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Solskjaer Aware of Difficult Times; Hopes to Rebound Against Atalanta

Solskjaer Press Conference

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United are experiencing a poor run of form, four losses in their last seven games in all competitions. Ole is on the fan’s “hot seat”, as he seems to still have backing from the board.

“You know we’ve progressed over the years. Sixth [place in the Premier League] when I was here for half a season, then third, second, you can see the progress, improvement, development and this season we still want to improve. We’ve signed some players that have raised expectations, other teams have signed players and improved as well so we’re in the same boat all the top teams, there’s pressure all the time,” said Solskjaer when asked about the direction of the club.

“There’s pressure on me, of course. But we’ve been through this before and we’ve come through it stronger as individuals and as a team. I’m just looking forward to the response now. As you said, I’m in dialogue with the club all the time, that’s an open and honest discussion all the time.”

That could change with a loss to Liverpool this weekend. The fans seem to split lately, but a couple of more losses this week and the board could start to assess the Norwegian closer. The opinions of others are always going to be out there, especially when you are the manager of one of the wealthiest sporting organizations in the world.

Solskjaer in a way has to understand the criticism constructively, but not let the opinions of others shake him so that he has a clear head, his judgment should not be clouded.

“No, it doesn’t affect me. Of course, you see some of the comments once in a while. I didn’t see what he [Jamie Carragher] was saying now. Of course, we’ve got Liverpool on Sunday as well so Jamie is always looking at all these little things. I’ve got my values, I’ve got my way of managing and I believe in myself, as long as the club believe in me, I’m pretty sure Jamie Carragher’s opinion is not going to change that.”

Manchester United and Solskjaer know that they can not look ahead to Liverpool and sleep on the attack minded Atalanta side who have finished third place in Serie A the last three years.

“I’m very impressed by Atalanta’s way, call it the Atalanta way to put it that way. The style they play, the way they develop players, the results they’ve had in the last few years, the manager is clearly very strong, and he wants his team to play in a certain way. Of course, we signed Amad from Atalanta, we’ve watched them quite a lot and it’s a team with attacking philosophy that I think most lovers of football enjoy and like,” said Solskjaer.

The morale has not been high in the club lately, understandable when you hit some poor form for the mood to be low. If players were happy after the loss they would be scrutinized. The only thing that can change that is winning, simple as that. A couple of wins this week would be huge for moral.

Solskjaer was joined by Marcus Rashford in his press conference. The forward scored in his return from injury and his a huge boost to the side.

“When you’re asking about the mood, of course it’s not the gimmicky, jovial, happy camp, they’re focused and determined. As Marcus said, you look at yourself [and ask] ‘what you can do to help the team?’ I’ve seen a reaction from the players and conceding four goals is a big eye opener for us that we need to improve on different levels, lots of details” said Solskjaer about the mood.

“That’s what we’re aiming for now, a win against a very good Atalanta side by the way is going to be massive for us and a big boost,” said Solskjaer.

Ole’s Presser Against Leicester; Varane Out, Rashford Possibly In

Manchester United v Leicester Preview

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday. They travel to Leicester to face the foxes in a matchup that has gone either way in recent years.

Manchester United will be without Raphael Varane after he was injured for France. Varane suffered a groin injury whilst playing in the UEFA Nations League Final.

“Yeah, you know the international breaks, sometimes it’s a time to cross your fingers and hope for the best because as we see with Raphael, he’s got an injury, out for a few weeks, but then again Victor [Lindelof] and Eric [Bailly] played in the internationals and got good game-time so that was good for us,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“With regards to Fred and Edinson, they played a full game this morning – half one it kicked off! So of course, we’re not counting on them. We’ve got to give them the time to rest and recover, which of course you have to.”

United could get an attacking boost, Marcus Rashford played behind doors last week and could boost a recently stale attack.

“He’s in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right, but he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off. He’s been really bright this week, he had a 60-minute involvement behind-closed-doors last week so he’s fit and raring to go.”

Manchester United have a tough run of games that begins with Leicester and lasts all the way to November 6th, their final match before another international break. United will face Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City in that run.

Ole does not want to look past Leicester, a side that has had some good matches against United and vice-versa. United and Leicester played in somewhat of a Champions League Play Off match when they met on the final day of the 2020 season.

