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Manchester United v Liverpool: The memorable Premier League meetings in their storied rivalry

By Sports Desk October 19, 2019

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  • Haaland knows his future, says Manchester United manager Solskjaer Haaland knows his future, says Manchester United manager Solskjaer

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Erling Haaland "knows what he wants to do" amid increasing speculation about the Salzburg striker joining Manchester United, who drew 1-1 at home to Everton on Sunday thanks to Mason Greenwood's equaliser.

    Solskjaer described Greenwood as "different class" in his post-match news conference, but discussion soon turned to 19-year-old Norway international Haaland.

    Reports suggest the United boss could be given the resources to bring his compatriot to Old Trafford after impressing in Salzburg's ultimately unsuccessful Champions League campaign.

    "I don't comment on those speculations," Solskjaer said of the transfer talk. "[Haaland] knows what he wants to do, and he knows what he's going to do, so I don't have to give any advice to any other team's players."

    Discussing Greenwood after the teenager followed up a midweek Europa League brace with another goal, Solskjaer said: "It's so natural for him. He just knows exactly what to do.

    "Too many chances are missed with strikers rushing the finish, stressing, but the best ones have that little extra half a second, and he does."

    Greenwood's strike rescued a point for United and extended their unbeaten Premier League run to six consecutive matches, but they could not break down Everton.

    Solskjaer felt his side did not deserve to go behind in the first half, claiming United goalkeeper David de Gea was fouled before Victor Lindelof's own-goal, and expressed his disappointment that the VAR did not bring about a different decision.

    "It's a foul. It's as clear as that, but there's no point me complaining," he said. "It [VAR] will be better next year, for sure. We'll have to look at it. That's a clear and obvious foul.

    "They got the goal and had something to hold onto. I don't want to go down the route [of saying] that we always struggle against teams that lay low, because we don't.

    "It's a work in progress and these young boys are learning. The tempo of the ball wasn't good enough and it has to move quicker, but these boys will learn that."

    Reflecting on his first 12 months in charge at Old Trafford, he added: "I've really enjoyed it. I feel that we're on the right track. I'm looking forward to going into work tomorrow because these boys want to learn and improve."

  • Milan need too many chances to score, says Pioli Milan need too many chances to score, says Pioli

    Stefano Pioli acknowledged Milan's main focus has to be improving their proficiency in the final third after they were held to a goalless draw by Sassuolo.

    Milan remain rooted in mid-table in Serie A following a wasteful display at San Siro on Sunday.

    Theo Hernandez was unfortunate to have a first-half goal disallowed by the VAR, while substitute Rafael Leao hit the woodwork twice in quick succession late on.

    Veteran Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo also made a string of impressive saves, but Pioli says his team must take responsibility for the missed opportunities.

    "We could have had more pace and movement in the first half, but in the second, we had about nine or 10 shots on goal," Pioli told Sky Sport Italia. "We tried everything, and it just wasn't going to happen.

    "Sassuolo are a good team - we knew they would cause us problems. Rafael Leao did well off the bench, everyone played with effort, but with a little bit of sharpness and precision, we could have brought home the points.

    "We made some technical errors today that can prove very costly indeed at this level. We can do better. I think we lacked determination and the ability to finish our chances.

    "Our players worked hard today - the fact we had 10 clear scoring opportunities means we put in a good performance 0 but our biggest limitation right now is that we have to create so many chances in order to get a goal. We need to score earlier."

    Krzysztof Piatek scored in the 3-2 win over Bologna last time out but failed to have an impact on Sunday, and the striker was taken off late on having cut a frustrated figure throughout.

    But Pioli believes the 24-year-old - who has four league goals this season - has not been helped by media pressure.

    "Last week, the media said Piatek was our saviour; now, people are going to criticise again," Pioli said.

    "They need to be more balanced overall in their evaluation. It’s not just him - everyone needs to do better."

     

     

  • You have to be a team - Mourinho highlights Tottenham unity in Wolves win You have to be a team - Mourinho highlights Tottenham unity in Wolves win

    Jose Mourinho feels Tottenham's rebuilt team spirit is key to their improved form.

    Jan Vertonghen's injury-time header earned a 2-1 win at Wolves on Sunday that moved Spurs within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table.

    Mourinho's men have taken 12 points from a possible 15 since he succeeded the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, with Tottenham also progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League.

    Wolves were unfortunate to see their 11-game unbeaten league run end as Mourinho revelled in his side's new-found unity.

    "Sometimes football is strange," Mourinho told a news conference. "It could have been the same game but, without that goal, Wolves would be one point ahead of us and we would not be so happy. But a winning team starts with that mentality.

    "The concept of a team is that base for a team that is capable of winning. This match is the perfect example of a match that only a team can win. You have to be a team.

    "It's one of these victories where quality is not enough. If you are not a team, a real team in the sense of what the word 'team' means, it's impossible.

    "They [Wolves] are very, very good. I said that before the match, and I say the same after the match. They are a very good team and very difficult to play against."

    Paulo Gazzaniga made a key save at 1-1, repelling Romain Saiss' goalbound header and earning praise from Mourinho.

    "Magic hands. Again, it's important in that situation," Mourinho said of Hugo Lloris' deputy.

    "My father played in this stadium against Wolves in the UEFA Cup as goalkeeper. He was always telling me, a goalkeeper of a top team had to be different to the others because the goalkeeper of a top team doesn't have 10 saves to make.

    "You have one, but when the one comes, the magic hands have to be there, and Paulo did it for us."

    Wolves slipped to eighth after their first defeat in any competition since October, but Nuno Espirito Santo was proud of his side.

    "Some mistakes, but I'm very proud of the way we performed. We keep on going," he told reporters.

    "Okay, we didn't get the result we wanted, but we did what we wanted to do. We keep on going to the next one."

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