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Manchester United v West Ham: FA Cup fifth round – live!

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 20:46

8.46pm GMT

55 min: And now, indeed, a fourth West Ham sub. Yarmolenko, who had been struggling, comes off and the young former United striker Ademipo Odubeko is on. Narrative incoming ... ?

8.45pm GMT

54 min: Best chance of the game there for Rashford, who is alone at the back post after a Greenwood cross evades Martial but faced rapidly by the excellent Fabianski, who spreads himself and blocks.

8.44pm GMT

53 min: Incidentally, I think Diop’s replacement by Fredericks was as a concussion sub. So West Ham can use another.

8.43pm GMT

51 min: It is snowing lightly at Old Trafford. Best thing that’s happened yet!

8.41pm GMT

50 min: Johnson has started well down that left side and a strong run sees Maguire forced to cut out his low cross.

8.40pm GMT

49 min: The longer this goes on, the more tempted Solsjkaer will be to haul on Fernandes and/or Cavani.

8.38pm GMT

46 min: West Ham are now playing with a back three – or five, whichever way you look at it. Ryan Fredericks has also come on, replacing the replacement Diop, so he and Johnson will be wing-backs.

8.37pm GMT

Man Utd kick off, after being left in the cold by West Ham for a fair few minutes, and we’re surely in for a better half this time. The visitors make a change – Ben Johnson on for Bowen.

8.31pm GMT

The second half is three or four minutes away – don’t go anywhere ...

8.25pm GMT

There was a real live cupset earlier. Richard Jolly was at Burnley 0-2 Bournemouth for us:

Related: Sam Surridge and Junior Stanislas on target in Bournemouth win at Burnley

8.24pm GMT

Halfway to being Moyesied...

Pretty much ...

8.20pm GMT

Neil Carter writes: “Terrible game, just terrible. I have seen a fair few mediocre midfielders play for Man Utd over the last 40 years but Fred has to be up there as one of the most pointless. I just don’t get what he’s good at. Poor Donny, playing with him and Matic, devoid of confidence and lacking match fitness, I hope things improve for him he looks bewildered at times. Diallo on in the second half please!”

8.18pm GMT

Not the best. West Ham lost Ogbonna early on, in the process of snuffing out a Martial chance, but otherwise a fine save by Fabianski from a deflected Lindelof header was the best of the action. The Hammers livened up in the final 10-15 minutes of the half without creating much. All to play for, and hopefully it opens up a bit.

8.15pm GMT

45 min: Coufal blocks from Martial but Van de Beek, who teed him up, is offside. We’ll see three added minutes.

8.13pm GMT

43 min: West Ham’s Good Spell continues, with one cross from the right going begging. No real chances created, but they have drawn United’s sting.

8.11pm GMT

40 min: Rice bustles down the left but doesn’t see a potential pass to Yarmolenko and the ball ends up with Henderson. Better from West Ham in the last six or seven minutes though.

8.09pm GMT

39 min: Martial is OK, I think. He’s rubbing his forehead but is up and about. Diop actually seemed the worst hit but looks set to carry on too.

8.08pm GMT

38 min: It’s helped on at the near post and then Martial heads away *ever so bravely* from the onrushing Diop, taking a whack in the head for his trouble as they challenge. Both men go down. That was painful and this doesn’t look great. Is this going to be a concussion issue?

8.06pm GMT

36 min: Bowen takes too long over a West Ham counter and Van de Beek – he’s playing! – pops back to sort him out. Moment later the Hammers earn a corner ...

8.04pm GMT

34 min: Nearly something for them there, though, Yarmolenko helping the ball through to Bowen. The forward would be in on goal if it wasn’t for a rapid recovery from Telles.

8.03pm GMT

33 min: West Ham spend a little time in the opposition half, but to nought.

8.01pm GMT

31 min: United haven’t got Van de Beek involved yet. It needs to happen for him, otherwise this is going to become a game they ask Bruno Fernandes to come on and prise open ...