“We need to keep that going, keep attacking, keep having the Man United DNA as well as defending well, come together as a team, make sure we’re hard to play against. I can’t think [about] Atalanta now, Liverpool. It’s only Leicester. And that’s probably going to be the key, that we only focus one game at a time, maybe even spells in games. We’re looking forward to this run. All the best players want to play against the best teams, and we’ve got some of the best teams coming up.”

United had a 13-match unbeaten run snapped by Leicester last season. The Foxes won two and drew one with the Red Devils last season including a FA Cup Quarter-Final victory.

“It’s early on, early doors in the season. Sometimes, you don’t really see the real picture so early and, of course, they’re in the Europa League as well, so they got so many games. I have the utmost respect every time we play Leicester because they’ve signed well again, got good players; sometimes it takes times to gel. I’ve seen good football at times, and at times, like most of us, they’ve conceded goals that they shouldn’t. As every time we go down there, it’s going to be difficult.”

DIETMAR “DIDI” HAMANN – YOU ARE A DODO!

Written by John White for Manchester United Did You Know That

I will be honest and say that I am not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest fan in his role as our manager, but I am not prepared to sit back and allow an ex-Scouser and ex-City Blue to say what he said about Ole without responding in defence of Ole, a Manchester United Legend.

https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/12426742/hamann-expects-man-utd-to-sack-solskjaer-soon

He also said that The Theatre of Dreams was The Theatre of Nightmares.

Who does “Didi” as he was known, think he is?  And when did he become a football commentator or pundit because up until today, I have never really heard from him (I am not on Twitter)?  I do recall him criticising Ronaldo for “showboating” against his country, Germany, in an international fixture.

I was livid with what he said about Ole, and I hope my fellow Reds, are too.

This half red/half blue is totally out of order.  What right does he have to talk about Ole, Manchester United or Old Trafford when he was never good enough to play for us?

Who is he?

Oh, I remember him now.  He won the Mickey Mouse Treble (FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup) with Liverpool in season 2000-01, two years after Ole won the “Real” Treble with us in 1999.  Hamann joined Liverpool from FC Bayern Munich in the summer of 1999 and left them in 2006.  

In June 2006, Hamann actually signed a pre-contract to become a Bolton Wanderers player but then had a “change of heart” and was with Bolton Wanderers for less than a single day before he changed his mind and signed for Manchester City.  He played for the third best team in Manchester (United were Top Dogs and then they had their Reserve Team) from 2006-09, the pre-oil days, and won absolutely nothing with our neighbours.  What a difference he made.  Not!

His full name is Dietmar Johann Wolfgang Hamann.  The famous German composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most famous composition is “Requiem,” and the story told in “Amadeus” isn’t true.  Mozart’s Requiem is still one of the most moving pieces in all of classical music. The fact that he wrote it on his deathbed and it had to be completed after he died only makes it that much more impressive.  Didi was far from impressive and he was most definitely not regarded as a classic player.

As far as I am concerned, Didi is a Dodo, he’s extinct in the history of the world’s biggest and most famous football club, MANCHESTER UNITED.

Auf Weidersehen Didi.

And in case you cannot recall your German roots, that mean’s Goodbye!

John White

Questions Abound After United’s 1-1 Draw With Everton at Old Trafford

Up Where We Belong

Manchester United’s poor performance and amateurish rotation choices let Everton leave Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw on Saturday. The minute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s match day squad was announced an audible groan was heard throughout Old Trafford.

This time it was not just the defective pairing of Scott McTominay and Fred that left fans scratching their heads. Ole decides it’s best to leave in form Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba on the bench and gives Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani their first starts. 

Games are coming thick and fast this season and you need to carefully rotate your squad to ensure the least amount of player injuries and to keep from running players into the ground. Starting an out of form Martial and Cavani is just not the answer.

This is the last match before the international break, you need to start Ronaldo and Pogba and sub them once you go up two goals. Or at the very least, start an in form Jessie Lingard with Cavani. Martial has looked like a shadow of his former self in his one and only sub appearance earlier this season.

Martial Gives United The Lead

United started the match strong with Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw looking threatening down the left. Aaron Wan-Bissaka provided a great looking cross early in the 6th minute for Martial, who jumped early and missed a clear goal. Martial’s “ring rust” would take some time to wear off in the match.

Despite United starting strong, Everton would slowly start to catch United out at the back with sloppy passes and what is becoming a norm, giveaways in our own half.  

