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Manchester United discuss Greenwood’s contract.

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The forward has endured a tricky 2020/21 campaign, notching just one goal in his 18 Premier League outings and subsequently slipping down the pecking order.

The January transfer window has barely slammed shut and already we’re being treated to thousands of column inches worth of speculation surrounding Manchester United’s potential summer business.

In truth it’s easy to see why there’s such a clamour for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to add some stellar names to the Red Devils roster – drawing with Sam Allardyce’s West Brom will do that.

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Defensive additions are the hot topic of conversation, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire’s partnership not progressing as many had hoped.

However, with the club’s pursuit of David Alaba, Sergio Ramos, Pau Torres and Franco Baresi on the backburner, rubber stamping a deal which secures the future of one of their brightest stars is as close to quality business as they can get right now.

Mason Greenwood has extended his stay at Old Trafford | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

United have confirmed that Mason Greenwood has penned a new four-year contract which will see him remain at Old Trafford until 2025.

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The forward has endured a tricky 2020/21 campaign, notching just one goal in his 18 Premier League outings and subsequently slipping down the pecking order.

Greenwood has undoubtedly been a victim of his own success, with expectations heightened following his unbelievable form after Project Restart last season as his goals helped secure the return of Champions League football to United.

Such was the movement and the intelligence shown by Greenwood at the back end of last season, it’s easy to forget that he’s still just 19 years of age, and dips in form and confidence are to be expected from someone whose career is still in its infancy.

While he may not be the fixture in the team that he was six or seven months ago, Solskjaer clearly recognises the need to show faith in the young forward – though you would expect that from a former striker himself – and despite Greenwood’s barren spell, the 19-year-old has still clocked up 12 starts in the league this season.

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The United boss knows better than anyone the need to persist and keep plugging away as a forward, and the club’s decision to secure Greenwood’s future at the club may just be the confidence boost the youngster needs to help him rediscover his form of last season.

Say what you want of United’s transfer business over the past couple of years, but their decision to offer Greenwood a new deal not only makes perfect business sense given his undoubted talent, the timing of the move is very savvy.

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Manchester United ‘eyes’ Raphael Varane.

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The same goes for Mings, who has been central to Aston Villa’s improvement this season, as well as the towering 21-year-old Carmo at Braga.

Manchester United have added Raphael Varane, Tyrone Mings and David Carmo to the shortlist of centre back options they are monitoring ahead of the summer transfer window.

Pau Torres, Dayot Upamecano, Jules Kounde are among their other existing targets for the position.

United are keen on landing a new centre back this year to act as a long-term partner for club captain Harry Maguire. Victor Lindelof has struggled to prove himself of the quality necessary to be a regular starter and Eric Bailly is once more battling fitness problems.

90min first revealed back in November that United see a central defender as one of their priorities in 2021.

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The Old Trafford club had admired Torres at Villarreal since last summer and he is at the top of the list.

There is also a feeling his time there could be coming to an end after becoming a regular international for Spain and a release clause just under £60m hasn’t put suitors off.

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Upamecano was also near the top of the list at one stage, although it was rumoured that United were starting to cool their interest when Bayern Munich began pursuing the player. Bayern have since entered positive early talks with the Frenchman’s representatives.

NoRM has also previously reported that United have been closely watching Kounde at Sevilla for many months, as well as Brighton’s Ben White and Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, as they thoroughly weigh up and assess plenty of possible options to make the best decision.

Even as a shorter term solution, United would be interested in Sergio Ramos should the 34-year-old leave Real Madrid this summer.

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However, getting burnt in pursuit of the Spaniard in the past means they would only make a serious approach if that interest was genuinely reciprocated.

The rest of the Premier League ‘Big Six’ have taken a similar view on Ramos, who is most likely to join PSG.

Varane has been heavily linked with United for years, but fresh doubts over the Frenchman’s future at Real Madrid has led ESPN to report that he also now one of the players Old Trafford officials are considering.

The same goes for Mings, who has been central to Aston Villa’s improvement this season, as well as the towering 21-year-old Carmo at Braga.

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Varane has less than 18 months left on his current contract at Real Madrid and a sale in 2021 is the only way Los Blancos could command a reasonable transfer fee for the World Cup winner, who could potentially leave the Bernabeu as a free agent in 2022 if he refuses to sign a new deal.

The 27-year-old will have spent ten full seasons at Real by the end of the current campaign, having joined from Lens as a teenager in 2011, and it has been reported in Spain there is a belief at the club he wants to move on and test himself elsewhere.

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Manchester United speaks on Ole Solskjaer’s contract renewal.

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Solskjaer has been under pressure at times, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has publicly supported the 47-year-old on a number of occasions.

Manchester United are not expected to open contract talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season, at which stage the Norwegian will have one more year left on his current deal.

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Solskjaer signed a three-year contract when he was appointed on a permanent basis in 2019, with those original terms still in place and set to expire in the summer of 2022.

During his time in charge, the United legend has experienced major ups and downs at both extremes.

But the club is generally in a far better place now than when he first took over from Jose Mourinho as an interim in 2018 and returned to the top of the Premier League table earlier this season.

