Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not daunted by the top-four challenge

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he will take one game at a time as the Red Devils seek to close the gap on the top four during the backend of the campaign. The Mancunian giants recently hired Solskjaer as their interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the 45-year-old has managed to deliver on his managerial debut after the Red Devils secured a comfortable 5-1 triumph on the road to Cardiff City.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer highlighted that the team can’t look much forward with the festive schedule underway and he remains optimistic of recovering the eight-point deficit to the final Champions League position occupied by Chelsea, he said: “If we approach all the games like this – and we want them to approach them all like this – with combination play and playing the ball forward then I’ll be happy. We take one game at a time now. We’ve caught up eight or nine points before but we’ve got to go one step at a time. I was proud and humble at the reception from the fans, it has been an emotional all week. But it’s a start and we move on.”
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Wayne Rooney urges main players at Manchester United to step up

Wayne Rooney believes the main players should lead by example for Manchester United in order to avoid further disappointment during the ongoing season. The Red Devils have made a rather average start to the season with just six wins from their opening 12 matches and the run already sees them seven points behind the final Champions League position.

Speaking to MUTV, Rooney highlighted that Jose Mourinho will continue doing his job off the playing field but the onus is on the playing to show a strong character when they are in the game, he said: “Jose can do what I know he’ll be doing – he’ll be working with the team and setting them up. But I think a lot of the responsibility has to go on the players’ shoulders. They go on the pitch, they have to take that responsibility and they have to thrive on it.
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Manchester United boss considering sale of defensive duo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering the sale of defensive duo Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly in the New Year as he aims to bring in fresh faces at the heart of the backline. The Red Devils have experienced an average start to the Premier League season with just 20 points after the opening 12 matches and this has partly come about from the struggles at the back.

According to The Sun, the Portuguese tactician is likely to push through the departures of Rojo and Bailly during the winter transfer window with the focus on signing at least one central defender during that period. It is added that Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar are among the prime targets who could be under consideration at the turn of the year.
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Manchester United could part ways with Romelu Lukaku amid Mourinho’s exit – Burley

ESPN pundit Craig Burley believes Romelu Lukaku could be shown the Old Trafford exit door, should Jose Mourinho be axed from the head coach role at Manchester United. The Belgium international joined the Red Devils from Everton during the 2017 summer transfer window and he has since been the undisputed striker upfront, contributing over 30 goals across all competitions.

Despite this, the Belgian has had his fair share of criticism with the tendency to miss clear-cut chances in games and Burley feels the marksman may not command a regular role, should Mourinho face the axe, he told ESPN: “He’s one of a number of United players that, once Mourinho goes, will have to be outed by the new regime. Whether that be a sporting director or a new manager. He’s a good player but, watching him lately, he’s not making the right runs. I wouldn’t call him a clever striker – he’s big and powerful and gets his ratio of goals. But it’s against the weaker teams.”
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Gary Neville urges Marcus Rashford to continue with Manchester United

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes Marcus Rashford should remain patient at Old Trafford despite his reduced gametime under current boss Jose Mourinho. Rashford was the star of the show for England during the international break where he scored against both Spain and Switzerland and this brought about concerns why he cannot command a regular starting role in the Premier League.

However, speaking on Sky Sports, Neville appeared to defend Mourinho’s decision to start Rashford regularly from the bench and feels the attacker must remain patient to take the opportunities that come to him, he said: “Jose thinks the world of Marcus. He’s a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do. There is huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that. I understand the difficulties that club managers have. They have to try and win matches. They have to rotate their squads. It’s not my business to interfere with club managers. They have a difficult job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.”
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MUTV Pundit dismisses rift between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba

Manchester United legend and MUTV Pundit Gary Pallister has revealed that there was not any bust-up between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. A recent report from The Sun suggested that the France international was considering his future at Old Trafford following a rift with Mourinho, who told him to look at the ‘manager’ sign on the door while he was asked to leave his office.

Since then, Mourinho has branded the story as a ‘big lie’ and he has since reinstated the Frenchman into the lineup for the games against Sevilla and Chelsea, though he only started on the bench against the former. Speaking about the alleged incident, Pallister, who won four titles with United, stressed that Mourinho’s decision to bench Pogba was due to his discipline.
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