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Manchester United have been charged by UEFA after fans hoiked projectiles in the direction of players during their Champions League reminder against Paris Saint-Germain. There was at least one bottle near Angel Di Maria when he celebrated against his former side last night, in a match where he was unrecognisable compared to the peformances he put under Louis van Gaal. Put more simply: he was last night not a feckless, tedious waste of a team spot.

On ESPN, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his players to get their chin up, and has not given up hope of winning the return leg in Paris. It’s only a 2-0 deficit but United’s defence is calamitously awful, and Paul Pogba is suspended, so they don’t have a chance.

And it seems that United’s manager is starting to lose interest, or maybe hope, in the prospect of Alexis Sanchez turning his career around.

King buffoon Ed Woodward has failed to appoint a director of football in time to make a difference for the summer transfer activity. That is great for Woodward, because he gets to look important and spend lots of money, while forcing whoever is in charge at the time to use Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. It is bad for United, because Woodward gets to have an influence on the club. Anyway, the Mirror suggests that the main targets are Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, Lucas Hernandez of Atletico Madrid and Nikola Milenkov, along with Douglas Costa, are also mentioned as targets.

United are waiting on fitness tests for Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who did not complete the game last night. United play Chelsea on Monday night in the FA Cup, but the next game of real importance is the Sunday after, when they take on Liverpool in the Premier League - that’s when they will particularly want the players back. That’s in the Independent.