team defeated Marco Silva’s team handily at Craven Cottage, moving them one step closer to a fourth straight title. According to Pep Guardiola, he will never be able to support Manchester United. However, don’t be shocked if you spot a small, bald Spanish man dressed in disguise on Sunday around Stretford End. He’ll be sporting a Fred the Red T-shirt and a red-and-white scarf that is knotted.

Two goals by Josko Gvardiol, a rare right-footer from Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez’s injury-time penalty kept the champions in charge of their own destiny. If they win at Spurs on Tuesday night and beat West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday then they will lift a record-breaking fourth successive title, regardless of what chasing Arsenal can do at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.

City now lead the table by two points with two games left to play. Making history appears to be a formality.

Guardiola, of course, is a control-freak who likes to do things his own way. But deep down he wouldn’t mind the rivals from across town to defy logic by taking points off Mikel Arteta’s men to make his task much easier – even though the Gunners’ once superior goal difference is now down to just two.

City have never won a Premier League game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They haven’t even taken a point from four previous visits.

They did knock Ange Postecoglu’s side out of the FA Cup on White Hart Lane in January – but Nathan Ake’s scrambled late winner was the 102nd effort that had produced on goal at the re-built stadium and remains their only goal. City have also lost there in the Champions League.

So despite Guardiola’s incredulity that he could even contemplate cheering on United, the suggestion may not be so ridiculous.

City have been here so many times before. They used to break Scouse hearts. Now, it seems, it will once again be North London ones.

Marco Silva’s players had been filmed flying kites at the training ground during the week, looking more like schoolboys on their summer holidays than a team ready to tear it up with City. But Fulham’s in-your-face approach in the early stages suggested they weren’t on the beach just yet.

City took a deep breath and did what they always do – grinding opponents down with a pass-and-move efficiency that was mesmerising. Even Fulham top scorer Rodrigo Muniz was forced to chase shadows on the half-way line with a grimace that suggested this wasn’t what the Brazilian had signed up for.

When City scored a goal of breathtaking beauty in the 13th minute it was like a bolt from the blue. A blur of 19 passes ended with Josko Gvardiol swapping possession with Kevin De Bruyne on the edge of the Fulham box. Gvardiol is the young Croatian centre-back who Guardiola has transformed into a goalscoring left-back – but he cut inside at speed to beat Bernd Leno with a low shot with his supposedly weaker right foot.

By the break City had made 424 successful passes. More than double what the home side had managed.

There was no let-up after the break, even if the sight of Fulham substitute Armando Traore running at pace did evoke memories of him tormenting Guardiola’s team when he was a Wolves player.

When Gvardiol scored again, sliding in at the far post to steer home Bernardo Silva’s cross, it was his fifth goal in the last seven games. Even Noel Gallagher joined in the celebrations with the rest of the 3,000 travelling fans.

By then Foden had made sure City were home and hosed. Silva’s shot was blocked by Joao Palhinha but it only invited Foden to swing his right foot and his drive found the bottom corner despite his scruffy connection.

Haaland missed a golden chance to increase City’s lead. The Norwegian had been substituted when Issa Diop clumsily ploughed into Julian Alvarez and was sent off before the Argentine striker took retribution by sending Leno the wrong way from the spot.

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Mind-games: Pep Guardiola gives fresh warning  to Arsenal saying ‘It can happen’

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has issued a new warning to Mikel Arteta and Arsenal before this weekend’s games.

Liverpool’s prospects of winning the title were all but dashed when they lost to Everton in midweek, but the Gunners defeated Chelsea to keep up their own title challenge.

Manchester City then hammered Brighton last night to keep their own pace up in what was an ominous looking win for Guardiola’s side.

Naturally, since the midweek results are complete, everyone has been talking about how Liverpool is no longer in the running and that it is now just between Arsenal and City.

However, speaking in his presser (BBC) today, City manager Guardiola had a word of warning to Arsenal and indeed, his won team.

