Man Utd have two Harry Kane transfer problems, Chelsea £102k striker target, Arsenal scout

Wednesday, April 1

  • Arsenal are watching Lech Poznan attacking midfielder Filip Marchwinski
  • Marchwinski is said to share a similar playing style to Kevin De Bruyne
  • Tottenham are confident of keeping talisman Harry Kane for twoi reasons
  • Chelsea are still interested in Napoli forward Dries Mertens
  • Manchester United target Jack Grealish could remain an Aston Villa player

Harry Kane situation

Tottenham are confident of keeping talisman Harry Kane, the Daily Mail report.

The England international is growing restless in north London and has recently made noises that he’s prepared to look elsewhere to challenge for major honours.

Manchester City view Kane, 26, as a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, while Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward would reportedly ‘relish’ the opportunity to bring him to Old Trafford.

However, Spurs think they are in a strong position for two reasons.

The first is that Kane has four years left to run on his current deal and the second is the player’s £200million valuation, that could prove too steep given the financial impact the Coronavirus crisis.


  • Man Utd still set to complete Jack Grealish transfer on one condition

Wanted: Dries Mertens

Chelsea are still interested in Napoli star Dries Mertens.

The Blues were heavily backed to sign the Belgian international in January to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham but a deal failed to materialise.

The forward was expected to receive a lucrative new contract to extend his stay beyond June and engaged in face-to-face talks with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

But still nothing has been signed.

Calciomercato now claim several clubs remain interested in securing his signature including Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Calciomercato suggest that a hefty signing bonus in addition to £102,000-a-week salary could tempt the 32-year-old to swap clubs.


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Filip Marchwinski to Arsenal

Arsenal are weighing up a move for Lech Poznan attacking midfielder Filip Marchwinski.

That’s according to Italian website Calciomercato, who claim Gunners representatives are interested in the versatile teenager.

Marchwinski, 18, has scored five goals and provided one assist in 24 senior appearances for the top-flight Polish side.

It’s said that Marchwinski shares a similar playing style to that of Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and has previously been on trial at Arsenal.

Jack Grealish U-turn

Manchester United target Jack Grealish could remain an Aston Villa player.

But only if the Premier League season is declared null and void, according to The Mirror.

The Red Devils are still confident of capturing the 24-year-old’s £70million signature despite his recent misdemeanour.

Grealish remains a target for ‘several big clubs’ and would certainly leave his boyhood team if they are relegated but he may be encouraged to stay if the season is expunged.

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'Bye bye Milan': Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'ready to walk away' from AC Milan

‘Bye bye Milan’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘ready to walk away’ from AC Milan after being left ‘disappointed’ by the sacking of Zvonimir Boban… and fears Paolo Maldini could also be axed in club’s hierarchy shake-up

  • There are growing doubts over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future with AC Milan
  • The Swede is reportedly frustrated at recent behind the scenes decisions
  • By sacking chief football officer Zvonimir Boban, Ibrahimovic’s future is unclear
  • There are also concerns that Paolo Maldini may also depart come the summer 
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly ready to walk away from AC Milan just three months after returning having been left ‘disappointed’ by the club’s hierarchy shake-up. 

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Ibrahimovic, who is currently in Sweden during the lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic, was unhappy with the club’s decision to sack chief football officer Zvonimir Boban.

Boban had been instrumental in bringing Ibrahimovic back to Milan, where he initially played between 2010 and 2012, and there was growing expectation that the team for next season was to be built around the 38-year-old striker.   

Wednesday’s front cover of La Gazzetta dello Sport was the ‘departure’ of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic is reported to have been left bemused by a number of decisions made by the club 

The report also details how the striker is wary of Paolo Maldini, who worked alongside Boban, could be next to be shown the door as club CEO Ivan Gazadis continues to reshape behind the scenes. 

Maldini has been working as a member of technical staff but has had difficultly working with former Arsenal chief Gazidis. 

Boban was axed after an explosive interview in which he took a swipe at Gazidis and Elliott Management, the club’s owners. 

