Barcelona edge Manchester United while Ajax and Juventus play to an exciting draw

By April 10, 2019
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    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down expectations around Paul Pogba, saying the midfielder could not be Roy Keane, Juan Sebastian Veron, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona in one player.

    Pogba remains at Old Trafford despite being linked with a move away throughout the close season, but the 26-year-old was criticised after missing a penalty during a draw at Wolves on Monday.

    Solskjaer has praised the France midfielder's all-round abilities, but warned United could be asking for too much from Pogba.

    "We can all see Paul was disappointed when he missed a penalty. He doesn't deserve this," he told reporters on Friday.

    "He is, as I've said so many times, and he's said it himself, when you sign for Man United, you become a Manc and, once a Manc is always a Manc, and he gives his absolute everything for the club every week.

    "He expects a lot from himself as well, so it doesn't frustrate me. We expect a lot from him, but we know we can't get Roy Keane, Veron, Scholes, Giggs, Cantona in one player. It's hard, but he's a top, top player.

    "I know people expect him to do absolutely everything on a football pitch, but he's got so many qualities that we're seeing different qualities from Paul this year, compared to last season, and he's a leader in the group. So, I expect the fans to be behind him, yes."

    Pogba was criticised for taking the penalty against Wolves just a week after Marcus Rashford had converted a spot-kick in a resounding victory over Chelsea.

    But Solskjaer, whose side host Crystal Palace on Saturday, confirmed that duo were still on penalty duties for United.

    "I'm sure you're going to see Paul Pogba score a pen for United again," he said.

    "We're practising pens still and Marcus and Paul are still on them."

  • Waterhouse battle with defending SCL champs ends in stalemate Waterhouse battle with defending SCL champs ends in stalemate

    Reigning Scotiabank Concacaf League champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica grabbed a slim edge in its 2019 SCL Round of 16 series with a key away goal against Jamaica’s Waterhouse in a 1-1 draw on Thursday night at the National StadiumIndependence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Waterhouse went right to work on the reigning champion and Andre Fletcher took advantage of space in the Herediano penalty area to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead in the 2’.

    Two minutes later, Herediano’s Bryan Rubio almost answered Fletcher’s early score with the equalizer, but saw his shot hit the post. The Ticos would draw even though in the 17’, as Keyner Brown spun a header over the arms of Waterhouse GK Akeen Chambers to make it 1-1.

    Herediano started to increase the pressure on the Waterhouse defense in the second half and had two very good looks at goal, only to see Keysher Fuller fire just over the crossbar, followed by a Freddy Alvarez strike that forced Chambers into a big save.

    In the end, the two sides would have to settle for the draw, leaving the tie up for grabs going into next week’s second leg.

  • Waterhouse battle with defending SCL champs ends in stalemate Waterhouse battle with defending SCL champs ends in stalemate

    Reigning Scotiabank Concacaf League champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica grabbed a slim edge in its 2019 SCL Round of 16 series with a key away goal against Jamaica’s Waterhouse in a 1-1 draw on Thursday night at the National StadiumIndependence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Waterhouse went right to work on the reigning champion and Andre Fletcher took advantage of space in the Herediano penalty area to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead in the 2’.

    Two minutes later, Herediano’s Bryan Rubio almost answered Fletcher’s early score with the equalizer, but saw his shot hit the post. The Ticos would draw even though in the 17’, as Keyner Brown spun a header over the arms of Waterhouse GK Akeen Chambers to make it 1-1.

    Herediano started to increase the pressure on the Waterhouse defense in the second half and had two very good looks at goal, only to see Keysher Fuller fire just over the crossbar, followed by a Freddy Alvarez strike that forced Chambers into a big save.

    In the end, the two sides would have to settle for the draw, leaving the tie up for grabs going into next week’s second leg.

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