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Manchester United confirms major injury concern in boost to Newcastle&Liverpool



Manchester United confirms major injury concern in boost to Newcastle&Liverpool

Manchester United are currently in the 4th place with Liverpool breathing down their necks in 5th place, having only 1 point behind.

Moreover, 3rd place Newcastle are also just 2 points ahead as they failed to extend their lead to Man Utd with their recent loss.

The trio are fighting for a top 4 finish to qualify for UCL next season. However, the news from Old Trafford is that the top scorer for Man Utd, Marcus Rashford is a doubt for their upcoming game.

Man Utd face Wolves in their Premier League clash on Saturday and a win would see them go to 3rd place. Meanwhile, the Magpies travel to Elland Road looking to cement their 3rd spot for this gameweek.

However, the Reds are in 5th place and just 3 points separate them from the 3rd place Newcastle. Should the Reds win and the other two teams lose, Liverpool could end this week in 3rd spot. Although, this would mean that the Reds would have played 1 more game than the other 2 rivals.

Moreover, the Anfield club are on a 6-game-winning streak and have been getting results their way. Though not as dominant as Klopp’s side usually were, they have been getting 3 points by keeping a 1-goal lead in the last two fixtures.

Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle Utd: 3 teams, for 2 spots

As it currently stands, Klopp’s side are 1 point behind Man Utd in 4th and 3 points behind Newcastle in 3rd. However, both the competing teams have one game each in their hands.

Eddie Howe’s men travel to 19th-placed Leeds, who are determined to survive relegation. Meanwhile, Ten Haag’s men travel to 14th place Bournemouth. Klopp’s men, however, travel to King Power to face Leicester who are also in the relegation battle.

Besides, Ten Hagg spoke to the media about Rashford’s injury.

“Raphael Varane is back, Marcus Rashford is doubtful. He has a problem on his leg, an injury, so he is a big question mark for [Saturday].”

The return of Varane is a boost for Man United, who is back after a month on the sidelines through injury. However, it is unclear whether he is fit enough to start against Wolves on Saturday. Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw could continue at centre-back despite the Frenchman’s return.

Meanwhile, Alejandro Garnacho returned to the matchday squad for the defeat at West Ham last week.

“He has one more week training. Yeah, so he is available and we have seen he can bring something extra to the team.”


Exclusive: The real reason Liverpool have agreed Schmadtke deal

Liverpool have decided to appoint Jorg Schmadtke as their new sporting director because he will challenge manager Jurgen Klopp, sources have told Football Insider.

Sources told this site on Thursday (11 May) that the 59-year-old German has accepted the Reds’ offer of a three-year contract.

Schmadtke will work in tandem with Klopp, who has given the green light to the appointment of a proven operator who is far from a ‘yes man’.

There is a sense from outside Liverpool that their long-serving manager wants an iron grip on the club’s recruitment, but club insiders have revealed that is far from the case.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Klopp is keen on a more collaborative approach in which differing opinions and viewpoints are taken on board.

He is believed to have regularly disagreed with former sporting director Michael Edwards over signings and contracts – but the duo oversaw a transfer record that was the envy of Europe’s elite clubs.

Sources have told this site that Schmadtke is “hugely opinionated” and “challenging” but also extremely knowledgeable.

The German, who left a sporting director role at Wolfsburg in January, will take the reins at the start of the summer transfer window – replacing incumbent Julian Ward.

Schmadtke’s terms sheet will run concurrently with that of Klopp – with the 55-year-old boss out of contract in the summer of 2026.

The incoming sporting director will fit in alongside long-serving chief scouts Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter on the Liverpool recruitment team.

Liverpool were reserved with their transfer business in the 2022-23 campaign – bringing in just four permanent signings for a fee, including Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez.

The Merseysiders are expected to overhaul their midfield in the off-season with the likes of James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of contract.

In other news, Man United enter race to sign Liverpool midfield target.

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