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Ole Gunnar Solskjær wants to see Manchester United playing on the front foot and creating chances and they qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League by doing just that.
The second of two wins against Partizan Belgrade was achieved through the composed finishing of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, though with just a little more composure in front of goal United could have doubled the margin of victory. As it was, they scored two first-half goals for the first time in almost a year, kept the crowd entertained with some lively attacking football and back at the top of their group can now afford to be more relaxed about the games that remain against Astana and Alkmaar.Continue reading...
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Lazio: Strakosha, Felipe, Vavro, Acerbi, Lazzari, Parolo, Lucas, Milinkovic-Savic, Jony, Caicedo, Immobile. Subs: Patric Gil, Berisha, Luis Alberto, Bastos, Lulic, Guerrieri, Adekanye.
Celtic: Forster, Elhamed, Jullien, Ajer, Hayes, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi, Edouard. Subs: Gordon, Taylor, Bitton, Sinclair, Bauer, Morgan, Ntcham.
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
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• Victor Lindelof will miss the game with a back injury
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is hoping Manchester United can rediscover their appetite for goals when they take on Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League at Old Trafford. Though his side opened their league campaign with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Chelsea, the six home matches since have featured just a single goal in each and and Solskjær believes United can do better.
“We’ve had a few results go against us through fine margins this season but now we know we are on the right track,” the United manager said. “The defeat at Bournemouth put an end to that mini-run we were on but we can start another one against Partizan if things go well. We have kept three cleans sheets already in the competition, which is impressive, and now we would like to score a few more goals. If we get off to a good start in a game like this we could fill our boots, and we want to go for it.”Continue reading...
Pulisic’s long wait pays off, Rodgers helps Vardy roll back the years and Nuno the perfectionist is back on track
“Perfection doesn’t exist but we are always chasing it,” Nuno Espírito Santo said after Wolves’ thoroughly deserved draw at Arsenal. It was a nice line from a manager who tends to prefer that his players’ performances do the talking. While his side were nowhere near flawless on Saturday they were certainly impressive: there is no doubt Wolves are one of the best-coached teams in the Premier League and they look back to their old selves now after an uncertain, Europa League-addled start to the campaign. They have not lost in the top flight since mid-September and a four-point haul from their visits to the Etihad and the Emirates suggests they will lift themselves into contention for this season’s European spots. Wolves do not offer a thrill a minute but few sides have their technical and tactical clarity; they dominated for sizeable periods and, even without the injured defender Willy Boly, are a formidable prospect once again. Nick AmesContinue reading...
Referees, bicycle kicks, agony and ‘giving it back’ in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight pictures
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At the end of a week when Ole Gunnar Solskjær talked up the strides Manchester United have of late, a first defeat in four matches brought his side back to reality with a thud.
This was even more galling for Solskjær given it was Joshua King, the Bournemouth striker once a pupil of his in United’s reserves, who inflicted this latest wound. While on the books at Old Trafford as a teenager, King opened his ears to perfect the killer instinct synonymous with Solskjær’s playing days in finishing practice after training.Continue reading...
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Half-time reading. Get ready for the 3pm kick-offs with our match previews.
That’s the end of Bournemouth’s goal drought, then. Appropriately enough, given the conditions. They trot off soaked to the bone, but feeling all warm inside.
... so having said that, a moment of great quality! Smith dinks a cross into the United box from the right. King chests it down on the edge of the six-yard box with his back to goal and Wan-Bissaka right behind him. King dinks the ball over his own head, spins, leans back, and lashes past De Gea! What a fine finish! Although the collective defending by Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof and Maguire, statuesque to a man, wasn’t all that great.
43 min: The wind is playing havoc. Ball control is at a premium right now. They should replace the TV commentary with a symphony for swanee whistle.
41 min: The wind’s swirling about, and so is the ball. It doesn’t make for classic viewing.
39 min: Pereira needlessly bundles Lerma to the ground, and it’s a free kick for Bournemouth out on the right. The free kick finds Harry Wilson on the edge of the box, but his fierce shot is well blocked by one of those ecru shirts.
37 min: It’s all got a bit scrappy. So with nothing much going on, the home crowd give Martial pelters, accusing the forward of diving back there in the hope of winning a penalty. All pantomime stuff.
