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‘Incredible’ Twitter Heaps Praise On Manchester United Man After Performance vs. West Brom

All talk was reserved for one man in particular, as Manchester United continued to brush up their fortunes with a 2-0 victory away to Premier League high-flyers West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns this Saturday.

As Wayne Rooney continues to set his sights on Bobby Charlton’s historic 249-goal haul for the Red Devils, denied the feat on the night by the crossbar, it was Man United’s other veteran in attack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, that hogged the plaudits with his renewed stream of goals.

The Swede gave José Mourinho’s reviving side the lead as early as the 5th minute with a well-taken header from Jesse Lingard’s cross, whereas Ibrahimovic was on hand to double the dosage in the second half and ease any lingering worries that existed concerning a potential banana skin that was the trip to 7th placed West Brom.

Of the two shots taken by Ibrahimovic, all ended up in the back of the net in what was a Man of the Match performance, whereas the brace bagged tonight sees the target man hit his 34th goal in 33 league games throughout 2016.

Just the one goal was enough, however, for the 35-year-old’s name to dominate the reactions emerging from United’s evening in the West Midlands.

Ibrahimovic was widely expected to struggle in the Premier League when arriving at Old Trafford, in particular due to his age, but the striker’s first goal of the night told a very different story, taking him to double figures in the Premier League and pushing his total for the season to 15.

In response, United fans and loyal ‘Ibra’ backers were on hand to outline the former Paris-Saint Germain star’s good work, without a doubt aimed at those branding him a flop.

Ibrahimovic, a champion in Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands, has always had the question mark hanging over his head around these alleys of Europe over whether he could replicate his success in front of goal in the popular goldfish that is Premier League.

Now testing his capabilities at the ripe old age of 35, the odds weren’t as favourable as the man himself might like to think, but the striker has always strived to discard such claims that he’s “finished” at the highest level.

Even as recently as today, the well-preserved Ibrahimovic was keen to outline that he feels fresh in the prospect of being handed a rest in coming games.

“In football, sometimes you have to listen to everybody around you, but in my mind I’m a 20-year-old boy,” the Man United number 9 said. “I’m fresh and I’ll keep going, as long as the team needs me.”

A repeat of Ibrahimovic’s current goal scoring exploits in 2016 certainly wouldn’t go amiss in United’s bid to climb back up the Premier League.

3 Must Have Players For Your Fantasy Football Teams This Week ft. Liverpool Midfielder

Another week has come and gone, and Fresh Football returns with its weekly edition of Fantasy Premier League hotpicks, bracing ourselves for the action ahead in Gameweek 13.

In between that time, the current title holders, Leicester City, continue to impress on a continental stage, so much so that the 13 points amassed in Group G by the Foxes has already surpassed their current mark of 12 points in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s murky relationship with the month of November continues, but, in the meantime, the Gunners are also still unbeaten since their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool back in August – an improvement from past seasons.

Elsewhere, the Manchester City continue to show signs of being anything but the finished article under Pep Guardiola, whereas Tottenham Hotspur’s return to the European elite has proven to be short lived; a 2-1 defeat at the hands of AS Monaco sealing their fate.

In fear of a European hangover, but also due to potentially glaring opportunities to pick up points elsewhere, we’re avoiding games between the aforementioned clubs altogether.

So here’s who we’re topping to come up trumps this weekend.

1 – Jonny Evans

Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Defender
Price: £4.5m

Tony Pulis and his club appear to have gotten their mojo back. After claiming just two wins from their first 10 league games, West Brom have proceeded to pick up back-to-back victories versus Leicester City and, most recently, Burnley, defeating the newly-promoted side 4-0 on Monday night.

Next up for the Midlands club are Hull City, who continue to slip down the table after winning just once since August. 19th placed Sunderland were the latest side to snatch three points from the Tigers, so one can imagine morale isn’t great at the moment, because the form certainly isn’t.

On the ascendancy, West Brom have every chance of making it three wins on the spin, and failing that, a clean sheet at the very least. We’ll settle for that, tipping Jonny Evans to star.

Transfer Window Rankings (20th-17th): Hull, Burnley, West Brom & Swansea Feature

As two of the most free-spending managers in football history, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, paved way for the arrival of more high-profile managerial switch-a-rounds, it’s perhaps no surprise to see Premier League clubs shatter the records of expenditure once more with a £1.165 billion bill, surpassing the £870 million mark set just last season.

In its trail, the relentless cash burning has left a bunch of euphoric agents, players and, for the most part, many satisfied fans with the acquisitions made by their favourite clubs. Some teams went about their business better than others, however. Here’s where all 20 Premier League clubs stand in Fresh Football’s rankings:

20th – Hull City

Key Incomings: Ryan Mason (£13m), David Marshall (£3.5m), Will Keane (£1m), James Weir (Undisclosed), Dieumerci Mbokani (Loan), Markus Henriksen (Loan).

Key Outgoings: Mohamed Diamé (£4.6m), Sone Aluko (Released), Ryan Taylor (Released)

As refreshing and laudable as one’s start to the season can be, the fact Hull’s squad still appears worryingly depleted, let alone arguably too weak to survive in the Premier League, sees them languish behind others as far as transfer dealings are concerned. It cost them a manager at the start of the season, after all.

David Marshall provided some solid performances during his time with Cardiff City in the Premier League, whereas Ryan Mason, despite being a bit costly, adds some quality to the Tigers’ midfield. The likes of Will Keane should also have space to grow into the player his potential promises to see him become, but whether he, among others, will manage to have the desired impact on the squad remains to be seen.

