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Manchester United’s three young stars Rasmus Hojlund, Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho have been a bright spark for United recently, but Erik ten Hag has warned the trio that they still have room for improvement.

All three players starred in United’s 3-0 win over West Ham on Sunday. Garnacho scored twice and Hojlund became the youngest United player ever to score in four Premier League games in a row. Mainoo’s performances of late also speak from themselves.

Read more on Ten Hag’s thoughts on their bright futures here.

Captain Son returns for Spurs after Asian Cup humbling

Meanwhile, Son Heung-Min has returned to Tottenham after South Korea were dumped out of the Asian Cup by Jordan, suffering a shock 2-0 defeat in their semi-final.

Whilst the defeat stunned South Korea fans, Spurs will be delighted to see their captain back.

The players certainly look happy!

Is Mo Salah edging closer to fitness?

Look who is back in the gym for Liverpool.

After the news of Thiago Alcantara, what a boost it will be for the Reds when Mo Salah returns.

This video is sure to make the Liverpool fans happy – maybe not their rivals though.

More on Ten Hag in our podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off!’

Want to listen to Ian Ladyman and Chris thoughts leading into this weekend’s fixtures?

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Erik ten Hag press conference recap

Lots to unpick there, so what can we take from that Erik ten Hag press conference?

Here are the top headlines:

  • Martinez set for a spell on the sidelines
  • ‘Wembley of the North’ ambition is good but focusing on team
  • Wants his side to treat every game as a final from now on
  • Villa fixture too soon for Mount and Malacia

Villa too soon for Mount and Malacia

Ten Hag has revealed Sunday comes too soon for Mason Mount and Tyrell Malacia.

Mason (Mount) and Ty (Malacia) not ready.

The future is bright for the young Red Devils

Erik ten Hag has been asked about Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund.

I think they enjoy to play together, adventure, they want to do it together. They want also to pass the ball to each other and that everyone can play to the qualities and score goals. It is brilliant they want to do it together and that is the key. Young players the future for Manchester United is quite bright with talent on board, you have to develop it.

This club wants to achieve a lot, this club wants to win trophies so very ambitious so they have to step up and bring high levels. Also against the best opposition they have to express the same threat and it is about end product.

‘Every game is a final from now on’

I said to the team from the start of January every game is now a final. That was also our approach to West Ham, this is a final, we have to take this challenge and see it as a final. That will be every day now from on.

Last time Manchester United faced Aston Villa, Rasmus Hojlund netted his first Premier League goal as United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in dramatic style on Boxing day.

Does Erik ten Hag think it will be a similar story this time?

To relive that match, read the match report here:

Who will replace Martinez in the side?

We have options. How to deal with that position. We have good centre halves in our squad so the others are available, Luke (Shaw) can play also there. Quite confident we can keep the process going so others can fulfil the position and also contribute playing in high levels. Those players are experienced.

Garnacho and Hojlund’s rise in form

Players need time, especially young players like Rasmus (Hojlund) and Alejandro (Garnacho), they need time but also they need a team, so those effects were not there in the first half of the season.

From the start I was confident they have the potential to do what they are doing and now it is about keeping going keep moving be hungry.

‘Wembley of the North ambition is good – but not my task’

If that is his (Jim Ratcliffe) view then I would say it expresses the ambition of this club which is good, but it is not my task in this club to deal with stadium questions, with facilities, my job is to manage the team and rebuild the squad.

‘Licha is a fighter’: Martinez set for a spell on the sidelines

It is a setback of course, Licha (Martinez) was returning, you see his contribution to the team when he is playing, apart from the technical skills also the mentality.

It is a big setback for Licha, he is very disappointed but he is a fighter. He will be back, stronger back and will play by the end of the season. As a a squad we have to replace him and we have players who can play there and will play there.

What is on Erik ten Hag’s mind?

So, what is on the agenda for Erik ten Hag’s press conference?

Manchester United travel away to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Sunday to buil on back-to-back Premier League victories.

Will ETH update us on the extent of Lisandro Martinez’s injury? When will Mason Mount be back?

We will cover it all for you here.

