What the papers say
Manchester United are targeting a fourth consecutive win in all competitions after an encouraging upturn in results, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær stating the October international break reinvigorated his squad after a tricky start to the season. Marcus Rashford, who scored a sublime free-kick in midweek, is touch-and-go owing to injury, while the defenders Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf are also doubts. Bournemouth, who failed to register a single goal last month, could welcome back the midfielder Dan Gosling following a hip injury. Ben Fisher
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- Salzburg open to selling Norwegian striker in summer
- Club hope market value will be €60m after his season
Manchester United and Juventus head a queue of more than 20 clubs monitoring the progress of Erling Braut Haaland, with Red Bull Salzburg open to selling him in the summer.
The Juventus sporting director, Fabio Paratici, was keen to sign Haaland from Molde in the summer of 2018 and was ready to offer €6m but the teenager was reluctant to join a side where he would sit on the bench or be loaned out.Continue reading...
- Colchester drawn to play at Old Trafford
- Oxford set to host holders Manchester City
The two EFL teams left in the Carabao Cup were richly rewarded in Thursday’s quarter-final draw, with League Two Colchester United to face Manchester United at Old Trafford and Oxford United of League One at home to Manchester City.
Liverpool are due to play at Aston Villa after their extraordinary win over Arsenal on penalties following a 5-5 draw, and Leicester face a trip to Everton.Continue reading...
Manchester United’s identity is built around fantasy of this nature. They need players with the courage to produce special moments on the biggest stages and Marcus Rashford certainly delivered on that front during this absorbing battle, settling a tight game when he blasted home an astonishing free-kick with 17 minutes.
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“Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Gregg has the current Big Cup holders on his MBM, and Guest appearances from both Donald McRae and David Squires. I think you need to make your readers an offer they can’t refuse. Cute cat video, perhaps?”
I’m offering Phil Fred, mate. I think I know who’s winning.
The Sky Sports team graphics suggest an unexpected midfield battle tonight: Marcus Jorginho against Phil Fred. Seriously. Phil Fred!
Phil Fred? pic.twitter.com/OyDLSpnbJJ
So much for giving old age a chance. Both have picked strong, young sides, with United close to full strength.
Chelsea (4-3-3) Caballero; James, Guehi, Zouma, Alonso; Gilmour, Jorginho, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Pulisic.
Substitutes: Cumming, Lamptey, Azpilicueta, Mount, Pedro, Giroud, Abraham.
Ambassador... department We have two MBMs tonight, such is our commitment to the Carabao Cup. If you’d rather follow Liverpool v Arsenal, Gregg Bakowski is your man.
Evening. The Carabao Cup is seen as the competition in which Chelsea and Manchester United give young players a chance. In practice, that hasn’t always been the case. Jose Mourinho, in particular, won the competition with both clubs by picking experienced sides. And while we should see one or two newish faces tonight, it’s likely that the average age of both teams will increase.
That’s because both teams have already picked their best young players in the Premier League. The average age of their starting XIs this season has generally been 24 or 25, among the lowest in the league, so tonight is a chance for older players like Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Willy Caballero, Juan Mata, Sergio Romero and Phil Jones to remind us of their existence. It’s what the Carabao Cup is all about!Continue reading...
Today’s whispers have got a heart of gold
Hola España, guess what? I’m coming back.
So says Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in a decidedly cryptic social media post, which means he’s planning a move back to La Liga, or a family holiday to the Costa del Sol. It’s hard to see the 38-year-old re-signing for Barcelona but perhaps he would be tempted by a January move to second-placed Granada? Watch this space.Continue reading...
• Manchester United visit Chelsea in Carabao Cup fourth round
Frank Lampard saw the bigger picture when his first game as the Chelsea manager ended in a 4-0 defeat by Manchester United. He found himself under an uncomfortable spotlight but refused to lose his nerve. Lampard had arrived at Stamford Bridge with a plan and was not about to rip it up after one setback.Continue reading...