Zvonimir Boban’s sacking from his role at AC Milan has pushed Ibrahimovic to the exit door

He accused Milan chief executive Gazidis of secretly contacting German coach Ralf Rangnick about taking over as Milan manager from next season and the pair’s ongoing row cost him his job.

‘It’s disrespectful and not the Milan style,’ said Boban, who helped Milan win four Serie A titles as a player, as well as the 1994 Champions League.

Ibrahimovic has scored four goals in 10 appearances since returning to Milan in January following his departure from LA Galaxy.  

Milan are 12th currently in Serie A and Ibrahimovic would have automatically triggered an extension had he masterminded an unlikely rise into the top four places. 

Speaking in February, Maldini said: ‘There’s a six-month contract with an automatic renewal clause in case we reach the Champions League.

There are growing concerns that Paolo Maldini (left) could depart his role come the summer

‘Otherwise, we’ll put ourselves round the table with him. With Ibra, there must always be an open dialogue and this exists, otherwise he would not have come in the first place.’

Maldini’s own future has been thrown into increasing doubt following Boban’s sacking but, for now,  the club’s legendary defender remains in position. 

Gazzetta’s latest report details how Maldini could move on at the end of the season, one the 2019-20 campaign has been concluded following a suspension for the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Fabregas names best managers he worked with… but overlooks Guardiola

‘I had the best in the world’: Cesc Fabregas picks Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the best managers he has worked with… but he overlooks his Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who helped him win SIX trophies!

  • Cesc Fabregas was asked who were the best two managers that he worked with
  • Speaking on his Instagram live, the Spaniard selected two from English football
  • The former Arsenal and Chelsea ace picked Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho 
  • Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona, was one of those overlooked 

Cesc Fabregas has worked under some fine managers during his career having gone on to won a World Cup, two European Championships, two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.  

The former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder was quizzed by fans on his Instagram Live as to who the best manager he worked under was. 

While he struggled to whittle it down to one stand-out, Fabregas did single two out that had a lasting impact on him – leaving Pep Guardiola, who coached him at Barcelona, overlooked.   

Cesc Fabregas picked out Jose Mourinho (right) among the two best managers he has had

Arsene Wenger (left) was his other selection, leaving Pep Guardiola (right) overlooked

‘I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain,’ Fabregas said when answering the question on Instagram.

When his vague answer failed to suffice the questioner, Fabregas eventually settled on two. 

‘Wenger and Mourinho,’ the current Monaco midfielder revealed. 

The decision to overlook Guardiola proved to be the biggest surprise, even with Vicente del Bosque, who guided Spain to glory at the 2010 World Cup, never earning a mention from the midfielder.   

During Fabregas’ time at Barcelona working under Guardiola, the pair went on to win six trophies together, including LaLiga. 

Fabregas revealed it took just one conversation with Mourinho to decide to go and join him

But Fabregas struggled to find his best form while in Spain under the now current Manchester City manager and that may have influenced his thinking. 

Fabregas spoke glowingly of Mourinho recently and he said it took just one conversation with the Portuguese to convince the midfielder to make the somewhat controversial move to join Chelsea, despite his Arsenal ties, when he opted to leave Barcelona.  

‘After the week [without an offer from Arsenal] I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, United and then I spoke to Mourinho – which I didn’t think would ever happen,’ Fabregas told the Arsecast podcast.

‘To be honest, after I left the room with Mourinho I said “that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea”. 

‘What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted. 

Wenger revolutionised Fabregas’ game during the pair’s time at Arsenal early in his career

Vicente del Bosque, who guided Fabregas to 2010 World Cup glory, was also overlooked

‘On top of that it’s London not Manchester, London was my home.’ 

Fabregas is currently plying his trade at Monaco where he has been targeted by supporters having struggled to impress under a number of different managers at the Ligue 1 club. 

It comes as no surprise that Leonardo Jardim and Thierry Henry, who have both managed him at the current side, did not make his top list of bosses.  

