Paul Merson wanted to see Diego Simeone in charge of Manchester United after seeing him face Man City in midweek and Pep Guardiola gives an update on Kyle Walker and Kevin de Bruyne
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Manchester United have been told they should have hired Diego Simeone as Man City rivals instead of Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
The 52-year-old looks set to be named as the next Red Devils manager but it has been claimed City’s painful encounter with Atletico proved Simeone was a better appointment to fill the gap on Pep Guardiola’s side.
Meanwhile, Guardiola has hinted City could be without two key players FA Cup semifinal match against Liverpool Saturday night. Full-back Kyle Walker and playmaker Kevin de Bruyne took a beating against Atletico Madrid in midweek and have serious doubts about whether they will take the field at Wembley Stadium this weekend.
Fernandinho could be named in the starting line-up for Saturday’s clash and it has been revealed that Reds players have a specific nickname for the Brazilian midfielder.
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Simeone could catch City
Man City and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 in UEFA on Wednesday night Champions League.
Diego Simeone’s side met Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing City and crushed them for 90 minutes in a game that later broke out in a scuffle in the tunnel. The game was reminiscent of a violent city derby, believes expert Paul Merson Manchester United missed a trick of not hiring Simeone and bringing some with them Fire to the Manchester derby.
“He would have been perfect. And imagine what a fight United would put up in Manchester derbies under him,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star Pillar.
Update from Walker and De Bruyne
Man City duo Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker missed practice on Friday.
The pair picked up injuries against Atletico Madrid in midweek and their absence on the eve of the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool has put them in a race against time to be fit. Guardiola addressed the duo’s chances of playing at Wembley, refusing to rule out the possibility of them passing late fitness tests.
“We’ll see about De Bruyne and Walker tomorrow. Ruben Dias trained today and we’ll see about him. Kyle would have stayed on the pitch,” said Guardiola.
Nickname given by the Liverpool trio to Fernandinho
Fernandinho is nearing the end of his Man City spell.
The Brazilian midfielder has been an integral part of the club since signing in 2013 and has helped the club to multiple victories First League Titles and domestic cups. Like his presence not only for City but also for his national team, Brazilian Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have given him the nickname ‘our captain’.
Fernadinho has made over 340 appearances for Guardiola’s side and could feature in the FA Cup this weekend.
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