Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Admits Alexis Sanchez Could Leave Man Utd Amid Inter Interest

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Alexis Sanchez could leave the club this summer following his side’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.

Sanchez is expected to join Inter following a disastrous move from Arsenal to Old Trafford, the Chilean managing just five goals in 45 appearances for the Red Devils, with a medical with the Serie A club ?slated for Tuesday.

?Now, speaking after Anthony Martial’s thumping finish and Ruben Neves’ stunner ensured United left Molineux with a point, Solskjaer has revealed ?Sanchez could leave before the window closes for good throughout Europe.

He said: “Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance…some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens. Can’t update you more than that.”

Solskjaer’s declaration comes just ?days after the former striker said he still counts on Sanchez as part of his squad, backing the former Barcelona ace to come good at the club.

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Sanchez wasn’t involved in United’s Monday night clash with Wolves as ?United were pegged back by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Martial’s cool finish had given the visitors the lead, but Neves’ stunning curler ensured the points were shared.

?Paul Pogba also saw a penalty saved by Rui Patricio, prompting some social media reaction as to whether Marcus Rashford – who scored a spot kick against Chelsea last week – should’ve taken it instead. But that’s besides the point, as United have bigger problems than players missing penalties. No, really, they do. Scott knows, right Scott?

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Twitter Reacts as Wolves End Manchester United’s One-Game Winning Streak With 1-1 Draw at Molineux

?Fifth, seventh, 13th and even 20th! Many predictions have been made about where Manchester United will finish in the Premier League this season and few of them were kind to the Red Devils.

They’re actually in fourth as it stands after their opening day defeat of Chelsea and Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. That’s good, isn’t it? No?

Nothing is good enough for United fans.

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United supporters have had to endure something of a barren period after Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious 27-year reign at the helm. There have been some good players since Fergie left, but there have also been some really bad ones.

Victor Lindelof certainly used to be one of the latter. However, he’s no doubt improved in the post-Mourinho era. Well, most people think he has, but you can never please everyone…


I wonder if James always counts the number of bad passes played by the Swede.

Still, he wasn’t the only person left a little miffed by the performances of certain individuals.



Poor Daniel James, he’s only 21 and still finding his feet in the Premier League, yet football fans don’t seem to care. They take no prisoners and this time the Welshman was the target. Maybe it’s because he dived.

The winger’s theatrics failed to earn his side an early spot-kick, but they should still have taken the lead when Anthony Martial arrived at the perfect time to meet Marcus Rashford’s delivery…



You can probably tell what happened. Yeah, Martial missed.

What could the Frenchman do to make amends? Surely, there was something he could do to make things right with his teammates. Well, there was one way…





That’s right, his lethal left-footed rifle into the roof of the net gave United a 1-0 advantage over Wolves and brought up his half-century of goals for the club.

A lot of people think that’s an admirable achievement…


However, a lot of people don’t…

Given their troublesome displays in recent years – and that includes 2018/19 – there may have been doubts about United’s chances this season.

Nevertheless, a 4-0 crushing of Chelsea put everyone in a buoyant mood, whilst a half-time lead against the Wanderers was also putting a smile on the faces of Red Devils everywhere…



Solskjaer must have been eager to get the second half underway, so his recruits could continue to show their newfound confidence and put their hosts to the sword. Supporters were calling for blood and United went in search of a kill.

Unfortunately, the new man James was a little over-excited in his search for a second goal, accidentally treading on the foot of Diogo Jota…



The vertically-challenged starlet was lucky to escape a second caution, but his team couldn’t escape the clutches of a hungry pack of Wolves.

They were given fair warning when Raul Jimenez struck the woodwork, although the striker’s frustrations will be nothing compared to those of one punter in particular…


David de Gea got away with that one, but he would soon be picking the ball out of the net as Ruben Neves let loose a dirty long-range effort following a short-corner routine…


Disgusting indeed. It was pure filth from the Portugal international, who continues to shine in a thrilling Wolves lineup.

There are many ways to describe a goal of such quality and others were certainly more eloquent with their praise for Neves.


Of course, no goal is complete without a nerve-jangling wait for VAR to confirm that no one was 0.1mm offside in the buildup…


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So, we can all agree that VAR is the worst thing since unsliced bread, yes? Monday night’s referee may disagree…

Moss and his team of officials would call upon the surveillance system for another game-changing decision before the night was out.

