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Top games to watch on November 18-24, 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off as USMNT vs Wales, Brazil vs Serbia headline top live matches to watch on Nov. 18-24, 2022

November 18, 2022 By Ali M.
Qatar 2022 kicks off this weekend, with the highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup dominating our list of games to watch this week.

Top games to watch this week

Friday, November 18

Cameroon vs Panama (Friendly)

Belgium vs Egypt (Friendly)

Bahrain vs Serbia (Friendly)

Saturday, November 19

Turkey vs Czech Republic (Friendly)

Sweden vs Algeria (Friendly)

Bolivia vs Peru (Friendly)

Colombia vs Paraguay (Friendly)

Köln vs Stuttgart (Club Friendly)

Everton vs Celtic (Sydney Super Cup)

Sunday, November 20

Qatar vs Ecuador (FIFA World Cup)

Chelsea vs Tottenham (FA Women's Super League)

Brighton vs Liverpool (FA Women's Super League)

Estrela vs Benfica (Taca da Liga)

Austria vs Italy (Friendly)

Monday, November 21

England vs Iran (FIFA World Cup)

Senegal vs Netherlands (FIFA World Cup)

USA vs Wales (FIFA World Cup)

Tuesday, November 22

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (FIFA World Cup)

Denmark vs Tunisia (FIFA World Cup)

Mexico vs Poland (FIFA World Cup)

France vs Australia (FIFA World Cup)

Wednesday, November 23

Morocco vs Croatia (FIFA World Cup)

Germany vs Japan (FIFA World Cup)

Spain vs Costa Rica (FIFA World Cup)

Belgium vs Canada (FIFA World Cup)

Thursday, November 24

Switzerland vs Cameroon (FIFA World Cup)

Uruguay vs Korea Republic (FIFA World Cup)

Portugal vs Ghana (FIFA World Cup)

Brazil vs Serbia (FIFA World Cup)

Most-watched soccer games in the USA: November 7-13, 2022

Once again, the battle for the ratings when it comes to soccer matches in the United States saw the Premier League emerge as the true champion. The games aired both in English and Spanish were no match for other competitions aired in the past week.

The only team that came close to contesting the dominance shown by the English top flight was the USWNT, who played a couple of matches against Germany between Thursday and Sunday, with the latter gathering more average viewers. Good thing for them, the Stars and Stripes took home the win on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.

Speaking of the matches that earned a spot on the podium, the "winner" in this week's ratings was the clash between Liverpool and Southampton, which ended with Liverpool's 3-1 win and with over 500,000 average viewers. The runner-up spot went to Manchester United's win on Sunday, where Erik Ten Hag's men claimed a 2-1 victory away from home, with their efforts catching the attention of over 450,000 average viewers. Last, but not least, Manchester City's loss to Brentford completed the podium with over 360,000 viewers watching the defeat for Pep Guardiola's men.

It will be quite interesting to see what goes down next week, with barely any club games being played and with the FIFA World Cup about to be held. Meanwhile, we leave you with the top matches that made our ranking.

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What are this week's must-watch games?

England vs Iran live this Monday at 8 a.m. ET on Peacock, Telemundo, Fox Sports, fuboTV, Sling, and SiriusXM FC

The FIFA World Cup is finally here! Qatar 2022 kicks off this Sunday, with the host nation taking on Ecuador in the opening match. While that fixture will bring in a ton of viewers, the first fixture to make our list is England's opening tie against Iran. The Three Lions are one of the favorites this year but enter the tournament on the back of horrendous form, having gotten relegated from League A of the UEFA Nations League. It remains unknown what starting eleven Southgate will go for in this fixture but what is clear is that England have to beat the Asian outfit. 

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USA vs Wales live this Monday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports, fuboTV, Peacock, SiriusXM FC, Telemundo, and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

The U.S. men's national team kick off their campaign on Monday as well, with the Stars and Stripes taking on tricky Wales in their opening tie. Pulisic and Co. know this is a must-win game if they are to make the round of 16 but beating the Dragons is easier said than done. Led by the iconic Gareth Bale, a man who always delivers for his national team when it matters most, Gregg Berhalter will have his work cut out for him.

