Man Utd fans reckon Romelu Lukaku's first touch is getting 'worse with every game' after Valencia defeat

United's £75million striker left supporters frustrated with his display as Jose Mourinho's side slipped to a 2-1 loss in Spain.

While scoring goals is the main challenge for Lukaku, he also plays a vital part in the tactics employed by Mourinho as the focal point of the attack.

But it appears scores of fans are losing patience with the way the Belgian loses possession cheaply because of his poor control.

The 25-year-old's all round game has been brought into focus in the past as he lacks the finesse of other top level forwards in the game.

There are times when opposition defenders find him impossible to deal with when he is at the peak of his form.

But in other matches he struggles to exert his authority and some fans believe he costs United through the basic flaw in his game, failing to control the ball.

The Champions League clash with Valencia was the ideal time to produce a top performance for his side having been dropped for the clash with Arsenal earlier this month.

But just four minutes into the match, Lukaku wasted a great chance for United to make an early impact – and that left fans fuming.

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Man Utd fans beg Jose Mourinho to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

The Senegalese ace is currently putting in a stellar performance for Napoli against United's bitter rivals Liverpool in the Champions League.

He has made a series of good challenges and shown great composure on the ball even though his side trail to a Mohamed Salah strike.

And Red Devils fans are desperate for their under-fire Portuguese boss to make a move for the Napoli ace.

One fan wrote: "As Liverpool did with VvD, United should break the bank for Koulibaly"

United fans and Mourinho have been crying out for defender in the last couple of windows.

The 55-year-old has made no secret of his frustration not to sign one in the summer.

And Koulibaly is Mourinho's number one target for the January transfer window.

Earlier this week, Red Devil chiefs were told they would have to pay more than £90million to secure his signature.

And it's clear fans want their club to do whatever it takes to get him on board.


One fan wrote: "Koulibaly is a proper defender, he is needed at Utd"

While another said: "Koulibaly a composed Eric Bailly" – poking fun at the Ivorian who has struggled with injury since his move to Manchester.

Koulibaly has made 131 appearances for the Serie A side since his move from Genk in 2014 – scoring eight goals for the Italian outfit.

 

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I want to reassure my man that two-minute sex is all right with me

I can see how much he is struggling. He only lasts a couple of minutes. His fears are fuelled by having been cheated on in the past. He thinks I will look for someone else who can last longer.

I have told him it doesn’t bother me, as sex is not the top priority in our relationship – and in other ways our sex life is great.

But I worry he might leave me because of this and I don’t know how to help him.

 DEIDRE SANDERS: Reassure your partner that although men might brag about lasting a long time, it is not as crucial to a woman as being touched and kissed in the right places.

Offer to show him those places. My e-leaflet How Men Can Last Longer should help to reassure him too.

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Man Utd scout who spotted amazing talents ‘removed after frank meeting with Ed Woodward’

United fan Derek Langley, 68, who spent 16 years as head of youth recruitment at the club, has claimed he recommended the young stars to Old Trafford chiefs.

The Dutch pair are now two of the hottest prospects in the game and Langley has admitted he hoped his recommendations were taken more seriously.

Speaking about his targets to the Manchester Evening News, Langley said: "Players that they turned down? Matthijs de Ligt. We had God knows how many reports on Matthijs de Ligt.

"Frenkie de Jong and all these players now are sort of around Europe.

"Dayot Upamecano, who is now at Red Bull Leipzig, was another.

"This was one of the reasons why I had a meeting with Ed Woodward and I told him that I wasn't convinced with the competency of certain people at the club.

"I told Ed Woodward quite straight: "If you think I'm going to sit here and just tell you what you want to hear, I'm not that man because I'm going to tell you exactly how I see it.""

Langley also believed that this conversation eventually led to his dismissal seven months down the line.

He said: "I think it was possibly part of my downfall as to why seven months down the line I was removed because I wouldn't tow the line in relation to telling them exactly what I thought.

"It's one of them things in football – you come to accept it. Manchester United thanked me for the time I spent there and the players I'd taken in, but ultimately we could have been so much better if people had listened."

