Report: Man United 2 Brighton 1

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s fine start continued as Manchester United’s caretaker manager became the first boss in the club’s history to win his first six league games following the 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.Almost 25 years to the day since Matt Busby died, Solskjaer made it seven wins from seven in all competitions on the one-month anniversary of his appointment as two of the players to have shone in his short tenure scored again.Paul Pogba converted a 27th-minute penalty he won himself for his fifth goal in his last three games at Old Trafford before Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance with the second prior to the interval. 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Pascal Gross pulled one back for Brighton, but United claimed the three points to move into fifth, above Arsenal, ahead of the Gunners’ home game with fourth-placed Chelsea later on Saturday.In our last #PL games…@[email protected]#MUFC #MUNBHA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Rashford and Pogba had already threatened the Brighton goal before United were awarded a penalty.Pogba latched onto a long Nemanja Matic pass on the right flank by taking a touch inside Gaetan Bong, who bundled into the back of the Frenchman to concede the spot-kick.The usual stuttered run-up followed but Pogba placed his effort into the right-hand corner, past David Button’s right hand to put United in front.Button was able to make himself big and prevent Anthony Martial making it 2-0, while Brighton’s Glenn Murray fired a great chance wide with a miss that would look even more costly before the break.With three first-half minutes remaining left-back Diogo Dalot, a late inclusion in the starting XI due to Luke Shaw’s injury, fed Rashford and he cut inside Gross before bending a fine right-footed finish into the far corner.Rashford continued to look in the mood after the interval, firing in a cross that Jesse Lingard somehow failed to direct home from close range.Martial blasted into the side netting but United’s intensity dropped and Brighton were given hope with 18 minutes to go.Davy Propper’s outside-of-the-foot cross reached Gross, who chested the ball down and poked the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.A nervy finish for the home side therefore ensued and though Pogba was unable to alleviate the tension when rifling just wide, United held on to round off a fantastic first month in the job for Solskjaer. What does it mean? Solskjaer staking his claim for full-time gigIt is no secret that Solskjaer would like the United job beyond the end of the 2018-19 season and the club’s hierarchy must have been impressed by his stint so far. United face Burnley, Leicester City and Fulham in the Premier League before hosting Liverpool on February 24, so they could yet make further ground up on the top four in the coming weeks.Rashford in inspired form againPlenty has been said about Pogba’s resurgence under Solskjaer, but Rashford appears to have really benefitted from having a former United striker to tutor him. Nobody has scored more for United since Rashford’s debut in 2016 and the shaped finish for his 41st goal was one Solskjaer himself would have been proud of.Murray’s mystifying missMurray had set Brighton on their way to a 3-2 win over United in the reverse fixture five months ago, yet he was less assured when opportunity knocked here. United were only 1-0 up when Murray found himself onside and free, but he sliced the chance wide and Rashford’s strike shortly after gave Brighton too much to do, even with Gross’ second-half goal.Key Opta facts41 – Marcus Rashford has scored his 41st goal for @ManUtd in his 150th appearance for them in all competitions – he’s scored more than any other player for the club since his debut. Skilled. #MUNBHA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019- Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just the third manager in Premier League history to win his first six games in charge of a certain club, after Carlo Ancelotti with Chelsea and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.- Brighton have lost all nine of their Premier League away games against ‘big six’ sides by an aggregate score of 19-2.- Manchester United have won more penalties (7) while Brighton have conceded more (also 7) than any other Premier League side this season.- Paul Pogba’s goal was his eighth in the Premier League for United this season, equalling his best return in a single season in the top five European leagues (also 8 with Juventus in 2014-15 and 2015-16).- Marcus Rashford – making his 150th appearance for United in all competitions – has now scored in his last four Premier League games. Only Anthony Martial (5) has had a better such run in the competition this season.- 33 per cent of Pascal Gross’ Premier League goals for Brighton have been scored against Manchester United (3/9). Both of the German’s strikes this season have been against the Red Devils.What’s next?Both clubs turn their attention to the FA Cup, with United travelling to Arsenal in the fourth round on Friday and Brighton hosting West Brom the following day. read morelast_img read more

No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay Shankar

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 15:25 IST All-rounder Vijay Shankar says there is no competition between him and Hardik Pandya, they are very different players (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThere is no competition and Hardik is a terrific player, says ShankarShankar has been training hard and can bat at number four if asked toShankar hopes to contribute to India’s campaign at the 2019 World CupWilling to bat at number four if asked, all-rounder Vijay Shankar says he is not competing with Hardik Pandya for a slot in India’s playing eleven during the World Cup.The Tamil Nadu all-rounder has been projected as a possible candidate for the number four slot after some impressive performances for India during tour of New Zealand.His and Pandya’s strength areas are completely different from each other and perhaps that is the reason he feels he is not in any race with with Pandya.”I don’t think I am competing with Hardik. He is a terrific cricketer. Yes, we are all-rounders but we are different from each other. And why do we need to compete? It would be great if both of us can contribute in India’s victory,” Shankar told PTI during an interview when asked about comparisons with the Baroda man.Both Hardik and Shankar are known to hit big sixes, the former using a bit more brute power with his impeccable timing.For Shankar, it’s more about the body balance while taking the aerial route.”I love hitting those big sixes. The key for me is to retain my shape. I have not been successful when I have tried to muscle the ball but whenever I have held shape, the ball has gone into the stands,” he explained.For Shankar, he is already geared up for the challenge if asked to bat at number four.”The series against New Zealand was a great confidence-booster as I could score that 40 odd in touch conditions when the team needed me. I needed that self belief and now I am ready for whatever the team tells me to do,” the 27 year old said.advertisementWhile the World Cup bound members were asked to relax and de-stress before the big event, Shankar was busy training in Chennai, trying to work on a few “technical issues”.”I batted indoors with my childhood coach. I had got some valuable tips from VVS Laxman at Sunrisers Hyderabad and I make sure I am working on them. After that I went to the Guru Nanak University ground where I bowl.”I don’t bowl indoors as I bowl with full run-up. There are times I do single wicket bowling and there are times I try practise hitting a specific length,” he said talking about his training regimen.He started as a medium pacer, who clicked mid 120kmph, but now at times can crank it up to 135 km.”I got a lot of confidence when I bowled that final over against Australia in a T20 game at home. I am now bowling 135 clicks at times and yeah it’s good.”Normally, a quiet man, Shankar made it clear that he is not shy when it comes to seeking solutions from skipper Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni or coach Ravi Shastri.”Yes, I am a quiet person off the field. But if I need to ask anything, I can go up to Mahi bhai or Virat and pick their brains and they are happy to answer. I am not shy when it comes to asking questions,” said Shankar.Shankar had enrolled in an MBA course but his gruelling cricket itinerary has not yet allowed him to study much.”I want to complete my MBA but don’t know when I will find time from my cricket schedule,” said Shankar, who is happy that his elder brother and his family are travelling to England to watch the World Cup.”They will be there during World Cup and it’s always great to have your family by your side when you are a part of such a big tournament,” he signed off.Also Read | Keep it funny, not personal: Moeen Ali urges fans to go easy on Smith and WarnerAlso Read | Formula One legend Niki Lauda dies aged 70Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Vjay Shankar No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAll-rounder Vijay Shankar has said that there is no competition between him and Hardik Pandya as both of them are very different players with different areas of strength.advertisementlast_img read more