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Portugal vs Ghana live this Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on Fox Sports, fuboTV, Peacock, SiriusXM FC, Telemundo, and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

A European and African giant will lock horns in this clash as Portugal prepare to take on Ghana on Thursday in their opener. The Euro 2016 champions enter this competition on the back of their 4-0 thrashing of Nigeria but will have to shake off their UEFA Nations League setback earlier this year. While controversy has surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo in the build-up due to his Piers Morgan interview, expect the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and his teammates to be ready for Qatar 2022. As for the Black Stars, they beat Switzerland 2-0 in their preparatory game and will be looking to pull off an upset against Fernando Santos' side.

Portugal, Ghana, FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, Broadcast Listings 

Brazil vs Serbia live this Thursday at 2 p.m. ET on ET on Fox Sports, fuboTV, Peacock, SiriusXM FC, Telemundo, and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

And finally, we have Brazil, a team many believe to be the favorites for this year's title. Tite's men kick off their campaign with a tricky showdown against Serbia, one of the most underrated nations at Qatar 2022. Dragan Stojković's side have the likes of Vlahovic, Mitrovic, Tadic, and Milinković-Savić at their disposal, though there are fitness concerns regarding the aforementioned Fulham striker. However, the Selecao are one of, if not the most star-studded squad heading into this tournament. Additionally, Neymar and Co. enter the competition in lovely form and will look to win trophy no.6 in the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East.

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This week in women's football, November 18, November 24, FA Women's Super League, UEFA Women's Champions League, Primera Lberdrola 

Europe will be packed with interesting games to watch for women's soccer fans, with cup and league competitions being available to witness for those who keep track of what goes down in those leagues. 

Added to the domestic competitions still taking place in the next seven days, the return of the UEFA Champions League will be a delight for fans to watch. Eight teams are still unbeaten in the tournament, which will make it even harder to foresee the outcome of the games that will come.

Join us to see what will come in the next week in terms of women's soccer matches.

UEFA Women's Champions League

The top club competition in European football returns with a host of must-watch games. Each group will give us a chance to witness the top games between what could be considered title contenders, starting with the Group A clash featuring Chelsea and Real Madrid. Group B will also bring more excitement for fans across the continent with the game between Roma and Wolfsburg, while Group C's key game will feature Arsenal and Juventus, where the London-based team have the edge since they have won their previous matches. Last, but not least, Group D will bring us the highly-anticipated match between Barcelona and Bayern München.

FA Women's Super League

The top club tournament in England returns with some exciting showdowns. One of those matches is none other than Arsenal vs Manchester United, two of the teams that have led the tournament at some point. Manchester United will make it to this game after losing their first match of the season, while Arsenal will try to defend their unbeaten run that has lasted for six games.

One more fixture to keep tabs on will be Tottenham's visit to Chelsea. The Blues recently claimed a huge win against Manchester United, leaving them to fight with Arsenal for the top spot of the tournament, even if they have played one more game than the Gunners.

Primera Iberdrola

The Spanish tournament returns to action following Barcelona's victory over Real Madrid in El Clásico that opened the gap between Las Blaugranas and the Spanish capital side. Now, the Catalan club will try to exercise their dominance over Alavés, one of the worst teams in the ongoing season with only two points after eight matches.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will want to return to winning ways when they make the trip to face Sporting de Huelva this Saturday. A loss for the team coached by Óscar Fernández would give way for Atlético Madrid or Levante Las Planas to knock them off the second place if any of them can win the match between those sides on Sunday.

Interested in more leagues? Visit our dedicated women's soccer page at LiveSoccerTV.com.

Biggest stories of the week

Cristiano's Old Trafford future under heavy doubt after slamming Man Utd and Ten Hag in explosive interview

Manchester United enjoyed a brilliant last-minute win against Fulham on Sunday, with highly-rated youngster Alejandro Garnacho scoring deep into stoppage time to hand the Red Devils a memorable 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage ahead of the six-week FIFA World Cup break. However, this joyful moment was short-lived as an explosive Cristiano Ronaldo came out a while later.

