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'Come off social media': Phil Neville calls for boycott to combat racism – video

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 17:22

Phil Neville has called for the football community to boycott social media in an attempt to combat racist abuse received by players. ‘I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments, so I just wonder whether now as a football community, in terms of really sending a powerful message, is: come off social media,’ said the England women’s manager. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is the third player to have suffered online racist abuse in a week, after Tammy Abraham and Yakou Méïté received similar levels of abuse

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Phil Neville calls for social media boycott to combat racist abuse

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:49
• England women’s coach responds to Pogba abuse on Twitter
• ‘Let’s come off social media. Let’s see the effect that it has’

Phil Neville has called for the football community to “send a powerful message” and boycott social media for six months in response to the rise in racist abuse of players after Paul Pogba was targeted online having missed a penalty for Manchester United against Wolves.

“I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments, so I just wonder whether now as a football community, in terms of really sending a powerful message, is: come off social media,” said the England women’s head coach. “Six months – let’s come off social media. Let’s see the effect that it has on these social media companies, whether they’re really going to do something about it.”

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Manchester United’s penalty fiasco puts Solskjær’s leadership in spotlight | Paul Wilson

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:35
Disagreements in heat of the moment look bad and buck stops with the manager after making excuses for Paul Pogba

The handy thing from Sky’s point of view about having Gary Neville as a match summariser is that when there is a Manchester United controversy, as with the penalty fiasco at Wolves on Monday night, he is not only the voice of reason but the authentic echo of Sir Alex Ferguson’s thoughts on the matter as well.

“They should decide in the dressing room who is the penalty taker – it’s embarrassing,” was Neville’s immediate reaction. “This is a Manchester United penalty, it’s not a tombola or a game for under-fives on the school field.”

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Manchester United ‘disgusted’ with racial abuse of Paul Pogba

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:11
• Pogba targeted on Twitter after penalty miss at Wolves
• Club say they will take strongest possible action

Manchester United have expressed “disgust” at the racial abuse suffered by Paul Pogba following the 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

The midfielder saw a second-half penalty saved, having won it with a run into the area. This was his fourth miss in 11 spot-kicks but Ole Gunnar Solskjær backed Pogba, with Marcus Rashford being United’s other taker.

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Solskjær to keep faith in Paul Pogba despite penalty miss – video

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:34

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has no desire to stop Paul Pogba from being his designated penalty taker despite the midfielder missing from the spot in the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanders. The Frenchman won a penalty in the 67th minute after being tripped by Conor Coady; Pogba insisted on taking it himself despite Marcus Rashford volunteering. Rashford scored from the spot in the previous match against Chelsea. Gary Neville, commentating for Sky Sports, suggested that the incident showed there was a lack of leadership in the United team

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Traoré justifies Nuno’s faith but more hurdles await Wolves marathon men | Stuart James

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:51
Nuno Espírito Santo, will be happy with a point at home to Manchester United at the start of a run of five games in 14 days, with a trip to Torino next in the Europa League

This was the first of five fixtures in 14 days for Wolves, taking them up to double figures for the season by the start of September, into Northern Ireland, Armenia and Italy in the process, and leading some to wonder whether the toll of playing in the Europa League on a Thursday night – Torino are up next – could derail any hopes of their breaking into the top six this season.

Their record against those elite clubs last season was nothing short of astonishing; Wolves collected 16 points, including beating Manchester United here four months ago, en route to a seventh-placed finish in their first campaign back in the top flight. United, who also lost at Molineux in an FA Cup quarter-final last season, finished one rung higher on the league ladder, albeit nine points ahead. Could Wolves possibly reel them in?

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Ole Gunnar Solsjkær has faith in Paul Pogba to keep taking penalties

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:45

• Pogba missed from spot in Manchester United’s draw at Wolves
• ‘Paul has scored many before so there’s no problem’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær says he has no intention of taking away Paul Pogba’s penalty-taking privileges despite the midfielder missing from the spot as Manchester United drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Pogba won the penalty in the 67th minute when he was tripped by Conor Coady and he insisted on taking it himself even though Marcus Rashford volunteered. Rui Patricio saved his shot, meaning Pogba has missed four penalties in the last year. Rashford has never missed. Gary Neville, commentating for Sky Sports, suggested that the fact that Pogba felt entitled to take the penalty suggested there was a lack of leadership in the United team. Solskjær dismissed that idea, explaining that he is happy for Pogba and Rashford to decide between themselves who will step up to the spot at any given moment.