In his time at Old Trafford, Langley scouted the likes of current stars Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

He was also responsible in signing the likes of Gerard Pique and Danny Welbeck –  who moved on to top-class clubs.

Since Langley left, United's scouting operation has trebled in size -and Jose Mourinho has reportedly grown concerned with the restructure, with more than 58 scouts now deployed all over the globe.

But he believes his legacy will live on with the club's hottest prospect Tahith Chong now coming through the ranks.

He said: "He had already been tipped by our scouts in Holland and basically I followed him at that tournament and then I followed him all over Europe.

"Tahith's parents would be the first to tell you that his form dipped slightly due to growth issues so at that time I just held fire. I carried on watching him and realised his form was coming back.

"He was on the verge of signing for Chelsea and I managed to convince his parents and the boy his future lied at United."


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Cross-dressing man ties the knot wearing a wedding dress

And the GROOM wore white! Cross-dressing man ties the knot wearing exactly the same wedding dress as his bride – and his daughter was on hand to do his makeup

  • Ian Newman married Emma Sparre-Newman in an identical wedding dress  
  • Groom mainly wears women’s clothes and decided to stay true to himself
  • He and Emma went wedding dress shopping together selecting the same dress
  • The couple married at Las Vegas’ Neon Graveyard on September 21

An unconventional couple said their I dos the groom wearing the same wedding dress as his bride.

Cross-dressing Ian Newman, 53, from East Dulwich, south London, decided to stay true to himself and got hitched in a bridal gown.

And bride Emma Sparre-Newman walked down the aisle and met him at the altar in an identical frock. 

Ian opted for the exact same 50s-style strapless gown as Emma, 51, and the pair even went wedding dress shopping together.

Ian Newman married his partner Emma Sparre-Newman wearing identical wedding dresses

Emma said: ‘Over the last two years, Ian has dressed almost exclusively in women’s clothing.

‘It would actually be odd to see him in jeans and a t-shirt as it’s just not him.

‘So when we discussed marriage, I expected that we would both wear a dress.


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‘But we have very different ideas about style so I didn’t imagine we’d ever wear the same outfit.

‘I’m not precious about it, it’s a dress and actually it’s our wedding, it’s not mine.’

The cross-dressing groom has taken to wearing women’s clothes the majority of the time and decided his wedding should be no different 

The couple met at a festival two years ago and when Emma embraces Ian’s love of cross dressing he knew she was the one for him

The couple met two years ago at a festival and Ian revealed his love of cross-dressing to Emma on their second date.

He feared that Emma would freak out but when she took it in her stride, he knew she was the one.

The loved-up pair hadn’t planned to get married but the inevitable question came up when they booked a holiday to Las Vegas in January.

They decided to wed while chatting on the phone one evening and family and friends flew out to witness the nuptials.

Among the guests was Ian’s daughter Kate who helped to apply her dad’s makeup ahead of the ceremony 

The husband and wife even went wedding dress shopping together where they both selected the same wedding dress 

Amongst the crowd of guests was Ian’s daughter Kate, 27, who helped apply her dad’s makeup before the ceremony. 

Ian was desperate to wear a new gown on the wedding day so the pair went dress shopping together after checking the store manager was comfortable with a guy trying on gowns.

Emma said: ‘We wanted to keep it very relaxed so I had planned to wear a dress I owned.

‘But my friend was trying to persuade me to go shopping, and when I said no, Ian admitted that he did want a proper wedding dress.

‘Everyone found it hilarious that he was more keen to go dress shopping than I was.’

On a day-to-day basis, musician Ian typically wears a black kilt and t-shirt whilst out and about but when at home he almost always wears dresses and high heels

Ian – who married Emma at Las Vegas’ Neon Graveyard on September 21 – says he had an inkling of his interest when he was a child but it wasn’t until 2011 that he started to cross-dress

On a day-to-day basis, musician Ian typically wears a black kilt and t-shirt whilst out and about.

But he almost always wears dresses – complete with bust padding – and high heels when at home.

Emma added: ‘I had been very anti-wedding as I didn’t want to stress about what was a very happy experience but trying on dresses was so much fun.