The five-time Ballon d'Or, who missed the club's last two fixtures due to illness, sat down for an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan in which he candidly speaks about Old Trafford and all the problems at the club. The 37-year-old did not shy away from slamming his employers, criticizing former interim boss Ralf Ragnick, and hitting out at his current manager Erik ten Hag.

Despite trying to leave the Red Devils all summer, as per several reliable news outlets, Ronaldo claims that he was betrayed by the English giants. According to his words, both the highers-up and the newly-appointed Ten Hag tried to force him out of the Theatre of Dreams, with the attacker unapologetically admitting to having no respect for the Dutch tactician.

"I don't have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn't show respect for me," Ronaldo said before later accusing the club of making him the black sheep.

"Some people, they don't want me here - not only the coach but the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but last year too.

"Honestly, I shouldn't say that. But listen, I don't care. People should listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed."

The Real Madrid icon also took aim at Rangnick, who oversaw the club for a brief spell after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking before eventually departing at the end of last season.

"If you're not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United? I'd never even heard of him."

Cristiano also highlighted the decay at Manchester United, claiming that nothing has changed since he was last at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, not even the jacuzzi and cooks!

This all follows the infamous fallout with Ten Hag during the 2-0 win over Tottenham. Not only did Ronaldo refuse to come on as a substitute in that game, but the former Juventus ace then stormed down the tunnel before full-time and left the stadium altogether prematurely. 

He was subsequently suspended for one match – the one-all draw at Chelsea – but was welcomed back into the first team after holding crunch talks with the manager. However, not all has been forgiven by Cristiano.

Piers Morgan went on to offer some insight about this interview, telling popular radio station talkSPORT that it was Ronaldo who requested this sit-down. The player is said to be frustrated and wanted to tell his side of the story before leaving to join to Portuguese national team for Qatar 2022.

The attacker will now be away from Manchester United for a month but will have to return for their showdown with Nottingham Forest on December 27. However, as revealed by Sky Sports' chief report Kaveh Solhekol, the Red Devils were left extremely unhappy by this interview as they were only made aware of it as they were returning home from Fulham. The 20-time English champions will now consider all options regarding the iconic goalscorer, with many predicting a January exit for the superstar.

Great news for South America, bad news for England as AI predicts who'll win the 2022 FIFA World Cup

All eyes are on Qatar as fans across the globe eagerly await the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which commences on November 20 with the showdown between the host nation and Ecuador.

The likes of England, Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Germany are all in the Middle East and will kick off their campaign to win the beautiful game's most iconic trophy.

However, which nation will lift this prestigious trophy come the December 18 final at the Lusail Iconic Stadium? The well-known University of Oxford have attempted to answer this question and their answer does not bode well for the Three Lions.

The English collegiate research university ran a mathematical model to predict this year's winner, with the AI crowning Brazil as the favorites to emerge victorious. It is easy to see why Selecao were the highest rated as the model factored in squad strength, each team's world ranking, every first-team game since 2018, and expected goals.

However, while the five-time FIFA World Cup champions are the favorites this time around, they do not boast a significant advantage over the next best team on this list, which is Argentina.

Led by the iconic Lionel Messi, the Copa America holders are one of the, if not the, most in-form teams heading into Qatar 2022. While Brazil have a 14.72% opportunity, La Albiceleste are just inches behind with a 14.36% chance of winning, as per the University of Oxford's mathematical model.

Many would have expected the highest-ranked European nation on this list to be France or England. However, the third is the Netherlands with 7.84%, sitting just above fourth-placed Spain (7.03%) and fifth-placed France (6.37%). The Oranje failed to qualify for Russia 2018, but under Louis van Gaal, the Dutch have been one of the continent's most impressive sides.

Belgium come in sixth with a 6.31% chance of winning this tournament, which looks to be the last for the Red Devils' golden generation, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal are in seventh with only a 5.60% chance of triumphing.

Wrapping up the top 10 are Denmark (4.94%), Germany (3.84%), and Uruguay (3.55%). But where are the Three Lions?

By this metric, England do not even make the top 10 and are merely 11th on this list with a 3.41% shot at winning. Poor form, low goalscoring, and a tricky route to the final all play a part in this rating as Southgate's men could face France in the quarterfinals and then one of Portugal and Belgium in the semifinals, should they make it that far. 

