Nurture and nature the keynotes as Solskjær displays complete knowhow

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Manchester United rock PSG, plus Football Leaks – Football Weekly Extra Share on Twitter At the end of which Solskjær’s United have won 14 of 17 matches played. It is a record that suggests something more than just smiles and backslaps. There has been constant fine-point tinkering. In Paris it was the presence of two genuine strikers that worked best, although the four-man defence and midfield was opened up quite easily at times.Solskjær left Romelu Lukaku out there for the final 20 minutes, even when his legs had almost gone. But he also brought on Mason Greenwood with a brief to run in behind PSG’s defence, as Lukaku had in the first half. Instantly that high defensive line dropped 10 yards, a move that led indirectly to Diogo Dalot being close enough to goal to try the shot that led directly to the VAR-assisted penalty that sealed the tie. Sometimes luck is often just another word for managing the small details. Manchester United (@ManUtd)Legends. ✊#MUFC 6, 2019 Facebook ‘Ridiculous in the eyes of the world’ – French press reacts to PSG defeat Share via Email For all its complex science and hard maths, football remains a defiantly emotional business. All through the build-up you felt United’s supporters, players and manager had a shared feeling this might just go their way. There was another striking moment just after United had scored the decisive goal in Paris, just as PSG’s fans should by any measure have been sick, gone, broken. Cavani came on, the PA man shouted “Edinson” and half the crowd were still happy and unbothered enough to shout back “Cavani” in a cheerful voice. Your season has just been assassinated in the cruellest fashion. Why are you even here exactly? Thank you for your feedback. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Chuck in Neymar and Edinson Cavani and the fine margins probably go the other way. Select a proper goalkeeper in place of Gianluigi Buffon, who has reached the piece-of-meat-with-eyes stage, and the story probably changes again. But then, what kind of absurdly theatrical star machine buys a 41-year-old celebrity goalkeeper in the first place?This is the place where luck and judgment intersect. Solskjær did not make his super-talented opponents into a team with a team-shaped hole at its core, with an absence of basic heart and vim that seems to spring up along with the first bluebells every spring. But he did produce the qualities to exploit it. Best of all, Solskjær’s relatively short time in charge has asked the same question repeatedly: what is Manchester United for? Is it simply to win pots? Is it to house star players? Does this team exist to choke opponents to death? This is not backward-looking schmaltz about free-wheeling football and red-shirted romance. It is a very modern point.Clubs such as United are too big to fail now. They will exist and prosper at this level regardless of whether they win the FA Cup or the Premier League. What is required is something more nuanced, to project an aspirational excitement, to primp the brand, while at the same time tending to the club’s deep soul, the qualities expected by those who feel that this is their club, and who will always sustain it.Solskjær has been good for the team. But he has also been good for the mental heath of this voracious modern super-club. United should, and surely will, give him the job. He has, by some vital measures, already succeeded. comment Listen Was this helpful? Twitter Share on Pinterest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer It has been an in-and-out few years for Smalling, dropped intermittently by four different United mangers and occasionally harangued for his mistakes and clumsy control. In Paris he made one tackle during 95 minutes of sustained defensive football, the mark of an unusually clean, composed performance. Nobody knows what the future holds for this group of players, or indeed for Smalling, a survivor of the post-Fergie void. But whatever happens from here, he’ll always have Paris.Can we just mention José Mourinho once to get it out of the way? Can we call this a final act of exorcism? It goes without saying it was another terrible night for the previous manager’s uppity and haunted legacy.Although not completely. For a start, take a bow McTominay, José’s boy, who made five tackles, had a 96% pass accuracy, followed Marco Verratti around like a security service chaperone, and at the very last could be seen wrestling Paris Saint-Germain players away from Marcus Rashford as he prepared to take the decisive penalty kick. He might not be Juan Sebastián Verón but McTominay will always have Paris too, a night when Ole Gunnar Solskjær drew from him exactly what Mourinho had seen.Otherwise this was further evidence of two things. First, of the poor fit between the club and United’s last permanent manager. In Paris the team Mourinho never wanted – patched together, un-starry, containing Fred – beat the sort of team he made such a funk about not having. Mourinho sulked about needing to buy players. Solskjær rustled up a team of expensive bit-parts to beat the biggest spenders in European football, funded by those biddable friends in Qatar. Again, another silver lining on a bad night for José. There may well be a vacancy coming up in Paris before long. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger At the final whistle inside the Parc des Princes, Manchester United’s players started running, haring across in a ragged, joyful cavalry charge towards the narrow band of their supporters at the far end.Shirts were pulled off and hurled in the air. Scott McTominay did a European-record triple jump through the centre circle. Halfway there Chris Smalling looked down, noticed he still had the ball in his hands and hoofed it so high into the air it’s probably still up there in the Paris skies, surfing on the weird voodoo of that moment. Sportblog Topics Manchester United The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Paris Saint-Germain Talking of which, we have now reached the stage where not to offer Solskjær the full-time United job would be an act of sporting self-harm. Everyone loves Ole. And with good reason, too. He is very lovable. Not to mention disarmingly sharp in his selections and tactical tweaks.The case in favour was sealed by that rush of soppy but significant positivity. But it’s still worth making. For a start, it is possible to be a lucky general and also a good one. Solskjær has been both. In Paris, PSG made 691 passes to United’s 224. By every worthwhile background metric PSG dominated both legs of the tie. They had a goal chalked off. They hit a post. A favourable VAR and the silliness of the away goals rule made the difference. Read more Reuse this content Hide Show Champions League Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford scores the decisive penalty against PSG. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

