10 months agoMan Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everything

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford insists they can turn their season around over Christmas.Rashford knows the glut of games can shoot United up the table.”We have to try to keep up the intensity that we’ve shown in the last couple of [Premier League] games and keep improving,” he told MUTV.”It’s always a good feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net but, in the last game, I was happy anyway. I was happy with the performance in the first half. I think, at the beginning of the second half, it dropped a little bit, which is natural when we’ve had a run of tough games, but we managed to lift it again which was important for us.”I just want to see the team improving, and for us to improve ourselves as individuals, so we can become more consistent. That’s what we’ve been lacking and that’s why we’re not higher up in the table. The Christmas period is always busy so consistency is the main thing. The look of the season can change in just this one month, so we need to pick the points up and keep improving.“ last_img read more

10 months agoEmery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has Lille winger Nicolas Pepe high on his shopping list for January.The Times says Emery is planning for a busy winter transfer window.The Gunners manager wants three signings, a centre-half, central midfielder and winger.And for the latter, Emery favours Pepe as a priority, having tracked the Ivorian for the two years he was in charge of PSG.Lille chiefs are confident of raising over £50m from Pepe’s sale in 2019. last_img

10 months agoINSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****d

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****dby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKristiansund coach Christian Michelsen is delighted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his early success at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won the first five games of his time in charge.Michelsen told VG: “For someone who has been in his circle of friends, this is unreal. The whole thing is really surreal. Ole Gunnar has lifted a sinking ship with lots of negativity and whining. What he is experiencing now is great.”This tells me about everything in football if you are good, work hard and have potential. Ole Gunnar has stepped up the path for all of us with Norwegian passports not only once, but twice. He bursts boundaries. “Ole has always been a stubborn b*****d who has set goals that he wants to achieve. You talk about the smiling, kind Ole Gunnar – but the devil: He is also a winner who is not afraid to say so when it is needed. At the same time, he is associated with the good values that Norwegians have. And that’s Ole Gunnar: He is one of the people.” last_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loans

first_imgSouthampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Josh Sims and defender Alfie Jones have both returned to the club from loan spells at Reading and St Mirren respectively.21-year-old Sims made 18 appearances for Reading during the opening half of the campaign, and now begins work at Staplewood Campus again under Ralph Hasenhüttl.North of the border, Jones gained valuable experience as he made 15 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for the Buddies, scoring two goals in the process.He too will have the chance to impress the new boss having returned to the south coast. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

14 days agoAlexandre Lacazette on brink of Arsenal training return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alexandre Lacazette on brink of Arsenal training returnby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexandre Lacazette is on the brink of a training return at Arsenal next week.The 28-year-old has not featured in any of Arsenal’s previous seven matches due an ankle injury.Lacazette started the season in good form, scoring in the north London derby with rivals Tottenham to take his tally to two goals in three appearances.However the Frenchman also picked up a knock in that clash and has failed to prove his fitness since, but the Metro says he will join in with first-team duties after the international break.Boss Unai Emery will be keen for his frontman to return in time for their next Premier League match away at Sheffield United on October 21. last_img read more

2 days agoLeeds boss Bielsa blasts Arsenal legend Wright: You’re not helping

first_imgLeeds boss Bielsa blasts Arsenal legend Wright: You’re not helpingby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he will keep selecting the team on his terms.Bielsa insists he won’t be rushed into finding a way to fit Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah into the same team after yet another crucial goal for the Arsenal starlet.Nketiah emerged from the bench to net a late equaliser for Leeds at Preston to leave them second in the Championship.Gunners legend Ian Wright took to Twitter to urge Bielsa to start the England Under-21 international after his third Championship goal of the campaign. “We have never proved this kind of combination in our training,” Bielsa said of the possibility of the strike duo playing in tandem.”In the international break, Nketiah is not with us, because we play twice a week and when we prepare in the week there are few spaces to try these kinds of things.”When you have a series of bad results and you have to find a different solution, that [kind of series] hasn’t happened. I think that all this around Bamford and Nketiah doesn’t help both of them.”It is natural that people argue about my decision because they don’t have all the reasons I have. I want both of them to be a success this year. We have 46 matches or 50 matches.”We are in the first 25 per cent of the competition. I think that we have time so I can find a way that both of them shine. If this doesn’t happen, it is going to be a mistake of mine.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4-Star LB Has Miami, Michigan State, Missouri Hats On Table, Commits To Tennessee Anyway

