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Updates on Cavani, Bailey’s recovery from injury.


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.


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.


“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.


“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.



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


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.


“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.


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.



United Manager, Ole Gunnar not happy.


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.


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.


“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.


“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.”



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


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”.


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.


“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.”


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.”



2-0: United coach hail team on city’s trash.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outstanding record against the rest of the Premier League’s big six improved on Sunday as he led his side to a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring midway through the first half before Scott McTominay caught Ederson out of his net to fire home from long range late on and seal all three points for United.

Understandably, Solskjaer was in a jovial mood when speaking after the game (via the club’s official website). Here’s what he had to say.

On the Importance of the Result

“The result is always the deciding factor. I’m so happy with a win and another three points. The performance was as expected against them because you know that you have to defend well.

“The first 15-20 minutes were harder than maybe we should have made it. We started hurrying them and harassing them higher up and created chances, we had some big ones.

”It’s a privilege to have players like this. The desire and work-rate, that’s what I think the fans love about these players. To see the connections between the players, the team and the fans today [Sunday] – what an atmosphere.

“At the end, seeing everyone in the stands. You turn around and you see Sir Alex [Ferguson] up there, he is proud and it’s a big moment for every one of us.“

On Whether United Can Compete for the Title Soon

“We feel we’re improving all the time and we know we lack one, two or three players and some experience, to be considered a title contender. We know that and we’re not going to start talking about that now.

“We start talking about getting up the table, getting more points and challenging for that top four because Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead of us for my liking.”

On Keeping Eight Clean Sheets in Ten Games

“Look at the two goals we’ve conceded though – one shouldn’t have been given against Club Brugge because the ball was rolling [from their goal-kick] and the last one was David [De Gea’s mistake], so we are getting there.”

On Fred’s Booking for Diving

Shortly before half time, midfielder Fred was shown a yellow card for an alleged dive in the penalty area, although replays showed that was more than a little unfortunate to not get the decision.

”He should have had a penalty, it’s a clear penalty. It’s a clear kick on his ankle [by Nicolas Otamendi]. It is one of those things that you hope doesn’t come back to bite us, but we got the result we needed.”

On His Forwards’ Relationships

“Anthony and Bruno [Fernandes] have hit it off but Bruno is that type of player. Of course, we’ve got set routines and I’ve seen them do it before. We’re going to improve as a team, they’re going to improve as players, because, you know, there were two or three times today, head up and we score goals.

“Twice Dan James could just square it, once for Bruno, one for Anthony. Anthony should square it for Bruno. Those little things they’ll come, but it’s a privilege because they want to learn as well and they listen to the advice we give them.”