& # 39; It is not as if we have already lifted the white flag & # 39 ;: Norwich City boss Daniel Farke says the club is not preparing for the championship prior to the Wolves crunch match
- The Canary Islands currently have six points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League
- They lost Saturday against Liverpool after 78th minute goal of Sadio Mane
- ] Norwich encounters heavy opposition on the Molineux on Sunday, because wolves are in 8th
- but Daniel Farke has remained positive that his young team is the drop can avoid
They face heavy opposition in the Molineux on Sunday because the Black Country club is 8th in the table and beat Espanyol 4-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night.
At a press conference today, Farke said: "We are planning to make different scenarios, but we are not so inclined to speak of the following season, it is not as if we have already lifted the white flag and are preparing for the championship.
"Our main topic is to be equally successful in the coming weeks, the other topics are not that important."
The German manager, 43, remained positive that his side was the dr on could occur, add: & # 39; For safety, six or seven wins are needed, we know that we need to get as close to 40 points as possible. & # 39;
Norwich produced one of the early shocks of the season when they beat current Manchester City champions, but the young team has won only three other games.
They put down a good performance against Liverpool at home on Saturday, but a 78th minute goal by Sadio Mane broke Canarian hearts.
The East Anglian team must collect points against Wolves to stay away from relegations to rivals Watford and West Ham.
Farke said: & Wolves play well in Europe and a solid team in the Premier League. They have played the last three games nicely. They are also fighting for Europe again next season.
& # 39; I do not see an easy setup for us, it is important for us to focus on our topics to bring our football to the fore. If we do that, we have a chance wherever we go, not just Wolves. & # 39;
But he added: & # 39; You learn from every game. We dominated our last game against Wolves, the game should have been buried during the break. Small details can change your world in football. & # 39;
The last time the two sides met – in December – Farke & # 39; s men lost 2-1 after a late goal from Raul Jimenez.
This time round they will be without right back Sam Byram – who is eliminated for the rest of the season – as well as winger Onel Hernandez and center back Christoph Zimmermann who are both big doubts.
Fellow defender Timm Klose will also miss the game as he recovers from a knee injury.
Bury Phoenix club to start life in the 10th level of English football as they land North West Counties League spot
- Bury AFC have successfully applied for a place in it 10th level of English football
- They will begin their journey in the North West Counties Football League
- Bury FC was in August [19459007uitdeEngelseFootballLeagueverdreven]
Bury AFC, the Phoenix club launched after the expulsion van Bury of the Football League, will start next life in the 10th level of English football.
The North West Counties Football League has approved a request from Bury AFC to participate in the competition next season.
Bury was expelled from the English football league in August after he failed to acquire new property when a last-take-over bid collapsed.
On Friday, the NWCFL confirmed that 11 clubs had applied for promotion for step 6 (ninth and 10th row) on condition that they were sent to the criteria for access to class H met.
Nine of them clubs have to finish in the top five of their respective Step 7 competitions, but new clubs Bury AFC and FC Isle of Man have been included for inclusion in the competition.
A message on Bury AFC & # 39; s Twitter account read: & # 39; Bury AFC are listed below for inclusion (at the) North West Counties Football League f of 2020-21.
& # 39; This confirms our belief that we are the only team that currently has a request to play football in Bury next season. To bring. IT. ON. & # 39;
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Porto: Liverpool goal Kai Havertz scores from the penalty spot while the Bundesliga club secures the Europa League round of 32 first stage victory
& # 39; It's hard to play with & # 39 ;: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Europa League BALL because he & # 39; light & # 39; is after Manchester United is held in Club Brugge
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the Europa League ball was flat against Club Brugge
- Manchester United thanked Anthony Martial for saving a tie in Belgium
- Japanese manufacturer Molten offers the game balls in the Europa League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the condition of the Europa League ball and believes that Manchester United and Club Brugge have impeded to play during their stalemate in the first leg of their 32-round round.