We select seven talented youngsters waiting to make an impact in the league for their clubs who should get a chance to shine
It is something of a curiosity that Smith Rowe has appeared three times in the Bundesliga during a loan with RB Leipzig and scored twice in the Europa League for Arsenal, but has yet to play a minute in England’s top flight. The 19-year-old is not far off though and Unai Emery has given him an active role in Arsenal’s cup games. Had it not been for a concussion sustained in the third round against Nottingham Forest he might have featured more this season but he has shown enough to suggest a stage such as Anfield will not faze him. Smith-Rowe, a rangy figure at 6ft, can operate on the flanks or in an attacking midfield role and is a positive, incisive influence who never shies from receiving the ball and trying to make things happen. His movement between the lines will be a test for Liverpool’s defensive players if he features on Wednesday. Nick AmesContinue reading...
Arsenal fans turn toxic, Ralph Hasenhüttl faces a daunting week and Chelsea are no longer a one-man band
There can be little doubt that Granit Xhaka has underwhelmed since his big-money move from Borussia Mönchengladbach three summers ago, failing to provide either the midfield bite or the drive that has been perennially lacking in Arsenal’s post-Vieira era. He has not, however, lacked effort or interest, no matter how low his performances have dipped and you wonder what exactly those home fans who booed the captain as he left the field in the second half were thinking. Certainly Arsenal’s supporters, who pay through the nose, deserve better and are entitled to vent their frustrations. But to single out an underperforming player for abuse is cruel, toxic and patently self-defeating. Xhaka could be seen mouthing a four-letter response and, for once after an Arsenal implosion, the sympathy should be with the player and not the fans. Alex HessContinue reading...
• Solskjær: ‘It’s probably December before you see him’
• Midfielder last played in Arsenal draw in late September
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has revealed Paul Pogba is likely to be out of action for at least another month as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
The France midfielder has not featured for Manchester United since the 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the end of last month having sustained the injury earlier in the season against Southampton.Continue reading...
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær joked that Marcus Rashford did the 'honourable thing' by missing a penalty against Norwich that was controversially awarded by VAR.
The penalty was awarded for a Ben Godfrey foul on Daniel James – but Solskjær admitted that he did not think it should have been given and quipped that Rashford missed the penalty on purpose even though it looked like he tried to score it.
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Has the Manchester United bus run over a black cat on a Europa League away trip? Has Jesse Lingard cracked a mirror from overuse? Maybe Ole Gunnar Solskjær was looking at the blue sky and not the pavement and walked under a tradesman’s ladder. Or maybe United just aren’t any good at penalties, that’s the other possibility.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both missed spot kicks in this breeze of a victory at Carrow Road. That means, that of the six penalties they have been awarded so far this season (the highest total in the Premier League) Solskjær’s men have contrived to miss four of them. They’ve been missed by three different players to boot, Paul Pogba the other and that after a long debate with Rashford over who deserved the right to mess it up.Continue reading...
You wait almost seven months for an away victory and then two come along in the space of four days. Manchester United finally recorded a first Premier League win on the road since Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed permanently thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, although it could have been even worse for Norwich had it not been for the heroics of their goalkeeper, Tim Krul.
The Dutchman’s two penalty saves in the first half to deny first Rashford and then Martial after VAR had overturned the referee Stuart Attwell’s original decisions kept the hosts in the game longer than they probably deserved, in truth, such was the disarray of their defence at times. But a clinical away performance ensured United rounded off a promising week in style, even if Solskjær will know that much tougher challenges surely lie ahead.Continue reading...
Manchester United made it over the line against Partizan Belgrade and finally won away but their lack of goals is a pressing concern. In their last 19 matches they have scored more than once on one occasion. Norwich’s porous defence could provide an excellent chance to improve on that though. After scoring for fun early on Daniel Farke’s side are struggling too. One goal in four matches since beating Manchester City speaks for itself. Graham Searles
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggled to answer why his side had not won away from home for 232 days.
United ended that run in beating Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, having not won on the road since beating PSG 3-1 in the Champions League back in March.
