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Ole Solskjaer on refereeing error in Southampton, Sheffield clash.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


“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!”



Solskjaer keen to extend Cavani’s period at Man Utd


United have not beaten Wolves in four attempts since Nuno Espirito Santo’s men returned to the Premier League two and a half years ago.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Edinson Cavani still has years left as a top striker and is keen to extend the Uruguayan’s contract at Old Trafford.


The 33-year-old Uruguayan signed a one-year deal in September after months without a club since leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

United have the option to extend Cavani’s contract for another season and Solskjaer suggested he expects the club to do so.

“At the moment he looks like he has a few years left in him so I wouldn’t say anything else,” said Solskjaer when asked if Cavani will remain for another season.

“He’s been a great influence and has made a great impact since he’s come here.”


Cavani has scored four goals in 13 appearances for United and came off the bench to set up Bruno Fernandes’s goal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leicester.

However, Solskjaer dismissed suggestions Cavani’s role will be that of an impact substitute.


“He’s definitely a starter. You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else,” added Solskjaer. “He’ll probably start more games that he will not start.

“He’s so meticulous and professional with his habits, everything about him shows why he’s had the career he’s had and, at the age he’s now, he’s still one of the fittest players we’ve got.”

Cavani will be available for the visit of Wolves to Old Trafford on Tuesday, but could soon be back on the sidelines after being charged by the Football Association with misconduct for a social media post.


After scoring twice as United came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 last month, Cavani thanked a friend on Instagram using the Spanish word “negrito” (small black person).

Both United and the player said at the time that the word was clearly used in an affectionate manner and has different connotations in South America.

But Solskjaer is hoping his side’s struggles at home early in the season have been blown away by a 6-2 thrashing of Leeds in their last outing at Old Trafford.

“We are improving definitely, we’re getting better and better at finding different solutions in different games,” said the Norwegian.


“But we know that Wolverhampton have got quality as well and they will give us problems if we’re too open.”

Victory could take United up to second in the Premier League table should other results go their way on Monday.



Solskjaer: Don’t compare Fernandes to Ronaldo ..

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday that it would be unfair to compare new signing Bruno Fernandes to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 25-year-old followed the path first made famous by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo in 2003 when he joined United from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Solskjaer said that Fernandes would play a part in Saturday’s game against Wolves at Old Trafford, but warned against comparing him to his illustrious compatriot.

“Cristiano is unique so to compare the boy to him is not fair. Obviously we hope Bruno is going to come and have a fantastic career at Manchester United,” he said.

“He is another piece in the jigsaw and I am sure he is going to give us that X-factor that we have been missing at times this season.”

Fernandes said after signing that his “love of Manchester United” started while watching Ronaldo play for the club.

United were finally able to land Fernandes after chasing him for several months and Solskjaer says the Portugal international reminds him of former teammate Paul Scholes with his ability to make goalscoring runs from deep and provide assists.

Fernandes, who will wear Scholes’ old number 18 shirt, scored eight goals and set up six others for Sporting in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this season.

“Bruno is a goalscoring and assisting midfield player, a little bit like Paul Scholes,” Solskjaer added.

“He can strike a ball fantastically and he’s got wonderful technique. He will also get assists from set plays and with his range of passing.”

Scholes won 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and a host of other medals during two spells with United across the Alex Ferguson era.

“He’s a similar type to Scholes, fiery as well, with the same number on his shirt,” Solskjaer said.

“Bruno can do absolutely everything. He can play as one of three in midfield, as a number 10, he can play in off the wing, he can play in a diamond. But we will give him the time to find his best position.

“Of course we bring him in to play and we believe in him. But we are going to give him time to settle down in a new country and a new league with new teammates.”

Fernandes has arrived with United fifth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who they play in their first game back after the winter break.

United are also through to the Europa League last 32 against Club Brugge and are still in the FA Cup.

Now the transfer window is shut, Solskjaer is ready to focus on the last three months as he tries to salvage a troubled season.