Emmanuel Dennis put Club Brugge on a dream start after catching the normally reliable Sergio Romero well out of position, but Anthony Martial took advantage of a mistake to silence the tired Jan Breydel stadium and seal to lay a 1-1 draw.
That out-goal means that United has the upper hand on their way to Old Trafford for the second leg of this final 32 tie, which makes Solskjaer generally happy.
But the United boss was ni he is overly satisfied with the Europa League ball – which is supplied by the Japanese manufacturer M olten on match days – against the Belgian leaders on a wet and windy night in Bruges.
& # 39; It was a difficult game against a well-organized team in difficult circumstances, & # 39; he said. "I don't think it was one of the best games anyone has seen.
" A bit sloppy in terms of concentration, but the conditions with the field and the ball make it difficult.
& # 39; It's just different and hard to play with, & # 39; Solskjaer said about the ball. & # 39; You can get one and try it! It is light.
& # 39; But of course it's the same for the two teams. But the circumstances were not nice, the wind and the rain.
& # 39; But anyway, strange goals for both teams. We scored their throw-in and a long kick through the middle, so lack of concentration probably from both teams there.
& # 39; We had to make everyone part of the team (so I made changes), gave those games.
& # 39; We now have so many games, so we got a away game, we got a draw. We're going home next week, so hopefully we can finish the job. & # 39;
Solskjaer hopes Thursday for better football on his part – and in an ideal world for a better ball.
Fortunately, Martial concentrated when Brandon Mechele inexplicably dropped the smashed Maxim De Cuyper, with the United forward speed and power to race before he defeated former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
& # 39; It was a charity today, & Solskjaer said. & # 39; He wasn't really in the game before he scored the goal.
& # 39; We didn't create enough or made enough points to make room for Anthony and it was a frustrating night for him until then.
& # 39; Then (a) charity and then he gets a good chance with his left foot, good blow, well saved by Mignolet. & # 39;
That second chance hit the post, but United should have fought a tough fight from the start in the eyes of Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement.
Before defeating Romero with a clumsy effort, the video assistant referee assessed a third-minute challenge from the Argentinian international on Dennis in the box.
& # 39; For me, it is a clear punishment & # 39 ;, said Clement. "When I see the images and in some countries it is a red card, if you go with two feet forward against someone's leg, it is a red card.
" All circumstances must go your way if you I'm going to beat United and tonight we didn't get that.
Manchester United players smoke after Club Brugge scored goal starting with ball rolling at goal kick … but Owen Hargreaves blames Sergio Romero for coming offline and claims that & # 39; clear and obvious error & # 39 ; in defense was
- Manchester United has grooved a soft opener home awarded by Emmanuel Dennis
- United granted just seconds after attacking the other side of the field
- ] United players thought the goal should not have stood because the ball was rolling at goal kick
Manchester United players were left smoking after conceding a soft opening goal in their 1-1 draw at Club Brugge on Thursday night.
United went down 1-0 when Emmanuel Dennis came straight to the goal from a goal kick and lobed Sergio Romero who had hurried to collect the ball.
A few seconds earlier, United was on the attack before Nemanja Matic tried and failed to win a corner kick at the corner flag.
Matic thought that United should have been given a corner, but Bruges goalkeeper Simon Mignolet took a quick goal kick that allowed Dennis to score freely.
In the aftermath of the goal, United players then completed the ball rolling when Mignolet hit his goal kick, but the goal was allowed to stand.
BT Sports expert Owen Hargreaves was defensive of United & # 39; s complaints and said that their defense and Romero had failed for the purpose.
He said: & # 39; [The] first goal, Matic tries a corner and doesn't get it One quick long ball, the field is wet, Romero cannot get off his line there, United was disorganized and paid the price.
& # 39; I don't know why they didn't use VAR to judge the tackle on Matic at the corner, but the error is clear and obvious the defense of United.
