Manchester City’s Under 18s pay touching T-shirt tribute to former team-mate Jeremy Wisten following his tragic death aged 17 as they wear tops adorned with his picture and ‘RIP’ ahead of FA Youth Cup clash
Tributes flooded in after the death of ex-Manchester City player Jeremy Wisten
The club’s U18s team have sported warm up tops emblazoned with Wisten’s face
Wisten was found unresponsive at his family home by paramedics last weekend
City, and a number of their players, penned touching messages on social media
Manchester City’s U18s team have paid tribute to the late Jeremy Wisten, a former academy player at the club, after his tragic death.
City’s starlets sported touching warm-ups tops emblazoned with a photo of Wisten ahead of their FA Youth Cup clash against Blackburn on Friday.
Wisten was found unresponsive at his family home by paramedics last weekend.
Manchester City’s U18s team paid tribute to the late Jeremy Wisten with their warm-up tops
Wisten, who played for City’s youth ranks for two years, was found unresponsive last weekend
A minute’s silence in memory of Wisten was observed at St George’s Park before the semi-final cup tie got underway.
A number of the young players who featured in the competition have donated to a crowdfund created to support Wisten’s family.
The page was created by a close friend of his relatives.
The shirts were emblazoned with a photo of Wisten ahead of City’s FA Youth Cup tie on Friday
Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte was among those to have paid tribute to Wisten on social media.
The City and England forward tweeted using prayer and rose emojis, while his team-mate said: ‘Horrible news… RIP young man.’
A statement from the club read: ‘The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former academy player Jeremy Wisten.
‘We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.’
City and England striker Raheem Sterling reacted after the club made the sad announcement
Defender Aymeric Laporte was also shocked after learning of prospect Wisten’s tragic death
A minute’s silence was also observed at St George’s Park in memory of the academy starlet
Wisten, a Malawi-born defender, moved to the UK with his family as a child and joined City in 2016. He featured for the club’s elite youth squads before leaving in December 2018.
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood dedicated his first Champions League goal in midweek to Wisten, with the clearly-emotional 19-year-old falling to his knees and pointing to the sky.
He later took to Twitter to post: ‘That one was for you bro. RIP Jeremy Wisten.’
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood had dedicated his goal in mid-week to Wisten
Ryan Giggs fears Manchester United may have to wait 20 years to win another Premier League title.
United have not won the top-flight since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-13 season, with three permanent managers – David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho – sacked in the period since.
Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for the title last season after finishing runners-up to Manchester City the previous year, and Giggs fears United could suffer a similar barren run if their north-west rivals continue to improve.
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“It could be 15, 20 years before you know it, especially if (Jurgen) Klopp and (Pep) Guardiola stick around,” Giggs told Jamie Carragher, on The Greatest Game podcast.
“They have got the resources and the players so we have Liverpool to look at where the last time when they won it in 1990 they thought we’ll win it again soon.
“Even Klopp took four-and-a-half years for him to win it – it takes a long time. You have to think about what Klopp did.
“He improved the team every season or won a trophy like the Champions League and then you saw the improvement so the pressure was off a little bit.
“Every manager and signing is seen as that he will win us the league and it’s not like that.”
Manchester City have won the Premier League three times since Ferguson’s departure in 2013 but Giggs still sees Liverpool as United’s main rivals.
“The best feeling I always had was leaving Anfield after winning even if Liverpool weren’t the best side at the time,” said Giggs, who won the Premier League title a record 13 times while at United.
“I played for Salford boys and our toughest games were always against Bootle, Liverpool, Kirkby, Sefton.
“As soon as you went down the East Lancs it was a mindset it’s going to be a tough game and a test of not just your footballing ability but also your mental strength.”
United have struggled for consistency at the start of the season and are currently 15th in the Premier League, having taken seven points from their first five games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side next face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Main Event.