7.59pm GMT

28 min: Another Man Utd corner comes to nothing, but they are piling pressure on now. More props required for that Fabianski save, by the way. It was magnificent, especially given the deflection en route.

7.58pm GMT

27 min: Save! Telles outswings that one, Lindelof jumps, his header clips a defender and seems sure to trickle past Fabianski – but he leaps to his left and tips it away!

7.56pm GMT

26 min: Smart one-two between Martial and Rashford there, but Noble is the latest Hammer to block well. United then win a corner and perhaps a chance to carve something clearer. It’s worked short and eventually results in another corner.

7.54pm GMT

24 min: It’s attack against defence currently, but the former are showing little suggestion that they will break down the latter. West Ham are, as always, very well organised.

7.52pm GMT

22 min: Now Rashford has a go best described as “speculative”, but Dawson charges it down. West Ham have A Lot of men behind the ball.

7.51pm GMT

20 min: Matic lashes over from range. West Ham look like a team that’d happily take this the distance.

7.49pm GMT

19 min: That injury aside, West Ham will be happy enough with their start. United haven’t been able to rack up much tempo yet.

7.46pm GMT

16 min: Now Cresswell blocks from Greenwood after Martial lays off. Bodies on the line here from West Ham. Issa Diop will now bring them back up to 11 in the unfortunate Ogbonna’s place.

7.46pm GMT

15 min: Yarmolenko tries to shoot on the turn but it’s blocked. First little show from West Ham.

7.45pm GMT

14 min: Ouch, looks like Martial’s foot landed on Ogbonna’s ankle in the follow through from shooting. Nobody’s fault but he’ll have to leave us shortly. For now West Ham are down to 10 but defend United’s corner.

7.43pm GMT

13 min: Seems to be Ogbonna’s left ankle – he is requiring a fair bit of treatment and is clearly in pain.

7.42pm GMT

12 min: First little glimmer for someone, as the reliably brave Ogbonna blocks superbly from Martial as he looks to steer a Telles pass past Fabianski. The centre-back picks up a knock in so doing.

7.41pm GMT

10 min: Greenwood flicks a Wan-Bissaka cross on to Rashford, but the nation’s finest cannot work space for a shot.

7.38pm GMT

8 min: “Five minutes gone. Van der Beek has made 4-5 great runs already and been spotted by teammates 0 times. Oh look, now he comes short and they tap it to him for a return. Grrr. Is he wasted here?” asks the well-named Duncan Edwards. It’s not clicked for him so far, has it?

7.37pm GMT

6 min: West Ham knock it about at the back. A slow start here, really.

7.34pm GMT

4 min: Otherwise it’s United of the Manchester variety who have the early possession, one nice move seeing Ogbonna do well to win a goal kick off Greenwood.

7.32pm GMT

2 min: Soucek is fouled for a free-kick some 45 yards out. Noble will put it into the box – and Matic is originally deemed to have snicked it out for a corner, until the linesman overrules that call.

7.30pm GMT

West Ham, in sky blue and from right to left, kick us off.

7.28pm GMT

The teams are walking out into the Manchester night! Our FA Cup runneth over any moment now ...

7.26pm GMT

“Bournemouth 2, Burnley 0? That does lookie likie an upset to me,” writes Peter Oh.

*Doffs cap*

7.23pm GMT

You could, if you wanted, follow this MBM *and* listen to today’s ever-excellent Football Weekly at the same time.

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7.22pm GMT

Bournemouth lead 2-0 at Burnley in the night’s other tie. I guess that’s a shock of sorts. Into the dying moments there, so we can say that one is done.

7.19pm GMT

The newly available Soucek is one of my favourite top-flight players at the moment. A touch of the Fellainis perhaps? I mean that in a good way.

7.11pm GMT

The most recent FA Cup action between these two, though, was a quarter-final in 2016. Man United won the replay 2-1 at Upton Park ... and went on to win the competition. That’s the last time they got their mitts on the trophy; West Ham have to go waaaaaay back to 1980.

7.03pm GMT

These sides’ only meeting in the league so far this season came at the London Stadium in December – and Manchester United won 3-1.

