A lot to look forward to on the Premier League’s last weekend

So, we’ve known where the title is going for a long time now, and Manchester City have tied up the second Champions League spot, but there’s still a lot to look forward to on the last weekend in the Premier League.

With the FA Cup semi-finals having taken place the previous weekend, there are still plenty of games ahead, but we’re going to skip forward and look at the season’s finale this coming weekend.

It might make or break the whole campaign for some Premier League teams, and it might also be a big weekend for many fantasy managers. Once again, despite the title and second place being all set, there is still plenty to play for.

The Champions League Battle

The battle for the last two Champions League places remains a fascinating one despite this season having one remaining Round. Before the forced Coronavirus break, you’d have said Leicester were almost a shoe-in for a top four finish and the much-coveted Champions League spot, but their recent poor form has left them behind both Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for the two remaining places.

The Foxes are currently 5th in the league table, and it looks like two of the traditional powers- United and Chelsea- have the edge. The good news for the Foxes is that Chelsea faces a challenging game against Wolves while Leicester themselves must play United in their last game of the season.

It has been a hugely entertaining finale to the season, but with Leicester’s poor form and significant injuries to key players, you wouldn’t bet against Chelsea and  United. While you’re waiting for the matches to begin, or maybe it is half time, head on over to Unibet casino to add a bit of extra fun to the weekend.

The Relegation Battle

The relegation battle never fails to disappoint. Year after year, it’s the gift that keeps on
giving (unless the team you are supporting is involved in it).

This year we have a significant scrap that’s set to go all the way between Watford,
Bournemouth and Aston Villa. Unfortunately for those clubs, two have got to go, and the two will be dropping to the Championship.

Aston Villa now has the advantage over Watford on goal difference, but a swing of just one goal would put them even. With Watford away at Arsenal, Villa away at West Ham, and Bournemouth away at Everton, it could go in any direction.

The surprise sacking of Nigel Pearson didn’t have the desired effect for Watford against Manchester City, but could it do the trick in their final game against Arsenal?

An Eye on Next Season

While the last games of the season are often characterized by players without much to play for  or who are looking forward to their holiday, it’s likely to be a little different this time around.

For the clubs still involved in European competition, there’s still plenty of football left in the season, and there’s going to be a very short turn around until the beginning of next season. This means we may well see some high-intensity matches, even if there’s not much riding on the results in terms of points.

Fallen giants in England’s Premier League and in Germany

For many fans of clubs which have fallen on hard times, it’s hard to imagine the level of frustration and even sensations of desperation. Their once-mighty teams used to be all-conquering sides, revered and feared throughout Europe, yet now they face relegation.

For fans of Aston Villa and Werder Bremen right now, especially those old enough to remember the glory days of their clubs, facing the real prospect of descending from the Premier League and Bundesliga must be a bitter pill to swallow.

Angst at Aston Villa

Recent years have hardly been kind for Aston Villa fans, following a team which has been a shadow of their potential. They were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015/16 season, then it took the club three difficult years to make their return. Supporters were positive, yet the 2019/20 campaign has been tough to endure.

After finishing fifth in the Championship last season and winning the promotion play-offs, Aston Villa were back where many feel the club truly belongs. However, despite finishing as runners-up in the League Cup final this season, their performances in the Premier League have been a constant struggle during the 2019/20 campaign.

Indeed, the latest EPL relegation odds from Betfair would indicate that Villa are tipped to go down, unless they can somehow muster a miracle turnaround in form. That First Division title in 1981 and the magnificent European Cup win of 1982, followed by League Cup triumphs and genuine title challenges in the 1990s all must seem distant memories for the older supporters.

Woes at Werder Bremen

It’s hard to say what exactly has gone so utterly wrong at Werder Bremen this season, although it’s abundantly clear the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign has been an unmitigated disaster. It’s also one that could end with this once-mighty side being relegated. As of today, Bremen’s status in Germany’s top league remains uncertain because the club finished in 16th place which means Werder must participate in the relegation play-off. The club’s loyal fans are hoping Bremen can pull it off and remain in the Bundesliga to salvage what has been a disastrous season by all standards for this prestigious club.

Given they have endured such a poor season, without any indications of turning the corner, looking at the Bundesliga betting tips from Betfair’s experts, the majority conclusion is that Werder Bremen are destined for relegation. That’s hard to imagine, especially as we’re talking about a club that’s still considered as one of the biggest in German football.