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Manchester United defender Alex Telles has tested positive for Covid-19, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The Brazilian has made just one appearance for the club since signing in a £13million deal from Porto this summer and his absence from Wednesday’s squad to play RB Leipzig left supporters worried that he had sustained an injury.
However, Solskjaer confirmed to MUTV after his side’s 5-0 victory against the Bundesliga side that Telles has tested positive for coronavirus and will need to self-isolate for a period of two weeks and until he returns a negative result.
‘Telles has tested positive for coronavirus, he’s been out for a few days,’ said Solskjaer.
‘No symptoms, he’ll be fine, back soon’.
It’s unclear when Telles’ isolation began but it’s unlikely that he will be able to return to the side until after the international break, meaning he’ll miss fixtures against Arsenal, Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton.
Telles’ absence meant Luke Shaw continued at left-back and United kept their second clean sheet of the season in an impressive win against Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
Shaw will therefore keep his place as United take on Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.
Goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and a Marcus Rashford hat-trick kept up United’s 100% start to their Champions League campaign.
Manchester United have criticised the stance taken by the government over the continued absence of fans from stadia and say they are in a position to safely reopen Old Trafford to supporters.
No fans have been allowed inside Premier League grounds since March at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and despite other venues – such as cinemas and restaurants – reopening, stadiums have remained closed.
That has left a gaping hole in the finances of many clubs while there has been a degree of anger at the perceived double standards in opening some venues but not others.
Premier League clubs have been working hard to create plans to allow stadiums to reopen – including staggered arrival times and quick-result coronavirus tests at the gates.
Despite Tuesday seeing the most new deaths since May, United are still pushing for fans to return with the club’s Chief Operating Officer, Collette Roche, urging the government to reconsider their position.
‘We were really disappointed when the government decided not to allow fans back in the stadium in October because we’ve got everything in place to make sure we can do so safely,’ Roche told Sky Sports News.
‘As you have seen today, we’ve got all the COVID security measures and other processes ready to go.
‘We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures to make sure that we can have around 23,500 people in this stadium safely social distancing.
‘It’s quite bemusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as on an aeroplane or a restaurant, or even in a cinema to watch football, when we know we’ve got the plans and the process is ready to deliver a match day here safely.’
She added: ‘The government gave us guidelines and it’s those guidelines that we have followed. I’m convinced that would be able to do so safely.’
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “gone back to basics” and returned to his trusted midfield set-up to solve the team’s defensive problems and help Bruno Fernandes, Gary Neville told Monday Night Football.
United went into the international break earlier this month on the back of a 6-1 thrashing at home to Tottenham, having already lost 3-1 at Old Trafford to Crystal Palace and scraped past Brighton 3-2 with a late, late penalty.
But since the Premier League has resumed, United have beaten Newcastle 4-1 and drawn 0-0 with Chelsea, as well as picking up an impressive 2-1 Champions League win at Paris Saint-Germain.
Sky Sports pundit Neville explained Solskjaer’s return to playing two holding midfield players behind Fernandes – opposed to trying to play Paul Pogba along with just one defensive midfielder and Fernandes – is key to the turnaround.
“I think the general pattern in the league, of all the goals in the early part of the season, these two managers [Solskjaer and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard] were in a situation where it was starting to reflect upon themselves, all the chances they were conceding. They looked naive,” said Neville.
“Man Utd are 15th in the league, their worst start at Old Trafford for 50 years, they were conceding too many chances and too many goals.
“There has been a massive mentality shift. Before the game [with Chelsea] the big debate was would Man Utd stick with the back five, or go to a back four. It’s actually a bit of a sideshow, the key has been what’s in front of it.
“If you look at Man Utd early in the season, they were playing with Scott McTominay and Pogba in midfield. Pogba is a completely different player to Fred, McTominay and Nemanja Matic, and they were getting caught ahead of the ball.
“Pogba and Fernandes – both attacking-minded players, both think about creating and scoring goals rather than defending and going the other way – and it was leaving Man Utd with an isolated area with one player in there.
