Here’s all the latest Man Utd injury news, transfer rumours and breaking news after the win against Chelsea.
- Manchester United Boss, Solskjaer hits out at Premier League schedule and response to Raiola’s rant
Manchester United gave their top four chances a massive boost with a big win against Chelsea last night.
United cut the gap to Chelsea in fourth to three points with their third win over Frank Lampard’s side of the season. Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire scored the important goals for United, while Chelsea had two goals ruled out by VAR.
After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assessed United’s top four chances, saying: “We keep another clean sheet, that’s four on the bounce. We were a bit leggy, sometimes it takes time to blow the cobwebs out. First half we looked cumbersome but well, it’s a result.
“This gives us a chance [of Champions League]. We are not going to get any help, I cannot understand for the life of me why we couldn’t play on Saturday as we play on Thursday again.”
Solskjaer hits out at Premier League schedule and response to Raiola’s rant
United have just two days until they’re back in action again.
We have got a game on Thursday, so thanks for the help in recovery we get in Europe,” Solskjaer said.
“I saw Jose [Mourinho] say something about that as well. We don’t really get too much help to prepare for Europe. For me, how we didn’t play [Chelsea] on Friday, Saturday or at least Sunday is beyond me.
“I don’t like to complain, you know that, and we have just got to get on with it and do as well as we can.”
Solskjaer responded to Raiola’s rant
Pogba’s agent went on a social media rant about Solskjaer last night and the United boss was asked to respond following the win against Chelsea.
No comment,” Solskjaer said. “People can say whatever they want in the world today on social media and it makes headlines, I don’t really need to say anything. Didn’t seem to bother any of our players, or anyone, so not gonna comment on that, no.
“I don’t have to comment through the media on Mino and what he says. I can probably speak to him myself.”
Another 2-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 18, 2020
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Bruno Fernandes explains where United need to improve
Another solid display from the Portuguese but he’s pinpointed where he thinks the team need to improve.
“I’m really happy. It’s a difficult game against Chelsea,” Fernandes said.
“They are a great team and we needed to win to keep fourth [place in reach]. I think we can do much better with the ball but it was a good game against a good team. They are really good with the ball but we played our game and won.
I feel good, obviously. I’m playing for, I think, the biggest club in the England and I’m really happy. It’s a dream come true.”
Man Utd fans think Fernandes has solved one of their most pressing problems
When Harry Maguire headed in his first Premier League goal for Manchester United and ran over to the travelling fans at Chelsea, it wasn’t the captain who was the first player to get a song from the away end.
Instead, shouts of ‘Bruno, Bruno, Bruno’ echoed around Stamford Bridge in recognition of the perfect delivery from Bruno Fernandes onto Maguire’s head.
Fernandes was starting only his second United game, and he had earlier gone close to a goal of his own with a clever free kick that crashed off the base of the near post.
The Portuguese playmaker had to instead settle for his first assist in United colours, which could turn out to be one of the most significant assists of the season.
That is because Maguire’s goal was the first United have scored directly from a corner in the Premier League since September 2018 in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
With the quality of Fernandes’ delivery already resulting in goals, fans took to Twitter to declare their long-term set piece problem as being solved.