Everton boss Marco Silva says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a major impact at Man United

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Everton boss Marco Silva believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made a major impact since replacing Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United.

Silva’s side go into Sunday’s Goodison Park clash smarting from their 2-0 defeat at relegated Fulham last weekend which threatens to end their season on a low note.

But Silva believes the United game will provide a timely challenge for his men – and a very different one to that posed by Mourinho’s line-up which edged a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in October.

Silva said: “We have big respect for Manchester United, but if we can reach the level we have reached in our last three home games it will be really tough for them.

“They are different coaches and different formations, because with Solskjaer they are changing many times, and not just playing with one system or one formation.

“They have quality players and they can play with six or seven different players in the attack line. They have shown us why they have high quality, but I am 100 per cent sure we can make it tough for them.”

Silva will still be without Colombian defender Yerry Mina, who returned from international duty with a minor injury and will need another week before he resumes full training.

Morgan Schneiderlin is ready to return after an ankle injury, but Andre Gomes starts the first of a three-match suspension after accepting a charge of violent conduct arising from the defeat at Craven Cottage.

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Chelsea hope Eden Hazard injury is 'nothing serious' after rough treatment from Slavia Prague

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Eden Hazard against Slavia Prague.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hopes the injury that forced Eden Hazard off in the second half of the Blues’ Europa League win over Slavia Prague on Thursday is not a serious one, with the Belgian likely to be ready for Monday night’s game against Burnley.

Hazard came in for rough treatment from the Czech side during a topsy-turvy 4-3 win for Chelsea, in which they were 4-1 up at half-time but suffered a scare in the second half after a quick double strike from the visitors.

The playmaker took several hits to his ankle and went down in the first half, but carried on until the 65th minute after what seemed like a routine win suddenly looked in doubt as Prague came to within two goals of levelling the aggregate scores – Chelsea had carried a 1-0 lead from last week’s away leg – and pulling off a shock knockout of Sarri’s favoured side.

With a trip to Manchester United, direct rivals in the race for the Premier League‘s top four, to come after the Burnley fixture, any lengthy absence for Hazard could be fatal to Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League – though the route of qualifying by winning the Europa League is still open.

However, Sarri believes there’s no need to fear a long layoff for his star player.

“Nothing serious, I hope,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference, as reported by Goal.

“It’s only a strong knock. But I think we can recover him for the next match.”

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John Stones believes quadruple is not an impossible dream for Manchester City

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John Stones believes the quadruple is not an impossible dream for Manchester City.

City need to overturn a first-leg deficit against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday to keep their bid for an unprecedented clean sweep of trophies alive.

City trail 1-0 on aggregate midway through the quarter-final tie after defeat in London last week.

Stones said: “I don’t think a lot of things are impossible, that is the mindset of different people.

“If you don’t dream big then you are not going to get anywhere near it. It comes from within everyone, we have this belief and ambition to do it.”

City are also involved in a close battle for the Premier League title with Liverpool. Stones is confident City can hit their stride in the run-in.

He said: “These sorts of games bring out the best in us. We have to trust in ourselves and our team-mates and perform on whatever day we have a game.

“We have five games left, everything to play for and we have to enjoy the pressure and roll with it and believe in ourselves.”

Manager Pep Guardiola is relishing the challenge ahead of City as they continue to push for glory on all fronts.

Guardiola said: “I know how difficult our fixtures are and we play Tottenham and then the derby at Old Trafford and Burnley.

“All the games are tough. We don’t have rest. We play nine, ten or 11 games more than Liverpool and I love this challenge.”

Guardiola feels the fans, as well as the players, have an important part to play on Wednesday.

He said said: “I want to see that they want to get to the semi-finals, not just the players, the fans too. I want to see that.”

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