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Chelsea v Manchester United: match preview

What the papers say - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 09:00

Manchester United are close to making Ralf Rangnick their new interim manager, but Michael Carrick will still be in the dugout when they visit Stamford Bridge. Carrick triumphed against Villarreal in his opening game and his next task is to find a way to outwit Thomas Tuchel, which is easier said than done. Chelsea are top of the league and, although they will be without Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kanté, Tuchel’s team are in tremendous form at the moment. Jacob Steinberg

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Ralf Rangnick’s arrival is a response to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea revolution | Barney Ronay

What the papers say - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 20:30

Manchester United enlisting one of the traiblazers of hard pressing adds spice to a meeting with his thriving protege

Ed Woodward always gets his man. Or at least, Ed Woodward always gets a man. Give Manchester United’s chief executive his due. People definitely keep turning up.

There is probably some kind of method in the decision to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær with Ralf Rangnick: the leap from a managerial style based around vibes, DNA and warm feelings to Europe’s most unforgiving 63-year-old process trainer.

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Jürgen Klopp: Ralf Rangnick’s arrival is bad news for rest of Premier League

What the papers say - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:05
  • Klopp backs compatriot to ‘organise’ Manchester United
  • Rangnick has agreed to join United as interim manager

Jürgen Klopp has described the imminent arrival of Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United as bad news for the rest of the Premier League as the Old Trafford side “will be organised on the pitch.”

Klopp has been friends with the 63-year-old since starting his managerial career at Mainz and believes Liverpool’s fierce rivals have made an astute choice for their interim manager. He expects Rangnick to rectify the failings that prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s sacking, and which Liverpool exploited in their 5-0 rout of United last month, by turning a collection of expensive individuals into a coherent team.

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Eddie Howe in Newcastle dugout for Arsenal trip, plus team news – live!

What the papers say - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 13:39

Arsenal v Newcastle: Eddie Howe has been cleared to travel to the Emirates with Newcastle tomorrow after a spell in quarantine but his assistant coach Jason Tindall was in charge of talking to the media this morning ahead of the squad’s trip to the Big Smoke.

“In terms of training, the lads have worked extremely hard, and there has been a constant dialogue with the manager,” he told reporters. “You want your leader and manager here with you, so we’ve missed him as staff and I’m sure the players have missed him on the grass and on the sidelines. We are certainly looking forward to having him back and I’m sure the fans will want him on the touchline.”

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PSG give Pochettino their backing and say no talks held with Zidane

What the papers say - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 12:50
  • Sporting director Leonardo says: ‘We don’t want him to leave’
  • No contact and no meeting with Zidane, Leonardo adds

The Paris Saint-Germain sporting director, Leonardo, has insisted the club have not met with Zinédine Zidane and remain behind the manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

It has been a tumultuous week for PSG and Pochettino, after Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjær on Sunday. United have revived their long-standing interest in Pochettino and he has done little to discourage it, particularly when he was in Manchester for Wednesday night’s Champions League game at City, which his team lost 2-1.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

What the papers say - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 00:01

Manchester United travel to Chelsea under Michael Carrick, Leeds’ impressive young goalkeeper has another tough evening ahead and Newcastle have decisions to make

“Why are you playing Fred?” That’s the question Roy Keane wanted to ask while pinning Ole Gunnar Solskjær against a dressing room wall, and maybe Solskjær would have struggled to answer. But apparently Michael Carrick knows what Fred does well because the Brazilian was one of Manchester United’s best players in their midweek win at Villarreal, contributing intelligently to both of United’s goals and covering the left-hand side when in defensive mode. The question now is whether he will start against Chelsea, where containing Reece James should be an important part of the visitors’ game plan. Carrick also found uses for Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho when it had previously seemed United signed both without knowing why. Starting Sancho on the right may be the best way of exploiting the absence of Ben Chilwell. PD

Chelsea v Manchester United, Sunday 4.30pm (all times GMT)

Arsenal v Newcastle, Saturday 12.30pm

Liverpool v Southampton, Saturday 3pm

Manchester City v West Ham, Sunday 2pm

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Ralf Rangnick will bring innovative identity to Manchester United

What the papers say - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 22:00

Mentor to Klopp and Tuchel honed his coaching philosophy on his rise from Germany’s sixth tier to the Champions League

The Premier League just got more interesting. Ralf Rangnick, set to be appointed as Manchester United’s interim manager and then as a club consultant after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, has already had a successful impact on English football: his belief in fast-paced transitions has influenced Jürgen Klopp and he was mentor to Thomas Tuchel and gave him his first coaching job (as Stuttgart’s youth coach).