Solskjaer’s team can build on their win when they face Norwich at Carrow Road on Sunday.Continue reading...
• Solskjær says United will need to be at their best to beat Norwich
Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Manchester United could definitely play with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as centre-forwards, with the manager encouraged by how a twin-pronged attack troubled Liverpool.
That game, which had Daniel James partnering Rashford, ended 1-1 last weekend. United are at Norwich City on Sunday where Solskjær has options if he wishes to field two strikers again.Continue reading...
After 232 days the wait is over. Manchester United have an away win and so break a sequence that began after the heady March night at Paris Saint-Germain where a 3-1 victory swept them into the Champions League quarter-finals and all seemed so rosy under Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s management.
This win, courtesy of an Anthony Martial penalty, came in United’s third Europa League game and puts them in charge of Group L. They have seven points, three more than Partizan Belgrade, and are favourites to progress. Martial’s spot-kick came after the 19-year-old Brandon Williams proved too quick for Nemanja Miletic, who felled him. This was only the left-sided player’s second start and he drew high praise from Solskjær. “He is as brave as a lion, fearless, and is going to be a top player,” the manager said.Continue reading...
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What a save! Rangers break again, Barisic slings over another lovely cross, and Morelos is up again! He makes great contact too, but heads too close to Marchesin, who adjusts hands brilliantly to shove over the top.
Dear oh dear! Soumah runs at Maguire who sells himself like a cheap thrill, diving in and opening up the way to goal. But Soumah panics, rushing his shot that bobbles wide.
In Bratislava, Nuno has introduced Traore and he’s already made a difference, just missing Jimenez with a cross after a charge down the right.
Soumah runs at Jones who again does well, standing strong, somehow refraining from giving away a penalty, and seeing the danger away.
It’s kind of strange how Solskjaer has handled his young players, only giving them minutes when he’s got no choice or when games are nearly over. Mason Greenwood looks ready, and Brandon Williams looks better than both Shaw and Young to me, and given that United are aiming to be competitive in a year or two, not not, worth giving a run.
Nacho goes low with the free-kick, from 20 yards and left of centre, bobbling it past the far post.
That’s a brilliant challenge. I’m not sure how the ref has apprised a foul there.
Sadiq gets away again, Jones makes what looks like a really good challenge, and the ref gives a free-kick on the edge.
Off we go again in Belgrade.
“ I think my Sunday league team circa 1976 would have given this Partizan team a game,” says Duncan Edwards. “They really are *anglo saxon*. Then again, Martial seems unable to even pick the right studs. Huh, cue him scoring!”
A mate in the away end sent me this:
MUFC in Belgrade ⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/9yeelUtaEX
Elsewhere: in Wolves’ group, Braga now lead away to Besiktas.
Porto have been comfortably the better side, but Rangers have still threatened and their goal was a peach.
I wonder how long it’ll be till we see Neves and Jonny because Wolves have played ok, but are lacking their usual control.
United started fairly but the penalty came just as Partizan were asserting themselves.
Barisic gets down the left and crosses low and long to the far side of the box, where Morelos collects and absolutely buries an expert’s finish inside the near post. That is very, very well done.
The keeper dives to his left and Martial eases the ball to his right. It’s not as comic as when Pogba misses, but it serves a different purpose.
Williams dashes into the box, Pavlovic shoves him then trips him, and that’s a penalty! Partizan are crying, but I really can’y see why.
Here comes Sadiq again, finding Asano, and though Jones robs him, he’s already on the way down, and his momentum sends him right into the ball, conjuring a shot which goes wide.
It’s all kicking off! Sadiq, Partizan’s leading scorer, picks up a loose ball just outside the United box, advances, and caresses a glorious curling sidefooter onto the post, about halfway up!
Eeek! Morelos climbs high to power-glance a header onto the bar! On the bench, Gerrard makes that face I know you’re picturing.
Lingard hits the post! Wan-Bissaka does really well to win the ball on the edge of the Partizan box, tees him up, and from 20 yards, he carefully places an effort against the base of the woodwork.
