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Gary Neville explains why Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to be the next Manchester United manager

The Paris Saint-Germain manager has been linked to Old Trafford as a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Author: Gardener)

Gary NevilleWhat will be the best team in the Premier League in 2021? Choosing the best 11 players from across the Premier League for the 2021 calendar year is not easy to find out.

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Fans react to Manchester United's draw with Newcastle

After Manchester United took a point to Newcastle on Monday night, fans took to social media and it's fair to say they were less impressed. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleAfter Manchester United took a point to Newcastle on Monday night, fans took to social media and it's fair to say they were less impressed. Newcastle took the lead in the 7th minute with a grandiose shot from Allan Saint-Maximin, but were pushed back in the second half by Edinson Cavani's scruffy equalizer. Eddie Howe's team could and should have won the game, but ultimately failed because of David De Gea's brilliance. Fans took to Twitter to respond to the result: “We are lucky enough to get a point tonight. Far from being good enough! #MUFC '' Come back Ole, everything is taken! “Manchester United is in ruins, poor recruitment, no style of play. "Holding on to a point they didn't deserve is Newcastle's worst squad in years WOW"

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Fans react to Liverpool's goal Allan Saint-Maximin performance against Manchester United

After Allan Saint-Maximin's beautiful goal and performance against Manchester United on Monday, Liverpool fans have used social media to comment on whether he would be a good fit for their club. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedAfter Allan Saint-Maximin's beautiful goal and performance against Manchester United on Monday, Liverpool fans have used social media to comment on whether he would be a good fit for their club. Over the past few weeks and months it has been rumored that the Reds are interested in a number of strikers, with Saint-Maximin being one of the connected players. Liverpool will lose both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the Africa Cup of Nations next week and Saint-Maximin's performance led fans to take to Twitter to share their views as they hope to be signed in January. "He's a real Klopp player, he sure works hard and has talent for days!" It is his tendency to overdo things. His whole game depends on space and dribbling. He rarely comes by when he sees an open space. It's hard to train at this stage in his career. '

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Man Utd rejects Sevilla Martial's loan offer

Manchester United have turned down a loan offer from Seville for Anthony Martial because it only covers half the striker's wages. (Author: Gardener)

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Man Utd rejects Seville offer for Martial

Manchester United have turned down a loan offer from Seville for striker Anthony Martial, sources told ESPN. (Author: Gardener)

SevilleCraig Burley joins Manchester United after the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night. Craig Burley joins Manchester United after the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night. Manchester United have turned down a loan offer from Seville for striker Anthony Martial, sources told ESPN. Martial have told coach Ralf Rangnick that he would like to leave in January but United have turned down an approach by the Spanish side because they only offered to cover half his salary. Sources have told ESPN that the club is only considering offers that cover all of Martial's wages and include a loan fee. United are happy to keep the 26-year-old if the conditions aren't met. Martial has returned to full training but was dropped from the squad for the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Monday. Since moving from Monaco in 2015 to coach Louis van Gaal, he has scored 79 goals in 268 games for United. Martial had limited options this season after the summer additions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho and has only started twice in the Premier League. As a first-choice center-forward under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 2019-20 season, he has scored 23 goals, including 17 in the league, but has told Rangnick that he would like a new challenge. "He explained to me that he has been with Manchester United for seven years and he feels that the time is right for a change to go elsewhere," said Rangnick. "We have COVID-19 times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions and we want to be as successful as possible."

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Man Utd rejects Seville offer for Martial

Manchester United have turned down a loan offer from Seville for striker Anthony Martial, sources told ESPN. (Author: Gardener)

SevilleCraig Burley joins Manchester United after the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night. Craig Burley joins Manchester United after the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night. Manchester United have turned down a loan offer from Seville for striker Anthony Martial, sources told ESPN. Martial have told coach Ralf Rangnick that he would like to leave in January but United have turned down an approach by the Spanish side because they only offered to cover half his salary. Sources have told ESPN that the club is only considering offers that cover all of Martial's wages and include a loan fee. United are happy to keep the 26-year-old if the conditions aren't met. Martial has returned to full training but was dropped from the squad for the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Monday. Since moving from Monaco in 2015 to coach Louis van Gaal, he has scored 79 goals in 268 games for United. Martial had limited options this season after the summer additions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho and has only started twice in the Premier League. As a first-choice center-forward under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 2019-20 season, he has scored 23 goals, including 17 in the league, but has told Rangnick that he would like a new challenge. "He explained to me that he has been with Manchester United for seven years and he feels that the time is right for a change to go elsewhere," said Rangnick. "We have COVID-19 times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions and we want to be as successful as possible."

