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Man United vs PSG: Three things that went wrong with Solskjaer’s men

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Manchester United were defeated at Old Trafford by Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League clash.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten start after replacing Jose Mourinho was halted by an incisive PSG attack even without Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

And three things went well and truly wrong for Manchester United as they took on the French champions.

The first was the most basic of errors made by Nemanja Matic as he lost Presnel Kimpembe from a corner.
The PSG defender made no mistake in guiding the ball past David De Gea who had no chance of stopping the effort.

Matic may have assumed Eric Bailly was set to clear the danger in front of him but simply put at this level, there are no excuses for losing your man.

There was controversy around Kimpembe even being on the pitch when he netted in the 53rd minute.

The defender was booked in the 11th minute by referee Daniele Orsato who was happy to brandish the yellow card on 10 occasions throughout the evening.

Kimpembe made three fouls after being booked but was allowed to remain on the pitch and made United pay.
Kylian Mbappe was at his best throughout against the Red Devils outshining Marcus Rashford in the process.

The United defence could not deal with the electric pace of the France international.

For the second PSG goal, Mbappe got perfectly in between Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof who were helpless in stopping the striker from tapping home.

The 20-year-old made his run from deep and United’s centre-backs could not cope with his pace and power.
A precise ball from the impressive Angel di Maria confounded Solskjaer’s side to defeat.

Phil Neville was particularly impressed with Mbappe throughout at Old Trafford.

He said: “That’s what happens when you’ve got speed on the pitch. Ashley Young got caught forward.

“The speed from Mbappe was amazing – that was a brilliant finish. Devastating counter-attack from PSG.”
Rio Ferdinand believes the Champions League loss was a reality check for this United side who still have much to learn.

He said: “This is a reality check for this United team. It’s not a bad thing, it’s something to learn from. In this tenure Ole Gunner Solskjaer has probably been preparing for this loss.

“But tonight they didn’t show anything as an attacking force. They didn’t get around players. This PSG team, without two of their best attacking players, coasted.”

Solskjaer was matter of fact in his analysis of the match afterwards.
“They had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game,” he said.

“You could see that we hadn’t played at this level for a while and we will have to learn.

“It was an experience that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season defining one, it’s one we have to learn from.”

The second leg in Paris takes place on March 6

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Schalke 2-3 Man City: Sane, Sterling score late goals

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Late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 3-2 win at Schalke in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

Substitute Sane scored against his former club with a sensational free kick in the 86th after Nabil Bentaleb converted two spot kicks in the 38th and 45th minutes to put Schalke ahead.

Sergio Aguero had given City the lead in the 18th and the English champions were left with 10 men in the 68th minute when Nicolas Otamendi was sent off following a second booking.

City, who have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven games in the Champions League knockout stages under Pep Guardiola, will also be without yellow-carded Fernandinho for the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

SCHALKE 2-3 MANCHESTER CITY | AGUERO (18), BENTALEB (36, 44), SANE (84), STERLING (90)

Schalke XI: Fahrmann, Caliguiri, Bruma, Sane, Nastasic, Oczikpa, Serdar, Bentaleb, McKennie, Uth, Mendyl
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero

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Chelsea told to appoint former EPL manager as Sarri’s replacement

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman, has told Chelsea to appoint former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Seaman believes Wenger would be a great choice to replace Sarri at the West London club.

He stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie with Malmo on Thursday night.

Sarri, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge due to the club’s recent poor performances.

“Arsene Wenger would be great at Chelsea, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager,” Seaman said on talkSPORT.

“Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal.

“But obviously time’s a healer and he could think. I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong.”

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Eagles assistant coach, Chukwuma Agbo is dead

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The Assistant Coach, Beach Soccer national team for the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo has been reported dead.

His death came barely 10 days after the demise of Taiwo Ogunjobi, who passed on, on Monday, Feb. 11.

Agbo, former Rangers International and Delta Force Head Coach’s death was confirmed on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football

Federation (NFF).

In a tweet via its official Twitter handle (@thenff), the NFF said Agbo’s death was sad:

“Yet another painful loss! We are sad to hear of the passing of Assistant Coach of our Beach Soccer National team, the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo.

‘‘Our prayers are with his family at this time. May his soul rest in peace,” the NFF said.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that Agbo died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

The late Agbo, who resigned as the head coach of Delta Force in January, led the club to the Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8, where they ended fourth in Group B.

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