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.last_img

Video: A Crowd Of Cameron Crazies Greeted Duke’s Bus When It Returned To Campus Last Night

first_imgCameron Crazies go nuts after win.Cameron CraziesDuke’s team bus probably didn’t get back to campus until after midnight last night, but the campus wasn’t quiet following the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win at North Carolina. As the team pulled up, it was greeted by a loud and joyous contingent of Cameron Crazies. Luke Kennard, Brandon Ingram and others were mobbed as they exited the bus. Coach K even stopped and interacted with a few crowd members.Duke posted a cool video on Instagram documenting the scene. That’s why the Crazies are known for being some of the most dedicated fans in the country.last_img

Nebraska Unveils Helmet Decal In Honor Of Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska's student section honors Sam Foltz.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: Students of the Nebraska Cornhuskers honor deceased player Sam Foltz with a banner before the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has unveiled the helmet decal the Huskers will wear in honor of Sam Foltz this season.Foltz, Nebraska’s senior punter, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in late July. He was traveling from a kicking camp with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who also died, and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, who survived.Nebraska will wear this “SF27” decal on its helmets this fall.Huskers’ equipment manager Kyle Kotrous tweeted out a photo of the decal this afternoon.This years for you buddy!! #SF27 #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Z53HQ6vP0L— Kyle Kotrous (@Kkotrous22) August 3, 2016Nebraska head coach Mike Riley spoke about Foltz to Huskers’ Rivals.com publisher Sean Callahan.“We’ll have I think many reminders of Sam through the year. Whether it’s what we do with something on the helmet or our coaching hats or maintaining his locker. But what I hope our team takes is Sam’s love for what he did. That’s really what stands out to me [about him]. If I could have anything passed on from Sam to all of us in what we do, it’s the passion for how he did it and how much fun he had.”Nebraska starts practice on Thursday. The Huskers open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Fresno State.last_img read more

Nebraska Regent Calls For Players Who Protested National Anthem To Be Kicked Off Team

first_imgNebraska players' protest by kneeling during the national anthem.TwitterNebraska players’ protest on Saturday has not been met kindly by everyone associated with the University.Ahead of the Huskers’ game against Northwestern, three Nebraska players—Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry—took part in the protests popularized by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, taking a knee during the national anthem.Hal Daub, a UNL regent and former mayor of Omaha, believes the three players should be kicked off of the team for their actions. He discussed this stance with the Lincoln Journal-Star:“It’s a free country. They don’t have to play football for the university either.“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team,” he added. “They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”On Monday, Rose-Ivey said that he and his teammates have received death threats and serious backlash for their protests. Head coach Mike Riley has come out in support of his players after the protest. From Omaha.com:“Michael approached me about it and wanted to talk to the team,” coach Mike Riley said. “And so we set a time this morning — after one of our walk-throughs — so he could explain to the team. I didn’t know anybody else was going to do it, but that’s OK. This is obviously a choice they have made for personal reasons and that’s the beautiful thing about the United States that they can do that.”We would be pretty shocked if Riley and Nebraska discipline the three players at all after that Monday statement. Still, if the protests continue, we expect to hear plenty more from those, like Daub, who disagree with their actions.Nebraska football hosts Illinois on Saturday. We will see if the Nebraska players’ protest continues in Week 5.[Lincoln Journal-Star]last_img read more

Grandmother Of Cancer-Stricken OSU Fan Joshua Chambers Wrote In Urban Meyer For President

first_imgUrban Meyer smiles as Ohio State has historic NFL Draft.Urban Meyer.Urban Meyer apparently has received at least one write-in vote for president.The grandmother of Joshua Chambers, a young boy who has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is a die-hard Ohio State fan, has cast her vote for president for the OSU head coach.The official Twitter account for Chambers’ cancer fight shared the news with a screenshot of his grandmother’s Facebook post.Wanted to share with you how Joshua’s grandma voted…#Urban4Prez pic.twitter.com/BoLFlYjtfQ— Joshua 1:9 Be Brave (@BeBrave_Joshua) November 8, 2016Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, retweeted the news.We’re guessing there are a lot of other Buckeye fans who wish they could vote for Urban for Prez.last_img