This FA Cup tie only brings one moment to mind for me, though:

6.54pm GMT

Two strong lineups there, which serves me right for suggesting anything otherwise. Man Utd do give the likes of Fernandes, Cavani, McTominay, Shaw and the injured Pogba a break. See the name “Diallo” on the bench there? That’s the ludicrously talented 18-year-old Amad Diallo, signed from Atalanta last month. It would be very exciting to see him get a run.

West Ham miss Michail Antonio, who Moyes said has been suffering from fatigue, while Jesse Lingard is ineligible. It means they don’t really start with a recognised centre-forward here. They do have Tomas Soucek, though, after his red card against Fulham was rescinded.

6.41pm GMT

Manchester United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Fred; Greenwood, van de Beek, Rashford; Martial. Subs: Grant, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Williams, Fernandes, James, McTominay, Diallo, Cavani.

West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Soucek; Fornals, Bowen, Yarmolenko. Subs: Trott, Diop, Balbuena, Johnson, Fredricks, Alves, Lanzini, Benrahma, Odubeko.

6.18pm GMT

It’s the FA Cup fifth round, this. Just making sure we’re all clear on that, because football comes at you exceedingly fast right now. Now that’s all out in the open, what have we in store?

We have Vastly Improved Manchester United versus Upwardly Mobile West Ham – both tags still work even if they respectively endured frustrating draws at the weekend – and another cheery welcome back to Old Trafford for David Moyes. The outcome of this tie might well depend on which manager *wants it* the most: in a schedule like this, and with much to play for in the league, will either of them want to flog their thoroughbreds in the name of this famous old trophy?

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Europa League: Arsenal and Manchester United ties move to venues in Italy

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 16:40
  • Arsenal to play Benfica away leg in Rome
  • United game switched from Spain to Turin

Arsenal and Manchester United will play the first legs of their Europa League last-32 matches at neutral venues in Italy next Thursday.

Arsenal’s away leg against Benfica is being moved to Rome and United’s game against Real Sociedad, due to take place in San Sebastian, has been switched to Juventus’s Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Related: Mönchengladbach v Manchester City moved to Budapest due to Covid rules

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'A true pioneer': Tony Collins, Football League's first black manager, dies at 94

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 15:56
  • Collins took Rochdale to 1962 League Cup final
  • Alex Ferguson pays tribute to former Manchester United scout

Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to Tony Collins, the first black manager in English league football, who has died aged 94.

Collins was appointed as Rochdale manager in 1960 and two years later took the club to the only major final in their history, in the League Cup. He went on to work as a scout for managers including Ferguson and Don Revie.

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Paul Pogba out for 'a few weeks' with thigh injury, reveals Solskjær

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 14:34
  • Manchester United manager will not take any risks
  • Dean Henderson ‘not the most patient’, Solskjær says

Paul Pogba will be sidelined for a few weeks with a thigh injury, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said. The Manchester United midfielder was forced off during Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Everton and will miss a series of games, starting with Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to West Ham.

“It’s an injury that will take a few weeks to heal,” Solskjær told MUTV. “He’s just started his recovery, working with the medical staff and we’ll get him back as soon and as safely as we can.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 08:00

Watkins shows Arsenal what they are missing, Loftus-Cheek shows promise at Fulham and Dummett the man for all jobs

Ollie Watkins is in a rich vein of form and improving by the game. His winner against Arsenal was his fourth goal in five, bringing his Premier League tally to 10 in 21 games since arriving at Aston Villa from Brentford. He could have had a couple more on Saturday but perhaps the 25-year-old’s most impressive feature is the way he leads the line. Watkins is a hive of movement, rarely giving defenders a moment’s peace, and looks as comfortable coming deep or working the channels as he does operating off the shoulder. He is exactly the kind of striker Arsenal might fancy if, as many suspect, Alexandre Lacazette moves on in the summer but there is little suggestion they would be able to afford him. “He’s selfless in terms of his workrate,” said Dean Smith, who said the £28m they paid the Championship club for his services bought them the surest thing possible. “He’s such a good footballer but a good teammate as well. The football Brentford played was Premier League ready, so I knew he was ready to come in.” Smith’s confidence is being paid back handsomely. Nick Ames

