first_img Lampard speaks after knocking Man Utd out of the FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:03FullscreenLampard speaks after knocking Man Utd out of the FA Cuphttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-speaks-knocking-man-utd-fa-cup-2213582/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘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 United’s position yesterday, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.’Arsenal legend Merson added: ‘At the end of his career, Mourinho can say: “I won this, this, this, this, this, this and this. Oh, and this and this.”More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘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.’Manchester United face West Ham on Wednesday evening before travelling to top-four rivals Leicester City on the final day of the season.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s credentials questioned after Chelsea defeatMORE: Alan Shearer urges Solskjaer to replace David De Gea at Man United Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Jul 2020 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United’s team selection against Chelsea and says Jose Mourinho would never play a weakened side in a FA Cup semi-final.Solskjaer made a number of changes for United’s clash against Chelsea at Wembley, with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all starting from the bench in the 3-1 defeat.The Red Devils have two important Premier League matches coming up as they chase a top-four place but Merson was nevertheless ‘flabbergasted’ by Solskjaer’s team selection. He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s clear that Manchester United’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.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘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. Paul Merson aims Jose Mourinho dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Chelsea beat Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

first_img “For me he is one of the best players in the history of this country,” Mata said at his unveiling. “He is unbelievable, he can score and he can assist. “I will try to connect with him as much as I can. I will try to find the gaps in rival defences, try to be in the positions I have to be in to assist the strikers.” Asked about the pressure that comes with his price tag, Mata said: “I like the pressure, I think it’s good for a footballer to try to improve. “People are expecting big things from me and I am looking forward to it.” Mata, who will wear the number eight shirt, said he was attracted by the character of United and their reputation for never giving up, even claiming they were not out of the Barclays Premier League title race. “It’s a new challenge for me,” he said. “This one was a massive challenge for me. “What I like the most about this club is the character. I think if another club were in this position in the league, I think it would be very difficult to come back and take first position, but this club can do it. Juan Mata has revealed he is relishing the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United as well as the pressure of his club-record price tag. “This is the real image I have from Man United, always fighting to win titles, always coming back from difficult moments. “The team is really good, the squad is really good. This season they have had some unlucky moments they didn’t deserve. Hopefully from now until the end of the season we will win as many games as we can.” Mata revealed the move was “really important” to his hopes of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup, and said he was “really happy” to be at United. “I just wanted to go to a place where I would feel happy,” he added. Asked about what position he would prefer to play in, Mata diplomatically responded: “I think that’s a question for him (Moyes). I would like to play anywhere.” Moyes emphasised his surprise that the club were able to do such a deal mid-season and said he would bring in more players of Mata’s calibre. “I am thrilled, I got wind a month or two ago it could be possible, but I never thought we would pull it off,” he said. “When we got the sniff there was a chance Juan could be available we went after it right away. Congratulations to the club and (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward for getting the deal done.” The Scot added: “There will be more players like Juan in the future, I’ve no doubt about that.” The Spain international has moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea for £37.1million. The 25-year-old should provide the creativity and invention which has been sadly lacking from David Moyes’ team this season, and he cannot wait to play alongside Rooney. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan claims many of his Black Stars teammates are against the idea of playing Egypt in Cairo for the World Cup playoff return leg next month.The Al Ain striker says they feel intimidated by the deteriorating security concerns in the North African country.FIFA has set a 28 October deadline to confirm whether the match will be played in Cairo or at a neutral venue.This was after the Ghana FA wrote to the world football governing body over recent violent clashes between protesters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military.The Egyptian Football Association insists the country is safe and Ghana should harbour no fear ahead of the 19 November decider.“Most of the guys talk to me about playing the second leg in Cairo in front of the fans and are scared about the happenings in that country,” Gyan told Kumasi-based Angel FM “Don’t forget that most of the players follow all what is going on in Egypt and are abreast with every incident that has been going on because life is very precious.“We are in talks with the authorities in charge to see what decision is finally taken with respect to the venue of the match so hopefully by next week will all know where the game will be played.“We need to protect our lives as footballers so if Cairo is picked as the venue then they would have to provide a very tight security for us because we all know the what the situation is in Egypt now.“Not to say that we can’t play, we are ready to play at any venue against any opposition but as I said our lives are more important.”Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan claims many of his Black Stars teammates are against the idea of playing Egypt in Cairo for the World Cup playoff return leg next month. The Al Ain striker says they feel intimidated by the deteriorating security concerns in the North African country.FIFA has set a 28 October deadline to confirm whether the match will be played in Cairo or at a neutral venue.This was after the Ghana FA wrote to the world football governing body over recent violent clashes between protesters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military.The Egyptian Football Association insists the country is safe and Ghana should harbour no fear ahead of the 19 November decider.“Most of the guys talk to me about playing the second leg in Cairo in front of the fans and are scared about the happenings in that country,” Gyan told Kumasi-based Angel FM “Don’t forget that most of the players follow all what is going on in Egypt and are abreast with every incident that has been going on because life is very precious.“We are in talks with the authorities in charge to see what decision is finally taken with respect to the venue of the match so hopefully by next week will all know where the game will be played.“We need to protect our lives as footballers so if Cairo is picked as the venue then they would have to provide a very tight security for us because we all know the what the situation is in Egypt now.“Not to say that we can’t play, we are ready to play at any venue against any opposition but as I said our lives are more important.”last_img read more