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Ed Woodward backs Solskjær after Manchester United post strong finances

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:58
• Club posts revenues of £152.1m for the quarter
• Executive vice-chairman says finances offer a solid foundation

Ed Woodward reflected on a “turbulent season” for Manchester United but the executive vice-chairman gave his unequivocal backing to Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Woodward recognised the upheaval at Old Trafford, where José Mourinho was replaced by Solskjær in December. His appointment as permanent manager coincided with United’s season running out of steam and they missed out on qualifying for the Champions League.

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Nice guy managers become puppets, says Mourinho in dig at Solskjær

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:25

• Former Manchester United manager scathing over successor
• José Mourinho says some United players have too much power

José Mourinho has appeared to suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjær has become “a puppet” at Manchester United, with the former manager admitting certain players at the club have too much power.

Solskjær’s promising start at Old Trafford after succeeding Mourinho initially on an interim basis in December was undone after United lost six of their 10 matches following the decision to reward him with a three-year contract at the end of March.

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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:42

We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:28

Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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Manchester United need time to reclaim Premier League, says Ander Herrera

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:22
• Midfielder says team take blame for season and backs Solskjær
• Herrera is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer

Ander Herrera has warned that it will take time before Manchester United can compete for the league title again and that the players are to blame for the club’s dismal ending to this season.

The midfielder is leaving Old Trafford after five years, with the club experiencing an awful end to the campaign. The 2-0 home defeat against Cardiff meant they won only two of their last 12 games, missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League in the process.

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Manner of Ander Herrera’s exit reflects distorted priorities of United owners | Barry Glendenning

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:00
Manchester United’s status as the greatest club in England is increasingly in doubt under a Glazer stewardship that makes commercial considerations the priority

While Ander Herrera’s decision to leave Manchester United has come as no great surprise to the club’s fans, the manner in which he announced his going has left many understandably enraged. In a saccharine sweet and emotional farewell video that will almost certainly be widely lampooned by more self-aware social media departments at football clubs elsewhere in the coming weeks, the softly spoken Spain midfielder left viewers in little or no doubt United will always have a special place in his heart and is a club he would be prepared to do absolutely anything for, except play. He is set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer having reportedly agreed a three-year deal worth £25m.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær: 'the big plus for Manchester United is the season is over' – video

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 23:06

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted Manchester United have 'hit a brick wall' in recent weeks as a dispiriting campaign ended on a fittingly low note with defeat to relegated Cardiff City.  

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The Dozen: the final weekend’s best Premier League photos

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 22:18

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Premier League 2018-19: the highs and lows of the season – video review

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 19:19

Liverpool's attempt to dethrone Manchester City as Premier League champions ended in failure with the reigning champions completing the season with one more point than their title rivals.

City claimed 98 points, just two shy of last season's record-breaking 100, while Liverpool earned 97 – by far the largest tally for a Premier League runners-up.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur completed the top four, while Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Cardiff City were relegated. Here's a look at some of the key moments this season

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Cardiff mark top-flight departure with victory at Manchester United

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 17:03

Manchester United require a serious reboot in the summer after their season ended in concerning fashion. This dire defeat to already-relegated Cardiff City followed last Sunday’s draw at the also already-down Huddersfield Town and means Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side have flat-lined since he was made permanent manager.

That was in late March and since then only Watford and West Ham United have been beaten in a run of two wins and eight defeats in all competitions.

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Premier League 2018-19 fans’ verdicts. Part two: Leicester to Wolves

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 09:00

Fans review the season with one game to play – the stars, the flops and the moments that made them smile

Part 1: Arsenal to Huddersfield

I think “all’s well that ends well” is a good enough way to sum up Leicester’s season. Try as he might Claude Puel’s footballing revolution never really caught on but thankfully we’ve found a better fit in Brendan Rodgers. There’s a sense of optimism on Filbert Way again. 7/10

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Ander Herrera confirms decision to leave Manchester United

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 13:51
  • Midfielder expected to join PSG in the summer
  • ‘Sometimes the timing is just not right and you have to move on’

Ander Herrera has described choosing to leave Manchester United as a difficult decision but one he does not want to dwell on.

The Spanish midfielder confirmed his expected departure on Saturday, bringing to an end five years at Old Trafford. The 29-year-old’s deal expires at the end of the season and he is believed to have committed to Paris St Germain over another option.

