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  • 'He deserves it' - Pogba wants Solskjaer...

    Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'deserves' to get the Manchester United manager's job on a full-time basis after restoring happiness to the squad. Solskjaer led United on a run of 14 wins from 17 games in all competitions after taking over from Jose Mourinho in December. A...

    'He deserves it' - Pogba wants Solskjaer to get Manchester United job permanently

    Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'deserves' to get the Manchester United manager's job on a full-time basis after restoring happiness to the squad. Solskjaer led United on a run of 14 wins from 17 games in all competitions after taking over from Jose Mourinho in December. Although back-to-back losses to Arsenal and Wolves in the Premier League and FA Cup dampened enthusiasm, United are only two points outside the top four and will meet Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And Pogba, who has been in spectacular form under Solskjaer after clashing with former boss Mourinho, is keen for the caretaker manager to be rewarded with a permanent contract. "Of course we want him to stay," Pogba, 26, told Sky Sports. "The results have been great. I have a great relationship with him, he has a great relationship with the players. "When a player is happy, he wants to keep being happy. Solskjaer deserves it. He knows the club, he knows everything about the club. "He is a really happy coach that gave confidence back to the players. "This gave us the freedom to play and enjoy football again because maybe we lost that with the results that we had before." Pogba reportedly fell out with Mourinho in the early part of the season and lost his place in the starting line-up after being stripped of the vice-captaincy. The France star admits there was a problem with confidence before Solskjaer, 46, arrived, but he wants the focus to be on the future. "Maybe we lost confidence, maybe things went wrong," he said. "A lot of talking outside that we weren't used to. "I don't like to talk about the past. I like to talk about the future because that's what matters. "We are better now, and the results have been brilliant."

  • Salah needs to work and the goals will c...

    Mohamed Salah has been unlucky during his dry spell of form but goals will soon flow once more for the Liverpool forward, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah has only scored once in the past two months, in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, but Klopp's men are t...

    Salah needs to work and the goals will come - Klopp

    Mohamed Salah has been unlucky during his dry spell of form but goals will soon flow once more for the Liverpool forward, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah has only scored once in the past two months, in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, but Klopp's men are two points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table regardless. Sadio Mane's fine form has kept Liverpool's momentum up, the Senegal star having hit 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for the Reds. Although Salah has not been at his best, his 17 Premier League goals this term is still only bettered by one player, Man City marksman Sergio Aguero. And Klopp feels Mane, who is now level on goals with the Egyptian, could be an example for Salah to follow when Liverpool return to action at home to Tottenham on March 31 after the international break. "He is in a really good moment, of course," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. "In football it's sometimes like this. The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work. "That's exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again. He's just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that's true. "But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored; the cross from Robbo [Andy Robertson, at Fulham], I'm pretty sure Mo would have scored if Gini [Wijnaldum] doesn't get the ball. "These moments... I was a striker, I had that as well, you think, 'Oh' and then somebody else missed the chance. That's how it is, all good. But, of course, it's a brilliant moment for him [Mane]." Following Liverpool's clash with Tottenham and trip to Southampton a week later, the Reds host Porto at Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

  • Mourinho has turned down 'three or four'...

    Jose Mourinho says he wants to be back in club management by the summer and that he has turned down 'three or four' offers already. The Portuguese, sacked by Manchester United in December, has been out of work since. But the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter and Porto boss is ...

    Mourinho has turned down 'three or four' jobs - but wants to be back by summer

    Jose Mourinho says he wants to be back in club management by the summer and that he has turned down 'three or four' offers already. The Portuguese, sacked by Manchester United in December, has been out of work since. But the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter and Porto boss is preparing himself for a new challenge. He says he is waiting for a role of right 'dimension' - but, despite being tipped to manage Portugal at some point, ruled out a national team post. Mourinho, 56, told beINSPORTS: "What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in the summer, in June, for a new club, for a new pre-season. "I know exactly what I don't want - that's the reason I've had to say no already to three or four different offers. "And I know what I want in terms of, not a specific club, but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job. I know what I want and I'm going to be waiting for that." Mourinho says he has been using the time since his departure from Old Trafford to be ready for his next position. And he says his desire to be involved in the busy day-to-day challenge of club management is the reason he won't be taking a job coaching a national team. "A national team job is a very specific job - I like daily football, daily work, I like many competitons, I like many matches and I want to stay at football club level," he added. "When you are working every day in football with six press conferences per week, with three matches per week, with pre-match analysed, with post-match analysed, with all the problems you have day by day, sometimes you have no time to take care of yourself and now I'm having this month where I think I'm going to be back even better prepared. "At this moment I am two and half months without work and I am 'working' preparing myself for the next one. "It's not like I am on holiday, it's not like I am bored - I am preparing myself for the next one." Wherever he is in charge next, Mourinho, who has won 19 major trophies as a manager, is sure he will be a success. "Somewhere, I am going to win again," he said.

