Solskjaer discusses Diallo’s Manchester United future amid injury setback

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Amad Diallo’s Manchester United future will be decided before Christmas, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 19-year-old joined the Premier League giants from Serie A outfit Atalanta owing to his impressive displays in the Italian top-flight.

Having scored in his maiden Europa League game against AC Milan, he became the youngest non-British player to ever score in major European competition for the Old Trafford giants at 18 years and 243 days.

Nevertheless, he has been frozen out of the star-studded United squad.  In August, his proposed loan move to Feyenoord hit the rocks as the teenager suffered a thigh injury.

Following his return to basic training at Carrington, his Norwegian manager talked about what the future holds for him at the English top-flight outfit.

“Amad trained in his first session with the team on Friday before Leicester City and he is still continuing his rehab getting more and more training sessions with the full team,” Solskajaer told media ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match with Atalanta.

“He’ll probably play in the 23s very soon when he’s ready for that and I’ve got to say his development has been exactly what we want from him.

“He’s come here learning the language, learning the way we play, he’s strong, he can take the ball and we have to make a decision before Christmas what he’s going to do.

“Is he going to play enough here? Which is possible. Or if the next step is for him to play somewhere else and come back in the summer.

“That’s a decision for later but he’s developing very nicely but this injury was bad timing, as every injury is.”

The Ivorian prodigy had warned United not to make a “huge mistake” against his former team.

“First of all, we must not underestimate Atalanta,” he told MUTV.

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“If you underestimate Atalanta, you are making a huge mistake. They have got a great coach, a great team and they have got good fans. They press high, they don’t let you play and they put you in difficulty.

“The wingers, [Robin] Gosens and [Ruslan] Malinovsky, are strengths of theirs, they will give you a difficult game.

“Even when they don’t have the ball, they will run a lot, especially those two. If you lose the ball, then you’re in trouble because they run so much and they’ll get it.”

After Dash To Dallas, Isner Welcomes Third Child

A dash home from the desert to Dallas was well worth it for American John Isner.

After withdrawing from singles and doubles at the BNP Paribas Open, Isner and his wife, Madison, welcomed their third child, James ‘Mack’ McKinley Isner on 12 October. The Isners’ oldest child, Hunter Grace, was born in 2018, and John Hobbs was born in 2019.

“2.5 weeks early, this little dude just couldn’t wait to meet his family,” Isner wrote on Instagram. “Welcome James ‘Mack’ McKinley Isner. @madkool13 I dunno how you do it but it’s simply incredible. Our kids have the best momma ever!”

Isner got several supportive comments from his ATP Tour colleagues on Instagram, including one from countryman Reilly Opelka, who wrote “Two future 🤖’s ❤️❤️❤️” in reference to their popular “servebot” nickname.

“Going to terrorise the @atptour in 20 years. 🤖 🤖,” Isner replied.

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Watch awkward moment Solskjaer addresses Rashford 'prioritise football' comment – with Man Utd star sat next to him

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has awkwardly addressed his “prioritise football” comment on Marcus Rashford while sat next to the Manchester United forward on Champions League press duty.

The Red Devils boss welcomed the England international back into his plans for the first time this season on Saturday, with Rashford fully recovered from a shoulder problem to see 25 minutes off the bench in a 4-2 defeat at Leicester.

Rashord did find the target in that contest, as he returned to action for the first time since the Euro 2020 final, and Solskjaer insists that his controversial comments were actually related to the forward now being able to focus on his football, being injury-free.

What did Solskjaer say?

The United boss told reporters at the King Power Stadium: “I know that we will see the best of Marcus in the years to come.

“He has done remarkable things at a young age but he is now coming into the best age for a footballer and he is learning, getting more experienced.

“He has time to reflect on… what he has done off the pitch as well, because he has done some fantastic things and now to… maybe prioritise his football and focus on football because he’s got a challenge on his hands here at Man United, he has a challenge on his hands to play for England, and I think Marcus is one of those who takes up those challenges.

“He is going to express himself and his talent and he knows that we want a lot from him but we are going to give him the time to get back to what he was and what he can be.”

