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De Gea, Lingard heroes for Man United at West Ham

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Manchester United escaped with a 2-1 victory against West Ham on Sunday, thanks to Jesse Lingard and the keeper David De Gea.

Lingard made an amend for his capital error that made Manchester United lose their first Champions League match, by scoring the winner in the 89th minute.

But the ultimate hero was United’s keeper David De Gea, who stopped Mark Noble’s penalty, to deny West Ham a share of the points.

Noble was brought in as a substitute to take the penalty.

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It proved a miscalculation for the London Club.


“It’s always going to be a big call to bring a player off the bench to take a penalty kick – he’s not warmed up, he’s not in the game,” said Premier League pundit, Tim Sherwood.

“It’s not in the corner and it’s a nice height for De Gea – it’s a good save. You have to feel for Mark Noble,” he said.

West Ham had led the match at London Stadium in the 30th minute with a goal by Said Benrahma.

But Ronaldo equalised five minutes later.

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The match was going for a certain draw despite United dominance 61-39, when Lingard found a goal, dribbling past several defenders, to put the ball in the left corner.

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Jamie Carragher exposes Man Utd’s biggest problem this season

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Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has exposed Manchester United’s biggest problem this season under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Carragher believes Man United’s biggest problem this season is that Solskjaer’s team do not appear to have a ‘plan’.

According to the former defender, Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man United has compounded Solskjaer’s problems at Old Trafford.

He, however, advised Man United to get a better manager, adding that Solskjaer cannot win the Premier League or the Champions for the Red Devils this term.

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Man United currently sits in the sixth position on the Premier League table following Saturday’s 4-2 defeat against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “You can’t play five attacking players, you can’t.

“Pogba’s got to come out of central midfield. He’s playing there and it comes back to the Ronaldo signing.

“As soon as Ronaldo comes in, Pogba has to play centre midfield to fit all the players in. I’m not saying [Pogba] should be out of the team, but he’s not a centre midfield in a United shirt.

“What does Ole do? What’s your idea? I don’t see it in terms of a plan. If you are going to press, everyone presses. Are they a high pressing team? Not really, not with Ronaldo in the team. This [lack of intensity] would not be accepted with a Pep or Klopp, or Tuchel team. It’s both [a manager and a players’ problem].

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“Ole will not win a league title or a Champions League at Manchester United. Ole hasn’t got the experience.

“This team is a good team, a great collection of individuals.

“Manchester United needs to have a better manager, they need a manager who can compete with other big teams in the league.”

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England handed Wembley Stadium ban

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UEFA’s disciplinary committee has ordered England to play one match behind closed doors.

The Three Lions have also been fined €100,000, following crowd trouble during the Euro 2020 final in July.

UEFA have also issued a ban for a second match, which is suspended for two years.

There were scenes of chaos at Wembley, as fans without tickets clashed with police and stewards, forcing their way into the stadium for the game against Italy.

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The capacity for the England vs Italy match had been reduced to 60,000 from the usual 90,000 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

But as many fans gathered near the stadium on the afternoon of the match, stewards and police were left overwhelmed and unable to stop some storming through security cordons.

England’s next home match is a 2022 World Cup qualifier against Albania on November 12. However, the ban will not come into effect until next summer for the next UEFA-sanctioned match, with the new Nations League campaign beginning in June.

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Mood in Man Utd dressing room ‘flat’ ahead of Atalanta clash

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The mood in Manchester United’s dressing room is “flat”, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the task of lifting his players for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Atalanta, ESPN reports.

United were beaten 4-2 at Leicester City last weekend.

Morale has taken a significant hit following the loss, as Solskjaer has won just two of their last seven games.

It is understood that the manner of the defeat has caused concern within the squad, with Solskjaer admitting after the game that goalkeeper David de Gea was their best player despite conceding four times.

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Solskjar is said to have kept his players in the dressing room for 45 minutes after the final whistle, before emerging to fulfill his media commitments.

United have three days to prepare for Atalanta’s visit to Old Trafford. They are third in Group F after one win and one defeat from their first two games.

After Atalanta, the Red Devils face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in the Premier League.

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