Just before the end of the first half United would get on the score sheet through Martial. Some lovely build up play from Wan-Bissaka and Greenwood with a deft touch from Fernandes allowed the Frenchman to open his body up for an angled shot past Jordan Pickford in goal.

Everton Level

United started the second half in control with Everton looking helpless. In the 56th minute Ole brings on Ronaldo and Sancho for Martial and Cavani. This was the Portuguese superstar’s 200th Premier League appearance and he played like he wanted to mark the milestone with a goal. Making runs behind and getting himself open whenever possible. Sancho looked lively on the right, dribbling past defenders and getting others involved in attack.

From a cleared United corner the ball makes its way to Demarai Gray who brushes Fred aside not once but twice. The Brazilian looked incredibly weak as Everton broke at pace down the middle. Abdoulaye Doucoure passes to an open Townsend who fires a shot low beating David De Gea. Everton looked to have some life breathed into them, counter attacking United at will. Ole decides to shore things up in midfield and puts Pogba on for Fred.

Everton thought they had scored the winning goal in the 85th minute after getting undone by another counter attack. Yerry Mina has his easy tap in taken back because he was offside. Ole and the rest of Old Trafford breathed a sigh of relief after that.

It was a tense final 15 minutes with United’s final opportunity being a weak shot from Sancho saved by Pickford. It was a weak effort all around by United and Ole set the team up to fail with his team selection. The International Break couldn’t have come at a better time for United with a tough run of fixtures to come. 

Man Utd will have a tough October and early November. This is their upcoming fixtures: Leicester City, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City.

Manchester United face must win situation at Old Trafford; “The focus is on three points.”

Atalanta Preview

Manchester United will host Villarreal in the Champions League tomorrow at Old Trafford. Because of Manchester United’s loss in Switzerland against Young Boys, this makes the Villarreal a must win.

Manchester United currently sit at the bottom of their group table, it is only the second game, but a draw or a loss will put United in a really deep hole when they host Atalanta in a few weeks. Atalanta could have four points when they come to Old Trafford. They face Atalanta a couple of hours before the United match.

Plenty of eyes should be on that match, a draw in that match would be a good result for Manchester United. When asked about the difficulties of having no or only one point from two matches, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded the difficulties to having a bad start.

“If you end up with zero or one point from the first two games, you need to win the last four, probably. It’s still not a must-win game but it’s a very important game definitely. As I said after Young Boys, home games, if you get three wins at home and you win one away game, you should be through. The focus is on three points.”

“It’s a group stage, there’s only six games, you need 10, maybe 12 points to go through most likely and we lost three points last time. Atalanta and Villarreal drew last time too, Villarreal getting one point at home maybe isn’t enough for them to say a draw on Wednesday is good enough for them either. It’s two teams that will be going for three points.”

Manchester United Team News

It will not be easy for the Red Devil’s defensively. The acquisition of Raphael Varane in the summer does make things a lot easier, but the loss of Harry Maguire, the suspension of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the possibilities of Luke Shaw only being on the bench makes it somewhat challenging for Ole.

Especially at fullback. Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles might not be fully fit. Ole spoke about the possibility of changes in formation for Manchester United because of injury possibilities.

“But of course, the more injuries you get in defense, you might have to do tactical changes, formations – that can happen. I’ve got Eric [Bailly], Raphael [Varane], Victor [Lindelof] – three very good centre-backs that I can chose from and still Alex [Telles] and Diogo [Dalot] are not 100 per cent fit. Hopefully, Luke can be involved but we’re not sure yet.”

Scott McTominay and Fred look likely to start in the game in the midfield with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in front of them. Edinson Cavani could also get a start after making an appearance against Villa. Mason Greenwood could be dropped after a poor performance against Villa, but someone has to do some work.

“First of all, the stats for them two together, we’ve had many good results. The energy they give us, the way they broke up play against Villa. I think they’re very instrumental in that respect, they have energy [McTominay and Fred] and desire too. There’s two I can trust that can always give you what they’ve got.”

Manchester United have had a tough time lately after beating West Ham in the league. Losers of three of their last four games and no goals in two makes this match a high pressure match. Ole understands it and embraces it.

“That pressure is a privilege. To work in this environment, you have to embrace that pressure. If he says we need to win a trophy this season or next, well because of the backing, I have to say yes, I have been backed and the progress and the process has worked well.”