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Even now, United are still second in the standings and are on course to qualify for the Champions League, while the FA Cup and Europa League each offers good potential to win a trophy.

According to NoRM‘s known Media, United could offer Solskjaer a new two-year deal and are prepared to include a pay rise, as well as bonuses.

But senior officials at Old Trafford would rather wait until the distractions of the season are out of the way before kicking off the talks.

What has Ed Woodward said about Solskjaer’s future?
Solskjaer has been under pressure at times, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has publicly supported the 47-year-old on a number of occasions.

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“On the pitch, while there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop,” Woodward said of the situation in November.

The United chief reiterated that stance at a fans forum event the same month, explaining, “Of course, we recognise there’s more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies. But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players.”

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Solskjaer reveal United’s decision on Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.

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Juventus are rumoured to want to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo because his contract is too much of a financial strain as it is..

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the club has an ‘open dialogue’ with star midfielder Paul Pogba about his contract situation and future at Old Trafford.

Agent Mino Raiola openly claimed in December that Pogba had become unhappy at United and wanted to leave.

He also effectively threatened the club by pointing out that his client can leave as a free agent when his current contract expires in 2022 if they refuse to sell.

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Raiola was widely criticised for the timing and bluntness of his message in the same week as a crunch Champions League game against RB Leipzig that United went on to lose.

Pogba and Solskjaer appear to be on good terms | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Pogba was not directly involved but was at least thought to be complicit because he never took any action to deny what his agent had said if it was untrue.

However, things appear to have changed since then. Pogba was in and out of the United lineup at that time and has now re-taken a regular starting place in a team that has improved enough to have forced its way into the Premier League title race for the first time since 2013.

The Frenchman appears happier on the pitch and it is reflected in more consistent performances.

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Previously, he cut a frustrated figure head and shoulders above teammates below his level.

Now, others are much closer to him and complementing his game and vice versa.

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It is still not certain either way will happen at the end of the season – whether he signs a contract or pursues a transfer away, but Solskjaer’s comments suggest there is a healthy relationship between the player and club and the situation will continue to be monitored.

Pogba is out of contract at Old Trafford in 2022 | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul, so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us of course,” the United is quoted as saying by NoRM‘s known Media.

“I’m just happy he’s focused, he’s playing really well and he’s happy in himself and that’s important. You can see Paul now enjoying playing football with a red shirt on.”

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If United cannot convince Pogba to sign a new contract, a sale this coming is a must to recoup a transfer fee before he is able to leave as a free agent in 2022.

Equally, the player, soon to turn 28, will be aware that inking a fresh deal will see him commit the remainder of his best years to the club.

It could end up that staying put and signing a new contract is Pogba’s only realistic option.

Man Utd & Paul Pogba must make a decision by the summer | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out any possible market for him, with the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona all interested but strapped for cash. Were he to run down his contract and try his luck in free agency, he may find that any offers can’t match his expectation.

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Real are prioritising a move for Kylian Mbappe this year but are expected to have to sell a number of players and potentially finance some of the transfer with a loan to afford it.

Juventus are rumoured to want to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo because his contract is too much of a financial strain as it is, while Barcelona are in full-on financial crisis with debts estimated to have spiralled to €1bn.

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Solskjaer’s United suffer disruptions ahead Everton clash.

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Solskjaer and the United squad were then able to go in and carry on their preparations for the crucial game without any further problems or setbacks.

Manchester United endured brief disruption to their preparations for Saturday night’s Premier League clash with Everton and Old Trafford when fire engines were called to the team’s hotel in Salford seven hours before kick-off.

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United typically use the luxury hotel, located just across the River Irwell from Manchester city centre and a short drive to Old Trafford, as a base before home matches.

But when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his squad arrived on the team coach on Saturday lunchtime, fire engines were already on their way to the hotel.

NoRM‘s known Media writes that the United party pulled up shortly after 1pm, only for two fire engines to also arrive almost immediately afterwards.

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Crews of firefighters are said to have jumped from the vehicles and rushed inside, only for it be end up as a false alarm.

Man Utd were greeted by fire engines at their team hotel | Pool/Getty Images

The firefighters are reported to have then left with everything appearing to be fine and the Mirror suggests the problem may have been caused by a fire alarm being set off in the hotel’s kitchens.

Whatever the issue, Solskjaer and the United squad were then able to go in and carry on their preparations for the crucial game without any further problems or setbacks.

After back-to-back games without victory, United returned to winning ways last time out when they thrashed Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford to equal their own Premier League record from 1995.

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The result almost doubled their goal difference, completely reversing the damage inflicted by the 6-1 defeat against Tottenham earlier in the season, and kept United in second place in the table.

A win against Everton would see United go level on points with leaders Manchester City and put the pressure on their rivals, who are in action away at Liverpool just under 24 hours later.

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Updates on Cavani, Bailey’s recovery from injury.

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The Norwegian was then asked whether or not his players had been able to swiftly re-focus after drubbing Southampton in the week.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced the media ahead of the upcoming fixture with Everton at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils go into the game off the back of an enthralling record-equalling 9-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford, bringing back memories of 1995 when an Andy Cole inspired United took Ipswich apart.

