Ryan Giggs, who spent two years as Louis Van Gaal’s assistant, has revealed that he told the club to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe. Giggs said that he saw both of the young playmakers with a scout, and that it would have been a “no-brainer“ to sign them. He also said that it would have cost around £5 million to make the signings and loan them back to their clubs at the time. Obviously, this would have turned out to be a massive move, as these are two of the world’s brightest young stars, tearing it up on the world’s stage in the Champions League. This has to come as a shock, because just imagine where United would be now if they had brought in both these players three years ago, and they burst onto the scene in the red kits of United.
One of the biggest matches in the world is tomorrow: Barcelona will travel to the Spanish capital to play Real Madrid, in a high-stakes, likely drama-filled match. Real Madrid, as ESPNFC’s Gab Marcotti says, cannot afford to lose this match. Sergio Ramos said earlier this week that Madrid’s race for the title is essentially over if they lose to Barcelona, who sit at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Ernesto Valverde has insisted the club are not favorites for the match, and that they have plenty of pressure based on Madrid’s success. Marcotti has a great preview of the match, which will kick off at 7 AM ET, 4 AM PT. Get your pot of coffee brewing ahead of time, because this one should be good.
Sergio Aguero, according to Sam Lee of Goal.com, is unhappy with his playing time under Pep Guardiola. This is not the first time we have heard of something like this, but the lack of playing in big matches has bothered Aguero, who reportedly believes Guardiola will force him out of the club. He also, according to reports, thinks that his all-time leading scoring record at City is being taken for granted. Goal’s sources also said, however, that Guardiola has no issue with Aguero, and that he will not be making a move for Alexis Sanchez in January because he is happy with Aguero and Jesus. Over the summer, there were plenty of exit rumors about Aguero, who was displeased with his playing time. It seemed to be resolved, but here we are again, and we will either see the ownership step in again and speak to the Argentine, or we might hear more about a possible exit.
Something you don’t hear every day- the German Football Association is investigating a dive by Bayer Leverkusen’s manager, Heiko Herrlich, in a German Cup match against Borussia Monchengladbach. Via the Associated Press, the German FA (known as the DFB) said: “There is the suspicion that the coach of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen allowed himself to fall after a shove from the `Gladbach player Denis Zakaria on the sideline and thus behaved in an unsporting manner.”
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