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Arsenal currently ‘working on’ one signing as Mikel Arteta’s transfer plans underway

Arsenal are currently “working on” signing a new centre-back according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. Mikel Arteta is known to want to strengthen the centre of his defence despite having multiple options in the position already.

The Gunners have seven centre-backs on their books in David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and the on-loan Pablo Mari.

William Saliba will also join Arteta’s squad for next season after a year on loan at Saint-Etienne, where Arsenal bought him from for £27million last summer.

Yet Mustafi, Sokratis and Mavropanos could all be sold to free up both funds and room for new additions, with it expected Saliba will play a key role next term.

Mari, on loan from Flamengo, is expected to be signed permanently for £8m at the end of the current campaign while Luiz could have the one-year option in his contract triggered to keep him at the Emirates until 2022.

Yet amid the turnover, Arsenal boss Arteta is keen to land another centre-half – even with 19-year-old Saliba’s arrival.

Luiz turns 33 next month while Chambers will be out of the team until the closing months of 2020, while Holding is similarly still making his way back to 100 per cent after a lengthy knee injury.

And per Romano, Arsenal are currently working away as they seek to sign a new central defender to strengthen their options for next season. 

Dayot Upamecano is the big-money target while Chris Smalling, John Stones, Evan N’Dicka and Chris Richards among the many names linked to the north London club.

Arteta is said to be a big fan of Upamecano but whether Arsenal can muster the funds to prise him from RB Leipzig is another matter.

The Gunners boss also wants fresh blood in midfield and has been linked with forwards such as Odsonne Edouard of Celtic as he looks to rebuild the team, with a centre-back seemingly the first piece of the puzzle.

Former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke believes Arteta must target a mobile and athletic defender, with their current options notably short of pace.

“Centre-back clearly is a problem area, we need more pace, more athleticism – especially if we’re going to press properly,” Clarke told The Chronicles Of A Gunner podcast.

“I do feel that Arsenal have hung back from that lately, in terms of the intense pressing.

“The reason is, they can’t squeeze up as high as they want because they don’t have the speed at centre-half that they need, so definitely an athletic central defender will surely come on board.”

While former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has high hopes for the incoming Saliba.

The Frenchman told Goal of his compatriot: “First he will need to adapt to English football. He is a big prospect for the future but Arsenal need him to perform as soon as he starts.

“He is aware of that probably, but he has a lot of qualities and he will learn fast. Hopefully he will achieve good things and become one of the best centre-backs in the league.

“He is very confident in defending, he is not afraid to defend one against one and most of the time he wins the duels, which is the best quality as a defender.

“You need some security, you need some presence and he has that.”

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Pepe Reina: Aston Villa goalkeeper ‘ran out of oxygen for 25 minutes’ while battling coronavirus

Pepe Reina, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, has revealed how he “could no longer breathe” and endured “ran out of oxygen” for 25 minutes while battling coronavirus.

The 37-year-old, on loan at Villa Park from Napoli, is recovering after experiencing what he called “the worst moments of my life” in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“It is only now that I am winning the battle against coronavirus,” he said, having first identified symptoms associated with Covid-19 two weeks ago.

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“I was very tired after experiencing the first symptoms of the virus. A fever, dry cough and a headache that never went away. It was just that constant feeling of tiredness.”

Reina, who made 396 appearances during an eight-year spell at Liverpool, revealed how he even struggled for breath during his worst bouts of illness.

“The most difficult moment was when I could no longer breathe, the 25 minutes I ran out of oxygen. It was the worst moments of my life.

“The only real fear I had was when I understood there was no oxygen: endless minutes of fear, as if suddenly my throat had closed. As a result I spent the first six or eight days indoors.”

Reina is now recovering at home with his family and is in to rush to resume the Premier League campaign, which was suspended due to the virus last month.

“Football takes a back seat. I don’t care much, really,” he said. “Everyone’s well-being goes above anything else.

“I will be a supporter of playing when everything is in the best conditions, that everyone is safe. Football cannot be a priority right now. It is not important to finish this league.”