Now, after a long flirtation with the English game – Rangnick was close to the England job in 2016 and to roles at Everton in 2019 and Chelsea last season - comes the opportunity to put his stamp on a team. And there will be a stamp because, with Rangnick, it always comes back to identity. He has a clear style of play that he demands from his teams. He has said that all of Europe’s top coaches “know what their football looks like”. For the first time in several years, United may finally be able to say the same.

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How to fix Manchester United? It depends which direction they want to go in | Karen Carney

What the papers say - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 18:06

There has been a lack of identity and structure throughout the club so the right manager has to come in as soon as possible

Manchester United have all the components required to challenge for trophies – they just need to step things up on and off the pitch.

It cannot be forgotten that they finished second in the Premier League last season, but in the search to go one better they have moved away from what made them successful. I think there has been a lack of identity and structure throughout the club which has seeped into the squad. This season under Ole Gunnar Solskjær the players did not know whether they were a pressing team or a defensive side that counterattack.

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Manchester United in advanced talks to make Ralf Rangnick interim manager

What the papers say - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 15:51
  • Rangnick is Lokomotiv’s head of sports and development
  • United agree consultancy role to follow for at least two years

Manchester United are in advanced talks with Ralf Rangnick over becoming their interim manager until the end of the season.

Rangnick, the highly respected former director of football at RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig, is head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow but negotiations over a move to Old Trafford have progressed swiftly since Monday.

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Investigating the new manager bounce in the Premier League

What the papers say - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 11:43

Fans hope that a change of manager will give their team a lift, but do the results bear that out?

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored

Twelve games into the Premier League season and six clubs have already changed managers. Ole Gunnar Solskjær became the latest to pay for his side’s poor form after Manchester United’s 4-1 loss at Watford forced the board to act. United fans will have been sad to see the back of the club hero, but a run of five defeats from seven in the league – their sole win in that streak ultimately cost Nuno Espírito Santo his job at Tottenham – was not good enough. In all, Watford, Newcastle, Spurs, Norwich, Aston Villa and United have already pulled the trigger on managers this season.

There have already been more managerial changes this season than there were in the entirety of last season. when just four managers lost their jobs in the Premier League. Perhaps clubs were reluctant to pay off managers while playing behind closed doors and missing out on matchday revenue – or maybe the lack of angry fans complaining in the stands helped managers survive for longer.

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'No need to speak about rumours': Pochettino dismisses Manchester United links after defeat – video

What the papers say - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 10:02

Mauricio Pochettino refused to blame speculation about his future for Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at Manchester City. Pochettino is wanted by Manchester United as the successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

'The players know very well our situation,' Pochettino said, when asked whether he had needed to reassure them over his commitment to PSG. 'We know their situation. We are living in a business that rumours are there, sometimes negative, sometimes positive. That is not a thing to talk about – the rumours.'

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Carrick delighted at Manchester United victory after 'emotional few days' – video

What the papers say - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 11:21

Manchester United’s interim manager Michael Carrick oversaw a 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal on Tuesday, after what he described as 'an emotional few days' since Ole Gunnar Solskjær's dismissal. He said: 'Tonight was not important for me personally but for the team … I am delighted'. Carrick also revealed he called Solskjær before taking over because he felt it was 'the right thing to do'

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Michael Carrick asked Solskjær about taking charge of Manchester United

What the papers say - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 23:16
  • Former assistant felt it was ‘the right thing to do’
  • Carrick delighted to beat Villarreal after ‘emotional few days’

Michael Carrick called Ole Gunnar Solskjær before taking over at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s interim manager has revealed.

“It’s been an emotional few days,” Carrick said after leading his side to a 2-0 win at Villarreal. “And the first person I spoke to was Ole to see what he thought about it, because I thought that was the right thing to do. I take pride in the responsibility of taking the team.”

