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EPL top four: Dimitar Berbatov issues strong warning to Manchester United

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Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has warned that the club could struggle to finish in the top four if the Red Devils continue to drop “unnecessary points” to weaker teams.

Man United was held to a surprise 1-1 draw with relegation candidates West Brom at the Hawthorns Stadium last weekend.

The Red Devils will host Newcastle United at Old Trafford tonight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has only managed to win two of their last six matches in the Premier League and are in the second position on the log with 46 points from 24 games.

“If [Manchester] United continue to keep dropping unnecessary points to weaker teams, I am going to be worried for them making the top four,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“When you’re challenging for the title it’s unacceptable to drop points against the team that’s bottom of the table and then the team second bottom of the table.

“Yes, you may drop points against the likes of City and Liverpool, when there is so much quality on the pitch but playing against teams down the table, you’ve to take the points otherwise you bring lots of problems on yourself.

“United must kick on because they risk teams catching them and each week, the race for a top-four spot is getting tighter.”

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Leicester City vs Arsenal: I really wanted to stay at Chelsea – Willian

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Arsenal winger, Willian, has revealed he ‘really wanted to stay at Chelsea’ but was forced to leave the West London club due to a disagreement over his contract.

The Brazilian international said this ahead of Arsenal’s away Premier League clash against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.

Recall that Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer last summer transfer window.

The 32-year-old, who played 339 times for Chelsea, won two Premier League titles and a Europa League title during his seven years at Stamford Bridge.

“It was difficult to make that decision,” Willian told UOL Esporte.

“Because the rivalry between the two clubs is very big, it was well thought out talking to my wife and even the agent many times.

“I didn’t leave the club with a fight. I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions. I really wanted to stay.

“We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That’s why I ended up leaving.”

Willian is yet to score for Mikel Arteta’s men and has registered just four assists in 26 appearances for the Gunners.

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Chelsea vs Man United: You have done really well – Solskjaer tells Thomas Tuchel

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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has done really well at Stamford Bridge since he took over from Frank Lampard last January.

Solskjaer said that the current Chelsea squad under Tuchel has the ability to keep teams away from their own goal.

He also said that his job is to end Tuchel’s unbeaten run at Chelsea so far.

The Norwegian spoke on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s away Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

Tuchel has won six of his last eight matches in charge of Chelsea since his appointment last month.

“You can see in the results, stats and possession they have had, the ability to keep teams away from their own goal, he’s done really well,” Tuchel said.

“It is never easy coming into a season halfway through, and he must be pleased as well, but hopefully, we can stop that run. That is my job now.”

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Europa League: Mourinho reacts to Tottenham’s draw against Dinamo

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Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, has reacted to the Europa league last 16 draw that pitted his side against Dinamo Zagreb.

Tottenham was lucky to have avoided Manchester United and Arsenal in the draw and Mourinho believes that at this stage there is no easy team left in the competition.

Addressing the press on Friday after the draws were confirmed, Mourinho said, “When you are in this competition and you get to this stage you don’t get easy clubs. If you want to win it, sooner or later you have to play against the best clubs or the ones who go through the different stages.”

The Portuguese said his team’s objective at the moment is to win against Dinamo and prepare to meet Arsenal and Manchester United later in the competition, adding, “we have always had to face them.

“I think, yeah it happened in the Champions League final, two English clubs, happened in the Europa League with Arsenal and Chelsea too.

“It’s something that can happen and if it does, wonderful for us if we are one of the two teams and wonderful for English football to have two teams in the final.

“But at this moment 16 teams, everybody wants the same so it’s very premature to think about it. Dinamo, they beat Krasnodar twice.

“I played against them with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Croatian football is Croatian football, with lots of talent. It’s a football country.”

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