• Match report: Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

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Calvert-Lewin stuns Manchester United to snatch last-gasp Everton draw

Sat, 02/06/2021 - 23:25

A topsy-turvy contest ended with spoils shared, Manchester United appearing to have won it before Everton’s dramatic late equaliser. Dominic Calvert-Lewin bundled home to make it 3-3 in injury time, United having been 2-0 up at the interval. It means Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side drop two points and if leaders Manchester City can win at Liverpool on Sunday they will be five ahead with a game in hand.

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Manchester United v Everton: Premier League - live!

Sat, 02/06/2021 - 19:44

7.44pm GMT

Julian Menz has the Swedish angle on Robin Olsen. “Good or bad news? Living in Sweden, I saw quite a few performances for Malmö, and he’s done well enough for the national team. Good news for United’s players maybe, since I can’t recall him doing what has gone down in colloquial history as “A Pickford”.”

7.43pm GMT

Ole Gunnar Solskjær speaks.

You’ve just got to draw on a good memory. We’ve struggled to score goals before at Old Trafford but we just have to remember the habits, don’t try to force things, relax a bit. Football’s a strange game. For us it’s about drawing on the good experiences and keep improving. The football we see now the same as when you have 75,000 people in the stands, you have a psychological edge. They’ve been really good away from home but we have been good at Goodison and hope we can put out a good performance.

7.27pm GMT

Game drawing to a dull conclusion? There’s always Mike Dean.

Related: Fulham v West Ham: Premier League – live!

7.25pm GMT

Zack Lawrence has his doubts about Everton: “Everton have struggled with inconsistent results this season. They need to be picking up more points against the top teams. And they need to stop losing to teams they should be beating. No where near top 4 quality in my opinion.”

7.13pm GMT

Sounds like Ole is bullish ahead of this one.

Solskjaer asked by MUTV how you can follow a 9-0: “Just by trying to do the right things, play as a Man United player, play with no fear, play with courage, like we saw the kids do last night [U-23s beat Blackburn 6-4].". #mufc

7.10pm GMT

United make just one change from the 9-0 win over Southampton. Paul Pogba starts instead of Fred. For Everton, Yerry Mina, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alex Iwobi are replaced by Michael Keane, Tom Davies and James Rodriguez.Jordan Pickford remains on the sidelines with injury. Robin Olsen, the Norwegian Swede, plays in goals for Everton, as Jordan Pickford is still out. Is that good or bad news?

7.05pm GMT

This day, 6 February, is an important day of remembrance in Manchester United’s history.

Always remembered. Never forgotten.#FlowersOfManchester pic.twitter.com/gXSRk6Whxd

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7.02pm GMT

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani.

Subs: Martial, Fred, James, Henderson, Alex Telles, Matic, Williams, van de Beek, Tuanzebe.

Everton: Olsen, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Doucoure, Davies, Andre Gomes, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Subs: Delph, Sigurdsson, King, Mina, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, Coleman, Virginia.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)

6.48pm GMT

Let’s start on a serious note.

Related: Merseyside and Manchester clubs issue joint statement condemning racism

10.56am GMT

The last time Manchester United won 9-0 in the Premier League, 26 years ago next month, they could only win their next match 1-0, and at Wimbledon thanks to Steve Bruce’s late goal. Wimbledon were also down to ten men thanks to the red card issued to Alan Kimble, perhaps the only Premier League player who shares his surname with a Lee Scratch Perry song later covered by The Fall in a Peel Session. To follow on yet more clumsily in using another title from that 1993 session, there are plenty of Words of Expectation around United, even if it does look like City’s title to lose. (It was too difficult to squeeze in Gut of the Quantifier or Spoilt Victorian Child but do let us know if it’s possible.) Everton present tough opposition, even if they have won just twice at Old Trafford since football was invented in 1992, and the first of those was in August 1992, the second coming during David Moyes’ internship. The Ev’s win at Leeds, including a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, was the first in the league since 12 January and Don Carlo’s team have rather dropped from the top-four picture. So, both really could do with something from the game. The question is whether United suffer a comedown from their midweek turkey shoot.

