Arsenal and Man United’s European dream over after disastrous draws

Manchester United will have to settle for Europa League football next season after being held by a Huddersfield side who were relegated in March.

The Terriers had managed just four points in their previous 23 games but they earned a draw as Isaac Mbenza’s first goal for the club leveled Scott McTominay’s first-half effort.

They would not have tolerated this from Jose Mourinho or Louis van Gaal. They certainly would not have taken it from David Moyes’ Manchester United. So how long will they stomach it from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Suffice to say that if the current United manager does not start next season well, then judgment may come earlier than he ever could have imagined.

This was paupers’ football from Solskjaer’s United team, football devoid of imagination and fluency. Solskjaer’s United, the one that started so vividly under him in winter, has been steadily regressing for weeks and we would call this rock bottom, if we were remotely convinced they couldn’t get any worse.

Meanwhile Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish are all but over after the lackluster hosts were held to a one all draw by Brighton.

The Gunners are three points behind Tottenham in fourth with one game to play but would need an eight-goal swing, as well as results going their way, to overtake their rivals.

Life after Arsene Wenger was never going to be easy. There were no guarantees the end of an era would bring the best of times rolling back to Arsenal.

But on Sunday evening, as glum-looking players trudged around a sparsely-populated Emirates Stadium to offer their appreciation after the final home game of the first post-Wenger campaign, this felt like a club lost at sea.

Vital connections have been frayed since absent owner Stan Kroenke completed his takeover last year and wiped out the minority shareholders amid far-reaching change behind the scenes.

Elsewhere, Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League next season with three nil victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.

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A pack of Wolves beat Red Devils denting Man United’s top four finish

Manchester United failed to move to third in the Premier League following a 2-1 loss to Wolves.

United took the lead via Scott McTominay’s 12th minute strike, but the hosts replied through Diogo Jota’s 24th minute effort.  United were reduced to 10 men after Ashley Young’s sending off, before Chris Smalling’s own goal gifted wolves victory.

Diogo Jota played a starring role throughout as Wolves once again proved to get the better of Manchester United on home soil

United remain fifth on the table with 61 points same as Tottenham, and two behind third placed Arsenal. Meanwhile, Fulham were relegated after a 4-1 loss  away to Watford, they follow Huddersfield to the championship.

For the second time in 18 days, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trudged down the touchline at Molineux and offered his congratulations to Nuno Espirito Santo. Same score line, same problems on another miserable night here for the Manchester United manager.

He had described the FA Cup defeat to Wolves last month as the worst performance under him, and there wasn’t a big enough improvement on Tuesday night to change the outcome.

The veteran defender, deployed at centre back, rashly went in on Jota as Mike Dean gave his 100th Premier League red card

Yes, United started well and created enough chances to win. They were also handicapped by the deserved sending-off of captain Ashley Young just before the hour mark.

But they conceded two calamitous goals and were in disarray by the end as Wolves threatened to overrun them again.

This was Solskjaer’s third defeat in four games, and the solitary victory in that sequence was a rather fortuitous one at home to Watford at the weekend.

Suddenly the problems that engulfed his predecessor Jose Mourinho have returned with a vengeance.

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We’ll win the title! Solskjaer vows to bring back the good times to United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vowed to turn Manchester United into champions again after he was confirmed as the club’s manager at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Solskjaer has been handed a three-year contract on a salary of £7million as a reward for transforming United’s fortunes since taking over as caretaker boss in December.

The 46-year-old Norwegian is relishing his ‘dream job’ and immediately focused on delivering the club’s first title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vowed to turn Manchester United into Premier League champions again

The Premier League title is vital for us,’ said Solskjaer. ‘To lift the trophy again is what we expect and what we are used to and it’s what we have done so many times.

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‘If I can leave the club having won things — of course the Premier League — then I’ll be proud.

‘I’m a happy man and I’m a determined man. The day I walk out of here I hope to be a proud man.

‘We can’t wait for too many years but it’s not like it’s going to happen overnight.

‘I know we will be successful but it’s about taking it step by step. You think back to what it feels like to be a winner and a champion and I can’t wait for these players to get that feeling.

‘We take confidence from our performances and results lately. It’s been by fine margins. The league is decided by margins and if you have the belief, confidence, togetherness, work-rate and attitude you’ll get those margins. ‘That’s when you’ll win games and suddenly end up challenging for trophies.’

Solskjaer won six Premier League titles as a player and wants to return United to champions

‘When people get a new job and say it’s a dream job, that’s more true to me than anyone,’ Solskjaer added.

‘This has been my ultimate dream. Maybe a naive dream, but I’ve always had that dream to have this responsibility for this huge, fantastic, family club. I’m honoured and privileged to lead us forward.

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Pogba ‘to demand to be highest paid player at Real Madrid’

Mino Raiola has laid out Paul Pogba’s wage demands of £13.65million as Real Madrid seek to complete a swoop for the Frenchman, according to Tuttosport.

