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Manchester United tell investors they will qualify for Champions League this season

Manchester United have told investors that they do not expect to miss out on the Champions League for a second consecutive season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently fifth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-place Chelsea after back-to-back league wins. → Read More

Manchester City appeal against Uefa’s two-year Champions League ban confirmed by CAS

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed Manchester City’s appeal against the club’s two-year ban from the Champions League and €30m (£25.2m) fine. The court said it was unable to put a timeframe on when the dispute will be resolved by, with City’s involvement in Uefa competitions next season hanging in the balance. → Read More

Manchester City ban: United chief Ed Woodward says Uefa has 'strong commitment' to FFP

Ed Woodward believes there is a “strong committment” at Uefa to ensure that Financial Fair Play continues in its current form, despite Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competition. Woodward was asked about FFP during a call with Manchester United investors, following the release of the club’s latest financial results on Tuesday afternoon. → Read More

Manchester United: Ed Woodward backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with club moving 'in the right direction'

Ed Woodward has told investors that he is confident Manchester United are moving “in the right direction” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management. Following the release of United’s quarterly financial results, Woodward once again insisted that United’s priority remains “winning trophies with a team playing entertaining attacking football”. → Read More

Manchester United: Ed Woodward commits to squad rebuild in latest financial results

Ed Woodward has committed himself to continuing the rebuild of the Manchester United squad, overseen by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in the club’s latest financial results. United have endured a difficult season on-the-pitch but remain in contention to return to the Champions League next season, with Solskjaer’s side currently fifth in the Premier League. → Read More

Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes and Juan Sebastian Veron comparisons ignore one key difference

After watching Bruno Fernandes score one and have a hand in all three of Manchester United's goals against Watford on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a surprising comparison between his new signing’s authoritative midfield display and those of two former team-mates: Paul Scholes and, more unusually, Juan Sebastian Veron. → Read More

Manchester United cruise past Watford as Bruno Fernandes announces himself on Old Trafford stage

For the first time since September, Manchester United find themselves in the Champions League places. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s group stages have been significantly boosted over the past week or so – by Manchester City’s two-year ban, more than anything else – but back-to-back league victories mean United now occupy that newly coveted → Read More

Manchester United vs Watford player ratings: Bruno Fernandes lights up Old Trafford with first goal

Manchester United 3-0 Watford: After a slow start the hosts turned it up a notch to win in style, although they needed the intervention of VAR to deny the Hornets an equaliser → Read More

Manchester United could welcome Scott McTominay back from injury for Watford fixture

Scott McTominay could make his return when Manchester United face Watford in the Premier League this weekend. Out since Boxing Day with a knee injury, the Scotland international is back in full training and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the midfielder might be in the squad on Sunday. → Read More

Raheem Sterling’s Real Madrid flirtation reveals the new state of play at Manchester City

As ‘player talks about potential mega-transfer to super club’ quotes go, they were standard fare. In an exclusive interview with AS published on Friday morning, Raheem Sterling made sure that everyone knows just how much he respects Real Madrid, while simultaneously reminding them of his present commitments to Manchester City. He is a Manchester City player, of course. Until → Read More

Jesse Lingard’s problems at Manchester United may only have one solution

On what was a filthy night in northwest Belgium, amid the swirling wind, rain and hail, Jesse Lingard reached a milestone. It was his 200th appearance as a Manchester United player. For context, that is 48 more than Dwight Yorke, 23 more than the late Duncan Edwards and – remarkably – fifteen more than Eric Cantona. → Read More

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Europa League ball for Manchester United's difficult night in Bruges

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer partly blamed the Europa League’s official ball for Manchester United’s difficult draw against Club Brugge on Thursday night. Anthony Martial’s away goal, a first-half equaliser, means United will be well-fancied to progress past Brugge and reach the last-16 after next week’s second leg at Old Trafford. → Read More

Club Brugge vs Manchester United result: Anthony Martial equaliser leaves Europa League tie evenly poised

A creditable result but an uninspiring performance. Manchester United will have confidence of reaching the Europa League last-16 and progressing past Club Brugge after Anthony Martial’s away goal cancelled out Emmanuel Dennis’s opener and spared Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from a first-leg defeat. → Read More

Fantasy football scout tips gameweek 27: Sadio Mane, Bruno Fernandes, Danny Ings and more

Sadio Mané Heavily owned until a recent muscle injury ruled him out for two games, Sadio Mané made a scoring return for Liverpool away at Norwich last week. Mané is still well owned - in a fifth of squads - but those who sold him in haste should be looking to reinvest as the league leaders embark on a run of favourable fixtures. Raul Jimenez Once a reliable source of either → Read More

Club Brugge vs Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally learning the true cost of Marcus Rashford gamble

Although the phrase “touch and go” suggested a situation that could still go either way, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not seem hopeful. Marcus Rashford might play again this season, he might not. Either way, he is going to miss the majority of Manchester United’s run-in, if not all of it. It could be a critical blow to Solskjaer’s hopes of avoiding another year in Europe’s → Read More

Marcus Rashford injury: Manchester United striker may not play again this season

Marcus Rashford faces “another few months” on the sidelines, according to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and whether the injured striker plays again this season is “touch and go”. Rashford has missed United’s last six games with a back injury suffered after coming on as a substitute in a FA Cup third round replay against Wolves last month. → Read More

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Reds lean on the legend of Anfield to overturn deficit – but this time it’s different

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp will be confident of overturning a more modest deficit than last season against Barcelona – but Diego Simeone’s side will revel in the occasion much more so → Read More

Liverpool’s Champions League title defence hanging in the balance after Atletico Madrid defeat

Liverpool may be runaway leaders domestically but their status as European champions is now hanging in the balance. Their hopes of becoming only the second side to retain the Champions League in the modern era and win a seventh European Cup were bruised by Saul Niguez’s early goal and damaged further by their failure to break down a defensively brilliant Atletico Madrid. → Read More

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool player ratings: Saul Niguez goal settles Champions League first leg

Reigning European champions Liverpool will need to overturn a one goal deficit when they host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. Liverpool went behind in just the fourth minute in Madrid. The Reds failed to clear a corner and Saul Niguez was on hand to tap home from close range. → Read More

Paul Pogba: Mino Raiola hits out at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in furious Instagram post

Mino Raiola has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should "inform himself better" in furious social media post following his comments about Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Super-agent Raiola suggested earlier this week that Pogba wishes to leave United and re-join former club Juventus, claiming that Italy is the player's "second home". → Read More