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Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Result: Manchester United move into fifth place with win at Leicester City

An early goal from Marcus Rashford earns Manchester United a 1-0 win over Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium. Manchester United have continued their strong run of form with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium. An early goal from Marcus Rashford proved to be the difference between the two sides as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer registered his ninth win from 10 matches in all competitions since replacing Jose Mourinho. United move into fifth place in the standings ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City, while Leicester remain in 11th position despite a spirited showing. Leicester began brightly in the East Midlands with Wilfred Ndidi sending a glancing header off target, but Unite...

Result: Burnley end Manchester United’s winning run

Manchester United’s 100% record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes to an end, with Burnley holding the Red Devils to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. Manchester United‘s 100% record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come to an end, with Burnley holding the Red Devils to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday night. United were looking for their ninth straight victory under Solskjaer’s leadership, but goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood saw Burnley lead 2-0 with 81 minutes on the clock. Paul Pogba halved the deficit from the penalty spot in the 87th minute though, before Victor Lindelof came up with a 92nd-minute leveller for the Red Devils, who are now just two points off fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table. © Reuters Solskjaer made five chang...

How Manchester United could line up against Burnley

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for their Premier League clash with Burnley on Tuesday night. Burnley will become the latest team to attempt to stop Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Manchester United when the Red Devils welcome the Clarets to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. Solskjaer has won eight games from eight in interim charge so far, the most recent of which saw United knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup on Friday night. Another victory on Tuesday would temporarily take United level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea – a prospect which looked highly unlikely just over a month ago. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer could line his side up for the match. Out: Marouane Fellaini (calf), Marcos Rojo (other)Doubtful: Chris Smalling (foot) Chris Smalling is nea...

Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects a combined XI from those expected to be available for Friday’s FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Manchester United. The FA Cup‘s two most successful sides collide at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening as Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. Only Arsenal (13) have lifted the famous cup on more occasions than United (12), with at least one of the sides reaching the final in each of the last five seasons. With the teams well out of the Premier League title race and seemingly competing for a top-four spot, the FA Cup has taken on added importance this season. Ahead of this latest high-profile tussle between the English heavyweights, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both teams using only the players expected to be avai...

How Manchester United could line up against Arsenal

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for their FA Cup fourth-round tie against Arsenal. Manchester United head to Arsenal in round four of the FA Cup on Friday night aiming to maintain their winning run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils have won seven games from seven since the Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho last month, including a 2-0 victory over Reading in the third round. Next up for a rejuvenated United is a trip to the Emirates Stadium, as they come up against the only team to have won the competition more times than them. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer may set out his side in North London. Out: Marouane Fellaini (calf), Marcos Rojo (knock), Chris Smalling (foot)Doubtful: Marcus Rashford (knee), Luke Shaw (illness) Solskjaer is unlikely ...

Manchester United players ‘wanted Jose Mourinho sacked in September’

A report claims that, had Manchester United’s players got their wish, Jose Mourinho would have been sacked as far back as September. Manchester United‘s players reportedly wanted to see Jose Mourinho dismissed three months before his actual sacking. The Red Devils parted company with the Portuguese a week before Christmas after making their worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was placed in caretaker charge and United have looked rejuvenated ever since, winning six straight matches under their temporary boss. Had United’s first-team stars got their way, however, the Manchester Evening News reports that the club would have had a new manager as far back as September. The report cites the desire for a more attacking brand of football for the pl...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gears up for Old Trafford return

The Norwegian kicked off his caretaker reign with victory at Cardiff. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of his first home match as Manchester United‘s caretaker manager as Huddersfield visit Old Trafford on Boxing Day. The former United striker, brought in on a short-term deal after Jose Mourinho was dismissed last week, got his reign off to a flying start with a 5-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday. It was only United’s second victory in seven Premier League games and lifted the mood after a frustrating first half of the season. The travelling United supporters enjoyed the triumph and more free-spirited performance in Cardiff and Solskjaer’s men will now hope to build some momentum. Defender Luke Shaw said: “As players, that’s what we want the fans to feel. “...

Top-four finish should be Shaw thing for Manchester United, insists defender

Luke Shaw insists Manchester United can achieve a top-four Premier League finish following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s arrival at Old Trafford. Solskjaer started his reign as caretaker boss on Saturday with a 5-1 win at Cardiff, with United scoring five goals in the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in May 2013. United are currently eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, but have a kind set of festive fixtures against Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle. Night, Reds ❤️ #MUFC pic.twitter.com/dXl0HGR3FD — Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 22, 2018 “Of course we want the top four, we want to be playing in the Champions League next season,” Shaw said after being recalled to the United starting line-up. “Seeing the way ...

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

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Manchester United, the latter of whom begin life after Jose Mourinho in South Wales. Manchester United‘s post-Jose Mourinho era begins in South Wales on Saturday afternoon when they take on relegation-threatened Cardiff City in the day’s late Premier League kickoff. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will begin his interim spell as Red Devils manager against the club he suffered relegation with during his only previous managerial stint in the English leagues. Cardiff © Reuters Not many column inches will be dedicated to Cardiff in the buildup to this match following the seismic events at Old Trafford this week, but that will suit the Bluebirds just fine. While the rest of the football world was digesting the ...

Luke Shaw ‘had one last row with Jose Mourinho’

Jose Mourinho reportedly fell out with defender Luke Shaw in the weeks leading to his Manchester United’s departure. Luke Shaw had one final row with manager Jose Mourinho before Manchester United sacked the Portuguese, according to a report. The two men had a number of spats during Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford, which came to an end on Tuesday after 30 months at the helm. Mourinho’s final game in charge was last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which Shaw was absent for with a minor back complaint. The England international also missed United’s defeat to Valencia four days prior, and he was not involved for the meeting with Fulham on December 8. Shaw’s reluctance to make himself available for the Red Devils during their busiest spell in the season irk...

Memphis Depay opens up on time at Manchester United

Memphis Depay reveals that he told Jose Mourinho he would go on to become one of the best players in the world upon being sold by Manchester United in January 2017. Lyon forward Memphis Depay has conceded that he has no one but himself to blame for his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. The Netherlands international lasted just 18 months at Old Trafford after failing to live up to the fanfare that surrounded his £25m move from PSV Eindhoven in 2015. Depay was signed by Louis van Gaal and sold by Jose Mourinho, going on to regain his best form during his two years in Ligue 1 with Lyon. Speaking to The Times, the 24-year-old admits that he never truly saw eye-to-eye with Van Gaal, but he does not want to point the finger at anyone else for his failed stint in English football. “...

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