“Palace tore Man Utd to shreds that day. They were at that back four far too easily, on far too many occasions, and they’re not great one-on-one those two centre-backs, particularly Harry Maguire with his pace.
“Man Utd conceded chance after chance after chance [against Brighton]. Ultimately it culminated in a pretty horrific day for them against Tottenham when they got done 6-1.
“Coming out of the international break, what’s the difference? Ole has gone back to what served him well last season – that box: Victor Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, McTominay. All have a defensive mindset. All quick at getting to the ball, particularly those two in front of the centre-backs.
“So every time Man Utd attacked, and the ball broke out to Chelsea’s midfield, they were all over them like a rash.
“They also allowed Man Utd’s full-backs, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw to be really aggressive, and the midfield two get out aggressively towards the side, they’re working in tandem. It just means those back two for Man Utd, Lindelof and Maguire, are less exposed.
“For me, Ole has almost thought, ‘I need to go back to basics. I can’t keep conceding chances’. He’s got the issue in the stand, with Donny van de Beek and Pogba [not playing], but he has gone back to basics this week and it’s meant they’re more difficult to play against and they’re conceding less goals and chances.”
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Freeing up Fernandes
Neville also believes the move from Solskjaer to leave Pogba and Van de Beek on the bench and play Fernandes ahead of two holding midfielders in Fred and McTominay, will get the Portuguese firing again.
“Fernandes hasn’t been as good when Pogba, or Van de Beek has played,” said Neville. “He’s the star man, he’s rejuvenated Man Utd since January. He had the free run of wherever he wants to go in that No 10 position.
“Ole has looked at it and thought, ‘let’s get back to basics, I know these three (Fernandes, McTominay, Fred) can play together, we’re a mess pre-international break, we’re conceding chances left right and centre, Tottenham have done us 6-1, Palace have beaten us at home and looked comfortable, Brighton away we were fortunate’.
“He’s thought, ‘I’ve got to get basically a foundation this season and he’s done that with those three in midfield’.”
Carra: Pogba and Fernandes will never work
Jamie Carragher believes the move to prioritise Fernandes and defensive security at the expense of Pogba’s place in the team shows Fernandes and Pogba cannot play together in midfield.
However, he feels the pressure to play United’s most expensive signing will lead to Pogba returning to the team at some point – and he also questioned whether the base of Fred and McTominay is good enough for United to win the Premier League.
“I actually admire Solskjaer for putting Pogba on the bench,” he told Monday Night Football. “I said it a few weeks ago, after the Crystal Palace game, Fernandes and Pogba can’t play together. They are not a midfield and never will be.
“Van de Beek, I don’t understand the signing. I don’t get how he was ever going to play or where he was going to fit in. As soon as he signed, my thought was, ‘He plays No 10 but Fernandes plays there and Pogba can play there’.
“You look at it right now, it’s better for the team to have Fred and McTominay there. But Fred and McTominay as a centre midfield for Manchester United is not good enough for them to challenge for the Premier League title.
“The big problem for me is Paul Pogba and it has been for a long time.
“Fernandes is the man in that No 10 position. But I don’t know how Ole can continue not to pick a £90m signing in Paul Pogba. It’s not easy for a manager. So, at some stage he will get back into the team, but him and Fernandes, for me, will never work.”
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Neville came back with an alternative way of playing, which he said may allow Solskjaer to play both of his star names – Fernandes and Pogba – in a midfield together.
“I get what Jamie is saying. I think it’s a problem when you’ve got £150m worth of midfield players on the bench. In Pogba, you’ve got a player who has won a World Cup and been dominant in Europe with Juventus. He’s Manchester United’s record signing. And yet he can’t get in the team on a Saturday,” said Neville.
“For me, I’ve never understood why Ole hasn’t tried – and maybe he’s looked at it in training and hasn’t liked it – one sitter with Pogba and Fernandes in front, like Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva at Manchester City. De Bruyne and Silva weren’t disciplined midfield players before Pep Guardiola came into Manchester City. He made them into that.