35 min: It’s not much of a ruck, to be honest. Nobody throws hands. But the pushing and shoving earns both Lerma and Fred a yellow card. That’s earned Lerma a suspension. The resulting corner’s a non-event.
33 min: Rashford and Martial combine neatly down the inside-left channel. Martial tries to break into the box for a shot. Lerma steps across him and flicks the ball out for a corner. Martial wants a penalty, but doesn’t get one. Martial and Lerma lock horns, at which point a melee erupts. Wahey!
31 min: Billing tries to release Fraser down the left, but the pass is overhit and useless. Fraser is repeatedly finding some good positions; it’s a shame for Bournemouth that his teammates can’t find him.
30 min: A tempest rages for a couple of minutes. It dies down, and suddenly the garden-variety driving rain doesn’t seem so bad.
28 min: King nearly finds Fraser again, but the Bournemouth wide man can’t break through Lindelof’s challenge. Had he done so, he’d have been through on goal. This is better from the home side, who haven’t caused United too many problems otherwise.
27 min: Bournemouth take their first shot in anger. A long punt down the right frees King into space. He swivels and finds Fraser, in acres down the inside-left channel. Fraser enters the box, and should do much better than whistling an effort straight into De Gea’s chest.
25 min: Bournemouth string a few passes together. Much better from the home side. Suddenly Fraser turns on the jets down the left, and wins a corner. He then wastes it with an easy-to-read delivery. United clear.
23 min: Young challenges Smith hard from behind. No free kick, which annoys the crowd. Rashford takes off down the other end, and nearly works himself space to shoot on the edge of the box. Not quite. The Bournemouth faithful continue to give it some, while Eddie Howe has a full and frank exchange of views with the fourth official.
21 min: Pereira’s free kick is abysmal. But so is Cook’s clearance. The ball drops to James, to the right of the D. He hits a first-time riser towards the top right ... but it flies inches wide. So close to the opener.
20 min: James purchases a cheap free kick from a clumsy Fraser as he whizzes down the right. A free kick in a dangerous position. Essentially a corner. From which ...
19 min: But James is quickly coming back at Bournemouth, and earns another corner, off Rico. Pereira’s aimless corner is easily cleared.
18 min: Rashford bombs down the left. After performing a couple of cute stepovers, he pulls one back for Fred, who pearls goalwards. His shot is deflected out for a corner, from which nothing occurs.
16 min: United make a meal of clearing the corner. Fraser tries to force his way through a thicket of players, and falls over near Maguire. The crowd want a penalty, chanting “VAR! VAR!” but the ref’s having none of it, and anyway it looked like the Bournemouth man handled as he went over.
15 min: Harry Wilson makes a nuisance of himself down the right. He cuts into the box, one-twoing with Smith, then shoots from a tight angle. The ball’s deflected out, off Lindelof, for a corner on the right.
14 min: Callum Wilson tears down the left. He crosses long for Lerma, who prepares to shoot from the edge of the box. But the ball takes an age to drop, and by the time he’s pelting it goalwards, Maguire is right in his face to block. Harry Wilson tries to keep the move going, but turns out the chance is gone.
12 min: Fred is down, having taken an accidental whack in the face by Billing. Poor Phil. He’s up and about again soon enough.
10 min: You can’t blame them for slipping and sliding all over the shop, mind. It is a thoroughly rank day. The rain is sheeting down.
8 min: For the third time, already, James rips down the right. He loops long for Fred, who makes like Pereira did a few minutes back. If United’s midfielders stop falling over, someone’s going to connect soon and belt one into the net.
7 min: James goes on another unchallenged run down the right. Where’s Rico? James lays off for Pereira, who lashes a high, wild shot over the bar from a tight angle.
6 min: Callum Wilson surges through the middle and tries to release Harry Wilson down the left. His ball down the flank isn’t bad, but it’s anticipated by Wan-Bissaka who intercepts and sets United off on the counter. Martial has a whack from distance, but the shot dribbles into Ramsdale’s arms.
5 min: United look confident. That’s what three away wins on the spin can do. They’re pinging it around nicely. Crisp, speedy and fresh. Bournemouth can’t get a sniff at the minute.
