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Anders Lindegaard: ‘I lay on the ground crying – my world was falling apart’

What the papers say - Mon, 11/15/2021 - 12:30

Helsingborg goalkeeper on injury at Manchester United after being told he was No 1, chaos in his life and becoming sick of England

Anders Lindegaard is strikingly honest, open and self-reflective. A member of Manchester United’s last Premier League champions of 2012-13, the Helsingborg goalkeeper has a vivid recall, too, of a 15-year career that has also taken in Odense, Aalesund, West Bromwich Albion, Preston North End and Burnley.

As an illustration, the 37-year-old outlines the moment Sir Alex Ferguson called him in 2010 when Lindegaard was with Aalesund, a first-tier Norwegian club. “I was in a grocery shop and had to walk out and call my parents. I was like: ‘What the fuck is happening?’ It was not just taking a step from playing Scandinavian football and going to a better club. It was going to my end destination. Where I’d always dreamed of. Manchester United. It was Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Sir Alex Ferguson. The ones I’d followed since I was a tiny kid.”

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West Ham burst Liverpool’s bubble, plus Smith and Farke off – Football Weekly

What the papers say - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 14:31

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Troy Townsend after a busy weekend on and off the pitch.

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On the podcast today we ask: has David Moyes turned West Ham into genuine top four contenders? The Hammers are third after their 3-2 win over Liverpool at the London Stadium. Meanwhile his former club Manchester United were humiliated once again, this time by local rivals Manchester City.

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Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and City approved for safe standing trial

What the papers say - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 11:28
  • Cardiff City will also take part in trial from 1 January 2022
  • Sports minister Nigel Huddleston confirms clubs involved

Five football clubs will take part in a safe standing trial from 1 January 2022, the sports minister Nigel Huddleston has confirmed.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea in the Premier League, and Cardiff City in the Championship, are the clubs whose applications to operate licensed safe standing areas have been approved. The trial marks the end of a blanket ban on standing in the top two tiers of English football, which has been in place for more than 25 years.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

What the papers say - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 08:25

Ben White is proving his doubters wrong, Alisson at fault for Liverpool and two more clubs seek a new manager

Donny van de Beek. Remember him? A classic No 6 or 8 of the Ajax school signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær in summer 2020 and then, well, kind of forgotten. Not on Saturday, though, not by an Old Trafford faithful who could not believe the way Manchester City dominated. When the 24-year-old entered there was a rousing cheer – partly because he was replacing the maligned Fred, but also as this was only Van de Beek’s second league appearance and something has to change in the United XI. This 2-0 humiliation followed the same from Liverpool (5-0) in the last home match. Afterwards Solskjær complained of his players failing to find the “angles” needed to beat the City press. Then why give Van de Beek, who at Ajax and for the Netherlands has to be able to do just this, only 10 minutes? And why not give him a run in the side? Jamie Jackson

Match report: Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

Match report: Everton 0-0 Tottenham

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Solskjær expects to be in charge for Manchester United’s trip to Watford

What the papers say - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 22:30
  • United manager under pressure after one-sided derby defeat
  • City’s Pep Guardiola praises his team’s dominant display

Ole Gunnar Solskjær expects to be in charge of Manchester United for the next match at Watford after the international break, with the club as of Sunday not changing its position despite the 2-0 loss to Manchester City.

The defeat at Old Trafford against the Premier League champions on Saturday followed the 5-0 rout by Liverpool in the previous home match. Yet the Guardian understands there was no indication from Joel Glazer, the co-chairman who runs the club, in the hours immediately after the match that the Norwegian would be removed.

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Manchester United have regressed and derby defeat was painfully predictable | Jonathan Wilson

What the papers say - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 11:09

Key players are out of form or on the bench and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tactical setup feels more hopeful than thought out

Football is a game that only occasionally follows the script. Before every big game everybody prognosticates, looks at the form and the history, considers the tactical match-ups and tries to read the way the historical wind is blowing. Even when the predictions are largely right in terms of the pattern of the game, the score doesn’t always follow. Which was what made Saturday’s one-sided Manchester derby so remarkable: it was utterly, dully predictable.

You didn’t have to be Paul Scholes, the toe-sucking seer of Salford, to see what was going to happen. Ole Gunnar Solskjær had United sit deep in the 3-5-2 shape that last week looked as though it might serve as a short-term fix, to keep crisis at bay for another couple of months. City, as they had against a far better-drilled Chelsea side attempting a similar approach, would pick their way between the bollards, dominate the game and win. The level of comfort would not quite be matched by the scoreline because of the visitors’ weird inability to take their chances in certain games. And, lo, it came to pass.