‘It was actually the manager who suggested that Ian should try on the dress that I had already chosen.

‘It didn’t bother me at all and as soon as he tried it on, I knew it was the dress for him, he looked amazing.’

During the fittings, Ian had additional padding added whilst Emma’s waist was taken in but otherwise the dresses are identical.

Emma, who works as a communications manager added: ‘Actually now I’m really glad we did wear the same dress as I think it worked well.

‘Otherwise you might end up comparing who wore the nicest one!’

Ian – who married Emma at Las Vegas’ Neon Graveyard on September 21 – says he had an inkling of his interest when he was a child but it wasn’t until 2011 that he started to cross-dress.

He said: ‘My wedding day was fantastic. I felt utterly wonderful.

‘I imagine as wonderful as any bride does when they get dressed up. You just feel a million dollars.’

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Pictured: Man, 26, accused of murdering Brit backpacker Grace Millane

‘Scumbag’: Face of suspect, 26, accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane – as he is abused from the public gallery while friends and family of the 22-year-old victim sit yards from him during his first court appearance

  • The body of Grace Millane, 22, was found by police outside Auckland Sunday a week after her disappearance
  • Jesse Kempson, 26, this morning appeared in court in Auckland charged with murder. He didn’t enter a plea 
  • Kempson was arrested and charged with Grace’s murder earlier this week following a large police operation 
  • Court documents revealed his address as on the same street as  the hotel Grace was staying at in Auckland 
  • The suspect was called a ‘scumbag’ from the public gallery as he appeared in the city’s court on Monday 
  • This morning New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologised on behalf of her nation to Grace’s family

This is the face of the man accused of killing British backpacker Grace Millane – and who was called a ‘scumbag’ from the public gallery this morning as he appeared in court charged with her murder.

Jesse Kempson, 26, sat just yards away from Grace’s family – believed to include her millionaire property developer father David and an uncle – as they attended his first appearance at the District court in Auckland.

Judge Evangelos Thomas told Grace’s family members: ‘I don’t know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate.

‘We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately brings you some peace.’

And early today New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology on behalf of the country to Grace’s family.

‘Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that,’ she said.

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Jesse Kempson, seen here in his Facebook profile image (left), and playing softball in 2010 (right), was remanded in custody accused of murdering Grace Millane 

Kempson, 26, is pictured here alongside a policeman on his way to court on Monday, in an image obscured in accordance with New Zealand law

The body of Grace Millane, 22, (right) was discovered on Sunday as police earlier arrested a 26-year-old suspect over the crime

Flowers left at the crime scene by members of the public paying their respects where her body was discovered on Sunday morning

Grace Millane (left) with her mother Gillian. Grace’s family appeared in court on Monday alongside her suspected killer

An emotional New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologised this morning on behalf of her nation to Grace’s family

Kempson, whose family live in Wellington and who was charged at the weekend with the 22-year-old’s murder, looked gloomy as he sat in the dock having been led in wearing blue police overalls.

After 90 minutes standing in the courtroom, he was led back to the cells by prison officers as a man in the gallery shouted ‘scumbag’. Kempson didn’t speak during his appearance and a plea was not entered on his behalf.

Court documents seen showed the suspect had been living on the same road in Auckland as the hotel Grace disappeared from last Saturday.

MailOnline can reveal Kempson was in contact with Grace in the hours before she vanished.

On Saturday December 1, he replied to a Facebook photograph of the Briton, describing her as ‘beautiful, very radiant’. Prosecutors claim he killed her on that Saturday or the day after, which was her 22nd birthday.

Grace, 22, from Essex, was last seen with a man at the CityLife hotel in Auckland at about 9.40pm on December 1.

Her body was discovered by New Zealand police on Sunday morning after a nationwide search and international outcry over her disappearance. 