The in-form midfielder has impressed in recent months and the Spanish giants would reportedly have to make him their highest earner to seal the swoop.

Currently, Welsh winger Gareth Bale earns around £11.9m a year, while captain Sergio Ramos picks up £9.3m.

Paul Pogba would demand wages of around £13.65million to move to Real Madrid

But both would be dwarfed by the World Cup winner’s salary demands, with Pogba currently on around £8.65m at Manchester United.

Real Madrid are set to conduct an overhaul of their squad this summer under returning boss Zinedine Zidane.

A disappointing campaign has seen them slip out of La Liga contention and suffer an embarrassing Champions League capitulation against Ajax.

Pogba has admitted a move to Real would be a ‘dream’, and it is thought that playing under compatriot Zidane would be a big draw.

Sterling is treated differently because he is black – Pogba

France midfielder Paul Pogba believes England’s Raheem Sterling is sometimes treated differently by the British media because he is black and does not get the recognition he deserves for his achievements.

Speaking ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova on Friday, the Manchester United midfielder also said Sterling was unfairly criticised for what he does off the field.

Paul Pogba believes England's Raheem Sterling is sometimes treated differently by the media

Manchester City forward Sterling said in December that newspapers were helping ‘fuel racism’ with their portrayal of young black players, highlighting how they were treated differently to young white players by the media.

‘Sometimes it happens,’ Pogba told Sky Sports when asked whether the media treated Sterling differently because of the colour of his skin.

‘What I’ve been seeing is he’s been criticised for houses and what I’ve been hearing things about, but nobody talks about what he’s been doing on the pitch.

‘He has ridiculous stats, he’s scored goals and made a hat-trick not long ago. He’s been top with City. Maybe if he was somebody else, it would be different.

‘I always say racism in football shouldn’t happen, because football is a sport, a beautiful sport and makes people happy. When somebody is doing a great job, he should deserve the same reward as somebody else who does the same job.’

Sterling, who has 19 goals for City in all competitions this season, was also supported by England team mate Danny Rose.

‘Raheem was only saying what we all say in the dressing room. It’s sad really but he’s 100 percent spot on with what he said,’ Rose told BBC Sport ahead of England’s Euro qualifier against Czech Republic.

‘The stick he used to get from the media was bang out of order. When he put the (Instagram) post up about the media, we were all over the moon with that because we all agree. Fair play to Raheem.’

Pogba was peaking ahead of France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova on Friday

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Man United front runners to sign Griezmann but face competition from Bayern and PSG

Manchester United are reportedly front-runners in the race to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.

The France forward, who turned down the chance to join Barcelona last summer, now wants to leave the club.

And, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, United are favourites to sign the prolific striker with Bayern Munich also in the chase.

Griezmann, 27, has scored 18 goals and contributed eight assists in all competitions for Atletico this season.

But he looks set to finish the season without any silverware after they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Juventus last week.

Atletico are also 10 points behind leaders Barcelona in the league with 10 matches left to play.

Griezmann was promised a winning team when he turned down the chance to move to the Nou Camp and he was handed an improved contract.

Atletico were defeated by Athletic Bilbao at the weekend as their title hopes all but ended

In addition, Lucas Hernandez’s contract was renewed and Thomas Lemar signed at Griezmann’s request, but they look set to miss out on silverware.

There will be no shortage of interest for the striker, with United, Bayern and potentially Paris Saint-Germain interested.

Barcelona were upset when Griezmann turned them down last summer and may not renew their pursuit of the World Cup winner.

He would be able to link up with his international colleagues Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba if he moved to Old Trafford.

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Watatoboa? Man United handed Barcelona as Man City face Tottenham in UCL Quarters

Manchester City and Tottenham have been paired together in an all-English Champions League quarter-final.

Manchester United have been paired with Barcelona, while Liverpool will take on Porto in the last eight.

Ajax and Juventus meet in the other tie.

The first legs will be played on April 9 and 10, the second legs on April 16 and 17.

United will play the first leg of their tie at Old Trafford because they both them and City cannot play in Manchester on the same evening.

Tottenham and Manchester City have been drawn together in the Champions League quarter-finals, as Manchester United take on Barcelona and Liverpool play Porto

The winner of the all-English quarter-final will take on either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-final, the draw for which was also made at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon on Friday.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are on a semi-final collision course with bitter rivals Liverpool if they both progress.

With four Premier League sides in the last eight for the first time since 2009, the probability of two of them meeting was high.

League leaders City will have to overcome the stubborn test of Spurs if they are to keep their hopes of winning an unprecedented Quadruple of trophies alive.

City beat Spurs 1-0 at Wembley in the league back in October and the two sides are set to meet again the weekend after the second leg.