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Manchester United play zombie-ball with Solskjær a baffled spectator | Barney Ronay

What the papers say - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:03

United are in danger of becoming a real-time experiment exploring what happens if you just don’t sack the manager

With 56 minutes gone, as Manchester City’s players pinged and tickled the ball around, 2-0 up and basically doing a yoga workout, a team conga in the Manchester United half, Jadon Sancho went to press Kyle Walker, looked behind and saw Luke Shaw 40 yards away watching with an expression of vague interest.

Sancho raised his arm and began to shout a complaint. He reined himself in. The forward is 20 years old and yet to carry out a single significant act in a United shirt. He has though, played at the Dortmund school of science.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær admits ‘this isn’t how I want us to play’ after City defeat

What the papers say - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 16:47
  • Derby defeat puts pressure back on Manchester United manager
  • Guardiola: ‘For our fans City is the best club in Manchester’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær denied the clock is ticking on his tenure as Manchester United manager after the 2-0 dismantling by Manchester City at Old Trafford, which followed Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of his side in their previous home game.

An early Eric Bailly own goal and a second from Bernardo Silva just before half-time consigned United to a fourth defeat from 11 Premier League matches, prompting questions whether Solskjær felt like he is living on borrowed time.

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Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: player ratings from Old Trafford

What the papers say - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 15:04

Fred, Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all put in horrible performances, while City’s full-backs punished United

David de Gea Zero chance with the first goal, made fine saves from Jesus, Cancelo, De Bruyne and his own teammate Lindelöf, but a howler allowed Silva to strike, much to his own fury. 6

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Bernardo Silva secures derby honours for Manchester City over sorry United

What the papers say - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 14:24

How much longer? After the 5-0 humiliation against Liverpool, this was another Theatre of Screams occasion for Ole Gunnar Solskjær, another big game when the gap to the very best yawned like a chasm, when his Manchester United team were an incoherent mess.

There was no evidence of an attacking plan. The Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson, was a virtual bystander, with United barely entering his penalty area. There were no options. There was no movement, no direction. And, at the end, after City had coasted through the second half, having done their damage before the interval, it was impossible not to wonder how the United hierarchy could continue to tolerate it, how Solskjær could remain as the manager.

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Manchester United v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

What the papers say - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 13:21

City get the 186th Manchester derby underway ... but only after the knee is taken, to more warm applause. A huge roar. They’ll be kicking towards the Stretford End in this first half.

Before kick-off, the teams gather around the centre circle to remember the fallen ... and commemorate the recent passing of former United assistant Walter Smith. Both managers lay wreathes pitchside. The Last Post is met with a sustained around of warm, heartfelt applause. RIP.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists Manchester City will never eclipse United

What the papers say - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 22:30
  • Solskjær: ‘I think we are the number-one club in Manchester’
  • United manager backs Jadon Sancho to play regularly

Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists Manchester City will never eclipse Manchester United, with the manager claiming his club are number one in the city and probably the world.

United host the champions in Saturday’s 186th derby having not won the title since securing their 20th in 2013. City have since claimed four and had also won the Premier League the previous season, taking their total to seven.

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Pep Guardiola not expecting to emulate Liverpool rout of Manchester United

What the papers say - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 22:30
  • Manager insists Manchester City play different game
  • First United home game since devastating defeat

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City cannot beat Manchester United 5-0 on Saturday at Old Trafford as Liverpool did a fortnight ago because football is not “copy paste”.

United have not played at home since the rout by Jürgen Klopp’s side in which Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick. Guardiola was asked what he and his staff had learned regarding how to set up against United from analysing the match.

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Manchester United v Manchester City: match preview

What the papers say - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 14:44

In eight derbies since Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tenure began, Manchester United have lost only twice to Manchester City. How the besieged manager would love even a draw – there has been one in those eight – against the champions at Old Trafford because a defeat, particularly a heavy one, would lead to more demands that the Norwegian is sacked. Pep Guardiola may look at how Liverpool demolished United 5-0 – by driving through a fragile midfield and defence – and inform his side to do the same. Jamie Jackson

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‘A little year in hell’: when the biggest football clubs drop down a division

What the papers say - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 11:11

Hamburg, Manchester United, Rangers and Atlético Madrid fans know great success. They also recall life outside the top tier

By Rhys Richards for These Football Times

Some football clubs exist in a perpetual yoyo state between success and failure, promotion and relegation. But what happens to fans of the biggest clubs when they drop down a division for the first time in living memory? Football has produced a few riches-to-rags stories of slumbering giants who sleepwalk off cliffs and into the depth of their domestic pyramid.

