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Man. City fail to fly over stubborn Southampton

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Manchester City failed to fly over stubborn and a more organised Southampton on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium giving grounds in the race for premier league title.

The match ended a goalless draw.

Ralph Hasenhüttl surprisingly reverted to his more adventurous 4-2-2-2 formation after his team’s defensive display against West Ham last week, and in the opening 20 minutes the away side’s high, incessant pressing neutered Manchester City’s passing game.

However, as the half wore on the ‘Saints’ defence began to face the force of an attacking outfit that had scored 21 goals in their previous four home games, with İlkay Gündoğan spurning a good chance by heading over, and £100m-man Jack Grealish continuously testing the mettle of teenage right-back Tino Livramento.

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FlashScore reports that Southampton’s resistance held, meaning City failed to register a shot on target in the first half of a home game for just the fourth time since the start of the 2016/17 season.


Inexplicably, Pep Guardiola’s men started the second half worse than they had the first, consistently losing possession in dangerous areas.

Their biggest scare came on the hour mark, as a VAR review overturned a penalty and a red card for Kyle Walker, after the England defender seemed to have bundled over Adam Armstrong in the penalty area.

A star-studded bench allowed the reigning champions to introduce Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez to attempt to snap them out of their malaise, and it was off a rebound from a Foden header that Sterling thought he had found the winner.

However, VAR confirmed the England striker was offside, and City’s dismal day ended in disappointment.

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Southampton are still without a win this season but will be delighted with a well-deserved point, as they limited the ‘Cityzens’ to just one shot on target – their lowest tally in a PL match since March 2017.

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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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