A Controversial 4-Star Freshman Has Reportedly Been Dismissed

first_imgFireworks explode as the Arizona football team takes the field.TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Fireworks explode as the Arizona Wildcats take the field before the college football game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Arizona Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys 59-38. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Texas A&M linebacker Santino Marchiol, who transferred to Arizona this off-season, has been dismissed from his new program. This caps off a tumultuous few weeks for the onetime four-star recruit.Marchiol redshirted at Texas A&M last fall and intended to stay on under new head coach Jimbo Fisher. However, he transferred to Arizona to play for Kevin Sumlin after the A&M training staff allegedly mishandled an injury of his.After arriving at Arizona, Marchiol claimed in an interview with USA Today that Fisher’s staff was engaging in illegal recruiting practices. Then, on Friday, video surfaced of what appears to be Marchiol referring to his former A&M teammates in racist terms during a practice session this spring.So yes, Marchiol isn’t exactly having a quiet summer. Now, he’s been booted from his new program.Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed the news this afternoon.Texas A&M transfer LB Santino Marchiol is “no longer on the team,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin announced. He was told this morning.— Brian Pedersen (@realBJP) August 27, 2018Marchiol was a four-star prospect out of IMG Academy in the class of 2017. He was the No. 17 inside linebacker in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Now, he is a man without a team. Most likely, the FCS or junior college level is his next destination.Wherever he goes, he will bring some baggage with him.last_img read more

Columnist Makes Controversial Suggestion For Alabama-Tennessee Rivalry

first_imgAlabama football fan holds up cigar during game vs. Tennessee.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 21: A fan holds up a cigar as they celebrate in the final seconds of the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-7 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After Alabama football knocks off longtime rival Tennessee, Crimson Tide players smoke cigars in the locker room.The tradition dates back to the 1960s, when the rivalry had been tilted in the other direction. Alabama had been winless in the series over the previous six years (five Tennessee wins and one tie) in 1961, when the Crimson Tide broke through for a 34-3 win.After the game, trainer Jim Goostree passed cigars around to the Alabama players to celebrate the big victory.That became Alabama tradition after the Tennessee game, and one that the Vols have inherited as well, although you have to go all the way back to 2006 for the last UT win in the series. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide have never lost to Tennessee.The most recent instance of Alabama football’s cigar celebration had extra meaning, thanks to Butch Jones.The former Tennessee head coach was fired last year, having never had the chance to celebrate a win against Alabama. He is now on staff under Nick Saban, got a Gatorade bath after the win, and then photos of his cigar celebration went understandably viral.SMOKE EM IF YOU GOT EM COACH JONES #RollTIde pic.twitter.com/iQa11oN42F— Chris Owens (@BGChrisOwens) October 20, 2018In the days following yet another Alabama win over the Vols, a Tennessee columnist is calling for the tradition to be abolished.Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Jack McElroy went deep on the health risks associated with cigar smoke, in arguing that it should no longer happen after games in the rivalry.Next year, Tennessee plays Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and if players want to spew toxins into Bryant–Denny Stadium, fine.But the following year, when the Tide tries to blow smoke into the Vols’ house, stop them.Better yet, win the game, then Tennessee can eschew the foolish display, which really started with bad Bama behavior anyway.McElroy cites NCAA rules barring smoking by game personnel, a smoking ban on UT’s campus (Alabama is also a smoke-free campus), and even Nick Saban’s own feelings on smoking in the argument.Saban was initially against the tradition when he took over the Alabama job, but has since softened on it. From AL.com, after the 2013 Alabama win on the Third Saturday in October:“I know it’s something that a lot of people really enjoy,” he said. “It’s not a tradition I started. It’s a tradition that was here that the players have continued. I think it’s something they have fun with. I’m happy that they do. Not really something that I’m interested in.”Saban doesn’t smoke cigars after wins against Tennessee, and obviously no player who doesn’t want to do so should be forced to. It doesn’t sound like that is something that goes on.If Tennessee wants to crack down on it, they can, but ditching college football rivalries is not usually viewed super kindly. As McElroy says at the end of his piece, the actual best solution here is for Tennessee to start to compete in this game.[Knoxville News Sentinel]last_img read more

