EPL

Solskjaer: Manchester United must show ruthless side against West Ham

By Sports Desk September 22, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are "in good shape" but must still develop a killer instinct following a lean run in front of goal.

United travel to West Ham on Sunday in search of a third successive victory in all competitions.

Mason Greenwood's second-half effort saw off Astana in the Europa League on Thursday and added to last weekend's narrow Premier League win over Leicester City.

While secure at the back, Solskjaer's men have failed to score more than a solitary goal in any of their five games since the 4-0 opening-weekend triumph over Chelsea.

Starting striker Marcus Rashford netted twice in that match but has only added a single successful spot-kick to his tally ahead of the trip to the London Stadium.

"Winning gives confidence and clean sheets give the defenders confidence and we just need to be more clinical in front of goal," Solskjaer told his club's website.

"We're in good shape and we've prepared well for this game.

"We had one eye on Astana but the other eye was on West Ham so we should be ready for it."

West Ham were themselves held goalless in their last outing, a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, but only after losing Arthur Masuaku to a red card in the 67th minute.

The hard-earned away result moved the Hammers level with United on eight points from five games.

"I think they're looking strong," Solskjaer said of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"Of course they have some quality players and their centre-forward [Sebastian] Haller has come good for them.

"It's good to see [Andriy] Yarmolenko and [Manuel] Lanzini back fit because I know all about knee injuries.

"We played them [at Old Trafford] towards the end of last season and we were lucky to beat them, so we know it's going to be a tough game."

Related items

  • Chelsea sign Australia star Kerr Chelsea sign Australia star Kerr

    Chelsea have signed Australia forward Sam Kerr on a two-and-a-half-year deal, the Women's Super League club have confirmed.

    Kerr will be available for Emma Hayes' league leaders from January after securing a third consecutive Golden Boot in the NWSL with Chicago Red Stars.

    The 26-year-old netted 19 goals in 23 games to be named the competition's MVP, although the Red Stars missed out on glory after suffering a defeat to North Carolina Courage.

    Kerr swept the board in terms of individual awards despite taking a mid-season break to feature at the World Cup in France, where she scored five goals for Australia.

    She has 38 goals overall for the Matildas over the course of an international career that began at the age of 15, and she is on the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or Feminin after also receiving a nomination at the FIFA Best Awards.

    Kerr told Chelsea's official website: "The WSL is the best league in Europe. I want team success and I don't want it to come easy.

    "I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that – I want to lift some trophies."

    Chelsea manager Hayes added: ‘Sam has proved time and time again in the NWSL that she is a prolific goalscorer. She's won the Golden Boot many times and she’s a player that can make things happen, but she’s also a fantastic team player.

    "The fact she chose Chelsea when she could have gone to any club in the world is a testament to the players and the staff here because she saw this is the best place for her to grow and take the next step in her career. That's a wonderful compliment to us all."

    Chelsea have a one-point advantage over Arsenal and Manchester City at the WSL summit having won four times and drawn once amid an unbeaten start to the campaign.

  • Klopp wants Liverpool to build on 'pretty much impossible' start Klopp wants Liverpool to build on 'pretty much impossible' start

    Jurgen Klopp feels last weekend's 3-1 win over Manchester City is only the start as Liverpool chase down a first league title in 30 years.

    Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured Klopp's Premier League leaders the victory against the reigning champions at Anfield, opening up an eight-point advantage at the summit.

    Unbeaten Liverpool are also nine points better off than City, having won 11 of their 12 league outings so far in 2019-20.

    Klopp believes such form is "pretty much impossible" and knows there is plenty of road to travel in a title race that my still include nearest challengers Leicester City and Chelsea.

    "It's just the start, that's how it is, everybody knows that," he told Liverpool's official website.

    "If you would have told me that you can have 34 points [at this stage of the season], wow! It's pretty much impossible but we did it.

    "But now the boys go for the last international break of the year. They have to come back healthy. You saw it how intense it was [against City].

    "Hopefully they all come back healthy and then we go to Crystal Palace. I think the last games are somewhere on the planet on Tuesday in the week that we play on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

    "So they will fly back on the Wednesday, Thursday have a recovery session and Friday, Saturday, 'Hello, Crystal Palace!'.

    "That's the situation so nothing happens so far but it's still the best situation we could have asked for so let's hope we can carry on."

    Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back at the weekend for City, who missed several chances as they applied pressure throughout the contest.

    However, Klopp felt this was to be expected and remains delighted with the clinical nature of Liverpool's display that was not derailed by influential pair Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson feeling under the weather.

    "You saw in the last 15 minutes when City gets control of the game then it's like it is," he said.

    "Difficult but okay, we were obviously tired then and a couple of players felt a little bit of a cold. Hendo, Bobby at half-time, it was really difficult. It was clear at one point we had to make changes there then it’s difficult to adapt.

    "Then they get the momentum in the situation when we want to change, scored the goal and had a few more moments.

    "But come on, you cannot win against City with no dangerous moments or whatever. Their quality is too high, it's too big, so I'm completely fine with what we did because we did it our way and I liked that a lot."

  • Man United have 'priority' on Lyon star Depay Man United have 'priority' on Lyon star Depay

    Manchester United have an option to bring Memphis Depay back to Old Trafford, according to Lyon sporting director Juninho.

    Netherlands international Depay joined United from PSV in 2015 but could only manage seven goals in 53 appearances across all competitions.

    An unhappy 18 months concluded when he joined Lyon for a fee in the region of £16million in January 2017 - and the 25-year-old has been revitalised in Ligue 1.

    Depay has scored seven times in 10 top-flight appearances this season despite his club's troubled start to the campaign, along with four in as many Champions League outings.

    Speaking on Tuesday, Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman told reporters it would be better for his country if Depay was playing for a bigger club.

    In the event of his performances drawing offers from some of Europe's big hitters, Juninho told his club's official website that United retain first refusal under the terms of Depay's move to France.

    "Manchester has a priority if several clubs line up to buy him," he said.

    "But we have not received any offers so far. He is really happy right now in Lyon.

    "We will discuss a contract extension by the end of the year."

    Depay's current deal runs until the end of next season.

    Lyon lie 14th in Ligue 1 after a 2-1 defeat to rivals Marseille last Sunday, although recently installed head coach Rudi Garcia had overseen three consecutive wins before that setback.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.