Pep Guardiola fires warning to Arsenal after seeing what’s happened to Liverpool

Commenting on the title race, Guardiola insisted that Arsenal shouldn’t take their eye off the ball as defeats can come at any time.

And with a NLD against Tottenham this weekend, Guardiola fired a warning to the Gunners.

“What happened to Liverpool, two defeats in a row, it can happen to Arsenal, it can happen to us. What is important is that still we are there. There is a lot of games to play,” Guardiola said.

Arsenal won’t lose two games in a row

This might be a bit of mind games from the City manager but there is simply no way that Arsenal are losing two games between now and the end of the season, never mind two.

They are in the zone and firmly ‘locked in’ as they say.

Indeed, it would be a surprise to see Arsenal drop any points at all int he run-in, such has been their level of performance in recent weeks.

Of course, Mikel Arteta will be keeping his players fired up and ready to go for every game and situation.

And in doing so, he’ll be hoping it is indeed City who slip up.

The title race looks like it’s going to go right down to the wire this season after last year’s ended up comfortable for City.

Put simply, whoever does come out on top, will have more than earned it this year.



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Pep Guardiola gives statement to praise his team for still keeping the treble dream alive


Following their victory over Luton, Pep Guardiola praises his Manchester City team’s hunger. After a 5-1 crushing at The Etihad, City reclaimed the top spot in the Premier League. Chris Southampton and Ian Ladyman weigh in on who should win Player of the Year in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola praised his team for being “alive” for a second Treble and urged them to seize the “incredible” chance to battle on all fronts once more.

For the first time since November, City defeated Luton 5-1 to finish the day atop the Premier League standings. With an FA Cup semifinal match against Chelsea coming up on Wednesday, all eyes will be on Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Asked about how his team step up when the season reaches its final stages, he said: ‘It is incredible to be here again. What a privilege.

‘After we are done the previous season we are still fighting in the Premier League with 21 points left. On Wednesday we are playing against Real Madrid with a chance to qualify for the semi-finals and all the energy our fans will bring.

‘And FA Cup next Saturday against Chelsea, again a semi-final. What a privilege. Imagine no chance for the Premier League, no chance for any competition.

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‘So try to extend for one more week, one more week. In the Premier League we have one more week. We have a chance.

‘I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but no win today, they win. We have to win our games and make [Arsenal and Liverpool] feel pressure. This is the only message we can do with six left. We’ve done our job.’

It was a scintillating display from City, with Jeremy Doku the star of the show as Guardiola made six changes from the side that drew 3-3 away to Real Madrid in midweek.

For Luton Town and their boss Rob Edwards, he was simply glad to reach the final whistle.

‘Today was the hardest game we’ve had all season,’ he said.

‘It felt like they were in our final third all season. We couldn’t get out and they were excellent.

‘Today was always going to be very difficult. I’d almost made peace with it at the beginning.

Rob Edwards was proud of his Luton side on what he called their hardest games of the season

‘I’m proud of the lads. I wiped it as soon as I went into the changing room. Let’s be realistic, they are a brilliant football team who are way ahead of us at the moment.

‘It was a tough start but then we gathered ourselves and stayed in it. We kept going and I’ve got to give the players credit for that.

‘They suffocated us and controlled the game, it was a long day for us.’

City now have one eye on tomorrow’s games as Arsenal host Aston Villa and Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield, both with the chance of leapfrogging City.


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Gameweek 33 of the Premier League: Verified squad updates  for each club and their manager quotes 


In advance of gameweek 33, Sports Mole compiles the official squad news for every Premier League team as well as the statements from their managers regarding their injury status.


Gameweek 33 opponents: Aston Villa (H)

Out: Jurrien Timber (knee)

Doubtful: None

Mikel Arteta quotes: “We have got one more day to prepare the match and we will see if everyone is available. We have some [doubts] but with another day hopefully everybody is going to be OK.

“[Timber] has still got a few steps to make. He needs to play a game at least with the U23s. He is going to have an in-house game soon as well. He has done everything in training, now it’s getting that match fitness and having people around and starting to compete in matches, which is different to training.