Nonetheless, football is not played on paper, and with the Euro 2020 runners-up boasting one of the most talented squads, expect Kane and Co. to have a better go at Qatar 2022 than the University of Oxford predicts.

Class act: How England star Bukayo Saka helped 120 Nigerian children get life-changing operations

Bukayo Saka is one of several young English players set to light up the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but in the eyes of everyone across the globe, the Arsenal sensation is already a class act!

And this isn't solely due to his brilliance on the pitch. Ahead of England's opening game vs Iran on November 21, an inspirational story involving the 21-year-old Emirates Stadium ace has emerged.

Bukayo, whose parents are Yoruba, collaborated with youth charity BigShoe to help change the lives of over 100 children in Nigeria. As per the Daily Mail, Saka aided 120 kids from the city of Kano to receive crucial medical procedures.

The operations, which took place last month, were aimed at children struggling with inguinal hernias or brain tumors. The winger, who could start for the Three Lions in their first group stage fixture, has opened up about this lovely act of philanthropy, with the Hale End academy graduate discussing his connection with his parents' home country and the joy of helping those less blessed than him.

"I feel blessed to be in a position where I can contribute to making the children's lives easier and better through these surgeries.

"I still feel very connected to Nigeria. For me, it is very important to use my abilities to have a positive impact where I can and I have to say a big thank you to the whole BigShoe team for making this possible.

"For me it is important that every child has the same opportunity to achieve their dreams.

"If I can do anything to help then I really want to do this, it was very important to me. It makes me happy when I can see the kids happy and their parents happy.

"I want to do more and more and help as many children as I can."

And the best news: the operations, which were carried out by a team of five doctors in mid-October, were a success! It should be noted that Saka isn't the only Qatar 2022 star to partner with BigShoe as German defender Antonio Rudiger is also doing his part in making the world a better place.

The Real Madrid center-back has pledged to donate all of his FIFA World Cup earnings to children in Sierra Leone, his mother's home country. However, this isn't the first time – nor will it be the last – Rudiger helps the West African nation.

Toni Kroos set to take pundit job during FIFA World Cup

Toni Kroos is one of the most outspoken players around the world, with his words being even more accurate than his passes at times. With that in mind, a media outlet in Germany has decided to give him and his brother, Felix, a chance to participate in their coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Earlier today, German media outlet Magenta TV revealed that the Kroos siblings will be part of the network's pundits for the World Cup, where they will play a key role in the tournament's semifinals and for the title clash. The idea is to have both Kroos brothers talking to other influencers during the games.

Additionally, Toni and Felix Kroos will be included in the analyst lineup for the group-stage match between Spain and Germany.

The Kroos brothers have become quite popular on social media thanks to their podcast, "Einfach mal Luppen", where they have shared stories about Kroos' antics on and off the pitch, while also entertaining some guests. Some journalists have even hinted Kroos will become a full-time pundit once he decides to end his playing career.

Toni Kroos retired from the German National Team after the end of the 2020 UEFA Euro, but he has remained a close supporter of Die Mannschaft. This time, his involvement with Magenta TV will give fans a chance to see if he is as good behind the microphone as he is playing for Real Madrid.

France handed potential injury blow as two strikers miss final practice

It has not been an easy week for French fans when it comes to learning about the complications Didier Deschamps in Qatar and judging by the following setbacks, it is about to get worse for the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions.

According to reports coming in from France's training complex at Clairefontaine, two of the team's most prolific strikers had to leave their final training session of the evening due to different physical problems. The first one of them was Karim Benzema, and the other one was none other than Christopher Nkunku.

Benzema has been struggling for a while to find his fitness, which forced him to miss quite a few games for Real Madrid. The 2022 Ballon D'Or winner was included in the squad that will defend the 2018 title for Les Bleus, but he had to leave the pitch after just 15 minutes of training. 

As for Nkunku, the RB Leipzig star had to leave the training session after picking up a knock on his left leg while fighting for a ball against Eduardo Camavinga. The player left the pitch limping and was later ruled out for the tournament, pulling out of the squad due to a knee sprain.