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United’s future can be bright if they build around Sancho, not Ronaldo | Jonathan Liew

What the papers say - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 22:08

Youngster’s goal sealed Manchester United’s Champions League victory in Villarreal and he can thrive under a top coach

Shortly after half-time the Villarreal fans broke into their customary rendition of Yellow Submarine, the song from which the club takes its nickname. Naturally, being English people abroad, the Manchester United fans at the north end of the ground decided to drown them out with their own version. “Number one is Georgie Best,” they sang. “Number two is Georgie Best.”

How many other fanbases sing about a player who has not played for them in almost 50 years? It’s easy to ridicule United’s veneration of its past, the interminable appeals to nostalgia, the decision to appoint an episode of Premier League Years 97-98 as its full-time manager. But there’s something really rather touching about it, too: the sense of a lineage, an unbroken thread, roots and origins. Singing about George Best in 2021 says: “We don’t really know where we’re going. We don’t really know who we are. But we know who we were.”

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Sancho seals Manchester United victory at Villarreal to kickstart new era

What the papers say - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 20:12

You may have heard this one before. It was not so late this time and maybe it lacked the drama of other days but it was still familiar. The manager changes, the story does not. Above all nor does Cristiano Ronaldo.

Villarreal had felt in control, only to lose it with 12 minutes to go, allowing Michael Carrick to begin his time as interim coach to the interim coach with a win that put Manchester United through to the last 16 of the Champions League. The goal that opened the way was delivered by their No 7.

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Villarreal v Manchester United: Champions League – live!

What the papers say - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 19:04

2 mins: Villarreal keep the ball for a while, and when eventually they give it away they immediately kick Anthony Martial, and United have a dangerous free-kick.

1 min: Before kick-off United took the knee, Villarreal did not join in, and there was significant whistling from the crowd.

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Manchester United in talks with Ernesto Valverde over interim manager’s job

What the papers say - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 16:31
  • United will abandon search if they can get Pochettino now
  • Pochettino ‘happy’ at PSG but offers no guarantee over future

Manchester United have spoken to Ernesto Valverde regarding becoming their interim manager. The 57-year-old was Barcelona’s manager from May 2017 until January 2020, winning La Liga twice and a Copa del Rey, and is out of work.

It is understood Valverde has discussed with John Murtough, United’s football director, taking over on a temporary basis, with the club conscious that having worked with Lionel Messi at Barcelona he would be at ease managing Cristiano Ronaldo. Valverde has started sounding out potential players he could add to strengthen the squad should he be appointed.

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David Squires on … Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United exit

What the papers say - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 10:54

Our cartoonist on the Norwegian’s inevitable sacking and some expert advice on who should replace him

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Villarreal’s Pau Torres: ‘It’s not normal that a club from such a small town does so well’

What the papers say - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 22:10

The defender on facing Manchester United, winning the Europa League for his hometown club and why he turned down Spurs

The entire town watched as history was made, except Pau Torres, who was making it. It was late on 26 May and Vila-real, population 51,293, was about to become the smallest place to have a football team win a European trophy. Villarreal faced Manchester United, the club with a stadium that could fit them all in and still add 22,847 more, and the biggest game in their history had gone to penalties. Thirteen long, tense minutes later, it was still there. Every Villarreal outfield player had scored from the spot, except one of them.

In the final minutes before the Europa League final the Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, told his team to do it for “Pau’s town”. Aged eight, Torres had cried in the stands when Juan Román Riquelme’s missed penalty denied them a first final. Fifteen years later, having at last reached one, it was on him. Of all the scenarios that had run through his mind since he first attended El Madrigal aged three and joined the club at six, this wasn’t one. Not even when they reached the shootout.

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Carrick relishes short-term task at United with ideas on how to turn tide

What the papers say - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 20:00

Temporary manager will be watched closely despite little time to prepare for Villarreal test after Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s sacking

To discover how brave and new Michael Carrick’s Manchester United world will be, tune in on Tuesday for their penultimate Champions League group game against Villarreal.

How will the interim manager instruct the team to operate at the Estadio de la Cerámica and can it really be vastly tactically different to the one-dimensional proposition witnessed in recent weeks under Ole Gunnar Solskjær?

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