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Result: Pogba sees red as PSG beat Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain inflict a first defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain have put one foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Old Trafford this evening. The Ligue 1 leaders switched gear in the second half as quickfire goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the visitors two crucial away goals and a commanding advantage to take back to the Parc des Princes on March 6. The result sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffer his first defeat in his 12th match as United manager, and their misery was compounded late on when Paul Pogba was sent off to ensure that he will miss the return leg in P...

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...

Premier League Team of the Week – Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 25, including Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and five Chelsea players. The Premier League title race is hotting up with 13 games remaining of the season and the gap at the top of the table is now down to just three points. Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 win over Arsenal to put the pressure on Liverpool, who could only respond with a 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Monday night. Tottenham Hotspur are also right in the mix courtesy of their 1-0 win over Newcastle United, meaning that just five points now separate the top three. The battle for a top-four spot also took a few more twists and turns over the weekend as Arsenal slipped from fourth to sixth courtesy of their defeat at the Etihad coupled with wins for both Chelse...

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...

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...

Result: Manchester United thrash Cardiff City in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game

Manchester United thrash Cardiff City 5-1 to get interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign off to a perfect start against his former club. Manchester United scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement this evening as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s interim reign got off to a perfect start with victory over Cardiff City in South Wales. Eyebrows were raised when Solskjaer was appointed as boss until the end of the season, but a mixture of the Norwegian’s arrival and Jose Mourinho‘s exit seemed to take the shackles off United as they produced their best performance and biggest win of the season. The former Cardiff boss could not have made a better start against his old club when Marcus Rashford gave United the lead af...

Jose Mourinho hints at defensive injury crisis

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho suggests that he is facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that he is facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool in the Premier League. United rounded off their Champions League group-stage campaign a 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday night. Mourinho made a number of changes to his starting XI, but the United manager has revealed that he had limited options with Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial and Diogo Dalot all unavailable. Whether any or all of the five players mentioned will be available for the trip to Liverpool remains to be seen, while there is also uncertainty surrounding the fitness of Luke S...

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

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between Valencia and Manchester United at the Mestalla, including prediction, team news and head-to-head records. Manchester United have an outside chance of snatching top spot in Champions League Group H when they face Valencia at the Mestalla on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho‘s side have already secured their place in the last 16 of the competition at the expense of their Spanish opponents, but could progress as group winners if they win and Juventus fail to beat Young Boys. Valencia © Reuters Valencia go into Wednesday’s match already knowing their fate, with the Europa League awaiting them in the New Year. Marcelino‘s side have won just one of their five group games so far this season, with that coming a...

How Manchester United could line up against Valencia

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for Wednesday’s Champions League showdown with Valencia at the Mestalla. Manchester United will have the rare luxury of playing without pressure on their shoulders when they take on Valencia at the Mestalla in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday night. A late 1-0 victory over Young Boys on matchday five secured United’s place in the last 16 of the competition with a game to spare, and there is even the outside chance that they could still win the group. A win over Valencia coupled with Juventus falling to a shock defeat at the hands of Young Boys would see United leapfrog the Italian giants, although the Red Devils will know that is an unlikely scenario. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Jose Mourinho could ...

Jose Mourinho refuses to disclose team news to MUTV

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho refuses to give a detailed update on his team news to the club’s in-house television channel. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho refused to give a detailed update on his team news to the club’s in-house television channel ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal. Mourinho is facing a selection dilemma in defence, with Ashley Young suspended, and Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly all currently carrying injuries. Phil Jones and Luke Shaw picked up knocks in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, meanwhile, meaning that Mourinho will have to put together a makeshift defence for the clash with the Gunners. The United boss, however, was not prepared to discuss which players would be available, despite bein...

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