Stranger things have happened in the Premier League, of course, but the suspicions that Mike Phelan’s squad is still far too small and short in quality won’t go away.

19th – Burnley

Key Incomings: Jeff Hendrick (£10m), Steven Defour (£7.3m), Patrick Bamford (Loan), Jon Flanagan (Loan), Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (£2.5m).

Key Outgoings: Joey Barton (Released), Matty Taylor (Released), Lukasz Jutkiewicz (Loan).

Sean Dyche is sticking to what saw his team promoted last season, that much is clear, after a fairly quiet summer at Turf Moor. Whether that will cost Burnley, or not, remains to be seen, but it more than likely was the defining factor in their relegation from the Premier League just two seasons ago.

Nevertheless, the arrivals of Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick refresh the club’s midfield, whereas a stagnating Patrick Bamford joins with a point to prove, initially behind the likes of Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order. The star quality remains unconvincing, however, but their strong unification can drown those concerns. At least there’s a clear method to Burnley’s actions, or lack thereof.

18th – West Bromwich Albion

Key Incomings: Nacer Chadli (£13m), Matt Phillips (£5.5m), Allan Nyom (£4m), Brendan Galloway (Loan), Robson Hal-Kanu (Free).

Key Outgoings: James Chester (£8m), Rickie Lambert (Undisclosed), Sebastien Pocognoli (Loan), Victor Anichebe (Released), Stephane Sessegnon (Released), Anders Lindegaard (Released).

Such was the disappointment with the lack of transfer activity at the Hawthorns that relegation-proof manager Tony Pulis was rumoured to be considering his position as West Bromwich Albion boss. That storm seems to have been weathered by the Midlands club, but they will now have to face the realities of their dealings.

On face value, the additions look adequate. Nacer Chadli’s powering figure looks like your average template for a Pulis wide man, whereas Brendan Galloway and Allan Nyom are decent reinforcements for the backline.

Happy or unhappy, Saido Berahino is still at the club, but fans will be rightly upset to have missed out on key targets, such as Islam Slimani, now at Leicester City, the striker’s ex-team mate, William Carvalho, and Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho. It’s a missed opportunity overall for squad that looks to be in desperate need or revitalisation.

17th – Swansea City

Key Incomings: Borja Bastón (£15.5m), Fernando Llorente (£5m), Leroy Fer (£4.75m), Mike van der Hoorn (£2.1m), Aflie Mawson (£5m).

Key Outgoings: André Ayew (£20m), Ashley Williams (£12m), Bafetimbe Gomis (Loan), Eder (£3.8m).

Hardly traffic-stopping stuff at the Liberty Stadium, but when has that ever been the case wherever Swansea City’s spending has been concerned? Still, the South Wales outfit managed to quietly smash their own transfer record by landing Borja Bastón for £15.5 million after his 19-goal season on loan at La Liga club Eibar.

The experienced Fernando Llorente also bolsters Francesco Guidolin’s frontline, whereas Leroy Fer, who has already found the back of the net from midfield twice this season, hopes his third move to a Premier League club won’t result in a successive relegation. The biggest worry, however, has to be how Swansea manage to cope with the exits of their top goalscorer and club captain, André Ayew and Ashley Williams. For now, it’s a season to sweat over.

3 Transfers Southampton Should Try To Complete This Month To Break Into Europe

Southampton fans will have seen this summer before, Liverpool come knocking with a substantial offer for one of their star players and in turn the Saints reinvest a portion of that cash in order to attack the spots for European qualification.

The latest instalment of the growing relationship saw the Reds swoop in for Southampton’s Sadio Mané for £34 million back in June of this year, meanwhile new boss Claude Puel has wasted no time in welcoming Nathan Redmond, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Alex McCarthy and Jeremy Pied to the St. Mary’s Stadium for little less than what they received for the Senegal international.

Puel hints the summer shopping won’t end there, stating: “We will see if there is an opportunity or not [to add to the squad].” But who might Arsène Wenger’s protégé have in mind? Here’s Fresh Football’s pick:

1 – Theo Walcott

The Arsenal winger was steadily growing into the unique player he had always promised to be before his anterior cruciate ligament injury side-lined him for approximately 11 months. Walcott’s woes were soon followed by pelvic and calf problems, whereas poor form upon his long-awaited return has subsequently displaced him from Arsenal’s XI.

The Gunners are now reportedly ready to approach the likes of Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler and Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, which in turn should mean that Joel Campbell and/or Theo Walcott become surplus to requirement at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott may well have the greater amount of soul-searching to do, so what better place to do so than at home? Fears over the fitness of Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin could see Southampton dip into the transfer market once more before August 31st, keen to replace the 22 goals amassed last season by high-profile departures Mané and Graziano Pellè.

Redmond has entered the equation as a potential striker option for the Saints this season, but old boy Walcott is sure to offer greater assurances in front of goal, meanwhile Wenger has a vested interest in seeing Arsenal’s number 14 return to his habitual form. An ambitious loan move could well make sense, here.

‘Out Of His Depth’: West Brom Fans Demand New Manager

West Brom fans are taking to Twitter to demand a new manager after a decline in performances, which saw misery heaped upon them this weekend with a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

The Baggies started the season brightly, led by young striker Saido Berahino, but a decline in form has seen them drop to just two points above the relegation zone, which many fans believe will be a positive West Brom will stay in should they continue to be led by manager Alan Irvine.

Alan Curbishly is one named mentioned buy a disgruntled West Brom fan, whilst another states he would happily accept a heavy defeat in the midweek clash with West Ham if it meant Irvine would lose his job afterwards.