& # 39; Romero is too far from his line, if he stays on his line, Bruges may not score. Young Dennis is a goal scorer, we saw that against Real Madrid. & # 39;
BT Sport expert and former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was equally devastating about the first half of United in Belgium.
& # 39; Bruges played really well in the first 35 minutes, should have been 2 or 3 zero. United looked flat and sloppy, they are lucky to still be in the game. They received a gift for the purpose.
& # 39; United has not created much, I think they were wrong positionally, they were sloppy. & # 39;
Fortunately for United, a brilliant goal from Anthony Martial, who saw him robbing the Bruges defender before he dribbled on goal and finished them an equalizer shortly before halftime.
The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer improved in the second period but could not find a second goal, although a 1-1 draw left them in a strong position for the second leg at Old Trafford.
On an evening that started with heavy rain and ended in a hailstorm, Manchester United did just enough to get away from the Jan Breydel Stadium with a draw that makes them a favorite to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.
The second leg at Old Trafford is probably no such thing as a burden on United. Bruges had a great opportunity here and deserved to use it. But after the excellent Emmanuel Dennis had led the leaders of the Belgian League forward, Anthony Martial refused them a first victory over English opposition in 11 attempts when he fired United level.
It was another of those non-inspiring nights from Ole Gunnar The side of Solskjaer when you wonder where they go under the Norwegian. Three days after the encouraging victory over Chelsea, this felt very different. The score was only positive in their favor.
EQUAL FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS
Club Brugge (4-3-3) : Mignolet; Deli, Mechele, Kossounou, Mata Pedro Lourenco; Vanaken, Balanta (Vormer 47), Zipper; by Cruyper (Writers 73), Tau (by Ketelare 63), Dennis
Subs not used: Horvath, Mitrovic, Okereke, Ricca
Booked: Balanta, Vanaken, Mechele
Objectives: Dennis (15)
Manager: Philippe Clement
] ] Manchester United (4-1-4-1): Romero; Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Matic; Pereira (Fred 71), Lingard, Mata, Dalot (Fernandes 81); Martial (Ighalo 68)
Subs not used: Bailly, by Gea, James, Wan-Bissaka
Goals: Martial (36)
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Stadium: Jan Breydel Stadium
Solskjaer has made six changes to the team that won the Stamford Bridge Monday night – with Jesse Lingard who made his 200th appearance and Victor Lindelof his 100th – but he decided not to give Martial a rest and Odion Ighalo a full debut in the absence of Mason Greenwood.
& # 39; We previously thought of Mason game & # 39 ;, the United manager admitted for the kick-off. & # 39; He wasn't feeling well so now Anthony starts. We have many games coming. There is not too much between players and we want competition between places.
& # 39; If we want to be successful in the league, the Europa League and FA Cup, we need everyone, and today was a chance to give them a chance because we played Monday. It was a physical and mental test for everyone, so we made a few changes. & # 39;
Bruges boss Philippe Clement triggered a big surprise by dropping his captain and set-piece specialist Ruud Vormer – the only player left from the side that United faced in 2015 in a Champions League Qualifier – in favor of the more energetic Mats Rits. Clement also brought two teenagers in Odilon Kossounou and Maxim De Cuyper into a 3-5-2 formation, looking forward to including United and hitting them during the break.
Even he could not have hoped that it worked so clinically – and simplistically – in the 15th minute. A United attack broke out and former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet launched a large kickfield. It landed halfway with Dennis in pursuit alongside Brandon Williams and Diogo Dalot.
However, the crucial run was made by Sergio Romero. The goalkeeper's unexpected decision to race off his line gave him no chance to reach the ball and in no man's land. It had only bounced once before Dennis came to Williams to lob Romero and get into an empty net.
Mignolet, who helped Liverpool get United out of the Europa League in 2016, became the first goalkeeper to claim an assist in this competition since Lokomotiv Moscow & Guilherme Marinato in the same season.
