RB Leipzig Star Reveals Dream to Play for Manchester United

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has admitted that he has dreams of playing for English side Manchester United.

The 21-year-old German has already scored five goals in six Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig this season and is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in Europe at the moment.

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He was also believed to be a target for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool over the summer, with Barcelona reportedly interested as well, but he has since revealed that it’s a move to United that he yearns for, having supported the club since he was a kid.

“‘As a young boy, you always dream of the big club you’d like to play for,’ he said to Sky (H/T ​Metro). “It used to be Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who always won. A young boy is always a fan of those who win. 

“You can’t just drop something like that. When it’s going well, you dream of playing somewhere else.”

Leipzig pushed Bayern Munich quite hard last season, and after eight Bundesliga games in this campaign, sit just one point behind the Bavarian giants in third place and three behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.

While Werner’s dream is to someday move to Old Trafford and wear United’s shirt, he still wants to help his current club win trophies.

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“We want to win some trophies,” he added. “I don’t know if this will happen with RB but the chances are good this year that we can get a trophy.”

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3 Key Battles That Could Decide Huddersfield Town’s Fate Against Manchester United

Hosting one of the league’s strongest and unbeaten sides will certainly prove no easy feat for Huddersfield this weekend as they welcome Manchester United to the Kirklees stadium.

With an unbelievably strong performance required of David Wagner’s men, it may boil down to a few key battles between individuals that could make or break the Terriers’ chances against Jose Mourinho’s marauding United side. 

Here are three key battles that could prove to be the difference in this Premier League showdown.

3. Aaron Mooy vs Ander Herrera

This particular battle will certainly prove crucial if the Australian is to provide any kind of attacking presence for his teammates and carve out good service to Belgium forward Laurent Depoitre.

Ander Herrera is known for his work-rate and ability to shut down opposition players, and if  Mooy is to find any success Huddersfield will need to generate a quick counter-attacking style of play against the Red Devils.

Quick and incisive movement of the ball from all of Huddersfield’s midfield members will prove crucial to establishing any kind of presence in the game.

2. Antonio Valencia vs Rajiv van La Parra

With the Terriers looking to add a counter threat and pace to their attacks, these wide men will need to put in a shift for the defensive end of their game.

It is of vital importance that Tom Ince, Elias Kachunga or Van La Parra all put in the work when they find themselves out wide.

The shift that the wide men put in for Wagner’s side will assist in starving the United attack of service and extra options to stretch the home side’s defence.

1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan vs Christopher Schindler

Schindler has put in some great displays at the back for his side so far this season, but one of his greatest tests of character will against Mkhitaryan.

Having registered five assists for teammates this term, as well as grabbing a goal for himself, the Armenian is one of the best creative talents in the league and certainly one of the most potent threats for United.

Schindler will need to keep a close eye on the playmaker, with the United side prone to shifting the supporting three about to confuse the opposition, it will prove even more difficult.

With the likes of Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial in support of Mkhitaryan as well it could prove a long day for the Terriers back line if the key playmaker is not shackled.

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Huddersfield vs Manchester United Preview: Classic Encounter, Form, Team News & More

​Without a win in their last six league contests, Premier League newcomers Huddersfield will find that things do not ease up any further for promoted sides with the visit of Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Manchester United. 

The Red Devils, who in comparison have picked up 13 points from six games, travel to the John Smith’s stadium in confident form off the back of a 1-0 away win at Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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With things going well for Mourinho’s side and David Wagner’s Terriers finding points difficult to come by, it could prove to be a tough task for the home side as they host one of the favourites for the Premier League crown this year. 

With seven clean sheets from eight games and 21 goals scored in the league, Huddersfield will have to put in a tremendous performance to chase off United.


Classic Encounter

You have to travel back all the way to 1971 for when Huddersfield last hosted the Red Devils in what was one of their last meetings for many years.

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United triumphed on the day, coming out 3-0 winners at the then Leeds Road stadium. The goals on that day came from the legendary trio of Bobby Charlton, Dennis Law and George Best as they swept aside their opposition both times in the 1971/72 Division One season.


Form

Huddersfield’s form has seen them draw three of their last six games, picking up just the three points after opening up their maiden Premier League campaign with back-to-back victories.

Wagner’s side’s form has eluding them in recent weeks, but, currently sat in 12th, it wouldn’t take much for the Yorkshire side to boost their momentum and placement in the league standings.

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Manchester United put in an unimpressive but tactical display at Anfield last week – still having equalled the side’s best ever start to a Premier League season – and the Red Devils will be searching to balance the scales with three points on the road this week. 

Having only conceded to Stoke thus far this campaign, Jose Mourinho’s team looks in fine form, with a solidity and attacking might to match any side.