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The scene where the body of British tourist Grace Millane was found by New Zealand police in the Waitakere Ranges outside Auckland

Friends and relatives, including Grace’s brother Declan (pictured here with his sister), shared heartwarming tributes as news broke that her body had been discovered

British backpacker Grace Millane (pictured), had been travelling New Zealand when she disappeared on December 1. Her body was found more than a week later, on Sunday morning

Since early Sunday morning a scene examination has been underway in a section of bush on Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges. Police need to hear from anyone who saw this Toyota Corolla hatchback rental car

TIMELINE OF MISSING BACKPACKER MURDER PROBE

November 20: Grace Millane arrives in New Zealand from Peru. She had been in nearly daily contact with her family.

November 30: Ms Millane posts her last tweet saying ‘I think travelling has changed me I just brought some blue jeans.’

December 1: Ms Millane is seen at the CityLife Hotel, in Auckland, with a ‘male companion’

December 2: The 22-year-old’s birthday. Her family do not hear anything from her, which is unusual behaviour. Just before noon: A red Toyota Corolla hatchback is hired from a central Auckland rental firm

December 5: Her worried family file a missing persons report and pictured of Ms Millane are shared extensively online

December 6: Police release an image of Grace Millane leaving the hostel at 7.15pm on December 1

December 7:  Police said they had received dozens of calls to a hotline and more than 25 staff were working on the case, trawling through hours of CCTV footage to trace her movements

After arriving in Auckland her father, David Millane, makes an emotional plea for help finding his daughter. Police reveal they have spoken to the male companion and he is a person of interest. The man was not taken into custody and police said there was no evidence of foul play

December 8:  A 26-year-old man is taken into custody at a central Auckland address by police

 December 9: Police announce they are searching an area on Scenic Drive, near the Waitakere Reservoir shortly after 4pm: Police find a body they believe to be Ms Millane in vegetation around 10m from the road

A 26-year-old man is charged with her murder. He will appear in court tomorrow morning 

Prime Minister Ms Ardern choked back tears as she spoke to reporters about the case.

Addressing Grace’s family, said said: ‘I cannot imagine the grief of her family and what they would be experiencing and feeling right now.

‘My thoughts and prayers are with her father David, who is in the country, her mother Gillian, who cannot be here, and her wider family, friends and loved ones.

‘From the Kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality, on our manaakitanga [a Maori term meaning kindness and generosity] especially to those who are visiting our shores.’

Her voice cracking with emotion, the PM added: ‘So on behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologise to Grace’s family. Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.’

It remains unclear how the pair met or what the possible motive for the killing might be.

Police took the 26-year-old suspect into custody earlier this week and have charged him with Grace’s murder.

The suspect cannot currently be named in New Zealand or on social media due to a court order, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said Grace’s body was found near Scenic Drive, which leads through the Waitakere Ranges, a popular parkland west of Auckland.

She was discovered about 10 yards from the side of the road, hidden in bushland, with her body believed to have been taken there in a rental car that was recently found nearly 200 miles away in the small tourist town of Taupo.

Det Insp Beard said investigators had ‘located a body which we believe to be Grace’.

A body was found about 10m from the road in bushland, and police believe it is Ms Millane’s body. Pictured: A forensics officer poring over the crime scene on Sunday

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said despite the fact formal identification hasn’t yet taken place they believe it is the body of Grace

Pictured: Police standing guard on a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges as forensics teams investigated the crime scene

‘The formal identification process will now take place, however based on the evidence we have gathered over the past few days we expect that this is Grace,’ he said at a press conference near the scene.

‘Obviously this brings the search for Grace to an end. It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them.’

Ms Millane, from Essex, graduated from university in September and had embarked on a year-long worldwide trip.

After visiting Peru she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been ‘bombarding’ her family with photos as she kept in near-daily contact with her parents and brothers via social media.

Her father, David Millane, said they last had contact on the day she vanished.

Police said they had received dozens of calls to a hotline and more than 25 staff were working on the case, trawling through hours of CCTV footage to trace her movements.

Her brother also posted a heartfelt tribute to his sister on Sunday as news broke of the discovery of her body.

Declan Millane, wrote out the lyrics to You Are My Sunshine, as police confirmed their worst fears.

The scene where the body of British tourist Grace Millane has been found by New Zealand police in the Waitakere Ranges


David Millane, Grace’s property developer father, broke down in tears as he begged for help finding his backpacker daughter after she vanished in New Zealand 

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Man accused of killing British backpacker appears in New Zealand court

Wellington: A man accused of killing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane made his first appearance in a New Zealand court on Monday.