ESPN’s Prediction For Today’s Notre Dame-Syracuse Game

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the sidelines during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)The biggest game of college football’s Week 12 slate, somewhat surprising, is taking place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. Notre Dame and Syracuse are set to kick off in a top 15 matchup in New York City.Notre Dame is undefeated and one of the favorites for the College Football Playoff. The Fighting Irish probably need to remain undefeated in order to make it in, with the Orange posing the toughest test remaining for Brian Kelly’s squad.Syracuse has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 college football season, winning several games in impressive fashion in recent weeks.Does Syracuse have any chance of pulling off an upset against Notre Dame today?ESPN has made its prediction.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving No. 3 Notre Dame a 74.8 percent chance to win today’s game, while No. 12 Syracuse has a 25.2 percent chance of pulling off the upset.Notre Dame and Syracuse are set to kick off 2:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on NBC.last_img read more

There Are 6 Major Bowl Games Today – Here’s The Schedule

first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)The Power 5 conferences will all be on display on Monday with six bowl games slated for New Year’s Eve.It should be a nice appetizer for tomorrow’s New Year’s Six games.Here’s a look at the full schedule for today’s games.Military Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Virginia TechKickoff time: Noon E.T.TV: ESPNSun Bowl: Stanford vs. PittsburghKickoff time: 2:00 p.m. E.T.TV: CBSRedbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. OregonKickoff time: 3:00 p.m. E.T.TV: FOXLiberty Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma StateKickoff time: 3:45 E.T.TV: ESPNHoliday Bowl: Northwestern vs. UtahKickoff time: 7 p.m. E.T.TV: FS1Gator Bowl: NC State vs. Texas A&MKickoff time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.TV: ESPN***Which game(s) are you going to be watching today?last_img read more

Ohio State QB Commit Announces Major Injury Update

first_imgohio state coach ryan day during the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Ohio State’s top quarterback recruit has announced a major injury update.Jack Miller, a four-star quarterback in the 2020 class committed to the Buckeyes, took to Twitter earlier today to issue an update.The Arizona product, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in October, has been medically cleared.“Medically cleared! Ready to get back to work!” he announced.Medically cleared! Ready to get back to work!— Jack Miller (@jackjamesmiller) January 9, 2019Miller, a 6-foot-4 quarterback out of Chandler, Arizona, is ranked the No. 4 player at his position by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The quarterback committed to Ohio State over several other major programs back in July.Miller is a part of Ohio State’s 2020 class, which is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247Sports.Ohio State’s 2020 class includes commitments from six players, including five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.You can view the Buckeyes’ full class, which will be Ryan Day’s first full crop of players as head coach, here.last_img read more

Nebraska Linebacker Has Brutally Honest Quote After Colorado Loss

first_imgScott Frost wears a Nebraska hat coaching against Michigan State.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during pregame activities before the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska appeared to be on track for a big win on Saturday, as the Huskers jumped out to a 17-0 lead at Colorado on Saturday afternoon.Scott Frost’s team ended up blowing the game in brutal fashion, allowing the Buffaloes to tie up the game in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.Colorado got the ball first in OT and made a field goal. Nebraska missed its game-tying attempt from 48 yards.Nebraska’s defense played incredibly well for two-plus quarters, but the Blackshirts fell apart in the fourth quarter. Huskers linebacker Mohamed Barry knows it.Nebraska players owned the loss and what it meant (via @mitchsherman): https://t.co/uFwvvcNrCH pic.twitter.com/KcT33sZDOb— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 8, 2019It’s probably going to take a while for the Huskers to get over this one, but things need to get right – quickly.Nebraska has two winnable games coming up against Northern Illinois and Illinois, before hosting No. 5 Ohio State at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.last_img read more

