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Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Barcelona and Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie. Barcelona and Manchester United meet at Camp Nou on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. It will be the 13th time the heavyweight clubs have faced off in a competitive fixture, with Barca winning five and losing three of those. The Catalan giants have come out on top in each of the last three encounters, though, including a 1-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Arguably the toughest choice of all to make is in goal. David de Gea is widely considered by many to be the best goalkeep...

Romelu Lukaku demands “desire and more quality” from United

Romelu Lukaku called for more confidence, arrogance and focus as Manchester United look to reach the Champions League semi-finals by overcoming Barcelona next week. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face an uphill battle at the Nou Camp after Luke Shaw inadvertently gave Barca a 1-0 win in Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford. United rallied after that early setback and unsettled Ernesto Valverde’s side on numerous occasions, giving Lukaku and his team-mates confidence of a memorable turnaround in Spain next Tuesday. “We have to believe and have the desire and more quality than today,” the Belgium striker said. “Be better on the ball and then you never know what can happen in football. “I don’t think we played with the same arrogance...

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...

Ruben Dias snubs Manchester United for Atletico Madrid?

A report claims that young Benfica defender Ruben Dias has chosen a move to Atletico Madrid over Manchester United. Manchester United have reportedly suffered a transfer blow after being told that Benfica youngster Ruben Dias intends to join Atletico Madrid instead. The 21-year-old was believed to be a prime target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to partner Victor Lindelof in the heart of his defence for the coming seasons. A number of other European heavyweights have also been keeping tabs on the Portugal international, though, and AS reports that an agreement may already be in place with Atletico. United were said to be willing to pay £52m for Dias, but agent Jorge Mendes has told the Red Devils that they will have to look elsewhere. However, United may have better luck in their attempt to sign...

Preview: Wolves vs. Man United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Premier League clash between Wolves and Man United, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Manchester United will be seeking revenge when they make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, a little over two weeks on from their FA Cup loss at Molineux. Wolves picked up a 2-1 win in the quarter-final tie to inflict a damaging defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but it was not enough to prevent the Norwegian from landing the United job on a permanent basis. Wolverhampton Wanderers © Reuters Sticking with what appears to be the theme of their season, Wolves followed up their fantastic result against Man United with a disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of Premier League strugglers Burnley at the weekend. If there has been one critic...

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...

How Man Utd could line up with Coutinho, Griezmann, Sancho

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up if they land some key transfer targets, including Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Jadon Sancho. Manchester United have been linked with a host of big names ahead of the summer transfer window as they look to re-establish themselves as Premier League title contenders. The 2018-19 campaign appeared to be heading for disaster until Jose Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen an instant improvement in form. The Red Devils have dragged themselves back into top-four contention and reached the Champions League quarter-finals under the Norwegian, who is now expected to get the job on a permanent basis. A sense of renewed optimism around Old Trafford has raised belief that the club will attract some of Europe...

Result: Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota dump Manchester United out of FA Cup

Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota fire Wolverhampton Wanderers to Wembley with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Wolverhampton Wanderers have defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Molineux to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, courtesy of second-half goals from in-form strike duo Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. © Reuters The first half gradually improved as it went on, taking 15 minutes for the first shot to arrive through Marcus Rashford‘s effort from 25 yards that was comfortably dealt with by John Ruddy. Only in one other away game all season have United had more touches of the ball in the first half of a match than they managed here, against Newcastle United in January, but they struggled to turn possession into chances. With half an hour ...

Result: Arsenal beat Manchester United to claim top-four advantage

Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang register as Arsenal beat top-four rivals Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to inflict a first Premier League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he replaced Jose Mourinho. The Gunners picked up the victory through a first-half strike from Granit Xhaka, which David de Gea should have kept out, and a second-half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Romelu Lukaku wasted a couple of big chances for United either side of Xhaka’s goal as United, unbeaten in 12 top-flight matches before today, slipped below their opponents into fifth place. Arsenal’s top-four destiny is not quite in their own hands, though, as Chelsea can draw level on points if they win thei...

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...

Rio Ferdinand: ‘Alexis Sanchez could be finished at Manchester United’

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand suggests that Alexis Sanchez’s career at Old Trafford could be over. Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has hinted that Alexis Sanchez‘s career at Old Trafford could be finished, having failed to impress since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December. Solskjaer has overseen an incredible change at United over the last few months, but the Norwegian has been unable to alter the form of Sanchez, who has struggled badly since a 2018 move from Arsenal. The 30-year-old has only managed one Premier League goal this season and is now facing “six to eight weeks” on the sidelines with the knee injury that he picked up against Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Ferdinand has claimed that the fact...

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...

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