Manchester United is focused on the derby with City today after returning from a trip to Italy in the Champions League.
The Reds secured a precious point with a 2-2 draw at Atalanta and can now concentrate on our last fixture before the final international break of the year.
Pep Guardiola’s City beat Club Brugge 4-1 on Wednesday, a game the Blues boss described as their biggest of the week. However, it will be all eyes on Old Trafford for the 1:30 pm kick-off on Saturday.
UPDATE ON VARANE AFTER ATALANTA
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to start with a three-man central defend last two games, the 3-0 win at Tottenham and draw in Bergamo. Victor Lindelof’s absence on Tuesday, due to a knock sustained in training, allowed Eric Bailly to come in and perform excellently. However, Raphael Varane was withdrawn in the first half at the Gewiss Stadium after “feeling his hamstring”, according to Ole after the game, and he has now been ruled out for a month.
Hopefully, Lindelof will be fit in time – and he has been named in the Sweden squad for their upcoming internationals.
Paul Pogba may have played in Italy but he sits out the second of his three-match domestic suspension, following his red card against Liverpool.
Fred is a contender to feature after being left on the bench in Bergamo, while Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek made a positive impression in short cameos at the end of the 2-2 draw. Mason Greenwood also helped set up the two goals after he came on as a substitute in midweek and Edinson Cavani linked well with Cristiano Ronaldo in our last league outing at Spurs, scoring a beautiful goal.
With Nemanja Matic another option to replace Pogba, it all adds up to plenty for the manager to ponder when selecting his squad. Amad also travels travelers, former team, after proving his fitness with a run-out in the Under-23s, against Tottenham last Saturday.
Kyle Walker played 80 minutes at the Etihad Stadium but picked up a knock, with Guardiola saying post-match: “We are going to review the players, especially Kyle because he has a big kick in his foot.”
The visitors, like United, are also missing a player due to suspension center center-back Laporte was sent off in the surprise home defeat to Crystal Palace last time out. John Stones is the obvious replacement for the Spain international, although Nathan Ake is another option.
Ralf Rangnick as new interim manager
Manchester United has appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the Premier League season, eight days after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 63- year-old German has joined from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development and will take over from caretaker boss Michael Carrick.
He’ll also take on a two-year consultancy part at the club.
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John Murtough, United’s football director, said”Ralf is one of the most reputed coaches and originators in European football.
“He was our number one seeker for an interim manager, reflecting the inestimable leadership and specialized skills he’ll bring from nearly four decades of experience in operation and coaching.
“Everyone at the club is looking ahead to working with him during the season ahead, and also for a farther two years in his premonitory role.”
Solskjaer was removed after United’s 4-1 defeat by Watford this month, their seventh loss in 13 games across all competitions which left them eighth in the Premier League standings.
Former midfielder Carrick-who has overseen a Champions League victory over Villarreal and a draw at Premier League leaders Chelsea, where he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo-will remain in caretaker charge until Rangnick’s work visa is finalized.
New boss Rangnick said:
“I’m agitated to be joining Manchester United and concentrated on making this a successful season for the club.
“The team is full of gifts and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my labors for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfill their implicit, both collectively and, most importantly, as a team.
“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”
Let us see how the united team will play against Arsenal on Thursday night, week 13 of the 2021/2022 English Premier League.
Red Devils Finally Sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United have verified the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Michael Carrick chosen to take over as interim manager until the end of the season.
United had firstly allocated specialized director Darren Fletcher to take temporary charge but have decided to induct Carrick for the rest of the campaign.
In a statement, the club said:
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it’s with remorse that we’ve reached this delicate decision.
“While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.
“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his inexhaustible sweats as manager and our veritably stylish wishes for the future.
“His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a manager who gave us numerous great moments.
“He’ll ever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.
“Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.”
Another Nightmare For Me – De Gea
United Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after his side fell to seventh in the Premier League, amid a run of one league victory in seven games.
Captain Harry Maguire was sent off at Vicarage Road and the Hornets also had a penalty saved.
“It was embarrassing, the way we played today, “De Gea
“The first half was veritably poor-it’s not respectable for this club and the level of players that we have. It’s another nightmare. There have been some difficulties but I do not know what to say.
“I’ve been in delicate moments with this club but we’re in a delicate situation-we do not know what to do with the ball, we’re conceding a lot of goals. It’s a horrible moment.
“It’s easy to say the manager and staff but the ones who are on the pitch are the players and they are the ones who have to score goals and fight on the pitch. We need to look at ourselves one by one and give more to the club and the fans. It’s delicate to say why there was a performance like this I does not know what to say.
“It’s hard to be in the dressing room now-we’re sad, we’re angry. I am hurt-it’s a veritably delicate moment for the whole club.”
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