  • Matic the latest Man Utd player to withd...

    Nemanja Matic is the latest Manchester United player to withdraw from his national team's upcoming games. The Serbia midfielder will not play in his country's matches against Germany or Portugal. He follows clubmates Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, who pulled out of the England ...

    Matic the latest Man Utd player to withdraw from international duty

    Nemanja Matic is the latest Manchester United player to withdraw from his national team's upcoming games. The Serbia midfielder will not play in his country's matches against Germany or Portugal. He follows clubmates Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, who pulled out of the England and France squads respectively with injuries earlier this week. Matic, 30, was forced to miss recent United games against Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting line-up for the Premier League defeat to Arsenal. He was taken off with four minutes remaining of the FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wolves at Molinuex last Saturday. Matic, Serbia's vice-captain, had been called up for the friendly in Germany on Wednesday night and the Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal on Monday. His withdrawal from the squad appears to be a precautionary measure, with coach Mladen Krstajic telling the Serbian FA official website: “Nemanja Matic will not play in Wolfsburg, nor in Lisbon. He played the last match for his club but did not stay on the field until the end.” There is also a doubt over the fitness of United striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian joined up with his national squad ahead of their games against Russia on Thursday and Cyprus on Sunday despite a foot injury that kept him out of the Wolves game. He is being assessed by Belgium's medics. Martial has a knee injury with an official France statement reading: “Anthony Martial is suffering from recurring problems in the right knee. He again felt severe pain in his right knee after Saturday's match against Wolverhampton.” Shaw's issue is unspecified. United return to Premier League action against Watford at Old Trafford on March 30 following the international break.

  • 'It's just crazy' - Rose bemused by Tott...

    Danny Rose has admitted that Tottenham's recent form has been concerning and he is now worried about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Tottenham at one point were dark horses in the Premier League title race but a poor run of results means they ar...

    'It's just crazy' - Rose bemused by Tottenham's dip in form

    Danny Rose has admitted that Tottenham's recent form has been concerning and he is now worried about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Tottenham at one point were dark horses in the Premier League title race but a poor run of results means they are now battling to hold on to a spot in the top four. The north London club have now lost three of their last four games, leaving them just one point ahead of close rivals Arsenal and just three points clear of Manchester United in fifth place. Spurs have to travel to the Etihad and Anfield, to face title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, in their last eight fixtures this season, meaning that a top-four finish is far from a certainty at this stage. "It's just crazy," Rose told Sky Sports . "Three weeks ago we were 10 clear of Arsenal and it's just funny how a week in football can seem like it lasts forever, especially when you are on the back of two defeats and fighting for a draw against Arsenal. "The season is obviously not how it was looking three weeks ago, especially when you have got to travel to City and travel to Anfield. And, as well as that, there are no easy games in the league." Rose hopes that Tottenham's move into their new stadium will help steady the ship and push the team towards regaining their form late in the season. Spurs announced that the first game at the new ground will be on April 3 against Crystal Palace and Rose believes this move can help boost the team going forward. He added: "It's nice we have got some good news that we are going to be moving into our new stadium. I hope that can give us all a boost. "If you'd ask the manager he'll be relishing this. He'll get to see what type of players he is working with now, who's ready to fight. I think everybody's character now is going to be tested between now and the end of the season." The left-back is currently on international duty with England and discussed the similarities between his club boss Mauricio Pochettino and national team coach Gareth Southgate. "They are both very similar and I've enjoyed working under both of them,” he said. "They've both given me so much and whenever I've played for them I just try to give my best whenever I'm called upon."

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