Rangers, silky devils that they are, try to play their way out when clearing a corner. Someone – Jack, I think – finds Luis Diaz, just outside the box, and he skips infield a little before unfurling a delicious curler that hisses and spits its way past McGregor.
Bratislava are looking ok against Wolves now; the other game in that group, Besiktas v Braga, is 0-0.
Oh! Ze Luis climbs high and hangs long to fling a header against the post. Porto are coming.
Goal in Rome! The excellent Zaniolo has put the home side ahead against Gladbach.
Wolfsburg now lead 2-0 in Gent; Apoel have equalised at Qarabag.
...Alex Telles curls over the bar.
Young Boys now lead Feyenoord 2-0; they currently sit top of Rangers’ group. Meanwhile, Morelos gives the ball away, Marega nashes towards the box, and Jack bumps him over. He’s booked, and Porto have a free-kick...
Rangers are doing well yakno, and get the ball out to Tavernier, nicely bouncing in front of him. But he doesn’t get his knee over it, lashing high and then some.
I’ve been watching United for more than 35 years now, and I don’t think I’ve seen less compelling football than in the Europa League group stages. I guess there are too many teams in the Champions League, but though the current standard isn’t great, that it’s improved massively in the era is unarguable.
A nice pass from Garner finds Wan-Bissaka, and the ball goes back to McTominay. He has a man free outside him but opts to shoot – I don’t think anyone will chastise him for that, given hwo scared United usually are of the same – and doesn’t catch it perfectly, so it lopes just wide.
Back in Oporto, Kent has another run, winning a corner. It goes short, but the eventuating shot – I didn’t see whose – is blocked.
Goals not in our featured games:
Qarabag 1-0 Apoel
Pavlovic clatters Martial as they contest a high ball, and that’s a free-kick to United, 25 yards out, left of centre. I don’t think Mata can kick the ball as far as the goal, but he can curl a luscious cross onto McTominay’s brow! But, not for the first time, he misses a free header; what an oversight that is.
As I was saying! With their first attack, a goal! A fine pass with the outside of the foot sends Sporar away at inside-left, and when you’re in nick you’re in nick! He slows Coady down, moves off, and his shot clips the defender on its way inside the near post.
It’s been a quiet start in Bratislava, but the territorial advantage is with Wolves.
Extremely tangentially, I rewatched City of God for the first time in years the other night. I cannot remember being so dazzled, visually and thematically, since the first day I saw it, when I went to the cinema in the afternoon, then again in the evening. Any more for any more?
At the Dragao, Corona has just slung over a lovely cross that Ze Luis headed wide.
“Please explain for me Ed Woodward’s disparaging comments about Daley Blind,” requests Robert Hisnay. “Who would you rather have, Rojo or Blind?”
As someone who hates United marginally less than every other football club in the world, I was sad to see Blind leave United. I think what happened was that they needed to raise money and he was one of very few any other club wanted. Mourinho never fancied him though – when he arrived, he didn’t even list him as a centre-back, was then forced to play him there, dropped him as soon as he made a mistake and never really acknowledged his role in the Europa League win. He is in different league to Rojo and also quite the dish.
Porto win a corner which Goldson heads clear and immediately Kent is on his bike, running through the first challenge and screeching all the way to the other box before his touch forsakes him. That’s exactly what Gerrard has planned.
Wolfsburg have taken the lead in Gent.
Decent move by United down the right, featuring Jones and Lingard, but Wan-Bissaka can’t find a cross. He’ll need to improve that part of his game if United are to make this system work - and I actually wonder whether, long-term, he might just make a centre-back. The raw materials are all there.
First of many: Marcos Rojo clips aimlessly forward ... though not via rabona.
We’re away in Oporto ... and Belgrade...
The Dragao is extremely unfull, and perhaps that’ll help Rangers. They’ve taken a decent contingent, who can make themselves heard in the proper manner.
I should note that Nuno has picked a strong team in Bratislava. I daresay he fancies a long run in this competition and why not? Wolves are an absolute bastard to play against, and have the attackers to give any team agita.
