Solskjaer explains why he let Sanchez leave Man Utd

first_imgManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the reason behind his decision to loan Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, insisting that the forward “needed to go”.Sanchez has officially completed a season-long loan switch to San Siro, after a disastrous 18-month spell at Old Trafford.The Chile international moved to United from Arsenal in January 2018 as part of a swap deal including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, having emerged as one of the Premier League’s finest players at Emirates Stadium.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Unfortunately, he has been unable to replicate the same form at United, managing just five goals in 45 appearances across all competitions. Sanchez helped Chile reach the Copa America semi-finals this summer, but upon his return to Solskjaer’s ranks, found himself left out of the United squad at the start of the 2019-20 season.He will now reunite with former Red Devils colleague Romelu Lukaku at Inter after the Belgian striker joined the club for a reported £73 million ($89m) fee at the start of August.Ahead of United’s trip to Southampton on Saturday, Solskjaer has explained why he allowed Sanchez to follow Lukaku out of the exit door.He told a press conference: “Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him. For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals that will only benefit everyone. In the end, for us, we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together.”He will come good for them. For us, we had a decision to make, I’m trusting Anthony [Martial], Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] to be our centre-forwards.”We’ve got wingers in Chongy (Tahith Chong), Dan James, [Andreas] Pereira, we’ve loads of options. For me, it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust, to know they have to play five games in a row.”I trust the fitness staff and medical staff and the pre-season work. We’re mentally and physically more ready, that’s the next step for our young players.”Mason Greenwood Manchester United 2019-20Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are now the only natural centre-forward options left available to Solskjaer, the latter of whom has yet to earn his first competitive start for the club.At just 17 years of age, Greenwood is now set for a major step up and he could feature at St Mary’s this weekend with Martial ruled out through injury.Solskjaer went on to express his faith in the youngster’s ability, but also stressed that he will still be used in a back-up role while he develops his all-around game.The United manager added: “Mason is not used to playing as little as he is at the moment, he’s used to playing every week. “Now he’s coming on for half an hour here or there and that’s a learning curve for him. He won’t play five games on the bounce, he’s cover and an option behind Marcus and Anthony.”last_img read more

Rangers legend Ricksen dies aged 43

first_imgFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has passed away following his battle with motor neurone disease.The Dutchman was diagnosed in October 2013 and set up the Fernando Ricksen Foundation with the aim of helping others suffering from the same condition.After six years of struggling with the condition, Ricksen sadly died on Wednesday morning at the age of 43. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The right-back spent six seasons with Rangers, playing over 180 games for the club after joining from AZ Alkmaar in 2000, winning a cup double in his first season and playing in both finals, before going on to win a domestic treble the season after.In his time in Scotland, he won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup three times each as well as the Scottish Cup twice.He was named club captain in January 2005 following a serious injury to Stefan Klos and scored nine goals from full-back as he claimed Rangers’ Player of the Year award and shared the SPFA Player of the Year award with John Hartson.Rickson began his career in his homeland with Dutch side Fortuna Sittard, spending three seasons there after breaking into the first team at the age of 18, before moving to AZ, where he spent a further three years ahead of his move to Scotland.Fernando Ricksen 1976-2019— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 18, 2019Sorry to hear Fernando Ricksen has passed away.. fought till the end.. my thoughts are with his immediate family and friends.. RIP Fernando 🙏🏻— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) September 18, 2019We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former player Fernando Ricksen. He battled bravely against motor neurone disease right until the end and we are all thinking of him and his family at this difficult time.— FC Zenit in English🌊 (@fczenit_en) September 18, 2019Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Fernando Ricksen, who has passed away aged 43 following a battle with motor neurone disease— (@FIFAcom) September 18, 2019In 2006, Rickson moved to Russia to join Zenit Saint Petersburg – initially on loan before making the move permanent – and met his former employers in the 2008 UEFA Cup final, although was an unused substitute as Rangers were beaten 2-0 in Manchester.He then spent the final three years of his career back with Fortuna Sittard, before he was forced to retire and announced his battle with motor neurone disease.In 2015, a benefit match was held at Ibrox that raised £320,000, the proceeds of which were split between Rickson’s family, MND Scotland and the Rangers Charity Foundation.Rickson also won 12 caps for his national side, four of which were competitive matches in European Championship qualifying.last_img read more

