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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Paul Pogba’s poor performance against Watford


first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 Mar 2019 6:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link528Shares Comment Pogba struggled to get into the game at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer admitted that United’s overall display was far from perfect but the Norwegian was encouraged by a positive period before half-time.‘After PSG was a mental challenge for everyone. Wolves was worse than this,’ Solskjaer, who was appointed United’s full-time manager on Thursday, said.‘Today at least from 20 to 45 we played some fast, flowing, counter-attacking football.‘It’s [top four] so tight, there’s four very good teams challenging for two places.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThe result meant United leapfrogged Arsenal into fourth place, with Unai Emery’s side playing Newcastle on Monday night.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicts how many points Man Utd need to finish in the top three Advertisement Paul Pogba cut a frustrated figure for much of the game against Watford (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Paul Pogba following his disappointing display in Manchester United’s lacklustre 2-1 win over Watford.Pogba has been in scintillating form for United since Solskjaer took over the reins from Jose Mourinho back in December but the 26-year-old was unable to exert his usual influence against Javi Gracia’s men.Though Abdoulaye Doucoure’s last-gasp strike set up a nervy finish, following goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, the Red Devils managed to hold on for three points.Pogba played every minute of France’s Euro 2020 qualifying victories over Moldova and Iceland during the international break and impressed in a deeper position than he usually occupies in United’s midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe World Cup-winner cut a frustrated figure in a more attacking role versus Watford, but Solskjaer, unconcerned, believes he just needed more of the ball at Old Trafford.Asked about Pogba’s poor performance, Solskjaer replied: ‘Paul [Pogba] is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball today.‘He’s been away for two games with France and played a bit deeper, so maybe we have to get him more of the ball Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Paul Pogba’s poor performance against Watford Advertisementlast_img read more


Growing calls for anti-racism protests as Bayern scent Bundesliga title


first_imgThe Borussia Moenchengladbach striker has scored four times in as many games since the Bundesliga resumed last month to reach double digits in his debut season in Germany.Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup winner and anti-racism activist Lilian, made a statement of his own in last Sunday’s 4-1 win over Union Berlin, kneeling and bowing his head after scoring the first of his two goals, in a gesture reminiscent of past protests by NFL players in the US against racism and police brutality.Gladbach return to action on Friday at Freiburg as they jostle with RB Leipzig and Leverkusen for Champions League qualification.Key stats86 – Bayern’s league goals this season. No team has ever scored as many times through 29 games of a Bundesliga campaign.17 – seconds Stefan Ilsanker was on the field before scoring against Werder Bremen. The Austria international struck twice in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory after coming on as a late substitute.308 – Bundesliga appearances made by Japan’s Makoto Hasebe, an Asian record he shares with South Korean great Cha Bum-kun.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayFreiburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1830)SaturdayRB Leipzig v Paderborn, Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim (all 1330), Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin (1630)SundayWerder Bremen v Wolfsburg (1130), Union Berlin v Schalke (1330), Augsburg v Cologne (1600)Share on: WhatsApp Jadon Sancho calls for justice following the death of George Floyd in the United StatesBerlin, Germany | AFP |  Bayern Munich face one of the final obstacles in their hunt for an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title this weekend as players in Germany contemplate staging collective protests following the death of George Floyd in the United States.The German FA said on Wednesday footballers including Jadon Sancho who paid tributes to Floyd during last week’s games would not be punished, with calls since growing from several Bayern players for further action.“Sport always was and is able to share the power, to try to show to the world we are a community and that we are strong together,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller, ahead of Saturday’s game with Bayer Leverkusen.“We have so many different people in the sport, it doesn’t matter the colour. Sports have the power to bring people together to speak with one tongue.”Joshua Kimmich revealed Bayern players have talked about using their platform to reinforce their stance against racism, while World Cup winner Jerome Boateng urged more famous white sportspeople to add their voices to the chorus of outrage over Floyd’s death.Floyd, a black American man, died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked several days of protests in US cities, some of which have turned violent amid accusations of further police brutality used against demonstrators.– ‘We can do much more’ –“Our voices carry, we have a platform and we touch many people,” Boateng, whose father is from Ghana, told Deutsche Welle radio.“All white sportspeople who don’t speak out are obviously not racists, but of course it is desirable that they also use their notoriety for this cause. Many do it, but I think we can do much more.”With five games remaining Bayern hold a seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, whose players took a knee during Thursday’s training session in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said he “stood 100 percent behind” Sancho’s call for justice although a number of players including the England winger courted controversy after they were pictured without masks alongside a hairdresser.At the other end of the table, Werder Bremen have slipped back deep into relegation trouble after a 3-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday greatly complicated the task of maintaining their top-flight status.The loss was all the more disappointing for the four-time champions after a 1-0 win at Freiburg on May 23 had given them hope. Werder are now three points from safety and need a positive result at home against Wolfsburg on Sunday.“That was a setback but definitely not a knockout,” Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt said after the Eintracht defeat. “It has become harder but it’s not impossible. We all knew that it would be hard, but we’re going to give it a go.”One to watch: Marcus Thuramlast_img read more