Wednesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending …
– Arsene Wenger says he has never seen a young player make the kind of instant impact Nketiah did — but cautioned against raising expectations on the 18-year-old too quickly.
– Arsenal and Manchester City are not in any danger of being thrown out of the Carabao Cup, despite some press reports on Wednesday morning.
MAN UNITED: Jesse Lingard scored a brace as Manchester United beat Swansea City 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium to reach the Carabao Cup quarterfinals.
– Jose Mourinho said he saw the right “attitude” from his team after criticising his players after the defeat to Huddersfield, and added that Victor Lindelof’s confidence has taken a hit after his part in the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield.
– United will assess Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Old Trafford this weekend after both picked up knocks against Swansea, sources have told ESPN FC.
MAN CITY: Claudio Bravo proved Manchester City’s hero as the Premier League leaders needed a penalty shootout to see off Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers after a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
– Pep Guardiola said the match ball was “unacceptable” after City scraped past Wolves.
LIVERPOOL: Huddersfield manager David Wagner has leapt to the defence of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ahead of Saturday’s clash between the two sides.
BARCELONA: Gerard Deulofeu had a goal and an assist and Jose Arnaiz scored on his senior debut as Barcelona secured a comfortable 3-0 win in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie against Real Murcia at Estadio Nueva Condomina.
– Arnaiz had a night to remember after joining Barca’s B team in the summer from Real Valladolid in a deal worth €4 million.
JUVENTUS: Gianluigi Buffon remains “convinced” with his decision to retire next summer — unless he wins the Champions League in May.
– Antonio Conte has branded Juventus president Andrea Agnelli immature for ignoring him in a speech to shareholders on Tuesday, in which he heaped praise on current coach Massimiliano Allegri.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: Carlo Ancelotti has been lined up to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, according to multiple reports in the Chinese media.
PSG: Marseille’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has said coach Rudi Garcia told the players to target Neymar during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Velodrome.
UNITED STATES: The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced that Dave Sarachan will guide the U.S. men’s national team for its Nov. 14 friendly against Portugal.
MLS: Columbus mayor Andrew J. Ginther is planning in-person meetings with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt to discuss the city’s options for keeping the team in Ohio’s capital.
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