Manchester United are expected to reach the knockout phases ofthe UEFA Champions League for the 2018/2019 season. The season begins in a fortnight at the group stage level where United got a relatively easy draw compared to other English teams.

Man United would face Juventus, who now have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, Valencia and young Boys. Both continental giants are expected to qualify from the group. The only issue is who would top the group and likely face a ‘smaller’ team in the next stage.
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Former Manchester United winger Luis Nani has opted to remain in Europe despite earlier strong links with a move to China or Mexico. The Portuguese had a disappointing spell in Italy with Lazio. His poor showing led to him missing the shortlist for the 2018 World Cup.

The 31-year old was a loan player from La Liga side Valenciato Lazio for €2 million with an option to buy for €8 million. Well, after the loan lapsed the Biancocelesti said they were not interested in signing the player due to his below par performance and the obvious age factor. Nani could only score three times and get four assists in 25 games for Lazio.
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Lazio Coach Considering Rotation

Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi is contemplating rotating the team ahead of their Round of 16 clash with Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League. The last time the manager kept out Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile, the team ended up losing to Steaua Bucharest in the first leg. They had to fight to win the return leg convincingly (5-1) to make it to the last 16.

The team has been very impressive this term in the Serie A but also in other tournaments. They are the favoured side to reach the last eight but Inzaghi would have to manage this team very well. They would be without defender Martin Caceres but Felipe and Patric should be enough. In the middle Sergej Milinkovic-Savic should be able to handle the threat. In attack, Inzaghi is torn between fielding Immobile or resting him to help them in the league fixtures, especially after losses in the last two games. Continue reading

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Serie A side Lazio would have their star back in Ciro Immobile when they play Crotone. They host their rivals who only just had their first win under Coach Walter Zenga.

Immobile is back in the starting side with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic available too. They have been involved in some real drama in the last few weeks, losing at home 3-1 against Torino and then returning the following week to a six goal thriller against Atalanta. Immobile was sent off in the huge loss to Torino but he is set to return now that he has served out his ban.
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Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi says the club would end the taboo when they face Milan on Sunday. The club has been very good this term. They are the surprise factor in the Serie A as they put pressure on the big guns: Napoli, Juventus, Inter and Roma.

Lazio have only defeated Milan twice in their last seven meetings. Inzaghi wants his side to knock out their rival that has historically been problematic for them. Continue reading

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Manchester United fans have been buzzing at the prospect of having talented starlet Angel Gomes feature for them. The 17-year old rising star is the cousin of former team player Luis Nani. The Portuguese was an award winning winger under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving on to other clubs, and winning the Euro 2016 with his national side.

Fans would be salivating at the prospect of Nani’s cousin accomplishing even greater feats for The Red Devils. Gomes has played once under Coach Jose Mourinho but the player wants many more opportunities to prove himself.
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Turkish side Fenerbahce are keen on getting former Manchester United winger Luis Nani, according to reports.

The Portugal international and Euro 2016 winner moved to the club following his exit from Old Trafford back in 2015 but he stayed for just a season before leaving.

The player was a fan favourite during his time in Turkey. The club wants to re-sign him but this time on a loan deal. The player moved to Spanish club Valencia for £7 million after leaving Turkey but he could return back to the club to help them with their continental aspirations. Continue reading


Romelu Lukaku’s move to Old Trafford was one that was not expected to be completed the way it was done.

The 24-year old was a Chelsea reject so he moved to Everton. At Goodison Park he blossomed. When the Premier League champions were reported to be set to sign him again and sell Diego Costa, it was what everyone believed.

However, Manchester United stole the deal to land the player. Ironically, it is Jose Mourinho who sold the player while he was at Stamford Bridge. Last summer Mourinho broke the football record when he lured Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford. The Portuguese sanctioned the deal costing £89 million paid to Juventus.

That deal brought back English football to the peak of transfer market deals – a tag Spanish football were holding firmly. Since when Newcastle paid £15 million for Alan Shearer in 1996, the English sides have not help the world record for transfer fees. It was Spain and Italy that were spending that much. The advert of Chinese and Arabian money tilted the deals as well but their presence was scattered across Europe. Continue reading


According to reports from Portugal, Manchester United is setting its eyes on Gelson Martins, Sporting Lisbon winger.

Gelson who hails from Portugal, broke through the ranks of Sporting and at the age of 19, and made his debut for the team just like Luis Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo had done.

Ever since then, he has remained a regular for the team. In the last two seasons, he has made a total of 87 appearances as well as scoring 14 goals. Gelson who plays on both flanks, features as a winger.

O Jogo, a Portuguese media outlet believes that Manchester United coach will be rivaling Liverpool as they both push on to get the young man sign for them this summer.

Apart from his position on the flanks, the 22-year old can also feature as a full back. This thus would be a very good option for Mourinho, as he has continued to place emphasis on the need to secure a winger. Continue reading

Luis Nani Might Make Valencia Return against Sevilla This Weekend

Valencia winger Luis Nani claims that he is only thinking about a return to first-team football, with the game against Sevilla just around the corner.

The player has been on the sidelines for the last few weeks. A muscular problem has kept him out of action, but it appears that Nani is back in training and is on the verge of a return to first-team action. It is likely that Nani may be returning to the squad for the game against Sevilla this weekend. However, manager Voro is likely to give some more time in order to start the game.

Voro will also feel that the team does not need any changes right now, especially after having managed three consecutive wins. They have lifted Valencia closer to the top half of the table. Since the arrival of Voro, there has been a concentrated effort in order to get more results at the Mestalla. The club have managed five win in the last six league matches at home, while also staying undefeated in the process. Continue reading