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Manchester United held to draw at Wolves after Paul Pogba fails from spot

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 21:59

For a while it looked as if Manchester United would enjoy the rare feeling of leaving Molineux with three points and fresh optimism. In a first half dominated by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team Anthony Martial fired them into the lead. But Wolves came roaring out at them in the second half and drew level thanks to a wonderful goal by Rúben Neves. Paul Pogba then missed a perfect chance to put United back in front, Rui Patricio saving his 67th minute penalty.

The way United exploited Chelsea’s naivety at Old Trafford on the opening day proved they are dangerous opportunists. The challenge here was to provide evidence of more rounded development. Doing so in this arena would be especially encouraging given how they floundered at Molineux last season. United had come here in March in the week after a sensational Champions League comeback at Paris Saint-Germain, a victory that went a long way towards securing the manager’s job on a full-time basis for Solskjær, and not only in the mind of over-excited interviewers like Gary Neville.

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Wolves v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:14

7.14pm BST

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7.02pm BST

Daniel James makes his full debut for United, replacing Andreas Pereira. Wolves are unchanged from their last Premier League game, the 0-0 draw at Leicester eight days ago.

Wolves (3-5-2) Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota.
Substitutes: Ruddy, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Neto, Cutrone, Traore.

11.03am BST

Hello. Manchester United have had some unlikely bogey teams down the years. West Brom in the late 1970s; Norwich in the late 1980s; Southampton in the mid 1990s; Middlesbrough in the early 2000s; just about everyone since 2013. Their newest nemesis is Wolves, who tonight are aiming to beat United at Molineux for the third time in less than six months.

Their two 2-1 wins last season – one in the FA Cup, one in the league – sent United into a tailspin after that amazing start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They showed the first signs of recovery with a stirring 4-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, but this is a different - and arguably tougher - test.

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Nicholas Ioannou: ‘I’d love to play in front of a full house at Old Trafford’

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:02
The Apoel Nicosia defender, whose side face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, dreams of returning to Manchester United, where he was reserve-team captain

Nicholas Ioannou’s name gives away his nationality but the moment he opens his mouth, allowing his natural Manchester twang to escape, a whole new identity is created.

Born to a Cypriot father and English mother in Limassol, the 23-year-old defender’s journey to the verge of the Champions League has been an unusual one.

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Apoel fans are great, they boost you up really fast. It's going to be a full stadium and an incredible atmosphere against Ajax

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

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:00

Ljungberg and Trossard make instant impact, Wilson has Liverpool quality and Rodgers leaves ‘young Frank’ on back foot

The inclusion of Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson against Burnley a week after they became the first pair of teenagers to start a Premier League game for Arsenal since Paolo Vernazza and Matthew Upson in 1998, was more evidence of Unai Emery beginning to trust his young players. That may have something to do with the promotion of the former under-23s coach Freddie Ljungberg to become the Spaniard’s assistant, with Willock particularly impressive alongside Matteo Guendouzi in midfield. The 19-year-old played in a more advanced role in the opening day win over Newcastle and shows how Emery is tapping into the former Sweden midfielder’s knowledge bank since he stepped up in the summer. “[Ljungberg] worked last year with the under-23s and we were very close, speaking about the young players,” he said. “It’s perfect and he helps me a lot. He has an advantage with the young players because he knows them very well.” Ed Aarons

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær adamant Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 22:34

• Real Madrid and Juventus retain interest in France midfielder
• Spanish and Italian transfer windows open until 2 September

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has insisted Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United once the Spanish and Italian transfer windows close early next month.

Real Madrid and Juventus each retain an interest in the midfielder and could sign him until 2 September, when their respective markets close. Pogba called his future into doubt once more after last week’s 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford by saying a “question mark remains”.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is quick to make an impression at Manchester United

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 22:30

The full-back from Palace excelled in the 4-0 victory over Chelsea and says United’s players have made him feel at home

After a summer full of doubt and negativity Manchester United made one of the most emphatic starts to the season on the opening weekend, playing like a team with a purpose and scoring four times against Chelsea to leave Frank Lampard looking the rookie Premier League manager with problems.

No one was more pleased than Aaron Wan-Bissaka to get the season under way with a crowd‑pleasing victory: the former Crystal Palace right-back was making his United debut as well as attempting to justify a £50m price tag. “It was a great result to beat Chelsea and I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went,” the 21-year-old says. “I had been waiting for my first game at Old Trafford as a United player and it felt great to get it done and for it to go so well.”