How did Solskjaer respond?

The Norwegian was surprised to see a throwaway comment generate so many headlines, with Solskjaer eager to put the record straight ahead of a European encounter with Atalanta on Wednesday.

He said when taking a seat in front of the assembled media: “Let’s get the elephant out of the room… we’re so unbelievably proud of what he’s done.

“You made a headline out of one little comment that I never intended to be the focus of my comment. I just wanted to start with that so we got it out of the way.”

Rashford, who is now an MBE on the back of his political work during the coronavirus pandemic , was sat next to his manager and was spared an uncomfortable moment of his own as attention swiftly turned towards United’s efforts to offer a positive response to a disappointing setback against Leicester.

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Pulisic ‘really suffering’ in Chelsea injury nightmare as Tuchel admits ‘recovery is not happening’ for USMNT star

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Thomas Tuchel says Christian Pulisic is “really suffering” as his injury nightmare continues at Chelsea, with the Blues boss admitting that “recovery is not happening” for the United States international.

A talented 23-year-old forward has been nursing an ankle problem since suffering an untimely blow while representing his country in September.

Positive progress was being made in his recovery at one stage, but further setbacks are keeping him stuck on the sidelines and out of contention for a place in his club manager’s plans.

What has been said?

Tuchel has told reporters ahead of a Champions League clash with Malmo when asked for an update on Pulisic: “He got injured during a match with the USA, with a foul, a tough foul, and he hurt his ankle.

“There is nothing to worry about in terms of details and that we are hiding details. I cannot give you all of the details because I am not a doctor, but in the moment he has had some setbacks from pain.

“Not from a major injury or complications. It is simply the pain in the ankle that disturbs him. Once these players with quick movements like Christian, once they feel this pain and they are not free in the movement the recovery is not happening.

“You start all over again, and you start all over again, and you reach a certain point and the pain comes back. And you have to do a little pause and start all over again.

“So right now we are very, very close. He was so close to come to team training last week and had a little setback and reaction, by pain. Nothing serious. From there on we go.

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“He is very impatient, of course, and he does everything and we can see him suffer in every meeting and every time we meet him here [at the training ground] he is really suffering and he wants to be on the pitch and help us. Everybody is doing his very best. Unfortunately the injury takes its time.”

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Davies injury update delivered after Bayern Munich full-back suffers hamstring problem

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Bayern Munich are relieved to discover that the latest injury picked up by Alphonso Davies is nothing too serious, but the Canada international is to be given a much-needed rest.

The highly-rated 20-year-old lasted just 40 minutes of a thumping 5-1 Bundesliga win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

He was replaced after complaining of pain in his hamstring, with Bayern immediately fearing the worst.

What has been said?

Julian Nagelsmann has now delivered a fitness update on his squad, with it confirmed that Davies will play no part in a Champions League clash with Benfica on Wednesday.

The Bayern boss has said: “Leon Goretzka is out with a cold.

“Alphonso Davies did not suffer any structural damage in Leverkusen, but we are going to give him a two or three-day break because we have a tight schedule.”

Who will cover for Davies?

The Canadian youngster has enjoyed a timely return to top form this season , with 11 appearances taken in across all competitions.

He has also figured in five World Cup qualifiers for his country, with it inevitable that strain will show at times.

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With no risks being taken on the hamstring problem he picked up over the weekend, Nagelsmann is going to require cover at left-back against Benfica.

That choice would appear to be between Lucas Hernandez and Omar Richards, with the former being summoned by a Spanish court last week for breaking a restraining order in 2017 .

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Koeman responds to reports of Dani Alves returning to Barcelona

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Ronald Koeman has sought to distance Barcelona from speculation suggesting that Dani Alves could be brought back to Camp Nou, with the Dutchman claiming that no discussions regarding a deal have been held.

The legendary Brazilian right-back has offered his services to the Liga giants following his release by Sao Paulo, with the 38-year-old telling Sport: “If Barca think they need me, they just have to call me.”

Alves previously spent eight years in Catalunya between 2008 and 2016, taking in 391 appearances while helping Barca to 14 domestic trophies, three Champions League crowns, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

What has been said?