Manchester United Bailed Out By Old Hero In The 90th Minute

David de Gea's save wins the game for Manchester United

Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men grabbed all three points in a heart-stopping match against David Moyes’ West Ham. Ole made two changes to the side that lost to Young Boys mid-week in the Champions League.

Jordan Sancho and Donny van de Beek made way for Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood. After losing mid-week to Young Boys United are finding it tough to find some consistency early in the new season.  

First Half

United started the match well and didn’t show the sluggishness that they have been starting matches with lately. Raphael Varane looked good at the back, breaking up passes and taking the ball off of attackers. United found a lot of joy attacking down the left with Luke Shaw finding passes into West Ham’s box. United had the bulk of possession early in the match but neither keeper was really tested yet.

The match seemed to go back and forth with both teams playing some good football. West Ham would let United have possession and look to catch United on the break with some counter attacking football. Bruno Fernandes had the best of the early chances when his volleyed shot, from a Luke Shaw corner, is deflected onto the post by Lukasz Fabianski.  

West Ham Take the Lead

Against the run of play West Ham take the lead 15 mins from half time. Jarrod Bowen passes to an open Said Benrahma at the top of the United box. He is able to get a shot away that takes a huge deflection off of Varane and beats a flat footed De Gea. United’s defense had trouble keeping hold of the ball throughout the match. Harry Maguire in particular was guilty of giving the ball away to often in bad spots, allowing West Ham to attack on the break.

Ronaldo Scores Again

After West Ham’s goal United started to put more pressure on the West Ham defense. Fernandes was the main attacking threat today and gave the assist for Ronaldo’s goal. In the 35th minute Fernandes puts in an inch perfect cross into the box for an on rushing Ronaldo.

He is able to hit a right, side-footed volley directly at Fabianski but he couldn’t keep hold of the ball. It spills right to Ronaldo and he promptly puts it in the back of the net to get United level. Ronaldo has now scored 4 goals in 3 matches for United.

This was United’s 100th Premier League goal against West Ham, which is the most against any team. Just before half time Mason Greenwood slots a pass through to Ronaldo who is breaking down the left. Ronaldo hits a low, right footed shot that looks to be going in saved by Fabianski.  

Second Half

United started the second half full of energy and was able to create some chances after controlling the majority of possession. West Ham are still playing 10 men behind the ball looking to catch United on the counter. Half-way into the second half United start to look tired, McTominay and Fred are looking like they need a break. Many fans were suprised to see McTominay starting having just come back from a groin surgery. He did not look his best and did not look like he was match fit.  

With West Ham starting to attack and control possession more, Ole finally puts some subs on. In the 73rd minute Paul Pogba comes off for Lingard, who gets some applause from the West Ham fans due to his loan spell with the Hammers last season. Greenwood makes way for Jordan Sancho.  Maguire and Fred are having a tough second half and both look tired.

Penalty or No Penalty?

In the 77th minute Ronaldo goes down in the box after Coufal sticks a leg out after Ronaldo dribbles past him. Martin Atkinson, the referee, didn’t see anything wrong with the challenge and after reviewing the incident VAR agreed. Ronaldo is furious though because it did look like Coufal stuck a dangling leg out and tripped him.

Lingard Gets the Winner

In the 89th minute Lingard gets the winning goal against his former team. Nemanja Matic, who just came on for a floundering Fred, finds Lingard with a wonderful pass that goes between three West Ham defenders. Lingard in the box, turns Kurt Zouma to create enough space for a curling, right-footed shot into the top corner.

It is a wonderful goal but Lingard decides not to celebrate his winner against his former team. He showed some respect for the fans by not celebrating.  Nonetheless, this was a nice way for Lingard to make up for his howler in the Champions League this past week. United look all but assured the three points.  

Ronaldo Has Another Penalty Shout

In the 91st minute Ronaldo is brought down again in West Ham’s box, this time by a leggy Zouma.  Even though this one looks like Zouma completely misses the ball and takes out Ronaldo, Atkinson waves play on. Much to Ronaldo’s dismay, VAR doesn’t even bother having a look at the play. United’s bench and Ronaldo are steaming at the missed penalty kick calls.

De Gea’s Heroics Give United All Three Points

Just as the match is about to end, in the final minute of stoppage time, Luke Shaw sticks his arm out just as a cross is about to go in the box.  Atkinson is told to go have a look at the replay on the monitor. After watching for less than a minute, he comes back to the field and says it’s a penalty for West Ham. Instead of having a player who is warmed up and has had a kick of the ball, the West Ham manager, David Moyes, puts on a cold, 34 year old Mark Noble.