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Opponents Everton picked up a valuable three points of their own, albeit in less spectacular fashion, as they overcame Leeds at Elland Road thanks to goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and fantasy football favourite Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Ahead of the game, United boss Solskjaer updated the media on the fitness of Edinson Cavani, who was substituted at half-time against Southampton, and Eric Bailly, before talking about the importance of improving the club’s form at home.

Cavani scored United’s fourth against Southampton but went off at half-time | Pool/Getty Images

“Edinson should be available, yeah, definitely,” Solskjaer said (quoted by Sky Sports). “He got a bad ankle knock there. Eric is a doubt and apart from that everyone’s raring to go.

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“Consistency is of course vital, we have done really well away from home. We bounced back from the Sheffield United defeat now and we feel that we are ready to kick on again and move on and get some momentum.

“We know it is not going to be easy, we play every three or four days. If we can get the consistency, morale and confidence up, who knows?”

The Norwegian was then asked whether or not his players had been able to swiftly re-focus after drubbing Southampton in the week. Inevitably, Solskjaer was confident that facing Everton was already at the forefront of everybody’s minds.

Amad Diallo will have to wait a little longer for his United debut | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

“I don’t think anyone will get carried away with the scoreline because we know we played against 10 men for the full game and of course that’s demoralising when they lose players like they did,” he added.

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“When we got the 2-0, the game was more or less over so it was just about doing the right things. We’ve not mentioned the game at all, really. Now all the focus has been on Everton.”

Solskjaer also confirmed that Amad Diallo, who starred for the club’s Under-23s in their romping win over Liverpool last weekend, would again be action at that level, meaning his appearance at Blackburn will likely delay his Premier League debut.

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Manchester United 17-year-old star, Shoretire makes new agreement.

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United have worked tirelessly to convince him that there is a place for him at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have fought off competition from some of Europe’s biggest sides to agree a professional contract with 17-year-old academy starlet Shola Shoretire.

Shoretire, who held the record for being the youngest player in UEFA Youth League history until it was broken by Dortmund sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in 2019, has enjoyed a hugely impressive season with United, stepping up to the Under-23 side despite his young age.

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The teenager’s rise to prominence has been tracked by the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, but according to the Daily Mail, Shoretire sees his long-term future at Old Trafford.

He is expected to sign his new contract with United in the coming days, and while there’s no mention of the terms on offer, the deal is expected to ‘underline just how much he is valued’ by the club.

Shoretire has regularly been training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team this season and has regularly been tipped to make his senior debut either this season or next, and United have worked tirelessly to convince him that there is a place for him at Old Trafford.

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Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and former United man Michael Owen are all believed to have spoken to Shoretire about his contract situation to help persuade the teenager to put pen to paper, and it seems as though they have done exactly that.

Shola Shoretire has agreed a new Manchester United contract | Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

There were fears that the level of competition for places in Shoretire’s position could convince him to leave.

When it comes to wingers, United already have Rashford, Greenwood and Daniel James, while they committed to spending close to £50m to sign young duo Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri in the summer.

However, despite those lucrative arrivals, United remain committed to Shoretire and have promised him a fair shot to prove himself in Solskjaer’s senior side.

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Shoretire isn’t the only academy gem making waves at United. He played in the recent 6-3 win over Liverpool’s Under-23’s, but it was Diallo and new signing Joe Hugill who stole the headlines by combining for all six goals.

United’s front four, which also featured £10m man Hannibal Mejbri, have all been tipped to make a real splash at Old Trafford in the coming years, with Solskjaer keen to keep injecting his side with home-grown talents.

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9-0: Manchester United vs Southampton – All Goal Highlights | Video

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We present the highlights for Manchester United’s tremendous 9-0 victory against Southampton.

The match started with Wan-Bissaka’s exquisite goal and others follow duely of which martial had 2 goals.

Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty, there was an ‘OG’, Cavani scored one, James scored at 90+3 mins and others to make 9-0.

Watch video HERE » and HERE »

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Mixed reactions on Twitter after United mercilessly torture Southampton in 9-0 win.

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It took seconds for the first jibes to appear as the internet’s best and brightest lined up to take the mickey out of Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is literally Groundhog Day (check your calendar) and we have just witnessed Southampton lose 9-0 in a Premier League game. it is deja vu all over again…

This time, their tormentors were Manchester United and much like when Leicester subjected them to the same scoreline last season, social media greeted the news in typically understanding, respectful fashion.

Only joking.

It took seconds for the first jibes to appear as the internet’s best and brightest lined up to take the mickey out of Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.

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Before we dive into all of that carnage, how about a few stats as a light starter?

United were in merciless form on Tuesday night | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

One of the very best reactions came from the: ‘Has the 9-0 Been Mentioned’ Twitter account, set up in protest of pundits constantly referencing that Leicester defeat whenever they cover a Southampton game.

Of course, they quickly changed the name to the brilliant: ‘Have EITHER of the 9-0’s Been Mentioned.’

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Well, if you can’t laugh at yourself…

Southampton’s bitter rivals, Portsmouth, then got in on the act.

