Connect with us

Football

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent warning after Owen Hargreaves’ ‘fuming’ Marcus Rashford claim

Published

on

After a week filled with talk of the sack, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was vindicated on Saturday as Manchester United brushed Tottenham Hotspur aside by winning 3-0.

The Red Devils manager made a bold change of shape for the first time in 37 Premier League matches and set his team up in a 3-5-2 formation.

It saw goalscoring greats Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo take the two roles up front – both of whom unsurprisingly netted – before Marcus Rashford came on as a substitute to wrap things up against a limp Spurs side.

But, despite the clean sheet and three points, Owen Hargreaves has sent Solskjaer a warning regarding his decision to switch systems.

The former Red Devils midfielder claims Rashford was “fuming” about being dropped due the 24-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, being in good goalscoring form prior to the trip to Tottenham.

See also  Man United board's 'urgent talks' as Ole Gunner Solksjaer's three games to save job elapsed after Man City defeat

Rashford replaced Ronaldo in the 76th minute and tucked home in the dying embers on vintage Solskjaer breakaway.

But Hargreaves spotted something that could been seen as a concern for the United manager in the moment that the points were sealed.

“I think you could see that in his celebration, he [Rashford] was fuming,” the player-turned-pundit told Premier League Productions.

“But when two legends of the game are playing ahead of you it’s hard to complain in a sense.

“He’s never going to drop Ronaldo, he needed somebody else in there and Cavani was fabulous last season – he probably deserved to start sooner.

See also  Man United board’s four trump cards in negotiations for Zinedine Zidane appointment

“Having Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood to come off the bench, as much as it will hurt them, maybe right now for the balance of the team.

“They looked good today and Rashford will get goals coming off the bench, definitely.”

Hargreaves’ mention of Greenwood, too, hints at the wider issue of starting just two forwards, with £73million signing Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial also not featuring in the much-needed victory.

Instead, Solskjaer opted for a strike force with an average age of 35 to earn the Red Devils’ first Premier League win in four games, coming off the back of their 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool.

And the United boss believed it was the right time to bring in experienced heads, going against his usual approach in both recruitment and team selection, as Raphael Varane also returned to the starting XI.

See also  Antonio Conte ‘wants meeting with Man United board’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces job fight

“The experience came through. I was told that’s the oldest team I’ve picked for Man United and it was time for it – to put it that way, Solskjaer said to Sky Sports post-match.

“I’ve been here more or less three years now and Tuesday’s training performance from Edinson Cavani was probably the best performance anyone’s put in in a training performance.

“So the old men led from the front.”

It certainly worked in north London, but Solskjaer’s more conservative system will not only be tested by opponents in the coming weeks, but by his own players, too.

Football

Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season

Published

on

By

According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

See also  Paul Pogba makes Man United contract decision after ignoring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

See also  Man United boss Solskjaer issued blunt warning over Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane transfers

However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

See also  Sir Alex Ferguson kicked Man United legend out of his office after questioning transfers

Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

Continue Reading

Football

Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

Published

on

By

The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

See also  Man United boss Solskjaer issued blunt warning over Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane transfers

Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

See also  Man United players ‘want Ralf Rangnick to change formation again’ ahead of Leeds clash

Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

See also  Ole Gunner Solskjaer received sack warning after Man United defeat to Young Boys

Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

Continue Reading

Football

Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

Published

on

By

Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

See also  Man United players ‘want Ralf Rangnick to change formation again’ ahead of Leeds clash

However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

See also  Man United ‘shortlist another striker as well as Benjamin Sesko’ with more firepower wanted

Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

See also  Sir Alex Ferguson kicked Man United legend out of his office after questioning transfers

Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

Continue Reading

Trending