Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that some Red Devil players require a reality check following the club’s poor run of form over the past month. The Red Devils have won just two of their previous seven matches across all competitions and this has dropped them outside of the top four while being eliminated from the FA Cup and Champions League.
Speaking in a news conference, Ole said that he is impressed with most of the players in the current setup, though a few require a reality check ahead of a crucial run of fixtures, he quipped: “Most of the players have really impressed me with their attitude. But of course there are some that need to get a reality check on where they’re at.
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Former Liverpool star John Arne Riise has said that the Reds may require some assistance from Manchester United in order to secure their maiden Premier League crown this term. Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed an exceptional season by their standards in the top-flight but they are still one point behind Manchester City in the pursuit of the title.
Speaking to BeIN Sports, Riise acknowledged that the title race could go down to the wire and United could have a major say on the Reds’ prospects of securing a maiden Premier League crown, he said: “Well I hope we get some help from the neighbours of City, Man U. They’ve got to meet them away from home. Man United have got to win as well to get to the top four. So I look at that game, it could be crucial for City. But they’re looking so strong. Yes [Liverpool can win six out of six], yes [Liverpool will win six out of six]. They will win, but there are some tough games, they haven’t played at their best lately.”
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he has the ambition of playing for Real Madrid, although he is content at Manchester United at the present point of time. The France international was heavily linked with an exit from Old Trafford following his mixed relationship with Jose Mourinho in the first half of the season but his stance seems to have changed with the Portuguese’s departure from the helm.
Speaking to reporters, Pogba indicated that he is presently content with his proceedings at Manchester United, where he was recently handed the captain’s armband under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the World Cup winner did not hide his ambition to play for the outgoing European champions and stated that he has the dream of pursuing the switch at some time in the future, he said: “At the moment I’m happy in Manchester. I play. There’s a new coach. Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always said it is a dream club for every player.”
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The calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take over at Manchester United on a full-time basis are growing louder and now the Class of ’92 are beginning to join the chorus of approval. Ryan Giggs has become the latest ex-player to recommend Solskjaer for the hot seat at Old Trafford and you’ve got to imagine now that the most successful crop of players in the clubs history are weighing in, the hands of the powers that be at Manchester United will become slightly more tied.
Giggs has suggested that the club appoint Solskjaer but keep it private so that the Norwegian can begin planning for the future now and not in the summer when precious time would have elapsed. One of the main reasons Giggs alludes to is that Manchester United have been playing catch up for a while now and haven’t been building for the future correctly. Continue reading “Giggs backs Solskjaer for Man Utd job”
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Manchester United were tactically weak in the midfield department where Paris Saint-Germain dominated the proceedings. The Red Devils were fancied to outclass a Les Parisiens side, who were without the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani upfront but they experienced the complete opposite with the French club securing a 2-0 triumph in the end.
Speaking on BeIN Sports, Wenger indicated that United were dominated in the centre of the park where the French outfit went with five midfielders compared to their three. He added to emphasise the importance of holding onto possession for longer periods at home which was simply not the case for United during the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.
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Morocco international Medhi Benatia has revealed that he turned down advances from Manchester United and Arsenal in order to raise his children in a muslim-based country. The central defender has been tipped to head to the Premier League from Juventus during the winter period before he made the shock move to Qatar with Al Duhail.
The former Roma man has since made his debut for the Middle East outfit and speaking to the club’s official website, he has now revealed that the move was based on religious reasons, he said: “I faced criticism from the Moroccan sports critics after moving to Doha but I want everyone to respect my decision because it was the best for me and for my family.”
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Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has highlighted that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought back the happiness within the squad after guiding the club to five successive victories. The Norwegian was hired as the interim boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho and the 45-year-old has managed to transform the club’s fortunes with the perfect record.
Speaking to Manutd.com, Romeo highlighted that the squad are much happy than they were before and this has partly contributed to the improved performances on the playing field, he said: “We’ve had a great run. Not just the results, but the way in which we have won the games as well. Scoring five goals in one match was a big boost to confidence and was really something. What we’re showing now, after a great Christmas, is only right for a club of this stature, [it] proves what we can do. [The manager] knows what he wants to achieve – both for the club and us as individuals. You can see he has brought to the club a certain happiness and it is going well.”
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