While Alves has left the door open for an emotional retracing of steps to be made, Koeman says he is unaware of any plans to re-sign the veteran South American.

He told reporters when asked about Alves: “I don’t know anything about this issue.

“Nobody from the club has told me about the possibility and I don’t like to answer.”

Who are Barcelona looking to do a deal with?

While Alves is not on the radar for now, Barcelona are confident that Ansu Fati will soon follow the lead of fellow youngster Pedri by signing a new contract.

Asked for an update on those talks, Koeman said: “It is true that they are close. It is very important news.

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“He is a young player, with a lot of quality. He is one of those who should mark the future of this club.”

Barca have tied Pedri to a deal through to 2026 that includes a €1 billion (£846m/$1.16bn) release clause, with the expectation being that 18-year-old sensation Fati will do likewise in the coming days.

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‘It was a little bit annoying Mendy was so good’ – Brentford’s Frank after Chelsea defeat

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Brentford manager Thomas Frank believes the world-class display of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was the main reason his side failed to beat Chelsea in their Premier League fixture on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Senegal custodian pulled a man-of-the-match display as the Blues secured a 1-0 win against the promoted side at Brentford Community Stadium.

After Chelsea took the lead through Ben Chilwell in the 45th minute, the second half belonged to the Bees who attacked from all angles seeking to level the scores but Mendy kept them at bay.

“He was the main reason we didn’t win. He was absolutely world-class and he’s been crazy good for Chelsea, so I just said to him it was a little bit annoying that he was so good, and I just praised him,” Frank told the club’s official website .

“If you want to win anything you need to have a fab keeper and number nine. We managed to keep Romelu Lukaku quiet but unfortunately, we couldn’t get past Mendy.

“If you look at Chelsea, they should praise themselves because in terms of how many chances we’ve created it’s very good they have a good keeper or they wouldn’t have been number one in the league.

“The only thing that I’m thinking is should I have changed the pressure a tiny bit before, but I think when you create five big chances you can’t really ask for anymore.

“Normally when the big teams play each other it’s maybe one or two chances created, so no I’m not sure there’s any regret because we did everything we wanted. On another day it works.”

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Speaking on why he had a good game against Brentford, former Rennes goalkeeper said after the game: “I am happy with how I performed. It’s down to hard work. I prepared during the week with my teammates and coaches to help the team, and I was able to do that.

“We knew we were coming up against a very difficult team. They have shown that since they got promoted to the Premier League, especially at home against Arsenal and Liverpool. That makes it a really good result.

“It was very hard. There was so much intensity in the game, and a great atmosphere. We had to suffer and we suffered together. We passed the hurdle together. It’s a positive and now we need to build on this momentum in the Champions League.”

Iheanacho unsettled Maguire and was Leicester City’s best player in first half vs Man United – Taggart

Iheanacho unsettled Maguire and was Leicester City’s best player in first half vs Man United – Taggart | Goal.com

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Gerry Taggart has singled out striker Kelechi Iheanacho as the best player for Leicester City in the first half of their 4-2 Premier League win against Manchester United on Saturday.

Goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy, and Zambia international Patson Daka ensured the Foxes ended Man United’s 29-game unbeaten run away from home.

According to the former Leicester defender, despite not getting among the goals, the Nigeria international was one of the best performers after he gave Man United defender Harry Maguire a difficult game especially in the first half at King Power Stadium.

“Leicester ran out victors because they outworked, outmuscled, and outfought Manchester United, who were guilty, at times, of just playing football for footballing reasons, going nowhere,” Taggart said as quoted by the club’s official website .

“Leicester didn’t sit on their laurels and worry about that. It was a fabulous game of football. I thought Leicester were excellent from the word go and particularly [Kelechi] Iheanacho in the first half, he just unsettled Harry Maguire.

“Obviously [Jamie] Vardy was working on [Victor] Lindelof on the other side and they just couldn’t cope. They go in at 1-1 after Manchester United take the lead but it was fairly even in the second half.