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Merseyside and Manchester clubs issue joint statement condemning racism

Sat, 02/06/2021 - 00:01
  • City mayors and police forces are co-signatories of statement
  • Liverpool play City and United face Everton this weekend

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton have issued a joint statement to condemn the racism suffered by players, officials and supporters.

The stance has been taken in Greater Manchester hate crime awareness week and comes as United host Everton on Saturday and City are at Liverpool on Sunday. The mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool city region, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram respectively, are co-signatories of the statement, together with Greater Manchester police and Merseyside police.

Related: Manchester United v Everton: match preview

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Solskjær hints at new Manchester United contract for Paul Pogba

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 22:30
  • Midfielder has been voted club’s player of the month
  • ‘We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has suggested Paul Pogba could sign a new contract, with the manager revealing Manchester United are in an “open dialogue” with the midfielder.

Pogba is in arguably his best form for United since he returned five years ago, being voted the club’s player of the month for January after impressive displays that included winners at Fulham and Burnley.

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Manchester United v Everton: match preview

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 17:56

With Manchester City at Liverpool on Sunday this is a chance for Manchester United to draw level with City and hope they then slip up at Anfield. In November’s reverse fixture a Bernard goal gave Everton the lead before two from Bruno Fernandes and a Edinson Cavani finish won the matchbut as Carlo Ancelotti’s team remain firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place expect them to put up a stern challenge at Old Trafford. Jamie Jackson

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Sports quiz of the week: Super Bowl, Six Nations and a shambolic show

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 10:55

Who hit a hat-trick? Which ground filled up? Who misbehaved?

There will be 25,000 fans at the Super Bowl on Sunday (and 30,000 cardboard cutouts), making it the smallest ever attendance at a Super Bowl. What is the highest ever attendance?





Manchester United beat Southampton 9-0 this week, equalling the record they already share with Leicester City for the biggest win in Premier League history. What is the all-time record for the top flight?

10-0, held by Sunderland

12-0, held jointly by West Brom and Nottingham Forest

15-0, held by Liverpool

18-0, held by Charlton Athletic

Seven United players were on the scoresheet in their 9-0 win over Southampton. For which other club have seven players scored in a single Premier League game?

Leicester City



It has never happened before

Jan Bednarek did not have the greatest of nights in that 9-0 defeat. Which of these things did he not do?

Pick up a yellow card

Get sent off

Give away a penalty

Score an own goal

Scotland are playing England at Twickenham in the Six Nations this weekend. Which music format was introduced in Europe in the month Scotland last beat England at Twickenham?


Cassette tape

Compact discs

Digital downloads

Why was Corentin Tolisso missing from the Bayern Munich team for their game against Hoffenheim this week?

The game was an early kick-off and he slept in

He went skiing in nearby Liechtenstein and had to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Germany

He was injured during a snowball fight in training

He posted a photo of his new tattoo on social media and the club dropped him for breaking lockdown restrictions

Manchester City are playing Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. Which former Liverpool player scored the winning goal the last time City beat Liverpool at Anfield?

Robbie Fowler

Steve McManaman

Nicolas Anelka

Raheem Sterling

Pep Guardiola has never won at Anfield – not even as a player. His only game at Anfield in his playing career, the Uefa Cup semi-final in 2001, ended in a 1-0 defeat for Barcelona. Who scored Liverpool’s winning goal? Clue: it was a penalty and he also scored a penalty in the final.

Steven Gerrard

Gary McAllister

Michael Owen

Robbie Fowler

Live cricket is back on terrestrial TV in the UK for the first time since the Ashes was shown on Channel 4 in 2005. England won that series in the second week of September. What was the most watched TV show on Channel 4 that week?

The Ashes

Channel 4 News


Location, Location, Location

What unlikely double did the Bristol City women’s team pull off this week?

