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Manchester United face competition from Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann

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Manchester United may miss out on Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

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Atletico Madrid v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League
Sophie’s Choice, but much easier.
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Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool’s American owners met in New York to discuss gubbins, and the Daily Mail wonders why the rest of the big six weren’t invited. It is probably because Roman Abramovich, Joe Lewis and the human rights abusers who own Manchester City don’t live in America. However, we can probably assume what they were discussing: how best to take more money out of their clubs for their own ends, and how to maximise revenue. A European Super League seems inevitable, so you might as well chuck some money at the clubs that are publicly listed while that remains the case.

Ahead of United’s game against Spurs at the weekend, United have had a minor boost with the news that Harry Kane has a minor hamstring problem. Given Kane has never played especially well against United, it would be a pleasant surprise to keep it that way.

Manchester United face competition for Antoine Griezmann after Barcelona made him their number one target. If their Champions League group continues to go badly, then he could be available in the winter transfer window. If Griezmann has a choice between Spain (sort of, for now), and Brexit Island, he should obviously choose Barcelona.

Miguel Delaney has written about the possible approaches of the game for United against Spurs this weekend, wondering whether it would be more effective to play in the usual Mourinho-against-big-clubs style, or going back to the more attacking traditions of United that Alex Ferguson abandoned sometime around 2009.

And The Guardian’s Paul Wilson highlights why the weekend’s match could be important. United could fall behind Spurs, and psychologically it might encourage Spurs to chase Manchester City as the number one challenger to ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s self-assured side. United need to get Eric Bailly back, and hope that Ander Herrera rediscovers his form from some of last season’s more impressive performances.