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Jamie Redknapp: Why Kevin De Bruyne is my Player of the Season

Kevin De Bruyne is the best passer in Premier League history, and deserves to win Player of the Season, insists Jamie Redknapp.

Though his Manchester City side stumbled in the Premier League, sitting 25 points behind leaders Liverpool before football was put on hold due to coronavirus, the Belgian was the champions’ outstanding performer, registering 16 assists.

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If the Premier League was to resume, he would need just four assists to match Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in the 2002/03 season, and Redknapp believes although Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane have been key for table-topping Liverpool, De Bruyne would be his pick for the individual award.

Speaking on the Sky Sports Football player of the season podcast, Redknapp said: “There have been some outstanding performances this season. But Kevin De Bruyne has been absolutely outstanding.

“His statistics this year have been his best ever, and if the rest of the City side had been as consistent as him, they’d probably be in contention with Liverpool.

“For me, De Bruyne’s assists and goals really make him stand out for me. His numbers are just far and away better than anyone else’s. If it does go to somebody outside of the Liverpool team, he is the only person you can really mention, because he has been that good, and has shone like a star in that City side at the moment.

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“I would say he’s the best Premier League passer I’ve seen, and that’s including David Beckham, Paul Scholes, all of them, because he has the variation of passing.

“If we finish the season, he will break Thierry Henry’s assist record 20.”

De Bruyne has enjoyed one of his best seasons at City this term, picking up nine Sky Sports Man of the Match awards, more than any of his team-mates. Though he may not end up a Premier League champion this season, 13 of the 27 previous winners of the PFA Player of the Year award have not been title winners.

Redknapp, who has been an admirer of the 28-year-old since his days with Genk, says De Bruyne playing as a winger previously has aided him in his passing range.

“As a young player, I remember seeing him play for Genk, in a Champions League game against Chelsea before he signed for them, and he played wide. I think that helped him a lot because he learned how to cross the ball, and where forwards want it.

“Obviously, going to play in Germany and then Manchester City, he became more of a central player, but he never forgot that ability to cross the ball.

I would say he’s the best Premier League passer I’ve seen, and that’s including David Beckham, Paul Scholes, all of them, because he has the variation of passing.

Jamie Redknapp on De Bruyne

“His weight of pass is phenomenal. He picks the ball up in that little pocket, where the right-back sets it back to him, and he plays that first-time ball into that corridor of uncertainty between the centre-halves and the goalkeeper, and it’s just so inviting for the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling. It’s so hard in the modern game to be able to play the passes he does.

“His pass appreciation, his weight of pass, is as good as anybody I have seen. Watching De Bruyne from a central area, where he just slides the ball in, you sometimes just think: ‘How has he seen that?’ He sees things in the blink of an eye, and I think that’s what sets him apart.”

De Bruyne’s stats speak for themselves: he has four more assists, has created 21 more chances and seven more big chances than any other Premier League player. He also tops the Premier League charts for successful passes into the final third and successful crosses and corners.

But beyond the statistics, Redknapp is an admirer of De Bruyne’s temperament and coolness on the pitch, insisting he makes the game look easy and creates time for himself on the ball.

“I love the way he plays, he just makes the game look so easy. All the great players I’ve played with over the years – John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne, Paul Scholes – they look like they’ve got more time than anybody else, and that’s what De Bruyne possesses, it’s like time stands still when he has the ball.

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What time Sunderland ‘Til I Die series two is released on Netflix UK

Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die was widely praised when the first series was released in December 2018.

After being relegated from the Premier League in 2017, cameras followed the club’s calamitous 2017/18 season which ended with a second successive relegation as the club fell straight to the bottom of the Championship and into League One.

As well as the Black Cats giving producers incredible access to management and players throughout the season, the show also shone a spotlight on the fans. Viewers got to see exactly what the club meant to them and the effect the disastrous season had on them.

A second season was quickly commissioned and now, after a wait of 16 months, Netflix is ready to drop season two.