The 26-year-old man stared at the ground while Judge Evangelos Thomas addressed him during the brief appearance at the Auckland District Court. The man has not yet entered a plea on murder charges and the court has temporarily blocked his name from being published.

A man has appeared in a New Zealand court charged with the murder of British tourist Grace Millane.Credit:Facebook

Millane's father, David Millane, travelled to New Zealand last week after his daughter vanished, and the judge addressed him and other family members.

"I don't know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate," he said, according to television station Three. "We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately bring you some peace."

The case has riveted people both in Britain and New Zealand.

Described by her father as fun-loving and family-oriented, Millane had been travelling in New Zealand as part of a planned year-long trip abroad that began in Peru.

She went missing on December 1 and failed to get in touch with her family on her birthday the next day, nor on the days that followed, which alarmed them.

Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said she met a man for a couple of hours in the evening before surveillance cameras showed them entering the CityLife hotel about 9.40pm.

A week after Millane disappeared, police detained a man for questioning and later charged him with murder.

On Sunday, police found a body they believe is that of Millane in a forested area about 10 metres from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

Police believe Millane's body was taken to the area in a rental car that was later left in the town of Taupo.

The suspect's lawyer, Ian Brookie, applied on Monday for name suppression on the basis his client needed it for a fair trial, an argument that Judge Thomas rejected on the basis of open justice.

Brookie appealed, triggering the man's name to be suppressed temporarily.

The man is scheduled to make his next court appearance on January 23.

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Mohamed Salah refuses Man of the Match award and gives it to James Milner after Liverpool midfielder makes 500th Premier League appearance

Egypt hero Salah was the star of the show in the 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth at Dean Court.

He bagged a hat-trick – although his first goal did appear to be offside even though it was allowed to stand.

The pair were interviewed after the game, when Salah was awarded a trophy for his outstanding performance.

But showing utter class, Salah refused the award and instead gave it to the former England midfielder.

Speaking of Milner, Salah said: "I want to congratulate him on his amazing career, he deserves it.

"I hope we’re going to win something together this year but I will not take it [the Man of the Match award]."

Milner hailed Salah as "unbelievable" as Salah netted his impressive third after Steve Cook's freakish own goal.

He said: "This guy [Salah] Was unbelievable and gave them all sorts of problems. He took his goal really well and it was great to get another clean sheet.

"I can enjoy it [500th game] because we’ve won 4-0 but it’s more something to look back on.

"It’s a nice achievement to have but the result is the most important thing. We’ve had two tough away games this week and two really good results. We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas.

"The performance [gives us encouragement]. We’ve played a lot of games in quick succession and we keep getting results.

"At times we’ve played well and others not. But when you’ve players of Mo’s quality, he can win you a game on his own and he turned that game day.

"That’s the luxury we have. But the quality goes right through the squad as you can see from the changes in the last two games."

Viewers loved Salah's graciousness.

One said: "Not a Liverpool fan but fair play to the guy. Great show of respect."

Another wrote: "I love that man so much."

One comment read: "If I couldn't the guy anymore than I do already…"

A fellow user posted: "Respect to this individual @MoSalah and I ain't even a LFC fan. He raises the bar every time."

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How Chelsea can beat Man City – but it means Maurizio Sarri ditching Sarri-ball just this once

The Premier League leaders may be missing key men in Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy, but they still have more than enough attacking talent to out-gun the Blues.

Italian boss Sarri has preached Sarri-ball since arriving in SW6, putting heavy emphasis on dominating possession to wear out the opponent and strike.

A glance at the table this time last month and everything would've have appeared rosy – after a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on November 4, Chelsea were second, just two points off City.

The Blues had won eight and drawn three of their opening 11 games – but scratch below the surface and things weren't as good as billed.

As SunSport revealed earlier this week, Sarri's start to the season is now the third-worst in the Roman Abramovich era.