“That’s the only system I can see where it would be an obvious way of getting them into the same team. More often than not, Ole has played Matic and Pogba sitting alongside each other with Fernandes in front. Pogba can’t play there because in that position you need to be disciplined. But with a one then a two, I think you can have a bit more freedom to run forward.”
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West Ham 1-1 Manchester City – PLAYER RATINGS: Michail Antonio led the line courageously once again after scoring a stunning goal… while Sergio Aguero’s performance will be a worry for Pep Guardiola
Michail Antonio was impressive but had to be substituted due to an injury
The West Ham star put his side ahead with a fantastic finish at London Stadium
Phil Foden made a difference for City with an excellent second-half performance
Sergio Aguero was a peripheral figure and was brought off at half-time
Michail Antonio’s superb overhead kick was cancelled out by substitute Phil Foden’s equaliser as West Ham extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four matches with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
Antonio scored his third league goal of the season in fine style, but West Ham will now be concerned about how long he will be injured for, after he was substituted off in the 52nd minute.
It was a tale of two halves for Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden. Aguero struggled to get into the game and was brought off at half-time for Foden, who was outstanding as he scored the equaliser in the 51st minute.
Manchester City were frustrated once again despite Phil Foden’s second-half equaliser
Michail Antonio had put West Ham ahead in first half at the London Stadium with a fine finish
WEST HAM (5-4-1)
Lukasz Fabianski – 7.5
Very little he could do about Phil Foden’s equaliser. Huge save from Raheem Sterling late on.
Vladimir Coufal – 7
Generally strong in one-on-one situations and kept things simple defensively on the West Ham right.
Fabian Balbuena – 6
Appeared to struggle with the runners of City towards the end of the game. Raheem Sterling was a nuisance for him.
Angelo Ogbonna – 7
Had no problems dealing with Sergio Aguero before half-time. City had more movement thereafter.
Lukasz Fabianski made a huge save late on to deny Raheem Sterling from scoring a winner
Aaron Cresswell – 7
Often the spare man at the back and was not really called upon to deal with Riyad Mahrez on the inside.
Arthur Masuaku – 7
Kept Mahrez very quiet and dealt with Kyle Walker on the cover when the right back broke free.
Jarrod Bowen – 7
Willing runner down the right and had the quality to take the game to City on the break.
Tomas Soucek – 6.5
David Moyes has additional solidity with Soucek in there and appears a very shrewd signing.
West Ham captain Declan Rice had a very solid afternoon for the Hammers, giving little away
Declan Rice – 7
Such a powerful presence in midfield. Didn’t give the ball away once in the first half.
Pablo Fornals – 5.5
His late fluffed chip when clean through with the flag down summed up Fornals’ afternoon.
Michail Antonio – 7.5
Stunning goal. Leads the line courageously and owns the finesse to punish defences when given the chance.
Michail Antonio scored a superb goal in the 18th minute, but he was later brought off injured
Andriy Yarmolenko (for Antonio, 52) – 5
Sebastian Haller (for Bowen, 69) – 6
Subs not used: Randolph, Fredericks, Diop, Noble, Lanzini
Andriy Yarmolenko failed to match Antonio’s efforts, making numerous errors on the ball
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3)
Ederson – 6.5
Could only watch Antonio’s bicycle kick fly past. Claimed crosses strongly and smothered other danger.
Kyle Walker – 6
Decent display to continue his promising run of form. Not a lot of space for him to attack out wide.
Ruben Dias – 6.5
A couple of mistakes but is looking the part and completing a number of crucial blocks.
Ruben Dias is looking the part in the heart of City’s backline despite a couple of mistakes
Eric Garcia – 6
Perhaps a little fortunate more was not made of a possible first-half penalty on Antonio.
