Trending: Brazil thrash Argentina, Chris Smalling out for a month

The FC crew discuss Chris Smalling’s injury as well as the implications it has for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United defender Chris Smalling faces a month on the sideline with a broken toe, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

– Manchester United are weighing up a move to bring Burnley defender Michael Keane back to Old Trafford, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

– Kevin Grosskreutz has told former Germany teammate and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to join him at Stuttgart in January.

BRAZIL: Philippe Coutinho was a happy man after helping Brazil beat South American rivals 3-0 in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte on Thursday.

– Brazil coach Tite dedicated his side’s impressive win over Argentina to Carlos Alberto.

ARGENTINA: Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza called the Albiceleste’s 3-0 thrashing at the hands of historic rival Brazil one of the toughest of his career, but urged his team to stay positive ahead of their next CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier with Colombia.

– Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said his side need a “drastic change” if they are to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

ARSENAL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Chile not to make a “suicidal decision” regarding the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and risk aggravating his hamstring injury.

– Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has said he is making good progress in his recovery from injury and could make an early return to action.

ENGLAND: England interim manager Gareth Southgate is set to start Daniel Sturridge up front against Scotland on Friday, according to British newspaper reports.

CHELSEA: Diego Costa has returned to Chelsea for an assessment by the club’s medical staff after withdrawing from Spain duty because of injury, a club source has confirmed to ESPN FC.

– John Obi Mikel has told ESPN FC that he will consider his future in January after Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr claimed his lack of playing time at Chelsea this season was punishment for participating at the Olympic Games in the summer.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid were among the clubs interested in signing Barcelona star Neymar before he signed a new contract with the Catalan club last month, the player’s father has confirmed.

DORTMUND: German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund will return to Asia for the third time in three years in 2017 as they look to grow their footprint in the continent.

PSG: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has said nobody is worth €100 million while dismissing talk of him leaving the French capital.

MEXICO: Mexico talisman Rafa Marquez believes Mexico has never had a better chance to defeat the United States in World Cup qualifying in Columbus.

UNITED STATES: United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann expects that President-elect Donald Trump’s past statements about Mexican immigration will not affect the atmosphere surrounding Friday’s World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and its southern neighbor.

MLS: Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has said he has no plans to end his playing career when his current contract expires.

– Omer Damari is set to return to Bundesliga club Red Bull Leipzig after his season long loan as a Designated Player with the New York Red Bulls, according to the club’s sporting director Ali Curtis.

– Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris has been voted Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year after scoring 12 goals in his first professional season.

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