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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer let down by four players in Villarreal defeat

Manchester United saw their hopes of Europa League glory ended by Villarreal in the final on Wednesday night. Gerard Moreno and Edinson Cavani cancelled each other out with goals in either half. But it was the La Liga side who ended up reigning supreme via a dramatic penalty shootout, with David De Gea missing the decisive spot-kick as United lost 11-10.
United went into the match against Villarreal looking to win their first trophy in four years.

But it wasn’t to be, with the La Liga side causing a major upset by beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on penalties.

Moreno put the ‘home’ side in front in the 29th minute, outmuscling Victor Lindelof before prodding the ball past David De Gea from close range.

United then levelled through Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguay international scoring his 17th goal of the season.

But Villarreal ended up winning via a penalty shootout, sending the yellow-wearing fans inside the stadium in Gdansk into ecstasy in the process.

Express Sport will now take a look at the four players who let Solskjaer down on the night.

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Marcus Rashford

Before the game, Marcus Rashford admitted to playing with pain throughout the majority of the campaign.

And it was clear from this showing that the England international wasn’t 100 per cent at the races.

Deployed on his favoured position on the left wing, Solskjaer gave Rashford the best possible chance to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

But the 23-year-old didn’t take it, enduring a chastening night throughout.

Rashford must do better on the biggest stages if he’s to ever live up to comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.


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Bruno Fernandes

The best players deliver when the pressure is on.

And while Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed a fantastic individual campaign, the Portugal international went missing on the night.

Fernandes was thwarted at every avenue, with Villarreal’s game plan to stop him paying off emphatically.

Without the 26-year-old on the ball, United simply aren’t the same.

And he’ll now have to brush himself down and go again, with the Red Devils hopeful he can lead them to the Premier League title next year.

Victor Lindelof

This was a huge night for Victor Lindelof, especially with Harry Maguire sidelined.

And the Sweden international failed to sparkle on the night, enduring a rough evening as Villarreal rang rings around him.

He looked nervy when the pressure was on in extra time.

And, even before that, he failed to do enough to stop Moreno from putting the La Liga side in front.

It’s no wonder United are eyeing Raphael Varane behind the scenes, with the France international poised to leave Real Madrid this summer.

Paul Pogba

In United’s last Europa League final, Paul Pogba scored.

The France international said before the game that he remembered dancing jubilantly in the aftermath of their 2-0 victory over Ajax four years ago.

But there was to be no dancing from Pogba tonight.

This was a flat display from the 28-year-old, who was substituted with mere minutes left on the clock.

And he’ll have to do better if he’s to ever live up to his £89million price tag.

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Kym Marsh to host Pride of Manchester Awards again to honour city’s unsung heroes

Sam Thompson, 26, will receive the Special Recognition Award after campaigning to raise awareness and reducing the stigma for sexual assaults against men.

In September 2016, Sam was raped by two men but says he felt worse after reporting the horrific ordeal.

He says he was asked questions about his sexuality as well as made to feel as though he was lying.

Sam is now a Survivors ambassador, working with Coronation Street, advising soap bosses on the David Platt storyline. He also helps trains Greater Manchester Police officers on how to deal with male survivors of sexual assault.

Other winners include Sgt Lee Valentine, DC Marsha Selby, DC Ashleigh Williams, DC Tom Wright, Adam Ward and Miah Uddin who receive the Emergency Services Award after tackling a terrorist who unleashed hell at Manchester’s Victoria Station following a triple stabbing on New Year’s Eve in 2018.

The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards, in partnership with TSB, will premiere on youtube.com/prideofbritainawards this Thursday at 7pm.

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Manchester City champions: 5 matches that won the Premier League crown

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday after nearest rivals Manchester United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City. It was their third league title in the past four seasons with Pep Guardiola’s men being deserved champions.
It has been an utterly dominant season from City as they reclaim their crown from Liverpool.

Express Sport takes a look back on the five matches that has seen them be named as champions.