Manu Bhaker reminds Haryana sports minister Anil Vij of promised Rs 2 crore

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

IISER IAT 2019 entrance exam to be conducted in June: Here is all you need to know

first_imgIISER IAT 2019 entrance exam to be conducted in June: Here is all you need to knowThe interested candidates can apply directly through the official website, iiseradmission.in. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 13:12 IST The admission process will begin in April.The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER IAT 2019) has announced to conduct the entrance exam 2019 in the month of June for admission to seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati. The exam will be conducted in June while the admission process will begin in April. The institute has decided to conduct the entrance examination in online mode from this year.The interested candidates can apply directly through the official website, iiseradmission.in.Take a look at the degree programmes: BS-MS (Dual Degree)1. A five-year degree program for bright and motivated science students who have passed class 10+2 or equivalent which consists of core courses in basic sciences and specialization in chosen subjects along with an MS research project.2. The candidates are also given the opportunity of training during the program which enables students to pursue careers in academia, R&D institutes, and industries.Apart from this, IISER Bhopal offers four year BS programmes in Economics and Engineering Sciences.Important months to remember: Cut-off criteria of 10+2 board marks: MarchIAT 2019 practice/ mock test: AprilCommencement of admission process: AprilIAT entrance test: JuneThe announcement of results: June to JulyThe beginning of academic session: August 2019Key features:Highly competent and motivated faculty in various disciplines with a passion for scienceIntegrated undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research across disciplinesUpcoming eco-friendly green campuses with appropriate infrastructureLibrary with online resources, books, and research journalsState of the art teaching and research facilitiesadvertisementSports and recreational facilitiesHostel facility for all studentsRead: Karnataka CET 2019 schedule released @kea.kar.nic.in: Registration to begin in FebruaryAlso read: Gujarat University declares UG, PG semester exam results 2018: Here is how to check Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow Indian Institute of Science Education and ResearchFollow IISER IAT 2019Follow IISER IAT 2019 Entrance testFollow Educationlast_img read more

FA Cup: Wolves loss a big step backwards for Manchester United, says Solskjaer

first_img Reuters LondonMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 08:38 IST Manchester United were stunned 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWovles defeat “poorest performance we have had”: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar SolskjaerMarcus Rashford pulled a goal back deep in added time but there was barely a minute left for United to find an equaliserUnited have two weeks off for the international break before resuming their push for a top-four finish in the Premier LeagueManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described his side’s 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday as the worst performance of his four months in charge.Wolves produced a hugely impressive display in both halves at a rocking Molineux, reaching the last four of the FA Cup for the first time since 1998 with second-half strikes from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota.Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back deep in added time but there was barely a minute left for United to find an equaliser and they fell to a second consecutive defeat after losing 2-0 at Arsenal in the Premier League.”Quite a lot was missing today, it was the poorest performance we’ve had, it was a big step backwards,” Solskjaer told a news conference.”We never had the urgency and quality on the ball even though without the ball in the first half we did ok.”We felt too comfy in possession, we never managed to put their keeper or defenders under pressure. We had a couple of balls in behind for Rashford but not enough quality.”There was little sign of the fighting spirit United had shown in their miraculous 3-1 win over Paris St Germain in the Champions League or the attacking flair of most of their performances since the former striker succeeded Jose Mourinho in December.But Solskjaer dismissed suggestions United had lost momentum, praising Wolves, who picked up another prize scalp in a memorable season in which they have also dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup and beat Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the Premier League.advertisement”I think it’s something natural, you cannot perform to the top of your level every single time,” he said.”It’s still against a good team, they’ve done really well against top teams, don’t take anything away from them even though we under-performed, so I don’t think that’s part of it at all.”We have got to put the result behind us: SolskjaerUnited have two weeks off for the international break before resuming their push for a top-four finish with a home game against Watford and they also have a Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona to look forward to.”You can’t sit down and sulk too long, we’re disappointed, everybody is disappointed but we’ve got to look forward and put the result today behind us,” Solskjaer added.”We know we’ve played well against Arsenal last week and didn’t get what we deserved, but today we got what we deserved because we never deserved to win this game.”Also Read | ISL 2018-19 final: Don’t see ourselves as favourites, says Bengaluru FC coach CuadratAlso Read | FIFA votes for new 24-team Club World Cup from 2021, European clubs confirm boycottAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester UnitedFollow FA CupFollow FA Cup quarter-finalFollow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Next FA Cup: Wolves loss a big step backwards for Manchester United, says SolskjaerSecond-half strikes from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota helped Wolverhampton Wanderers reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998. advertisementlast_img read more