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Manchester United's Luke Shaw ruled out for at least five weeks

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:41
  • United left-back has sustained a hamstring injury
  • Shaw out of four club games and England selection

Luke Shaw will be out for at least five weeks due to a hamstring injury, in what is a sizeable blow to Manchester United.

Shaw has been left devastated by a problem suffered in Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace, meaning the left-back is set to miss four games for the club and also on potential selection for England’s upcoming internationals.

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Anthony Martial injury scare puts Alexis Sánchez’s Inter loan move in doubt

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:49
• Manchester United waiting on scan results for French forward
• Talks with Inter over Sánchez expected to resume on Monday

Manchester United are waiting on the results of scans on Anthony Martial amid concern the forward sustained a thigh problem in the defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

While the forward was seen limping when departing Old Trafford after the game, should the Frenchman have sustained a serious injury it may affect Alexis Sánchez’s proposed loan move to Internazionale, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needing him for his forward line.

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

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:21

Cahill shows his worth to Palace, Lacazette proves Emery’s odd one out again and Wilson could be the signing of the season

It will not end the culture war between Newcastle fans and Mike Ashley, but victory at the Tottenham Stadium might just lift a few suspicions over Steve Bruce. In the first half, Newcastle were the team with greater vigour, and Joelinton’s finish for his goal followed a fine pass from Christian Atsu. Bruce does not enjoy comparisons with Rafa Benítez, but players such as Atsu, Miguel Almirón and Sean Longstaff might just be allowed greater freedom to express themselves under his supervision than they were within the Spaniard’s rigid tactics. Having taken the lead, plenty of last-ditch defending was required – not a long-term strategy for progress in the Premier League – but Newcastle did look organised. And beating the team Ashley grew up supporting was sweet for Bruce and his fellow Geordies. John Brewin

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 23:37

Referees, bicycle kicks and ‘giving it back’ in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight pictures

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Paul Pogba vows to fight against racist abuse for the ‘next generation’

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 15:12
• Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford also targeted
• Kick It Out call for decisive action from Twitter against trolls

Paul Pogba has vowed to fight against racism “for the next generation” after finding himself the target of online trolls.

The Manchester United midfielder was subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing a penalty during Monday night’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolves.

Related: Manchester United's Marcus Rashford target of racist abuse on Twitter

My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation. pic.twitter.com/J9IqyWQj4K

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Solskjær ‘lost for words’ as Rashford suffers racist abuse after penalty miss – video

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 15:09

Ole Gunnar Solskjær was ‘lost for words’ after Marcus Rashford suffered racist abuse in the wake of his penalty miss against Crystal Palace.

Rashford stepped up instead of Paul Pogba when United were awarded a 70th minute penalty, but the England international struck his effort against the post.

It was a bad day for United as Patrick van Aanholt’s 93rd minute strike gave Crystal Palace an impressive 2-1 Premier League victory at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Jordan Ayew had opened the scoring for the visitors in the first-half, Daniel James scored an 89th minute equaliser but Van Aanholt had the final say.

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Promising yet concerning: Solskjær’s Manchester United already at crossroads | Jamie Jackson

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:00
New signings have impressed but five dropped points already show that the players must become more streetwise – and fast

After three matches of the new season there is a sense Manchester United must start killing opponents off or risk that confidence could dissipate as performances and results flat-line.

The report card for United’s opening 270 minutes of 2019-20 reads: promising yet concerning. Ole Gunnar Solskjær knows his first full season in charge will be bumpy and in the 4-0 victory over Chelsea, the disappointing draw at Wolves, and Saturday’s frustrating defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, he has been proved correct.

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‘Nailed-on penalty': Solskjær unhappy with referee after Crystal Palace loss – video

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 20:58

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was unhappy with a number of refereeing decisions after his side's 2-1 Premier League defeat against Crystal Palace Old Trafford on Saturday.

Anthony Martial was upended by Gary Cahill in the 34th minute with Palace 1-0 up outside the area, but referee Paul Tierney only flourished the yellow card rather than the red.

Early in the second-half, Martial went down under a challenge from Martin Kelly inside the area but did not earn a penalty. VAR checked a separate Kelly incident with Marcus Rashford and determined it was not a spot-kick.

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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford target of racist abuse on Twitter

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 18:04

Footballer subject to hateful remarks after missing penalty against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was subject to racist abuse on Twitter after he missed a penalty on Saturday during the club’s narrow defeat against Crystal Palace.

The England international had led condemnation of the racial abuse teammate Paul Pogba was subjected to days earlier, after deplorable comments were aimed at him on social media following his own penalty being saved in a match against Wolves on Monday.

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Crystal Palace stun Manchester United as Rashford pays penalty

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 17:11

Ole Gunnar Solskjær said he was “lost for words” regarding the racial abuse directed at Marcus Rashford on Twitter after the Manchester United forward missed a 70th-minute penalty.

This was the second spot-kick United had spurned in five days after Paul Pogba had one saved at Wolves on Monday, for which he was also targeted in a similar manner on the social media platform.