The only reason I can find for why Moyes would put Noble on is that he hasn’t missed a penalty in about four years. It has been around five years since De Gea saved a penalty, but as Noble walked up to take the kick you could sense that this was getting saved. Noble ends up hitting a terrible pen to De Gea’s left and sees his weak shot saved with a strong hand from De Gea.

Thanks to De Gea’s save, United are able to take all three points and once again come from behind to get the win away from home. That takes the Red Devil’s record to 29 top-flight games unbeaten on the road.  Despite not looking great at the back again, United get another win and sit in second place.

Man Utd Should Comfortably Advance Past Roma With 4 Goal Cushion

Man Utd face Roma with a 6-2 aggregate lead tonight in the Europa League Semifinals. Man Utd took care of business in the first leg of the tie setting up this huge aggregate lead in Rome tonight.

Man Utd had one of their best performances of the season and got a week off because of the protest on Sunday that spilled over onto the pitch. The protests led to the game against Liverpool being called off.

So United should be fresh and ready to see out any danger that Roma has to offer.

Related: Man Utd v Roma Preview

Roma

After the beating from United, Roma headed to Sampdoria in a league match. Again, Roma were outclassed losing 2-0 on the day. Claudio Ranieri’s club was able to finish their chances and see off Roma.

Roma have only won two game since March, they beat Bologna and Ajax in back-to-back games, since then its been poor, four defeats and two draws has Roma limping to the finish line.

The limp has spurred Roma into announcing that Jose Mourinho will be their manager next season. The former Man Utd boss was recently let go as manager by Tottenham.

Man Utd Press Conference and Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would probably not like the way his team got an extra few days off but they did. United will now have to play three games in five days because of the re-schedule of the Liverpool game, stating on Sunday.

Solskjaer advocated for peace after the protests during the press conference and hopes that team winning trophies could ease the tensions with the fans.

As I mentioned in other previews United are getting their fitness levels back, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Edison Cavani are getting their fitness levels back and it has been a huge boost for the club at the end of the season.

“We brought some young staff in, we are working on robustness, resilience, being able to play 50 games for Man Utd. A winning Man Utd team has players who can play 45-50 games at high standard,” said Solskjaer about the expected fitness levels at United.

United should reach the final, SHOULD! Roma probably will not lay over and might fight hard especially early in the game to get a goal or two, it is United’s game to lose.

Could Man Utd be Capable of Another Crazy 6-2 Victory Against Leeds?

Man Utd face Leeds on Sunday, a whole week after they defeated a stubborn Burley side 3-1. Man Utd crushed Leeds earlier in the season 6-2 and the scoreline for this game could be just as flattering for the Red Devils.

Leeds are not a bad team, at times their style of play that could leave them open and Man Utd are in decent goal scoring form lately. Man Utd have scored eight goals in their last three Premier League matches.

Leeds are having a successful season back in the Premier League. They currently sit 10th in the table and could rise to 9th if they were to get a result or a better result than Arsenal, they are level on points with 46, Arsenal has an eight goal advantage on Leeds.

Leeds have not been defeated in the last five games, they defeated two relegation zone teams, draws against Chelsea and Liverpool and a huge victory against Manchester City.

The win against City is an example of Leeds not relying so heavily on an ambitious regardless of who the competition is attack, they sat back and caught City on the counter. A red card for Liam Cooper exacerbated the counter-attacking style.

Even before he got sent off Leeds were not attacking as much as they normally do. The only two shots of the game for Leeds were goals for Stuart Dallas, the utility man is second in scoring this season for Leeds with 7 goals.

Patrick Bamford has returned to the Premier League well this season, his 14 goals leads the squad this season, Bamford also has 7 assists. A solid season for someone who has been criticized in the past and was considered a Premier League flop.

Leeds have scored and given up the same amount goals this season, 50 and they are 10th, kind of weird. Luke Ayling, Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Illan Meslier and Raphinha have all been solid for Leeds this season as well.

Raphinha is an injury doubt for Sunday and Leeds will definitely be without Rodrigo for this game for sure.

