Premier League Q&A: What is going on at Chelsea? Plus the latest from Man United and Liverpool as Mail Sport’s experts answer your questions

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Mail Sport’s Chris Wheeler, Adrian Kajumba, Lewis Steele and Matt Barlow answer all the big questions regarding Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham.


We’re turning our attention to Chelsea now…

Thanks to Chris Wheeler there and thanks for your questions.

Next up is Adrian Kajumba, who will be answering on all things Chelsea and the latest from Stamford Bridge.

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United were criticised for ending the game at Arsenal with Maguire and Evans at the back. Was that fair?

CHRIS WHEELER: It wasn’t the best look, was it?! It’s a little unfair because United can’t be blamed for the injuries to Varane, Martinez and Shaw or Lindelof’s illness. A team can only stock so many centre-backs, after all.

But I really think they needed to work harder to get Maguire out this summer. It’s clear that Ten Hag isn’t really having him and he will only play so much. In terms of Evans, it was a surprising move given that he’s 35 and has just gone down with Leicester. Once again, it highlights the impact of FFP restrictions on United this summer.

It’s just unfortunate that the injury situation threw Maguire and Evans together so early in the season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal battles for possession with Jonny Evans of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on September 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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CHRIS WHEELER: It would be in everyone’s best interests if Van de Beek moved on, and I think both United and the player know that.

He’s clearly not going to play under Ten Hag which is odd given that he came from Ajax in the first place. The transfer window is open in Turkey for another nine days and Fenerbahce are believed to be one of the clubs interested, so that looks like his best bet.

Shame that his United career never got going.

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Read our developing story as United issue a response to the allegations made against Antony by his former partner Gabriela Cavallin.

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What is the latest on Jadon Sancho? Will he have talks with the manager?

CHRIS WHEELER: Yes, I’m sure Ten Hag will be very keen to sit down with Sancho and discuss his comments after the Arsenal defeat and vice versa.

The manager is having a few days off and will want to show who’s boss by having that chat on his own terms when he’s good and ready. You can debate whether Ten Hag was right to say what he did about Sancho’s performance in training, but if you look at his words he was quite specific about it relating to one week and one game.

Sancho’s response has blown the whole thing out of proportion and made it far worse than it was. Given that he’s hardly been on fire for United, his future at the club loks bleak to say the least.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Jadon Sancho of Manchester United during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and RC Lens at Old Trafford on August 05, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Breaking: United issue Antony statement

Manchester United have just issued a statement on the allegations surrounding Antony.

It reads: ‘Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony and notes that the Police are conducting enquiries. Pending further information, the club will be making no further comments.

‘As a club we are taking this matter seriously, with consideration of the impact of these allegations and subsequent reporting will have on survivors of abuse.’

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CHRIS WHEELER: United are keeping their cards close to their chest on this one, and understandably so. No sooner is Mason Greenwood out of the door and they have another very difficult issue to deal on their hands with Antony.

There are key differences though. Antony hasn’t been arrested. Despite the photos and Whatsapp messages revealed by his ex-girlfriend, there is nothing like the damning tape that emerged at the start of the Greenwood controversy.

It’s very difficult to suspend someone on the basis of unproven allegations. I doubt he will be suspended as it stands, but that could change if the situation escalates or more evidence emerges, which explains why United are treading very carefully.

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Was Ten Hag correct in his criticism of the decision to disallow Garnacho’s goal at Arsenal?

CHRIS WHEELER: I don’t think so, no, and I wasn’t the only one who found Ten Hag’s complaints a little worrying, He sounded like a man searching for excuses.

VAR showed that Garnacho was offside, albeit marginally. I didn’t think the challenge on Hojlund was a penalty either. And let’s not forget that Arsenal had a penalty decision reversed too.

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I don’t think United were harshly done to at all. So far this season, they have been deservedly beaten by Arsenal and Tottenham and were fortunate to win against Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

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And what about their pursuit of Harry Kane?

CHRIS WHEELER: Kane was ruled out fairly early on, mainly due to his wages than the £100m fee. Selling players to raise funds was also more important than normal. United were happy to fill their three priority positions – striker, midfielder and goalkeeper – and strengthen elsewhere so they see it as good window. Time will tell.

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Did United look elsewhere in the market before signing the players they did and what type of players did they hold discussions for?

CHRIS WHEELER: United are always scouring the market, like any club. They have a recruitment department with access to a huge scouting database and that is used to whittle the options down to a handful, usually.

That’s why you will see them linked to several targets at the same time – ie Hojlund, Kane, Muani – as well as the raft of red herrings. They will often hold negotiations simultaneously and juggle the options, The new element this year was the tighter budget due to FFP which saw United have to be more frugal than we are used to. So they had to bear in mind the money available for Onana and Hojlund when they signed Mount, and so on.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  Sofyan Amrabat of Manchester United arrives ahead of signing for the club at Carrington Training Ground on September 05, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Given that nobody would take a minority stake while the Glazers remain, if they do not sell, where does this leave the club financially? And how will this affect transfer business?

CHRIS WHEELER: Who says nobody would take a minority stake? I think the possibility of investment from US hedge funds who don’t care about football and only look at the investment is still there if the deal gives the Glazers what they want which, ultimately, is what all this is about.

The Qatar bid would be a 100 per cent takeover and Sir Jim Ratcliffe is prepared to leave the Glazers with a reduced holding.

Nothing is off the table although I appreciate the fans want to see the back of them. In terms of transfer funds, I think we have to remember that it was FFP not a lack of funds that meant a reduced budget in this transfer window – and United still spent £195m. But, clearly, if the club want to develop Old Trafford and go to the next level, much more is needed.

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First question: When will we know the new owner of the club?

CHRIS WHEELER: That’s a question many fans have been asking for the a while now, but the simple answer is that nobody knows. According to our latest report in the Mail on Sunday, the Glazers could take United off the maket and try selling again in 2025 when they expect US interest in football to increase ahead of the World Cup there.

I still think there could be a breakthrough before then if somebody comes up with a high enough offer. There has always been a feeling that the Glazers want well in excess of £6billion and as much as £9billion, and that doesn’t seem to have changed. Like anything, they will sell at the right price.

I appreciate this doesn’t please United fans at all – or answer your question accurately!

Sources close to United have dismissed rumours Phil Jones has been appointed to the under-18 coaching staff.

The 31-year-old left Old Trafford when his contract expired this summer but has been back to observe academy sessions and give advice to players hoping to one day feature for United’s first team.

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The never-ending saga that is the United takeover process has taken another twist this week…

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It has been another busy week at Old Trafford, and Mail Sport’s Chris Wheeler will be with us from 12pm.

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Good morning!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Q+A.

Over the course of the next few hours, I’ll be joined by Mail Sport’s experts on Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham as they bring you the very latest news.

First up will be Mail Sport’s Man United reporter Chris Wheeler from 12pm.

If you want to ask a question, you can do so by commenting on the article below or through our social media channels.

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