Liverpool manager had made a gamble in his Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade with a 4-2-3-1 formation that was quite unusual.
The German boss admitted it was a gamble but he had to play that system to enable Fabinho to fit into the team as he handed him his first Champions League start as a Liverpool player.
Since joining Liverpool from Monaco, Fabinho never got a nod to start any game in the Champions League but it faintly happened on Wednesday with a memorable 4-0 win.
All three attackers in the club got their names on the score sheet with Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scoring a brace while the scoreline was completed by Sadio Mane and Roberto Fermino who both scored a goal each.
However, the same formation could be continued by the manager knowing that it has worked and the weekend Premier League game will not be as difficult as the Champions League game.
Cardiff are currently down in the relegation zone which makes them less of a threat to the Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Also, the fact that Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are still out on injury, the 4-2-3-1 system could still be adapted to accommodate others.
Solskjaer defends self as summer transfer decision hunts him
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always come under criticism for a decision he made in the last summer transfer window to let go of Belgium international Romelu Lukaku and Chile international Alexis Sanchez on loan. Both players now ply their trade with Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.
While Romelu Lukau has been in hot form for the Serie A giants, Alexis Sanchez has struggled to perform at the club and it is unlikely he would be extending his stay at the San Siro.
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When the question was asked again to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he made it clear that his decision to let go of the two players was not a mistake and he is proud of it.
According to him, the decision was made in the best interest of the team and the club so as to get results on the pitch. He stressed the need to give younger players the opportunity to showcase their talent as well as build their trust. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasted that he will make the same decision again if times are brought back.
However, it is rumoured that Man United will part ways with Alexis Sanchez on a permanent basis because he would no longer be needed at the club.
Solskjaer humbles Fernandes with performance claim
Every analysis points to the direction of Burno Fernandes as the player that has come to improve the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team since he joined Man United.
Of a truth, since he signed from Sporting Lisbon, Bruno Fernandes has brought a new feel in the Red Devils team and that has affected the way they play.
More to it is the fact that his partnership with Paul Pogba has brought the best out of the France International which is evident on the team’s form and goals.
However, Ole Gunnar will not want to agree that his team have benefitted from the presence of the new player, insisting that Bruno Fernandes has also been helped to improve his game since he joined Old Trafford.
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The Red Devils boss claims that the club have really helped Bruno Fernandes and his attributes with the existence of quality players in the team, a development that has helped to bring out his best.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear that it’s a relationship beneficial for both parties and he hopes it continues in the coming season.
The Red Devils have enjoyed a good run of form since the restart of the season as they are yet to suffer any defeat in their last 16 games.
They have also been praised with the high goal margin of their wins so far.
Club terminate three-year deal With former Liverpool player
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is currently available in the market as his contact with Turkish Trabzonspor has been terminated.
It was expected that the England International will have a good spell in Turkey when he first joined the club but what was supposed to be a 4 years deal ended in six months.
Daniel Sturridge was reportedly found guilty of betting offences in Turkey and was handed a four-month ban from football. Obviously, the club wouldn’t have kept him for that long without his usefulness, prompting the termination of his deal.
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In his six months stay at the club, Daniel Sturridge scored seven goals in 16 appearances which gave hope to the team but that was cut short in March 2020.
The 30-year-old has since been without a club but with the transfer window set to reopen, he is hopeful of securing a deal away from Turkey.
It is, therefore, claimed that the England International will be considering options from the Major League Soccer as well as the Ligue 1 for a new deal.
Daniel Sturridge had to leave the current English Premier League Champions, Liverpool because he could no longer boast of playing time as a result of the competition in the team.
“I don’t know where that’s come from”, Solskjaer disappoints desperate fans
Man United fans are desperate to know what the future holds for the club as regards the summer transfer market because they expect some activities that will help to make the team better.
At every opportunity, fans get excited with rumours over players interest by the club but this time around, they would be left disappointed.
Following the are Devils game against Bournemouth it was claimed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to Nathan Ake and that was not unrelated to transfer talks.
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It was claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer approached Nathan Ake and said: “We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going, ” after the Saturday match at Old Trafford
This has been dismissed by the Norwegian manager who claimed to have simply said “You need a bit of luck from your centre-backs. Just keep going, ”
The Red Devils legend added by confirming he has seven centre-back and does not “know where that’s come from” stressing that his team is fine and working hard to improve everyday.
