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Glazers' heritage-hawking risks making Manchester United a 90s theme park | Barney Ronay

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 19:00

Owners’ style has long been to make the past fund the present but for all the spending on players oddities are creeping in

“It’s a write-off.”

“A write-off of what?”

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Marcus Rashford hits out over universal credit cut at 'most difficult' time – video

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 13:19

Marcus Rashford has said the government should not be ending the universal credit uplift at a time when poor families are facing potentially their most difficult period of the pandemic. The England footballer made a fresh intervention in the row over the withdrawal this week of the £20 uplift after he received an honorary degree for tackling child poverty.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Rashford said: 'Whether or not there’s going to be a spike in Covid, it’s going to affect people that have been helped by what we’ve been doing in the recent year. I think it’s massively important because it could be the most difficult period that we’ve had so far.'

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‘We need to keep control’: Manchester United give backing to Solskjær

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 11:34
  • Football director Murtough says club will not ‘deviate from plan’
  • United confident ‘in the direction that we’re going’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has received strong backing from Manchester United’s football director, with John Murtough stating the club “need to keep control” and not deviate from their plan.

United entered the international break in shaky form after three defeats and a draw in their past six matches. Yet Solskjær’s side are only two points behind the Premier League leaders, Chelsea, and a point from the top of their Champions League group.

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Marcus Rashford attacks universal credit cut at degree ceremony

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 08:20

Footballer says receiving university accolade just as ‘millions of families lose a lifeline’ is bittersweet

Marcus Rashford has said it felt “bittersweet” to collect his honorary degree for tackling child poverty the day after the universal credit uplift was retracted.

The England footballer used his speech at the University of Manchester ceremony at Old Trafford to highlight how the government’s cut meant “millions of families across the UK lost a lifeline”.

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Nevada judge recommends dismissal of Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 21:58
  • Case goes back to allegation of assault in 2009
  • Las Vegas judge says legal team used stolen documents

A magistrate judge in Nevada has sided with Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers against a woman who sued the footballer after saying he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.

In a scathing recommendation to the judge hearing the case, magistrate judge Daniel Albregts on Wednesday blamed Kathryn Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, for basing the case on leaked and stolen documents that Albregts said were privileged communications between Ronaldo and his lawyers.

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Next Generation 2021: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 10:00

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005*, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

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Glazer family put Manchester United shares worth £137m up for sale

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 08:45
  • Club will not receive any proceeds from the sale
  • The 9.5m shares represent 8% of family’s holding

Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, have put 9.5 million shares in the club up for sale. The club announced the stock, worth £137.1m, would be made available via the New York Stock Exchange.

A statement said the Premier League club “will not receive any proceeds from the sale of any ... shares”. The shares listed are in the names of the directors Kevin Glazer and Edward Glazer and represent about 8% of the family’s combined ownership.

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Cristiano Ronaldo should have started against Everton, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 00:02
  • Comments made to MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • United drew 1-1 to continue their recent indifferent form

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to use Cristiano Ronaldo as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton has been criticised by the Manchester United manager’s own mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ronaldo sat on the bench until the 57th minute. United were leading 1-0 when he came on, only for Everton to score an equaliser through Andros Townsend as United’s recent indifferent form continued.

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Magnificent Mo Salah and Manchester United stumble again – Football Weekly

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 15:14

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Troy Townsend to review the weekend’s Premier League action

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On the podcast today: Liverpool and Manchester City draw 2-2 in the best game of the Premier League season so far with Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva all sensational.

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Park Ji-sung urges Manchester United fans not to sing chant with ‘racial insult’

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 10:31
  • United fans reprised chant for Hwang Hee-chan at Wolves game
  • Park tells club podcast the song still causes him ‘discomfort’

The former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has urged the club’s fans to stop singing a song about him that contains a negative stereotype about his homeland of South Korea.

Park told the club’s official podcast that the song, which includes a reference to Koreans eating dog meat, caused him “discomfort” while he was at United. He was prompted to speak out after hearing United fans sing the song at Molineux in August when Wolves unveiled their new South Korean striker, Hwang Hee-chan.

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

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 08:00

Questions asked of Solskjær, Barkley is Tuchel’s latest success, and why did City sign Grealish not Kane?

“The short answer is yes,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjær. “We’ve got loads to work on and we need to improve. We know that and I know that but I do believe in this group of players and the coaching staff. I’m very confident that we will get the best out of this squad.” Thus far, despite unconvincing performances, the evidence is that Manchester United’s board share that confidence: they gave him a new three-year contract in July. But, externally at least, questions are being asked of Solskjær. He faces a defining period – against Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta again and Manchester City – with increasing criticisms of United’s disjointed displays and a seeming reliance on individual inspiration to conjure results. And yet the paradox in his record is that a manager often accused of not being good enough has a history of winning many such games against supposedly superior coaches. Richard Jolly

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Manchester United potential still not realised as Everton do more with less | Richard Jolly

Sat, 10/02/2021 - 17:00

Where Rafael Benítez has built a team greater than the sum of its parts, Ole Gunnar Solskjær lacks a coherent plan

Lewis Dobbin and Charlie Whitaker were veterans of a combined total of one minute’s senior football for Everton. They were the attacking options on Rafa Benítez’s bench. Their Manchester United counterparts were Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and the lesser-spotted Donny van de Beek, whose £35m fee made him £35m costlier than Andros Townsend, who earned Everton a point.

