Solskjaer plays down Man Utd’s penalty woes

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has played down concerns over Manchester United’s prowess from the penalty spot after a second miss from 12 yards in two games cost them again against Crystal Palace. Marcus Rashford hit the post on Saturday with his team down 1-0 against the Eagles. Daniel James equalised at Old Trafford, before a Patrick van Aanholt goal in stoppage time stole ensured Palace took all three points back to South London.Paul Pogba saw his penalty saved in a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monda y, after taking the ball from Rashford, who had converted a spot kick in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea to open the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Solskjaer said that continuing to put themselves in good positions would yield results in the end.”Two games, two missed penalties. It’s part and parcel of it,” the Norwegian told the BBC after the game.“Sometimes it happens. I have missed a few myself. If we score them it’s a different story.“If we keep putting ourselves in those positions we will get more penalties and we will score. It is just one of those things. We trust them to score again.”United bossed the game, having 22 shots to Palace’s five, but each club mustered three on target.Palace’s opening goal came from their first shot after Jordan Ayew pounced on error by Victor Lindelhof.Solskjaer lamented his team’s profligacy, and also the errors that led to the Eagles strikes. Goalkeeper David De Gea will feel he could have done better with Van Aanholt’s winner.”They scored two and we scored only one,” he added “We just were not clinical enough in front of goal and they scored two very easy goals. I thought we got our act together second half, we just couldn’t hit the target.“We have dominated the game but we have not controlled it.”We should have dealt with the last five minutes better. We defended poorly at times today and it cost us. Sometimes you do not find that end product and that happened today.“We did not test their keeper enough. It cost us dearly today.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lacazette injury not as bad as first feared

first_imgArsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette was substituted with an apparent injury with 25 minutes remaining in Sunday’s drawn North London derby but his injury is not as serious as originally feared and is now believed to be cramp.The France international forward had scored a vital goal just before half time to claw his team back into the contest after defensive lapses had seen rivals Tottenham take a two-goal lead through Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.One of Lacazette’s partners in Arsenal’s expensive front three, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-2 shortly after the No. 9’s departure from the field of play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The other member of the trio, Nicolas Pepe provided the assist for Lacazette’s goal, which was an unstoppable strike after an excellent first touch in a crowded penalty area.After the game Gunners’ manager Unai Emery said he feared his striker might have a hamstring injury, but it now appears less severe than the Spaniard thought.“Yes, I think it’s [a hamstring problem]. It’s not severe,” the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager said soon after the final whistle.Lacazette has scored 38 Premier League goals in 91 games for the London club, since his arrival from Lyon in the summer of 2017.Today’s intervention was rated as crucial by players on either side of the fierce rivalry.Aubameyang, who has had a fruitful partnership with the 28-year-old Frenchman in their season-and-a-half together, said the strike provided a boost in the Gunners’ dressing room at half-time.“When you go in the dressing room after scoring a goal it is always positive so it was crucial to score then,” the Gabon international said after the match.Kane, who now has 10 goals in North London derby’s, a record tally, also said the timing of Lacazette’s tally was key to the eventual result.”When you go 2-0 up you expect to win whoever you are playing. The goal before half-time changed the momentum,” the England captain said.Lacazette will have the international break to recover from his knock, as he has not been selected by Didier Deschamps in the France squad.When the Premier League resumes in a fortnight Arsenal will face Watford on September 15. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