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From Anfield ‘89 to Agüero in 2012: five other final-day title finishes | Stuart James

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 08:30

As Manchester City and Liverpool gear up for the Premier League finale, five previous last-day title winners relive the tension and the euphoria of their big triumphs

State of play going into the final day Derby were top but played their last league game a week before Leeds and Liverpool, their closest challengers, finished their fixtures. Leeds needed a draw at Wolves to be champions, and Liverpool needed to beat Arsenal at Highbury.

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Manchester United v Cardiff: match preview

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:17

Another disappointing season ends with Manchester United needing to beat already-relegated Cardiff while hoping Arsenal fail to win. In this scenario Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side will finish fifth and so enter the Europa League group phase in September rather than in a preliminary round, maybe as early as late July. This all illustrates how far United have fallen and what a long way back it is for the club. Jamie Jackson

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:14

Liverpool seek another miracle as relentless City close on title, changing of the guard at Leicester and a Zaha swansong?

Brighton are the 17th best team in the league, are already safe and can at best move up one place; Manchester City are the best team in the land and desperately need victory to seal the title. There is a massive disparity both of ability and motivation here. “They’re fighting for the Premier League and are going to do their utmost to do it,” said Lewis Dunk. “We’re just going out as professional footballers to win a game as you would do every week.” This should make this the single most predictable game of the week, and in all likelihood it will be, but still there must be some doubt. People have argued that the profusion of English clubs in major European finals this season proves that this, as many have always insisted, is the greatest league in the world, but Brighton would produce an argument much more compelling than the achievements of the elite if this limited team, a couple of hours from an extended holiday and with no obvious motivation, could nevertheless produce a performance good enough to change the destination of the title. SB

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Football transfer rumours: Anthony Martial to leave Manchester United?

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 08:55

Today’s rumours need a strawberry

Remember when Manchester United trumpeted the £36m – rising to £58.8m – signing of Anthony Martial in 2015? It made the forward, then 19, Britain’s most expensive teenage player and it seemed the start of a bright new dawn in which a fresh, forward-thinking United went about their business with ambition and vigour. Well, about that, Martial is for the chop, according to reports, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to omit him from the debacle at Huddersfield a precursor to his offloading this summer. Martial’s “relaxed” attitude to the pre-match warm-up at Chelsea last week is among the things to have enraged his manager. Who would take him, though, and at what price?

Perhaps United might fancy going in for Gareth Bale, who has been told in no uncertain terms by Zinedine Zidane that Real Madrid no longer require him, which is some gratitude for last season’s Champions League final heroics. Rather awkwardly, Bale doesn’t want to leave. Who wins? Florentino Pérez decides, at a wild guess. One man who won’t be heading to Old Trafford is the totemic young Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt, who has rejected their overtures and is thought to be keener on a move to Barcelona for some reason.

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The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 20:42

The best photos from around the grounds chosen by our picture editors

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Manchester United’s top four failure just not good enough, admits Young

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:40
• Captain expresses disappointment at Huddersfield draw
• Young says United must bounce back next season

Manchester United captain Ashley Young has admitted failing to beat Huddersfield and missing out on Champions League qualification is “just not good enough”.

A club synonymous with success and silverware continue to stumble, with the Old Trafford giants rudderless behind the scenes and a shell of their former selves on the pitch. Their issues were plain to see on Sunday as Huddersfield, relegated five weeks earlier, managed to cancel out Scott McTominay’s early goal and seal a memorable 1-1 draw through Isaac Mbenza.

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

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:59

Brighton were rewarded for their assertiveness and defence against Arsenal, Crystal Palace continued to do well away from home while Everton’s Phil Jagielka deserves a fitting farewell

Manchester United have suffered their share of indignities already this season but now they will have to start supporting Manchester City in the FA Cup final. A tame draw at Huddersfield finally ended Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s slim hopes of a creeping into the Champions League, but Watford winning the FA Cup and United finishing sixth would bring forward the latter’s Europa League involvement with a qualifying round on 25 July. That will lead to some rescheduling as United are supposed to be in Shanghai then for a meeting with Spurs in the International Champions Cup. Solskjær spoke of the positives Arsenal and Chelsea have drawn from the Europa League this season, but United did all that two years ago when they beat Ajax in the final. Wonder where Ajax are now? United have gone a long way backwards since finishing second last year. Paul Wilson

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'The table seldom lies', says Ole Gunnar Solskjær as Manchester United miss out on top four – video

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 19:17

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted his side can have no complaints about finishing outside the Premier League's top four.

After a lacklustre 1-1 draw at the bottom club, Huddersfield Town, on Sunday it was confirmed that United will not play in next season's Champions League, with Solskjær adding: 'Europa League is probably the right place for us.'

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