“It was a well-drilled Leicester side at the back and that was the platform as well as having Jonny Evans back in the team. I thought [Boubakary] Soumare in midfield was excellent. [Youri] Tielemans as well. They just held their own in midfield.

“Upfront, you know what you’re going to get with these two. We’ve spoken about playing these two together. The tactics that Brendan Rodgers sent those players out with have worked an absolute treat today [Saturday]. United just could not live with Leicester at times.”

The 25-year-old Super Eagle did not finish the game as he was substituted in the 77th minute for Daka.

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Speaking after the game on why he subbed Iheanacho, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers explained: “James [Maddison] and Kels (Kelechi Iheanacho) put everything into the game, so we needed to keep the freshness in the team, we needed to keep them pushing.

“And obviously bringing Patson on, he wants to run in behind, he’s a natural goalscorer.

“For him, he had a little chance inside the box, the ‘keeper makes a save and then he’s there, sniffing around the goal for the finish. So, I’m very pleased for him.”

'How is that not red?' – Arsenal captain Aubameyang baffled after Crystal Palace draw

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Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes James McArthur of Crystal Palace deserved a red card for his foul on Bukayo Saka in the 2-2 Premier League draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

In the 42nd minute, with the Gunners leading by a solitary goal scored by their skipper, McArthur volleyed Saka’s leg after the latter had cleared a ball. Referee Mike Dean showed the Palace man a yellow card for the challenge, but for the hosts, they were forced to make a change after the break, with Sambi Lokonga taking the English youngster’s place.

After the match, the Gabon international managed to look at the incident and made his conclusions.

“How is that not red?! I had not seen it like that from the field,” Aubameyang was left baffled.

Later on, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta updated on the condition of the 20-year-old attacker.

“Yeah, Bukayo could not continue. We had to take him off at the half time. I saw the action and I can’t believe how the player continued on the pitch,” Arteta told the club’s official portal.

“I don’t know [the extent of the injury], we will see how it evolves. Obviously, he couldn’t continue and he’s a boy that’s pretty tough and wants to keep playing, but he could not carry on and we have a quick turnaround for the next game, so we will see how he evolves.” 

The tactician failed to understand why the VAR was not used in the incident.

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 “I don’t get it. With what we were explained at the start of the season and what happened [on Monday night], it doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

After going to the break trailing, Christian Benteke completed a Jordan Ayew pass in the 50th minute to bring the teams into level terms. In the 73rd minute, the visitors took the lead for the first time when Odsonne Edouard converted a Michael Olise effort.

But substitute Alexandre Lacazette ensured the spoils were shared in stoppage time after pouncing on a loose ball in the danger zone.

Arsenal’s Partey has the capacity to shoot from distance – Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is confident midfielder Thomas Partey has the ability to shoot from distance after the team’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in their Premier League fixture on Monday.

The Gunners took an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, only to concede twice in the second half, before salvaging a late draw thanks to second-half substitute Alexandre Lacazette.

During the game, Ghana international Partey, who partnered Martin Odegaard at the heart of the midfield, came close to scoring for the Gunners from his long-distance shots and Arteta feels he should continue trying but in the right areas.

“Well, today [Monday] with one of them he [Partey] was much closer than he’s been,” Arteta told the club’s official website.

“It’s something that we are obviously practicing with him to determine and to decide the areas where we are more likely to score a goal and when we don’t.

“He has the capacity to do that because he’s done it throughout his career and he is trying and he needs to keep trying, but in the right areas.”

Arteta, however, feels the level of his players dropped after they had taken the early lead and it allowed Palace to get back into the game.

“We managed to score the goal, and we were in control. And then our level dropped,” Arteta continued.

“We had no composure on the ball, we started to give the ball away too easily, we didn’t have any sequences in our passes, we wanted to attack in one or two passes and the distances were too big.

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“I think we put the handbrake on a little bit. We started to defend something. We were not moving fluently enough and taking the right decisions, playing forward more and being more ambitious to score the second goal in that moment.”

Since joining Arsenal from Atletico Madrid at the start of last season, the Black Star is yet to find the back of the net for the Gunners.

Last season, he managed 24 appearances amounting to 1535 minutes while this season he has so far managed five appearances.