They bought a player on deadline day and sold her for two hours later for double the price

They took a gambling company's logo off their shirt and started advertising a gambling charity instead

They reached a cup final and won their first league game all season

They won a home game 8-0 and lost an away game 8-0

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A fine score. Have a great weekend

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A fantastic score. Have a great weekend

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A perfect 10. Fantastic. Have a great weekend

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Not to worry. Have a good weekend

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Not to worry. Have a good weekend

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Not to worry. Have a good weekend

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 00:01

Jesse Lingard can improve West Ham, Ralph Hasenhüttl must regroup again, and Pep Guardiola should resist overthinking

Pep Guardiola may be a tactical genius, but as Spinal Tap’s guitarist once said: “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” The Manchester City manager has proven as much with his tendency to overcomplicate things in big matches. Few know this better than Jürgen Klopp, whose Liverpool team have more than once been grateful beneficiaries of Guardiola’s needlessly intricate one-off gameplans. There is no call for such complexity on Sunday. City head to Anfield having won 13 games in a row in all competitions, while their opponents have won three of their past 10, lost two on the bounce at home and kept one clean sheet this year. The Anfield crowd, which has in recent years fuelled early blitzkriegs against City, will be absent. Guardiola’s main task may be psychological rather than tactical: to ensure his players take to the pitch with the same freedom of the past two months. Or to put it in plain terms, to avoid messing with a winning formula. AH

Liverpool v Manchester City, Sunday 4.30pm (all times GMT)

Tottenham v West Brom, Sunday 12pm

Fulham v West Ham, Saturday 5.30pm

Wolves v Leicester, Sunday 2pm

Sheffield United v Chelsea, Sunday 7.15pm

Aston Villa v Arsenal, Saturday 12.30pm

Leeds United v Crystal Palace, Monday 8pm

Newcastle v Southampton, Saturday 3pm

Manchester United v Everton, Saturday 8pm

Burnley v Brighton, Saturday 3pm

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'It hurts me most': Hasenhüttl reacts to Southampton's 'horrible' 9-0 loss – video

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 09:51

Ralph Hasenhüttl has admitted he is hurt after his Southampton side suffered a 9-0 defeat to Manchester United. ‘We lost in a horrible way,’ said the manager. In a  nightmare evening at Old Trafford, the Saints were reduced to nine men after Alexandre Jankewitz’s sending off inside two minutes was compounded by Jan Bednarek’s second red card towards the close

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'We lost again in a horrible way': Saints' Hasenhüttl rues Old Trafford rout

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 00:25
  • Southampton manager laments 9-0 defeat at Manchester United
  • Saints were beaten by same result against Leicester in 2019

The Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, described his second 9-0 defeat as “hurting more, not less” than the previous one by Leicester in 2019.

Related: Depleted Southampton concede nine again at rampant Manchester United

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Depleted Southampton concede nine again at rampant Manchester United

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 22:21

This was a message written in rampant style that Manchester United intend to remain serious title contenders. Southampton may have been injury-depleted and down to 10 men inside two minutes, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side exhibited a killer edge that shows they mean business by equalling the biggest Premier League victory.

Related: 'We lost again in a horrible way': Saints' Hasenhüttl rues Old Trafford rout

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Manchester United v Southampton: Premier League – live!

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 19:31

7.31pm GMT

Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes just one change to the side that drew against Arsenal over the weekend, but it’s quite a significant one. Paul Pogba is droppede to the bench, with Mason Greenwood taking his place.

Southampton make four changes to the side that lost against Aston Villa. Kayne Ramsey and Alex Jankewitz make their first Premier League starts, while Moussa Djenepo and Che Adams also come into the side. Nathan Redmond starts on the bench tonight, while Theo Walcott, Oriel Romeu and Ibrahim Diallo are all injured.

