There is good news for Manchester United’s match against Arsenal at the weekend. First of all, Arsenal were absolute garbage in the second half against Rennes when they lost 3-1 in the Europa League last night. Secondly, United will be able to recall forward Anthony Martial to the squad after he recovered from his injury. Martial was last seen gurning about in celebration of Marcus Rashford’s winner against Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the week. You can read more, much more, about this stunning news in the Mirror.
More fitness news on ESPN, where it seems that Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will also be fit for the Arsenal tie. It is hard to see how they are better than the triumphant trio of Scott McTominay, Fred and Andreas Perreira though.
Perhaps more interesting is the news in the Mail that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ended his contract with Molde. Earlier in the week he had said he was no longer contracted to the Norwegian club, which was almost immediately disputed by the chairman at his now former club. That should leave him free to negotiate another, longer deal with United after his exceptional start to his Old Trafford career.
The Independent carries quotes from United’s former manager Jose Mourinho, who is expected by some to turn up at Real Madrid next, as Santiago Solari’s replacement for next season. He kindly described the club’s win over PSG as ‘phenomenal’. Speaking to Russia Today, a rival to US cultural hegemony, he said: “I think independent of the performances, Ajax and Manchester United results are phenomenal results, and if the responsibility in the bad days is for the managers, the responsibility of the good days is then also for the managers”.
And lastly, the Telegraph has taken time off from being furious about young people to praise Solskjaer.