Man United fans are now left disappointed because going by the “we are fine” claim from the manager, it is unlikely the club will move in for a defender when the summer transfer window reopens.
Neville reveals why Jorginho is confirmed to leave Chelsea
The future of Italian midfielder Jorginho with English Premier League outfit Chelsea is bleak as he has not been a major part of the team of lately.
When Jorginho joined Chelsea after he was signed up by Maurizio Sarri, he became a regular, displacing N’Golo Kante from the heart of the Blues middle.
The story immediately changed when manager Frank Lampard took over the job as he had his preference for selection and that may have been working for him.
Gary Neville stated that it is obvious that Jorginho will no longer be needed at the Stamford Bridge because Frank Lampard has a clear plan for the club.
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The former Man United player told Sky Sports that Frank Lampard wants to build a young and hungry team and Jorginho could fall short of the attributes.
He noted that the same clear plan was what led to the exit of David Luiz from the Stamford Bridge to North London outfit Arsenal.
However, Sarri seems to be interested in working with Jorginho again and has made him a target for his Italian Serie A outfit Juventus in the coming summer transfer window.
It will not be a thing of surprise if Jorginho’s move to Juventus is dusted when the summer window is opened.
Tottenham clash: Arteta makes a NO case for Aubameyang
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been faced with questions on what would be the role of Gabon International Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when his team resume hostilities against Tottenham in the North London derby.
This question has become necessary with Eddie Nketiah facing a ban after being handed a red card in Leicester City draw game following his tackle on James Justin.
It is no longer news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not been playing as a central striker despite his goals tally at the club and there could be a need to have a formidable force when Arsenal meet Tottenham in their next game.
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Mike Arteta has therefore given the answer “NO” as he claims to have a number of options for the central striker role and will put then into consideration.
Alexander Lacazette has not been in the best of form for the past few games as he has not been consistent with goal scoring. This is the reason why it was asked if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be given the nod to lead in the attack ahead of anyone.
Arteta noted that there is a need to keep up the firepower of the team without losing its balance and that will strongly inform the choice of players for the game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goal scorer this season having scored 23 so far, with 20 coming in the English Premier League.
Peter Schmeichel calls for player’s sack, says he shouldn’t be at the club
Man United legend, Peter Schmeichel is not leaving any stone unturned when he criticized some players he claims are not giving their best to the club.
While refusing to name any player, he said some players have contributed nothing and are only seeking to create a profile, instead of playing for the club and the badge.
He stressed that there is still much work to be done in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team despite the good run of form they enjoy.
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Peter Schmeichel told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the focus should not be on buying new players alone but doing away with those that do not contribute to the team is also crucial.
It is widely believed that Schmeichel was referring to Jesse Lingard after citing a player who wants to create a brand like David Beckham.
Recall that the Sun had reported that Jesse Lingard is trying to make his ‘JLingz’ brand like Beckham’s.
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard has not made it to the pitch for any Man United game since the restart of the season and has not been on the bench for the last three games.
It is believed that he might not be working as hard as expected to earn a place in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team.
Man United and Chelsea to face biggest summer window disappointment
Two English Premier League outfits Chelsea and Man United are keen on adding depth to their squad ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
Both teams have developed hunger for success and are hoping to realize their dream with massive recruitment in the summer transfer window.
West Ham United player Declan Rice is a major target for both clubs but they could be set for a major disappointment with the London outfit insisting on keeping the player.
Despite struggling in performance and form, the Hammers are confident that Declan Rice will remain with the club.
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The 21-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in the English Premier League and has been tipped to step into the shoes of Chelsea legend John Terry. He has also been tipped to be a success at the Stamford Bridge but that may not happen if he remains with West Ham United.
According to ESPN, Rice’s contract expires in 2024, with an added option for an extra year. Only time will tell if he will see out his terms with the club.
However, suggestions are that the Hammers will not be able to keep Declan Rice if they eventually get relegated as they just four points above the zone.
Declan Rice has been valued for £70 million and Chelsea, who are favoured ahead of Man United are believed to be ready for the investment.