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Man Utd troubling Premier League stat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite promising results

Manchester United certainly look to be heading in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heading into the final few weeks of the season, but it has been a bumpy road getting there. The 3-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday night stretches United’s unbeaten record eight games in the Premier League and 15 in all competitions.

Their turn of form coincided with the signing of Bruno Fernandes, who has helped inject some much-needed creativity into Solskjaer’s midfield.

That coupled with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford returning from injury has turned the Red Devils into a dangerous opponent.

This is Solskjaer’s first full season in charge having earned the job on a permanent basis following an impressive turnaround during his time as Interim boss.

A blip in form at the end of last season concerned some Red Devils fans heading into the 19/20 campaign but the club were still confident of a top-four finish.

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That confidence soon turned south though as they won just two of their opening nine Premier League games, including defeats to Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

Form soon began to pick up with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all impressing in front of goal.

Defeats at Bournemouth and Watford though kept United out of the top four with the gap to Chelsea and Leicester ever increasing.

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Back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Burnley though seemed to be the turning point for Solskjaer’s side as they embarked on their impressive unbeaten run.

But despite United’s upturn in form, Solskjaer is still facing an unwanted statistic for the entire season.

Having won just 14 games from 32 matches, Solskjaer’s win percentage is currently at 43.75 per cent.

That is considerably worse than David Moyes’ Premier League record (50 per cent), who was sacked after just 10 months in charge.

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That percentage drops even lower from the time United handed Solskjaer the job permanently back in March 2019.

The Norwegian boss has taken charge of 40 Premier League games since being handed a three-year contract, winning just 16 games, giving him a win percentage of 40 per cent.

With six games remaining, Solskjaer still has time to ensure he doesn’t finish the season with the worst win percentage from a United manager since the Premier League season was cut down to 38 games a season.

More pressing for Solskjaer though will be qualifying for next year’s Champions League with Wolves, Tottenham both in close proximity.

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Leroy Sane to join Bayern Munich from Man City in £45m deal

Leroy Sane is moving to Bayern Munich in a deal worth up to £54.8million to Manchester City.

Sane, who was out of contract at City next summer, will fly to Munich tonight to undergo a medical and complete the move, with the winger signing a five-year deal.

Bayern will pay City £45m up front, with a further £9.8m payable with the completion of clause-related add-ons.

City also have a clause inserted within the deal that entitles them to 10 per cent of any subsequent fee if Sane is sold by City.

After Sane rejected several contract extension offers from City, the club accepted he would be sold this summer, rather than leave as a free agent next year.

Despite wanting to keep Sane, City believe they have negotiated the best possible deal for Sane, given his injury record, the fact he could have left as a free agent and the profit they have made on the £37m they paid Schalke for him in 2016.

And with Bayern stating their intention to pay just £35m for Sane a couple of weeks ago, City's decision not to accept that figure has been vindicated with the German champions having paid substantially more for the winger.

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Sane has missed the majority of the season after tearing his ACL in the Community Shield win over Liverpool in August, and he only made his return last week when he came off the bench in the 5-0 win against Burnley.

He made a total of 135 appearances for City, scoring 39 goals, and he helped the side two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups during his time at the club.

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Man Utd team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up vs Brighton – Pogba and Fernandes start again

Manchester United will face Brighton tonight at the Amex Stadium and Express Sport is on hand with all the team news ahead of the game. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not dealing with any fresh injury concerns and will thus field a strong side as the Red Devils are still eyeing a top-four finish.

The Manchester giants are sixth in the Premier League table with only five points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea.

Solskjaer will look to reduce the deficit when his team visits Brighton and will be without Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, who remain sidelined with injury.

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The Norwegian boss will certainly not include contract rebel Angel Gomes, whose Old Trafford deal expires at midnight on Tuesday.

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The United manager has confirmed that Gomes looks set to leave the club once his contract runs out ahead of the summer transfer window.

Solskjaer is expected to make a raft of changes to his starting line up following Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 victory over Norwich in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Only Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes are expected to start again against Brighton and will be joined by the rest of the usual starters.

