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How Manchester United could line up against Everton

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up against Everton as they look to bounce back to winning ways following their Champions League exit. Manchester United take on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend knowing that they can ill-afford any more slip-ups in the top-four race. Following their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, the Premier League is now the only remaining route into next season’s competition for the Red Devils, but they are currently losing the race. Two points separate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side from the top four, and their run of five defeats from their last seven outings is threatening to derail the good work they did in the immediate aftermath of the Norwegian’s arrival. Here, Sports Mole looks at how United could ...

Result: Messi nets brace as Barcelona dump United out of CL

Barcelona book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barcelona booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final at Camp Nou. Barca entered the match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford, and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals of the competition. © Reuters Barca’s team showed one change from the first leg last week, with Sergi Roberto taking the place of Nelson Semedo at righ...

Result: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barcelona reach Champions League semi-finals

Barcelona book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barcelona booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final at Camp Nou. Barca entered the match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals of the competition. © Reuters Barca’s team showed one change from the first leg last week, with Sergi Roberto taking the place of Nelson Semedo at right...

Result: Paul Pogba nets two penalties in Manchester United win

Paul Pogba scores twice from the penalty spot as Manchester United record a 2-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League. Paul Pogba scored twice from the penalty spot as Manchester United recorded a 2-1 win over West Ham United in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Felipe Anderson cancelled out Pogba’s first spot kick early in the second period, but the midfielder netted once again in the 80th minute to secure three huge points for top-four hopefuls United. The result means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have moved above Arsenal into fifth position in the table and now sit just two points off fourth-placed Chelsea with five games left. The 20-time English champions will now switch their attention to the second leg of their Champions League q...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester United and Barcelona ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between the two sides. Two titans of European football go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United launched an unforgettable comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate in the last 16, and will be hoping for a similarly-sized upset over two legs against the La Liga leaders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have lost three of their last four outings, though, whereas Barcelona boast a 16-match unbeaten streak that has taken them to the brink of a second successive domestic title and kept them on course for the treble. Here, Spor...

How Manchester United could line up against Barcelona

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona. Manchester United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening for arguably the pick of the Champions League quarter-final ties. The Red Devils have stuttered in recent weeks but the feel-good factor still remains following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who masterminded the incredible last-16 comeback away to Paris Saint-Germain. After a full week’s rest between games, United will know the importance of taking a positive result into the return match at Camp Nou next Tuesday. Ahead of the sides’ first meeting since the 2011 final, which Barcelona won 3-1, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer could set out his side. Out: Alex...

Phil Jones hails Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as “a breath of fresh air”

Phil Jones says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a “breath of fresh air” at Manchester United. The 1999 treble hero was rewarded for his exceptional caretaker stint with a contract to stay on as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor for the next three seasons. There was a celebratory atmosphere ahead of Watford‘s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, when Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial goals sealed a narrow 2-1 win on an uncomfortable afternoon. Solskjaer knows it was a “sloppy” display and Jones accepts it was far from their best, but the long-serving defender is excited for the future and loving life under the Norwegian. “The lads are buzzing,” the England international said. “He’s come in, he’s been a breath of fresh air for...

Result: Manchester United overcome Watford to go fourth in Premier League

Manchester United move above Arsenal into fourth position in the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-1 win against Watford. Manchester United have moved above Arsenal into fourth position in the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-1 win against Watford at Old Trafford. In what was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s first match since being appointed permanent boss, the Red Devils secured an important three points to return to the Champions League positions. Watford were excellent for long spells of the contest, but goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial saw the 20-time English champions return to winning ways following back-to-back defeats. © Reuters United’s team showed four changes from the one that started the FA Cup defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers before the international br...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their first domestic defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Molineux on Saturday evening. After the high of their miraculous comeback against Paris Saint-Germain last week, United were brought back down to earth with a bump as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday. The result leaves them playing catch-up in the top-four race once again, but for now their focus must switch to the FA Cup – a competition which provides their most realistic chance of silverware this season. Here, Spo...

Combined XI: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United

Ahead of the Champions League showdown between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both sides. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United face off once again at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. PSG were 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on February 12 – the first time the European heavyweights have met in a competitive fixture. United have been in terrific form over the past two-and-a-half months, but they make the trip to the French capital with as many as 10 first-team players absent through injury and suspension, including key man Paul Pogba. The hosts are also expected to be without two star attackers in Neymar and Edinson Cavani, though the l...

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...

Manchester United prefer Milan Skriniar to Kalidou Koulibaly?

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is reportedly the top choice for Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window as they attempt to strengthen their backline. Manchester United may reportedly focus on bringing in Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan as they continue their pursuit of a new centre-back. The Red Devils are believed to have whittled down their shortlist of potential options to three players ahead of the summer transfer window. As well as showing a long-term interest in Skriniar, United are also rumoured to have been tracking Napoli‘s Kalidou Koulibaly and Joachim Andersen of Sampdoria. Andersen is close to joining Tottenham in a £22m deal, however, and Napoli are refusing to budge on their huge asking price for Koulibaly. The Independent reports that Skriniar is the...

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