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Solskjaer Criticised After Pogba’s Penalty Miss In Draw vs Wolves

Amuda Segun

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been heavily criticized following the penalty miss that overshadowed the league meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

Wolves hosted Manchester United at the Molineux on Monday night in a game which ended 1-1 but the major talking point was the penalty miss by Paul Pogba in the second half.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince criticized the lack of managerial skills from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba deliberated on the penalty taker after the Red Devils were given a spot-kick in the second half.

Manchester United were given the penalty after Paul Pogba was fouled by Wolves skipper Conor Coady.

Paul Pogba had a brief discussion with Marcus Rashford before the former stepped up to take the penalty which was saved by Wolves skipper Rui Patricio.

Many Manchester United fans and pundits have blamed Solskjaer and Pogba after the penalty incident led to a draw rather than a win for the team.

They thought Marcus Rashford should have taken the penalty having scored on the opening day of the Premier League.

Rashford scored one of the goals from the penalty spot as Manchester United thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in the first game of the new Premier League season.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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This Liverpool summer transfer target almost a done deal

Timothy Aiyeku

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There are suggestions that Liverpool summer transfer interest in Italian Serie A outfit Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly is almost a done deal.

This is after reports claim that the Serie A club are willing to take a reduction in the asking price of £100 million for the defender. According to the latest report, Napoli are now willing to accept within the region of £60- £70 million for the defender.

The 29-year-old has been tipped to form a great partnership with Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk who also came in on a big-money deal from English Premier League outfit Southampton in 2018. He has helped the Reds team to win the Champions League and now the premier League.

Liverpool will now take this chance to snap up the player to continue the challenge ahead of the coming season after manager Jurgen Klopp claims he expected clubs like Man United and Chelsea to challenge more for the title, especially now that they are engaging with a number of deals in the summer transfer window.

It is also reported that the Reds are hoping to have smooth talks with the player on personal terms to have a deal completed as soon as the summer transfer window is opened.

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Man United in advanced talks with biggest summer transfer target, not Sancho

Timothy Aiyeku

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Man United have been linked with a number of names ahead of the summer transfer window and with the latest reports, they are making progress with one of the biggest names.

It is claimed that the Red Devils are in advance talks with Federico Chiesa, according to Italian publication, Corriere Fiorentino. It is reported that Man United have agreed to pay a fee of £50 million to Viola to land their 22-year-old star in this summer transfer window.

The young lad has been impressive so far, scoring six goals and providing three assists for his team this term to make him get the attention he has from Europe.

A major challenge is that Federico Chiesa is reportedly not sure if he should make a move away from Viola this term and he is considering all options before giving his nod to the deal.

Federico Chiesa seeks to be sure he would be handed a regular playing time in the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team because he wants to represent his country in competitions and that will be a major criterion.

Meanwhile, Man United’s summer transfer deals are highly dependent on their qualification to the Champions League next season, according to claims already made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Solskjaer breaks Man United fans heart with transfer claim

Timothy Aiyeku

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The hopes of Man United fans to have their club engage in the summer transfer market might have been shattered by the claim credited to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils boss confessed that the transfer plans of the club are unknown at the moment because of a number of factors. According to him, the extent of activities in the market will be highly dependent on the position of the team on the EPL log at the end of the season.

Should the Red Devils fail to secure qualification to the Champions League, they might not be able to land some of their targets.

Man United are currently off the top four positions and the fight to earn a place is ongoing but a difficult one. They will be hoping to displace Leicester City with few games left.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa star Jack Grealish are amongst the names already mentioned to be on the wanted list of the club in the summer window.

This, therefore, means that Man United may be forced to change their transfer plan and move for other targets or remain with some of their players if they fail to secure Champions League football.

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Arteta to land first title as Arsenal manager?

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Spanish manager Mikel Arteta has been given the opportunity to land his first title as Arsenal boss with emerging reports over the Community Shield, and It is now left for him to take it or not.

Currently, the Gunners team only have the FA Cup as their chances of winning a title and they are nowhere close to being favourites but another opportunity could present itself for free as they could be named as the team to face Liverpool either winning the FA Cup or not.

Let it be noted that the Community Shield is usually played between the winner of the FA Cup and the winner of the English Premier League title but the new UEFA arrangement could affect it.

The Europa League final has been scheduled for August 21 and Champions League two days after. Man United, Man City, and Chelsea are all suspected to be part of it and are as well, involved in the FA Cup semi-final.