It was no more than the Belgians deserved after a clear opening that United had on the back foot. The game was only a few seconds old when Luke Shaw appealed for a foul on Williams and Dennis. His cross on the edge of the six-yard box invited a finish, but Harry Maguire and Lindelof were able to solve the danger.
There was more panic in the United defense when Maguire dropped another long ball over his head, but nobody expected it except Percy Tau. This time, Romero & # 39; s dash of his line was wiser and he could go free.
The United 2 goalkeeper came to the rescue again when he saved his legs at the nearby post after Dennis had made his way past Maguire.
The pressure that Bruges expected from their Premier League opponents came only sporadically. Mignolet had to be sharp to turn away a shot from Andreas Pereira after he was founded by Lingard, but where was the threat? Where was the game plan? Passes went wrong and there was no conviction at all in the game of United.
Even the equalizer, when it arrived in the 36th minute, came from two errors. In the first place, Maguire carried the ball out of defense and struck away before playing a five-meter pass instead of Lindelof on his right.
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- Side trips from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Club Bruges for first stage in round of 32
- The UEFA Europa League competition starts at Jay Breydel Stadium at 8:00 pm GMT
The Red Devils have entered a period of games that will see them play seven games in 21 days with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to rotate his team for the game at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Meanwhile, Celtic are also in action while traveling to Copenhagen, with Champions League dropouts including Inter Milan and Ajax also playing in the round of 32. Follow all the action here as it happens.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer promises to sound the changes for Manchester United's Europa League clash against Club Brugge amid a crazy match with seven games in 21 days
- Manchester United plays Club Brugge on the Europa League Round of 32 stage
- The Red Devils have to deal with a heavy upcoming curse of seven games in 21 games
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will rotate his team for Thursday's trip to Bruges
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is [19459025zalroteren] Manchester United team for the Europa League trip to Club Brugge with a hectic series of games on the horizon.
United travels to Belgium in the round of 32 but also fights for a top-four finish and to participate in the FA Cup. They play seven times in just 21 days, with a number of major games against Manchester City and Tottenham .
Solskjaer does not take any risks and wants to ensure that the team stays fit for the rest of the season by using his team.
& # 39; That's seven games in 21 days, a game every three days. We must ensure that we find the right moments to put players in and out and to rotate the team. & # 39;
The Norwegian said that all his players had a role to play in the upcoming run-in and added that he was excited to give everyone the chance to impress, meaning that United- fans would see changes for the Europa League match – with new attacker Odion Ighalo in the fight to make his first start for the club.
CLUB BRUGGE VS MANCHESTER UNITED
Date : Thursday, February 20
Competition : Europa League Last 32
Kick-off : 17:55
Location : Jan Breydel Stadium
TV coverage : BT Sport 2
Everyone is very important to us and we have to make sure everyone feels fall ued. Because they contribute to us behind the scenes in training. We will make some changes for this game. & # 39;
Bruges tops the league in the Belgian First Division and falls in the Europa League after having played in the group stage of the Champions League, and Solskjaer is wary of their opponents, warning that they have a winning mentality.
& # 39; They are not used to losing. They have lost one match in the competition. Good team, pulled away against Real Madrid. Two draws against Galatasaray. Two tight games against PSG and a game in which they have lost.
Solskjaer believes Club Brugge will offer a rigorous test after coming from the Champions League
SEVEN GAMES FROM MAN UNITED IN 21 DAYS
vs Club Brugge (A) – February 20
vs Watford (H) – February 23
vs Club Brugge (H) – February 27
Everton (A) – March 1
vs Derby (A) – March 5
vs Manchester City (H) – March 8
& # 39; I think Philippe [Clement, Brugge’s manager] has only lost four games since he came, so he's a manager's top coach. He must have seen the potential in this club, because he won the competition with Genk last year and then came to Bruges. & # 39;
He admitted that United had a tough draw despite a top game, but said the players were enthusiastic about the test.
