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Ryan Giggs Gives His Prediction on Chelsea’s Fate Next Season

Ryan Giggs says he doesn’t expect Chelsea to defend their Premier League title next season.

The Blues enjoyed a sparkling debut campaign under Antonio Conte last term as they lifted the Premier League title after having won a record 30 top-flight games.

However, Chelsea were able to win the title last term without the distraction of European football after they missed out on a place in the Champions League last season.

Chelsea are now preparing for their return to European football as they look to compete for honours on four fronts in Conte’s second season in charge at the club.

And former Manchester United star Giggs feels that Chelsea may not be as strong next season because of their inflated fixture list.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Giggs said: 

“You can’t ignore Chelsea because of their quality, but have they got the squad to balance defending the Premier League and European football? I’m not sure.”

Manchester United are also preparing for a return to the Champions League next season after the Red Devils won the Europa League last term under Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea missed out on the chance to win a domestic double last term when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final back in May.

However, Conte’s men will have the chance to gain revenge on the Gunners when they take on the north London side in the Community Shield on Sunday.

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Manchester United v Chelsea Revealed: How Jose Mourinho beat Antonio Conte

How else to interpret Mourinho’s team selection other than a tacit admission from the Manchester United manager that Thursday’s Europa League second-leg tie with Anderlecht was of more importance than this league game and, therefore, required the resting of tired veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

Of course, what that analysis failed to take into account was a tactical masterstroke by Mourinho.

Having injected much-needed pace into the United forward line by pushing up Jesse Lingard to partner Marcus Rashford, Mourinho also mirrored Chelsea’s three-man back line, allowing the speedy Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young to take up advanced positions and add even more energy to his team’s recently moribund attacking play.

That also served to bolster United’s midfield and allowed Mourinho to unleash his tactical piece de resistance, with Ander Herrera performing a man-marking job on Eden Hazard that was so complete that the Chelsea playmaker must have expected his opponent would sit next to him in the visitors’ dressing room at half-time.

Mourinho finally got one over on Conte

The fact that Herrera scored the decisive second goal early in the second half merely underlined that this was, even more than the League Cup final win over Southampton, Mourinho’s finest hour as United manager to date.

Apart from the sheer football acumen Mourinho brought to bear on proceedings, his recent handling of his young forwards also proved significant.

The United manager has taken the unusual step of calling out Rashford, Lingard and Anthony Martial by name, pointing out their dreadful ratio of chances to goals and Frenchman Martial, poor again in the trip to Anderlecht on Thursday, did not even merit a place on the bench yesterday.

But if Mourinho’s desired effect was to provide the remaining two young local forwards with the proverbial kick up the rear, then his man management has been magnificent based on their respective displays against a Chelsea defence that has been virtually impregnable for large parts of this season.

Manchester United gave Chelsea a game for the ages at Old Trafford

Pacy and direct, Lingard and Rashford troubled Chelsea’s back three from the off and, even allowing for the loss and disruption caused by the injury of Marcos Alonso in the pre-game warm-up, there was no excuse for the terrified manner in which David Luiz and Gary Cahill failed to cope with their opponents.

Nor should Mourinho’s own considerable ego be underestimated. After losing his first two meetings with his former employers this season, this was simply not a game Mourinho was prepared to lose and it brought the very best out of him.

Chelsea may not agree but the Premier League – and the title race – is a better place this morning for that fact.

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Checkout the shocking revelation Jose Mourinho gave about Ashley Young and Memphis Depay

​Jose Mourinho admits he has a ‘bad feeling’ over Memphis Depay and Ashley Young for not giving the two players more time on the pitch with Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho admits he feels guilty for not giving Memphis Depay and Ashley Young more game time.

Both Depay and Young have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford in the upcoming transfer window having failed to secure a regular role under Mourinho.

But the United manager admits he feels guilty that the pair were not given a chance to prove themselves in the same way as Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in recent weeks.

‘I still have some bad feelings towards myself because I didn’t give a real chance to everyone, there are some positions in our squad where we have overbooked,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports.

Depay hasn’t started in the Premier League this season

Young made only four League appearances this season

‘To be honest, people like Ashley Young and Memphis Depay, I didn’t really give them a run of matches to play, to prove. So I have this little bad feeling.

‘In relation to Marcos and Phil Jones, I’m really pleased with both. Marcos, he was a player considered by many as someone without the quality to be a Manchester United player.

‘Phil was [seen as] a stampede, injury-prone player without the conditions to be back to the good Phil Jones of the past, so I was very happy for them.’

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WWE superstar and COO Triple H reveals his love for one Premier League club

​WWE superstar Triple H has revealed his love for a London club who are currently struggling in the Premier League.

In a bizarre twist, H is not an Arsenal or Chelsea fan rather he supports West Ham.

He revealed last year he was a big hammers fan but reaffirmed that love in a recent interview with ITV where he backed his team to do well in the league.

The wrestling legend wants his team to build on their midweek win over Burnley and start moving in the right direction in the Premier League.

“They had a win. It’s momentum, in the right direction now,” he told ITV.

“A win’s a win! You can’t take that away.

“Always believe! It’s never too late, just keep your head up. Where there’s a will there’s a way.”

Mark Noble’s goal gave the Hammers a huge win over Burnley

Triple H has won 14 wrestling championships as well as the King of the Ring title.

Maybe West Ham need a hard man like H to improve in the league this season as they have often shown a soft center.

: January 21 @Akin Deko Auditorium

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Man City join Man United and Liverpool in £30m battle for Premier League star

​The Dutchman has become a key figure at the heart of Claude Puel’s defence since singing from Celtic last summer.

His performances for club and country have prompted the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool to show interest.

And according to the Daily Star, Pep Guardiola also wants him as a replacement for Vincent Kompany.

The club captain has struggled for fitness in recent seasons with his latest injury coming against Crystal Palace last weekend, ruling him out for six weeks with ligament damage.

Virgil van Dijk is attracting interest from three Premier League clubs

Guardiola believes Van Dijk would be an ideal partner alongside John Stones, but he faces tough competition from his Premier League rivals if he is to land his signature.

Despite Van Dijk only signing a five-year contract when he joined from Celtic, that has not deterred Manchester United and Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho has outlined the £30m-rated defender as a priority target as he looks to bolster his defence.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp also has the 25-year-old in his sights with the German keen to address his defensive concerns as they go in search of their maiden Premier League title.

Virgil van Dijk signed a five-year deal with Southampton last year

Southampton are keen to keep hold of their star man but Puel knows it will difficult to keep him at St Mary’s with big clubs monitoring him.

Pep Guardiola is keen to bring the Southampton defender to Manchester City

He said last week: “We will see for the future.

“For now he is with us and I am enjoying having this player with the squad and I hope for the future also.

“The club want to keep a good ambition on this league and for the future. We will see.”

 Van Dijk is expected to start for Southampton today when Everton make the trip down south (4.30pm).

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