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Man City players will recover 'in the fridge' during packed holiday schedule - Guardiola

Ian Darke questions where Phil Foden fits into Pep Guardiola's plans after failing to secure regular football.

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City's players will have to spend Christmas "in the fridge" if they hope to recover between games during a packed festive fixture list, according to Pep Guardiola.

City are scheduled to face Wolves at Molineux on Dec. 27 before playing Sheffield United at the Etihad Stadium on Dec. 29. And with less than 48 hours between games, Guardiola says training and preparation will go out of the window.

"Players to the fridge," said the City boss when asked how his squad...

Manchester United should study Liverpool's rebuild in order to overcome self-inflicted wounds

In Jamie Carragher's 2008 autobiography, there are 20 pages that reference Manchester United but one in particular perfectly frames the power shift in the north-west of England. The book paints the domestic landscape when Sir Alex Ferguson walked into Old Trafford in 1986 to undertake his "greatest challenge" of "knocking Liverpool right off their f--king perch" -- the Reds were up by 11 league titles and three European Cups at that point -- before examining how United then became the conquerors-in-chief.


Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones return from injuries

Ian Darke questions where Phil Foden fits into Pep Guardiola's plans after failing to secure regular football.
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Craig Burley says Manchester City need to get healthy after falling eight points behind Liverpool.

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City's injury problems are easing after Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy returned to training.

Defender Aymeric Laporte and winger Leroy Sane are long-term absentees but De Bruyne and Stones could feature against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

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Solskjaer's start at Man United not comparable with me - Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the comparison between his start at Liverpool to under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's spell in Manchester United's dugout ahead of Sunday's showdown at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian, who was handed a three-year contract in March after a successful period as caretaker manager, but has a return of just 14 points from 15 league games since gaining the position permanently, has requested time to fully implement his vision. Chief executive Ed Woodward has summarised this as "winning...

Chelsea's Frank Lampard criticises Didier Deschamps over N'Golo Kante injury

Frank Leboeuf feels Olivier Giroud may need to leave Chelsea in order to secure regular first team action.
Gregg Berhalter explains why he played Christian Pulisic in multiple positions in the USMNT's win vs. Cuba.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson says there's only one way for Christian Pulisic to get extended minutes.

Frank Lampard has said that France's handling of N'Golo Kante's groin injury during the international break was "not a laughing matter."

Kante suffered an injury while warming up ahead of France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland last Friday, a game his nation went on to win 1-0, and the midfielder then sat on the bench during France's 1-1 draw with Turkey on Monday. The injury has ruled the 28-year-old out of his club's Premier League match against Newcastle this Saturday.

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