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‘We created our own downfall,’ says Manchester United’s Solskjær

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 23:10

• Ole Gunnar Solskjær: ‘We should have been three up’
• ‘We need 15 points from six games for Champions League spot’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær said Manchester United contributed to their own downfall after they were beaten by Wolves for the second time in less than three weeks. A 2-1 defeat at Molineux in which Ashley Young was sent off for two bookable offences means United have little margin for error if they are to finish in the top four.

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Own goal costs dear as Wolves rip into Manchester United’s top-four bid

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 21:52

Ole Gunnar Solskjær must be sick of the sight of Wolves. Only 17 days after being dumped out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by Nuno Espírito Santo’s increasingly impressive team, Manchester United suffered a defeat that could have severe ramifications for their hopes of finishing in the top four.

A match that could not have got off to a better start, after Scott McTominay scored in only 13 minutes, ended with a third defeat in four matches and Solskjær’s first since he was appointed the club’s permanent manager. That United were their own worst enemies compounded his sense of frustration.

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Mike Dean’s first Premier League red card was dished out to Newcastle’s Nolberto Solano in their 1-0 defeat to Ipswich in April 2001, and his 100th went to Ashley Young for a second yellow card in the 2-1 loss at Wolves. It was Young’s second Premier League dismissal – his first was also by Dean, for Aston Villa in January 2009.

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Wolves v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 18:30

3.26pm BST

Wolverhampton Wanderers have enjoyed playing Manchester United this season. Back in September, they came away from Old Trafford with a deserved 1-1 draw, Fred and Joao Moutinho exchanging goals, Adama Traore going close twice late on. Then a couple of weeks ago, Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota fired Wolves into the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Molineux at United’s expense. Can they do it again, and beat the Reds twice in the same season for the first time since 1980?

They don’t come into this match in particularly good nick. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sit seventh in the Premier League table, the Best of the Rest, but they’ve only won once in the league in the last two months, and that against Cardiff City. They’re coming off the back of a lame 2-0 defeat at Burnley. And they’ll surely have one eye on this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Watford. It’s only natural if they don’t approach this game with 100 percent vigour.

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Solskjær brushes aside Zinedine Zidane’s admiration for Paul Pogba

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 11:55
• United manager dismisses talk from Real Madrid counterpart
• ‘Paul’s happy here, he’s going be a big part here’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said he does not like to discuss other sides’ players as Zinedine Zidane did about Paul Pogba, though the Manchester United manager is confident that the Frenchman is content at the club.

At the weekend Zidane said he liked Pogba “a lot”, after the midfielder had said during the international break that it would be a dream to play for Real Madrid and their manager.

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

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 08:20

Sarri is nearing the end at Chelsea, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold shone for Liverpool while Leicester and Rodgers look like the perfect fit

With Ole Gunnar Solskjær suggesting afterwards that Paul Pogba may operate deeper at times and Luke Shaw playing like a left‑back-cum-libero against Watford, this first win as the permanent manager suggests his brave new world will continue to feature a brightness of approach. Solskjær wishes to harness Pogba’s all-round ability to give more control of the ball as United are primarily a counter-attack unit. This was how Shaw opened up Javi Gracia’s impressive team with a majestic Matthias Sammer-like pass that put Marcus Rashford in to open the scoring. Before then United were poor as they were after the break until Anthony Martial’s strike proved the winner despite Abdoulaye Doucouré’s late finish. The goals from Rashford and Martial took them to 10 in the league to join Romelu Lukaku and Pogba in double digits: this has not occurred since the 1995‑96 season when Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Andrew Cole did the same. Jamie Jackson

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 21:49

Featuring Sergio Agüero and Neil Warnock, it’s your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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