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City

It seems somewhat bizarre to at first pick out a defeat and a heavy one at that but this thumping at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ men gave City the lessons that they needed.

Defensively, the Citizens looked vulnerable throughout as Jamie Vardy bagged a hat-trick, with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also getting on the scoresheet.

That reverse convinced the club to turn to the transfer market and bring in Ruben Dias from Benfica – a move that has been inspired.

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Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Speaking of title rivals, Liverpool were then the next to be put to the sword in early February.

It was a statement victory from the visitors at Anfield as they displayed their resilience and quality to reduce the considerable gap to the Reds that was on display throughout 2019/20.

Gundogan scored twice on the day, with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden also netting for City’s first Premier League victory at Anfield since 2003.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

As it happened, the last win before they were crowned as champions.

Sergio Aguero and Torres netted two quickfire goals at Selhurst Park to secure three points.

It was also City’s 20th victory in their previous 22 league games – a run of form that has seen them canter to a fifth Premier League crown.

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Manchester United ready to launch first Jadon Sancho bid and set timeline on transfer

Manchester United want Jadon Sancho signed before the start of the upcoming European Championships and are ready to offer £77million to secure a deal, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star has long been admired over at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho first tried to sign him in 2017 and, now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful of landing his man.
Manchester United wanted to sign Sancho last year, pressing hard to secure his signature.

But, in the end, the Red Devils missed out – with Borussia Dortmund deterring them by slapping a £108m price tag on their prized asset.

Sancho initially struggled to find his feet in the Bundesliga this term, with his failed move to United appearing to impact his performances.

But he’s been better in recent times and, at the current time of writing, has 14 goals and 18 assists to his name across all competitions.

United have also been interested in his Dortmund team-mate, Erling Haaland, but the Norwegian no longer seems to be a priority now that Edinson Cavani’s signed a new contract.

And with Cavani going nowhere, BILD claim United are ready to go after Sancho with vigour this summer.

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It’s claimed they’re prepared to offer £77m to make a deal happen, a fee that could force Dortmund into cashing in.

The Bundesliga giants know they’re unable to demand £108m again this summer because of the coronavirus crisis and how the pandemic will impact transfer windows going forward.

And United want Sancho snapped up before the start of the European Championships, with that tournament scheduled to kick off on June 11.

Dortmund would likely be eager to keep hold of the 21-year-old, especially given his recent upturn in form.

But they may find themselves powerless to resist United’s advances, particularly if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Sancho boosted his side’s chances of finishing in the top four by scoring the winner against RB Leipzig over the weekend, propelling them above Eintracht Frankfurt.


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Meanwhile, speaking on Monday, Gary Neville expressed a belief United would target Sancho now they’ve kept Cavani for another 12 months.

“If you look at the policy over the last couple of years since Ole has come in, I don’t think they will sign another striker,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“I haven’t got the contacts on the inside that I used to have, so it’s my assumption because they’ve been desperate for Sancho.

“They didn’t get Sancho and they were criticised for that, I criticised them for that. But they could look incredibly smart this year if they get him for near half the price and they’ve waited 12 months.

“I think Juan Mata has done fantastically well for the club but I think he’ll leave.

“I think they can get good money for Daniel James, but again, he could go somewhere else and they can get good money for him.

“There’s a feeling that Jesse Lingard, he’s done really well at West Ham, but I think Ole will say no, he can explore and go elsewhere. Van de Beek has to stay, in my opinion.

“The rest of them: Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood, Pogba, Martial, Van de Beek and Cavani – if Manchester United were to sign Harry Kane and Sancho, for example, then will Cavani play? Will Greenwood? Where will that leave Rashford?

“Where does Pogba fit in, if Ole plays two defensive midfielders as he does, with Fernandes in front because he’s a guarantee.

“I think Sancho comes in and he plays on that right-hand side, you’ve potentially got the back-up of Greenwood on that side, you’ve got Cavani and Greenwood up front,” Neville added.

