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Ole Gunnar Solskjær accepts Manchester United need more strikers

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 22:30
• ‘We’re looking for some creativity and goals’
• 17-year-old Mason Greenwood in line to play against Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is open to signing a striker in January, with Manchester United’s manager admitting a rocket scientist is not required to identify his need for one.

Romelu Lukaku, United’s top scorer of the past two campaigns, was sold in the summer, while Alexis Sánchez was loaned to Internazionale. Neither player has been replaced.

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Ditching Ole Gunnar Solskjær will not stop the rot at Manchester United | Jonathan Wilson

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 07:59

By now the malaise at Old Trafford has deep roots – only equally deep systemic change can put it right

All in all, it’s been an excellent week for Manchester United. There was progress in the Carabao Cup and the announcement of record revenues of £627.1m. What more could anybody want?

Excellent, that is, as long as you don’t worry about details such as the limp 2-0 defeat at West Ham last Sunday. Or that the weekend kicked off with United eighth in the Premier League table. Or that a club with a proud cavalier tradition have scored just 18 goals in their last 20 games. Or that the one outfielder of undoubted outstanding quality spent the summer trying to leave. Or that Old Trafford, essentially undeveloped in more than two decades, has an entirely appropriate air of shabbiness. Or that this is, relative to the rest of the league, the worst Manchester United squad in at least 30 years. Or that the share price has fallen 36% since its peak at the end of August last year.

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Manchester United v Arsenal: match preview

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjær will take any kind of win over Arsenal as he seeks to lift the mood at Manchester United. The manager has up to eight players missing and may have to start the 17-year-old Mason Greenwood at centre forward. Unai Emery’s side have won their last three games in all competitions and have only lost once, against Liverpool in August. Jamie Jackson

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‘I never said it was going be easy’: Ole Gunnar Solskjær is staying positive

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 15:15
Manchester United are not winning enough games and are not scoring enough goals but their manager is not paying attention to the level of criticism aimed at him and his team

The incessant scrutiny and pressure? That is Manchester United’s “rightful place”, says a bullish Ole Gunnar Solskjær as he prepares for Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday.

Results may be flatlining, performances diffident and the team possibly without Paul Pogba, yet Solskjær breezily contemplates all this after a few days in which United lost at West Ham and scraped past League One Rochdale via penalties in the Carabao Cup.

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Eighth wonder: the pleasure in the pain of being a Manchester United fan these days | Tim de Lisle

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 13:13
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left supporting United has become far more exasperating and yet arguably far more interesting

“And Manchester United,” said Mark Chapman on Match of the Day 2, “are eighth.” To supporters of other clubs, this may be a case of how the mighty are fallen. And yes, it is a crashing come-down from Sir Alex Ferguson’s day, but some of us go back a bit further than that.

This is my 50th season. I started off as a fairly typical United fan: born and bred in London, idolising George Best, no previous connection with Manchester. In that first season, 1969-70, the number eight loomed large. The first game I wouldn’t forget was the famous FA Cup tie at Northampton, the 8-2 win in which Best, returning from one of his many bans, scored six. The first league position I remember was the one at the end of that season. “And Manchester United are eighth.” Best, Law, Charlton, Stiles and Stepney: eighth.

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Daniel James gives nervy Manchester United shootout win against Rochdale

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 22:18

Manchester United squeezed through to the fourth round, 5-3 on penalties, Daniel James confidently dispatching the clincher on a night when League One Rochdale gave Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men an almighty scare.

United had been taken to spot-kicks by a 16-year-old right-back named Luke Matheson, who will long remember his 76th-minute equaliser then sprinted to celebrate in front of the travelling Rochdale fans he had sent into ecstasy.

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MK Dons v Liverpool, Manchester United v Rochdale: Carabao Cup – live!

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 19:29

7.29pm BST

And the teams for tonight’s one all-Premier League encounter:

Brighton: Button, Roberts, Duffy, Bong, Archie Davies, Baluta, Jenks, Cochrane, Richards, Connolly, Gwargis. Subs: Steele, Jordan Davies, O’Hora, Radulovic, Yapi, Spong, Longman.
Aston Villa: Steer, Elmohamady, Konsa, Hause, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, Jota, Davis, Trezeguet. Subs: Wesley, Grealish, El Ghazi, Guilbert, Nyland, Mings, Ramsey.
Referee: Graham Scott.

7.28pm BST

Axel Tuanzabe captains Manchester United at Old Trafford:

Man Utd: Romero, Wan Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Jones, Rojo, Fred, Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Lingard, Chong, Greenwood. Subs: Lindelof, Mata, Grant, James, Garner, McTominay, Williams.
Rochdale: Sanchez, Matheson, Morley, McNulty, Norrington-Davies, Dooley, Williams, Rathbone, Camps, Keohane, Henderson. Subs: Andrew, Lynch, Wilbraham, Ryan, Bradley, Tavares, Thomas.
Referee: John Brooks.