Just after the hour-mark, the scores still tied at 1-1, Paul Pogba was sent tumbling to the floor by opposing skipper Conor Coady. VAR was consulted and VAR said pen. Let’s just say it was debatable.

So, Pogba was the man to take the responsibility and in classic Pogba style had his spot-kick saved. Some defended him, but most couldn’t resist having a dig…



The bigger issue wasn’t the miss, however, it was the childish debate over who should be allowed to take the penalty…




Or maybe the bigger issues were to do with the overall match and not a single incident in the contest. Could it be that Pogba’s failure was just one mistake in a sea of errors? Surely not, this is Manchester United!


The final whistle confirmed that the points would be shared at Molineux, leaving the visitors on four points and Nuno Espirito Santo’s battlers on two. Neither team will be over the moon with that, neither should be too upset.

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Wolves 1-1 Man Utd: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Paul Pogba Misses Penalty in Entertaining Draw

Manchester United had to settle for a draw after being pegged by Wolves on Monday night, a Ruben Neves stunner equalising for the hosts after Anthony Martial had given the Red Devils an early lead, with Rui Patricio also saving Paul Pogba’s second half penalty.

The game started slowly, with United dominating the early possession. However, the first chance came after 20 minutes, as Marcus Rashford created space for himself on the left, before picking out an unmarked Martial, who couldn’t make a solid connection.

He made no mistake next time round, however. On 27 minutes, Rashford slid through Martial, who fired into the roof of the net. United dominated the rest of the half, with the Wolves players beginning to show their frustration. 

Wanderers came out flying in the second half, and it didn’t take them long to get the stadium rocking. First, a glorious Raul Jimenez header hit the post, and then Neves scored a typically sensational goal from the edge of the area – a right footed curler that left David de Gea with no chance.

In a frantic second half, United were awarded a penalty, which Paul Pogba won and took. However, Patricio produced a magnificent save to keep the scores level. The game became an end-to-end affair, with United having the better chances, but they were unable to find a winner.


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Key Talking Point

Nuno Espirito Santo had the luxury of resting the majority of his first team for their fixture against Pyunik on Thursday, and as expected the star names returned on Monday night. However, they were unable to get into their normal fluid rhythm in the first half.

The most concerning thing as far as ?Wolves fans are concerned is that their usually reliable defence looked shaky and penetrable. Willy Boly misjudged the flight of the ball early on, giving Martial a glorious chance to give United the lead. However, it was the lack of communication between Conor Coady and Ryan Bennett only ten minutes later that let the Frenchman in once again – this time, he made it count. 

The defensive woes continued, as Matt Doherty was forced off at half-time through injury. The struggles at the back meant the ball was constantly being recycled by the Red Devils, and Wolves’ midfield weren’t able to dictate the tempo of the game. However, a blistering start to the second half saw them draw level within a matter of moments. The resilience of Nuno’s men was put to the test, but they once again passed the test with a strong second half showing.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Patricio (7); Bennett (5), Coady (5), Boly (6); Doherty (4), Dendoncker (7*), Neves (7), Joao Moutinho (6), Jonny (6); Jimenez (6), Jota (5).

Substitutes: Traore (7), Pedro Neto (6), Cutrone (N/A).


STAR MAN – It was a truly outrageous goal from Neves, but it was Leander Dendoncker who put in a strong showing in midfield. His work often goes unnoticed, but his tireless work ethic and pressing was crucial to keeping Wolves in the match in the first half. He was fundamental in restricting United to just a handful of chances, despite them dominating the opening 45. 

As Nuno’s men made a strong start to the second half, Dendoncker kept the team ticking over and gave the forwards a chance to become more of a presence. His link-up play with substitute Adama Traore was also impressive, the Spaniard posing a threat up and down the right wing. At £12m, Dendoncker has proven to be a very shrewd piece of business. 


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Key Talking Point

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the bold decision to name a very attacking starting lineup, dropping Andreas Pereira and replacing him with Daniel James. The 21-year-old was quiet in the opening exchanges, and struggled to really get into the game. However, his defensive work was highly impressive, helping nullify any Wolves attacks.

The Red Devils were faced with a different prospect to the Chelsea test, as they were tasked with taking the game to Wolves in the first half. The players looked lively, with Rashford and Martial putting in strong showings.