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Manchester United's 16-day coronavirus hiatus did us no favor - Harry Maguire

The Red Devils needed an equalizer from Edinson Cavani in the second half to secure the draw against Tyneside. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester United'sSkipper Harry Maguire admitted a 16-day Covid-19 break had done Manchester United a disservice after saving a 1-1 draw at Premier League fighters Newcastle. The Red Devils needed an equalizer in the 71st minute from half-time substitute Edinson Cavani to get into St. 2 formation on Monday evening and thanked goalkeeper David De Gea for a series of beautiful saves. It was their first outing in 16 days after a coronavirus outbreak that caused the club to close its training complex in Carrington - Victor Lindelof was absent from Tyneside after a positive test - but it was the lowly magpies who came in for the fourth time 16 days of playing and were exhausted from Covid and injuries that almost only brought in a second win of the season. Maguire told Manchester United official website: “No 16-day break in the middle of a football season is going to help you. “The training ground has been closed and half of the boys playing today are recovering from the virus, so of course that won't help us. “We had people with symptoms, people without symptoms - it was a mixed deal for everyone at the football club and it was a tough time. “We have to stay on the ball, we have to stay active and we have to play the ball in their half and we didn't manage to do that. Rangnick's men fell back against Allan Saint-Maximin's great opener in the seventh minute and were criminally negligent in possession as they tried to fight their way back into the game. Cavani and Jadon Sancho were introduced at break, Fred and Mason Greenwood made way after a change in shape and the Uruguayan international scored 19 minutes from time to take a point. Jacob Murphy failed with a post and Miguel Almiron with an impressive save from De Gea when time was running out and the guests counted their blessings. Maguire added: “David is in great shape right now. The draw left United seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with two games in hand before clashing Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday, despite Maguire believing they will do better for a tough evening in the Northeast. "The Burnley game and the Wolves game are coming close and fast and we have to play better than we did tonight to make sure we get three points."

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"Stretched" Newcastle suffer injuries

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says his side are "dangerously close" to being unable to field a team for Thursday's game at Everton. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleNewcastle boss Eddie Howe said his side are "dangerously close" to being unable to field a team for their Premier League game at Everton on December 30th. Strikers Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin then both suffered injuries during the game at St. James' Park. Howe fears Wilson could face "months" on the sidelines. Newcastle are 19th in the table, two points behind 17th-placed Watford. "Callum's injury looks severe, weeks, maybe months," Howe told BBC Radio 5 Live. The Newcastle boss was only able to name eight substitutes against Manchester United, including two goalkeepers and two youngsters who had not yet started a Premier League game. I think it's 13 plus one goalkeeper [to have enough players for one game]. Wilson, 29, was eliminated in first-half stoppage time with fibula and Saint-Maximin, who scored after seven minutes and missed a chance in the second half, retired with an Achilles tendon after Edinson Cavani equalized. "Allan, I don't think it's as serious [like Wilson] but serious enough to convince him." Newcastle, who have now played three games more than Watford and four more than 18th-placed Burnley, have already been without defenders Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett while midfielder Isaac Hayden was suspended. But goalkeeper Karl Darlow, defender Ciaran Clark and midfielders Matt Ritchie and Joe Willock were also missing for the game against Manchester United. Newcastle have scored 19 goals in 19 Premier League games, with top scorer Wilson scoring six while Saint-Maximin, 24, scored four league goals. Scottish winger Pat Nevin, part of the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team, said Newcastle would miss these players very much. "We don't know how bad the injuries are," said Nevin. "Callum Wilson had a great game before he started before half-time. But if Allan Saint-Maximin is out for more than a week or two it would be a disaster. They need their best two players, so the cost of that." "Eddie Howe needs Time to get those players back and bring other players into play as well. " Fifteen first division games were canceled this month, including Arsenal versus Wolves and Leeds versus Aston Villa, both of which will be played on December 28th. * Our coverage of Newcastle United is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know here to make sure you don't miss a moment * All Newcastle - straight to the best content

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"Stretched" Newcastle suffer injuries