7.18pm BST

Team news from the Pirelli Stadium:

Burton Albion: O’Hara, Akins, O’Toole, Nartey, Hutchinson, Edwards, Wallace, Fraser, Broadhead, Boyce, Sarkic. Subs: Buxton, Templeton, Anderson, Beardsley, Dyer, Livesey, Sbarra.
Bournemouth: Travers, Francis, Mepham, Simpson, Kelly, Lewis Cook, Surman, Kilkenny, Ibe, Fraser, Solanke. Subs: Callum Wilson, Danjuma, Harry Wilson, Dobre, Camp, Dennis, Jordan.
Referee: John Busby.

7.17pm BST

The Chelsea team in full. And Grimsby’s:

Chelsea: Caballero, James, Guehi, Zouma, Alonso, Gilmour, Barkley, Pulisic, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi. Subs: Jorginho, Abraham, Mount, Tomori, Cumming, Anjorin, Maatsen.
Grimsby: McKeown, Hewitt, Hendrie, Pollock, Davis, Gibson, Clifton, Hessenthaler, Whitehouse, Green, Hanson. Subs: Cook, Robson, Rose, Vernam, Wright, Ogbu, Russell.
Referee: Keith Stroud.

7.14pm BST

This just in from Molineux:

Wolverhampton: Ruddy, Vallejo, Bennett, Kilman, Doherty, Bruno Jordao, Neves, Ruben Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Pedro Neto, Cutrone. Subs: Sanderson, Rui Patricio, Coady, Perry, Joao Moutinho, Shabani, Cundle.
Reading: Virginia, Howe, McIntyre, Miazga, Richards, Blackett, Barrett, Adam, Rinomhota, Meite, Boye. Subs: Walker, Baldock, Swift, Ejaria, Olise, Osho, Puscas.
Referee: Peter Bankes.

7.13pm BST

Team news from Bramall Lane:

Sheffield Utd: Moore, Jagielka, Stearman, Bryan, Kieron Freeman, Luke Freeman, Besic, Morrison, Osborn, Robinson, Mousset. Subs: Stevens, Fleck, Basham, McBurnie, Norwood, Verrips, Clarke.
Sunderland: Burge, Conor McLaughlin, Flanagan, Lynch, De Bock, McGeouch, Power, Maguire, O’Nien, Embleton, Wyke. Subs: Dobson, Grigg, Leadbitter, Hume, Patterson, Taylor, Connelly.
Referee: Tim Robinson.

7.12pm BST

Here’s a quick Carabao Cup changeometer:

Liverpool 11
Chelsea 11
Sheffield United 10
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10
West Ham United 9
Manchester United 9
Aston Villa 9

7.09pm BST

Top rainbow action at Burton tonight:

7.04pm BST

Meanwhile in Oxford:

Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels, Hall, Brannagan, Thorne, Baptiste, Forde, Mackie. Subs: Taylor, Woodburn, Fosu, Stevens, Sykes, Agyei, Jones.
West Ham: Roberto, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Wilshere, Fornals, Holland, Ajeti. Subs: Fabianski, Cresswell, Felipe Anderson, Noble, Goncalo Cardoso, Haller, Coventry.
Referee: Robert Jones.

7.02pm BST

Here are the full line-ups from Milton Keynes, where Liverpool win the team-change tally 11-5:

Milton Keynes Dons: Moore, Williams, Poole, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu, McGrandles, Gilbey, Dickenson, Bowery, Nombe. Subs: Nicholls, Lewington, Agard, Martin, Houghton, Boateng, Harley.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Hoever, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Keita, Elliott, Brewster, Jones. Subs: Lonergan, Chirivella, van den Berg, Longstaff, Kane, Lewis, Clarkson.
Referee: Oliver Langford.

6.59pm BST

Chelsea give full debuts to Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and Reece James for their home game against Grimsby. Here’s the team:

Here's your Chelsea team tonight! #CHEGRI pic.twitter.com/DmB3DiyzcX

How old are they in Chelsea's #CarabaoCup squad:
1️⃣7️⃣Maatsen, Anjorin
1️⃣8️⃣Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi
1️⃣9️⃣Reece James
2️⃣0️⃣Cumming, Mount
2️⃣1️⃣Abraham, Pulisic, Tomori #CFC #CHEGRI

6.50pm BST

The fourth round draw will take place at Stadium MK after the Liverpool game tonight. Here are the all-important numbers:

The numbers for the Fourth Round draw have been confirmed.https://t.co/GdssjiiqqO#EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/hZxobiGA2C

6.42pm BST

Liverpool have announced their team, with debuts for Kelleher, Elliott and Brewster, a Keita comeback and all sorts of excitement:


How we line-up for our @Carabao_Cup clash with @MKDonsFC

4.28pm BST

Hello world!

