Man United targets more signings in search for fast start

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba during a training session in Singapore on Friday, ahead of their International Champions Cup match against Inter Milan. (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019

Man United targets more signings in search for fast start

  • Manager hopes to hit the ground running after stuttering badly toward the end of previous season

SINGAPORE: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Friday the club is working on one or two more signings as he hopes to hit the ground running in the new campaign after stuttering badly toward the end of last season.

Solskjaer enjoyed a stellar start after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, winning 10 and drawing two of his first 12 Premier League fixtures.
But a stunning slump in form saw the side finish sixth in the standings, 32 points behind champions Manchester City.
Aware that his imbalanced squad needed a major overhaul, Solskjaer has already recruited midfielder Daniel James and fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the club strongly linked to England central defender Harry Maguire and Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes.
“We are working on one or two (signings). My objective here though is we have got to get ready for the games and the training sessions,” the Norwegian told reporters in Singapore on the eve of a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan.
“We are working on putting a squad together which can compete, we have lots of ways which can play. The Premier League is a very competitive league. Our aim is to focus on ourselves, we have to be better and be our only focus. I am sure we will get closer to the top.”
United have already seen midfielder Ander Herrera depart for Paris Saint-Germain and while question marks remain over the futures of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and the talismanic Paul Pogba, Solskjaer is continuing to prepare for the new season with the Frenchman central to his plans.
“I am looking to get everyone to get their form back to when we first came in. It is not just about Pogba, it is about all of us as a team,” he said, adding that Lukaku was not fit to face the Italian side on Saturday.
“Everyone has been spot on in pre-season in training and the games. I have been very encouraged.
“The start of the season is important, I don’t think many of these players have had a pre-season like this in many years. In the first eight or 10 games, you don’t win anything but you can lose the chance to win anything.”
United complete their pre-season program with matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Kristiansund and AC Milan before opening their Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on Aug. 11.


Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain find out Gulf Cup groups after re-draw

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain find out Gulf Cup groups after re-draw

  • Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain reversed decisions to skip the tournament
  • Tournament precedes Club World Cup

DOHA: The UAE will face Qatar in the Arabian Gulf Cup following Thursday’s re-draw in Doha.
Organizers made the new eight-nation draw after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain reversed decisions to skip the tournament earlier this week.
Qatar were drawn in the same group as UAE, Yemen, and Iraq for the Nov. 26-Dec. 8 tournament.
Saudi Arabia's Green Falcons and Bahrain are in a group with Kuwait and defending champions Oman.
Three days later, the Dec. 11-21 Club World Cup kicks off in Doha testing two stadiums being used at the 2022 World Cup.