“For everything we see in training and the time that he was fit, I think he is going to have a big, big impact in the team.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Arsenal (A)

Out: Emiliano Buendia (knee), Tyrone Mings (knee), Boubacar Kamara (knee), Jacob Ramsey (toe), Douglas Luiz (suspended)

Doubtful: Clement Lenglet (knock), Matty Cash (hamstring)

Unai Emery quotes: “We will train tomorrow, today we recover with some players, we did compensation work. [Clement] Lenglet and [Matty] Cash are training today with the group.

“We’ll work tomorrow again and see how they will feel to get a decision about the team and the players to be available for Sunday.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Man Utd

Out: Ryan Fredericks (calf), Luis Sinisterra (thigh), Marcus Tavernier (hamstring), Tyler Adams (back)

Doubtful: Chris Mepham (illness), Antine Semenyo (illness)

Andoni Iraola quotes: “The problem with Ant [Semenyo] in the past week is that he has a cold and not 100%. He played 45 minutes against Palace and was probably not at his 100%. He wanted to push and he is in good form, so we wanted him to push.

“Probably there was more risk involved, when you are not feeling well and you go to a football pitch and probably the injury risk is higher. But for me, for the technical staff, for the doctors, for him, it’s difficult to make this decision.

“Also this week we had some players that are 50/50. It is difficult to decide, because sometimes it works, sometimes they can get injured.

“I hope [Marcus Tavernier] can play the last games, but it is going to be difficult. If everything goes well, he could be available for us for the last two games, or something like this. It is tough when someone like Tav gets a muscle injury and is out for four or five games. But it is something that is happening to all of the teams and we have to accept it.

“Tyler [Adams] is improving. He is out definitely tomorrow, but it is a muscle thing. I think he can continue this improvement and he can be available next week.

“[Chris Mepham] has a health issue. Even with Ryan Fredericks, it is the same situation. I hope we don’t have more. With a cold, normally you don’t lose games, you try to push, it is sometimes decisions we have to make about if they are ready for 90 minutes or go on in the second half.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Sheff Utd (H)

Out: Joshua Dasilva (knee), Rico Henry (knee), Ben Mee (ankle), Aaron Hickey (hamstring)

Doubtful: Christian Norgaard (back), Ethan Pinnock (ankle), Kevin Schade (adductor)

Thomas Frank quotes: “Everyone from last week, when we faced Aston Villa, is available. Ivan [Toney] is fine.

“The good news is that [Kevin] Schade is available and will make the squad – that’s very good news. And Ethan Pinnock is available as well.

[Could Ivan Toney start?] “Definitely, yes.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Burnley (A)

Out: Solly March (knee), Kaoru Mitoma (back), Jack Hinshelwood (foot), Billy Gilmour (knee), Adam Webster (knock), Evan Ferguson (ankle), James Milner (thigh), Tariq Lamptey (muscle), Julio Enciso (knock)

Doubtful: None

Roberto De Zerbi quotes: “The situation is tough. We still have nine injured players. It’s more or less the same squad we played against Arsenal [with], but with no Tariq Lamptey.

“Julio Enciso can’t play tomorrow. I don’t know if it’s a tough injury, but he’s not available.

“Billy [Gilmour] is better. I don’t know how much time before he can start with us on the pitch but he’s better. James Milner is the same. I think [Adam] Webster, Milner and Billy can be available in the next few weeks.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Brighton (H)

Out: Aaron Ramsey (knee), Nathan Redmond (thigh), Luca Koleosho (thigh), Dara O’Shea (suspended), Jordan Beyer (thigh), Ameen Al-Dakhil (unspecified), Han-Noah Massengo (ankle)

Doubtful: James Trafford (illness)

Vincent Kompany quotes: “[James Trafford] has been ill. He’s come back now and he looks in good spirits.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Everton (H)

