United’s interim trainer pointed the finger at the match official after seeing his team’s chances disappear with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot-kick
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that referee Jonathan Moss will be furious with himself for giving a penalty against Manchester United in Sunday’s reverse at the hands of Arsenal.
Caretaker manager Solskjaer suffered the first Premier League defeat of his United reign as goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a 2-0 home win for the Gunners .
Xhaka hit past David de Gea just 12 minutes in, while in the second half Aubameyang was on hand to covert from the spot after Alexandre Lacazette was felled in the area.
Solskjaer, however, took exception to Moss’ decision, and expected the official to think again once he had another chance to watch the incident.
“We started slowly, maybe a backlash from Wednesday night, but we created chances and when they get the first goal it becomes a different game,” the interim boss explained to Sky Sports .
“We created so many more chances today than when we beat them in the FA Cup. Sometimes it happens, we hit the woodwork twice and had five very big chances ourselves.
“The referee will be disappointed when he sees it as I don’t think it is a penalty.
“We just had to go for it towards the end, but we were not really at it and it is one of those days where you have to dust yourselves down from. We have Wolves in the cup quarter-finals and it’s a big game to look forward to.”
David de Gea was at fault for Arsenal’s opener , as the wicked swerve placed on the ball by scorer Xhaka completely baffled the usually dependable shot-stopper.
Solskjaer sympathised with his goalkeeper, but pointed out that United paid the price for a sluggish start from the entire team.
“David is disappointed every time he concedes a goal,” the Norwegian added.
“The ball moves so strangely and it looks like it goes to David’s left and it changed direction, but in the first 15, 20 minutes we were too slow and never put them under pressure.”
Sunday’s result means that Arsenal leapfrog their rivals to claim a place inside the top four and stay on course for Champions League qualification.
United now lie in fifth, two points shy of Unai Emery’s men, and will not be in action next weekend in the Premier League due to their commitments in the FA Cup, where they face Wolves.
Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus
Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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