Sport by Press Association 17/04/2019, 12:16 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had an incredible start when took over as Manchester United caretaker boss. However, the reality of the squad he has inherited has started to bite since the thrilling 3-1 win over Paris St Germain that sparked him being given the job permanently. Two of the five defeats since have come against Barcelona but Solskjaer clearly has a rebuilding job ahead of him, and admitted as much after Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss at the Nou Camp. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the tough run of results since the unexpected Paris triumph. Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0, Premier League, March 10 Solskjaer suffered his first defeat in the Premier League, with David De Gea at fault for Granit Xhaka’s opening goal. Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, FA Cup, March 16 United were well below-par as they missed the opportunity to reach the semi-finals. Marcus … [Read more...] about Solskjaer’s mini-slump since becoming permanent Manchester United boss
Manchester United succumbed to a humbling 3-0 defeat at Barcelona on Tuesday evening which highlighted how far away they are away from challenging for the Champions League. The fallout from the second-leg of the quarter-final tie has been huge and criticism has been levelled at individuals galore and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer's honeymoon is over but it also seems the same can be said about Paul Pogba 's rich vein of form. The French World Cup star was well below his best under previous boss Jose Mourinho before Solskjaer managed to reinvigorate the 26-year-old after taking over in December. But former Manchester United star turned pundit Gary Neville believes Pogba is back to his old ways under Mourinho after the 3-0 loss at Barcelona which allowed the Spanish giants to complete a 4-0 aggregate win. "Pogba's now playing how he was pre-Ole's arrival," Neville told beIN SPORTS. "I thought he was really poor tonight, rolling his foot over the ball all the time, playing … [Read more...] about Manchester United legend hammers Paul Pogba after Barcelona loss
Alexis Sanchez blamed Manchester United’s Champions League exit on poor finishing in the Nou Camp. United were beaten 3-0 in Barcelona to exit the competition 4-0 on aggregate at the quarter-final stage. But they had their chances on the night, with Marcus Rashford hitting the bar inside 30 seconds as United squandered early opportunities on the break. Sanchez also came close to scoring when he came off the bench with just over 10 minutes to go, forcing Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a wonderful one-handed save to keep out his stooping header. It was the early stages that cost United dearly however, with Barcelona ruthlessly punishing their profligacy in front of goal. “They played very well. We had very clear chances, but this is football, this is the Champions League, if you get something wrong or fail then the other team gets on top of you. That’s what Barcelona do,” Sanchez said. Manchester United vs Barcelona reaction Ratings: Manchester United player … [Read more...] about Sanchez identifies Manchester United mistake against Barcelona
Who would have thought Daley Blind would progress further in the Champions League than Manchester United? That Blind returned to Amsterdam was viewed as an unambitious move by a player who would have been an upgrade on some of the careworn Bayern Munich defenders and provided credible competition at Barcelona or Real Madrid. Amid English football's 'It's coming home' delusion, Blind was treated to an amusing unveiling video by Ajax in July. 'Daley's coming home' went viral and Blind did so again on Tuesday night. The Ajax hype has surged into overdrive following their defeat of Juventus in Turin and that masterful 4-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in the previous round can no longer be considered a freak result. The Ajax story is a victory for purism in a game beset by commercial crass. Blind and Dusan Tadic, formerly of Southampton, were Ajax's standout summer recruits for £14.1m and £11m. That out-of-the-box market approach has been married by a new wave of Ajax academy … [Read more...] about Manchester United have already made a mistake with their transfer rebuild
Okay, let's not panic just yet. Yes, Manchester United are not quite the force they had threatened to be in the early days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign, and yes, after a resounding 4-0 aggregate defeat to Barcelona, they are now out of the running in every competition, meaning the success of their season rests on securing qualification for the 2019/20 Champions League. However, given the position they were in when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December - 11 points off fourth after 17 games, if you needed reminding - the chance to make this season's top four certainly shouldn't be sniffed at. That said, after a run of five defeats in seven games (plus two unconvincing wins) in which dreams of a cup run were dashed both domestically and in Europe, it certainly feels like Solskjaer's honeymoon period has been brought to a resounding end. So what's happened to United, and what next for the man at the wheel? What has happened since the high of PSG? In the second leg of the last-16 tie … [Read more...] about The end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honeymoon: What’s gone awry for Manchester United and what must happen this summer?