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David de Gea will return between the sticks, while Maguire will be joined by Victor Lindelof at centre-back.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be placed at right-back whereas Brandon Williams may get another opportunity in Solskjaer’s line up as he could start at left-back.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are likely to partner up in midfield, while Fernandes will be placed at No 10 between Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

Anthony Martial will lead the line following his stunning performance against Sheffield United that saw him score a hat-trick.

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Brighton could be without Adam Webster, who limped out of last week’s 0-0 draw with Leicester due to a hamstring problem and is facing a late assessment.

Tariq Lamptey impressed on his debut for the Seagulls against the Foxes and is fit to play, even though he required stitches for a facial wound he suffered during the match.

Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

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Man Utd dealt major transfer blow as Man City devise plan to steal top Solskjaer target

Manchester City will reportedly rival Manchester United for the signature of Jack Grealish this summer, if they got what they want for Leroy Sane. Sane has just 12 months left on his contract at the Etihad with Pep Guardiola confirming there will no longer be talks over a new deal.

City will not want to lose the talented 24-year-old for nothing next year, though, and will listen to offers in the summer.

Bayern Munich are the clear favourites to complete a deal to sign Sane having tracked the Germany international for some time now.

Guardiola has had to cope without Sane for most of this season, with the winger only recently recovering from a cruciate ligament injury he suffered last summer.

With David Silva leaving the Etihad this summer as well, the City boss could head into the market for another creative midfielder.

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Phil Foden is expected to step up into a more regular role with the first-team next year.

But the Telegraph report City are interested in signing Grealish from Aston Villa.

United have long been linked with a move for Grealish, who is expected to leave Villa in the summer, and he is among their top targets.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in home-grown talents having bought Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka last year.

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United were thought to be the frontrunners to sign Grealish, but City’s interest may force Solskjaer to look elsewhere.

The report claims Bayern only value Sane at £35million but City are holding out for a much bigger offer in the summer.

And if their asking price is eventually met by Bayern or any other suitors then City will reportedly turn their focus on signing Grealish.

Given United are interested in signing Jadon Sancho as well as being linked with a number of other players, they might be unable to compete with the spending power of City in a bidding war for Grealish.

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The 24-year-old has earned high praise for his performances at Villa Park this season, despite Dean Smith’s side sitting in the relegation zone.

He is the club’s top scorer this season with nine goals from midfield while also registering eight assists in all competitions.

Solskjaer is also not short of attacking options in midfield having signed Bruno Fernandes in January.

The Portugal international has been a revelation at Old Trafford since his big-money move and Solskjaer is already excited about the prospect of Fernandes forming a partnership with Paul Pogba.

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Manchester United make decision on Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling future

Manchester United will wait until the end of the season until they make a final decision regarding the future of Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez. According to Manchester Evening News, United are currently not prioritising Smalling and Sanchez, who have been playing on loan in Italy at Roma and Inter Milan respectively since last summer.

Both players are likely to extend their loan stints until the Serie A season comes to an end as United don’t appear keen on having them back for the last few fixtures in the Premier League and Europa League.

Smalling has expressed his desire to sign a permanent deal at Roma following a raft of impressive appearances at the Olimpico as he has made 29 appearances for Paulo Fonseca’s side.

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Sanchez’s struggles, though, have continued at Inter as he has been plagued by injury and only managed to make three starts in the Serie A.

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Solskjaer doesn’t appear to be in a hurry of having the two players back at Old Trafford as he is happy with the roster he has available at the moment.

The Norwegian boss said recently: “I am very, very happy with what is happening at the moment in and around the squad and Chris certainly has had a very good season at Roma.

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“Alexis has had some injury problems again. They are thinking about their futures and we are thinking about ours.

“We will make a decision after the end of this season and I think it is important that they focus on finishing the season where they are and that we can continue what we do.”

Solskjaer’s defence was strengthened in the summer with the arrival of Harry Maguire, who joined United following a record £80million move from Leicester.

The Red Devils also added some fire power in attack when they signed Bruno Fernandes in a £47m transfer from Sporting Lisbon.

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Therefore, Smalling and Sanchez may find it hard to be part of Solskjaer’s plans next season if they get recalled to Old Trafford.

But United are now focused on the Premier League and their bid to finish in the top four, which would lead them back to the Champions League.

The Manchester giants are currently sixth with five points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea.

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