Last night Tottenham tasted the vile brew that is League Cup humiliation. Tonight Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United will be desperately attempting to avoid a similar fate. The first and last of those are at home, which coupled with having much better players should give them enough of an advantage over their lower-league opposition, though stranger things have definitely happened. Liverpool meanwhile are expected to field an entire classroom of youngsters in Milton Keynes, with Rhian Brewster, Caomhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Sepp van den Berg, Yasser Larouci and Ki-Jana Hoever among the teenaged wizards jostling for a place on the team sheet.

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Manchester United are no longer a team that averages a goal a game

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:15

Since Manchester United beat PSG in the Champions League in March they have played 19 games and scored just 17 goals

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Manchester United were lethargic against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday and their shortcomings were punished. It was the first game of the season in which United failed to score, but their toothlessness in attack has been a real issue for some time. Having previously been concerned about their team’s defence, fans should be worried about the state of their attack. This team is struggling to exert any dominance in matches.

Since their stunning 3-1 victory over PSG in the Champions League in March, United have played 19 games and scored just 17 goals. They have only scored more than a single goal in three of those 19 games (their 2-1 win against Watford in March, 2-1 win against West Ham in April and 4-0 victory over Chelsea on the opening day of this season).

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Rochdale’s Ollie Rathbone: ‘Leaving Manchester United was the best thing I’ve done’

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 22:30

The midfielder played with Rashford and McTominay but ‘didn’t get a sniff’ at the club he will face on Wednesday

Rochdale’s Ollie Rathbone spent eight years in the Manchester United academy, so he is excited to be going to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round – just not for the reason many might imagine.

“Obviously I still have some friends at United and I am fully aware that it is an incredible venue steeped in history because we used to do lessons on the subject, but the great thing for us is the chance to play on a pristine surface,” the 22-year-old midfielder says. “Quite a lot of the games we play in League One are on shocking pitches, the finances are not the same and it’s difficult to maintain such a high standard. So it will be a treat to play on a perfect surface for a change. We deserve it for all the hard yards we put in throughout the season on very poor pitches.”

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Manchester United announce record revenue but say 'focus is on winning trophies'

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 12:51
  • Club recorded revenue of £627.1m in the last financial year
  • Woodward: we remain focused on rebuilding the team

The Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has said the club “remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team” after announcing record revenues of £627.1m for the last financial year.

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Sports fans likely to be hit by Thomas Cook's collapse

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 19:31

Specialist division sold tickets for events including football matches and cricket tour

Sports fans who bought tickets for major football matches and England’s winter cricket tour to South Africa are among those who could be affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Thomas Cook Sport, a specialist division of the fallen tour operator, provided tickets and accommodation for some of the UK’s biggest football clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. It also sold packages for rugby, the NFL, Formula One and darts, including the world championship in December.

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Solskjær’s rebuild talk cannot mask Manchester United’s sense of drift

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 16:55

The manager’s honeymoon period is over and the defeat at West Ham demonstrated their lack of high-grade options again

It was a soundbite from Ole Gunnar Solskjær designed to cut through the hysteria that always accompanies a bad Manchester United defeat and, make no mistake, Sunday’s 2-0 reverse at West Ham was as bad as anything on the manager’s nine-month watch – with the exception of the 4-0 drubbing at Everton last April.

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

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 08:26

Solskjær’s diplomacy masks United problems, De Bruyne in the ascendancy and Xhaka’s poor form gives Emery a tough choice

Unai Emery is yet to find the right balance for his midfield but the claim of his de facto captain, Granit Xhaka, to be part of it is looking decidedly tenuous. First things first: the Switzerland international is a good player who cares tremendously and does not deserve anything like the negative reception he received upon his substitution against Aston Villa after 72 minutes. But his replacements, Lucas Torreira and the outstanding youngster Joe Willock, helped turbo-charge Arsenal’s comeback while Matteo Guendouzi played the second half like a man possessed. Xhaka, by contrast, looked hesitant and off the pace. He is nowhere near automatic selection territory on this season’s form and Emery, who has delayed formally announcing Arsenal’s next club captain, may have a tough decision to make. Nick Ames

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The Dozen: City's blitz and Azpilicueta's false joy – the best Premier League pictures

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 21:21

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s action

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'We hope for better' says Solskjær after Manchester United lose 2-0 to West Ham – video