“On the left, you’ve got Rashford and Martial and then you’ve got Pogba who potentially fits in if he’s not in midfield.

“If you sign Kane or Haaland, I don’t think that basically works for United with the way they’ve recruited in the last few years. Allowing young players like Greenwood, making sure Rashford plays, Van de Beek getting a game.

“I think it’s Sancho and then that’s their business done.”

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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani 'has signed contract extension'

It’ll now be intriguing to see what United do in the transfer market this summer.

Erling Haaland has long been on their radar, with the Borussia Dortmund striker scoring a remarkable 35 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined.

Harry Kane also has his admirers at Old Trafford, having sparkled for Tottenham during a problematic campaign under Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason.

But, by keeping Cavani, United may now focus their efforts elsewhere.

A defender is on their radar, with Raphael Varane admired amid uncertainty over his Real Madrid contract.

And so too is a holding midfielder, with Declan Rice backed behind the scenes.

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Jadon Sancho’s preference as Manchester United and three clubs eye summer transfer

And while no names are mentioned, it wouldn’t be a shock if the identities of those clubs were teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Speaking recently, former United star Lee Sharpe expressed a belief that Sancho would be a good addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

And he also urged his old side to secure the signing of Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland.

“I think Erling Haaland is making himself a statement signing,” he said.

“The types of goals he’s scoring and how he’s scoring them would suit United down to the ground. I think Harry Kane would fit that bill too.

“There’s talk of fighting to keep Edinson Cavani as well, so I’m not sure if they’ve got another centre forward on the shopping list if they are trying to keep him.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may sell four players after Roma tie is done

Manchester United’s Europa League match with Roma could be the last chance saloon for four players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. The Red Devils could sell some big names this summer to free up funds amid rumours linking the club with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Declan Rice and Raphael Varane. Express Sport looks at the quartet who are fighting for their futures ahead of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

David De Gea

United have had David De Gea on their books ever since 2011.

But, although he’s been one of the best signings in the club’s history, he’s fallen down Solskjaer’s pecking order since the birth of his daughter in February.

The Spain international is currently behind Dean Henderson, who looks set to keep his place between the sticks for the foreseeable future.

United can’t allow De Gea, as their highest-earner on £375,000-a-week, to warm the bench.

So this could be one of his last appearances if, as expected, he starts the showdown.

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Axel Tuanzebe

It’s been a difficult season for Axel Tuanzebe, with injury limiting the 23-year-old to just six Premier League appearances.

The Red Devils recently tied Eric Bailly down to a new contract, which will only increase his battle for opportunities.

And with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire both first-choice under Solskjaer, and Varane potentially arriving this summer, Tuanzebe could be sold.

Aston Villa have been linked with the centre-back, having previously seen him shine for two years in the Midlands.

And United could be about to wave goodbye to their academy graduate at the end of the campaign.


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Donny van de Beek

Back in the summer, United paid £40 million for the signing of Donny van de Beek.

And while the Netherlands international undoubtedly has class, he’s struggled to make an impact in the Premier League this term.

Van de Beek has been linked with Borussia Dortmund, with the Bundesliga giants open to snapping him up this term.

A big performance against Roma could convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into keeping him.

However, given the fact he’ll struggle to oust Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in future, a parting of the ways could make sense for all parties involved.

Alex Telles

Another player to join United back in the summer was Alex Telles.

Yet, like Van de Beek, he’s spent the majority of his Old Trafford career stuck on the bench.

There’s been talk of a potential move to Italy, with both Juventus and Inter Milan emerging as suitors.

Telles is a good asset to have given his experience and attacking style of play but, unless he plays more, he may seek an exit.

And this summer could be the perfect time for him to chance his arm elsewhere.

Solskjaer speaks out

Speaking before the match against Roma, Solskjaer has defended the Glazers by claiming he has their backing.

Fans protested against the Americans on Sunday, forcing their Premier League match with Liverpool to be postponed.