When is Sunderland ‘Til I Die series two released?

Series two of Sunderland ‘Til I Die will drop at 8am GMT on Wednesday (April 1). It follows the club during its 2018/19 season in League One, its first in the third tier since 1987.

There are six episodes this time, compared to eight in series one. The titles are:

    Owner Stewart Donald and executive director Charlie Methven gave producers even greater access this time around, as the club aimed to get back into the Championship at the first attempt.

    What happened in series one?

    Production company Fulwell 73, which was also behind the Class of ‘92, followed the club during its first season outside the Premier League in 10 years.

    The aim was for the club – then owned by American Ellis Short – to bounce straight back into the top flight. However plans went awry with a succession problems befalling the club and other contrite moments being picked up on camera, including:

    • Midfielder Darron Gibson filmed calling the team “f***ing shit” and saying teammates “don’t give a f***” before the season had even started
    • Manager Simon Grayson being sacked 15 games into the season after winning one match
    • £70,000-a-week midfielder Jack Rodwell refusing to terminate his contract despite not playing
    • Winger Aiden McGeady slamming replacement manager Chris Coleman’s tactics, saying they had “no chance of winning a game” with the system he used. He’s also filmed blaming Coleman for allowing leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban to leave during the season
    • Failed attempts to sign players in both the summer and January transfer windows
    • Gibson leaving the club after being charged for drink driving
    • Coleman having an altercation with a fan following the club’s relegation into League One
    • The arrival of new owners and the departure of chief executive Martin Bain

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    Premier League clubs hold back from slashing wages in fear of revolt

    Premier League clubs won’t dare to ask stars to accept wage cuts – as they could then leave on FREE transfers due to breach of contract

    • Premier League clubs are refraining from slashing the wages of star players 
    • The coronavirus shutdown of football is damaging a number of clubs financially 
    • However, clubs fear that reducing players’ wages will lead to legal claims
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    Premier League clubs are holding back from asking first-team players to accept wage cuts or deferrals for fear of sparking a transfer frenzy by breaching their contracts.

    A number of clubs are seeking to impose temporary limits on salaries during the coronavirus shutdown, but favour a co-ordinated approach to reduce the risk of players triggering legal claims for unpaid wages that would enable them to leave on free transfers.

    Tottenham followed Newcastle’s example on Tuesday by announcing that all of the club’s 550 non-playing staff will take a 20 per cent pay-cut from this month. Some have been placed on the furlough scheme that enables them to claim 80 per cent of salaries up to £30,000 back from the Government, but stopped short of applying it to first-team or academy players.

    Premier League clubs are holding back from slashing players’ wages over fears of a revolt

    The coronavirus lockdown on football has had huge financial implications on a host of clubs

    The Premier League will talk with the Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers’ Association on Wednesday over reaching a collective wage deferral agreement, although the huge range in the size of businesses may mean that a uniform approach is difficult to implement.

    Top-flight players are understood to be open to accepting deferrals, but wait for guidance from the PFA.

    Unlike many in lower divisions, Premier League clubs will not struggle to pay wages this month. But a number have concerns about their long-term commitments if the suspension extends into the summer — hence their decision to make savings from their non-playing budgets.

    Some clubs are considering reducing player wages to ease the financial burden

    However, doing so may lead to a breach of contract and players could leave on a free

    If they attempt to impose similar deferrals on players it is feared many would object and seek to leave on free transfers, which could spark chaos.

    Players in the lower leagues have fewer options, so several clubs have taken the decision to impose deferrals before a centrally co-ordinated scheme has been agreed.

    Tottenham’s announcement came on the day they published annual accounts which show that Daniel Levy is the Premier League’s highest-paid club executive. He was paid £7million last season, including a £3m bonus for the completion of their new stadium. The chairman is among those taking a pay cut and was candid about the virus’s impact.

    The Premier League will meet the Football League and PFA to thrash out a course of action

    On Tuesday, Spurs announced it had asked all non-playing staff to take a 20 per cent pay cut

    ‘When I read or hear stories about player transfers this summer like nothing has happened, people need to wake up to the enormity of what is happening around us,’ Levy said in a statement.