We’re talking about a club that regularly challenged for silverware. A club that won the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal double as recently as the 2003-04 season. A club that featured regularly in the Champions League and Europa League. However, they have struggled for almost a decade now and relegation this year would be the culmination of a lengthy slide.

Hopes for the Future?

Despite being their first season back in the Premier League, it could be argued that Aston Villa weren’t quite ready to return and consolidate their position among the English elite. More than a decade of disorganization and a lack of investment have taken their toll. Maybe a year back in the Championship would help Villa reorganize, ready for a more serious return.

As for Werder Bremen, their fans must be wondering if their situation can get any worse. The last time they experienced life outside the top tier in Germany was way back in the 1980-81 season. However, that actually served to spark a revolution at the club, which then became a golden era of domestic titles and European adventures.

There’s no doubt that both Aston Villa and Werder Bremen are clubs with tremendously passionate fans. These are clubs with magnificent supporters who stand by their team regardless of what happens on the pitch. They demand commitment and dedication from the players but at the same time will give support in return. Hopefully, both sets of fans will get to savor the glory days again and before too long.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United: 3 Things we Learned

The Premier League kicked off once again after a 100-day absence, with desperate football fans treated to an ultimately drab goalless draw between relegation threatened Aston Villa, and the absurdly overachieving Sheffield United. A win for either team here would have been a good way to set some early pressure on the teams around them, but alas, no official goals went in.

Despite the absurdity of artificial crowd noise, a social distanced bench of players, and for the first time ever, four substitutions in a game, the match was a welcomed return to semi-normality. The game was also the first glimpse into evaluating how the rest of the season will play out, and there was much information gained from this opening exchange.

Form means nothing

Before this game, Sheffield United were on a good run of form, which you can dive deeper at Analytics FC, with a valiant 1-0 loss against Manchester City being their only defeat in five games. However, you wouldn’t have known that watching this match. They didn’t manage to manufacture many chances for themselves, as they only had a single shot on target, while Villa managed a huge 14, forcing brilliant saves from Dean Henderson to halt a breakthrough — who was many people’s man of the match.

This ultimately poor performance from Chris Wilder’s team suggests that the momentum that some clubs were using to drive results has now paused, putting teams on far more equal playing field, and putting emphasis on the natural quality of each squad.

This can be a problem for Sheffield United, as on paper they’re a weaker team than the others around them, and without form and momentum to boost their mentality and performance, they could struggle. On the contrary, this can help other teams who were struggling in recent games as the break has allowed them to reset and change their fortunes.

The technology seems rusty

During the game, there was a massive incident where Aston Villa goalkeeper, Orjan Nyland, appeared to have quite clearly carried the ball over his own goal line after struggling to deal with a freekick from Oliver Norwood. However, the usually ever reliable Hawkeye goal line technology didn’t notify the referee that the ball went over the line, as it usually does. This meant that no goal was given, and ultimately, Sheffield United were denied vital points.

After the game, Hawkeye, the manufacturers of the technology themselves, issued a statement apologizing for the blunder, confirming that the ball did go over the line.

With a season that’s been marred with various VAR controversies, this incident is a return to normal, but it may suggest that modern referees are too reliant on technology when making judgement calls, which is seriously impacting the outcome of important games.

The players aren’t up to speed.

For the first time ever in the Premier League — which in fact is one of the richest sports league in the world according to Cashlady research — more than three substitutes were used by one team in a match. Aston Villa’s El Mohamady had the honorable distinction of being the fourth substitute in the game, but even his fresh legs couldn’t boost the tempo of what was a slightly more lethargic encounter.

Not to mention that players were given two drinks breaks halfway through either half, implying that they’re not at their usual sharpness and fitness. It’s a fair estimation to think that whatever team has the fittest players might have the edge in these remaining fixtures, but in this match, it played out like a training game.

Not to mention, that without real fans to egg players on, there was a distinct lack of urgency which could plague other Premier League games in the future. But hopefully it won’t affect the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool, where the leaders can continue their push for their first league title since 1990.

Certain details of Manchester United training exposed before Tottenham clash

It was only at the beginning of this year that Bruno Fernandes proceeded forward with signing on to be a part of the Manchester United team, leaving behind his home country side of Sporting Lisbon. Yet, this hasn’t done anything to knock the player’s confidence in himself and his new team. Instead, he seemed exceptionally confident prior to last week’s game against Tottenham Hotspur. While speaking of the training that Man United have been going through recently, Fernandes said that the whole squad have been showing “really good” signs.