Will Thiago Alcantara ever play for Liverpool again?

With the news that Thiago Alcantara is set for another spell on the sidelines, the question is, will he ever pull on that famous red jersey again?

With his contract up in the summer, and his track record with injuries, I wouldn’t put your money on that he will. Or am I speaking too soon?

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on February 04, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool fans, look away now…

Thiago Alcantara is reportedly facing more time away from the pitch after sustaining a muscle injury during his five-minute cameo return against Arsenal.

The Spaniard returned to action in the Reds’ 3-1 loss at Arsenal. They were his first minutes in a Liverpool shirt in 10 months after a hip problem.

Now in to the final few months of his contract with Liverpool, will Thiago return from another setback?

Read below to find out more on the potential injury.

I think Conor Gallagher’s reaction to Enzo Fernandez’s free-kick is how most of us reacted too – maybe not Aston Villa Fans though.

I’m glad there were no camera’s pointing at me in the office yesterday, I let out a gasp and a little noise when I saw it. An extraordinary strike.

If you want to see more of Gallagher’s hilarious reaction, click the link.

Gary Neville and Roy Keane have alleged that some of the European teams that Manchester United faced under Sir Alex Ferguson were guilty of doping.

The former United stars cited Italian teams in particular. Under Ferguson, The Red Devils came up against Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio in Europe.

To see what they both said, read below.

Ivan Toney’s agent Jonathan Barnett has condemned the online racist abuse suffered by the Brentford striker.

Barnett has called on football authorities and social media platforms to increase their involvement with law makers to ensure perpetrators are punished.

This comes after both Brentford and the Premier League released statements also condemning the abuse.

Can Rasmus Hojlund continue his goalscoring form?

Rasmus Hojlund’s first Premier League goal for Manchester United came against their opponents this weekend, Aston Villa, back on Boxing Day.

The Dane has netted in all of his three Premier League games since. Can he make it five from five at Villa Park on Sunday?

Seeing as Premier League chief of football Tony Scholes has admitted VAR needs to improve, we thought we’d show you which Premier League sides have suffered most.

This season there have already been a number of high-profile mistakes, notably the decision to rule out Luis Diaz’s goal against Tottenham back in September for offside, despite a review showing him in fact being on.

So, who are the most affected teams? Find out here.

What is the most bizarre transfer involving a Premier League star in football history?

Following Jesse Lingard’s surprise move to FC Seoul, we want to hear your opinions on what the strangest transfer involving a Premier League star in football history was.

For me, it has to be Julien Faubert securing himself a loan move to Real Madrid after he made only eight appearances for West Ham. Funnily enough, he made even less for Los Blancos.

Let us know your opinions in the comment section.

Former Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has found a new club.

Lingard, who scored 35 times in 232 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils, has signed for South Koren side FC Seoul.

Ever since Jurgen Klopp announced he would be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, many names have been thrown into the mix for who could succeed him.

Xabi Alonso is the red-hot favourite at the moment, and Reds’ fans will be keeping a keen eye on how his unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen fair against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Are you interested Liverpool fans? If so, read below.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants a new Old Trafford to become the ‘Wembley of the North’ and as previously reported, Ratcliffe and his team have already had dialogue with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

So, what should the billionaire do to transform Manchester United’s ageing stadium?

The Premier League have hit back at Arsenal and Liverpool over their complaints about VAR this season, after both clubs released statements earlier this campaign criticising the system.

However, Premier League chief of football Tony Scholes has admitted VAR needs to improve, acknowledging the slow speed of checks.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been in the headlines this morning.

In a new three-part documentary, the 36-year-old has reflected on his life in football, attending boozy parties, and how he once had a falling out with his dad over money.

There were many impressive performances from the Chelsea players last night, including Enzo Fernandez who netted a spectacular free-kick, but which Blues star stood out the most.

Have a read of Mail Sport’s player ratings for the FA Cup fourth round replay.

First, let’s rewind back to last night where Chelsea turned their form around with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa to progress to the FA Cup fifth round.

Riath Al-Samarrai was at Villa Park to witness the Blues’ excellent performance.

Read his match report below.

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