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1675882617Win a pair of tickets to Carabao Cup Final to see Manchester United vs Newcastle at Wembley StadiumManchester United and Newcastle United face off in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley at the end of February for the first piece of silverware of the season.For Man United, new manager Erik ten Hag has guided his team to the home of English football at the first time of asking, looking to end the club’s six-year trophy drought.For Newcastle, it is a first final since before the turn of the millennium, last losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup showpiece in 1999, as they continue to reap the rewards of Eddie Howe’s fine work and their Saudi Arabia-backed takeover.We have two pairs of tickets to give away, one set for a Manchester United fan and one set for a Newcastle fan, to attend the Carabao Cup final on February 26, 2023.Enter the competition here!ES Composite1675882240Why Man United vs Leeds is not on TV in the Premier League tonightFans will be disappointed to learn that today’s game between Manchester United versus Leeds is not on UK TV.The contest is one of the fiercest rivalries on these shores but the Yorkshire club’s 19-year absence from the top flight meant that meetings were few and far between.This week, however, sees the clubs clash twice within a matter of days.Still, tonight’s game at Old Trafford will not be available to watch on TV in the UK, though the reverse fixture at Elland Road this Sunday will be broadcast across the Sky Sports platform.It is of course a rarity to see United games – particularly one of this magnitude – not shown live to football fans in the UK.The original date for the game was scheduled for 3pm GMT on Sunday September 17 2022, making it in ineligible for broadcast due to the blackout imposed across English football at the time.It was then postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, meaning a new date had to be arranged. The fact it was not originally due to be broadcast means it cannot be on Wednesday.ES Composite1675881924Ten Hag hits out at ‘inconsistent refereeing’ after Casemiro red cardErik ten Hag admitted Casemiro deserved a red card in the win over Crystal Palace, though still criticised the officiating in Manchester United’s recent matches.His side made it 13 wins in a row at Old Trafford across all competitions as they beat Palace 2-1, though it was a victory that turned out to be far more nervy than initially looked likely.Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, the Englishman’s 11th since the World Cup, put United in complete control, but a straight red to Casemiro led to a tense final 20 minutes.Read his comments in full here!AP1675881410Man United takeover latest: Qatari investors ‘set to bid’ for clubQatari investors are planning to make a huge bid to buy Premier League club Manchester United, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.The report described the investors as “a group of private, high-wealth individuals” from Qatar, which hosted the 2022 World Cup.United declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.New York-listed shares of Manchester United jumped nearly 13% in premarket trading.Jim Ratcliffe’s company INEOS formally entered the bidding process to buy United last month after the club’s U.S. owners, the Glazer family, said in November they had begun looking at options including new investment or a potential sale.Bloomberg News reported last month that Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), which owns Paris St Germain, was considering either a total takeover or a stake in Manchester United or their rivals Liverpool.United fans have been clamouring for a change of ownership and the Glazers have been the target of intense criticism as the team last won silverware back in 2017, lifting the Europa League and League Cup trophies.In April, thousands protested outside Old Trafford, lighting flares and singing songs demanding the Glazers “get out of the club”.United’s net debt, another bone of contention among fans, had grown to 515 million pounds ($620.42 million) by September.The team, managed by Erik ten Hag, are third in the league on 42 points after 21 games, three points behind Manchester City but eight adrift of leaders Arsenal, who have played a game less.Getty Images1675880927Next Leeds manager odds: Pochettino among early favouritesMauricio Pochettino has been named the bookmakers’ second favourite for the vacant Leeds manager job after Jesse Marsch was sacked.Out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last year, the former Tottenham boss is still considered some way behind early frontrunner Carlos Corberan.It is the ex-Leeds Under-23 manager who is leading the way despite only taking over at Championship club West Brom just over three months ago.Another Elland Road old boy, Marcelo Bielsa, is sat third in the bookies’ estimates having recently turned down the Everton job.It was under Bielsa whom Corberan became an integral part of the Leeds backroom staff, being promoted to first-team coach before a successful spell at Huddersfield.Further down the odds list are Ange Postecoglou, Ralph Hasenhuttl and Rafa Benitez. Frank Lampard is among those considered outsiders in the hours after Marsch’s sacking.Leeds find themselves outside of the relegation zone on goal difference alone following a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, with back-to-back matches against Manchester United up next.Next Leeds manager oddsCarlos Corberan 5/4Mauricio Pochetttino 5/1Marcelo Bielsa 6/1Ange Postecoglou 15/2Ralph Hasenhuttl 17/2Rafa Benitez 10/1Brendan Rodgers 14/1Thomas Tuchel 16/1Michael Carrick 20/1Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 20/1Steven Gerrard 20/1Frank Lampard 25/1Roy Hodgson 33/1Odds provided by Betfair (subject to change)PA1675879825Latest oddsBetfair: Man United vs Leeds match oddsMan United: 8/17Draw: 7/2Leeds: 11/2Betfair: Premier League winnerArsenal: 8/13Man City: 9/5Man Utd: 11/1Betfair: Top four finishMan Utd: 1/7Newcastle: 8/11Tottenham: 17/10Liverpool: 9/2Brighton: 15/21675879309Rio Ferdinand backs Jadon Sancho to have big impact for Manchester United ahead of crucial runRio Ferdinand believes Jadon Sancho can be “like a new signing” for Manchester United and give the squad a lift heading into a crucial few weeks of the season.Sancho made his first appearance since October when he came off the bench a week ago against Nottingham Forest as United booked their place in the Carabao Cup final.At the start of the year, Erik ten Hag said Sancho was not physically or mentally ready to be a part of the first-team squad, having spent the World Cup on an individual training camp in the Netherlands.The updates have been more positive in recent weeks though and Sancho has now joined up again with his team-mates, making his return to competitive action.United face Barcelona across two legs in the Europa League play-off round before a Wembley clash against Newcastle at the end of the month, and Ferdinand is confident Sancho will have a part to play.“Jadon Sancho is back in the squad and if he can get back playing to his best it will be like a new signing for the club,” Ferdinand told William Hill.“If you get someone like him, with the talent he has, playing to his best, he’s a threat for any team – his ability to cause defenders problems.“In the short-term it also makes United a lot more competitive in general. The United bench over the last month hasn’t been at its most strongest so having Sancho back gives Erik ten Hag a new option to turn to in the coming weeks.“He didn’t come on against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but the manager will be turning to him in the coming weeks so he’ll have the opportunities to build up some form.”Manchester United via Getty Imag1675878434Napoli confirm Osimhen interest as Man United sent clear messageNapoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has made the club’s position on Victor Osimhen clear, telling interested clubs that the striker “is not for sale”.Osimhen continues to impress in Italy and leads the way in the Serie A scoring charts, with 16 goals in just 17 appearances for his side this season.It’s helped fire Napoli to the top of the table, 13 points clear of Inter Milan in second, and well on course for a first Serie A title in 33 years. They will also be eying a deep run in Europe, with Eintracht Frankfurt their opponents in the last-16 of the Champions League.Read the full story here!Getty Images1675878091Manchester United confirm stance on Casemiro red card ahead of Leeds clashManchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed the club will not be appealing Casemiro’s red card.The Brazilian was given his marching orders during Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace for putting his hands around…

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