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    Solskjaer slams Man Utd fans for criticism over quiet transfer window saying it’s ‘disrespectful’ to Donny van de Beek

    MANCHESTER UNITED fans criticising the club’s transfer window are being disrespectful to Donnny van de Beek, claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    The Dutchman, 24, is the only player that the Red Devils have managed to sign following his £39million move from Ajax.

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    Donny van de Beek has penned a five-year deal with the Red DevilsCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Fans have hit out at Solskjaer and the club’s board for missing out on a number of top targets including Jadon Sancho.
    United are reportedly irritated by the social media frenzy and fear it will have a negative impact on the team.
    Solskjaer, who watched his side scrape a win over Brighton on Saturday, has responded to the criticism.
    He said: “I think you show quite a bit of disrespect to Donny when you say he was the only one, because he is a top player, and he strengthens our team.

    “Different clubs have to be allowed to do whatever they do and feel they can.
    “We are working hard to have a competitive squad and team.
    “If and when there are updates we will give you them.”
    This summer’s transfer window is set to close on October 5.

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    But SunSport revealed United are planning to make at least two more signings.
    The Red Devils are reportedly lining up a £90million offer for top target Sancho.
    And the club are in talks with Porto over a swoop for £18m star Alex Telles.

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    Leeds have ‘concrete’ transfer interest in Man Utd star Dan James but Solskjaer will only sell if he lands Jadon Sancho

    LEEDS have “concrete interest” in Manchester United winger Daniel James.
    The Premier League new-boys initially tried to capture the Welshman, 22, from Swansea on transfer deadline day in January 2019.

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    Daniel James could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summerCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

    He ultimately joined United six months later, but could now be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer – should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer land top target Jadon Sancho.
    And, according to Sky Sports, Elland Road would be James’ most likely destination.
    Transfer guru Dharmesh Sheth said: “While Manchester United are struggling to offload players, there does appear to be a concrete interest from Leeds in the winger Daniel James.
    “Would United consider letting James go out on loan? Ordinarily, yes.

    “The problem is that he is currently the first-choice back-up to Mason Greenwood on the right side.
    “So that brings us back to Jadon Sancho, and you wonder if James will be allowed to go out on loan without Sancho or an alternative was brought into the squad.
    “It would appear that he wouldn’t unless they brought in Sancho or a replacement.
    “United fans are getting anxious with 12 days left to get business done.”

    Leeds’ failed pursuit of James was well documented on the Amazon Prime series, Take Us Home.
    The documentary shows Leeds technical Director, Victor Orta visibly upset with the move falling through at the final hurdle which would have seen James join Leeds for just £10million.
    The Wales international went on to join United for £18million plus add-ons at the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

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    Man Utd still hope to land Jadon Sancho this transfer windowCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    James got off to a good start at United scoring three goals in four Premier League appearances, earning praise for his quick start to life in Manchester.
    Form would later dip for the 22-year-old, as he went on a seven month goal drought before scoring in United’s 5-0 Uefa Europa League win over LASK.
    Question marks have been raised over James’ ability to cut it at a top club like United, where he has since lost his place to 18-year-old academy superstar, Mason Greenwood.

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    Arsenal boss Arteta claims transfer fee affected Nicolas Pepe but backs him to shine despite losing spot to Willian

    MIKEL ARTETA has backed Nicolas Pepe to become a star for Arsenal.
    The Ivorian winger scored just eight times in a disappointing first season in England following his £72million move from Lille last summer.

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    Mikel Arteta has backed Nicolas Pepe to be a success at Arsenal

    But Arteta has seen enough improvement from Pepe to believe the 25-year-old can bounce back and live up to his enormous price tag.
    Arteta said: “I think he has come a long way, Nico.
    “Obviously we know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure.
    “He is a really good character to have around and I’m really positive we are going to have him for many years.

    “But he is a player who had to adapt, it is a different style and he has a really good attitude and we can see big developments in a lot of places in his game.
    “He is very settled here, he is liked by the boys.
    “He is a really good character to have around and I’m really positive we are going to have him for many years and that he can perform at a really high level consistently.”

    Willian’s arrival at the Emirates has seen Pepe drop to the bench in the Arsenal’s first two Premier League matches this season.