Out: Wesley Fofana (knee), Romeo Lavia (thigh), Reece James (hamstring), Christopher Nkunku (hamstring), Levi Colwill (foot), Lesley Ugochukwu (hamstring)

Doubtful: Ben Chilwell (illness), Cole Palmer (knock), Malo Gusto (fatigue), Axel Disasi (unspecified), Enzo Fernandez (unspecified), Raheem Sterling (illness), Robert Sanchez (illness)

Mauricio Pochettino quotes: Robert Sanchez and Raheem Sterling are both suffering from illness, while Enzo Fernandez and Axel Disasi are undergoing medical assessment. Ben Chilwell is back in partial training, but Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku and Lesley Ugochukwu remain on the sidelines.

“We’ll see. [Fernandez and Disasi] are under assessment. They have different types of issues. We don’t believe they are big issues but we will see if they can be available. They have not trained after Sheffield and that is why we don’t know.

“Chilly is training, partial training and see if he can be involved in the squad on Monday. It’s good news. But he hasn’t played too much this season.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Liverpool (A)

Out: Sam Johnstone (elbow), Cheick Doucoure (Achilles), Rob Holding (ankle), Marc Guehi (knee), Chris Richards (knee), Matheus Franca (groin)

Doubtful: Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (thigh)

Oliver Glasner quotes: “[Michael Olise] is closer [to starting] than the week before. He had the whole week training with us. It’s been a really good week and Michael was part of it, so he’s close to starting.

“Michael can’t win the game alone, but he has a big role, and all the others have a big role. We’ll need a great goalkeeper because Liverpool are a very attacking team, so everybody has a key role and we will show it again that we are competitive as a team.

“I can’t say when [Marc Guehi will return], but he’s working hard, we’re working hard, and of course we give our best. It’s a week where we have three games, so maybe it’s the week after, but we hope, at latest, against Manchester United [on 6 May].

“We have no new injuries, but Jairo [Riedewald] is coming back. He trained the whole week with us and he could be in the squad on Sunday. You always have to be careful because if a player is out for five, six or seven weeks, and it’s not like he can have one week’s training and play 90 minutes. He will have to find his rhythm, like all the other injured players.

“It’s good that at the end of the season we’re getting options back. We also hope that next week, or in the next two weeks, one, two, three players are coming back.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Chelsea (A)

Out: Dele Alli (groin), Lewis Dobbin (ankle)

Doubtful: Amadou Onana (knock), Arnaut Danjuma (ankle), Idrissa Gueye (personal reasons), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (hamstring), James Garner (knock)

Sean Dyche quotes: “[Amadou Onana]’s back training, he’s been training [yesterday].

“[On Idrissa Gana Gueye] His child and family are well. So he has been training this week and should be available again.

“Jimmy Garner got a knock [on Thursday], but we are happy that’s just a knock. Dom didn’t train [yesterday] but we are pretty positive with settling him down in the next couple of days. [He has] a minor niggly hamstring which we are just being ultra careful with. He thinks he is on top of it, and the medical team are as well.

“So we are just having to watch the players and make sure they are right. Mostly, we have just got knocks at the minute, nothing that we think will affect Monday against Chelsea.

“Hopefully, providing [Danjuma] came through [yesterday], he has a bounce game today [for the Under-21s’. We are going to use that to get him some minutes, he should at least be in the thoughts for Monday’s squad.

“It’s been hard for [Gomes] with all the ups and downs of injury. I told him in the summer he could be an important player for us. He’s been so unlucky, he delivered a very good physical performance [vs Burnley] considering he hadn’t played so long. We know he has quality and he’s put himself right back in the frame for what we need going forward.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: West Ham

Out: None

Doubtful: Armando Broja (knock)

Marco Silva quotes: “It’s more competitive when you have all these senior players fighting for each position. It’s a big headache but it’s the best headache you can have as a coach.

