Manchester United will be targeting an immediate response when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Sunday afternoon following Tuesday evening’s 2-1 defeat to Young Boys.
United’s 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start against the Swiss outfit, squandering a one-goal lead against David Wagner’s side after they netted a 95th minute winner.
Nevertheless, United can ill-afford to dwell too much on what happened in Switzerland, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasked with getting his players ready for the weekend’s clash with the Hammers.
The clash with West Ham will see United looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and go in search of a third successive victory, following last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Newcastle.
Solskjaer will address the media later today and look ahead to the trip to the capital.
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United ‘keeping tabs’ on Olmo According to a report by Marca, as cited by the Express, Manchester United are ‘keeping tabs’ on RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo.
The Spaniard, who is an attack-minded midfielder, has been making impressive strides in Germany since joining the club from Dinamo Zagreb back in January 2020.
Spain and RB Leipzig ace Dani Olmo is reportedly on Manchester United’s radar. (Image: Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images.)George Smith
Pogba can prove he’s overtaken De Bruyne this seasonHow does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer measure the success of the midfielders under his stewardship at Manchester United?
Well, the United boss doesn’t use assists to make that judgement, as he explained after United’s 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon when Paul Pogba was responsible for creating – yet again – multiple of his side’s goals.
“What does an assist consist of? A square pass and Bruno [Fernandes] hits the top corner or when Paul plays a great pass through and Mason [Greenwood] runs through,” Solskjaer said. “Paul’s always been a top passer, one of the best in European football, he’s probably got assists from not his best passes this season. I don’t count assists, it’s all this social media.”
There is undoubtedly logic behind Solskjaer’s argument, often supporters on ‘social media’ can attach too much value and worth to assists in football, however, that’s why an advanced statistic has been recently invented to provide a truer measure of creativity.
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Fernandes ‘on the verge’ of signing new dealManchester United attacking-midfielder Bruno Fernandes is ‘on the verge’ of signing a new contract at Old Trafford.
That is according to a report by The Sun, who claim that the deal would run until the summer of 2026.
It is also reported that United’s summer transfer activity, which concluded with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, has convinced him to commit his future to the club.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)George Smith
Jesse Lingard breaks his silence on Young Boys errorManchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has opened up on his heartbreak after his mistake led to Young Boys grabbing the win in their Champions League clash.
United took the lead in Switzerland in their opening group stage clash through Cristiano Ronaldo, but the game swung after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off after a rash challenge on Christopher Martins Pereira.
Young Boys equalised midway through the second half and United had looked set to hold out- for a 1-1 draw, before Jordan Siebatcheu latched onto a stray back pass from Jesse Lingard to fire Swiss team to victory.
Last night hurt. Everytime I pull on the shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me. I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team and the fans.
I’m upset for my part in the defeat. Mistakes happen in football but we pick ourselves up and go again.
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Jesse Lingard reacts at the final whistle. (Image: Manchester United via Getty Images)George Smith
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