Archive for May 2021

Michael Owen has made his prediction on the exciting two-four race in the Premier League. Champions Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United have already sealed their spots in the Champions League as the top two teams thus leaving the rest to battle for the other two Champions League places. Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester City are the three clubs fighting for the two places on offer. To this effect, one of the three aforementioned teams will miss out on Champions League football.

Liverpool legend Michael Owen made his prediction on the Premier League top-four race earlier this week on Premier League TV shortly before the game between Chelsea and Leicester City. According to him, Liverpool will qualify for Champions League football alongside one of Chelsea or Leicester City. Michael Owen went on to say that Liverpool had an okay performance against West Brom and that they were extremely fortunate to beat the Baggies at the weekend. He said the Reds can’t afford to be lackadaisical when they take on Burnley in their next game at Turf Moor.

The Reds would later produce an assured performance to thrash Burnley 3-0 in front of the returning Clarets fans thanks to the first half strike from Brazilian national team player Roberto Firmino and the second half goals from centre back Nathaniel Philips and second half substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The win at Burnley ensured that Liverpool moved above Leicester City into fourth place ahead of their final game of the season at home to London club Crystal Palace.

Leicester City started the week in third only to end it in fifth after the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea ensured that their opponents usurped them into third place. As things stand, Leicester City are away from the top four on goal difference and they need to beat North London giants Tottenham Hotspur at home on the final day of the season and hope either Liverpool or Chelsea drop points to secure a place in the top four and by extension, the Champions League next season.

Champions League finalists Chelsea have a tricky fixture to navigate at Villa Park against Aston Villa. The Blues could lose their place in the top four with a draw or defeat in that game. Only a win would be enough for Chelsea in their Champions League football quest.

Manchester United have been surprisingly linked with former player Jonny Evans who’s on the payroll of fellow Premier League club Leicester City and was at the Theatre of Dreams for 11 years. According to the report from The Sun, the Red Devils want to re-sign the 32-year-old centre back after hisLeicester City contract ends at the end of this season. It was reported that Manchester United are ready to pounce on a free transfer next summer with the Foxes reluctant to offer the experienced player a new deal.

Jonny Evans joined Manchester United as a teenager in 2004 and he went on to make his first team debut two years later. The Northern Ireland player didn’t break into the Manchester United squad until the 2008/09 campaign after he had spent some time at clubs like Royal Antwerp FC of Belgium and English team Sunderland on loan. Jonny Evans was with the Manchester United first team for eight seasons before he left the club for West Brom in 2015. He scored seven times in 198 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions and his time at Old Trafford yielded three Premier League titles plus two League Cup titles.

The Irishman spent three years at West Brom before signing for his current team, Leicester City. Jonny Evans signed for Leicester City in a £3.5m deal in the summer of 2018.Evans has played some of his best football at Leicester City since signing for them two years ago and the three-year deal that he signed will expire next summer.

Manchester United are expected to spend some money onsome defensive signings next year and former player Jonny Evans is one of the players under consideration. Jonny Evans was part of the Leicester City team that finished in fifth spot on the Premier League standings last season.

One of the most surprising transfer news in the last 48 hours is the interest of Manchester United in Leicester City defender Jonny Evans. The Northern Ireland international was a former Manchester United player and reports claimed that the Red Devils want him to return to the club in the nearest future.

The Sun claimed that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in re-signing him. The possible signing of Jonny Evans won’t have been envisaged by the Manchester United supporters who have been linked with world class defensive options like Napoli star KalidouKoulibaly, RB Leipzig player DayotUpamecano in recent months.

From the point of view of Solskjaer and Manchester United, Jonny Evans could be available for free next summer and the signing of the 32-year-old represents a cheap option to sign defensive reinforcements in addition to the fact that he’s playing the best football of his club career with the Foxes. However, on the other side of things, Jonny Evans is ageing and won’t really give Manchester United more than two or three years of football at the highest level. In addition, the Manchester United fans would rather go for a new signing than opt for a player that really didn’t hit the heights during his Manchester United days.

Jonny Evans came through the youth teams at the Theatre of Dreams before making his first appearance for the club in 2006 having joined the Red Devils as a teenager two years earlier. The centre back didn’t become a regular part of the Manchester United first team until the 2008/09 season. Evans won a lot of trophies while he was a Manchester United player and has failed to win a single trophy since leaving the club for Midlands club West Brom in 2015 while Dutch tactician Louis Van Gaal was at the club.

During his time at Old Trafford, Jonny Evans won three league titles and two Capital One Cup trophies. He found the back of the net seven times in his 198 appearances for the club. Jonny Evans was a key player for the Baggies during his three-year stay at the Hawthorns and his departure was certainly felt as the Baggies spent just one more season before dropping out of the Premier League though they have since gained promotion to the league after one season in the second tier.

Jonny Evans left West Brom for Leicester City in 2018 and his contract with the Foxes will expire next summer. He’s a key player at Leicester City but his future at the club is unclear at the moment thus paving the way for Manchester United to sign him potentially at the end of his Leicester City contract.