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Team News


– Conte claimed he has full squad available with no fresh injuries

– John Terry can start tonight, as well as Asmir Begovic and Kurt Zouma

–  Pedro has scored in each round of this season’s FA Cup, scoring a total of four goals (also registering two assists).

– The Blues have won 15 of their 16 home games under Antonio Conte in all competitions, including the last 12: the only defeat was Liverpool back in September

– Chelsea have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals 12 times in the 21st century – more than any other side.


Manchester  United

– Red Devils travelled to London without all their main strikers yesterday: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for three games after elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in Premier League. Wayne Rooney, who was supposed to start after not travelling to Russia for Europa League match against Rostov last week, got injured in the last training before travelling to the English capital in an accidental clash with Phil Jones. Anthony Martial was reported injured, while Marcus Rashford is ill.

– José Mourinho could move a winger or another midfielder to the centre of United attacks, like Young, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard or Mkhitaryan but to face such an important game without all the four main strikers is surely a major blow for Mourinho’s side who are looking for “revenge” after last October 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

– Bailly is back to Manchester United squad after missing Europa League clash against Rostov for suspension

– The last time United lost an FA Cup tie away from Old Trafford was their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in 2013.

– Jose Mourinho has never lost an FA Cup quarter-final.

– This will be United’s 46th competitive game of the season, but only Chelsea’s 34th.


Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois, David Luiz, Cahill, Azipilicueta, Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea,  Bailly, Rojo, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Shaw, Mkhytarian, Mata.




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Jose Mourinho will have an headache in his London hotel room tonight trying to figure out how to face Chelsea in crucial FA Cup quarter finals with no strikers available.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is serving a three-game-ban after the episodes occured with Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in the past weekend but pictures of Manchester United travelling squad while boarding the train to London this afternoon showed all the three other strikers were missing: Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all stayed in Manchester to recover from injury.

The Red Devils captain got injured in the last training session in a collision with Phil Jones, Rashford was taken ill and Martial is injured as well.

Mourinho could move a winger or another midfielder to the centre of United attacks, like Young, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard or Mkhitaryan but to face such an important game without all the four main strikers is surely a major blow for Mourinho’s side who are looking for “revenge” after last October 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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Wayne Rooney didn’t travel to London with the rest of Manchester United squad for an injury he picked up while training in the last days ahead of Chelsea clash.

His current manager, José Mourinho, had nice words for the Red Devils captain when he decided to drop him for technical reasons:

“I will never make that decision. A player of his stature, a player of his history in the club will never go to point where club or manager want to make that decision for him

“I put him [Rooney] on the bench for three matches in a row. That is hard for him, hard for me, so that is being ruthless, to put in my mind the interests of the team in front of the player, prestige, status. In this case even legend. To put on bench a player with the numbers he has for club and country is hard.

“But as we were saying before, this is an industry where the people who leads, sometimes in a correct decision, sometimes not correct decisions, but in our mind the decisions we think is the best for the team.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry wanted to show support towards England national team skipper Wayne Rooney after the decision to drop him for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

The 35-year-old defended the Manchester United star, who was booed by a part of Wembley Stadium, by posting this picture on his official Instagram account.


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One of the biggest humiliations for England in an international tournament: Hodgson and his boys are sent out from the euros in France by Iceland, surely the sensation of these EURO 2016.

The match seemed on the right path for the Three Lions after 4′, when Wayne Rooney netted a penalty gained by Raheem Sterling, but not even three minutes later the Icelandics equalise with Ragnar Sigurdsson, with England showing a very poor defense ( Chelsea‘s Gary Cahill was among the starters as usual).

Other 13′ minutes and the match and qualification were sealed, with Kolbein Sigthorsson trying a shot from outside the box that an embarrassing Joe Hart wasn’t able to stop.

England had just two clear chances to equalise, with Harry Kane in the end of the first half – his volée was inches high on the crossbar- and with Jamie Vardy in the end of the injury time in the second half: his header was deflected on corner by an Icelandic defender.

The Thee Lions coach Roy Hodgson resigned at the end of the game: U21 coach is the favourite to replace him in this moment.

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With Wayne Rooney on the bench Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will be England captain tonight in the clash against Slovakia at EURO 2016.

The line ups:

SLOVAKIA-  Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan; Pecovsky, Kucka, Mak, Hamsik, Weiss; Nemec.

Subs: Mucha, Gyomber, Gregus, Sestak, Stoch, Nemec, Hrosovsky, Skriniar, Salata, Svento, Duris, Novota

Coach: Jan Kozak


ENGLAND: Hart, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Clyne, Dier, Henderson, Wilshere, Lallana, Vardy, Sturridge

Subs: Walker, Rose, Milner, Sterling, Kane, Rooney, Forster, Stones, Barkley, Alli, Rashford, Heaton

Coach: Roy Hodgson


Kick Off: 8pm GMT

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was named England captain for next friendly game against Germany.

The Three Lions skipper, Wayne Rooney, has been out since Feb. 13 with a knee ligament injury and faces a race against time to get fit for the European Championship which begins in France on June 10.

Also Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling will miss next Saturday’s clash due to an injury.

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As England captain Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was entitled to vote for Ballon D’Or winners.

His first choice in the players was the winner, Lionel Messi, followed by Bayern Munich’s star Thomas Muller and his former Red Devils’s team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the surprise arrived in Rooney’s votes for the top manager, adding fuel to the speculations of the last month: his first choice was ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho, who won the Premier League with the Blues last year and was repeatedly rumoured as the next Manchester United’s boss after his departure from Chelsea before Christmas.

Mourinho always had a huge respect for Rooney and praised him many times, he also tried to bring him to Stamford Bridge soon after he returned to Chelsea in summer 2013, but Manchester United refused the Blues’ offer.

Probably Rooney just wanted to show his respect for the manager who beat him and his team in the Premier League last year and that praised him so many times, but his choice was not unnoticed and who knows that he can pay respect to Mourinho in person really soon.

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Ex referee Graham Poll claimed Wayne Rooney should have seen the red card for his terrible foul on Oscar during last night’s Manchester United v Chelsea.

“There was a really nasty high tackle by Wayne Rooney on Oscar in the dying minutes, with the Brazilian lucky to escape serious injury,” he wrote on the Mail Online.

Atkinson saw it,” he continues “but decided to show a yellow card when red was required. No wonder the Leeds-based referee has not awarded a penalty or red card in the Premier League all season.”

But also Manchester United was penalised by Martin Atkinson’s bad performance: Willian clear handball inside the box was not punished with a penalty:

“United were also denied a penalty when Willian’s clear handball early in the second half was waved away, perhaps not seen clearly by either Atkinson or his assistant Stephen Child,” writes Poll.

“These were the two big decisions which possibly affected the outcome but it was the general approach to the game which disappointed me most,” he concludes.

And to sum everything up:

“Martin Atkinson’s performance at Old Trafford summed up all that is wrong with refereeing at present; weakness, acceptance of dissent and trying not to upset anyone.”



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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that his side need to take chances after a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The home side dominated but couldn’t find a winner, which meant they are now without a win in eight games.

Speaking to BT Sport, Rooney said that the result was disappointing:

We created a lot of chances but didn’t manage to take one. The crowd were excellent today and you could see how much it meant to the players.

“It’s a disappointing result because we dominated the game but that is football.

Rooney, who was lucky to escape a red card after a high challenge on Chelsea midfielder Oscar, has said however that the team will continue to fight despite their dip in form:

“A lot of people say a lot of different things. We would be letting ourselves down if we didn’t go out on the pitch and give our all.

“We will keep fighting and we will come back.”


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