    Pepe did appear as a substitute in both games and played all 90 minutes of the Gunners’ Carabao Cup third round win over Leicester on Tuesday.
    The ex-Lille star even set up Christian Fuchs’ own goal which gave Arsenal the lead on the night.
    Arsenal are next in action on Monday night when they go to Premier League champions Liverpool hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

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    The woodwork has now saved as many shots for Man Utd this season as under-fire David De Gea after bizarre Brighton win

    MANCHESTER UNITED have been saved by the woodwork as many times this season as they have by goalkeeper David De Gea.
    The Red Devils finally got up-and-running in the Premier League with a dramatic 3-2 win over the Seagulls.

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    Brighton made history as they were denied by the woodwork five times against Manchester UnitedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    5 – The woodwork has stopped as many shots for Manchester United’s opponents this season as David de Gea. Clunk.
    — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2020

    Bruno Fernandes scored an injury-time penalty – after the final whistle had already been blown – to seal the points.
    However, that was not the only good fortune and historic moment in this afternoon’s match.
    Brighton were denied by the goal frame an incredible five times during the contest.
    That made them the first team to do so since Opta stats began 17 years ago.

    The previous record was four, but Graham Potter’s men struck both crossbars and three of the four posts.
    Leandro Trossard was the man cursing the woodwork the most.
    He was denied by it on no less than three occasions.
    And they were also denied by VAR when they had a debatable penalty award overturned.

    Amazingly, that means the woodwork has now saved as many shots as United’s goalkeeper De Gea so far this season.

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    Brighton had five shots on target during the game, with two of those actually hitting the net.
    That left the Spanish stopper with three stops to make, to add to his two in last week’s 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now be hoping that today’s luck stays with his team when they return to Brighton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday ahead of next week’s clash with Tottenham.

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    Watch Thiago Silva’s shocker as Chelsea concede THREE in 30 minutes vs West Brom in latest defensive nightmare

    THIAGO SILVA made a shocking error on his Chelsea debut that led to West Brom scoring in the pulsating 3-3 draw.
    And in a brutal introduction to Premier League football, the Chelsea captain watched on as Albion scored three goals in 30 minutes to stun Frank Lampard on the bench.

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    Thiago Silva slipped that allowed Callum Robinson in to scoreCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

    Silva slipped in the 25th minute to allow Callum Robinson to nick the ball and fire past Willy Caballero, preferred in goal to blunder keeper Kepa.
    The Blues were already 1-0 down before this when Marcos Alonso’s error let in Robinson to score his first.
    Things got even worse as a collective for the visitors when Kyle Bartley poked home after Chelsea were left looking like statues at a corner.
    Despite spending £220million this summer, mostly on attacking players, Chelsea’s defensive frailties were brutally exposed at The Hawthorns.

    Blues fans heralded the signing of Silva when he joined on a free from Paris Saint-Germain.
    But he will need to keep his eye on the ball a lot better than he did tonight if he is going to endear himself to Blues fans.
    Boss Lampard looked a mixture of stunned and fuming as he slumped on to his seat in the dugout at 2-0 down.
    But things only got worse for the 42-year-old gaffer when centre-half Bartley made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark.

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    Thiago Silva was fuming at his own error that put West Brom 2-0 upCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Lampard immediately signalled to his bench as if he was ready to make instant changes.
    But he decided to let the starting XI show him what they got for the remainder of the first 45.
    The half-time team talk won’t have been a pretty affair as Albion, who had conceded EIGHT goals in their opening two Premier League, looked on course for an easy win.
    But Lampard’s troops showed some fight to somehow bag a point from the game thanks to second-half strikes from Mason Mount, sub Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.
    Speaking about Silva, Lampard said after the game: “Thiago made a mistake, he has been around long enough to know that.
    “But we will certainly give him that one in his first game.
    “We need to cut out the mistakes as a team so we don’t concede.m We need to be strong together and keep encouraging one another.”

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    Chelsea fans in hysterics as benched Kepa appears to criticise Cabellero for not saving Robinson’s West Brom opener

    CHELSEA fans were left in hysterics after Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to CRITICISE Willy Caballero for conceding against West Brom.
    The Blues dropped their record signing for veteran goalie Caballero for Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns.

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    Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to criticise Willy Caballero for West Brom’s opener

    Kepa’s future was already under the spotlight following the £22million arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes this week.
    But even though the new shot-stopper was not involved today, Kepa could still only make the bench.
    However, things did not go according to plan for Chelsea when they conceded a goal after just FOUR minutes.
    Callum Robinson’s sweeping shot from the left nutmegged Reece James.