In October 2019, I travelled to Hamburg to see former European champions HSV during their first season outside the Bundesliga. For years, Hamburg had prided themselves on being the last founding club of the Bundesliga to taste relegation. The club even had a clock in the Volksparkstadion that counted how long they had been in the Bundesliga; it reached 54 years, 261 days, 36 minutes and two seconds.

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Grealish and Sancho could be thriving if each were at the other’s club | Jonathan Wilson

What the papers say - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 08:00

Evidence before Manchester derby suggests system-based City and structureless United signed the wrong player last summer

With Manchester City desperate for an equaliser against Crystal Palace last weekend, Jack Grealish was taken off. He was also taken off as City sought goals against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. Grealish has started nine of City’s 10 Premier League games since his move from Aston Villa and registered two assists – in the 5-0 win over Arsenal and the 4-1 win over Brighton – and one goal – in the 5-0 win over Norwich. It’s a crude measure and the season is only a quarter gone, but Grealish is yet to deliver game-turning moments in the biggest games or when the pressure is on.

But he is at least doing better than Jadon Sancho, who has started only three league games for Manchester United since he joined from Borussia Dortmund and completed none of them. He hasn’t scored and he hasn’t registered an assist. Worse than that, if the switch to a back three is more than a short-term fix, it’s very hard to see where he has any place in a side that have suddenly done away with wingers.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

What the papers say - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 00:03

A Manchester derby, Antonio Conte’s new Spurs system and pressure for Dean Smith

Dean Smith’s reversion to a 4-3-3 formation against West Ham last weekend was undermined by the red card shown to Ezri Konsa on 50 minutes. The dismissal forced the early withdrawal of a visibly displeased Emi Buendía so Tyrone Mings could slot into defence, having started the game fuming on the substitutes’ bench to which he had been dropped. These obvious signs of player disquiet are to be expected but do little to dispel rumours that all is not harmonious behind the scenes at Villa Park. Smith takes his side to Southampton on the back of four straight defeats in which they have conceded an average of three goals per game. Their hosts are inconsistent and have just two league wins to their name, so there are far more difficult tests Villa could face. One suspects another defeat will seriously drain any of the remaining credit we keep hearing Smith has in the Villa bank. BG

Southampton v Aston Villa, Friday 8pm (all times GMT)

Manchester United v Manchester City, Saturday 12.30pm

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Raphaël Varane ruled out for month in blow to Manchester United

What the papers say - Wed, 11/03/2021 - 19:20
  • Defender hurt hamstring at Atalanta two games into comeback
  • Likely five-match absence starts with Saturday’s derby

Raphaël Varane has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury in a serious blow to Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is set to be without the World Cup-winning defender for up to five matches, starting with Saturday’s visit of Manchester City.

Varane suffered the injury in the first half of Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw at Atalanta. The Frenchman had only just returned from a groin strain for Saturday’s 3-0 win at Tottenham, having previously played for United in a 1-1 draw with Everton on 2 October.

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Manchester United and Solskjær must find stability and control quickly

What the papers say - Wed, 11/03/2021 - 16:07

After another Ronaldo rescue act, the rest of the United squad urgently need to join the party with City visiting on Saturday

Desperately needed and preferably before the visit of Manchester City on Saturday: the vital percentage that could yet transform Manchester United’s expensively assembled footballers into the forces they are billed as and give the besieged Ole Gunnar Solskjær what he craves – stability and control.

As Bonfire Night nears this is a dominant strand in the tale of United’s dislocated season. An off‑the-boil team manned by misfiring players who when not being beaten 5-0 (by Liverpool), 4‑2 (Leicester City), 1-0 (Aston Villa), 2-1 (Young Boys), and 1‑0 (West Ham), thrash Tottenham 3-0, Leeds 5-1 and Newcastle 4-1, while having to rely on last-minute goals in Europe,in a 2-1 win against Young Boys and the 3-2 victory and 2-2 draw with Atalanta.

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Raphaël Varane could miss Manchester City game with hamstring injury

What the papers say - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 23:39
  • United defender came off early against Atalanta
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær praises Cristiano Ronaldo for his goals

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is facing the serious blow of being without Raphaël Varane for the visit of Manchester City on Saturday after the defender injured a hamstring in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at Atalanta.

The centre-back only returned for the 3-0 win at Tottenham last Saturday following a groin problem and was among United’s best performers as they kept only a second clean sheet of the season. Yet at the Gewiss Stadium Varane was forced off in the first half and Solskjær said: “It’s a hamstring and I didn’t want to take a risk. On the first assessment it doesn’t look good but we will assess him again tomorrow.”

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