A few famous faced were involved as well…

Read Trending Tweets Attached To The Story HERE »

Even on one of the most historic nights in Premier League history some people could not help but notice how Mike Dean had managed to steal the show, taking an age to review the incident that led to the penalty for United’s eight goal.

Before we let Southampton fans begin their recoveries, we could not live with ourselves if we did not share some of these fire tweets with captured the mood of a momentous evening perfectly.

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Or, more accurately, just made us laugh.

We will see you next time the Saints treat us a nine goal thriller.

Story Source: 90Mins

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Ole Solskjaer on refereeing error in Southampton, Sheffield clash.

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The teenager even added fuel to the clamour for a first-team debut when he made his bow for the Under-23 side over the weekend against Liverpool and scored twice.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken to the media ahead of this week’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Old Trafford, discussing among other things how the club was cost the recent game against Sheffield United by mistakes the referee has owned up to, changes to the Premier League squad and the latest on teenage starlet Amad Diallo.

The referee admits Harry Maguire did not foul Aaron Ramsdale | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Solskjaer has revealed the club has had word that the referee from last week’s shock home defeat to Sheffield United admitted making two incorrect decisions that helped cost his team the game.

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The Blades’ opening goal from Kean Bryan was allowed to stand even though Billy Sharp appeared to push United goalkeeper David de Gea as the ball came over.

To rub salt into that wound a few minutes later, a would be Anthony Martial equaliser was harshly ruled out after Harry Maguire was unfairly adjudged to have fouled visiting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in what seems like a fair challenge.

VAR didn’t intervene at the time, but referee Peter Bankes has concluded in hindsight that both calls were incorrect and should have been reversed.

“I’ve got the delegates’ report from the ref and the two decisions were wrong. They’ve admitted their goal should have been disallowed and our goal should have stood,” Solskjaer said.

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A victory in that game would have put United two points clear at the top as things currently stand, assuming the 0-0 with Arsenal would still have followed the same.

A foul on David de Gea was missed at the time | Pool/Getty Images

But it is too convenient an excuse to solely lean on. United may have initially been on the back foot because of bad officiating, yet they did get back on level terms, couldn’t find a breakthrough to go ahead and still proceeded to concede again courtesy of some utterly atrocious defending.

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Phil Jones added to Premier League squad
United are sending home-grown Teden Mengi on loan to Wayne Rooney’s Derby County for the rest of the season and will draft Phil Jones back into the Premier League squad for extra cover.

Mengi didn’t have to be named in the squad list because of his age so it isn’t a like for like swap in that sense, but the teenager was training with the first-team and so will be a body lost all the same.

Jones was left out of the 25-man selection at the start of the season and so obviously hasn’t played. In the meantime, the 28-year-old has been recovering from another injury.

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“Phil has been recovering from an injury, a knee operation he had, and he’s working hard to be available again. So, he will be included on the [Premier League] list. Hopefully he’ll get his fitness back sooner, rather than later, and be able to play,” Solskjaer explained.

Phil Jones has been added to Man Utd’s Premier League squad | Gareth Copley/Getty Images

There has been plenty of talk about new signing Amad Diallo following his high profile transfer from Atalanta. The teenager even added fuel to the clamour for a first-team debut when he made his bow for the Under-23 side over the weekend against Liverpool and scored twice.

The second of those goals was even an ice cold Panenka penalty.

Solskjaer had said more than once before that game that Diallo isn’t far away from featuring with the first-team but will still be given some time first. That stance hasn’t changed.

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“We’re going to give him the time to settle in, show his skills and adapt. “He can open up defences, and I don’t think it will be too long until he’s involved in a matchday squad,” Solskjaer said.

The Norwegian also reminded that Joe Hugill actually made more of an impact in the game, scoring four goals of his own in the 6-3 victory: “If we go from that game, I’d pick Joe Hugill: scored four goals, should have taken the penalty and got five instead of giving it to Amad!”

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Top Manchester police on Rashford’s racial grill.

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These hateful words have no place anywhere in our society whether online or otherwise.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they have launched an investigation after several Manchester United players were targeted by racist abuse on social media in recent days.

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Defender Axel Tuanzebe and striker Anthony Martial both found themselves facing a flurry of horrific abuse in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United, and Marcus Rashford became the latest to be targeted after the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Tuanzebe was viciously targeted after the Sheffield United loss | Visionhaus/Getty Images

“We are aware of a number of Manchester United football players suffering abuse on social media accounts between Wednesday 27 January and Saturday 30 January 2021,” a statement from GMP read on Twitter.

“Nobody should be subject to such abuse and it is deeply upsetting not only to those who suffer it, but to all those who come across this awful language too.

“A number of these comments have been reported to us and we are liaising with those involved to procide support and we will be investigating these crimes thoroughly.”

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Rashford described the abuse directed towards him as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’, warning those responsible that his pride towards the colour of his skin would never be broken by some so-called fans online.

Marcus Rashford was target by racist abuse online | Michael Regan/Getty Images

On the abuse directed towards Rashford, a spokesperson for Facebook told the BBC: “There is no place for racism on Instagram and we are committed to removing it when we find it.

