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



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


NFF makes new appointments




The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday announced the appointments of new media officers for the various National Teams.

In a statement signed by Demola Olajire, NFF Director of Communication, Toyin Ibitoye and Miss Jane Nweze have been retained for the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons, respectively, until after the two teams’ major championships.

He said Ibitoye and Nweze will still retain their positions until the Super Eagles’ AFCON finals in Egypt and the Super Falcons’ FIFA World Cup finals in France, NAN reports.

Olajire, however, announced the appointment of Pius Ayinor as media officer for the Super Eagles B, also known as CHAN Eagles.

“Sharif Abdallah will serve as media officer for the U-23 National Team (Olympic Eagles), while Andrew Randa will take charge at the camp of the U-20 Boys National Team (Flying Eagles).

“Cecilia Omorogbe will work with the U-20 Girls (Falconets), while Francis Achi will serve the U-17 Boys (Golden Eaglets) and Faith Meremegbunam will work with the U-17 Girls (Flamingos).

“Tobi Adepoju will be media officer of the U-15 National Boys (Future Eagles),’’ Olajire said.

According to him, all the newly-appointed media officers will serve until after their next major championships, before giving way to other persons to also benefit from the experience.

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My expectations from Man United, Man City clash – Guardiola




Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has revealed what he expects when his side tackle Manchester United in Wednesday’s Premier League derby clash.

Guardiola says he expects the ‘best’ Manchester United team to face Man City at Old Trafford.

Man City head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday, while Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s side were defeated 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.

“I expect the best United tomorrow, I am sure,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“They are bright. Football players try to do their best and tomorrow is going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.”

Guardiola added: “I don’t make theories about what happened in the past. Every game is completely different.

“The fact is this club grew a lot in the last decade, so it is not scary to go there.

“Before that, it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City have had in the last decade made this game a little bit more equal.”

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Man Utd vs Man City: Solskjaer releases killer squad




Manchester United have released a strong squad to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Wednesday’s Premier League derby fixture at Old Trafford.

According to Mirror UK, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer released a list of 25 players on Tuesday.

Man United head to the game following a 4-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday at Goodison Park.

Below is Man United’s Premier League squad against Man City:

De Gea, Romero, Grant, Dalot, Darmian, Bailly, Valencia, Young, Jones, Shaw, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Herrera, Fred, Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford.

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.

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