“[Armando Broja] did some exams [after picking up a knock in training on Thursday] and everything is going to be OK.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Crystal Palace (H)

Out: Joel Matip (knee), Thiago Alcantara (thigh)

Doubtful: Alisson Becker (hamstring)

Jurgen Klopp quotes: “There was no chance to play Trent [against Atalanta on Thursday]. He was on the bench because we were allowed to put 23 players into the squad. He had two sessions. Diogo didn’t have more really but the information from the medical department is [he was a] step ahead, so he can play a little bit longer.

“I think Diogo was absolutely fine [last night for] 20 minutes, it helped him a lot and now we will see what we can do from there.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Man City (A)

Out: Tom Lockyer (heart issue), Amari’i Bell (hamstring), Marvelous Nakamba (knee), Elijah Adebayo (thigh), Dan Potts (hamstring), Mads Anderson (calf), Chiedozie Ogbene (hamstring), Jacob Brown (knee), Gabriel Osho (knee), Issa Kabore (ineligible), Albert Sambi Lokonga (thigh)

Doubtful: Teden Mengi (unspecified), Reece Burke (unspecified)

Rob Edwards quotes: “We’ve got seven centre halves at this club and not one has trained this week. Maybe we get one [of Teden Mengi and Reece Burke], maybe we get both, but maybe we don’t get either. Teden twice pushed through to help us win the game last week against Bournemouth and was in a lot of pain.

“[Issa Kabore] will be a big miss. He’s had a great attitude and filled in a number of positions.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Luton (H)

Out: Nathan Ake (calf)

Doubtful: Phil Foden (dead leg), Kyle Walker (hamstring)

Pep Guardiola quotes: “We are training this afternoon and we will know better how they feel.

“[Phil Foden] I would like to tell you but I didn’t see the team, I didn’t speak with the doctors. We’ll train this afternoon. After the press conference, we’ll have a meeting and we’ll see how they feel.

“[Kyle Walker] the same. I don’t know right now. Honestly. [Ederson] was ready to play against Madrid. He is ready for tomorrow and we will make the decision.

“Take a look at our games and you realise. It is simple. [Rodri] is so important for the quality he gives us. But if you have a player that doesn’t want to play then he’s not going to play. If he’s exhausted, it can happen, and another is going to play.

“I’d love to rest central defenders but we don’t have them. [John Stones and Kyle Walker] got injured so they get cannot rest. We are in big, big trouble.

“I had the feeling we were tired in the last games. We will decide tomorrow what we have to do.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Bournemouth

Out: Luke Shaw (thigh), Tyrell Malacia (knee), Anthony Martial (groin), Lisandro Martinez (calf), Victor Lindelof (thigh), Raphael Varane (muscle), Jonny Evans (muscle), Scott McTominay (knee)

Doubtful: Marcus Rashford (knock)

Erik ten Hag quotes: “Scott [McTominay], I don’t think so. We have training, so we have a day, he will push. He’s so keen to be a part of it, but there’s questions.

“[Marcus Rashford] trained yesterday, and we’ll see how he recovers from it today. There’s another training today and then we will make the decision.

“It’s very difficult [to keep changing the defence]. Everyone who has a little bit of knowledge about football, they know it will affect your results and performances. The back four is always the foundation to get results – we didn’t have that.

“We still have to win, we know that, so then others have to take responsibility, but when you oversee it then you know it has a negative impact.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Spurs (H)

Out: Sandro Tonali (suspended), Sven Botman (knee), Lewis Miley (back), Callum Wilson (chest), Joelinton (thigh), Nick Pope (shoulder), Jamaal Lascelles (knee), Valentino Livramento (ankle), Miguel Almiron (knee), Kieran Trippier (calf), Joe Willock (Achilles)

Doubtful: Lewis Hall (thigh), Matt Targett (Achilles)

Eddie Howe quotes: “The closest player to coming back would be Tino Livramento, he has not trained with the team but has been out on the grass. Lewis Hall has not trained at all this week, so he is a slight concern from last week. Other players are doing well in the background so I am hoping in the not-too-distant future we can get three or four back.

