Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns rest of Europe Manchester United can go all the way in Champions League

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Ole, Ole, Ole for Manchester United after their remarkable comeback against PSG. (AFP)
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Updated 07 March 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns rest of Europe Manchester United can go all the way in Champions League

  • Brilliant win in Paris gives United confidence they can win Champions League, says interim boss.
  • First time side has comeback from a first-leg home defeat by two goals in the tournament's history.

LONDON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the rest of Europe Manchester United are the team to avoid after their sensational comeback against a dumbfounded Paris Saint-Germain.
Solskjaer’s side arrived in France looking to become the first side in the history of the Champions League to progress after suffering a first-leg home defeat by two goals. They were given little chance, not least because United had 10 first-team players out with injury and skipper Paul Pogba suspended after his red card in the first leg.
But a brace from Romelu Lukaku and an injury-time winner from the penalty spot from the nerveless Marcus Rashford gave United a 
remarkable win.

That has only added to the feelgood factor Solskjaer has created since becoming interim coach, and, now unexpectedly in the quarterfinals, the Norwegian is insisting he can lead the Reds to a fourth European Cup crown.
“Of course we fancy ourselves. We can go all the way,” the United coach, now red-hot favorite to be named Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor, said. “We just have to wait for the draw and take the game as it comes.”
It seems strange to say it, considering United’s packed trophy cabinet and habit of winning big matches, but this clash will go down as one of the most memorable results in the club’s storied history. Of the victory Solskjaer said: “We always believed (we could win). We set out the plan. It wasn’t about having the ball and outplaying (PSG).
“We had lots on injuries and suspensions and perhaps that was a good thing as we had a fresh team. Lots of energy we had to be humble enough to defend hard and we had the team to do that.”
Since he took over Mourinho Solskjaer has completely changed the atmosphere at United. Where once the club seemed defensive and downcast, the Norwegian has made it dynamic and delightful — all in the space of just over two months. It would be a huge shock if the man who has been beaten only once while in the Old Trafford dugout — the first leg against PSG — did not get the job long-term.
Of the potential to remain United coach, the 46-year-old said: “I keep doing this job as best as I can.
“It’s been a fantastic time with the players ... I’m going to enjoy this job as long as I’ve got it — I’m going to smile.”

Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019

Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.