The players are tunnelled...
“The improved performance against Liverpool has me hopeful about United again,” says Duncan Edwards. “In my optimism I see us winning the Europa, finishing third in the league, signing the Norwegian Beast, and challenging for the title next season. Ah, hope...”
United could still make the top four – when people criticise them, they forget to note that they’ve been missing six of their first XI. I’d still have spent the Maguire money on the midfield, but I understand why Solskjaer didn’t.
Steven Gerrard tells BT that his team need to show belief in and out of possession, have a structure and defend aggressively. He also says that his ball-carriers and fast players – his “one v one merchants” – have to take responsibility when they can, but he accepts that Porto will have a lot of the ball. He’s looking forward to watching Barker, who’s been picked with that in mind.
Partizan were meant to be playing behind closed doors after racism from their crowd, but managed to get around the ban on a technicality, giving tickets away for free to kids and such. In the BT studio, Robin van Persie makes the point that walking off should not be a responsibility foisted upon the players – the officials should intervene on their behalf.
Other things to note about United’s XI: Martial, whose ambling shift against Liverpool was not at all good but whom United have unarguably missed, returns from the start; Lingard, who’s been horrible for months, is also back; and Jimmy Garner, who is now far too good for age-group football, makes his first start. I believe there are reservations about his power and speed, but he’s an intelligent and incisive passer of the ball.
So, do Manchester United now play 3-5-2? That they’re doing so tonight, with radically different personnel to those who played against Liverpool, suggests a policy decision. And it’s not an inexplicable decision, given a surfeit a centre-backs and an absence of wingers. The question is whether something that worked against Liverpool, who demand a special plan, is necessarily something that will work all the time. In the end, it’s not possible to hide that midfield and that’s all there is to it.
Slovan Bratislava: Greif; Medvedev, Abena, Bozhikov, De Marco; Ibrahim, De Kamps; Daniel, Holman, Rharsalla; Sporar. Subs: Sulla, Ljubicic, Drazic, Ratao, Nono, Bajric, Cavric.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Doherty, Saiss, Gibbs-White, Moutinho, Vinagre; Jimenez, Cutrone. Subs: Ruddy, Jonny, Perry, Neves, Dendoncker, Traore, Jota.
Porto: Marchesin, Corona, Pepe, Marcano, Alex Telles, Otavio, Uribe, Danilo Pereira, Diaz, Marega, Ze Luis. Subs: Bruno Costa, Nakajima, Manafa, Mbemba, Tiquinho Soares, Diogo Costa, Silva.
Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Davis, Barker, Jack, Kamara, Kent, Morelos. Subs: Defoe, Ojo, Foderingham, Flanagan, Aribo, Katic, Arfield.
Partizan: Stojkovic, Pavlovic, Natcho, Tosic, Sadiq, Asano, Zdjelar, Soumah, Ostojic, Urosevic, Miletic. Subs: Vujacic, Lazar Pavlovic, Ivanovic, Scekic, Brezancic, Filip Stevanovic, Nemanja Stevanovic.
Manchester United: Romero, Jones, Maguire, Rojo, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Garner, Williams, Mata, Lingard, Martial. Subs: Lindelof, Rashford, Grant, Andreas Pereira, Fred, James, Greenwood.
Right, let’s have some teams...
Thursday night, five to six, Thursday night, five to six. But of course! What else is to drink do at that time of the week, other than watch yet another football match? Exactly!
For those who like their football awful and hilarious, we have Partizan v Manchester United – United’s games against Astana and AZ were epochally awful, and there’s a good chance we’ll get to enjoy more of the same.Continue reading...
• Ole Gunnar Solskjær: ‘We’ve been through the protocol’
Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire have drawn on the experience of Bulgaria fans racially abusing England team members to prepare Manchester United for the “worst-case scenario” when playing Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side will play their third Europa League Group L game at Partizan Stadium. The Serbian club have already been ordered by Uefa to play two matches in the competition behind closed doors because of racist abuse from supporters.Continue reading...