& # 39; When you are out, you are out and there are no second chances. But we are looking forward to it. We know it is a difficult draw.
& # 39; Normally, when you win your group as comfortably as we do, you think you have a nice draw and then you end up with a Champions League team that comes from there. So it's a tough draw, but we're looking forward to it. & # 39;
& # 39; It feels like the world is against us & # 39 ;: Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards, insists that club & # 39; has tried to be modest & # 39; with huge investments from Sheikh Mansour and urges Pep Guardiola players not to be distracted by off-field misery
- Micah Richards defended Manchester City in the midst of their UEFA two-year ban
- City was handed the ban for not respecting the rules of Financial Fair Play
- Richards, who was 10 years before City played, said the world is against City
- The Englishman also insisted that players were not distracted by the ruling
Micah Richards has defended Manchester City after his former club received a ban on European football from UEFA, making the future of the club uncertain.
The Premier League champions discovered last Friday that they would miss the next two Champions League matches after the football board determined the club's rules of Financial Fair Play had violated.
The city intends to appeal against the ruling, bringing the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with club heads hoping the decision will be annulled.
And Richards, who spent ten years with City from 2005 to 2015, has launched a fervent defense of his former club over the ruling.
& # 39; Sometimes it feels like the world is against us. The money that Sheikh Mansour has invested has been like being the new Manchester United since it came in, "he said at Sky Sports.
& # 39; We tried to be humble with the money spent in City, but sometimes it feels like everyone is against us. & # 39;
After the UEFA decision, there are questions about the future of some star players from City and manager Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard has reportedly told his players that he will stay with the club and has challenged them to prove that they are talent, not money. Richards said that the side of Guardiola will not be distracted by the problems outside the field.
& # 39; I don't think it will be too difficult to focus, & # 39; he added. & # 39; It is clearly a two-year ban, but City immediately came out and said they would appeal.
& # 39; These players are strong enough, they have the character and they know they have to do their job on the field. Don't think about things outside the field, City disputes it and they are all entitled to it. & # 39;
& # 39; They are exceptional professionals & # 39 ;: Pep Guardiola insists that his players from Manchester City & # 39; support the club 100% & nbsp; for the first time since the biennial European ban
- come back into action Pep Guardiola has reiterated the commitment of his players to Manchester City
- The City boss said they & # 39; exceptional professionals & # 39; were before they were confronted with West Ham
- City was last week banned from the Champions League by UEFA
The Premier League champions were severely punished by UEFA for being found to have & # 39; serious offenses & # 39; committed to the rules of Financial Fair Play.
The city has strongly denied that they have violated rules and although there are doubts about whether star players will leave if the ban is enforced, Guardiola destroyed the talk by insisting that players & # 39 ; excellent professionals & # 39; have been known since the news.
& # 39; They are exceptional professionals, & # 39; he old Sky Sports ahead of their rescheduled Premier League match against West Ham on Wednesday.
& # 39; We are professionals, we want to play games we have had and it was good for us, I also introduce myself to the West Ham players.
& # 39; Then see our families back to doing our training sessions, playing games every three or four games, it has happened every time for the past three or four years. It is not a problem. & # 39;
Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards felt the news summarized the feeling among supporters that the & # 39; world is against us & # 39; when it comes to their recent successes.
& # 39; Sometimes it feels like the world is against us & # 39 ;, the ex-city added. on Sky.
& # 39; The money Sheikh Mansour has invested, it is as if we have become the new Manchester United here [and] everyone does not like Manchester United.
& # 39; We have tried to be humble with the money spent in Man City, sometimes it feels like everyone is against us. I don't think it will be too hard to focus, obviously a two-year ban, but City immediately came out and said they would appeal.
& # 39; These players are strong enough, they have the character and they know they have to do their job on the field.
& # 39; Don't think about things outside the field, City disputes it and they are all entitled to it. & # 39;