PHOTOS: Jamaica Government Pensioners Association Annual General Meeting

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Jonathan Brown (left), observes as First Vice President of the Association, June Spence Jarrett (centre), makes a presentation to guest speaker, Rev. Paul DaCosta Pinto, at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew on April 24.last_img

Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At UNICEF Snowflake Ball

first_imgUNICEF is set to host the Snowflake Ball, one of New York City’s most notable black-tie galas, to celebrate the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflakes and to honor those whose philanthropic commitments support its mission to save children’s lives.Since its debut in 2005, the annual holiday occasion has raised over $16 Million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs.This year’s event will take place on November 27 at Cipriani 42nd Street, and will honor Harry Belafonte with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Tony Bennett will perform.Menu design has been set by Marcus Samuelsson, and the host committee includes Rachel Bilson, Michael Douglas, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Angie Harmon, Angelique Kidjo, Lang Lang, Joel McHale, Roger Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Spacey. The Gala Committee includes Tea Leoni.To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

Official Presentation of Ronnie Butlers Caribbean Hall of Fame Award

first_img Related Items:caribbean hall of fame, danny johnson, ronnie butler Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Oct 2014 – Magnetic Media and the Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture teamed up to get some of the greats in Bahamian music and culture into one room at the office on Thompson Boulevard in Nassau for an official presentation to Ronnie Butler, who was over the weekend inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame. Minister Dr. Danny Johnson was overwhelmed with the honor for Ronnie, who sat beaming at the achievement… both men addressed the media in a press conference yesterday. QUOTES. To cap it off, as Ronnie Butler exited the elevator there was a fanfare of music by the Bahamas All Stars who played Bahama Rock and Age Aint Nothing but a Number for a dancing, singing inductee… even the wheelchair could not stop his groove. Ronnie with friends like Fred Ferguson who wrote and produced ‘Ooh Look What you Do to Me’; Charles Carter, a veteran broadcaster who championed the cause of Bahamian music and who told us recorded Bahamian music celebrates its 100th anniversary on Sunday November 2nd and Craig Flowers, noted Bahamian pilot and businessman who is a childhood friend of Butler’s were all there and gave remarks. For the next two weeks, Turquoise Morning will feature highlights from our trip to Jamaica courtesy of InterCaribbean Airways… adoring fans singing the greatest hits of Ronnie Butler, highlights from National Tourism Month here in the TCI and my one on one, candid interview with Ronnie at his home in Chippingham. Recommended for you 40 Caribbean Nationals will be inducted in the Caribbean Hall of Fame RONNIE IS READY UNESCO Sponsors the 2014 Caribbean Hall of Famelast_img read more

Report Arsenal step up chase for Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal have reportedly stepped up their chase in Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe after potentially losing Danny Welbeck to a probably season-ending injury.The England international suffered a suspected broken ankle in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League 0-0 draw against Sporting Lisbon and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the true extent of the injury.The North-London club fear that the former Manchester United striker will be out for at least six months, however, taking him through to the end of his current deal with the Gunners, according to Sports Mole.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Reports in the English press, suggests that attention has now turned to bringing in a new player at the earliest possible opportunity, and Lille winger Pepe is in Unai Emery’s sights.The former Paris Saint-Germain manager watched Pepe play up close during his two-year managerial spell in France.The 23-year-old, who has also been linked with moves to Europe too club’s including German champions, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City, is thought to be valued at £45million.last_img read more