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Manchester United and Inter to resume Alexis Sánchez loan talks

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 12:17
  • Chilean player ready to make switch to San Siro
  • Inter currently want to pay half of United demands

Manchester United and Internazionale will resume talks on Monday in an effort to finalise Alexis Sánchez’s loan move to the Serie A club.

The clubs will stay in contact this weekend, and the key matter to be resolved relates to the proportion of the forward’s £390,000-a-week salary to be paid by Inter.

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Hodgson and Zaha ready for Wan-Bissaka reunion at Old Trafford

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 22:30

• Manchester United full-back faces former club on Saturday
• Palace manager: ‘It’s not an easy task that he’s accomplished’

Roy Hodgson digressed at one point, turning to opera to conjure an analogy that referenced the celebrated tenors Jussi Björling and Enrico Caruso, but the tone of his message remained clear. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a player of immense potential, a full international in waiting, and is missed at Crystal Palace. Manchester United, who will field the right-back against his former club on Saturday, have prised away a gem from south London.

All the staggering statistics that marked out the best tackling defender in the top flight while Wan-Bissaka was at Palace have been maintained through his early days at Old Trafford. No one summoned more than his 15 tackles from the opening two games, and, in a team who will enjoy more possession, there have been hints that his attacking game is developing at pace. What had first marked out the defender when he was summoned across Copers Cope Road from the academy to make up the numbers had been an ability to choke Wilfried Zaha in one-on-one duels. The revisiting of that training tête-à-tête will provide an intriguing subplot.

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Manchester United boss hails Paul Pogba's 'strong character' amid racist abuse – video

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 19:26

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has praised Paul Pogba's character after the Frenchman was racially abused online following his penalty miss against Wolves.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United's game against Crystal Palace, Solskjær called on social media authorities to do more to stop online trolls

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Twitter and racist abuse in football: how can it be tackled? | Paul MacInnes

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 18:00
Abuse of Pogba, Méïte and Abraham has again put social media in the spotlight. Action is needed but solutions are complicated

On Monday Paul Pogba missed a penalty for Manchester United against Wolves and the match ended as a draw. Shortly afterwards, a number of messages – some purporting to be from Manchester United fans – appeared on Twitter abusing Pogba. They used the “n” word, replaced Pogba’s face in photographs with that of a gorilla, and told him to “go back to selling bananas in Colombia”. Soon enough, the tweets were called out by United fans and reported to Twitter. The next morning United issued a statement condemning the messages: “The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club.” A number of United players posted messages in solidarity with Pogba and the issue of racist abuse on social media platforms became a public talking point.

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace: match preview

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:10

After two matches the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to play is clear and he will hope this high-energy pressing game can break down Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s side lost at Sheffield United last time out and are seeking to bounce back yet this is an opponent Solskjær’s men will be disappointed not to beat at Old Trafford. Jamie Jackson

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'We need to protect individuals': Solskjær on racist abuse of Pogba

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 11:00
  • Manchester United to meet Twitter to discuss abuse of players
  • ‘Social media is a place where people can hide behind fake Ids’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Paul Pogba’s “strong character” will not be affected despite the racist abuse he suffered after missing a penalty at Wolves on Monday.

The Frenchman was targeted on Twitter after the 1-1 draw at Molineux and officials from United will meet with the social media site to discuss how to address an issue that is ongoing.

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Lukaku claims Manchester United failed to protect him and he had to leave

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 13:08

• Inter striker concluded United wanted him out this summer
• Lukaku says he, Pogba and Sánchez were made scapegoats

Romelu Lukaku has claimed Manchester United failed to “protect” him amid stories regarding a transfer this summer and that he concluded he was not wanted and should leave.

The striker, who has joined Internazionale for a fee that could reach £74m, also said he was made a scapegoat during United’s difficult periods, along with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sánchez.

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Ruthless Solskjær cares little for egos or age at Manchester United

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:01
The manager has fielded young teams and experienced players such as Smalling, Jones, Matic and Fred are the victims

In Manchester United’s opening two fixtures Ole Gunnar Solskjær has shown the ruthlessness surely required to successfully transform the side.

The manager is ushering in a new, vibrant core who made his XI versus Chelsea on the opening day the youngest of the weekend – at an average age of 24 years and 227 days – and that mark was lowered to 24 years and 173 days at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

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Football transfer rumours: Havertz and Sancho to Manchester United?

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:26

Today’s tittle-tattle is cool and crisp

Manchester United cannot take a hint. Jadon Sancho might have agreed a new £190,000 contract with Borussia Dortmund, but that will not stop United from making a £100m bid for the England winger in January. Dortmund will consider selling on one condition: Ole Gunnar Solskjær has to tell Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford that Fred takes all the penalties from now on.

United do not plan to stop at Sancho as they hunt for attacking reinforcements. They are also in for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, though they face competition for the £90m forward from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Someone’s PR team have been busy!

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Manchester United and Kick It Out to meet Twitter after racism incidents

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:26
• United want joint action after Paul Pogba targeted
• ‘We need to do more to protect our users,’ says Twitter

Manchester United and Kick It Out will meet representatives of Twitter regarding concerns over racism and other abuse aimed at footballers on the social media platform.

Paul Pogba became the third player in seven days to suffer racist comments on Twitter after he missed a penalty in United’s 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday.

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