Atalanta-Fiorentina clash halted due to racist abuse of Dalbert

first_imgFiorentina’s match at Atalanta on Sunday was briefly halted in the first half due to racist abuse directed toward Fiorentina defender Dalbert.With just over a half hour gone in the Serie A game at Stadio Ennio Tardini, referee Daniele Orsato signalled for the game to be stopped after Dalbert indicated he’d heard the abuse. The game was brought to a halt as an announcement was read over the stadium loudspeaker imploring fans to halt the abuse.  Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The statement was drowned out by boos and whistles from the Atalanta supporters. After a brief pause the game was resumed, with Fiorentina leading 1-0 after a goal from Federico Chiesa. The incident on Sunday was yet another blight on Italian football, with the racist behaviour of some fans under the spotlight in the early season. Inter forward Romelu Lukaku was also the subject of racist abuse in a game at Cagliari earlier this month. As Lukaku stepped up to take a penalty, Cagliari supporters directed monkey chants toward the striker. Despite the audible chants, ​Serie A ruled earlier this week that Cagliari would not be punished for the incident.  In announcing their decision, Serie A stated the chants could not be proven to be discriminatory due to the amount of other noise coming from the stands.Last weekend, AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie was subjected to racist chants from Hellas Verona fans, another incident in a discouraging start to the season in Italy. After the game Hellas Verona issued a defiant statement on Twitter insisting that their fans had not racially abused Kessie. “Racist chants against Kessie? Insults against [Gianluigi] Donnarumma? Maybe someone was baffled by the decibel of the Gialloblu supporters,” the club tweeted. “[We heard] unavoidable whistles against the referee’s decisions which still leave us very perplexed today. “And then, lots of cheers for our gladiators at the end of the match. Let’s not stumble on cliches and old labels. Respect for Verona and its people.”On Saturday, AC Milan announced prior to the derby against Inter that they would be launching an anti-racism task force to tackle discrimination in Italian football.The Milan derby, which Inter won 2-0 in part thanks to a goal from Lukaku, was rebranded the “Derby Against Racism.”last_img read more

Gender diversity proposal rejected by shareholders of Tim Hortons parent company

OAKVILLE, Ont. — A proposal to create a formal diversity policy at the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King aimed at increasing the number of women on its all-male board of directors has been rejected.[np_storybar title=”Nellie McClung top choice for first Canadian woman on face of banknote, poll finds” link=””%5D Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, artist Emily Carr and black activist Viola Desmond also placed among the top six choices by Canadians. Read on [/np_storybar]Oceanrock Investments Inc. and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), which both hold shares in Restaurant Brands International, asked the company to write a formal diversity policy and inform shareholders how and when it intends to increase the number of women on its board of directors and in senior management positions.The proposal asked RBI to do so by this December.Fred Pinto, Oceanrock Investments’ CEO, said there are many benefits to increasing gender diversity on corporate boards, including the potential for better shareholder returns. He said it’s also just the right thing to do.Other shareholders rejected the proposal at the company’s annual general meeting this morning.The board had declined to make a recommendation on how shareholders should vote, but did amend its new director nomination process to consider diverse candidates in response to the proposal.Ontario commits to having at least 40 per cent women make up provincial boards by 2019A female CEO may be the answer to more women on boards, surveys showWomen on boards: Searchable database shows you how many women sit on boards of TSX-listed companiesGender diversity on corporate boards in Canada has become a source of tension between shareholders and companies.BCE Inc.’s shareholders voted down a similar proposal at their annual general meeting earlier this year, and a Dollarama shareholder brought up concerns over the lack of women in leadership positions at that company’s meeting earlier this week.Before today’s meeting, Restaurant Brands International announced it’s expanding its presence in the United States through a new partnership.RBI says Restaurant Development Partners will grow the Tim Hortons brand across the state of Minnesota through a 14-year arrangement. Details of the expansion weren’t disclosed.RDP’s new president will be Mark Holly, who has a decade of corporate experience with the Tim Hortons brand.The Minnesota partnership is the latest move to spread the Tim Hortons brand in the United States. RBI signed the Luke Family of Brands in February to expand its presence in the state of Indiana.Tim Hortons currently has the bulk of its 4,400 restaurants in Canada, where it began in 1964 with a single location. read more