7.19pm GMT

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Cavani

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Pogba, Martial, James, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek

7.17pm GMT

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7.12pm GMT

Related: 'Nice lads': Solskjær claims his players may need to be nastier to referees

7.12pm GMT

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Darren Cann
Fourth official: Lee Mason
VAR: Graham Scott
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

7.12pm GMT

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7.12pm GMT

Scott McTominay is available for selection for Manchester United despite being forced off the field during their draw against Arsenal following a 37-minute long interstinal roller-coaster ride that must have seemed like an eternity for the poor sod. With just three days between matches, Ole Gunnar SOlskjær may freshen up his side. Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic may be in line for recalls.

By comparison, Southampton are decimated by injuries, with Michael Obafemi, William Smallbone, Nathan Tella and Mohammed Salisu all sidelined, while Jannik Westergaard, Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo and Kyle Walker-Peters are also major doubts. Oriel Romeu is likely to be available for selection after recovering from the knock he picked up against Villa. A late Deadline Day arrival on loan from Liverpool, Takumi Minamino is unavailable for selection tonight.

5.47pm GMT

Old Trafford is the venue for tonight’s set-to between Manchester United and Southampton. Second in the table, four points behind leaders Manchester City and with one game more under their belt, United could certainly do with a win after dropping five of the last six points available.

On a run of three consecutive defeats, Southampton also need to steady the ship, but showed signs of a return to form against Aston Villa over the weekend in a game they were desperately unlucky to lose. Kick off at Old Trafford is at the ungodly hour of 8.15pm (GMT), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Solskjær bemoans incorrect decisions identified in loss to Sheffield United

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:05
  • Incidents could have reversed Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat
  • Manager says: ‘There won’t be anyone coming in, don’t stay up’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has complained of an unfair “momentum shift” in Manchester United’s season after the officiating report regarding last Wednesday’s loss to Sheffield United admitted two wrong decisions that would have reversed the 2-1 scoreline into victory for his team.

The first of these concerned Billy Sharp appearing to impede David de Gea, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, before Kean Bryan’s 23rd-minute opener for the visitors at Old Trafford. The second came later when Anthony Martial’s finish was chalked off, with the referee Peter Bankes ruling that Harry Maguire had fouled Sheffield United’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Related: Transfer deadline day, winter 2021: Liverpool in Ozan Kabak talks – live!

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 08:00

Thomas Tuchel is thinking smart to get the best out Timo Werner, Eberechi Eze could have international future and Newcastle’s team spirit

It looked like a classic case of softening up, of the game’s darker arts. Leading with his arm in a 13th-minute aerial challenge, the Arsenal full-back Cédric Soares clouted Bruno Fernandes about the head and then reinforced the impression by going after his fellow Portuguese to hiss a few words in his ear. Soares was booked. Granit Xhaka could also be seen in conversation with Fernandes. The upshot? The Manchester United midfielder was incensed and, moments later, he left his boot in on a challenge with Xhaka, raking the achilles of his opponent. It was a mystery how Fernandes, who did not have his most effective game, avoided censure but it was a rush of blood that could have led to problems. It would also have been noted by other wind-up merchants. Fernandes is driven by passion but he can be provoked. Cedric’s move will not be the last of its kind. David Hytner

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Ministers promise crackdown on online racism against black footballers

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 15:52

Marcus Rashford describes racist abuse as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’

Ministers have vowed to crack down on online racism levelled at footballers as Manchester police confirmed they were launching an investigation into the racial abuse a number of black players received during the last week.

The Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford has described the racist abuse he received on Saturday night after United’s draw at Arsenal as “humanity and social media at its worst”. This came as the Chelsea defender Reece James, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and the Manchester United duo Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were also all targeted this week.

Related: Police investigating racist social media abuse of Manchester United players

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Police investigating racist social media abuse of Manchester United players

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 13:42
  • Marcus Rashford among high-profile players to speak out
  • ‘We will be investigating these crimes thoroughly,’ say police

Greater Manchester police have confirmed they are investigating racist comments sent to a number of Manchester United players over social media.

The intervention comes as a number of prominent Premier League players have revealed they have received racist abuse in the past seven days. United’s Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial have all been targeted, alongside Romaine Sawyers of West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea’s Reece James.

Related: Rashford is latest player to receive abuse as FA vows action against online racism

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