France have been struggling with a lot of injuries prior to the World Cup. The first ones to be left out of the team were N'Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba, who couldn't recover from their respective physical problems. Then, it was Presnel Kimpembé who was dropped from the team due to a muscular injury. Now, Deschamps will be begging for Benzema recovery, mainly since he is key to the coach's plans at the World Cup.

Borussia Dortmund wonderkid makes history with Germany debut

Yousoffa Moukoko has made history by becoming the youngest-ever debutant for Germany in over 68 years. At the age of 17 years and 361 days, the striker was made to lead the attack in his side's World Cup preparation game against Oman on Wednesday night.

Moukoko's impressive campaign with Borussia Dortmund this season rightfully earned him a call-up to be part of Germany's very young roster for the upcoming Mundial in Qatar. In his 14 appearances for the Bundesliga club, the Cameroon-born forward has managed six goals and three assists and has positioned himself as one of Europe's fast-rising talents.

Ahead of next Wednesday's World Cup opener against Japan, Germany took on Oman in a warm-up game that ended 1-0 in favor of the Europeans. However, Moukoko's inclusion in the starting line-up saw him become the country's fourth youngest debutant in all competitions. Per the record books, Uwe Seeler (17y 345d) has held the record since 1954, having made his debut in West Germany's 3-1 defeat to France.

2022 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, USMNT, and Ecuador top list with youngest squad

Ghana will enter the 2022 FIFA World Cup as the team with the youngest roster at the competition, a report from FIFA has revealed. The Black Stars, who have earned the feat in each of their last four appearances at the tournament, are trailed closely by the United States Men's National Team and Ecuador.

Having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Ghana returns to the global stage ready to compete with a young core. With the likes of Thomas Partey, Inaki Williams, Mohamed Kudus, and Tariq Lamptey in their ranks, the 2010 quarterfinalists will feature in Group H alongside Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.

According to the data available, the West African side boast a squad with an average age of 24 years and seven months - the least by any team participating in the competition. The United States Men's National Team occupy the second position with the average age of their roster being 25 years and two months while Ecuador complete the top three with 25 years and six months.

On the contrary, Iran has the oldest team at Qatar 2022 with their average age being 28 years and nine months. Mexico follow with 28 years and five months while Lionel Messi's Argentina complete the bottom three with the average age of their roster being 27 years and nine months.

At the age of 40 years and three months, Mexican goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera is the oldest player at the tournament, with Germany's Youssoufa Moukoko being the youngest player. The Borussia Dortmund starlet turns 18 on the first day of the tournament.

2022 FIFA World Cup: USMNT coach Berhalter speaks out ahead of upcoming Wales clash

After missing out on the 2018 edition, the USMNT will hope to make amends this year in Qatar. However, things do not appear to be easy for Gregg Berhalter's side, who are in a group alongside the likes of England and Wales.

The Stars and Stripes also have not impressed in their pre-tournament friendlies, first losing 2-0 to Japan before firing blanks in a frustrating stalemate against Saudi Arabia. It is safe to say that it's not exactly the most encouraging reading for Team USA as they prepare to kick start their group stage campaign against Wales next week, and head coach Berhalter had some interesting words when asked his opinion regarding his team's upcoming opponents.

"I think that, at least to the American media, I think Wales is underrated," Berhalter noted recently.

"[To be honest], when I look at their squad, it's basically a Premier League squad...it's a really good squad, a formidable squad. They've been in international competition before, they know what it's like".

Wales are back in the World Cup for the first time in 64 years - since 1958 - but the Dragons did make a huge splash in their first EURO appearance back in 2016. Led by Gareth Bale, who scored four goals, they made it to the semifinals before being beaten 2-0 by eventual tournament winners Portugal.

As such, it is understandable with stars like Bale, plus others like Joe Allen and Ben Davies, both of whom ply their trade in the Premier League, that Wales will be regarded as a tough competitor for the USMNT to overcome if they want to have a shot at qualifying for the round of 16.

2022 FIFA World Cup: Brazilian icon Kaka names surprise pick as tournament's dark horses

With the World Cup set to begin this weekend, many pundits have weighed in on what they expect to see this year in Qatar.