This will likely prove to be a popular feeling with sports betting fans, who have been hankering to get back to their favorite pastime. And with United having so many backers and supporters, the words from the team’s latest big signing will likely fill them with confidence when they clash with the Spurs. Fortunately, you’ll be able to place bets on that game at various platforms, including through Melbet mobile as well. So, regardless of where you are, you can simply access the sportsbook from your smartphone or tablet and place the bets you’d like to place on it. If you feel inspired by the words of Fernandes, then now could be the right time for you to do so.

The recent transfer from Lisbon already showed some impressive skills on the pitch in his opening nine appearances, scoring three goals and four assists within. Obviously, with the stoppage of football, his prowess hasn’t been on display for Manchester for a lengthy period of time. That being said, United have not suffered a defeat since the arrival of Fernandes.

Spurs Pose a Threat as the Team Looks to Bounce Back

Tottenham hasn’t had such a great start to the season though, and the team will likely be looking to fire back after the dismal showings they provided prior to the stoppage. That doesn’t seem to have posed any trouble for Fernandes, though. He’s still got his sights set on claiming another victory for the Manchester side.

When asked about the current mood with the club, Fernandes said that everyone is “really happy” before proceeding on to say that training has been “really intense, really good”.
He went on to say that the coaching staff and players at Manchester United are attempting to gain some sense of normality following lockdown, stating that players “arrive at different hours” and don’t proceed in the same way with protocol as they have in the past. He drew attention to the fact that it is great that the team can train together though, and that they can all be together in the same training ground.

An 11 versus 11 training match was held at Old Trafford last weekend, with that specific exercise providing a great opportunity for the team to experience what it’s like playing in an empty stadium. Left-back player Luke Shaw said that the game finished in a 4-4 result, and he even mentioned that he’d scored two of the goals for his side, too. Fernandes made up a third and Daniel James took the fourth.

Speaking of the fixture against Tottenham, Shaw mentioned that it was a massive one for him and the whole team and while the result was just a draw against the London side, United will keep improving per Shaw. In his statement he noted that the whole squad is looking “sharp, really fit and ready to go”, as far as training is concerned.

Will Sarri’s first success at Juventus come in the Champions League?

Maurizio Sarri has suffered cup disappointment once again as Juventus were beaten in the Coppa Italia final by Napoli on penalties around a week.

Juve were favorites among the betting firms going into that tie at the Stadio Olimpico where it was Sarri’s former side Napoli who held their nerve better in the penalty shootout. The defeat in Rome marks the second straight season that Sarri has lost a cup competition in the final on penalties. In the 2018/19 campaign, his Chelsea side were beaten by Manchester City at Wembley by the same outcome.

Although the betting suggests Sarri’s best chance of silverware this season may come in Serie A, where Juve are locked in a battle with Lazio for the title, the Italian club could still win the Champions League.

Juventus 16/1 To Win Champions League

Sarri’s side are 16/1 to win the Champions League this season. If he were able to deliver Europe’s premier trophy, it would be an impressive opening campaign at the Old Lady.

Juventus have not won the Champions League since they were successful in 1996, beating Ajax in the final that year in Rome. They did reach the final recently in 2015 and 2017, losing 3-1 to Barcelona and 4-1 to Real Madrid respectively.

The Turin-based club’s odds will be much shorter if they are able to overcome Lyon in their last 16 tie in the competition. Juventus trail 1-0 after the opening leg in Lyon. Without an away goal at the Groupama Stadium, they have a lot of work to do when the two sides meet again.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City top the betting for European crown

Bayern Munich are the 11/4 favourites in the Champions League outright betting at this stage of the tournament. They recently recorded their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title so they can fully concentrate on Europe now.

The German club lead Chelsea 3-0 following the opening leg of their last 16 fixture at Stamford Bridge. Barring a huge comeback from the English side, they should reach the quarter-finals.

After a slow start this season, Bayern have been in excellent form in the second half of the campaign. Robert Lewandowski is the top scorer in the Champions League this season with 11 goals to his name.

Manchester City are next best in the betting for the trophy at 3/1. They are bidding for their maiden Champions League win in what may be their last season in Europe for two years unless they overturn their ban from UEFA. The English champions have Premier League odds available of 5/6 to go the rest of the season unbeaten as they have red-hot form since the return of the Premier League.

Guardiola won Europe’s main competition twice when he was in charge of Barcelona. He was hired by the English club to try and deliver the most prestigious trophy in European football.

UEFA have announced that from the quarter-finals onwards this year’s competition will take place in Lisbon in August. The final has been scheduled for the 23rd of August.