I-League: Chennai City trump Shillong Lajong through late goals from Pedro Manzi

first_imgI-League: Chennai City trump Shillong Lajong through late goals from Pedro ManziPedro Manzi scored two late goals to give Chennai City a 4-2 win over Shillong Lajong and consolidate their position at the top of the I-League points tableadvertisement Press Trust of India ShillongFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 21:31 IST Pedro Manzi scored two goals in the 78th and 90th minute to win the game for Chennai City (I-League Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChennai City beat Shillong Lajong 4-2 to maintain I-League leadKitboklang Pale and Samuel Lyngdoh scored for Shillong LajongManzi got a brace, while Sandro and Nestor scored one each for Chennai CityPedro Manzi scored two goals and set up another to guide table-toppers Chennai City FC to a 4-2 win over hosts Shillong Lajong in a return leg fixture of the Hero I-League in Shillong on Monday.Pedro, the current highest scorer in the 12th I-League with 18 goals to his credit, changed the complexion of the match in a span of 12 minutes.Spaniards Sandro Rodriguez and Nestor Jesus were the other goal scorers for Chennai, while Kitboklang Pale and Samuel Lyngdoh scored for the home team.Chennai consolidated their position at the top with 37 points from 17 games, five points clear of their nearest rival East Bengal.Shillong remained at the bottom of the table with 10 points from the same number of games.Akbar Nawaz gave new recruit and Italian keeper Mauro Boerchio his first start under the Chennai woodwork while Allison Kharsyntiew started with an unchanged XI.It’s 2-4 at JLN Stadium, Shillong!#LAJCCFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/vMahxptOlw Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 18, 2019The game began with Chennai City pressing hard from the first minute. The Spanish duo of Pedro and Sandro along with Ajith Kumar combined well to threaten the young Lajong defence.It soon yielded results when Sandro curled in a corner into Shillong net past keeper Phurcha Lachempa in the seventh minute to hand Chennai the lead.Lajong then lost their keeper Lachempa to an injury.Shillong started to attack a little late in the half and made some threatening moves to keep debutant Mauro Boerchio busy.advertisementPhrangki Buam, Mahesh Naorem, and Kitboklang Pale combined well to create a few opportunities but could not convert any.Lajong’s efforts finally paid dividends when Kitboklang Pale came up with a clinical finish, after a brilliant through ball from Phrangki Buam in the 23rdminute.The first half came to an end with the scoreline reading 1-1 for both the teams.In the second half, Lajong began on a more enterprising note but Phrangki Buam and Samuel Lyngdoh wasted some golden chances.However, as has been the case throughout the length of the league, Chennai’s Spanish armada led by Pedro changed the complexion of the game in the last 12 minutes.Off a Sandro free-kick from the left flank in the 78th minute, Pedro headed in for his 17th goal of the league.He then latched on to a long ball four minutes later, from Josef Kaplan from inside the Chennai half and crossed accurately for countryman Nestor Jesus to head home.Samuel Lyngdoh then converted a penalty in the 85th minute to keep Shillong interested before Pedro’s 90th-minute strike sealed the match in Chennai’s favour.Also Read | Minerva Punjab moves court after AIFF goes ahead with I-League game in SrinagarAlso Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real KashmirAlso Read | What a shame Minerva Punjab did not turn up for I-League match, say Real Kashmir FCAlso Read | Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tieFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Chennai cityFollow Shillong LajongFollow i-leagueFollow Pedro Manzi Nextlast_img read more

Depay claims PSG tried to sign him

first_imgMemphis Depay has revealed that Laurent Blanc tried to sign him while in charge of French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The Lyon forward was speaking to reporters following the Netherlands’ 3-1 victory over Northern Ireland in their Euro 2020 qualification match, with the 25-year-old scoring twice to take his tally to five in the competition.And Depay has claimed that PSG were keen on his services in the past, with Blanc having been in charge at the Parc des Princes between 2013 and 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He said, as quoted by L’Equipe: “He (Blanc) wanted to buy me during his time at PSG.”The Dutchman began his professional career at PSV Eindhoven before moving to Manchester United in 2015, and it’s likely that the interest from PSG will have come around that time.Blanc won the league three seasons in a row during his time with the Ligue 1 powerhouse, while he also secured a domestic treble two seasons in a row.He would, however, leave the club at the end of the 2015-16 season, with it suggested that a failure to advance past the quarter-final stages of the Champions League ultimately cost him his job.Blanc has remained out of management since, but is now in pole position to take over at Lyon, where he will finally get to work with Depay after seemingly trying to sign him earlier in his career.After moving to Lyon from United in 2017, Depay has been one of the best attacking players in Europe, netting 38 goals in 96 Ligue 1 games for the club.They have, however, made a poor start to the new season and sit 14th in the table, having won just two of their nine games so far, with Sylvinho being sacked as a result of the poor run of results.On the Brazilian’s exit, Depay added: “I feel bad for him. The bad results were not his fault.”Arsene Wenger’s name has also been linked to the job as Lyon look to return to the European qualification places, while the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed Jose Mourinho has turned down the position.last_img read more