And Solskjaer said: Sometimes frictions and challenges can move things forward. The last few weeks have been tough.

“I’ve had backing, I have to say. I’ve been put in charge and I’m responsible for the footballing matters, and I understand fans want to see trophies and progress.

“Hopefully we can get to a final tomorrow, that’s the short-term fix, then we’ll take it from there.”

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Manchester United supporter charged by police

A 28-year-old man has been charged by Greater Manchester Police in relation to an incident at the Lowry Hotel which occurred during Sunday’s chaotic protests in opposition to the Glazer family’s ownership of Manchester United.

Police claim that Michael Cusker was involved in throwing fireworks and using threatening behavior amid the mass protests and demonstrations which took place inside and outside Old Trafford and at the nearby Lowry Hotel, where United’s squad stayed before Sunday’s scheduled game against reigning Premier League champions Liverpool.

The game was eventually postponed after more than 100 supporters gained entry to the stadium and invaded the pitch and stands, prompting some club employees to lock themselves in offices for their own safety.

Some supporters set off fireworks and flares, some of which were thrown in skirmishes with police who said that six officers were injured in violent exchanges with fans.

One police officer suffered a broken eye-socket, while another was taken to hospital for emergency treatment to a large facial wound after a glass bottle was thrown at his face.

Cusker, meanwhile, was charged with “throwing fireworks in a street, use of threatening behaviour and wilful obstruction of the highway“.

Given the high-profile nature of the incident and any ensuing charges which may come as a result of it, the authority said that the incident will be overseen by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which they believe will ensure “complete transparency and independence“.

Following the mass protest, United released a statement vowing to co-operate with local police to help find those responsible for “criminal activity“, but said that peaceful protestors will not be punished.

It is expected that the club will issue bans to supporters responsible for violent acts at their stadium and on Manchester’s streets.

The Premier League has also hit out at “all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass“, and the English Football Association is currently investigating the matter.

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Borussia Dortmund set Jadon Sancho transfer price amid Manchester United interest

Jadon Sancho could finally be on his way to Manchester United this summer after Borussia Dortmund slashed their asking price for the winger. Sancho is a long-term target of United, who publicly pursued him last summer, only to fail to match Dortmund’s asking price.
While United are thought to be focusing on a new centre-back to partner Harry Maguire and a centre-forward, they also remain interested in Sancho.

United signed Amad from Atalanta in January for a fee which could rise to £37million to play in the same position, but are still monitoring Sancho ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United’s hierarchy have agreed that Dortmund striker Erling Haaland should be seen as the club’s top priority this summer.

But with the Norwegian striker demanding £350,000 per week in wages and likely to command a transfer fee in excess of £100m there is a feeling that Sancho could be the more attainable option.

That scenario becomes even more plausible if United can convince Edinson Cavani to sign a new contract and stay for another season.

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After a slow start to the season, Sancho’s form has improved in recent months and he now has contributed 12 goals and 12 assists in 34 appearances across all club competitions.

German newspaper Bild report that, while Dortmund do not want to lose both Sancho and Haaland this summer, they would part with the England international should their valuation be met early enough in the window.

Having previously valued Sancho at £104m (€120m), they would now be willing to offer United a ‘corona discount’ and sell for around £86.75m (€100m).

The report also states that although the club are aware of their interest, United should be ‘warned’, because Liverpool and Chelsea are also considering a bid.

This information chimes with recent quotes from Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc, who addressed transfer rumours after Dortmund’s 5-0 win over Holstein Kiel in the DFB-Pokal semi-final on Saturday.

“We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions,” Zorc told German broadcaster ARD.


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“He’s been with us for a few years. But there is no such agreement with Erling.”

Zorc later went into my detail, saying that Sancho would be allowed to leave this summer, provided Dortmund receive the fee they are asking before a certain date.

“As you all know, this gentlemen’s agreement between Jadon and us existed last summer, and nothing has changed about that,” he told SPORT1.

