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Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Tottenham sacking Nuno ahead of Atalanta tie

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Atalanta.

The Red Devils have been inconsistent under the Norweigan this season. However, victory in Italy will all but seal his side’s passage to the knockout stages of the competition. 

While United have been erratic under Solskjaer, his side’s victory over Tottenham has seen the north London giants sack Nuno Espirito Santo today.

And, speaking ahead of his team’s match on Tuesday night, the 48-year-old expressed his sympathy for his fellow manager.

“It is never nice to see men, good men, lose their jobs,” he said.

” I don’t know the situation at Tottenham so can’t comment too much.

“But as a colleague, you are never happy when that happens.”

United beat Tottenham on Saturday with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford giving them all three points in the capital. 

But United, before the game, surprised many fans and pundits alike by going for five at the back.

Solskjaer has now been asked about those tactics and done his best to play down the formation, keeping his cards close to his chest.

“We have players to play many different systems – back three, back five, wide men, wingers,” he said.

“We looked at Tottenham, played that system and it worked.

“I can’t say what we will do tomorrow night.”

Solskjaer feels United have now created a ‘siege mentality’ as they look to turn their season around – and insisted he relished the pressure of being in charge. 

“It has (produced a siege mentality),” he said.

“We don’t have time for anybody to sulk, if you’re not in starting XI you are there to support your teammates.

“The attitude was spot on (vs Spurs).

“Players want to play, nobody is happy when they don’t. It is the team before any individual.

“We have a squad to play many different ways. You can put any system out but it is about the players executing.

“The way we played was more important than the system.”

And he added: “Criticism can make you doubt yourself or you can stand up for yourself. I’ve always enjoyed it, keep it coming. We’ve all got different jobs and it is their jobs to give their opinion.

“I am not here to fight with anyone.”

And the United manager also insisted his side wouldn’t be distracted.

After the match with Atalanta they’re due to lock horns with Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, in a match that has the makings of a classic.

But, for Solskjaer, Atalanta is the focus.

“We are in good position after winning home games but we need a result away too,” he said.

“All focus on this one, not been thinking about that one (Man City) at all.

“Everyone is focused, worked on recovery since Saturday night. Turnaround is quick but lets see who we can choose from.”

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

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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

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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

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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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