Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on Scott McTominay after maiden Premier League goal

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on midfielder Scott McTominay after he scored his maiden senior goal during the club’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Scotland international has only earned the occasional start this term, but he has managed to make the most of the game time to earn the plaudits of the head coach.

In a press conference, Solskjaer praised the showing of the young midfielder, who opened the scoring at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday. He added that the Scot has never disappointed in the club’s shirt and he could have a long future ahead of him with the Red Devils, he said: “Scott has never ever let us down and he never disappoints when he plays.
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Craig Burley urges Manchester United to appoint Mauricio Pochettino

ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley has said that Manchester United should appoint Mauricio Pochettino over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the permanent head coach of the club. The Red Devils were struggling to keep up with the top four places when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December but Ole has managed to bring them within two points off the same while working in an interim role.

Despite this, Burley believes Pochettino is the no-brainer option for the Red Devils in the summer, given they can trust the Argentine’s experience to work with the handsome transfer budget while competing for the Premier League crown, he said: “If it wasn’t Manchester United and there was another club to be managed, and there was a choice between Solskjaer and Pochettino, it’s not even close – it’s Pochettino. So why should it be different because it’s his former club? Over a short period at the moment he’s done a great job, but who would you prefer to try and peg back Klopp and Guardiola with a big budget? I think Pochettino would be the answer with a big budget.”
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Gary Neville makes big Manchester United Champions League claim

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that the Red Devils should concentrate on their prospects of finishing in the top four rather than seeking progress in the Champions League. United’s stunning nine-match unbeaten league run has recently propelled them to the fourth position in the league standings and Neville believes that should remain their main objective for the campaign.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville told that he does not want to be disrespectful to his former employers but he does not fancy them making the push for Champions League glory despite the recent upturn in form. He added that the top four should remain the main aim for the rest of the season while they stand a better chance of securing the FA Cup.
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Phil Jones signs a fresh long-term contract with Manchester United

England international Phil Jones has committed his long-term future to Manchester United by signing a fresh four-year contract. The central defender has been with the Red Devils for the past eight-and-a-half seasons and he has now penned a deal until the summer of 2023 with the option for a further 12 months.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Jones said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club. I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare for a very busy period in the season. I would like to thank Ole and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to FA Cup draw versus Arsenal

Manchester United’s caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is excited by the FA Cup challenge after the Red Devils were pitted against Arsenal for the fourth round of the competition. The Mancunian giants have been in splendid form under the guidance of the interim head coach and the recent triumph over Reading in the FA Cup third round saw them secure their fifth successive victory.

However, their prospects of securing FA Cup success lie on beating the big teams and Solskjaer is up to the challenge of facing the Gunners on the road in the next round, he told MUTV: “Fantastic. We need these games. These players need the big games to be challenged. Of course, everyone says we have won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition. But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.”
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Manchester United’s transfer plans

Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the club have plans of bolstering the first-team squad when the transfer window reopens next month. The Red Devils are currently struggling to stay alive in the top-four race with an 11-point gap already and Solskjaer has a huge task ahead, if the club are to return to the Champions League next term.

Speaking to reporters, Solskjaer said that he may have an input on the incoming signings, although much of his focus would be on understanding and improving the players within the existing squad, he quipped: “I will have an input but the job is to get to know the players, observe them I’ve seen more or less every game from Norway but to get to know the players, what do I think I can improve them on and the club have got the recruitment and scouting, they’ve got their targets but I’ve not sat down and talked about that.”
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Manchester United join race to sign West Ham United ace

Manchester United have reportedly thrown their name into the hat to pursue the services of Declan Rice from West Ham United. The Republic of Ireland international has declined to sign a new contract with the Hammers since the season started and this has spread speculation over his future with his current deal concluding at the end of the campaign.

Amidst this, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been credited with an interest but according to The Star, they could face potential competition from the Red Devils. Rice may have featured for West Ham regularly in the centre of the park this term but he has also shown his versatility after having impressed at the heart of the club’s backline last season.
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Chris Sutton urges Manchester United to consider Jose Mourinho’s position

BBC pundit Chris Sutton believes Manchester United should consider the position of Jose Mourinho following their disappointing 3-1 derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Red Devils had come into the game on the back of three successive league victories but their performance at the Etihad was far from impressive as they barely posed a threat to the home side.

Following the game, Sutton stressed that the Red Devils were truly outclassed in the encounter and there is already an enormous gap between them and their cross-town rivals. He added that the club should seriously assess the position of the Portuguese tactician and think twice before offering him a transfer budget for the New Year.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic backs Jose Mourinho despite Manchester United’s struggles

Former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels Jose Mourinho has the credentials to win another Premier League title but may not happen with the calibre of players at Old Trafford. The Portuguese tactician has come under fire from the supporters following an average start to the campaign and this has increased speculation of him parting ways with the club in the near future.

Speaking to BetHard, Zlatan was supportive of his former manager with whom he has worked at both Inter Milan and United, and believes he can turn the situation around, should the players progress alongside him, he said: “I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]. I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team. But a coach is only as good as his team, so it’s not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough. And I feel the team is good – it’s progressing, becoming better. This is his third year, the players know more and more the way he wants to play and how he wants it – so I believe, yes.”
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Manchester United boss defends Marcus Rashford’s gametime

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defended the amount of gametime Marcus Rashford has received under his management. The 20-year-old scored for England during the recent internationals against both Spain and Switzerland and this had brought criticism over Mourinho’s handling of him at Old Trafford.

However, speaking ahead of the Watford game, Mourinho appeared to counteract the criticism by citing that Rashford has played more first-team football with United when compared to other graduates at their respective clubs, he said: “People speaking about his minutes, they are a bit confused. Marcus Rashford is not [Liverpool striker] Dominic Solanke. He’s not [Chelsea midfielder] Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He’s not [Everton forward] Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He’s Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.”
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