Man Utd Team News and Press Conference

Marcus Rashford has not featured in training this week but could feature against Leeds according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Eric Bailly has returned to training after being out with COVID-19 from international duty, he might be on the bench, it is unclear what his fitness levels are like at the moment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke glowing about Leeds and their form and how it will be a tough game for Man Utd. Solskjaer compared this Leeds side to the ones that he played against while playing for Man Utd.

“I have played in some massive games against Leeds, I feel the same now with the Leeds team coming up this year, they are going challenge us. We have to be ready for this game physically and mentally,” said Solskjaer.

Man Utd is getting fit at the right time and are in great form in the league. Man Utd have not lost in the last 12 Premier League matches, if they catch Leeds early like they did last time out, the Red Devils will no have problems scoring goals or creating opportunities against Leeds.

Leeds have shown they can be stubborn and play better defense lately which could negate a Man Utd side that are willing to attack more lately.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are meshing well in the middle and if Rashford doesn’t play, Mason Greenwood and Edison Cavani are in good form to lead the attack.

This match can be looked at as a potential match-of-the-week candidate and hopefully it lives up to the hype. Could Man Utd go out there and destroy Leeds like last time? Absolutely.

Preview: Manchester United v Brighton – Premeier League Matchday 30

Manchester United welcome Brighton in the Premeier League today at 730 p.m. GST. Manchester United took care of Brighton in the first league fixture, a Bruno Fernandes in stoppage time won it for United. 

Manchester United could put some distance on their league rivals, Chelsea and Leicester City both lost on Saturday, a win would see them go 4 points clear of Leicester and 9 clear of Chelsea. 

Brighton have won their last two league games, putting some distance between them and the drop. They are currently 6 points ahead of Fulham. 

In their last outing they easily took care of fellow relegation battlers, Newcastle. Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck was on the scoresheet for Brighton. 

Brighton have had a disappointing season despite having some decent players: Yves Bissouma, Ben White, Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard and Tariq Lamptey. The ladder is out for the rest of the season are all good players. Brighton can defend and like to get on the ball and keep it.

Team News

Manchester United could be without Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Mason Greenwood, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they have been slightly injured. Rashford and Greenwood did practice the morning of the press conference and could be fit. 

Ole spoke with MUTV about the injuries that were picked up during the break. When he spoke about Greenwood and Rashford:

“They need to get through the session on Saturday. They both joined in on Friday morning and hopefully they don’t get any reaction. If they complete the session on Saturday, they’ll be available for selection.”

He also commented on the health of Martial and Lindelof: “Neither of them trained on Friday morning. We’re still waiting for final confirmation on how they are.”

Paul Pogba could be fit and ready to go after receiving healthy amounts of minutes in the international without an obvious reaction.

It will also be interesting who Solskjaer chooses in the net. Before David de Gea became a father he was the first choice goalkeeper in the league. Dean Henderson replaced him in the lineup before the break.

Talkmanunited.com’s Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

Manchester United defeated AC Milan to advance to the Europa League Quarterfinals last night 1-0 on the night and 1-2 on aggregate. 

Paul Pogba returned from injury and came on in the second half. It was a pleasant surprise to have the World Cup winner return to squad, an even better treat when he scored. 

In the 49th minute AC Milan failed to clear their lines after relentless Manchester United pressure in the box. The ball fell to Pogba in the box, he did amazingly well to beat Antonio Donnarumma from the angle.  

Paul Pogba came on for Marcus Rashford and United looked solid with an extra midfielder, forcing Milan to attack on the wings where two of the best defensive fullbacks in the Premier League were waiting.

Pogba had multiple runs where he took on and held the ball on defenders well, forcing Milan defenders to foul him and create openings for his teammates.

The return of Paul Pogba comes at a perfect time, he could play in the FA Cup Quarterfinals at the weekend. It will be nice to have such a great player help finish the season strong and deliver silverware to the club.

Pogba’s moment of brilliance earns him an 8, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well. The San Siro is a hard place to get a result and Manchester United took care of business.

Dean Henderson had a good save on a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header late in the second half. The defense saw the game out and you honestly could not tell that it was a cup game, they even stifled Milan urgency. All 7’s for the defense.

Besides the Zlatan chance, most Milan opportunities were tame. Dean Henderson has kept a lot of clean sheets, but the defense does a really good job at limiting good opportunities.

A little disappointing from the attack minded players, but the result is all that matters in do or die situations. 6’s for the attackers for staying disciplined on the night.

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