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Inter approach Manchester United in bid to sign Alexis Sánchez on loan

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:20
• Chile striker targeted after Inter miss out on Edin Dzeko
• Ole Gunnar Solskjær had said he expected Sánchez to stay

Internazionale are hoping to sign Alexis Sánchez on a season-long loan and are confident of agreeing a deal with Manchester United.

The striker turned down a move to Roma last week, with United reported to have offered to cover a large proportion of his £300,000-a-week wages. Yet having already signed Romelu Lukaku for £74m, the Inter manager, Antonio Conte, has turned his attention to the 30-year-old after missing out on Edin Dzeko, who has signed a new three-year contract with Roma amid speculation he could move to San Siro.

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Wolves v Manchester United: match preview

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 09:00

Last week’s 4-0 defeat of Chelsea brought sunshine after a troubled summer for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has singled out Alexis Sánchez and Fred for encouragement though the Chilean and Brazilian appear unlikely to start against opposition United failed to beat in three meetings last season. Already five matches in, having reached the Europa League qualifying round, Nuno Espírito Santo made nine changes in Thursday’s 4-0 defeat of Armenia’s Pyunik, giving four new signings their first Wolves starts, with Pedro Neto marking his bow with a goal. John Brewin

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Alexis Sánchez to play ‘a lot of games’ once fit

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:29

• Manchester United manager backs struggling forward
• Alexis Sánchez has underperformed since signing from Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Alexis Sánchez to play “a lot of games” despite the striker’s disappointing form for Manchester United.

Since signing in January 2018 from Arsenal the 30-year-old has scored only three Premier League goals and his last in any competition was at Arsenal in a 3-1 FA Cup win in January. He has not completed a full 90 minutes for United since the opening game of the previous season.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:02

There are a few potential debuts on the cards, while a Southampton defender deserves praise for his charitable actions

Arsenal began the season with an uncharacteristically efficient away win. Their first home match could be an attacking extravaganza if, unlike at Newcastle, Nicolas Pépé and Alexandre Lacazette start with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But their defence will also be worth watching, especially if David Luiz makes his debut. He would probably prefer if it were not against Ashley Barnes. The forward riled the Brazilian to distraction when Burnley drew 2-2 at Chelsea in April. Barnes is one of the slyest pests in the Premier League and he continually lures David Luiz into fouling him. David Luiz got so frustrated with the way Barnes and Chris Wood wound him up that he perpetrated an embarrassing dive, which did not stop him from complaining afterwards about Burnley’s “anti-football”. Barnes, you fancy, will be hoping Unai Emery picks his new signing. PD

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Frank Lampard’s youth policy at Chelsea should be tempered with realism | Eni Aluko

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:00

There were promising signs in the Super Cup defeat by Liverpool but the new man at Stamford Bridge has to start winning soon

After losing badly to Manchester United on the opening day, Chelsea’s performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup, even if they did not quite manage to win, was very impressive.

It is hard to say at this moment what a good season would look like for Chelsea, with a transfer ban and a young, inexperienced manager who promises to field young, inexperienced players. The fact Frank Lampard is in charge, a man with so much goodwill from his time at Chelsea as a player, will buy the team a little time but what are the minimum expectations? I feel winning the Super Cup against such established, strong opponents would have made this season an overnight success. A good season for Lampard was only just out of reach – like a couple of the penalties Kepa Arrizabalaga got a hand to but couldn’t quite keep out.

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Lampard has an enormous fund of goodwill from his playing days ... but fans are fickle

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Bury MP urges Manchester giants to help club after fifth game suspended

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:45
• Bury South MP Ivan Lewis calls on United and City to help
• League One club under threat of EFL expulsion over finances

Bury have had a fifth game suspended by the EFL, as a local MP urged Manchester United and City to help their crisis-hit neighbours.

Bury’s League One match at Rotherham on Tuesday 20 August has been suspended. The club have yet to play this season and have been threatened with expulsion from the Football League over their financial problems.

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Paul Pogba says 'question mark' remains over his future at Manchester United

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:59
  • Midfielder made comment after 4-0 against Chelsea
  • Real Madrid keen to sign Frenchman before 2 September

Paul Pogba has re-opened the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United after saying a “question mark remains”.

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