I'm flabbergasted By Ole Selection Against Chelsea In Semi final –Paul Merson
It's clear that Man Utd's next two league games are more important than the FA Cup semi-final. More important than winning a trophy. I cannot catch my breath.
If that's Jose Mourinho, he is playing his strongest team. You win trophies. You are judged on trophies!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to win something! If he wins the FA Cup it's massive for him! There are only a few trophies he can win in a season!
This is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He's not going to be manager at Manchester United for the next 15 years, is he? Sooner or later when he goes on a bad run he's going to be out of a job. That's football now. When you lose games, you're out. If he loses his job and he has an FA Cup, he has an unbelievable CV!
If Mourinho was in Man Utd's position yesterday, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.
At the end of his career, Mourinho can say: "I won this, this, this, this, this, this and this. Oh, and this and this." There won't be an asterisks next to one FA Cup which says: "Oh, that year we finished fifth instead of fourth." It's all about trophies!
I was flabbergasted at his team selection. I couldn't believe it.
I thought Chelsea were outstanding, absolutely brilliant. Chelsea are in the same position as Man Utd, and they played a strong side. They've got to go to Liverpool and play at home to Wolves!
Frank Lampard knows if he wins the FA Cup, it's a huge achievement. We spoke about this being a consolidating year for Chelsea, well he's two games away from the top four and he's one game from the FA Cup. For his first year in the top flight, where he couldn't buy a player, he should get manager of the year! It's phenomenal.
I can't See Manchester City Win Champions League this Season
For how great Pep Guardiola is, at the back they are struggling. Bournemouth ripped them apart, with chance after chance!
I think a lot of teams have lost the fear factor with Man City. They are great going forward, with some mind-blowing players. But teams now approach them and think: 'If we play 10 behind the ball for 95 minutes, we're getting beat, we're getting broken down by the end of the game.'
Teams are now having a go at them, because they know there's a goal in it. I know teams are going to be on the end of a 5-0 or a 6-0, but they've lost that fear factor because the defence is not good enough. That's been the case since the restart, too.
I've looked at them in the last five weeks and I can't see how they can possibly win the Champions League.
Every European team left in the competition are all top heavy with forward-thinking players. How are they going to stop Real Madrid scoring? I just don't see it. PSG, Bayern Munich, whoever. I don't see.
They've lost nine Premier League games. That's a quarter of their season! You cannot win the league like that! Nine games! That's one more than Man Utd and Wolves, and the same as Arsenal!
One thing about City is they don't go on long slumps; they might lose one or two but then they'll win 5-0 and all is forgotten.
Mikel Arteta Have Done Phenomenal Job in Arsenal
Arsenal have a plan, they go and press when they have to, drop off when they don't, they play with high energy and counter attack as a team.
They were outstanding against Man City. That was David Luiz - there's no grey area - he's either 9/10 or 4/10. But when he plays like that, he's brilliant.
Arteta has done an absolutely phenomenal job. It's the first time I've watched Arsenal in many, many years, and they have a plan.
Man City were up for it in the second half, and Arsenal put themselves on the line. I honestly think he's done a brilliant job. I can't talk highly enough of him.
Against Liverpool, Arsenal rode their luck, but that's Arsenal now. They can't play against Liverpool and Man City as if they are the favourites, they have to grind it out like Sheffield United have to grind it out. That's what Arsenal must do now.
Jose as done many things for his Club
Jose Mourinho is a special manager, and Tottenham have to buy into him. He arrives at Tottenham with all of these trophies, he can't change the way he plays to suit players who haven't won anything. You can't do that.
People say to me: "Jose has to change, the game has changed." It hasn't changed that much!
At the end of the day, you have to be very good defensively. If you're not, you're not winning anything. That hasn't changed.
There's one thing I agree on with Jose Mourinho, and it's that he is one of the top managers in the world, and you have to listen to him. I think the players will buy into it, and if they do, I think Spurs have every chance of finishing in the top four next season.
When you come into a club and you've won everything in the game, and you're among good players who haven't won anything, listen to the man who has won it all, because he knows how to win it!
I think they are going to buy into it, and I've seen that in the past three games. Against Arsenal and Leicester they counter attacked, they broke up. This is the Spurs way now.
Barcelona Miss La Li Ga this season but Lionel Messi Won Golden Boot of the season after Massive scores last match by Netting Twice
The Argentine has won his seventh Pichichi Trophy and his fourth in a row. His 25 goals in 33 league games meant that Real Madrid's Karim Benzema finished in second place in the standings.
In addition to being the player in the league who has scored the most goals, Leo Messi has also distributed the most assists. The 21 that the Barcelona FC No. 10 served up this season in La Li ga show, once again, that he continues to set the benchmark. Indeed, this is the third consecutive season that Leo Messi has finished as the top scorer and assist provider in the league.