Juventus looking to sign Everton star as part of a swap deal

While many have looked at the freeze in football action as being a difficult period to get through, clubs have been scouting out the competition and looking to see how they can improve their squads. This is certainly true for Juventus with the Italian team linked with a possible attempt to sign Lucas Digne while Everton get their supposed target Adrien Rabiot.

This could be quite the swap for both teams, as Rabiot only moved to the Italian side last summer from Paris Saint-Germain. Recently, there has been a growing talk about a Rabiot move away from Italy, and it looks as though Everton have been considering steps towards securing him. This was first reported a few months ago when it was speculated that Rabiot was unhappy with the amount of playing time he was getting under Maurizio Sarri.

However, Everton may have a tough task on hand considering that Manchester United have also shown a strong interest in signing the French player. Everton started showing interest in Rabiot since back in January while the pursuit from United (and supposedly from Newcastle as well) was a more recent development.

It’s quite surprising that Juventus is willing to let the midfielder leave, but of course the deal won’t take place if the Italian side don’t get something compelling in return.

A Look at Digne and What He Can Bring to Juventus

The swap offer that could potentially be put forward is for Everton’s left-back player Digne to move across to Juventus for Rabiot. Due to the fact that the Italian team only has a single left-back at the moment in Alex Sandro, it’s understandable that adding Digne to the squad will help with both depth and competition. It wouldn’t be such a dramatic move for Digne himself either, considering he spent the 2015/16 season on loan to Roma, so the Italian scene could potentially work well for him. He signed with Everton from Barcelona in August of 2018 for £18 million.

It seems as though swap deals could actually become the norm for Premier League clubs too, as reports suggest that the recent lockdown may result in losses of £1 billion in revenue. Where Everton is concerned, the team could be without four of its top players in the early stages of the league’s restart. Yerry Mina and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain inactive on the sidelines for the time being, but they’ll likely be joined by Theo Walcott once he undergoes abdominal surgery.

Therefore, the likelihood of sports bettors backing the Everton side does seem less likely for the moment with this being the case. However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of action taking place at sites like William Hill once things return full force in England. You may want to learn how to download William Hill app on Android smartphones and tablets just so that you can get used to wagering from such a device. Then, wherever you are, you can bet on Everton, Manchester United, Newcastle and all the other teams with things returning to normal in the English Premier League.

The fourth player who is questionable for Everton is Andre Gomes, who suffered a knock during one of the team’s training sessions recently. Everton did put in a decent showing against expected champions Liverpool. The league leaders- Liverpool- were unable to impose their game against city rivals Everton.

Mikel Arteta discusses Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in recent friendly

If you had asked any sports bettor what they expected the outcome of the Arsenal versus Brentford friendly match to be, they would have suggested Arsenal as the victors. Yet, that wasn’t to be, as the Gunners experienced a 3-2 loss on their home turf. That was quite the stunning outcome, considering the team had just romped to a 6-0 victory against Charlton Athletic the previous Saturday. There was even a hat-trick in that game thanks to Eddie Nketiah.

However, the same sports bettors who claimed pay-outs on Saturday after the match would likely have had to see a loss form which is what was reported at the 22Bet sportsbook. There’s a 22Bet mobile app for iOS devices that can be used as well, with mobile betting having gained heavily in popularity in recent times. Despite the fact that this app was probably used for bettors to wager on the Arsenal versus Brentford game, it likely didn’t herald the results that most users were expecting.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has spoken out and said that Arsenal’s players are focusing on finding their rhythm and fitness. While Arsenal may have taken the lead early on in the game against Brentford, they were not able to hold on to that lead, and Halil Dervisoglu added Brentford’s third goal. “We’re trying different things,” Arteta added during an interview with Sky Sports.

Arteta Looks to Different Training Methods and Gameplay

“We’re trying to give minutes in their legs to all of the players, obviously you have to change a lot of players through the games,” Arteta said. He made mention of the fact that it may take some time to fully become accustomed to playing in empty stadiums, due to there being no energy coming from fans.

However, the head coach spoke of it potentially being difficult for all Premier League clubs to get used to the lack of a crowd while playing their games once the season restarts. “I think that’s a big question mark”, he said. Time will obviously tell if the Gunners are able to overcome the lack of the fan attendance moving forward, but the result and performance against Manchester City were both disappointing.

“I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythms for 90 minutes for the first few games at least,” Arteta noted and that is something which was evident against City.