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Marcus Rashford faces Racial Abuse on Social Media

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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has become the latest high-profile footballer to be subjected to racist abuse on social media.

It comes after United condemned similar abuse directed towards Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe, while Rashford’s England teammate Reece James was sent vile racist messages on Instagram – all of which came over the course of the past week.

Rashford wrote on Twitter:

“Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am.

“No-one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.

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“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them.

“I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”

Rashford’s story strengthens calls for tighter moderation on social media platforms in order to prevent the sort of anonymity that enables individuals to freely spout hatred without fear of consequence beyond a suspension or ban.

The Premier League continues to stand against racism, with clubs taking a knee ahead of every match in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. But more than six months since those shows of support began, we are still seeing players subjected to racist abuse on a far too regular basis.

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James called for change after revealing the extent of the abuse he received, while Premier League chief Richard Masters has asked social media companies to take more responsibility for the hatred shared on their platforms.

He said: “We are in regular dialogue with social media companies, challenging them to do more against discriminatory abuse on their platforms. We want to see swifter removal of offensive messages and improved identification and banning of offenders.”

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Ole Gunnar provides update on Brandon Williams’ Manchester United future.

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The defender gained some vital match fitness in that win, and he’ll be hoping to have proven his worth to Solskjaer’s first team in the process.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that defender Brandon Williams will not leave Manchester United on loan in the January transfer window, despite Newcastle United and Southampton previously expressing an interest in the 20-year-old.

The left-back looked set to leave Old Trafford this winter in order to gain some much-needed experience at the top level, and a deal was believed to be close with the Magpies.

But after Man Utd’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, Solskjaer stated that Williams ‘will stay’ at the club, while announcing that no other players will be heading out of the exit door in the winter window.

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“Brandon [Williams] will stay,” Solskjaer confirmed.

“He played Under-23s against Liverpool today, he needed match fitness. I don’t have any other players that we think will be going. It’s a relentless season and we go again on Tuesday.”

Williams was part of Man Utd’s crushing victory over Liverpool Under-23s on Saturday, when they romped to a 6-3 win, with new signing Amad Diallo scoring a brace – including a cheeky panenka penalty.

Williams fell out of the side towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, and then dropped even further down the pecking order when Alex Telles joined in the summer from Porto.

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Now behind both Telles and Luke Shaw in the race for the starting left-back spot, it appeared that a move to another Premier League club would be his only option to earn some regular playing time, but the Norwegian boss has closed the door on that possibility.

It appears he is wary of injuries leaving them short of quality alternatives across the pitch, so Williams must wait patiently for his chance to arrive, and grab it with both hands if it does.

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Manchester United Manager, Ole backs Cavani despite sluggish Arsenal play

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Those misses proved costly, as Man Utd failed to find the net at the Emirates Stadium, dropping two more points in the Premier League title race

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Edinson Cavani to ‘score a few soon’, after the Uruguayan’s poor finishing cost Manchester United a potential two extra points in a goalless draw against Arsenal.

The Red Devils were not at their best on Saturday, but they did carve out two gilt-edged opportunities for the 33-year-old, but the usually reliable striker first somehow hit Bernd Leno with his close-range effort, and then acrobatically fired wide late on.

..But coach Solskjaer was upbeat after the match, and he backed Cavani to hit a rich vein of form following his poor display against the Gunners.

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“He’s there, I was a striker myself, I had periods when I don’t score, the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson] and everyone around me would say ‘you were there to miss the chances’,” Solskjaer said.

“To score you have to miss a few and he’ll definitely score a few soon.”

Speaking about the game as a whole, Solskjaer maintained that Man Utd created enough chances to beat Arsenal, and claimed that they ‘controlled the game’ despite the Gunners arguably coming closest, when Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick rattled the crossbar.

“We created enough chances to score, we’ll work on that and get them going again. We look at it as one step forward after Wednesday night,” he said.

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“I felt that we controlled the game, the free-kick that hits the bar can always go in, but they didn’t bother us too much. We were a little bit passive outside the box, they had a few too many shots, but David wouldn’t be bothered by too many of them.”

The draw leaves Man Utd trailing Manchester City by three points in the Premier League table, while the Citizens still hold a game in hand over their fierce rivals.

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Aubameyang to miss Manchester United clash.

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Partey and Smith Rowe were both forced off last time out against Southampton, while Tierney missed the game altogether, but all three made it back to training in time to be in contention.

Arsenal are again expected to be without striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.

The Gabon international has missed the last two games, FA Cup and Premier League meetings with Southampton, as he has been taking care of his mother, who has been suffering with an illness.

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He took to Twitter on Wednesday to explain his absence and reveal that his mother has made progress in her recovery, leaving some fans hopeful that Aubameyang may be back in time for Saturday’s game.

However, according to football.london, that will come too soon for Aubameyang, who will remain away from the squad for at least one more game.

“Yes, he’s our captain and one of the most important players,” manager Mikel Arteta said when asked about Aubameyang’s absence. “We are doing everything we can to have him as quickly as possible.

