Neymar slammed by French legend

French legend Christophe Dugarry has struck out at Neymar and believes his season-ending injury will be a blessing in disguise for Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Bayern Munich clash.

Christophe Galtier’s PSG meet the German giants in the Champions League second leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, looking to reverse a 1-0 deficit. Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the game for Julian Nagelsmann’s men in the first leg on 14 February.

However, the Parisians will be without Brazilian ace Neymar for the game after he injured his ankle in the 4-3 win over Lille two weeks ago. The 30-year-old is now expected to be absent at least until the end of the season and may not feature again for the club amid rumors about his future.

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Fernandes decision made

Few players survived Manchester United’s 7-0 defeat by Liverpool unscathed, but Bruno Fernandes took the brunt of the criticism following Sunday’s dismal defeat.

The Portuguese playmaker, who was again captain of Manchester United in the absence of Harry Maguire, cut a frustrated figure at Anfield and was slammed by fans and pundits alike for his negative body language.

The 28-year-old’s role as vice-captain has since come under pressure with many insisting Fernandes should no longer wear the armband due to his stubborn behavior at Anfield. Mirror Football understand Fernandes will remain as the club’s vice-captain for the foreseeable future, despite the call on Erik ten Hag and the heavy criticism he faced after Sunday’s result.

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Neville urges Arsenal to step up defence

Gary Neville believes Arsenal need to tighten up defensively, despite their dramatic win on Saturday, if they are to go ahead and win the Premier League title.

Mikel Arteta’s side were 2-0 down against Bournemouth after an hour of play at the Emirates Stadium but three goals in the last 30 minutes turned the tide. Reiss Nelson came on from the bench to score a last-minute winner, the third time Arsenal have won a game in the last minute since the turn of the year, but Neville remained concerned about the Gunners’ leaks in defence.

Arsenal conceded just 11 goals in 14 games before the World Cup break, extending a five-point lead over closest challengers Manchester City. That margin remains, but the Gunners have delivered 14 in 12 games since returning to action after the midseason break.

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