Dobbin was Everton’s second substitute. In a sense, that rendered him their Ronaldo, even if 790 career goals separate them. The comparisons may end there, and Whitaker remained on the bench with the 37-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, making up the numbers as an ambush was expertly executed by the last men standing. Or, in the case of the relentless Townsend and Demarai Gray, the last running. Strength in depth for United could not overcome a formidable gameplan. Gray, signed for £1.7m, was the finest player on show. Austerity has been the mother of reinvention for Everton.

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Everton’s Andros Townsend wins point against toothless Manchester United

Sat, 10/02/2021 - 16:34

For a team boasting a cornucopia of glittering talents Manchester United are proving oddly toothless. This was the same tale as last Saturday’s loss to Aston Villa and Wednesday’s smash-and-grab win over Villarreal – bright beginnings turning to a fade of any consistently potent force.

Everton, who impressed, surely looked at Villa’s blueprint, and decided there was nothing to fear here, a take that may have been re-affirmed when United’s team sheet showed no Cristiano Ronaldo or Paul Pogba, as Ole Gunnar Solskjær drafted in Anthony Martial and Fred as two of five changes from the Villarreal victory.

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Solskjær bemoans Manchester United’s bad decisions in Everton draw

Sat, 10/02/2021 - 16:27
  • United manager unhappy with failure to prevent equaliser
  • Decision to rest Ronaldo backfires in draw with Everton

Ole Gunnar Solskjær criticised Manchester United’s inability to stop Andros Townsend’s equaliser and a lack of “cutting edge” which saw his team fail to score a second goal in the 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Townsend, whose finish came from a break following a weak Bruno Fernandes corner. Fred lost the ball, then was unable to dispossess Demarai Gray before Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Raphael Varane all failed to stop possession going to Townsend via Abdoulaye Doucouré.

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Manchester United v Everton: Premier League – live!

Sat, 10/02/2021 - 12:58

2 min: Manchester United haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last nine games at Old Trafford. On the other hand, they’ve only lost twice here against Everton in the Premier League era. Some early pressing panics Pickford into a poor clearance through a thicket of red shirts; the Everton keeper is fortunate he somehow finds a teammate who calms and clears.

Everton get the match underway ... but only after everyone takes the knee. There’s no room for racism. The visitors will be kicking towards the Stretford End in this first half.

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Solskjær denies Van de Beek has been frozen out at Manchester United

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 22:30
  • Midfielder was unhappy to be overlooked against Villarreal
  • Manager says Sancho was electric in Champions League win

Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists Donny van de Beek has not been frozen out at Manchester United despite making four Premier League starts since his £35m arrival from Ajax 13 months ago. The Netherlands international’s frustrations were evident during Wednesday’s Champions League win over Villarreal when he threw his chewing gum to the floor upon realising he would not be coming off the bench.

Van de Beek has featured for five minutes in the Premier League this season, in addition to starts in defeats to Young Boys in the Champions League, where he was substituted at half-time, and West Ham in the Carabao Cup. The midfielder could have ended up this summer at Everton, who visit United on Saturday, but Solskjær ruled out his departure, according to the player’s agent.

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Manchester United v Everton: match preview

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 17:25

Manchester United are currently a misfiring proposition so Everton, below them only on goal difference, should fancy their chance of handing Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side another home Premier League defeat. Rafael Benítez oversaw wins at Old Trafford when in charge of Liverpool and if he performs the feat again this would surely endear him to Everton fans unimpressed by his Red loyalties. Jamie Jackson

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 00:00

Manchester City head for Anfield, how best for Manchester United to utilise Paul Pogba and time for Leeds to step up a gear

Manchester City fans have not been in attendance for a league win at Anfield since 2003, when Nicolas Anelka scored two. What City would do to have the option of a player of Anelka’s ilk in his prime. After every game in which City fail to score, like in Paris, questions will be asked of their striking options. They were unable to get past Southampton, won via a deflected strike at Chelsea and were shut out by PSG despite dominating the game. They will need to decide who will get the nominal nod down the middle. Phil Foden operated there at Chelsea and offered control, Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling have pace to stretch a Liverpool defence that failed to get to grips with Brentford or Pep Guardiola could decide to back Gabriel Jesus to perform as a more traditional striker. City need to find consistency in the final third, which is not always easy when things rotate and change so much. WU

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‘We ought to try more’: how to pronounce footballers’ names

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 11:54

Are you mispronouncing Bruno Fernandes, Gianluigi Buffon and Wojciech Szczesny’s names? You’re not alone

By Euan Burns for The Set Pieces

International tournaments expose us to new players, teams and styles of football. Euro 2020 gave us the chance to watch North Macedonia and Finland on such a grand stage for the first time. Although, what can be exciting for football fans, can be challenging for commentators, who have to master new pronunciations. Derek Rae, the voice of the Fifa video games, believes broadcasters do not always pass the test.

As ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator and a speaker of five languages, Rae prides himself on his pronunciations of player names. “We’d all want our names to be pronounced correctly if we lived in a different culture,” he says. “If people make that effort for you, it’s a huge sign of respect. It’s respect for a language and a culture. I realise not everyone is a linguist and not everyone can do that, but we ought to be trying more than we are.”

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Ronaldo only needs 'one chance' says Solskjær after late Manchester United winner – video

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 09:39

Ole Gunnar Solskjær hailed a 'massive moment' for Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute strike snatched a win against Villarreal and eased the pressure on the manager following a run of three defeats in four matches. Ronaldo was making a record-breaking 178th appearance in the competition and - in fitting style - grabbed a late winner for his side. 'That's just what he's done throughout his career.' said Solskjær. 'When he gets that one chance, it's a goal.'

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