Manchester United confirm permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United have confirmed the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their head coach. The Norwegian was initially handed with the caretaker role shortly after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December and the progress made with the club since then has convinced the hierarchy to reward him with the permanent managerial position on a three-year contract.

“It’s truly an honour. I think everyone knows, and I’ve spoken about it in the last few months, that this is the dream job for any football-interested man, especially anyone who has been involved with Man United. Being given the opportunity now to move the club forward, with all the potential there is, it’s fantastic.” he told the club’s official website.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United lacked intensity against Wolves

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the Red Devils lacked the intensity on the playing field as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-final. The Red Devils had nearly two-thirds of the possession in the Cup tie, but they were outwit by a Wolves side, who managed to score goals with the counter-attack.

Speaking after the game, Ole acknowledged that the result was very disappointing and the performance is probably the worst by the team under his interim management, he said: “It was very disappointing. All in all, they deserved to win because they had the better of the chances. Yes, we dominated possession but we never really felt in control and I never really felt that we put them under pressure. It seemed like they were happy with how the game went in the first half and then, of course, it’s disappointing giving easy goals away. What was missing? Quite a lot actually. Today was the poorest performance we’ve had.”
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Manchester United could be sweating on the fitness of star player Paul Pogba, after the French midfielder limped away,during Tuesday night’s draw with Burnley.Pogba, who scored an 87th-minute penalty to spark United’s late comeback, will be assessed by the club’s medical staff, after being subjected to an array of heavy tackles in the hard-earned draw with Sean Dyche’s side. Victor Lindelof went on to rescue a point for United in injury time, as the team failed to wina game for the first time since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge

United would be looking to return to winning ways, having not dropped a point in eight of their first nine matches under new manager Ole Gunner Solksjaer,when they travel to Leicester on Sunday, but Pogba appeared to throw his participation in that match into doubt by limping through the mixed zone at Old Trafford after the Burnley game.

Romelu Lukaku refuses to compare Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has refused to compare between Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the aftermath of the club’s 3-1 triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round. The Belgium international has generally been a bench warmer under the guidance of Ole but he was handed a rare start at the Emirates where he grabbed the man of the match with a couple of assists.

Speaking after the game, Lukaku was asked to compare the managerial qualities of Mourinho and Ole but he happened to restrict himself from doing so. He added that he has plenty of respect for the recently departed Mourinho, who brought him to Old Trafford in the first place, he said:“I’m not going to compare the two managers. I believe that Mourinho has done a lot for his club. He won trophies, so I have a lot of respect for him. He is the coach who signed me.”
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Mourinho proud of his players

Jose Mourinho stated that he is proud of his Manchester United players following the draw against Arsenal. He said that his players were ready to fight on the pitch and they created enough opportunities to win the game. He said that this is a good performance especially during this difficult period that the team has been through.

The Portuguese manager chose to leave Lukaku as well as Pogba on the bench as he wanted to bring in more fighting spirit in the team. He said that the players that he has chosen have not let him down and that they have given their best on the pitch.
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Michael Owen heaps praise on Marcus Rashford after showing at Southampton

Former Liverpool and Manchester United star Michael Owen has heaped praise on the performance of Marcus Rashford following the Red Devils’ 2-2 Premier League at Southampton on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side experienced the worst start to the game after conceding two goals within the opening 20 minutes but they managed to level the scores before the break after a couple of assists from Rashford.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen highlighted that Rashford was outstanding throughout the game and him conceding the free-kick for Cedric Soares’ goal could be termed as the sole negative from the match, he said: “I thought he’s been outstanding today. He made two mistakes for the free kick for Southampton. But he’s the one player, we spoke before the game about running, it’s very, very simple but in this day and age you have to run and run fast and be direct and make things happen. I think that Rashford by and large is the only player in the Manchester United team that does that. I thought Ashley Young had a good first half. But Rashford runs at players and it causes havoc, it changes the picture all the time.”
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Manchester United legend expects decision on Jose Mourinho’s future

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand has indicated that there should be some sort of discussions regarding Jose Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford following the club’s poor start to the league campaign. The Red Devils suffered their third defeat of the season against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon and this has already put them nine points behind the lead of the table.

As a result, the supporters have already voiced the concern regarding Mourinho’s position at the club and Ferdinand feels the hierarchy should not withstand the club’s woeful league run any longer, he said: “There will be conversations at the top level about the future of the manager and the squad. The basics are not being done and something has to be said. You can’t let a situation like this continue throughout the season – wars in the press, leaks, players on one side of the dressing room, Mourinho and his staff on the other. If that continues this will be one of the worst seasons in the club’s history.”
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Mourinho wants more time

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants some time in order to improve the team. He admitted that his team has had some bad results but he believes that they have been playing well.

He said that they dominated the first half against Tottenham Hotspurs but unfortunately for them, they could not manage to score.
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Mourinho on pre-season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said that the World Cup is disrupting his pre-season program. He said that most of his players have been on international duties for their countries and that they have been given some extended vacation.

He said that this will definitely affect his pre-season and that there is no doubt that Manchester United might suffer at the start of the season.
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Paul Scholes blasts Jose Mourinho recent struggles with Manchester United

Manchester United has recently been snatching mediocre results after having tied with Burnley in their latest Premier League match and a few days after that losing against Fenerbahce in a Europa League encounter.

Jose Mourinho and his squad have alto sustained recent losses against Chelsea and Watford while only being able to draw with Stoke City and Liverpool.

A former Manchester United player, Paul Scholes has recently come out and voiced his thoughts about what is happening in Old Trafford and why the club where he used to perform in have been disappointing so much in these past few weeks.

‘’Manchester United were rattled really, they couldn’t handle it. For most of the game they Fenerbaahce bullied United. With the two centre-backs it looked like they were going to concede goals all day long.Great strike from Wayne, of course it was, but they huffed and puffed again like in the first half. Paul Scholes said as he talked about Manchester United’s defeat against Fenerbahce.

Paul Scholes continued on revealing his thoughts about Manchester United and he believes that they will continue to suffer for a few more years as he said: “We have had a painful three years. The next 18 months to two years could be very similar until this manager gets the team he wants’’

It’s very clear that Manchester United has been struggling with the entire squad of Jose Mourinho not being able to replicate their performances from the start of the season when they managed to secure successive triumphs over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.

Out of the 4 opening Premier League matches of the season, ZlatanIbrahimovic was able to score 4 goals but he has failed to score another league goal since September 10 when Manchester United faced off with Manchester City.

When the main goal-scorer of your team has not been able to score a single league goal for your team in almost 1 month, this is a huge sign that something needs to change.