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Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fouling’ claims

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at suggestions from his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he might condone ‘tactical fouling’. The United manager said he expected City to “snap at their heels” and foul his side in Wednesday’s crunch Premier League derby at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is not the first United boss to have claimed City might strategically foul opponents high up the pitch to prevent counter-attacks, with his predecessor Jose Mourinho having mentioned it last season. Guardiola wasn’t too impressed by suggestions from Solskjaer that his side commit tactical fouls #MCFC pic.twitter.com/S2d3NoGzoN — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 23, 2019 “When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles an...

Manchester United identify Milinkovic-Savic, Fernandes as Pogba replacements?

Manchester United reportedly identify two potential replacements for midfielder Paul Pogba ahead of the summer transfer window. Manchester United have reportedly identified Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Bruno Fernandes as potential replacements for Paul Pogba. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly suggested that Pogba will remain at Old Trafford for at least another season, but the Frenchamn’s contract is currently due to expire in 2021. That has resulted in speculation regarding the player’s future and according to Marca, United are putting together a shortlist of possible replacements. The report claims that bids will be made for Lazio‘s Milinkovic-Savic and Sporting Lisbon‘s Fernandes should Pogba make a big-money exit over the coming months. Milinkovic-Savic s...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘holds one-hour inquest into Everton defeat’

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly holds an hour-long inquest into his side’s 4-0 defeat at Everton ahead of Wednesday’s derby with Man City. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly held an hour-long training ground inquest into Sunday’s heavy defeat against Everton at Goodison Park. The Red Devils slumped to their biggest defeat since October 2016 to continue their dramatic dip in form and leave themselves three points off the Champions League places with just four games of their season remaining. The first of those matches comes against local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday, and the Daily Mail claims that Solskjaer used Monday to analyse what went wrong with his players ahead of the derby. United’s playe...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Manchester City

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster derby with Manchester City at Old Trafford. Manchester United will be expecting a response in arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season so far when they welcome local rivals and title-chasing Manchester City to Old Trafford on Wednesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side were humiliated at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton ran riot with a 4-0 drubbing, making it back-to-back defeats during which time United have shipped seven goals without scoring. Indeed, it is now six losses from their last eight outings across all competitions ahead of Wednesday’s derby, which could prove to be a pivotal contest in the top-four race as well as the title race. Here,...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘Man Utd players let the fans and the club down’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was non-committal when asked about Manchester United’s desire after admitting their 4-0 hammering at Everton was “difficult to describe because it is so bad.” Solskjaer underlined his ambition to be successful at United and revealed some members of his side would be cast adrift in pursuit of re-establishing the club as contenders on domestic and European fronts. For the time being, this was a sixth defeat in their last eight matches as goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott handed Everton a convincing and deserved win. Solskjaer said: “We have got to apologise to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic and that performance is not good enough for a Man United team. “All the way from me to the players, we know that we let the fans ...

Gary Neville left “furious” after United’s Everton humiliation

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville launched a scathing attack on the club following Saturday’s heavy 4-0 defeat at Everton. Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott earned Marco Silva’s side three valuable points in their pursuit of a possible Europa League place on a comfortable afternoon at Goodison Park. However, it was the lethargic display from their visitors which caught the eye of Neville and he did not hold back in his analysis of their performance. Full-time at Goodison Park. #MUFC #EVEMUN pic.twitter.com/KVFqRz8lPA — Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2019 Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports Premier League, Neville said: “I’m furious to be honest. The fact he (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) had to apologise to the fans is...

Result: Everton hit four in dominant win over Manchester United

Everton move into seventh place in the Premier League table with a dominant 4-0 victory over Manchester United in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Goodison Park. Everton have heaped further misery on Manchester United by registering a dominant 4-0 victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side in Sunday’s Premier League at Goodison Park. Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott all got on the scoresheet as Everton moved into seventh position in the standings, while United remain in sixth place after a third top-flight defeat in five matches. Both Marco Silva and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have demanded a positive response after poor peformances over the past eight days, but it was Everton who completely dominated the opening 45 minutes. David de Gea made a ...

Antonio Valencia bids farewell to Manchester United?

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia posts a farewell thank you message to the club, all but confirming that he will end his nine-year Red Devils career this summer. Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has dropped the strongest hint yet that he will leave the club at the end of the season. Valencia’s contract at Old Trafford is due to expire this summer, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that there are no plans to offer the long-serving full-back an extension. The 33-year-old has suffered an injury-plagued campaign and may have already played his final game for the club, leading him to post what seems like a farewell thank you note to United. Valencia joined United in 2009 and has gone on to make almost 350 appearances for the club across all competitions, w...

Manchester United to battle Napoli for Spurs defender Kieran Trippier?

Manchester United are reportedly ready to battle Napoli in the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier. Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Manchester United. Trippier is nearing the end of his fourth campaign with Spurs, but it has been suggested that the North London outfit may sell the right-sided player during the summer. Napoli have been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old, but according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, United may be prepared to launch an approach for the England international. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make changes in both full-back areas ahead of the next campaign, and each of Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo could all leave Old Trafford. That...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concerned European success could boost top-four rivals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Manchester United‘s top-four rivals may have an advantage by still being in European competitions. United’s Champions League adventure was brought to an end by Barcelona in midweek but Tottenham progressed to the semi-finals, while Arsenal and Chelsea are in the last four of the Europa League. The four English teams are jockeying for third and fourth in the Premier League and a place in next season’s Champions League, with only three points separating third-placed Spurs from United in sixth. Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea face a more crowded fixture list in the closing weeks of the campaign because of their European exertions, but United boss Solskjaer does not feel that will hinder them. “It’s great to have games to look for...

Jose Mourinho criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for approach to Barcelona game

Jose Mourinho questions Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Barcelona. Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the way he approached Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona. The Red Devils headed into the quarter-final second leg trailing 1-0 from the cagey opening 90 minutes at Old Trafford that saw them fail to register a single shot on target. United initially started well at Camp Nou but they were unable to take their early chances and Barca were two goals ahead inside 20 minutes, before adding a third of the night – and fourth of the tie – on the hour. Mourinho, who was replaced by Solskjaer in mid-December, believes that his former club could have done...

Manchester United to listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku will reportedly be given the chance to leave Manchester United this summer if one of the clubs interested in signing him steps forward with an offer. Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offload striker Romelu Lukaku this summer if the right offer is tabled. The Belgium international has fallen behind Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice centre-forward since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December. Lukaku hit a good run of form when scoring six goals in three matches between February 27 and March 6, but he has since gone five games without a goal and the Red Devils supposedly want an upgrade. Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are believed to be among the clubs to have sounded out the 25-year-old, who is “very open”...

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