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Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on ‘unplayable’ star in Tottenham win



Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that midfielder Scott McTominay was ‘unplayable’ during their 3-0 triumph over Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

The pressure was on to produce a performance after last weekend’s 5-0 mauling by Liverpool, and McTominay was central to United’s success in north London.

 While the Scotsman got on with the dirty work in midfield, Cristiano Ronaldo took care of stealing the headlines as a stunning volley opened the scoring. 

Strike partner Edinson Cavani then got in on the action with a deft chip, before Marcus Rashford came off the bench to produce a composed finish. 

Although Solskjaer fielded an unfamiliar five-at-the-back formation, McTominay battled hard in midfield to shut Tottenham out. 

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has come under renewed pressure due to the nature of Spurs’ performance, with the likes of Harry Kane effectively absent for the full 90 minutes. 

When quizzed on how United benefitted from the change of system, Solskjaer claimed: “Solidity, we got experience together with Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Edinson [Cavani].

“We got more control and we probably got a man of the match performance from Scott McTominay.

“I thought he was outstanding out there and, for me, unplayable.”

It is a bold claim made by the United boss, but one which McTominay will surely relish amid speculation that the Red Devils are keen to bolster their defensive midfield options. 

If true, that would put either himself or Fred at risk, and his impressive showing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should go some way to making sure his spot is safe. 

Solskjaer fielded an experienced side on Saturday to try and grind out a result after Liverpool’s massacre at Old Trafford had prompted fierce scrutiny. 

That move seemed to pay dividends, and a new strike partnership involving Cavani and Ronaldo could be something for United fans to look forward to over the coming weeks. 

Having found a winning recipe, at least briefly, the Norwegian may have shaken off rumours linking Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane to the United hotseat. 

With tough fixtures against Atalanta and Manchester City just around the corner, however, the Red Devils are by no means out of the woods yet. 

Still, Solskjaer found enough reason to reflect positively after the game. 

“The old men led from the front. They [Cavani and Ronaldo] played well together and have loads of respect for each other,” he said. 

“I was told that’s the oldest team I’ve picked for Man Utd and it was time for it.”


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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