However, the Community Shield is a week after the Europa League final after it was scheduled for August 30 and the FA is not ready for any compromise of the date. This means that any team that wins the FA Cup and goes far in any of the European competitions will not be able to take part in it.

The FA is, therefore, considering inviting the most successful team in the Community Shield history for the finals against Liverpool, which is the North London outfit as they have won it 15 times in their history.

Arteta won it twice at Arsenal as a captain in 2014 and 2015. He could just help deliver it again as a manager in 2020.

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Agent to prepare formal offer for strongest Van Dijk partner

Timothy Aiyeku

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Liverpool will no doubt, be in the summer transfer market despite claims by the club hierarchy that there is no need for new additions because of the strength of the team.

One area manager Jurgen Klopp will seek to add is the defensive department as he would be looking to complement the effort of Virgil Van Dijk ahead of the coming season.

A major target for the Reds team is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as he seems to be available in this summer window.

Reports according to II Mattino claims the player’s agent Fali Ramadani will be travelling to Naples to formalize Liverpool’s offer for the Senegalese defender.

A former Liverpool player Alex Manninger has given his nod to the proposed deal, noting that Europe could be set to witness the strongest couple in the defence with Kalidou Koulibaly and Virgil Van Dijk if his former team succeeds.

He stressed that the 29-year-old will be a perfect partner to Van Dijk as soon as he settles down in the team.

However, time would be spent on the negotiation table with Napoli President reported to be seeking £100 million for the defender. It is claimed that Liverpool have valued him for £80 million and are set to beat it down to £70 million with the understanding that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the finance of a number of teams.

Liverpool have Matip and Joe Gomez who had good performances last season but due to knee and ankle injuries respectively, they have not been consistent to help Van Dijk.

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Arsenal confirm this summer transfer window stance

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English Premier League club Arsenal have confirmed they will not be in the summer transfer market for a new goalkeeper.

It was earlier reported that the Gunners will be moving for an option to mount the sticks after Bernd Leno sustained an injury that was feared to lay him off for months.

Emiliano Martinez has been standing in for the first choice role and has impressed greatly. The Gunners can hardly miss Leno, a development that has given conveyed faith in the current choice while they consider shelving other transfer plans for a new goalkeeper.

It is now expected that Emiliano Martinez would be handed a new deal that will have him stay at the Emirates Stadium much longer, knowing that he can be a good backup to Bernd Leno.

However, the latest report claims that Leno is set for a shock and early return and could begin training even before the end of the season.

Although it is not expected that he would be seen on the pitch this season from all indications, he would be available to start the season with the Gunners team.

Bernd Leno is no doubt, one of Premier League ‘s best. He has been hailed for helping the Arsenal team so far.

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Mourinho begins Arsenal mind-game over Sharpness claim

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Ahead of their North London derby against Arsenal, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has stated that his team lacks the required sharpness.

The former Chelsea and Man United manager made this claim after his team failed to deliver a goal in their 0-0 EPL game against Bournemouth.

According to him, the team lacked sharpness and the right attitude and that was why they failed to enjoy a win in the game.

He added that his players are tired, the reason why he had to rest some of them.

Mourinho, therefore, claimed that the Gunners team has got an advantage over his side because they rested for 48 hours and that could give them an edge over his team when they meet.

Suggestions are that the statement credited to the Portuguese manager is a mind-game tactic he intends to use against their next opponents especially after threatening to see a win in revenge of a post by Arsenal which he termed as disrespectful to Tottenham.

It is widely believed by pundits that the Tottenham boss will be approaching the game against Arsenal with all seriousness because he seeks a win to prove a point.

The result of the game will determine who tops another as they are just a point apart.

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Why Man United should not celebrate form yet

Timothy Aiyeku

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Gary Neville

Man United have enjoyed good runs of results in their fixtures, especially with the restart of the Premier League.

They are yet to suffer any defeat in about 16 games across all competition and the goal margins in recent games have spoken volumes.

Suggestions by Gary Neville, a former player is that they have enjoyed good fixtures that have come with no real challenge.

According to Neville, the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team will need to play one of the top teams like Liverpool and Man City to be sure they are now at their best.

While noting that his former team have been comfortable, Neville is happy the Red Devils will face a test from Leicester City who are ahead of them. According to him, The Foxes have done well this season to deserve where they are and they will give United a good test.

Neville is, therefore, optimistic that the Red Devils will finish in the top four should they continue with their fine form by winning their remaining games left in the season.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils stand the chance of facing a real test in the competitions aside the EPL to prove their supposed quality in coming weeks.

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