    And Caballero was slow to react as he dived in vain and the ball sailed past his left into the back of the net.
    But it was Kepa’s reaction on the bench which caught the eye of many viewers.
    He could be seen remonstrating with midfielder Jorginho, appearing to criticise Caballero’s decision to dive for the ball.
    And supporters found the entire scene hilarious considering Kepa’s history of gaffes – including passing straight to Sadio Mane, who quickly scored in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge a week ago.

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    Caballero conceded after just four minutes against the BaggiesCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail

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    Kepa was dropped to the bench after his howler against Liverpool

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    One person said: “Lmaooooo Kepa is a joke man talking like he could save that.”
    Another wrote: “I love Kepa analysing the goal in the stands…. hilarious.”
    One added: “Kepa is patiently praying for Caballero to drink goals today and Chelsea to lose.”

    Kepa is patiently praying for Caballero to drink goals today and Chelsea to lose.
    — Sterling dey worry (@_____Sterling) September 26, 2020

    Indeed, things only got worse for Frank Lampard’s men.
    Robinson put the Baggies 2-0 up with his second of the game in the 25 minute following a mistake from new boy Thiago Silva, captaining Chelsea on his Premier League debut.
    Moments later, Kyle Bartley scored to make it 3-0 to the home side while compounding Chelsea’s misery.

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    Barcelona ‘prioritise move for Depay’ after being priced out of Isak transfer – but Koeman won’t rule out Martinez swoop

    BARCELONA are ready to push ahead with plans to sign Memphis Depay, according to reports.
    And boss Ronald Koeman is also refusing to rule out a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

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    Barcelona are pushing on with plans to sign DepayCredit: AFP or licensors

    The Dutchman wants at least one new striker to bolster his squad after Luis Suarez left for Atletico Madrid.
    Depay, 26, remains the club’s priority and it is reported Barca have agreed a fee with Lyon believed to be around £22million.
    Koeman knows the former Manchester United forward well following his time as Holland boss.

    Mundo Deportivo report how the deal is almost complete and personal terms have already been agreed.
    Koeman also looked at Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak but were put off by his £64m release clause.
    Inter’s Martinez remains another option although the Serie A side are holding out for £83m.
    Koeman, however, has not conceded defeat in the quest to sign the Argentine although admitted finances are tight.

    He said: “Nothing is ruled out. We are always looking for players to improve our game.

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    Barca have not given up on their plans to sign MartinezCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    “It may be that the players you want aren’t possible because of the financial situation of the club, but I’ve accepted this – I knew it before I arrived.
    “It is always more important to talk about the players who are here, not the ones who are missing. More players might come, but we must focus on the ones we have
    “We are ready for the start of a complicated La Liga campaign. It will be very hard but for now we’ll just see what happens to the players.
    “We have many quality players in attack; [Ousmane] Dembele, Ansu Fati … If the squad stays like this we will have to accept it. We need all the forwards we have, we have a lot of top quality people.
    “We will have to alternate to stay fresh, but it’s good that we have the players there to do that.”

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    Oxford bus stalls for SIX HOURS en route to game as coronavirus-tackling alcohol spray sets off anti-drink-drive system

    OXFORD UNITED had to abandon their team bus after an alcohol spray used to combat coronavirus set off the anti-drink-drive system.
    The bus stalled for six hours – meaning the squad had to use cars and taxis to reach Accrington’s ground in time for kick-off.

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    Oxford United went on to win the match 4-1Credit: Pro Sports Images

    Oxford’s coach sprayed sterilising alcohol gel around the cabin to make sure everyone on board is Covid-19 secure.
    But some of the spray was picked up by a sensor that stops the coach driver starting the vehicle if they have drunk alcohol.
    The League One stars had to find an alternative way of getting to the Wham Stadium.
    After the disastrous journey, manager Karl Robinson said: “Our coaches broke down.

    “We had to get changed in a hotel and make our way in staff cars, get taxis, you name it.
    “We also had four players test positive for Covid-19 on Thursday but it’s not Covid, there’s a flu going around.
    “But you can’t change it. Things aren’t falling in our favour but it’s not going to change our mentality.
    ” The players are motivated by what’s gone wrong.”

    Despite arriving later than planned, Oxford United managed to pick up three points with a 4-1 win.
    James Henry opened the scoring before Ryan Cassidy bagged the equaliser in the 72nd minute.
    An own-goal by Joe Pritchard gave them the lead before Matt Taylor found the net twice in two minutes.

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