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“But understanding that he’s been through difficult days that he had to support his family. We were here to support him as well with the time that he needed to get that sorted.”

While being with Aubameyang is obviously a huge blow, Arteta has been handed a boost elsewhere as Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney were all part of training in the build-up to the United clash.

Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard was also part of training and is now in line to make his debut for the Gunners, with Arteta revealing his excitement at the prospect of working with such a fascinating young player.

“He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club,” the boss added.

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“He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in the eight or ten positions. He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who’s really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces. He has the capacity to create chances and to score goals.

“Something that he has improved a lot is his work-rate without the ball as well, so it’s another option to give us more creativity for sure in the final third, and give us more options to set up in different ways against certain teams.”

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Lingard loan move to West Ham ‘is a success’

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The former FA Cup final winning goalscorer posted a picture of his bags packed late on Thursday, accompanied by a caption confirming his impending arrival in the capital.

Jesse Lingard has completed his loan move from Manchester United to West Ham until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford throughout 2020/21, and is yet to feature in the Premier League. He’s been restricted to just 179 minutes of action in cup competitions, and last played for United in their FA Cup third round win over Watford at the beginning of the month.

Talk of a loan move away surfaced at the beginning of January, and after weeks of speculation it’s West Ham who have managed to snare Lingard on a temporary deal until the end of the season.

Confirming his arrival on their official website, Lingard told West Ham TV: “I’m excited. It’s another new chapter in my life. Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience. That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.

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“There were lots of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt this was the right move. I’ve obviously had a previous relationship with the manager as he was at Man U and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team. I know a couple of the players as well – I know Dec [Rice] very well from the England side – and I feel I can really settle in here quickly.”

“It’s important that a player and manager have a good relationship. He’s got really good morals, he gets his team working hard and I’ve had a chat with him already and there are no guarantees – it’s down to me to put the work in and put the graft in, to get into the team and play well week-in, week-out.”

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“I can’t wait to show [the West Ham fans] what I’ve got in store. I’m excited and I want to help the team push up the table as far as they can.”

West Ham manager David Moyes, who worked with Lingard during his time at Old Trafford, added: “I’ve seen him play as a young boy, when he was still a wide player on the right, and I’ve seen him play off the left. He’s played for England as a No10, he’s played for England as a No8, and I actually think if we needed him as a False 9, he could do that as well.

“We’re bringing in that versatility, I’ve wanted to try to get an energetic team at the moment and Jesse has been known for his work-rate and effort, so I think he’ll fit in nicely with what we’ve got.

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“I hope he brings us a little bit of quality too, and a winning mentality from Manchester United.”

Earlier on Friday, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted that he expects Lingard to return to the club ahead of next season, when he will heading into the final year of his contract.

That is despite West Ham’s best efforts to insert an option or obligation to buy clause into his loan deal.

“‘We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game with Arsenal (via MailOnline Sport). “He’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues, some periods he had to stay away from us with COVID, isolation and close contact.

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‘[The] rest of the team has done well, little to no injuries, not forced his way into the team – [he can] come back and show he’s a Manchester United player through and through.”

Lingard’s move to the London Stadium is an opportunity to get his stalling career back on track, and seems to be an one that he’s relishing if his recent social media posts are anything to go by.

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Paul Pogba ready to decide his Manchester United future.

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Pogba recently insisted that he will continue to be happy at Old Trafford as long as his side keep on winning, admitting that he struggles to cope when United come out on the losing side – just as they did on Wednesday.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he will sit down with the club at the end of the season to discuss his contract situation.

The Frenchman has entered the final 18 months of his current deal and was widely expected to be sold in the coming summer after agent Mino Raiola publicly claimed Pogba wanted to leave Old Trafford because he was ‘unhappy’.

However, those comments came before Pogba rediscovered his best form and led United towards the top of the Premier League table. All of a sudden, an exit no longer seems as certain as it was just one month ago, and Pogba confessed that he is ready to talk to the club about his future.

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“I am on contract, I am here, I am enjoying myself,” Pogba told BT Sport in the build-up to United’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United. “Everybody knows that I have one year left, I’m going to speak with the club and see what’s going on.

“For now, my objective, my goal is to win something. That’s all I’m thinking about is to win.”

His future is a tricky one to get your head around. In terms of potential landing spots, it’s Real Madrid and Juventus who are usually named a suitors, although neither side has anywhere close to the money needed to land the midfielder.

Should United sell in the summer, they know they would likely make a loss on the £89m they spent to bring him back to Old Trafford in 2016, but he’d still be one of the most expensive transfers of the summer.

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However, whether United actually want to sell is a different matter. Now that he has shaken off the injuries which have plagued him for the last year, Pogba looks like the game-changing midfielder he was supposed to be, and it’s no coincidence that United’s upturn his form has come at the same time as Pogba’s resurgence.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to keep Pogba around, but he may have to keep his side in a title battle if he is to convince the World Cup winner to stay.

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Manchester United loses to ‘away’ Sheffield United since December 1973.

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The Red Devils have made a habit of coming back to take all three points from losing positions this term – but instead it was the visitors who found a second wind.