However, Solskjaer’s men struggled to deal with the early pressure in the second half. The defence looked rattled and it appeared as though Wolves would capitalise and continue their fine run against United. However, fans can take heart from the resilience shown to dig in as United began to assert themselves again – until Pogba missed the penalty.

Rashford comfortably dispatched his spot kick against Chelsea and there was some social media reaction to Pogba taking responsibility instead. However, although they weren’t able to claim a win, it was another indicator of a young ?United side coming of age. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: De Gea (6); Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (6), Shaw (6); McTominay (6), Pogba (4); James (6), Lingard (5), Rashford (7); Martial (8*).

Substitutes: Mata (6), Pereira (N/A), Greenwood (N/A).


STAR MAN – Martial was unable to get involved in the opening exchanges, but the Frenchman took his chance when it came. It was a ruthless and top class finish from a man who had barely touched the ball up until that point. It was a true number nine’s goal.

From that moment, his whole game improved and he caused the three Wolves defenders numerous problems. His link-up play with Rashford and Lingard would have been a pleasing sight for Solskjaer and the coaching staff, as he continues to repay the faith showed in him by the manager.

Martial’s tendency to fade in and out of games has been a major worry for United, but he’s proving to be more consistent and as a result, much more of a threat in matches. 


Looking Ahead

Wolves will travel to face Torino on Thursday in the first leg of their play-off Europa League tie. They will then come back and play host to Burnley on Sunday. 

United, meanwhile, host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, before travelling to face Southampton the following Saturday. 

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Mohamed Salah Speaks Out On Disagreements With Egyptian FA as Retirement Rumours Persist

?Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has discussed the multiple disputes he has had with the Egyptian FA in recent times, with the 27-year-old also confirming his desire to keep playing for the African nation.

Rumours have circulated that the Champions League winner would retire from international duty following a number of disagreements with his country’s governing body.

Salah accused them of being in ‘competition’ with him at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, taking particular issue with a lack of security and Egypt’s disregard for the concerns he raised during the tournament.

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Asked whether his fractured relationship with the EFA could see him hang up his boots early, the Anfield star told ?CNN: “I love this country from my heart. It’s always in my mind.

“Something pushed me forward to perform, to be iconic for the kids – to be like a dream for the kids to one day be like me. I want to be that person, so to just retire from the national team is huge for me.

I think with the federation, it was a bit like a competition,” Salah continued, addressing his frustrations from AFCON 2019. “Who’s the winner? I will never be a winner because I’m a player.

“When I come to tell you something, you have to know that I’m telling you just because I want to be happy. It’s not because I’m showing you that I’m powerful. I’m not powerful there. Believe me, [I was], I could have changed a lot of things.

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The ?Liverpool winger was unable to prevent Egypt’s last 16 exit at the hands of South Africa, with EFA president Hany Abo Rida resigning in the wake of the disappointment.

Discussing who should replace the 66-year-old, Salah stated: “The one who is coming now needs to be honest with himself and try to fix the things, because [the players] are not happy about a lot of things. Hopefully the new one comes and does things differently.”

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Liverpool Coach Confirms Club Have Discussed Signing Former Tottenham Star Michel Vorm

?Liverpool could offer Michel Vorm a deal at Anfield after the Dutchman’s contract with Tottenham Hotspur expired in the summer.

That’s according to Reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, who has revealed the club are considering several alternatives in the absence of first choice shot-stopper Alisson. 

The Brazilian limped off during the team’s 4-1 opening night victory over Norwich City on 9 August, with Adrian currently deputising for the 26-year-old.

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Jurgen Klopp’s recruits were able to see off ?Southampton with the Spaniard in goal, efforts from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ensuring Adrian’s late blunder would have no effect on the result.

Journeyman keeper Andy Lonergan was brought in as cover over the summer, but Achterberg has refused to rule out a move for Vorm. Speaking to ?NOS, the coach stated: “The arrival of Vorm has been discussed.”

However, he also suggested that ?Liverpool are content with their options, adding: “I have always said that a good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury. Lonergan has more than 250 matches at Championship level – that is not to be underestimated.”

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Adrian came in for heavy criticism in the aftermath of the Reds’ 2-1 win away to the Saints on Saturday. The ex-?West Ham United man handed their opponents a late lifeline when he inexplicably hit an attempted pass directly at Danny Ings, the ball then ricocheting into an unguarded net.

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