“Joe has been to see another specialist to check on the progress of his Achilles, which has been problematic for him. The feedback was positive. For Tottenham, I don’t think he will be available for us. We need to make sure the long-term prognosis for him is positive so he may need some rest.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Wolves (H)

Out: Taiwo Awoniyi (unspecified), Nuno Tavares (thigh), Willy Boly (muscle)

Doubtful: None

Nuno Espirito Santo quotes: “We still have to wait and see for Saturday. I’m sorry I cannot go much further on that. [Willy Boly] is still on treatment, unfortunately. We do not know exactly when he is going to return.

“[Taiwo Awoniyi] is starting his individual programme. I don’t have an exact timeline for when he is going to return but it is closer. Hopefully he can still help us this season.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Brentford (A)

Out: Max Lowe (ankle), Rhys Norrington-Davies (hamstring), Chris Basham (foot), John Egan (ankle), Rhian Brewster (hamstring), Daniel Jebbison (ill), George Baldock (calf), Tom Davies (thigh)

Doubtful: Jack Robinson (ankle)

Chris Wilder quotes: “We’ll give [Jack Robinson] every chance to be involved, but he rolled his ankle. So it’s getting that swelling down and getting him hopefully out there on the grass. It’s going to be a late decision but hopefully we’ll get him back.

“Everyone knows what we think about him. He’s a great character and a warrior so he’ll want to play and we want him to play. But we have to make sure we don’t risk him for the rest of the season. So we’ll see.

“I’m not going to put a gun to their head to get back. One of the things we’ve looked at is the risk and reward policy. We have to make sensible decisions, short term, regarding Jack. I don’t want to risk a longer-term issue and it’ll be the same for the players on that list [like Rhys Norrington-Davies and Rhian Brewster].

“The attitude of the players has been outstanding. The ones not playing and the ones who are, they all want to help the cause. They see a buzz about the group. We’ve had some disappointing days, the attitude has been spot on overall and those boys are working extremely hard, morning, noon and night, away from the lights, to get themselves back and add to the group.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Newcastle

Out: Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Fraser Forster (foot), Manor Solomon (knee), Richarlison (knee)

Doubtful: None

Ange Postecoglou quotes: “Not for this week [for Richarlison]. He’s close and, obviously with the weekend off next weekend, it’ll give him time to recover – and he’s on track to do that.

“Everyone else from last weekend has got through unscathed and are ready to go.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Fulham (H)

Out: Alphonse Areola (groin), Jarrod Bowen (back), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring)

Doubtful: None

David Moyes quotes: “We’re only just back today and the players have had a recovery session. I don’t think we’ll have Jarrod at the weekend and I’m not sure about Alphonse [Areola] and Kalvin Phillips.

“Dinos [Mavropanos] felt something [at Leverkusen on Thursday] but I’m not sure if it’s bad or not yet.”


Gameweek 33 opponents: Nott’m Forest (

Out: Pedro Neto (hamstring), Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (knee)

Doubtful: Hwang Hee-chan (thigh), Rayan Ait-Nouri (calf)

Gary O’Neil quotes: “Rayan [Ait-Nouri] will travel with the group. He’s had different week to the others with the slight issue he has, but it is a minor issue, nothing too significant in there. He’ll travel with the group, we’ll name the team in the morning and it gives him another day to see how he’s feeling. I envisage him being part of the matchday squad.

“[Hwang] Hee-chan’s in the matchday squad which is fantastic news for us. Cunha’s still fine and in the matchday squad. [Craig Dawson] is in the matchday squad again. For [Jean-Ricner] Bellegarde, it probably comes too early. We’ll check him in the morning, but I wouldn’t think [he] would play much of a part.

“It was the same with Pedro [Neto], when he was coming back from his significant hamstring injury. Matheus Cunha is in that process at the minute as well. [Hwang] will be similar. It’s not always minutes, the game has moved to a place where you get data on how far they’ve run and amount of sprints. We’ll have an area we feel is safe for the players and one where they start to go over that.”