“I’m happy and confident that these players will keep improving. You cannot control results but of course, we are going to fight for a higher position in the league and trophies in the cups,” he said.


We didn’t play well enough – Solskjaer speak after defeat to Burnley

…says we need to sign quality players

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United need “quality” signings to help his mentally fatigued young squad after losing to Burnley.

The Clarets plunged more misery on United as they beat Solskjaer’s side 2-0 to claim their first win at Old Trafford for 58 years.

It was a similar story for United as they enjoyed over 70 per cent possession and a huge amount of territory but had no end product, reports Sky Sports.

Solskjaer is currently without key players Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford through injury and is hopeful of strengthening his squad before the January window shuts.

United are willing to pay in excess of £30m for Birmingham City’s 16-year-old midfielder JudeBellingham while Bruno Fernandes has told Sporting Lisbon he is desperate to join United.

Sky Sports News understands there remains a willingness from all parties to get a deal done for the 25-year-old before the deadline on January 31.

Solskjaer said: “I’m responsible for what is happening on the pitch, we’re looking to strengthen, we need to strengthen. We know that.

“We took the decision to let some players go as we needed to start afresh with a clear sight on the target in front of us which is a certain type of player. We know we need to get quality in and numbers in.

He added: “We are working to improve and get players in. Hopefully, we can get something over the line. These players are stretched, and I’ve got no complaints on any of them – they give everything they’ve got.

“We’ve got to stick to our values, stick to our beliefs. And knowing that there is no use feeling sorry for yourself. Go out tomorrow, the next day with the same commitment and get ready for Sunday. We are stretched. Some of the players have played more than they should’ve – more mentally rather than psychically, they need a mid-season break.”

‘It’s down to me to get these boys going’

United could have moved to within three points of Chelsea in fourth with a win but Chris Wood’s goal and a stunning effort from Jay Rodriguez further dented their hopes of climbing the league.

Although it was only their second home defeat of the campaign, the frustration was clear to hear from the home sections of the ground.

“We didn’t play well enough – they scored their chances, we didn’t take ours,” Solskjaer said.

“It was disappointing. Lately, we’ve played better in these types of games and dominated. Today we didn’t get the first goal and that took a lot of belief out of us. Burnley do make it hard to play against them. The players are disappointed but they gave everything once again – the effort is there.

“I’m in charge, so it’s down to me to get these boys going. On the pitch we’ve got a few leaders there and there’s young players experiencing these kind of expectations. It’s a difficult period. It’s a hard period for them. They’ve only had 10-12 games some of them. Brandan (Williams) has been fantastic, Aaron (Wan-Bissaka) has been fantastic. We expect a lot of them but sometimes you understand these performances.

David De Gea | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“We as a group didn’t perform well enough and they deserved the win.

“Today wasn’t a fair reflection on this group of the season – they’ve done fantastic at times. I can’t sit here and do anything but hold my hands up and say ‘that’s not good enough for Manchester United’ but that’s where we’re at with all the players.

“It’s not like we’ve got 10 players on the bench that we can rotate – they’ve played and they’ve done fantastic.”


Pochettino state his wishes before he can replace Solskjaer as United’s manager

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino is willing to replace Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of the season if the Red Devils’ hierarchy give him full control over transfers at Old Trafford, according to Metro UK.

Pochettino has been long admired by Man United’s board and was thought to be their first choice after sacking Jose Mourinho in December 2018.

Talks have already begun with the Argentine as he wants control over singing of players at the club.

Pochettino has been without a job since he was sacked by Tottenham last November.

He recently refused to rule out the possibility of returning to management in either Spain or England.

Man United have started the season poorly and Solskjaer is under pressure to turn things around quickly.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino

Last weekend, United were defeated 2-0 by Liverpool and now sit in 5th place on the Premier League table.

Solskjaer’s side will now face Burnley at home in their Premier League fixture on Wednesday night.