Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Nemanja Vidic would not swap Phil Jones for Virgil van Dijk

Nemanja Vidic would not swap any of Liverpool’s defenders for Manchester United’s current crop, implying that Virgil van Dijk is not better than Phil Jones. Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has insisted that he would not swap the club’s current defence for any players from this weekend’s opponents Liverpool. Despite an upturn in fortunes since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge two months ago, the Red Devils still remain weak at the back and have been linked with numerous defensive targets. Phil Jones in particular has had to deal with criticism throughout his eight years at Old Trafford, but Vidic believes that the Englishman, along with the likes of Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, are at least on a par with anything Liverpool – who have ...

Marcus Rashford backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United job

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford says that interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves to stay on at Old Trafford beyond the summer. Marcus Rashford has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasts the key ingredients to be a long-term success as Manchester United manager. United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon aiming to maintain their incredible run of form under Solskjaer that has seen them win 11, draw one and lose one of their 13 matches since he replaced Jose Mourinho in mid-December. Solskjaer has managed to get the best out of the likes of Paul Pogba and Rashford in particular, and the United academy product wants the interim boss to stay on full-time, saying that he has been a “massive help” on the training ground. “For me, it’s be...

Didier Deschamps to lure Paul Pogba to Juventus?

Juventus are allegedly hopeful that appointing Didier Deschamps as their new manager in the summer could tempt Manchester United’s Paul Pogba into a return to Turin. Juventus have reportedly started to consider the summer managerial appointment of Didier Deschamps, and hope that it may lead to a reunion with Paul Pogba. Massimiliano Allegri has enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Juventus with four league and cup doubles being achieved since 2014, but the Italian giants are already out of the Coppa Italia and face a two-goal deficit to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League after the first leg of their last-16 tie. Juventus continue to dominate in Serie A, but there has previously been claims that the two parties could part ways in the summer and according to Tuttomercatoweb, Desch...

Preview: Manchester United vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League showdown between bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Already the biggest fixture in English football, Sunday’s meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool will seem that bit bigger with the hosts chasing top-four football and the visitors bidding for a first top-flight title since 1990. The two clubs have won 38 league titles between them, and Liverpool’s hopes of adding another to that tally could hinge on how they fare at the home of their greatest rivals. Man Utd © Reuters It was a match against Liverpool just over two months ago which brought an end to Jose Mourinho‘s ill-fated Manchester United reign and ushered in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era....

Old Trafford set for goals as United and Liverpool rekindle rivalry

Fierce rivals Manchester United and Liverpool renew hostilities in the Premier League on Sunday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look ahead to the Old Trafford clash. Goals galore (PA Graphic) The two teams are on the longest scoring runs in the Premier League – Liverpool were held 0-0 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday but have netted in their last 18 league games, compared to United’s 13 – and there are further reasons to expect a high-scoring encounter. United have scored at least twice in each of their last six home games, part of a 10-match unbeaten run at Old Trafford, and Liverpool are sure to respond in kind. The visitors have only once failed to score in the league this season, against Manchester City in October, while only Tottenham in August and Crystal Palace in Nove...

Solskjaer open to Ferguson giving team talk

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has offered Sir Alex Ferguson the chance to deliver Manchester United’s team talk ahead of the crunch clash against Liverpool on Sunday. The eyes of the footballing world will be on Old Trafford this weekend as the home side look to continue their impressive form and derail Jurgen Klopp’s Reds’ title tilt. United are going for a 12th win in 14 matches in all competitions and remain unbeaten in nine league matches, having last tasted defeat at Anfield in December – a 3-1 loss that brought the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign. Jesse Lingard, left, and Anthony Martial could return (Nick Potts/PA) Jesse Lingard, who scored the consolation goal that day, and Anthony Martial were expected to be out until the start of March with a injuries sustained in last week’s Champions Leagu...

Zola hails ‘remarkable’ Solskjaer impact at United ahead of FA Cup clash

Gianfranco Zola admits he is happy to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making a “remarkable” impact at Manchester United, despite it adversely affecting Chelsea. United have overtaken the Blues in the race for Champions League qualification on the back of Solskjaer’s unbeaten Premier League record. The two clubs meet in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening in a repeat of last season’s final. Two days to go! ??#CHEMUN pic.twitter.com/tJmkmPPAht — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 16, 2019 Chelsea assistant boss Zola, who earned his coaching badges alongside Solskjaer, was full of praise for the Norwegian, in spite of their current rivalry and conflicting interests. “I am pleased, first of all. That is my first feeling,” said Zola. “Ole and I did the course together, so I’m ple...

Report: Manchester United put Romelu Lukaku up for sale

Manchester United are looking to offload Romelu Lukaku so that they can bring in one of Paulo Dybala or Mauro Icardi, according to a report. Manchester United reportedly want to recoup as much money as possible for Romelu Lukaku at the end of the campaign. The Red Devils are said to be keen to freshen up their attack ahead of next season and Lukaku, who has been a fringe player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will be the fall guy. According to The Mirror, United have already held talks with Serie A pair Juventus and Inter Milan over potential deals for Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi. In order to free up funds for one of those players, both valued at around £100m, the Premier League side must first find Lukaku a new club. The Belgium international has only been at Old Trafford for three seasons ...

Manchester United to part with £90m to sign Kalidou Koulibaly?

Manchester United will reportedly meet Napoli’s valuation by tabling a £90m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer, making him the most expensive defender ever. Manchester United are reportedly ready to make Kalidou Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the world by parting with £90m for the Napoli ace. The Red Devils are still seeking a commanding centre-back after missing out on a number of targets during Jose Mourinho‘s final transfer window at the helm. Three names have been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Joachim Andersen of Sampdoria also rumoured to be on their radar. Despite Napoli’s reluctance to sell Koulibaly in the past, The Sun reports that United are now ready to meet his valuation, which would s...

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku’s record vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at Romelu Lukaku’s goalscoring return against former club Chelsea ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup. Manchester United must do things the hard way if they are to lift the FA Cup for a record-equalling 13th time as they face holders Chelsea for a place in the quarter-finals. The Red Devils were beaten by Monday’s opponents in last season’s final and have won just two of their last 22 away games in this fixture when taking all competitions into account. Defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek halted United’s momentum following a superb run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and they must also contend with injuries to attacking duo Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. Solskjaer is expected to turn to Romelu Lukak...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie between holders Chelsea and Manchester United. Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night in the pick of the FA Cup fifth-round ties, aiming to emulate their victory from last season’s final. The Blues beat United 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in May’s showpiece to lift the famous trophy for an eighth time, but both sides are now under new management and it is the Red Devils who are in the better overall form. Chelsea © Reuters Chelsea may be on the brink of sealing a place in the last 16 of the Europa League, into the last eight of the FA Cup and a week away from facing Manchester City in the final of the EFL Cup, but Maurizio Sarri remains under int...

Behind-the-scenes footage of Paris St Germain’s trip to Manchester United

The French leaders claimed a 2-0 win over United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford. Paris St Germain took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek after beating Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford. The big-spending French giants, despite being without injured stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani, inflicted a first defeat on United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks to second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe. Here, you can watch behind-the-scenes footage of PSG’s victorious trip to Manchester.

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