Sheffield United produced one of the shocks of the season as the Premier League’s bottom side recorded a 2-1 win over title chasing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

It was an energetic, tireless, cohesive performance from the Blades, reminiscent of the displays that they had turned in on a weekly basis last season.

Chris Wilder’s side took the lead after 23 minutes, former Manchester City academy product Kean Bryan rising highest to head home from a corner.

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However, the goal was not without controversy, with Billy Sharp not penalised for a nudge on David de Gea in the buildup. Minutes later at the other end, a foul was awarded against Harry Maguire following a similar incident.

It was the only complaint United could muster after a flat first half performance.

But the Red Devils fought back and found an equaliser in the 64th minute, former Sheffield United academy product Maguire escaping the attentions of the excellent Phil Jagielka and powering home a header.

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United twice failed to clear their lines and Oliver Burke was presented with all the time and space in the world inside the box to fire towards goal, and his effort deflected in off Axel Tuanzebe.

It was a glorious piece of completely calamitous defending from the Red Devils.

It was calamitous defending against a side with just one Premier League win and ten Premier League goals to their name prior to Wednesday evening.

It was ultimately a poor performance from Manchester United, who missed the opportunity to return to the Premier League summit and brought an end to their unbeaten top flight run.

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The result and manner of the defeat also led to fans questioning their title credentials.

But take nothing away from Sheffield United, who produced a stunning performance from front to back. The midfield three of John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck were absolutely everywhere, while their three centre halves were absolutely imperious.

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Liverpool Manager, Klopp lauds Manchester United’s defense.

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Liverpool ended the game with 66% of the ball, and Klopp confessed to BBC Sport that he’s not exactly a fan of United’s preferred approach.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared less than impressed with the way Manchester United set up for the side’s 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Klopp’s men dominated possession and had far more shots on goal, but it was United who had the best chances and would have walked away with all three points if goalkeeper Alisson had not been on his toes.

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“We played football, tried to do it, force them back into their own box,” he said. “The worst thing you can face in the world, in football, is you play against a side with world-class players and they all defend with all they have, deep in the box and only counter-attack.

“It’s really difficult – that’s the biggest challenge.”

Liverpool failed to break down United’s stubborn defence, meaning they are now on a run of three consecutive games without a goal, but Klopp insisted he is not worried by the Reds’ struggles in front of goal.

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“There is nothing fundamentally different, it’s just the result is different,” Klopp stated (via the club’s official website). “We try and we don’t score or we try and we score – that’s a big difference, to be honest.

“It’s not that we ignore the fact and just hope it will be good again. We did that but the only possibility you have to score goals is to create situations and to be ready to fail and to do it again. That’s a massive difference between when you are flying and you score with pretty much each chance you have because then you deal with the missed chances better. It is just information. That is the difference and nothing else.

“I saw my team playing tonight and I saw a really good football team with a clear idea, with super passes, great counter-press and great desire to score – but we didn’t score.

We will create chances and we will score, but I know, now we face Burnley on Thursday and they are not famous for conceding an awful lot of goals.

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Then a few days later we play again against United and they obviously defend with all they have.

“It is not that we just decide from now on we want to score again and now we will do it, but I see the boys really in the situation and I will help as much as I can so that we change it as quickly as possible.”

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United Manager, Ole Gunnar not happy.

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Both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could easily have scored, had it not been for some impressive goalkeeping from Alisson.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed he was disappointed to see his side fail to ask more questions of a makeshift Liverpool defence in Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

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His team sat back and gifted Liverpool the vast majority of both the possession and the shots, although it was United who had the far better chances.

Alisson was the only regular at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson deployed as centre-backs because of the team’s ongoing injury struggles, and Solskjaer felt as though his side should have done more to take advantage of that.

“I know we can play better, but we’re still coming away from here with a point which shows how far we’ve come in a year or even six months,” he said (via the club’s official website). “We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially in the first half.

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“I think we grew into the game and towards the end you felt ‘yeah, it’s here for us to win’ and we created two massive chances and they were two brilliant saves by the keeper.

“I’ve got to be honest to say I’m a bit disappointed at the moment, but still you know you’re playing against a fantastic team and they had more of the possession. But still you want to go here and you know the injuries they’ve had lately, you think you go here and get a result. We didn’t, but a point might be okay if we win the next one.”

United struggled to keep hold of their possession and were wasteful with the ball, often mistiming passes to Marcus Rashford, whose total of five offside calls was the most of any player this season and the most of a United player since Robin van Persie’s six in January 2013.

“We can be more composed, we can have the ball more, we had to defend really often and I thought we gave the ball away too often,” Solskjaer continued.

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“Maybe some moments we missed, when Marcus [Rashford] makes his runs in behind – maybe sometimes we don’t pass it every time he runs and sometimes we missed it when he should have had it. So a couple of things that we need to improve on.

“I wanted Marcus up top. Because of his pace. We just missed a few moments in both the first half and the second half to play that ball a little bit quicker or with a bit more quality. It was there that we could hurt them a bit because we knew about their problems at centre-back.”

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Mourinho got United more penalty goals – Rashford.

