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
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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.”


From near-death in Libyan desert to Saudi Arabia in 40 years: A history of the Dakar Rally

Updated 25 April 2019
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From near-death in Libyan desert to Saudi Arabia in 40 years: A history of the Dakar Rally

  • Race will start in Jeddah and make a stop in Riyadh before ending in Qiddiya
  • Take a look back at the most momentous moments

LONDON: A new and exciting chapter in the prestigious history of the Dakar Rally is ready to be written as the world’s biggest and most challenging rally confirmed it will debut in Saudi Arabia in January 2020.

1977: Inspiration
Biker Thierry Sabine gets lost in the Libyan desert while competing in the Abidjan-Nice Rally. After being rescued from the sands on the verge of death, he vows to share the scale and magic of the desert with the whole world.

1978: A dream come true
On 26 December 1978, a field of 170 adventurers starts its 10,000-kilometer quest through Algeria, Niger, Mali, the Upper Volta, and Senegal. A total of 74 vehicles make it to the finish on Place de l’Indépendance in Dakar, with Cyril Neveu at the helm.

1983: Ickx on all fronts
Celebrities and the best drivers and riders in the world heed the call of the Dakar. The combination is a successful one, with the six-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Jacky Ickx and comedian Claude Brasseur taking the spoils in the fourth edition.

1986: Tragedy strikes
Thierry Sabine and Daniel Balavoine die in a helicopter crash alongside pilot François-Xavier Bagnoud, journalist Nathalie Odent and radio technician Jean-Paul Lefur. Gilbert Sabine, the father of the creator of the race, takes over as director.

1992: Africa from north to south
The Dakar takes a break from the capital of Senegal to pit the competitors against the challenge of a lifetime. The drivers and riders have to tackle a route of almost 12,500 kilometers through 11 countries to cross Africa from one side to the other and reach Cape Town in South Africa. Stéphane Peterhansel (motorbikes) and Hubert Auriol (cars) stand atop the podium at the end of the Odyssey.

1998: Peterhansel rolls a six
The biker with a blue bandana emerges victorious from a clash of titans with Orioli and Arcarons to become the undisputed master of the category in the 1990s. His sixth win catapults him past Cyril Neveu as the event record holder. “Peter” has since added seven car victories to his tally!

2000: At the foot of the pyramids
The Dakar marks the turn of the century next to one of the seven wonders of the world: the Great Pyramid of Giza. Reigning champions Richard Sainct (motorbikes) and Jean-Louis Schlesser (cars) both manage to defend their titles against this prestigious backdrop.

2001: Miss Dakar
No one suspects that this will be the last Paris–Dakar. In contrast, everyone sees Jutta Kleinschmidt, who had made her Dakar debut in 1988 on a motorbike, become the first woman to win the rally, this time racing at the wheel of a Mitsubishi 4×4. She remains the only female winner of the event to date.

2009: Rising from the ashes in Buenos Aires
The Dakar picks itself up and crosses the Atlantic to rise from the ashes. A new era dawns with 4 million spectators turning out in force to cheer on the drivers and riders in the majestic landscapes of Argentina and Chile.

2012: Pacific Challenge
After three years with a route starting and ending in Buenos Aires, the organizers break the mold with a finish on the Pacific coast of Lima, Peru.

2014: Dizzying heights
Bolivia becomes the 28th country to host the Dakar. The Altiplano and Salar de Uyuni introduce a new test for the competitors: extreme altitude, which takes a toll on both their bodies and their machines.

2020: Chapter 3
In the wake of its first foray into Paraguay in 2017, the Dakar adds the 30th country to its list. In Saudi Arabia, the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula, the competitors will face challenges such as the “Empty Quarter,” a pristine expanse that has never been explored fully before.