One such individual is none other than Kaka. Although he was forced to retire much earlier than anticipated due to injuries, the 40-year-old star is widely viewed as one of the best to play the game. During his career, he won both the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan, as well as two Confederation Cups (2005 and 2009) as well as the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Brazil. Additionally, he is known as the last player to win the Ballon d'Or (in 2007) before the rise and dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The former Rossoneri ace recently weighed in on his thoughts as to which teams he views as serious contenders to win the big prize at the 22nd iteration of the tournament. Not surprisingly, he picked his native Brazil, who are currently ranked as the top side in the world, as well as fellow South American powerhouse Argentina, who come into this competition having won the 2021 Copa America.

Reigning champions France also were given a mention, as Les Bleus will be hoping to become the third side in history - after Italy and Brazil - to win back-to-back titles.

But it is one of the teams he also mentioned that has caused some buzz. Alongside the aforementioned trio, Kaka also noted that Serbia could become the tournament's dark horse.

Serbia notably beat Portugal 2-1 on the final matchday to book their spot at this competition, and they will come into this contest having lost just two of their last 15 fixtures across all comps.

And just as their neighbor, Croatia, shocked everyone by making it to the final, Kaka believes that Serbia could do the same with a deep run four years later.

With player like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Dusan Tadic, Sergej Milinković-Savić and Filip Kostic in their ranks, they certainly do look like they have what it takes to be this tournament's big surprises.

But as to whether Kaka's estimation of them comes true, we will just have to wait and see how things pan out. Brazil will face Serbia in their tournament opener on November 24th in what looks to be an interesting clash for both fans and neutrals alike.

Other key headlines from the world of soccer

Messi names his three favorites to win the FIFA World Cup, doesn't include Argentina

Despite being the Argentina captain, Lionel Messi was humble about his country's odds when asked to choose the three favorites for Qatar 2022. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner did not pick Argentina, instead opting for three other countries, including bitter continental rivals Brazil, who are led by his close friend and club teammate Neymar.

But who are the two other favorites in Lionel's eyes? The Barcelona icon has given defending champions France his vote of confidence, as well as Euro 2020 runners-up England, who look to get their hands on this trophy for the first time since 1966.

"Whenever we talk about candidates, we always talk about the same teams," Messi told CONMEBOL.

"If I have to put some above others I think Brazil, France, and England are a little bit above the rest. But the World Cup is so difficult and so complicated that anything can happen."

Manchester United removes CR7 from stadium billboard

The highly publicized interview Cristiano Ronaldo gave to Piers Morgan keeps making waves among Manchester United fans and, apparently, the team's hierarchy, who have remained mute about their next steps regarding their relationship with the Portuguese ace.

While there has been no formal statement on Cristiano Ronaldo's words after the brief press release issued on Monday, the team has decided to remove the player's image that sits on Old Trafford's outside wall. 

Footage taken outside the legendary stadium showed a crew removing a billboard that featured the Portuguese star, who blasted the team for their "lack of support" and for "betraying" him with their recent actions and their refusal to let him leave during the offseason.

Seventh-tier English club make loan offer to Man City for Erling Haaland

Since arriving this summer, the former Borussia Dortmund star has smashed several records in the Premier League and is on course to secure the Golden Boot, having already scored 18 times. Although the City striker will be out of action for a while, Ashton United is willing to sign him in the interim. The club features in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, English football's seventh tier, and have claimed that the move "just makes sense" as their home ground - the Hurst Cross Stadium - is only 6.5 miles from the Etihad. Thus, the striker wouldn't have far to travel to games. 

An official statement released by the club reads as follows:

"Ashton United can confirm that the club has submitted a 28-day loan approach for Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.

"With the current Premier League champions not in action until late December due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, The Robins have reached out to our neighbors at the Ethiad in order to keep Haaland's match fitness with him not being involved in Qatar."

According to the statement, they are yet to receive any response from Manchester City. However, the move seems unlikely with Pep Guardiola revealing that Haaland is set to head to Marbella. The Norwegian reportedly has a property in the south of Spain and is looking forward to enjoying some time off alone before the Premier League resumes in late December.


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