Solskjr must chuck out Manchester United chintz or Ole years are doomed | Barney Ronay

Four members of the Manchester United back five run ragged in the Champions League defeat at Barcelona were brought to the club by Sir Alex Ferguson On the stroke of half-time Lionel Messi did something awful, but also quite funny, to Phil Jones. Messi had spent the previous 45 minutes picking up the ball in half-spaces and running in a series of vengeful repetitions at Jones and Chris Smalling. This time Messi took the ball just past the centre circle. He saw the space ahead of him. He also saw Jones ahead of him. As the United man veered back into his path there was a nutmeg so gentle it was almost loving. The Camp Nou let out a roar. …

Manchester United must be streetwise against Barcelona, says Solskjr

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjr said his players must learn from their defeat to PSG while Chris Smalling added he is looking forward to facing Lionel Messi Ole Gunnar Solskjr has warned Manchester United they will need to be streetwise to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League, with the manager hoping lessons will be learned from their to progress on away goals but Solskjr wants his side to be cuter against Bara. Reflecting on a time when his side had 10 victories from his opening 11 games in charge, Solskjr said: Some of these players will have some tricks up their sleeves, streetwise players. Weve learned from that PSG game the mood was a little bit different because …

Ole needs a sporting director with United in his veins Gary Neville | Eni Aluko

Ole Gunnar Solskjr could do with some help at Manchester United and Gary Neville is a club legend with business experience In the week Michael Emenalos departure. At Chelsea, there seemed to be a transfer policy that was very clear, bringing in young players such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, who have gone on to do great things. Emenalo was responsible for many of those signings and was a steady force for many years. But when he left, the club seemed to lose its sense of direction. Play Video 1:53 Zinedine Zidane is back at Real Madrid, while you have famous former players such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard who have started their managerial careers and will …

Anthony Martial goal proves key as Manchester United hold off Watford

Manchester United beat Watford 2-1 in Ole Gunnar Solskjrs first game as permanent manager, with Anthony Martial adding to Marcus Rashfords opener and Abdoulaye Doucour replying The sun shone, a gigantic banner sporting Ole Gunnar Solskjrs face swirled in the Stretford End, and Manchester United claimed victory. This was the perfect way to herald the Norwegians full-time appointment as manager and to respond to the last two defeats. It was hardly pretty: United were stuck in second gear, the goals coming some time apart, but as winning while underperforming is a yardstick of a good team it was a satisfactory afternoon, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial the home scorers, with Abdoulaye Doucour producing Watfords late response. The first 20 minutes …

Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 2: Leicester to Wolves

Fans rate the season so far, and predict what lies ahead Leicester The mood has really lifted around here in the few weeks since Brendan Rodgers arrived. After months of grim, sluggish football, the Foxes are starting to rediscover their swagger again. It might all be too little too late for this season but the longer-term future is looking bright again. More of this please Hamza Choudhury. Make no mistake, hes going to be a top-quality player at this level, but for some reason he never seems to be able to hold down a place in the team. Yes hes young and we do have three more experienced central midfielders, but if Rachid Ghezzal can find himself a place in …

FA Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend

VAR inconsistency in the FA Cup, Nuno Esprito Santos stock continues to rise, and James Maddison shows his class 1) Barkley gets the Goodison pariah treatment Ross Barkley would have known what kind of reception awaited him at Goodison Park: the type rained down on previous Everton escapees such as Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott. Goodison might not be much longer for this world, with the latest suggestion being a new stadium for 2023, but for now it retains oldfashioned menace to those who have transgressed the Evertonian code. Barkleys crime among the faithful is to have left Goodison on a cut-price transfer to Chelsea in the January transfer window of last year after running down his contract. As he …

Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjr

Ole Gunnar Solskjr said Manchester United hold no fear of Barcelona but would need luck on their side in the Champions League quarter-final Ole Gunnar Solskjr has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following week, with the winners facing a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto. The draw also threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose next opponents will be Ajax or Juventus. Solskjr said United were not scared to face anyone, having The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Liverpool against Porto is a rerun of last seasons …

Arsenal fire warning to Spurs that race for north London has not yet been won | Barney Ronay

Unai Emerys Arsenal have Premier League rivals and the Champions League in their sights after a victory over Manchester United Were coming for you, were coming for you. Oh Tottenham Hotspur, were coming for you. At the end of a raucous, fun, potentially vital Premier League afternoon at the Emirates the home fans had already turned their eyes towards the other power in north London. Last month, as Tottenham buzzed about just behind the top two, it became fashionable to point out that winning the league was in Tottenhams own hands. Which is, of course, the least secure place of all to be for winning the league. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Instead Arsenal attacked …

Solskjrs promotional video hints at permanent Manchester United role

Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for next seasons Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so. The 46-year-old is in interim charge until the summer and is keen to continue beyond that. He is unbeaten in the Premier League going into Saturdays match at home to Southampton. Asked whether it was strange to do promotional work, Solskjr said: Itll be stranger to see yourself in the video if youre not here but no its not strange …