With things quite unfairly tipping the scales in the away side’s favour, it may be up to the footballing gods, and a fully committed performance from all in the home side to show these league giants what they are made of.


Team News

While Phil Jones looks set to return to the heart of defence, Marcos Rojo is still out with a long-term injury. Eric Bailly is still missing after sustaining a knock while out on international duty for the Ivory Coast.

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Marouane Fellaini is a similar doubt for Mourinho, having picked up a knock while on Belgium duty and looks unlikely to feature at the John Smith’s Stadium. Fellow midfielders Paul Pogba (thigh) and Michael Carrick (calf) are still sidelined.

Marcus Rashford’s injury is still relatively unclear, and his role in Saturday’s game is still in question, but the 19-year-old should make return for the Red Devils after scoring in their midweek European tie.

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David Wagner is still notably missing forward Steve Mounie (heel), with Laurent Depoitre still his stand in.

Collin Quaner (calf) is another forward option Wagner is lacking, with defender Michael Hefele (Achilles) also still lacking fitness.

Kasey Palmer looks closer to his Terriers return but remains a doubt for this clash on Saturday.

Predicted Huddersfield XI: Lossl, Smith, Schindler, Zanka, lowe, Hogg, Mooy, Kachunga, Ince, Van La Parra, Depoitre.

Predicted Manchester United XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Darmian, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku


Prediction

With the balance of power very much in United’s favour for the first ever Premier League clash between the two sides, the effort and will of Huddersfield to pick up an important three points and claim the scalp of a league giant will prove a tough task.

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But with Mourinho at the helm of a side that can frighten every defence in the league, the Terriers could find themselves in awe of their opponents, struggling to contain the flair and pace that the United frontline possesses.

Another footballing statistic points things away from the hosts, as Jose Mourinho has only lost two of 39 matches against newly promoted opposition in his career.

Footballing miracles can happen, and with the home crowd behind Huddersfield on Saturday anything could happen. However, it is unlikely. 

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Prediction: Huddersfield 0 – 3 Manchester United


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Mauricio Pochettino Insists Danny Rose’s Long-Term Future Remains at Tottenham Despite United Links

Having made his first appearance for Spurs since a lengthy spell out injured, Danny Rose’s future remains at the club despite speculation according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

Making his long-awaited return in a substitute appearance against Real Madrid, Rose’s short cameo saw him star in an unorthodox midfield role – but the England international looked lively and keen to show both the fans and manager what they’ve been missing. 

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Pochettino still sees Rose’s future at the club despite the outrage surrounding his interview with the Sun – where he criticised the club’s wage and scouting structure. Heavily linked to a move to Manchester United, who are willing to pay upwards of £50m for Rose. 

As quoted by TalkSport, the Spurs boss said: “You could see he helped the team in the final few minutes against Real Madrid. He is happy, his behaviour is fantastic. His mind is clear that what happened is in the past and we need to move on. He is part of my plans. The past is in the past.

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“In life they are young and they can mistakes but the most important thing is that they can learn from that. Fans want the best for the team and Danny is our player. Our fans are fantastic and they show good love and that they care for our players.”

With a huge game against Liverpool fast approaching, it’s unlikely that Rose will start with his fitness not yet up to scratch. Ben Davies will return to the lineup following his recovery from an illness that left him out of the Real Madrid match. 

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In other injury news, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele will not be ready for the match at Wembley – with the pair both recovering from training injuries. This means Harry Winks will maintain his place in the side, following a string of impressive performance for Spurs. 

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PHOTOS: Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manages to Mess Up UEFA #EqualGame Campaign in the Simplest Way Possible

​Ahead of this week’s Champions League fixtures, UEFA took the opportunity to promote their #EqualGame Campaign, with one player from each club selected to hold a sign bearing the campaign’s name in their pre-match team photo.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for UEFA, when it came to picking a representative from Manchester United ahead of their game away to Portuguese champions Benfica, the man chosen for this seemingly straightforward task was Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

But as can be seen from the picture above, but when it came to his big moment, Mkhitaryan somehow managed to display the sign the wrong way round.

The Armenian midfielder went on to play 90 minutes of the match at the Estadio Da Luz before being substituted in stoppage time to allow Scott McTominay to make his Champions League debut for Jose Mournho’s side.

Thankfully for Mkhitaryan, his error was somewhat outdone by that of 18 year old Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who carried Marcus Rashford’s free kick over his own goal-line to hand United a 1-0 victory in Lisbon.

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The #EqualGame website explains: “European football is more diverse and multi-cultural than ever. Our competitions and grassroots projects feature players and fans from all backgrounds.”​​

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