Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will on Sunday be hoping that Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba both pass late fitness tests for Manchester United’s trip to face Tottenham. Shaw came off at half-time of United’s 2-0 Europa League quarter-final first-leg victory over Granada in Spain on Thursday night, though Solskjaer said his switch was to “protect” the England left-back ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League clash against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs. Elsewhere for United, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are all sidelined by injury.
Mikel Arteta understands calls for Gabriel Martinelli to play more but insists the Arsenal youngster must be managed correctly. The 19-year-old made a big impact during his first season at the club but form and fitness has restricted him to just 13 appearances this term, with his last start coming against Manchester United in January. "That I understand," boss Arteta said when asked about those who are calling for him to feature more.
Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at home in an entertaining, rain-soaked 'Clasico' on Saturday to go top of La Liga. Karim Benzema put the champions in charge at a soggy Alfredo di Stefano stadium with a delightful backheel in the 14th minute while a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled their lead in the 28th. Barca hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza and the defender almost found the equaliser later on, while the Catalans had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.
Karim Benzema stunning flick and a free kick from Toni Kroos saw Real Madrid complete a league Clasico double over Barcelona in soaking wet conditions on Saturday night. A drenched Alfredo di Stefano stadium saw Benzema and Kroos put the hosts two to the good inside half an hour. Barca hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza and the defender almost found the equaliser later on, while the Catalans had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.
Kai Havertz made up for his Porto no-show to convince Thomas Tuchel he can lead Chelsea’s attack until the end of the season. Tuchel claimed he gave the German a second chance after his struggles in the Champions League in midweek. Havertz repaid that faith with the opening goal in Chelsea’s 4-1 against Crystal Palace to put himself in pole position start up front in the quarter-final second leg against Porto on Tuesday.