Kompany expects three-way title battle

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, September 23-Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany believes there will be three teams battling it out for the Premier League crown this season.Kompany is confident his own side will be in the mix as the season draws to a close, along with Chelsea and Arsenal. The Citizens currently trail the table-topping Blues by five points, while are four points shy of Jose Mourinho’s men.However, Kompany feels there could well be a reshuffle at the top of the pile when the number of fixtures intensifies in December and January.“It is not fair to call it at the moment,” said Kompany.“First of all we are not even close to Chelsea yet (in the table). Secondly, I have seen good things from Chelsea but I have seen maybe better things from Arsenal so I guess it will all be about consistency and, with the Champions League, it will get messy around December.“It is too early to call. Five points is nothing but Chelsea have five points more than us, it is as simple as that.“But it will get messy in December and January as it always does – or at least the last six years I have been here it has.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rojo could return to action for Man United within six weeks, says Van Gaal

first_img Marcos Rojo is stretchered off during Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo will not undergo surgery on his dislocated shoulder and could return to action within six weeks.The summer signing from Sporting Libson was stretchered off during the second half of United’s 1-0 defeat at near neighbours City last Sunday.Two specialists have assessed his injury this week and it has been decided not to send the 24-year-old under the knife, which would have significantly lengthened his spell on the sidelines.That has come as a boost to Louis van Gaal, although the United boss harbours concerns that Rojo could suffer a recurrence of the dislocation in future.“We don’t need to operate on him, which is a relief,” Van Gaal said.“But with this injury it is very difficult that it shall not happen again. And that is the problem.“Yesterday evening a specialist said a conservative way to heal it is maybe best. We have always a risk that it happens again.“Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks.”Rojo’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Van Gaal, who has had a tough start to his Old Trafford career.As well as the Argentine, the United boss is also without Jonny Evans and Phil Jones for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace due to injury, while Chris Smalling is missing through suspension.Van Gaal declined to confirm who will start in the centre of defence against the Eagles, but it is likely that Michael Carrick will have to drop back into the position alongside teenager Paddy McNair or the equally inexperienced Tyler Blackett.“Smalling is not playing and Evans and Jones are still injured,” Van Gaal added.“I have to decide who is playing there but who is playing there I don’t want to say.“Maybe I will train [with Carrick at centre-back] today also and I can change my mind, I have to solve that problem.” 1last_img read more