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 19:21

Manchester United's poor away form continued as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at West Ham. Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side have lost four and drawn three of their past seven Premier League games away from Old Trafford. Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring just before half-time before a stunning free-kick from Aaron Cresswell made sure of the win late in the second half. 'Sometimes along the road you're going to hit some bumps, some highs, some lows,' said Solskjær.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær defends United players and rues missed ‘big chances’

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 19:18
• Roy Keane leads chorus of criticism after 2-0 defeat at West Ham
• Manager says nothing wrong with team’s ‘attitude and desire’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær refused to criticise his Manchester United players in public after their insipid defeat at West Ham, insisting that the collective attitude was right and only the quality of their decision-making let them down.

Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell consigned the visitors to defeat and the Sky TV pundits piled in on them, with Roy Keane, the former United captain, saying he was “shocked and saddened by how bad they are”. He added: “Everything about United was lacklustre. No quality. A lack of desire. A lack of leaders. It’s a long way back for them.”

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Aaron Cresswell seals victory for West Ham over toothless Manchester United

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 16:04

For Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Manchester United, it was one of those flat and underwhelming performances that highlight how far off the top they have fallen and why the fight to reacquaint themselves with Champions League football this season promises to be so fraught.

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West Ham v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 13:33

1.31pm BST

A few murmurs that Mason Greenwood has a bout of tonsillitis, hence him not being involved in the 18-man squad at the London Stadium. It remains a very young Manchester United bench, including Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes. The big plus for United, who have drawn their past three away matches, given Daniel James’s early-season form is that the Wales winger has recovered from a back problem. Manuel Pellegrini said Lanzini has a “small problem” but it is sufficient for him to miss out, with Pablo Fornals, a £24m signing, getting the nod for his second league start.

1.23pm BST

Solskjær says Paul Pogba is going nowhere in January:

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1.11pm BST

Team news news: No Paul Pogba or Anthony Martial, as expected, for Manchester United, with the pair missing with ankle and thigh problems respectively, while Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly remain absent through injury. United are unchanged from victory over Leicester – they didn’t name a single unchanged side in the Premier League in 2018-19 – which means there is no place for 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who struck the winner over Astana in midweek. Daniel James, however, is deemed fit enough to start after a late fitness test. As for West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini is forced into shuffling the pack, with Aaron Cresswell in for the suspended Arthur Masuaku, while Pablo Fornals replaces Manuel Lanzini.

1.05pm BST

West Ham (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Yarmolenko, Noble, Fornals, Anderson; Haller

Subs: Roberto, Ajeti, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Wilshere

12.47pm BST

The good news for Manchester United? They come into this one on the back of successive wins, and back-to-back clean sheets to boot. The bad news? Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are winless in six away matches, another failure to take three points on the road away from matching their miserable Premier League record. Oh, and Roy Keane, José Mourinho and Graeme Souness will be staring back at them in a swanky and spotless studio. A baby-faced teenager Mason Greenwood, who does not turn 18 until next month, proved the hero for United in midweek, while West Ham are feeling fresh as a daisy, unbeaten since an opening day humbling at Manchester City. “Manchester United played on Thursday night [in victory over Astana in the Europa League] but they changed nine players so it will be a different team,” said Manuel Pellegrini. “We are in a good moment so, if we are playing against the big teams, we must show we can play in the same way.” Solskjær, too, is feeling upbeat. “We feel we are on the right track and, if we keep it up, I believe we will be challenging for the top four at the end of the season,” he said. “It is wide open at the moment.” For West Ham, who won this fixture in April, this represents a fine chance to stamp their authority.

Kick-off: 2pm (BST)

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Pogba is at Manchester United for the long haul, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 22:30

• Manager confident Real Madrid’s overtures can be repelled
• ‘Paul is going nowhere, he is totally committed’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted speculation is always likely to surround Paul Pogba’s future for as long as the France midfielder remains at Manchester United but is confident any further overtures from Real Madrid can be repulsed in January. United’s manager also believes a top-four finish is not beyond his side this season.

Zinedine Zidane is under pressure at the Bernabéu because of poor results, rather than his failure to sign his main transfer target in the summer, though Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, still appears to believe a move is possible later in the season. However, Solskjær is adamant Pogba will stay at United.

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West Ham v Manchester United: match preview

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 08:59

West Ham will see this as a fine opportunity to establish themselves as genuine contenders to finish in the top six. They won this fixture last season and are unbeaten in five games in all competitions before hosting Manchester United, who beat Astana in the Europa League on Thursday. While West Ham have few injury concerns, United are without Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. Daniel James is also a doubt for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side. Jacob Steinberg

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