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Friday Kickoff: Rooney, Martial sidelined; UEFA won’t charge Man City; and more


Manchester United will be without two of its first-choice strikers come Saturday against Watford.

Head coach Louis Van Gaal confirmed that both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will miss this weekend’s clash, as the former is suffering from illness and the latter is recovering from an injury he suffered with the French national team.

“It’s not as heavy as everybody has written in the media, but (Rooney) cannot play against Watford,” Man United boss Louis van Gaal told MUTV.

“Maybe PSV for Martial but it’s not certain, and I think Rooney shall also play then because illness is not something that lasts for many days. And Valencia, of course, has been operated on before the international break already, then (Luke) Shaw, so we have five injured players, and that’s a lot.”

Here are some more news and notes:


Manchester City will not face any sanctions after its fans booed the UEFA Champions League anthem before a match against Sevilla in October.

UEFA’s disciplinary body reviewed the case on Thursday, and it decided to not press on with the charge.

“It is confirmed that the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body has decided to close the disciplinary proceedings,” a UEFA spokesperson said.

Man City currently sits atop Group D in the UCL with nine points through four games.


Chelsea may not be off to the best start in the 2015-16 English Premier League season, but head coach Jose Mourinho doesn’t think any changes need to be made.

On Friday, the Chelsea boss said he is sure that the team can claim a UEFA Champions League qualification spot by season’s end. He also added that he will not sign anyone during the January transfer window in order to improve his side.

“Yes, I’m confident we can get into the top four. I will not ask for any change from the board in January,” he told reporters on Friday.

“I’m happy with the players, I’m good with the players. I don’t need to ‘clean’ the dressing room, like some people are saying, I don’t need to ask the club to buy players in January.”

Chelsea is currently 16th on the EPL table with 11 point through 12 games.


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