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Ask any fan of the Premier League to name Manchester United’s players from the late 1990s and without hesitation they’ll probably name Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer et al.

It’s highly unlikely that their team-mate, Nick Culkin, will feature in their answers unless they’re a die-hard Red Devil, and yet it’s Culkin who is the holder of a Premier League record that will never be beaten.

He was a 17-year-old goalkeeper plying his trade at York City when, in September 1995, United came calling with a £100,000 offer that was too good for York to refuse. Culkin, understandably, was over the moon.

He played in United’s youth and reserve teams to begin with, getting him used to a way of working that, whilst not completely alien to him, was a step up in professionalism from what he was used to.

He finally managed to make his debut in a pre-season friendly after being at the club for almost two years.

By now the third-choice keeper for the first-team, he took Peter Schmeichel’s place at half-time of the fixture against SK Brann, at the beginning of the 97/98 campaign.

It would remain the only first-team action he would see for another two seasons but Culkin was determined to play in England’s top division, even if his pathway was fraught with unforeseen twists and turns.

Once Schmeichel had left for Aston Villa, Culkin believed he would get his chance, and was crushed when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to sign Mark Bosnich as the Dane’s replacement.

Quite why the Scot turned to a keeper that had had his United contract cancelled once before is anyone’s guess, and when Bosnich arrived in no fit state to play, the manager was forced to promote Culkin to reserve custodian, behind Raymond van der Gouw.

It would still take a change of heart from Ferguson, or an injury to the Dutchman, for Culkin to get his chance, but within four matches of the start of the 1999/2000 campaign, his time had come.

United went to Highbury to face an Arsenal side that hadn’t lost in front of their own supporters since Boxing Day 1997.

The biggest crowd of the season had filled the old ground to capacity, and with Sky Sports billing it as the ‘first ever interactive match,’ those watching at home were captivated too.
The Gunners took the lead through Freddie Ljungberg before Keane levelled things up just before the hour.

A brilliant game then turned ugly with five minutes left as Keane and Patrick Vieira went head-to-head. Not content with putting a marker down against the Irishman, Vieira would then plant his forehead on Jaap Stam.

Referee Graham Poll decided not to issue any cards, perhaps quickly diffusing the situation by so doing.

With two minutes to go, Keane then struck the winner past Alex Manninger, who was only playing because David Seaman wasn’t unavailable.

Deep into injury time, Stam conceded a free-kick in a dangerous area. Matthew Upson connected with Dennis Bergkamp’s pinpoint delivery, but it was saved on the line by van der Gouw.With just the one hand on it, and as he fell backwards into the goal itself, he had just managed to get his second hand on the ball before Martin Keown’s knee connected with his head.

The ‘equaliser’ – as the ball ended up in the net – was swiftly chalked off, and it was immediately apparent that the Dutchman couldn’t continue.

Culkin didn’t even have time to warm up before being sent on, and with the clock now at 100 minutes, it was clear that his participation would be brief.

After the infringement by Keown, Poll ordered a goal-kick to restart play. Placing the ball on the six-yard box, Culkin studded the turf and walked backwards. As he launched the ball down field, Poll immediately whistled for full-time.

With the ball only in play from the point of impact onwards, Culkin’s debut in the Premier League had lasted just one second.

It was also his only appearance for United’s first-team.

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Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are looking to

reinforce the left side of their defence. But, the pockets have been

emptied after the summer purchases, which has forced them to look for

bargain options. Liverpool star Alberto Moreno has emerged as a surprise

option.

Alberto Moreno has had a mixed career so far at Liverpool. Joining from

Sevilla in the summer of 2014 after winning the UEFA Europa League, the

player was expected to don the left flank of the defence for a long while.

But, it has not panned out that way for the Spaniard at Anfield.His errors

ended up costing Liverpool at times, which saw him bear the brunt of the

fans, with the Kop Army jeering the star. While Moreno has found his way

back into Jurgen Klopp’s plans somehow, he is yet to make an appearance

for Liverpool so far in the 2018-19 season. Barcelona are hence, looking to

capitalise on the opportunity.

The Catalans have Jordi Alba for the left flank. But, Lucas Digne has left

for Everton, leaving Alba as the only option at Ernesto Valverde’s

disposal. The Spaniard has also not exactly been lighting up the stage

recently, which is a cause for concern. Barcelona are thus, looking to

shore up their left side.
The Catalans have had their eyes on David Alaba and a couple of other

world-class stars. But, their pockets have been drained by the summer

arrivals of Clement Lenglet, Arthu Melo, Malcom and Arturo Vidal. Barcelona

now do not have much of a budget to delve into in order to reinforce the

left side, which is forcing the club to look for bargain deals.

Two such players are Nacho Monreal and Alberto Moreno. But, the Liverpool

star could be a better option, considering the long-term viability, with

Monreal already 32. Moreno’s contract is up for expiry in the summer,

which means Barcelona can get the player on a free transfer.

Another alternative is lodging an economical bid come January, something

Liverpool will be compelled to consider, with Alberto Moreno eligible to

negotiate a pre-contract with foreign clubs from the upcoming transfer

window(s).

Alberto Moreno will receive more minutes at Barcelona than Liverpool,

judging by the current condition, with Barcelona short-staffed at the said

position. This looks like a deal that could well be completed by Barcelona

in the summer, if not January.

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Liverpool expect Adam Lallana to return from injury before the end of the month after scans revealed the midfielder only suffered a minor groin strain.

Lallana was forced to withdraw from the England squad with the issue on Tuesday and will miss upcoming encounters with Spain and Switzerland.

However, Liverpool believe the injury will only sideline the 30-year-old “for the short-term” and, therefore, he could “come back into contention for the Reds before the end of September.”

“It’s a minor setback, which isn’t ideal, as I’ve been in great shape until now, but it’s positive news that it’s only a brief layoff,” Lallana told Liverpool’s official website.

“I’m pleased I’ll be back available for Liverpool, both domestically and in the Champions League during September, and then England again for the next break.

“I know I can make a significant contribution over the course of a long season and that’s where my focus will remain — with so much to play for.

“Doing my best and giving everything for my teammates, management and supporters of club and country is all that matters.”
Lallana was limited to just three starts in all competitions for Liverpool last season, having dealt with hamstring and thigh injuries.

He has only made one outing for Liverpool in 2018-19 so far — coming off the substitutes’ bench against Crystal Palace in the 87th minute.

Meanwhile, Simon Mignolet has had to withdraw from the Belgium squad through injury. But the goalkeeper should be available when Liverpool play Tottenham Hotspur on Sept. 15.