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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


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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-ART HOWE RELEASEDArt Howe out of hospitalHOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe was released from a Houston hospital Sunday after a stay in intensive care because of the coronavirus. May 18, 2020 Associated Press The players’ lawyers say they have witnesses who will clear them.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The 73-year-old Howe will be isolated at home for another week or two.He confirmed Thursday night that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. He went to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday.How is best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s.In other coronavirus-related sports news:—The Spanish league has taken another step toward restarting the soccer season by allowing teams to resume group training. Practice sessions have been closer to routine as players are now allowed to work in groups for the first time since the league was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep-aways, exchanges of passes and player interaction are back at the training camps as the league has allowed up to 10 players to practice together.center_img — A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.— Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training. Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together today, but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.— English Premier League clubs will try today to agree on protocols to allow a return to training during the coronavirus pandemic. Teams have already started checking players and coaches for the coronavirus, with a total of 1,600 weekly tests anticipated across the 20 clubs in England’s top division. With Britain suffering a worse coronavirus outbreak than Germany, the sports shutdown is yet to end and players would have to remain socially distant for now in training.— Celtic is celebrating a ninth straight Scottish title after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because there was no immediate prospect of play restarting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Scotland has joined France, the Netherlands and Belgium in calling off the season early. Soccer at all levels has been suspended in Scotland until June 10 at the earliest. There has been no play in the Scottish league since March 13.NFL-COURTS Update on the latest in sports: Baker, Dunbar released on bondFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar have been released from Broward County Jail, after surrendering Saturday on felony charges stemming from a cookout at a Miramar, Florida home.Baker posted a $200,000 bond after a Zoom hearing with Broward Circuit Judge Michael Davis. The New York Giants defender is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.Dunbar is charged with four felony counts of armed robbery. The Seattle Seahawks player posted a $100,000 bond.Baker and Dunbar were attending the cookout Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and authorities say Baker pulled out a handgun. Witnesses told investigators that Baker, Dunbar and two other men began robbing people of thousands of dollars, watches and other valuables.last_img read more