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Ole Gunnar Solksjaer disagree with his Man United’s legend over team selection



Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in disagreement with his former team-mate, Gary Neville, over how the club should handle their goalkeeper dilemma.

The Norwegian reportedly considers the No 1 spot to remain a possibility for Dean Henderson despite David De Gea’s strong start to the season, while Neville would prefer to see the Red Devils pick a nailed-on starter.

Henderson missed the start of the season after contracting COVID-19, but he has gradually worked his way back to match fitness.

He has already turned out twice for the under-23s, and is expected to feature against West Ham for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fixture.

While a positive performance would represent a step towards gaining the No 1 spot in the Premier League, De Gea is unlikely to be dropped straight away in the league after Sunday’s heroics.

The Spaniard saved a stoppage-time Mark Noble penalty to ensure United took three points from West Ham in dramatic circumstances.

Regardless, ESPN claim that Solskjaer views the starting berth as entirely up for grabs, and Henderson should be back in contention when he has first-team minutes under his belt this campaign.

The Englishman had an extended run in the side towards the end of last season at De Gea’s expense, keeping more clean sheets than his team-mate in fewer games.

Such a policy to let the pair compete for minutes in the big games is clearly favoured by Solskjaer, but Neville would prefer to see his old side put their faith in one man only.

“I think just sort the goalkeeping situation out, settle that down, decide who is going to be number one and United are in a good position defensively,” he said.

There are arguments to be made both ways, but De Gea has undoubtedly upped his game for United since Henderson became a genuine threat to his position.

Arsenal have also benefitted from a similar model, with Aaron Ramsdale coming in for relatively big money this summer to provide competition for Bernd Leno.

Although things could not have got much worse in north London, the introduction of Ramsdale coincided with a change in fortunes in the early stages of this season.

The fact Henderson was tied down to a long-term contract in 2020, reportedly seeing him pick up £120,000-a-week, tells its own story about where United see the future No 1 spot going.

A great performance against the Hammers this week could put the cat amongst the pigeons and create a dilemma for Solskjaer in the coming weeks.

One goalkeeper would inevitably be left unhappy, but such is the nature of viewing both players on an even keel, and there are surely worse problems to have for a manager.


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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