The Arsenal match against City took place on Wednesday, June 17th, and it took place at the Etihad Stadium. The first two matches which took place upon the return of the Premier League began with a one minute silence, in honor of all of those who have passed away in recent times due to the global pandemic.

Could Real Madrid be on the verge of signing Kanté?

It is not a secret that Real Madrid’s management has been searching for quality midfielders to bolster the ranks. While one name that has been linked with the team to fill the gap is Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, he’s not the only one that has been targeted. Another signing that could be on the horizon for the Madrid side is N’Golo Kanté.

Chelsea are supposedly looking to push various players out the door to make room for big signings, and Kanté is apparently one of the names to go. Real Madrid have shown interest in signing him before, so perhaps now is the time for them to submit a deal that can tempt him to move to Spain.

As it happens, in 2016, Kanté was linked as a potential reinforcement for the team, but that never happened. Then, in 2019, he was mentioned again as a possibility, although it was reported that Kanté himself opted not to join Real Madrid at that time. Yet, without any sort of backing or alternative deal from Chelsea this time around, perhaps he’ll find himself moving to the Spanish side in 2020.

Stamford Bridge is looking to host players like Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as part of the home team, and the likelihood is that at least one of these transfers will be a costly affair. For Chelsea to afford all three, with Ziyech already signed, they’ll need to acquire the money from somewhere – hence the sale of Kanté and others.

What Could Kante Bring to Real Madrid?

One Spanish newspaper has pointed out that this is Real’s big moment to seize Kanté, as his talent is beyond what can be expressed in words. He has multiple skills which would fit perfectly into Zidane’s formation. Real Madrid hasn’t made any sort of move to secure the player yet, so only time will tell if the team decides to make a solid offer for him.

They’d be better off moving quickly as well because word has it that Paris Saint-Germain is preparing to make a bid for Kanté too. After all, considering that he established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players following his signing by Leicester in 2015, multiple teams have kept a close eye on where he goes. This is what could lead the Ligue 1 team to make a substantial offer to Chelsea if they believe that the London team will hand him over to them.

That being said, Kanté has struggled with injuries during this past season, although this hasn’t been a cause for Chelsea to get rid of him. Instead, it’s solely to bring new blood to the team, sources suggest.

Kanté has been one of the footballers who has been wagered on frequently when it comes to sports betting, too. Throughout his years of activity since signing to Leicester and onwards, sites like Betwinner have seen an influx of wagers on the Frenchman. The fact that this sportsbook also has its own mobile app ensured that these bets would remain highly active. And if you’re interested in engaging in such, you can view how to install Betwinner mobile app for Android devices prior to downloading it.

Regardless of where Kanté ends up, the likelihood is that he’ll maintain his high level of play, so bets on him should remain high. Whether that be with Real Madrid or Paris Saint-German remains to be seen. However, he will always be one to watch out for when he’s on the pitch.

The Curtis Jones Conundrum that Liverpool are faced with

Whenever Liverpool have a local player come through their academy that operates in the center of midfield, expectations are always going to be high. However, such hopes can often apply unnecessary pressure to unproven talents. Like those before him, such as Jordan Rossiter, Curtis Jones is being dubbed as the next Steven Gerrard. That said, unlike the former Reds captain, first-team opportunities may be more challenging to come by. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 19-year-old’s prospects of breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s starting side.

A Squad Packed with Midfield Competition

Regardless of the talent that the Liverpool-born midfielder has, the most significant stumbling block that he is faced with concerns the sheer volume of options that are available to the Reds’ German manager. Although Adam Lallana looks set to be let go come the expiration of his contract this summer, there is still fierce competition for places. As well as the club’s Champions League-winning captain, Jordan Henderson, Jones also faces the task of needing to displace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Georginio WIjnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita.

However, despite the experience of his teammates, Jones’ progression couldn’t arguably be taking place under a more suitable manager. Although becoming a first-team regular in the imminent future may appear problematic, the 19-year-old can take solace in the rapid rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Upon being given the opportunity back in 2017 during the absence of Nathaniel Clyne through injury, the 2019 Ballon d’Or nominee has since made the right-back position his own.

Much like Alexander-Arnold did, Jones has continued to rise to the occasion upon being selected. Despite only starting five games for the Reds thus far in the 2019-20 season, the midfielder has twice found the net, including a memorable long-range winner against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup back in January. Following his famous Merseyside Dery goal, Klopp declared that Jones will “100 percent be a Liverpool player” in the coming years.

