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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...

People are taking Manchester United seriously again, says defender Phil Jones

Phil Jones believes everyone is taking Manchester United seriously again having been “a bit of a laughing stock” at the start of the season. Few could have predicted the upturn in fortunes that caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen since replacing Jose Mourinho in December. United have won 10 of the Norwegian’s 11 matches in the hotseat, leading him to break records, become United’s first manager of the month since Sir Alex Ferguson and be installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to get the job permanently. WWWWWWWWDWW pic.twitter.com/hGid1WyXgY — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 9, 2019 Solskjaer’s excellent audition continued with a 3-0 win at embattled Fulham on Saturday – a result that moved them into the top four for the first time s...

Result: Paul Pogba stars as Manchester United coast past Fulham

Paul Pogba scores twice as Manchester United coast to a 3-0 victory over struggling Fulham in Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage. Manchester United have moved into fourth place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory over Fulham in Saturday’s clash at Craven Cottage. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial put United into a two-goal lead within 23 minutes, before a spot kick from the impressive Pogba completed a comfortable afternoon for the visitors. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now won 10 of his 11 games in caretaker charge of United, while Fulham remain in 19th position and seven points adrift of safety. Fulham should have been ahead within the first 60 seconds of the game but after some good work from Andre Schurrle down the right flank, Luciano Vietto somehow fa...

Manchester United players ‘convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will stay’

Manchester United’s players are convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed the club’s long-term manager, according to a report. Manchester United‘s players are reportedly convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed the club’s long-term manager. Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm in December, and the Norwegian has led the Red Devils to nine wins and one draw from his first 10 games in charge. United are now within touching distance of the top four in the Premier League table, while they will enter next week’s last-16 Champions League first leg with Paris Saint-Germain full of confidence. Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones have recently signed new contracts with the club, while it is thought that Ander Herrera, Ashley Y...

Phil Jones desperate for new Manchester United deal

Phil Jones reveals that he is desperate to land a new contract at Manchester United, with his current deal due to expire this summer. Phil Jones has revealed that he is desperate to land a new contract at Manchester United. Jones, 26, will see his current deal with the Red Devils expire at the end of the season and there has been speculation surrounding the centre-back’s future over the last 12 months. The England international has been a regular since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as head coach of United in December, however, featuring in each of the team’s last seven Premier League matches. Jones has actually played more than 200 times for the Red Devils since arriving from Blackburn Rovers and the centre-back has urged the club to open contract talks. “I&...

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...

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

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Manchester United’s home Premier League clash with Burnley. Manchester United will be looking to make it nine straight wins under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they welcome Burnley to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday night. United have won each of their last eight matches, including six in the Premier League, to move to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the table with a lot of football still to be played this season. Man United © Reuters Even in Solskjaer’s wildest dreams, surely the Norwegian would not have expected to be in this position when he replaced Jose Mourinho as head coach of United last month. Solskjaer was brought back to Old Trafford with the view to improving mora...

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...

Marcos Rojo to leave Manchester United at end of season?

Marcos Rojo will reportedly be the first casualty of Manchester United’s plans to strengthen their defence. Manchester United are to get rid of Marcos Rojo in the summer as part of a defensive overhaul, according to a report. The Argentina international is a forgotten figure at Old Trafford, being used just three times in all competitions this season. Rojo left United’s training camp in Dubai early last week to return to his home country, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer giving the versatile defender a chance to clear his head. According to The Telegraph, the 28-year-old will be the first casualty of the Red Devils’ plans to strengthen their backline ahead of next season as he is considered the most expendable of the club’s five central defenders. The last of Rojo’s ...

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

Sports Mole previews the final Premier League match of 2018 as Manchester United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Manchester United host Bournemouth in the final Premier League match of 2018 this Sunday looking to continue their recent revival. The Red Devils have won their last two matches since sacking Jose Mourinho, and take on a Bournemouth side coming off the back of a heavy 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Man Utd © Reuters It will take a bit more time to determine whether Manchester United’s recent improvement is more down to Mourinho’s exit or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s own good work, but there has been a tangible change in the atmosphere at Old Trafford since the switch was made. United scored three or more goals on just two occasions in Mourinho’s final 23 le...

How Manchester United could line up against Huddersfield Town

Ahead of the Boxing Day clash between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town, Sports Mole looks at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could line up at Old Trafford. Manchester United play host to Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to sit in the home dugout in a managerial capacity for the first time. Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last weekend, and the Norwegian marked his arrival by guiding United to a 5-1 win at Cardiff City on Saturday evening. The result has left United eight points adrift of both Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for a Champions League spot at the end of the campaign. Solskjaer has a number of options available to him, and here Sports Mole looks at how his team could line up at Old Trafford. Out: Alexis Sanchez (thigh), Romelu Lukaku (compas...

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