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Solskjaer insists Manchester United hierarchy support him amid mounting pressure

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 02:04:00 GMT

Steve Nicol says it won't matter who Man United's manager is until the players on the pitch are better. Alejandro Moreno discusses Manchester United's "desperation" as the transfer window deadline approaches. MANCHESTER -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced Manchester United will give him the time to implement his long-term plan to rebuild the club. Solskjaer is coming under increasing pressure after a run of two wins from seven games including a 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday. United travel to League One Tranmere in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday and ahead of the game, Solskjaer says he retains the faith of the hierarchy. "We can't react to all the noise outside," Solskjaer told...

Liverpool rise to every challenge presented to them, be it Mane's injury or Traore's trickery

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 04:04:00 GMT

Roberto Firmino's late goal keeps the Reds alone at the top of the Premier League. Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop marvel at Liverpool beating Wolves despite a rough second half. Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop marvel at Liverpool beating Wolves despite a rough second half. Steve Nicol says Jurgen Klopp "has to be brave" and continue to play three up front without Sadio Mane. WOLVERHAMPTON, England -- It seemed to have all the ingredients for an upset. A bitingly cold night, mist swirling in the floodlights. An atmospheric old stadium, packed to the rafters, the home fans in riotous good voice from first minute to last. The premature departure of a key player. A first goal conceded in 725 minutes of league football. An opposition forward, Adama Traore, who looked capable of weaving his way to goal single-handedly almost every time he got on the ball. And still...

Power Rankings: Liverpool further cement their place on top as Manchester City fall down the order

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 02:48:00 GMT

Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop marvel at Liverpool beating Wolves despite a rough second half. Liverpool extended their lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race, and a gap has appeared between the two in Shaka Hislop's top 10, too. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.ex.co/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Inter and Flamengo. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which can be streamed daily on ESPN+.

Henderson 9/10, Alisson 8/10 as Liverpool extend winning run to 14

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 02:39:00 GMT

Julien Laurens addresses Kylian Mbappe's comments about Liverpool's Premier League run. Jurgen Klopp praises Alisson Becker's work ethic and insists he has "exceeded expectation." Steve Nicol considers whether RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner would move to Liverpool in the near future. Liverpool's seven-game run of clean sheets came to an end at the Molineux, but the runaway Premier League leaders struck late through Roberto Firmino to still beat Wolverhampton 2-1. Jurgen Klopp's side hadn't conceded in the top flight since Dec. 4 but Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson's first-half header shortly into the second half. Both sides had chances to win it before Firmino struck a typically late winner to extend Liverpool's winning streak to 14 games and restore their lead...

Liverpool down Wolves in dramatic fashion with late Roberto Firmino winner

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 01:49:00 GMT

Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool 1 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Roberto Firmino's late goal keeps the Reds alone at the top of the Premier League. Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop marvel at Liverpool beating Wolves despite a rough second half. Steve Nicol says Jurgen Klopp "has to be brave" and continue to play three up front without Sadio Mane. Liverpool left it late again in a 2-1 win over Wolves with Roberto Firmino netting in the 84th minute to restore his team's 16-point lead in the table with a 14th straight Premier League victory on Thursday night. The leaders wasted no time taking an early lead with Jordan Henderson redirecting Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner past Wolves keeper Rui Patricio to make it 1-0 in the eighth minute. Sadio Mane was taken off with an apparent injury and replaced just after the half-hour mark by new arrival 

Man United have the wrong man in Solskjaer, and it's time to move on

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:00:00 GMT

Alejandro Moreno discusses Manchester United's "desperation" as the transfer window deadline approaches. Craig Burley believes Man United failed to take advantage of Burnley's early mistakes in a 2-0 defeat. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the wrong man for Manchester United. Nice guy, great goal scorer, club legend -- the Norwegian is all of those, but when it comes to managing United at one of the most difficult stages in the club's recent history, he is completely ill-equipped to do the job. There are many issues that must be resolved at United, but it is negligence on the part of the Glazer family, the club's owners and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward if they believe that Solskjaer really is the...

Aston Villa sign England youth international Barry from Barcelona

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Antoine Griezmann nets two second-half goals to lift Barcelona over UD Ibiza 2-1. Watch Copa del Rey on ESPN+. Steve Nicol believes Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez will need an adjustment period to fit well together. Tyrone Mings provided a fortunate deflection to give Aston Villa a late win over relegation rivals Watford. Jack Grealish's late strike vs. Brighton sees Aston Villa rebound after their defeat to Man City. Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of highly rated Barcelona youngster Louie Barry, bringing the England youth international back to the Midlands just six months after he left West Bromwich Albion. Barry, 16, joins the club for an initial fee of €700,000, although that could rise as high as €3 million depending on a series of add-ons which are mainly based on first team appearances. - Transfer Grades: All the big moves rated - When does the transfer window close? - All major completed...

Premier League and squad depth: Is rotation really an issue for Liverpool, Man City & Co.?

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:21:00 GMT

Death, taxes, and Antonio Conte complaining about his lack of squad depth: These are the three constants of life in the 21st Century. In January 2018, during his final season with Chelsea, the Italian manager said: "I don't know what will happen at the end of this window. The club knows my thoughts about this. If we stay with these players, then I am very happy, too. I think we just need to improve the numbers, because in some roles we are missing a few players." This past November, Conte wasn't...

Tottenham confident of Willian Jose signing, need to up offer - sources

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 03:52:00 GMT

Jose Mourinho speaks to the media following Tottenham's 2-1 win vs. Norwich City in the Premier League. Shaka Hislop says Spurs have looked lackluster in Jose Mourinho's short time at the club. Jose Mourinho dismisses the suggestion there is tension between him and Tottenham full-back Danny Rose. Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is pushing for a move to London and has a €70 million buy-out clause in his contract, but Tottenham are negotiating a much lower fee, sources have told ESPN. The negotiations have started around the €20-30m mark and talks will continue on Thursday with a view to reaching an agreement quickly. Jose, 28, still has four-and-a-half years left on the new deal he signed with Sociedad in 2018, but the Brazilian is putting pressure on his club to let him leave. Spurs...

Mourinho jabs ex-club Manchester United on Bruno Fernandes transfer saga

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:11:00 GMT

Julien Laurens reports the talented Portuguese midfielder is likely heading to Old Trafford. Julien Laurens questions whether Man United need Bruno Fernandes and whether he can play with Paul Pogba. Ian Darke highlights why he thinks Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes would do well at Manchester United. Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho made a pointed remark at former employers Manchester United's pursuit of Bruno Fernandes. - Transfer Grades: All the big moves rated - When does the transfer window close? - All major completed transfer deals Sources told ESPN that United agreed to personal terms with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes over a move in this transfer window. However, failure to settle on a fee -- Sporting want €80 million while United are offering €60m --...

Man United woes put Solskjaer under increasing pressure as fan anger grows

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 04:25:00 GMT

Julien Laurens says Man United's embattled manager won't be leaving the club soon despite poor results. Craig Burley believes Man United failed to take advantage of Burnley's early mistakes in a 2-0 defeat. Julien Laurens reports the talented Portuguese midfielder is likely heading to Old Trafford. Burnley plunged more misery on Manchester United as they beat Ole Gunnar Solskaer's side 2-0 at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England -- With Burnley leading 2-0 and already well on their way to their first win at Old Trafford since 1962, Manchester United fans began to sing "stand up if you hate Glazers," in reference to the family that owns the club. Almost as one, the stadium rose to its feet. Even with the game still goalless in the first half, there had been chants of protest aimed at the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, but an eighth Premier League defeat of the season saw dissent increase....


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