His Need for First-Team Opportunities and Being an Unpredictable Option

Given the Reds’ healthy lead at the top of the Premier League, Klopp is no longer faced with having to resist the temptation to rest his star players as he was earlier in the season against Bournemouth. Because of this, it gives hope to the likes of Jones, along with Harvey Eliott, Ki-Jana Hoever, and Neco Williams, that first-team opportunities may be headed their way between now and the conclusion of the campaign.

At the time of writing, the 19-year-old midfielder has played just 19 minutes of top-flight football and will be keen to get more under his belt as Liverpool close in on their 19th league championship. Over the last few years, increasing numbers of up-and-coming players have thrived having been trusted with heightened first-team opportunities for their respective teams. For example, Bukaya Saka and Mason Greenwood have both caught the eye upon being utilised by Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunner Solskjaer.

Crucially, as touched upon above, Klopp is no stranger to giving youth prospects an opportunity, but only when they’re ready. Moreover, given the world-class expectations that many now have for Jones, it’s sensible that the manager of the six-time champions of Europe handles the Liverpool-born playmaker’s progression in a careful manner.

That said, the six-foot midfielder could prove to be an unpredictable option going forward for Klopp. Given his immense versatility that enables him to play from the left flank, he could be used in rotation with Sadio Mane in an effort to maximise player fitness. Moreover, his emergence could also present fantasy football players with a low-budget squad option as players look to find value wherever possible; fantasy football is a game that is increasingly becoming popular in Europe as well as across the Atlantic, with some sites offering betting services in conjunction with that. Crucially, given that some of the best daily sites provide Premier League opportunities, Jones could prove to be an intriguing selection among prospective players.

Jones Has the Ability, Now He Needs to be Patient

Ultimately, there are no doubts that Jones will eventually be given a sustained run in the first-team at some point during Klopp’s tenure. Until then, however, the 19-year-old midfielder will need to be patient. That said, if the Reds do happen to wrap up the title soon after the resumption of the league, then it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility that Klopp experiments with Jones in the team.

Manchester United ought to give Angel Gomes what he wants

After securing a loan for Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has some unfinished business at Old Trafford. Like most clubs across the world, Manchester United are working on their summer transfers, albeit with limited financial resources. Punters on betway98 online and other sports betting platforms are following closely to see how the events unfold for various teams. All clubs are working on ways to navigate through these unique times.

All the clubs have taken a significant financial blow from the temporary halt of sports activities. The shock is severe that the third richest club in the world, according to Forbes’ latest rankings, is facing challenges.

Ed Woodward, the club’s commercial chief, stated that business would not be “usual” in this year’s transfer market. This summer’s transfer window will stretch probably to October, but we might not see the big-money transfers that have become the norm in the recent years.

As a result, clubs have to be swift and efficient in the transfer market to get the best deals. One manager that has shown his qualities is Frank Lampard of Chelsea. After signing Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, he is closing in on Timo Werner. Chelsea seems to be doing well at the moment. He is building a squad that will be a choice for many betters on Betway88 and other sports betting sites.

Ole has had a tough time despite extending the stay of Ighalo until January, a move which could be described as a necessary one. The goal-scoring department has given the manager sleepless nights. Furthermore, the Red Devils fans are always demanding more.

When the news about Timo Werner broke last week, there was desperation among the fans for United to do something. Many are pushing the club to do whatever it takes to land a marquee signing like Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who has been under the club’s radar for a bit of time.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have another issue that they have to address within their ranks. Angel Gomes’ future has not been resolved yet. The Academy playmaker’s contract ends this month, and they are yet to agree on a contract extension since the talks have reached a deadlock. However, the club can still reach a decision that benefits both parties.

Gomes’ main concern is whether he will get enough playing time if he commits to the club for three years. This season he has been behind Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Andreas Pereira in the pecking order. His hopes were further dimmed by the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January. His arrival sparked life to a squad that had frustrated punters on betting sites like Betway88 due to United’s inconsistent form.

The silver lining is that Ole has shown his trust in younger players, particularly those from the Academy, as he looks to lower the average age of his squad. The manager could decide to give the young lad a chance ahead of the older players who have had the majority of the season yet failed to perform. The United boss has to get his priorities right for his attacking midfielders; otherwise, he could lose Gomes.

Other clubs are circling, and Manchester United are running out of time. It would be more painful to lose such a promising talent to rivals Chelsea who have shown interest in luring Gomes as a free signing. Luckily, United have until the end of June to sort out the issue.

The manager must be bold enough to bench Lingard and Pereira, or leave them out to make room for Gomes. This would solve the issue in such a way whereby all parties end up as winners.