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I have a girlfriend not a wife! Eric Omondi says after losing Man United bet

Eric Omondi cockily dared Joe Muchiri and Sauti Sol with wagers that rested on the result of the Arsenal and Man United match that took place yesterday.

Joe Muchiri
Joe Muchiri

‘While my brother was suffering in the streets people used to hurl insults at me,’ – Eric Omondi

His bet with prominent blogger Joe Muchiri is now getting the most heat.

On his Instagram page, the comedian promised Joe that he would give him his wife and also shave his head bald if Arsenal won.

Eric, you see is a proud Man United fan, while Joe and Sauti Sol are loyal Arsenal supporters.

As most people know now, Arsenal soundly beat Man United and many are now asking for Eric to honour his bet, especially the part concerning him giving out his wife.

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Eric Omondi
The comedian with Chantal, his fiancee

Did anyone really think that he would keep this part of the promise?

Eric divulged in a follow-up video that technically he didn’t have a wife but a girlfriend in Chantal.

He hilariously explained:

Majameni ningependa niseme hivi. Tuwache porojo bana. Nilisema jana yakwamba nitapeana bibi lakini kila mtu anajua ya kwamba mimi niko na girlfriend. Sina bibi majameni. Sasa tuwache porojo, tuwache uwongo kusema ya kwamba Eric Omondi apeane bibi. Bibi mimi sina. Niko na fiancee, niko na girlfriend and it is public knowledge.

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Eric with Chantal
Eric with Chantal

He then went on to address Joe Muchiri telling him to wait until Eric was married.

That is when he could come and speak about people’s wives.

Check out his video response below:

Some of his followers responded saying:

viq_adley: Yani sai Joe Muchiri amekua ule jamaa 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

pavibenard: Weeee nyoa baaana kelele miingi achia watu wa arsenal

immacculate254: Haha,Eric, then we need your hair shaved.

dennisdean554: Ulisema uta shave your head.

Eric then posted an image of himself with a shaved dome but to the discerning eye, it looks like the work of photoshop.

Eric Omondi bald
Eric Omondi bald

So will he be a man of his word and not only shave his hair but also wash Sauti Sol’s car?

We will find out soon.

Rampant Arsenal end Solskjaer’s unbeaten domestic run at the Emirates

Manchester United’s unbeaten run in the English Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to an end yesterday as they lost two nil to Arsenal at the Emirates.

Granit Xhaka beat David de Gea with a swerving shot from outside the penalty area, which the United keeper was expected to stop. United improved towards the last minutes of the first half but Arsenal held on and after the break, it was Arsenal who added the second goal through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored from the spot after Alexander Lacazette was fouled by Fred.

The Gunners have won seven out of 10 top-flight games in 2019 and are one point behind north London rivals Tottenham, who sit third in the table.

For a manager in his first Premier League season, undertaking a considerable rebuilding exercise on limited resources, Unai Emery is doing a very good job. It was a strange kind of victory — the first goal an unfamiliar sight, the second all too common.

Nobody expects a howler from David de Gea these days, a contentious penalty decision, sadly, seems to happen every game. Arsenal benefitted from both.

That is not to say the win was without merit. Sead Kolasinac was the man of the match, a constant threat from left wing-back, closely followed by goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who was both quick-witted and brave in repelling United’s forwards.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a prospect, while Granit Xhaka is at last looking a central midfielder capable of holding the fort as well as blasting his way out of it.

Paul Pogba has been running games of late but not this one. It wasn’t that he didn’t play well, more that Arsenal kept him in check. There remains the potential for upset, as happened in Rennes last Thursday, but gradually Emery is getting his team where he wants it.

Miracle in Paris! United produce stunning comeback to beat PSG in France

Manchester United did the impossible as they turned a two nil first leg defeat to beat Paris St. Germaine 3-1 in the return leg of the champions league round of sixteen and advance to the quarter finals.

Neymar believes PSG can win the Champions League for the first time

United opened the scoring in the first minute through in-form Romelu Lukaku to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but PSG were back on level minutes later through full back Juan Bernat.

However a goalkeeping mistake from Gianluigi Buffon helped United score the second goal through Lukaku and with three minutes to stoppage time, United were handed a penalty following a VAR decision and Marcus Rashford held his nerves to send them through to the last eight.

United had to survive until the game’s 100th minute before joyously celebrating a famous Champions League victory in front of their traveling fans.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is the first choice to take over at Real Madrid and has already been approached by the club, according to former president Ramon Calderon.

Julian Draxler confident PSG can keep in-form Paul Pogba quiet in showdown

Mourinho, who left Real in 2013, said last week he was flattered to be linked with a return to Real, and appears to be a popular choice among fans, who were chanting his name after Tuesday’s humbling 4-1 defeat by Ajax.

Calderon says Real’s president Florentino Perez needs a bombshell “to keep calm among the supporters and is set to call on Mourinho, the “only coach he respects.