Solskjaer delighted by Pogba’s impact after penalty drama

first_imgRead Also: Barca cannot afford Martinez and Inter will not negotiate – reportFernandes coolly sent Lloris the wrong way from the penalty spot to deservedly level and moments later went down himself inside the box.Jon Moss pointed to the spot again, but Rashford’s chance to score the winner was taken from him as this time the VAR call went Mourinho’s way.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Solskjaer left the World Cup winner on the bench from the start, but Pogba won the penalty for United’s equaliser, converted by Bruno Fernandes, with a sublime piece of skill to bamboozle Eric Dier.Pogba has been beset by ankle injuries this season, making just nine appearances, and has been heavily linked with a move away from Manchester.“Paul always has a point to prove because he wants to be the best,” said Solskjaer. “He’s had such a frustrating season with his injuries.“For me Paul has shown today how he can contribute. I just look forward to getting him fitter so he can get back to his best.”A point does little for either side’s chances of breaking into the top four.United remain in fifth, two points behind Chelsea, but Spurs were even more desperate for the points as they remain in eighth, four points further back.Jose Mourinho was on course to get the better of his former club when Steven Bergwijn’s strike gave Spurs a half-time lead.However, Mourinho was left frustrated when United’s second half pressure finally told nine minutes from time when Fernandes converted from the spot.Fernandes then thought he had won a second penalty, but a VAR review decided there was little contact as he went down under another challenge from Dier.“We know Manchester United has an incredible record this season of penalties given, so we knew everything in the box was dangerous for us,” said Mourinho.“I think in the first penalty, the referee made this decision which I admit is difficult for referees, but then the VAR is a different story.“Referees can make mistakes but I don’t think VAR should make mistakes, then the second penalty is incredible for me.”Marcus Rashford takes a knee before kick-off Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can rekindle Paul Pogba’s best form after the Frenchman made a big impact in his first appearance for six months in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Friday night.Advertisement In keeping with all matches since the Premier League’s return earlier this week, all players and officials took a knee before kick in protest against racial injustice.Once the action did get underway, United settled quickest to the eery surroundings of a 62,000 seater stadium draped in banners with the only fans appearing on giant video screens behind each goal.Marcus Rashford has had a momentous week as the English international’s campaign to ensure vulnerable children are not left without food vouchers during the English school holidays forced a government U-turn.Solskjaer described the 22-year-old’s action as far “more important than any game of football that he would probably play.”However, the England international admitted he was also desperate to get back to the day job after being sidelined since January with a back injury prior to the coronavirus-enforced shutdown of football for three months.Rashford had the best chance to turn the visitors’ early control into a goal as his low shot was beaten away by the legs of Hugo Lloris.Prior to lockdown, Mourinho spoke of his desire to fast forward to the end of the season when he would have Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Bergwijn fit again.All four were fit to return to the starting line-up and it was an inspired moment from the Dutchman which opened the scoring.Smiling Steven: Bergwijn’s solo effort opened the scoringcenter_img Bergwijn surged past the leaden-footed Harry Maguire before David de Gea could only parry his powerful shot into the roof of the net.Tottenham sat on their lead after the break and invited plenty of United pressure.Lloris kept United at bay with an incredible save to deny compatriot Anthony Martial.Pogba was then introduced from the bench and made an instant impact in his first appearance since December 26.The midfielder’s quick feet left Eric Dier in his wake and Dier then pushed Pogba over inside the box as he tried to recover. Loading…last_img read more

No. 2 Syracuse men’s soccer’s undefeated start ended by No. 3 Notre Dame’s late goal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With just 18 seconds left in regulation, Jon Gallagher dealt Syracuse its first blemish of the season. The Notre Dame forward’s left-footed shot from outside the box found the left corner past Orange goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert, negating a Syracuse comeback and handing the Orange its first loss or tie in nine games this year.The Orange gave away the ball in its own half and Gallagher found it at his feet before darting ahead and hammering the final nail in Syracuse’s coffin from 20 yards out.“Oh look, we’re pretty low right now,” McIntyre said over the phone after the game. “It’s an emotionally draining way … when you put everything out there, when you emotionally put everything on the line … our game can be so ruthless. It’s gut-wrenching.”No. 2 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) tied the game with just over 10 minutes remaining on Miles Robinson’s goal off a corner kick, but SU was unable to hold on in a 2-1 loss against the No. 3 Fighting Irish (7-1, 2-1 ACC) at UND’s Alumni Stadium on Friday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Look, you never want to lose games,” McIntyre said. “We’ve come a long way as a program when we’re disappointed to go on the road and lose against an elite Notre Dame team with 30 seconds left. That’s a good problem. It’s good for us to come to an environment like this and expect to come away with results.” It wasn’t until the 79th minute that Syracuse broke through, when Robinson got a head on Oyvind Alseth’s corner kick — one of eight Syracuse corners in the second half compared to Notre Dame’s zero — to knot the score at one.Robinson’s goal was his fourth of the season, tying Nanco for the team lead. It’s his eighth goal in one and a half seasons with Syracuse as he continues to establish himself as one of the ACC’s premier threats in the attacking third, even as a defender.The celebration lasted only 10 minutes, though, when Gallagher’s ACC-leading sixth goal of the season found the back of the net.Two seasons ago, it was a freshman Gallagher that drew a red card on former SU center back Skylar Thomas with about 15 minutes left in the game to set up a free kick that would send then-No. 20 Syracuse to a 1-0 defeat against then-No. 4 Notre Dame at SU Soccer Stadium.Two years later, it was Gallagher wreaking havoc again, this time sealing a fate the Orange hadn’t yet experienced in 2016.“Look, it’s a wonderful left-footed strike to win a game. Obviously from our perspective it’s a disappointing way to end,” McIntyre said. “But it happened … Our feeling was that we were the team that was gonna go on and win the game.“As difficult as this is, we’ll regroup, we’ll learn from it and hopefully we’ll continue to move forward.” Comments Published on September 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman For the second straight game, the Orange conceded first. Thirteen minutes after subbing in, freshman midfielder Jack Casey put the hosts ahead less than a minute before half off an Evan Panken free kick. On Tuesday night against Cornell, Syracuse was the benefactor of a Miles Robinson goal right before the break that proved to be the turning point in a 3-1 SU win. Three days later, the Orange found itself on the other end of the momentum swing heading into the half in its toughest test of the year thus far.Out of the break, Syracuse’s attack generated far more of a threat than in the opening 45 minutes. Chris Nanco and Kamal Miller forced UND goalie Chris Hubbard into two saves, his only ones of the game, within 30 seconds of each other. Five minutes later, Sergio Camargo beat Hubbard with a low shot but it deflected off the post and out of harm’s way.“We just imposed ourselves a little bit more,” McIntyre said. “Physically, we kind of pushed the ball forward a little bit quicker, worked extremely hard and connected passes in their half.”last_img read more