DITCH SARRI-BALL

XI to face Man City Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Games Chelsea had won or drawn – Arsenal, Newcastle, Bournemouth, West Ham, Liverpool, Manchester United – could have easily been lost if the opposition had taken chances.

It's hard to criticise an unbeaten team but there were signs that the Blues would eventually come unstuck.

Sarri-ball ground to a halt against a stubborn Everton team and Chelsea were horrible against Tottenham.

An easy win against a poor Fulham team followed but the defeat to Wolves brought back all the negatives of Sarri-ball.

The Blues had 71 PER CENT possession – but did absolutely nothing with it.

It was passing for passing's sake.

Sarri's stubborn team selection again was a cause for concern.

The base of midfield is where Chelsea's biggest problems come – and where they will come against Man City.

Keeping the ball is integral to Sarri-ball and that's why the Italian should ditch it at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas played the role at Molineaux and was great on the ball – but it's out of possession where he and regular Jorginho have been exposed.

They simply do not have the athleticism to cover ground defensively when Chelsea lose it, leaving an already weak back four facing a stream of attackers.

For Chelsea to have any chance at beating City, Sarri has to ditch his possession-heavy scheme in favour of surrendering possession and trying to hit them on the break.

Liverpool offered the blueprint on how to beat City last season in the Champions League, with relentless pressing and lightning-quick counter-attacks.

Chelsea do not have the front three to do that, but they can offer a midfield to put pressure on City.

N'Golo Kante continues to operate way below par while being played too high up the pitch on the right.

Kante is not Claude Makelele – as some pundits have tried to paint him – but a box-to-box midfield destroyer.

In Sarri's system, he has been 30 yards away from where he needs to be and does not possess the technical gifts on the ball to make any kind of impact in the final third.

A simple but effective measure, Kante has scored just once and provided two assists in 15 Premier League games this season.

Against City, Kante has to play at the base of the midfield three.

Who he is flanked by is another big decision for Sarri.

In all likelihood, Sarri will trust Jorginho to bounce back but favouring a counter-attacking system with powerful midfield runners may bring more joy.

Mateo Kovacic is another player who is smart in possession but does not have the elite athleticism to get in City faces.

Pep Guardiola's team are able to pick apart the best players in the world.

But going with a midfield trio of Kante, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek would give the Blues a bit more power and mobility – and the chance to break quickly should they win the ball back.

It's a hard pill to swallow, but Chelsea's best chance is to try and limit a rampant City team that are scoring an average of three goals a game this season.

They will not compete with City if they try and match them for passing and possession – no one in England can.

Further forward, another listless performance from Alvaro Morata should be one of his very last at the club.

Olivier Giroud has his faults – and his lack of pace will be a problem if Chelsea are to play on the counter – but the Frenchman is a clear upgrade over the Spaniard.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea's best player and the only attacker who would get anywhere near the City team, plays better when Giroud is in the side.

For that reason alone, the former Arsenal man has to play.

Morata offers nothing, whereas Giroud is a physical presence and has the skill to bring his team-mates into play.

Pedro has to start over Willian, with the Brazilian again showing how little he still wants to be at the club against Wolves.

Former Barcelona man Pedro is physically weak, but he has an eye for goal and for a pass – and you know he will never stop running.

Problems for the Blues will come at the back – it's hard to see them home side keeping a clean sheet.

Chelsea's back four is all over the place at the moment.

The usually reliable Cesar Azpilicueta is having his worst season at Stamford Bridge.

Marcos Alonso is constantly out of position up the pitch and both David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are accidents waiting to happen.

Antonio Rudiger is the only defender who has consistently performed this season.

Christensen should get the nod over Luiz, given the floppy-haired Brazilians awful performance at Spurs.

Picking this team to play City will not go over well with Sarri – it totally goes against his football philosophy and principles.

But playing Sarri-ball – with this current group of players – against a strong attacking team was ruthlessly exposed against Tottenham.

It could be an even worse day against City.

Chelsea are already 11 points off of the Premier League leaders with Arsenal breathing down their necks in the race for the top four and some Blues fans are starting to turn on stubborn Sarri.

Sacrificing his principles for a one-off game against the best Premier League team of the last five years could end with a big reward.

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