3 min: Martial plays a lovely ball around the corner to set James skittering down the right. James cuts a lovely low ball back for Pereira, who misses his kick from the edge of the box and falls over, aquaplaning across the wet turf. Slapstick stuff, but that was a lovely incisive move by United, performed at breakneck speed.
2 min: All a bit scrappy in the early stages, as both sets of players find their feet and get used to the conditions.
And we’re off! United get the ball rolling. A cracking atmosphere on the south coast, despite the awful weather. It’s teeming down. And the wind’s up too. Not an ideal day for defenders. And immediately a long punt by Ramsdale confuses Maguire. Fortunately for the big man, the flag goes up for offside, Callum Wilson having gone far too early.
The teams are out! Bournemouth wear their stylish Milan-inspired red-and-black stripes, forcing United into a change strip of what looks suspiciously like ecru, a shade made famous by the likes of Robbie Fowler, Stan Collymore and Jason McAteer. I know United’s travails post-Fergie have been compared to Liverpool’s early-to-mid-90s decline, but this is taking things to extremes. Whatever next? Cream suits? What a pretty pass. Anyway, it’s lashing down at Dean Court. We’ll be off in a minute, after a moment’s silent reflection ahead of Remembrance Day.
... and now BT Sport talk to Eddie Howe. “Unlike us, we’ve not been at our best in the attacking third in the last three games. Hopefully that’ll change today while we keep the defensive solidity that’s served us well. We’re going to need everybody to get a result against Manchester United, the crowd, the players. We’ll have to manage the conditions. Starting well is really important. We’re certainly looking forward to the game.”
A pre-match chat with Ole. “It’s not been as bad as everyone thought it has been, and it’s probably not as great as everyone thinks it is now. You just have to be focused and take your chances. At the moment we’re confident. We have loads of running power and pace, we’ll create chances against any team. Bournemouth have top centre forwards and good delivery down either side. We need to defend properly, and we need to start well.”
Just the one change to the Bournemouth team that served up a goalless draw with Watford last weekend. Harry Wilson comes in for Arnaut Groeneveld.
Manchester United meanwhile are in if-it-ain’t-broke mode. They name the same XI sent out to beat Norwich City 3-1 last Sunday.
Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith, Steve Cook, Ake, Rico, Fraser, Lerma, Billing, Harry Wilson, Callum Wilson, King.
Subs: Boruc, Francis, Solanke, Danjuma, Lewis Cook, Kelly, Mepham.
Manchester United: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Fred, James, Andreas Pereira, Rashford, Martial.
Subs: Mata, Lingard, Rojo, Romero, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.
That was a hell of a seven days for Manchester United. Wins at Partizan Belgrade! Norwich! And Chelsea! Having waited since early March for an away win, that little burst of success registered a perfect ten on the Guardian’s patented London Bus-o-meter™. Not only that, it puts an end to talk of UNITED IN CRISIS! Seeing the last time UNITED were IN CRISIS! was the autumn of 1989, all this suggests UNITED aren’t scheduled to be in CRISIS! again until mid-2049 (English civil wars and global water levels notwithstanding). Phew. Some time and space for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to do his job in peace, then!
Expectation has been revived by this recent form, not least because Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are clicking. United have suddenly remembered how good it feels to score more than one goal in a game. History is also on their side today: they’ve won their last four matches against Bournemouth. United are thus expected to make it four wins on the bounce, and keep climbing back towards their accustomed habitat, the upper echelons of the Premier League table.Continue reading...
• Best of Martial is still yet to come, says Solskjær
Ole Gunnar Solskjær says Anthony Martial has become an “infectious” presence at the training ground and this is driving the forward’s goalscoring form for Manchester United.
Martial has four goals in seven appearances, either side of two months out with a hamstring injury. He can be perceived as not smiling often and his previous manager, José Mourinho, was not always content with his attitude.Continue reading...
- Defender has impressed on loan at Serie A club
- Roma prepared to offer Smalling a five-year deal
Roma are ready to make a €15m (£12.9m) offer to Manchester United for Chris Smalling after the defender’s impressive start to his loan spell at the Serie A club.
The 29-year-old joined Roma for a season-long loan on 30 August and has been a revelation so far, securing a regular starting place in Paulo Fonseca’s starting XI and scoring his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win against Udinese on Wednesday night.Continue reading...
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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