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Solskjaer Names Issue With Manchester United Performance Against Villa

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Aston Villa were too dominant in parts as his team were held to a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Villa took the lead through Jack Grealish’s curled effort and eventually made it 2-2 through Tyrone Mings’ first Premier League goals after a Tom Heaton own goal and Victor Lindelof’s header.

The result leaves United in 9th in the Premier League table and six points away from the relegation zone but speaking to reporters after the match, Solskjaer backed his young team to improve.

“We didn’t go out together as a team,” the manager said. “We should have done better. These boys will learn and improve.

“Sometimes inconsistency will happen with young boys. We failed to control the game at times but we can’t do anything about that now.

“We have to work on us as a team and become a better unit. Aston Villa had too many counter-attacks for my liking.”

United sit eight points adrift of the top four and asked if his side can reach the Champions League qualification places, Solskjaer added: “That will take care of itself in the end.

“We have to be better, we have to work as a team and become a better unit. Today it was end to end, we were exciting going forward but we should have controlled the game more.”

United have only won four games out of 14 in the Premier League, with a sixth draw – a second in as many league games – representing another blow in their season.

Their run of fixtures gets tougher too, with a match against Tottenham on Wednesday followed by a trip to champions Manchester City next Saturday.

As for Villa, their latest point lifts them onto 15 points and into 15th place, with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge up next for Dean Smith’s side.

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Odion Ighalo Set To Leave Manchester United This Week

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Odion Ighalo looks set to leave Manchester United at the end of his loan spell this week, with parent club Shanghai Shenhua keen to have the striker back ahead of the start of the Chinese Super League season.

Ighalo has been a hit at Old Trafford since signing a loan deal on the final day of the January transfer window, scoring four times for his boyhood club.

But his loan spell looks set to end after eight appearances, with his initial deal only penned until May 31. United’s season will now extend well beyond that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that has caused a suspension to the campaign, with United not playing since their 5-0 demolition of LASK Linz on March 12.

United still have nine Premier League games to play and remain in the Europa League and the FA Cup. They are keen to keep Ighalo until the end of this season and have held discussions with Shanghai Shenhua about extending the loan deal.

However, the Chinese authorities are now hopeful of beginning the Chinese Super League season in late June or early July, and as a result his club are keen to have the 30-year-old striker back in the fold.

The initial loan came at a time when the CSL season was yet to begin and China was the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the country is now reporting far fewer cases and there is confidence the 2020 campaign could get underway within the next six weeks.

Ighalo has been keen to remain at Old Trafford. He has made no secret of his love for the club and has relished every minute of his unexpected move to United.

Ighalo was signed on deadline day as United’s frantic search for a striker in the wake of Marcus Rashford’s back injury came to an end. The Nigerian’s impact at the club he supported as a boy has far exceeded expectations, with goals in all of his starts for the club, but with Rashford now fit and available again United are relaxed about the prospect of losing Ighalo at the end of this week.

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Gernot Rohr Reaches Agreement With NFF To Continue As Super Eagles Coach For Two And Half Years

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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed he has agreed on a new two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and qualified the team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease.

He also led the three-time African champions to finish third at Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 in Egypt.

The 66-year-old Franco-German’s current deal ends in June and he has been in discussions with the federation over a renewal since January. The NFF gave him new conditions in his contract namely residing in Nigeria, being paid in Nigerian currency and grooming local talent from the Nigerian Football league, conditions he has since agreed
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Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to continue as Super Eagles coach for two and half years

But the NFF have delayed announcing a new deal with the tactician bringing about speculation that the governing body is looking to do away with the services of Rohr.

With Rohr’s confirmation, all the rumors have now been put to rest.

“Yes, I can confirm that we found an agreement with NFF to continue our collaboration for two and half years,” Rohr told the Cable.

“I am proud of the confidence shown by NFF, it is rare to work in the same national team for more than six years.

“Our team has a good future, our players have discipline and the staff is working in the same spirit.”

Rohr has already set his target of qualifying the Super Eagles for the next Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Yes, we want to go to the next Afcon and do very well there. And we want to start the World Cup qualifiers well and participate in Qatar with good results there,” he continued.

“I am happy to continue with the squad we built together since 4 years. Stability is important for progress and complicity.

“There is still big work to do. With the commitment of the players and the support of the fans, we will able to do great things.”

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BREAKING: Dortmund Batter Schalke 04 As Bundesliga Returns

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Borussia Dortmund were in clinical mood on Saturday afternoon battering Schalke 04 4-0 as Bundesliga returns after coronavirus lockdown.

However, the victory was in an empty stadium with players also observing social distancing during celebration.

19-year-old striking sensation, Haaland opened scoring in 29 before Raphael Guerriro (two goals) and Hazard joined.

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