Leo Messi spoke after the 5-0 win in Mendizorroza against Alavés in which the Argentine scored twice and created another. The Barça captain highlighted the 'attitude of the team and the commitment is the road to follow'. More thoughts from the Barça number 10 below:
"Today we saw something else. It was a tough game because of the situation we found ourselves in, the time, the heat...today the team responded in a different way in terms of commitment and attitude and it's an important step."
"We have not had a great season in terms of football but today we took an important step in terms of attitude and commitment. They cannot beat us for desire and we have go out with the same as the others or more."
"These are important moments because there will be important things at stake. We are aware that we have to be more consistent, we have had good matches and we have to do that in every game."
"We need a bit of calm and the break will be good to clear our heads and come back more motivated than ever: we have had a look at ourselves now we have to give our best."
Early Manchester United News Over West Ham at Old Tradford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without four defenders for Manchester United’s penultimate Premier League match of the season, against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
Eric Bailly was taken off on a stretcher during Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi- final against Chelsea, following an aerial collision with team-mate Harry Maguire. The Ivorian was quickly taken to hospital and, speaking afterwards, Solskjaer revealed his player had a cut on the back of his head that required attention.
Luke Shaw also missed the match at Wembley Stadium, with an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if the left-back will be fit enough to feature against the Hammers. He is currently on a list of absentees that includes fellow defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones.
Thankfully, Solskjaer said Maguire is fine after suffering a cut above the eye during his collision with Bailly. The club captain finished the first half with heavy strapping around his forehead, but played the second period without it, and Harry will hope to make his 37th league appearance of the season, maintaining his ever-present record.
Brandon Williams also completed the match in London and that is a major boost following the nasty cut to the head that he sustained against Southampton at Old Trafford last week. Our tough-tackling Academy graduate sported a black eye on Sunday, but was otherwise fit and hopefully emerged unscathed at Wembley.
Elsewhere in the squad, it is assumed that Bruno Fernandez is available for action once again after he shook off a couple of robust first half challenges on Sunday, and completed the full match.
The Portuguese midfielder scored from the penalty spot late on and, afterwards, posted on Instagram about now being a “time to fight for our goals”.
Similarly, Anthony Martial appeared to suffer a blow to his lower back just moments after entering the action against Chelsea as a substitute, but the Frenchman played on and finished the game.
Ole Gunnar is expected to provide an update on his players when holding a pre - match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Tuesday morning. Supporters can watch a stream of the media briefing, likely to be from 10:30.
What West Ham Reaction Against Manchester United
David Moyes's men beat Watford at the weekend to move six points clear of the relegation zone and, crucially, they now have a goal-difference that is significantly better than their closest rivals.
“We are in a good position,” said the former United manager, following the Hammers’ important win on Friday evening. “Teams still have that chance and we have to do our job. Even scoring the goals has helped - I wanted us to keep our goal-difference as good as it could be. We have 37 points with a couple of games to go. If we get 40 points, we'll have done it off our own back.”
Mark Noble made his 500th West Ham appearance and is proud of his achievement. “It's an amazing day for me, my family - this club deserves to be in the Premier League and tonight went a long way to achieving that,” he told reporters.
“Seventeen or 18 years ago I was trying to sneak into Upton Park without a ticket. To play 500 games for the club you grew up supporting, grew up half a mile away from here, your family support - it's what dreams are made of.”
Since the Premier League restarted in June, West Ham's Michail Antonio has scored more Premier League goals than any other player with seven to his name. Jarrod Bowen has also assisted four goals from his last five Premier League appearances, so they are two players to watch.
In terms of their squad, Robert Snodgrass is missing with a back injury and his return has been earmarked for the weekend, while Ryan Fredericks is ruled out with a calf strain.
Manchester City ' Interested ' in Alex Sanchez
We may have a winner for the most ridiculous transfer rumour of the summer and the window isn't even open yet!
Italian daily Tuttosport report that Manchester City have sparked an interest in signing Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United. The report states City would have no problem meeting the asking price and could afford his wages.
It's fair to say this will not be happening this summer.
Van De Beek To United?
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has named Donny van de Beek as a possible midfield transfer solution for Manchester United.
The Ajax playmaker has been heavily tipped to join Real Madrid, but Wright thinks he would suit United.
Manchester United News over Jadon Sancho
Manchester United Football Club Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ready to land the Borussia Dortmund winger in the summer whereby reveal he makes changes due to our remaining matches, west ham is good team but we need to win them so that we can find ourselves in top 4.
Manchester United will land Jadon Sancho if United reach top 4 according to the Executive Manager Ed Woodward says after the defeat against Chelsea Football Club.
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