    ‘We may be the eighth-largest club in the world by revenue, but all that historical data is totally irrelevant as this virus has no boundaries.

    ‘The club’s operations have effectively ceased, some of our fans will have lost their jobs and most will be worried about their future. We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football ecosystem.’

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    Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk indicates who he prefers out of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip

    Virgil van Dijk has indicated who he prefers to play alongside in the heart of Liverpool’s defence out of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Liverpool have been the best team in the Premier League this season by a margin having dropped just five points through 29 games.

    This season’s run of form follows on from agonisingly missing out on the title last year as well as winning a sixth Champions League trophy.

    Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino often get the credit for their recent success.

    But equally important has been their vast improvement in defence over the years.

    Liverpool had previously been accused of being leaky at the back but the arrivals of Andy Robertson, Alisson and Van Dijk alongside the development of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gomez have made them one of the hardest defensive units to break down in the world.

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    Van Dijk, in particular, has established himself as, arguably, the best defender in world football currently and he only just missed out on winning the 2019 Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi.

    The Holland international has started every Premier League game for the past two seasons at Liverpool while missing just one Champions League tie.

    While the 28-year-old has been a mainstay in the starting line-up, injuries have prevented him from having a consistent partner at the back.


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    Both Matip and Gomez have shared that responsibility while Dejan Lovren has also stepped in at times.

    Matip was the preferred option starting alongside Van Dijk at the beginning of this season but a long-term injury allowed Gomez to fight for his place and the England international has held onto that spot.

    The Cameroon centre-back is a clear favourite under Klopp, but Van Dijk has indicated he prefers to play alongside Gomez.

    Taking part in a Q&A on Twitter, Van Dijk was asked: “Out of any centre half to have ever played, who would you most like to have played alongside? #AskVirgil”


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    And Van Dijk was unequivocal in his response, tweeting: “@J_Gomez97”.

    Liverpool are currently waiting on the Premier League to decide when the season will be up and running again.

    Games will restart no earlier than April 30, but that date is expected to be moved back when stakeholders hold a meeting on Friday.

    It has been suggested though that the season may not start back up until June, with the remaining games potentially taking place in a condensed fixture list.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss on managing in a lockdown

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says elements of his job remain unaffected by the current lockdown as he stays in touch with his players remotely.

    With the Premier League not returning until May at the earliest, the United boss is able to use his free time to maintain contact with his squad and spend time with his family.

    But the 47-year-old says it is largely business as usual as training sessions are replaced by detailed individual player plans, and face-to-face communication by group messages and phone calls.

    “For the actual job, I keep in touch and communicate with the staff and the players,” Solskjaer told United’s official website.

    “Of course, I’m used to seeing them every day for hours and hours, so it’s different.

    “I just keep in touch with them on WhatsApp groups and messages, and we plan for whenever we get back and what kind of sessions for when we do start.

    “That’s the good thing now with technology and we’re lucky in that sense. We can keep in touch and see each other.

    “We can send messages and get a reply quickly, and we can do the old-fashioned phone call sometimes and speak just on the phone. So we keep in touch regularly.”

    The day-to-day demands of the job for a Premier League manager often place constraints on the amount of time bosses are able to spend at home with loved ones.

    And Solskjaer admits it’s been nice to spend time outside in the garden and says his squad should still be able to take part in drills – especially his strikers who had helped United register an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions before the suspension of the season.

    He said: “The players have got individual programmes and they’ve got their own diets, of course, and this period could be used to work on something special, something specific for them and their roles and tasks.

    “I’ve been in the garden, with the kids, working on finishing and the strikers should be working on finishing or their movement.

    “Most of the players have got good facilities and decent gardens so, hopefully, their wives and girlfriends will be able to put some passes and crosses in.”

    Solskjaer’s also taken to being the teacher as part of his children’s home-schooling programme, like millions of parents across the country.

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