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says his side are "dangerously close" to being unable to field a team for Thursday's game at Everton. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleNewcastle boss Eddie Howe said his side are "dangerously close" to being unable to field a team for their Premier League game at Everton on December 30th. Strikers Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin then both suffered injuries during the game at St. James' Park. Howe fears Wilson could face "months" on the sidelines. Newcastle are 19th in the table, two points behind 17th-placed Watford. "Callum's injury looks severe, weeks, maybe months," Howe told BBC Radio 5 Live. The Newcastle boss was only able to name eight substitutes against Manchester United, including two goalkeepers and two youngsters who had not yet started a Premier League game. I think it's 13 plus one goalkeeper [to have enough players for one game]. Wilson, 29, was eliminated in first-half stoppage time with fibula and Saint-Maximin, who scored after seven minutes and missed a chance in the second half, retired with an Achilles tendon after Edinson Cavani equalized. "Allan, I don't think it's as serious [like Wilson] but serious enough to convince him." Newcastle, who have now played three games more than Watford and four more than 18th-placed Burnley, have already been without defenders Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett while midfielder Isaac Hayden was suspended. But goalkeeper Karl Darlow, defender Ciaran Clark and midfielders Matt Ritchie and Joe Willock were also missing for the game against Manchester United. Newcastle have scored 19 goals in 19 Premier League games, with top scorer Wilson scoring six while Saint-Maximin, 24, scored four league goals. Scottish winger Pat Nevin, part of the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team, said Newcastle would miss these players very much. "We don't know how bad the injuries are," said Nevin. "Callum Wilson had a great game before he started before half-time. But if Allan Saint-Maximin is out for more than a week or two it would be a disaster. They need their best two players, so the cost of that." "Eddie Howe needs Time to get those players back and bring other players into play as well. " Fifteen first division games were canceled this month, including Arsenal versus Wolves and Leeds versus Aston Villa, both of which will be played on December 28th. * Our coverage of Newcastle United is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know here to make sure you don't miss a moment * All Newcastle - straight to the best content

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Cavani saves a draw for Manchester United as Newcastle takes on a new fight

The striker's equalizer saved Manchester United after Newcastle took an early lead with a great Saint Maximin finish (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleInstead of following the supposed script and pushing Newcastle into submission, Rangnick's torn team was often torn apart by Allan Saint-Maximin's attacking maneuvers and Joelinton's excellence in midfield. Despite Edinson Cavani stepping off the bench to save a point for United, the time between Saint-Maximin's opening game in the seventh minute and the Uruguayan's equalizer in the 71st minute was perhaps one of Rangnick's least comfortable technical interludes . After doing his tactics right for so long, Eddie Howe earned his side a transformative win, but many under a full house at the St. Admittedly, Newcastle only won once all season but Rangnick had David De Gea too thank for keeping a point that leaves United in seventh place, seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. While a mixture of Covid and injuries meant that Howe could only name eight substitutes, including two goalkeepers, his technical opponent put up an at least theoretically impressive starting line-up for United's first game in more than a fortnight. When Raphaël Varane turned unusually clumsy, he lost possession to Sean Longstaff and in no time Saint-Maximin had the ball at his feet and whipped past three marks, including Harry Maguire. For a moment it seemed as if the French had delayed his shot too long, but Saint-Maximin only chose his place in the top corner of the goal. Even Cristiano Ronaldo looked impressed when the ball flew imperiously past a helpless De Gea. Perhaps it was telling that Howe had mildly criticized the slightly disgruntled Saint-Maximin last week, and the former Nice winger appeared on a mission to prove a point. Results may have been disappointing since Howe succeeded Steve Bruce, but the freshman's management certainly got the best out of a seemingly reinvented Joelinton. His presence as the reborn Enforcer also protected Jonjo Shelvey, allowing his midfielder to focus on finding gaps in Rangnick's rearguard. Accordingly, De Gea had to act wisely to deflect Shelvey's 25-yard shot at a time when Ronaldo's expression was starting to get grumpy. Concerning the United manager, it appeared that there was a definite lack of telepathy between Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. It didn't help that Bruno Fernandes was strangely ineffective in a completely overrun midfield section on a team that sometimes appeared in a strangely awkward 4-2-2-2 form. When Saint-Maximin tripped three visiting defenders and Callum Wilson's first shot escaped De Gea's grip, St. James ’Park fell into ecstasy. The resulting reshuffle meant that Jacob Murphy got far on the left, while Longstaff shifted a little further forward and Saint-Maximin took over the central attack tasks. Unsurprisingly, Rangnick made a double substitution, introducing Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani at the expense of Fred and Greenwood. But his now-improving team would have fallen further behind if Saint-Maximin hadn't proven he was human by shooting at De Gea directly after being whipped on the right by Emil Krafth's push on the right. As Howe's painful body language pointed out that it was the kind of miss that can change games, even seasons, Rangnick may feel almost the same the moment Cavani's team hit Sancho's target. Meanwhile, Ronaldo shot a volley wide - and was probably lucky enough to only get a yellow card for a wild, reckless, irritable kick after the ball against Ryan Fraser. It was left to Cavani to raise the tone by losing his marker, hitting Dalot's flank and hitting on ricochet, while Martin Dubravka was stranded after his first shot was blocked. Fortunately United were level, and when De Gea brilliantly saved Miguel Almirón after Murphy hit the post, Howe, who also saw Saint-Maximin limp, knew it was really not going to be his night.

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