Manchester United require a serious reboot in the summer after their season ended in concerning fashion. This dire defeat to already-relegated Cardiff followed last Sunday’s draw at the also doomed Huddersfield and means they have flat-lined since Ole Gunnar Solskjær was made permanent manager. That was in late March and since then only Watford and West Ham have been beaten in a run of two wins and eight defeats. Solskjær signed a three-year deal and believes a rebuild is required. He may need all of this time to make United contenders again after they finished a yawning 32 points behind the champions, Manchester City. Their 66 points are 15 less than last term’s 81, when, under José Mourinho, they finished second. It means United end in sixth place – the position they occupied when Solskjær took over before Christmas – and face participation in the Europa League qualifiers in July if Watford win the FA Cup. Asked if the owners, the Glazers, … [Read more...] about Cardiff mark top-flight departure with victory at Manchester United
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“What is the most unusual non-football event to be staged at a football ground?” asks Zara Wildoom. The answer to this is as strange as you’d expect. In 1970, and just before the FA Cup final, Wembley Stadium staged the Horse of the Year Show, the effects of which wreaked havoc with the hallowed turf and the silky passing game played by Leeds United and Chelsea; as such, when they drew 2-2, the replay was switched to Old Trafford. And the Twin Towers also played host to the stunts of Evel Knievel, while Eddie Kidd played at Harwich & Parkeston’s Royal Oak Ground. Biathlon once took over Schalke’s Veltins Arena, @FCToon points out, which sounds like a doddle compared to Jeremy Corbyn at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park and the Brexit Party at AFC Fylde’s Mill Park. Elsewhere, Goodison Park was used for Territorial Army drill training during the first world war, Songs of Praise once visited Old Trafford, and Billy Graham has held prayer rallies … [Read more...] about What is the most unusual non-football event staged at a football stadium?
Clinical first-half finishing from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema, with the latter getting her second and Lisa Evans also scoring after the break, ensured Arsenal will host the second leg with a surely unassailable four-goal lead on their Champions League return. If there was a fear that Arsenal lacked European experience, their dominance here after an absence of five and a half years almost made it feel like time had stood still for them. “It’s nice to be back in the Champions League,” said Little. “I think a lot of us have played in the Champions league and I think we slotted back in very nicely and it was a really professional performance.” Gone were the worries of pre-season defeats by Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Barcelona – tests designed to ready them for this competition – and instead the slick passing football that has become synonymous with the manager, Joe Montemurro, was well and truly back. “We were very unlucky,” said … [Read more...] about Vivianne Miedema inspires Arsenal to winning return to Champions League