Joao Cancelo – 6
Does offer some attacking purpose and was key in City’s equaliser. Lacks consistent quality though.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Still attempting to find rhythm and consistency after suffering an injury early last month.
Rodri – 6
A rather passive performance and didn’t really get to grips with the West Ham midfield.
Sergio Aguero was a peripheral figure in the first half and was brought off at half-time
Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5
Started imposing himself on the game after the break. Top range of passing when he gets going.
Riyad Mahrez – 5.5
Will think he might have had more of an impact. Wanted it into feet a little too often.
Sergio Aguero – 5
No service and didn’t look particularly match fit. That will be a worry for Pep Guardiola.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Thankless task against a low block. But should have won it for City when sent clear with five minutes left.
Raheem Sterling missed a glorious opportunity to make it 2-1 with five minutes remaining
Phil Foden (for Aguero, 46) – 8
Kevin De Bruyne (for Silva, 68) – 6.5
Aleks Zinchenko (for Walker, 78)
Subs not used: Steffen, Stones, Zinchenko, Torres, Palmer
Referee: Anthony Taylor – 6.5
Phil Foden was an inspired substitute by Pep Guardiola, scoring the decisive equaliser
Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte missed the Porto contest – and last weekend’s 1-0 win over Arsenal – through injury, while Nathan Ake was also not part of the matchday squad on Wednesday due to a groin issue.
De Bruyne and Laporte have returned to training, and when asked whether either of them or Ake would be involved on Saturday, Guardiola said: “Yes, some of them will be involved, some of them no. You will know tomorrow.”
Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are definite absentees. Regarding forward Jesus, who has a quadriceps injury, Guardiola said: “He’s getting better but it was a tough injury. Still, he cannot train with us.
“I know when he will start, he will be ready – he is a guy who gets the form quick. But right now I don’t know (how long). Maybe one week, two weeks more.”
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‘I obviously want to win every trophy, that’s an ambition shared’: Fred insists Manchester United are aiming to compete on all four fronts as they look to kick on after victory over PSG
Manchester United want to win all four trophies available this season, says Fred
The Red Devils had a poor start to season including a 6-1 defeat vs Tottenham
But they have responded since and beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Tuesday
The Brazilian believes United have the quality to challenge for every trophy
Midfielder Fred insists Manchester United are aiming to win all four trophies available to them this season.
The Red Devils have had an unconvincing start to their Premier League season including a 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham, but secured an impressive 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
United have now gone three years without any silverware, and the Brazilian claimed they are determined to restore the trophy-winning mentality back at Old Trafford.
Fred insists Manchester United want to win every trophy available to them this season
The Red Devils will be looking to build on their impressive PSG victory after a poor start before
‘I obviously want to win every trophy, that’s an ambition shared with the club’, Fred told United’s official club site.
‘My personal aim is to play a lot of games, put in great performances, do my best to help the team. Not get injured, obviously. I want to have a great season and the team’s objective is to win things together.
‘I’m convinced we have the quality to do this, to go far in the Champions League and the cups here in England, do well in the Premier League. We hope to compete for trophies in all competitions.’
United have responded after they were humiliated 6-1 by Tottenham earlier this season
United have not delivered a trophy since the Europa League in 2017 when Jose Mourinho was in charge, with current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still looking for his first silverware since taking over the hot-seat.
The Norwegian lifted some of the pressure growing on him with that PSG result, after that Spurs humiliation and a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, both at home, in their opening four league games.
Fred revealed some stern words were said after the Spurs game and said he is happy with the team’s response since, which also includes a 4-1 win over Newcastle.
The Brazilian (c) revealed words were spoken in dressing room after the heavy Spurs defeat
‘Nobody wants to lose a game, especially at home and by that scoreline. We thought a lot about it, talked a lot in the dressing room. It was really bad for us, but we knew we had to come back stronger, better, more focused, and we did that against Newcastle.’
‘It was a good response from the team and we were very happy to get the win at a difficult place to go.’