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Pochettino reveals what Messi told him after being subbed off

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Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that Lionel Messi told him that he was ‘OK’ after being subbed off in his side’s 2-1 win with Lyon in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Pochettino said this while reacting to Messi’s disgruntled reaction to being subbed off against Lyon.

Messi refused to shake hands with Pochettino, after being taken off during their game against Lyon at the weekend.

The 34-year-old, who is yet to score for PSG since he arrived as a free agent from Barcelona, made his first home start against Lyon but was taken off in the 76th minute with the scores tied at 1-1, thanks to Neymar’s penalty.

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But Mauro Icardi’s stoppage-time header gave Pochettino’s side all three points against the visitors.

“I think everybody knows we have many great players in this 35-man squad,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference.

“Only 11 can play, we can’t play more. We have to make choices, within the matchday squad and then during the game.

“The decisions in the game are made for the good of the team and each player.

“Every coach thinks about that. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes players like it and sometimes they don’t. At the end of the day, that’s why we are here.

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“These are decisions that have to be made by the coach. As for his [Messi] reaction, I asked him how he was, he said he was OK. That was it. That was our exchange. No issues.”

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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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