“We have set certain conditions that have to be met in order for Jadon to be able to leave the club.

“The timing and the sum were and are the decisive parameters.”

SPORT1 says that “the bosses have agreed internally on a sum of €85-90m” which equates to around £73-78m – a fair amount less than Bild is reporting.

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Manchester United vs Liverpool officially postponed after Glazers protests at Old Trafford

Manchester United were due to face Liverpool at 4.30pm. However, the match has now been called off after supporters stormed Old Trafford. There were chaotic scenes at the Theatre of Dreams earlier today, with Sky Sports pundits left shocked by what unfolded.
Manchester United lock horns with Liverpool looking to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.

But, before the game at Old Trafford, fans stormed the stadium.

Supporters were protesting over the Glazers’ running of the club, with the Americans under fire in the wake of their failed European Super League plot.

Some made their way onto the turf, with images and clips from social media showing large numbers inside the ground.

The stadium was then placed in lockdown – not for the first time this year.

And it’s now been confirmed the match has been officially postponed.

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A Premier League statement read: “This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.

“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.

“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated Covid-19 breaches.

“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

“We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

“The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”

There was a meeting that took place behind the scenes and, with fans also taking to the Lowry Hotel to vent their feelings, it’s been put on hold.

It emerged before the fixture that United were worried about team buses being targeted, while also fearing a rescheduling of the match.


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And United legend Roy Keane believes things are now at a ‘tipping point’, saying: “It’s got to a tipping point now for Man United fans.

“It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares – I think that was towards Jamie, to be fair, but I think they’ve had enough.

“Enough is enough for these United fans now.

“United have got some of the best fans in the world, huge club, we’ve seen today that it’s come to the end now and enough is enough with the ownership of the club.

“We’ve seen over the past few weeks with the frustration at the Super League, not being able to support the club over the last year, enough is enough now and the United fans obviously want the Glazers out.”

Graeme Souness, however, thinks the protests won’t have an impact.

“I don’t think it will (have an impact),” he said. “The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend.

“I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years. I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.

“We live in a country where you can demonstrate, you can vent your feelings, you’re allowed to do it, but I still don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit.

“If you think you can bring serious pressure to serious business people who live 3,000 miles away, across the Atlantic, that it will drive them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United, that will not happen.”

Souness also feels the cancellation of the game suggests something has happened they don’t know about.

“I hope I’m wrong, it’s a big decision to call the game off, but it would suggest that something went on that we don’t know about,” he said.

“If you’ve come out today to achieve something that will be seen throughout the world, then they’ve achieved that and more with the game being postponed.

“But for the Police to say that it isn’t safe, then it would suggest that something has happened that we don’t know about.”

The Glazers apologised for their ESL actions, while Ed Woodward also addressed supporters on a fans forum meeting earlier in the week.

Woodward also said sorry, saying: “It’s clear we did not do enough of that (listening) before the Super League decision. Today is our first step towards putting that right.

“You will all have read Joel’s open letter to fans last week apologising for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apology to this Forum.

“I know that you will feel angry and let down by the lack of consultation and by the way the proposal failed to recognise the vital principle of open competition. Proper discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.

“We fully accept that there were fundamental elements which were badly misjudged.

“We failed to give enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit which are so vital to football not just in domestic competition but in European competition since the mid-1950s.

“We want to restate our commitment to those traditions. I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and we do not seek any revival of the Super League plans.

“We will now continue working with the rest of the football community to address the long-term challenges facing the game.

“But I can assure you that we will be doing that with great sensitivity to the opinions that you and other fans have expressed in recent days.

“We will be listening closely to your feedback today, and we’ll be taking it away for consideration as we review how we can engage more effectively with you in future. Our fans are what makes Manchester United so great, and they should always be at the heart of this club.”

Solskjaer previously pleaded for fans to be peaceful with their protests.

“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better,” he said.

“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.

“As I’ve said before I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.

“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.

“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”

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