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But Rashford is also adamant that United do not go out looking for penalties or are awarded more than they deserve.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has revealed that former manager Jose Mourinho taught him to be ‘more savvy’ in the penalty area so that he is more likely to win a penalty if he is fouled by giving the referee no doubt

A player who tries to stay on their feet when fouled in the box can end up disadvantaged and not getting the decision because a foul is not always as clear.

“When you are making runs in behind or dribbling with the ball and if you see a challenge coming, you don’t want to get tackled because you are looking at an opportunity to score a goal,” he said on Thursday night as he accepted the Football Writers’ Association 2021 Tribute Award.

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“There is no way you are going to let somebody take the ball off you, so for me it is a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals and penalties can happen. There have been times when we have probably not got penalties.

“When Jose [Mourinho] was manager, there were five or six times where I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me, ‘If you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to [get] it.’ After that, we started to get a few penalties.

“It was something, in terms of development, you have to learn and understand.”

Bruno Fernandes attacked by critics for scoring penalty goals.

Jurgen Klopp recently made a pointed jibe that United have had more penalties since 2018 than Liverpool have had in his entire time at the club.

That is true, but this season alone United have had only one more in the Premier League and both have scored five.

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It is actually Leicester that have been awarded far more than anyone else – 10 so far, scoring eight.

Liverpool have also benefitted more from penalties, taken seven additional points as a direct result of scoring from the spot. United over the same period have taken six additional points.

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Manchester United ‘decides’ where Lingard should be.

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Therefore, it seemed likely that the 28-year-old would be allowed to walk away from Old Trafford this month.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will block a January exit for midfielder Jesse Lingard as he believes the Englishman can still play a role at the club this season.

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Lingard is yet to play a single minute in either the Premier League or Champions League this year and instead has been forced to settle for just three appearances across the domestic cups.

There has been plenty of interest in Lingard’s services. The likes of Sheffield United, Newcastle and Real Sociedad have all been linked, and Sky Sports News have thrown Ligue 1’s Nice into the mix as well.

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However, The Telegraph specifically reject the idea of contact with Nice and instead insist that Solskjaer is not keen on pushing Lingard out the exit door this month.

It’s said that Solskjaer still sees value in Lingard as a squad player – someone to plug the holes when the first-team players need a rest or are unavailable – so he does not want to let the midfielder leave the club just yet.

Once this season comes to a close, Lingard will be encouraged to explore other options. He will enter the final year of his contract and United have already used their extension clause to stop him walking away for free this summer.

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Instead of offloading Lingard, United will put their focus in clearing out other unwanted players. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has already sealed a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen, and there are a number of fringe players who could follow suit.

United hope to sell defender Marcos Rojo and goalkeeper Sergio Romero, with the desire to sell Rojo particularly strong as his contract expires at the end of the season. Romero’s is also scheduled to expire this summer, but United have a one-year extension clause to trigger if they want.

Centre-back Phil Jones is also on the market, although United are aware that his £100,000-a-week wages may make a January move impossible and will even harm his hopes of leaving next summer.

The Red Devils may also be waiting until the summer to find permanent buyers for Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira, who are currently on loan with AC Milan and Lazio respectively.

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Neither are expected to return to Old Trafford, and the hope is that the pair can entice some offers over the next six months.

There’s a lot of uncertainty concerning outgoings at United, but one thing which is certain is that striker Odion Ighalo, who has just nine Premier League minutes to his name this year, will leave the club once his loan expires on January 31.

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‘I believe he has special abilities’ – Solskjaer react to Amad Diallo’s maturity.

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Diallo has been used mainly on the right wing at Atalanta, but Solskjaer has not ruled out giving him a chance on the left when he makes his breakthrough in England.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised new Manchester United signing Amad Diallo’s maturity and believes the winger has “special abilities”.

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The Red Devils sealed the signing of Diallo, 18, this week in a deal that could rise to to £37 million ($50m).

The Ivorian made just five senior appearances for Atalanta – two this season – before making the switch to Old Trafford, but Solskjaer is already convinced he will become a valuable asset for his side.

“He’s a young boy who we’ve watched for a few years. We’ve seen him here play in the UEFA Youth League for the kids. He’s got special abilities of course,” Solskjaer told the club’s website.

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“Very good balance, reads the game really well and for a young boy he seems very mature in his decision-making. A boy that we’re excited to develop further.

“Of course we know he’s a young boy who’s going to learn his trade and come into a new country and new style of football, so we’ve got to be patient with him.”

“I think he’s comfortable in many positions. Right wing is probably the position he’s played the most, with his left foot coming inside,” he added.

“Then again, in the Champions League for Atalanta he played on the left – he cut inside and he went outside, so he can play different positions for us. Let’s give him time to find his feet here in England and we’ll hopefully see him soon.”

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It could be a while before he is given a place in Solskjaer’s team, however, as the Norwegian coach wants to give him time to adapt to his new surroundings.

“He joins in the training with the first team and gets settled in,” he said. “Then we need to give him match time – first team or Under-23s, we’re not going to be able to say now. Let’s see how he takes to it. You’ve got kids who just come in and tell us as staff that they’re ready for the difficult games.”

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